Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lost Gem: "It's A Big Old Goofy World" - John Prine (1991)

"There's a big old goofy man dancing with a big old goofy girl."
~ John Prine ~

Look up the phrase...kool breeze...and you're liable to find a picture of John Prine.

For over 40 years (and all of my life) John has been a fixture in our household...his timeless songs spinning around every room.   A rare artist who taps into all of our everyday frailties without making us feel guilty of our shortcomings.

John Prine is an American treasure. A folk singer/songwriter with a catalog of music that inspires, sometimes amuses and always comforts. So familiar a voice, he's become almost a surrogate big brother for me as I go stumbling through adulthood.
So it's always a good thing when I get another opportunity to turn someone on to the kool breeze.

Lost Gem:--> "It's A Big Old Goofy World"...is a gentle and sweet conglomeration of cliched similes effortlessly tied together into a retrospect of life lessons learned.  Simple in nature but definitely not a simple song.

Have you heard this one?

Up in the morning
Work like a dog
Is better than sitting
Like a bump on a log
Mind all your manners
Be quiet as a mouse
Some day you'll own a home
That's as big as a house.

I know a fella
He eats like a horse
Knocks his old balls
Round the old golf course
You oughta see his wife
She's a cute little dish
She smokes like a chimney
And drinks like a fish.

There's a big old goofy man
Dancing with a big old goofy girl
Ooh baby
It's a big old goofy world.

Now Elvis had a woman
With a head like a rock
I wished I had a woman
That made my knees knock
She'd sing like an angel
And eat like a bird
And if I wrote a song
She'd know ever single word.

Kiss a little baby
Give the world a smile
If you take an inch
Give 'em back a mile
Cause if you lie like a rug
And you don't give a damn
You're never gonna be
As happy as a clam.

So I'm sitting in a hotel
Trying to write a song
My head is just as empty
As the day is long
Why it's clear as a bell
I should have gone to school
I'd be wise as an owl
Stead of stubborn as a mule.

John Prine Interview

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lost Gem: "Another Nail In My Heart" - Squeeze (1980)

"I had excuses...
those little boy lies
~ Squeeze ~

Squeeze was a guitar pop/new wave band out of London with pleasant similarities to the Lennon/McCartney sound.

Founding members Chris Difford, wrote the lyrics and Glenn Tilbrook worked out the musical arrangements. Together...they were best friends making...a whole lot of exciting magic.

Seldom heard on American radio, Squeeze had an uncanny sense for clever...catchy and unusual hooks that were equal to more popular acts.

Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford

Lost Gem:--> "Another Nail In My Heart"...a terrific breakup number. The definition of a well-crafted song. Right down to the almost fake ending.   Highly recommended.

Have you heard this gem?

The case was pulled from under the bed.
She made a call to a sympathetic friend
and made arrangements.
The door was closed there was a note.
I couldn't be bothered
Maybe I'll choke
No more engagements

With where have you been's
and faraway frowns.
Trying to be good
By not being 'round
And here in the bar
The piano man's found
Another nail for my heart

That stupid old bug
That kills only love
I want to be good
Is that not enough

So play me the song
That makes it so tough
Another nail for my heart
Then play me that song
That makes it so tough
Another nail for my heart

I had excuses those little boy lies
That she computed by watching my eyes
And told me firmly

She couldn't stand it I'm bad on her heart
She dropped her makeup and I found the bar
Now it concerns me

I've had a bad time
Now love is resigned
I've been such a fool
I've loved and goodbyed

So here in the bar
The piano man's found
Another nail for my heart
And here in the bar
The piano man's found
Another nail for my heart.

Squeeze Official Site

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lost Gem: "Cockroach" - Sweet (1976)

"You crawled into my bed
like a cockroach."
~ Sweet ~

In 1976, British rock band Sweet, for the first time, was given complete artistic control...and the band certainly took their gloves off...with "Give Us A Wink".

Sweet tuned down their T Rex glam a bit and opened up a fresh jar of fiery-ass rock, while retaining their catchy hook ways. They were a hair band...five years ahead of their time. 1976...was the year Sweet put on their balls.

Lost Gem:--> "Cockroach"...weaves the band together like an afghan.  Mick Tucker's drumming and Steve Priest's bass thunder are ice.  Frontman Brian Connolly wails swag venom pushed nicely by Andy Scott's guitar churn.  Great mid-break and outro. Top of their game!

Have you heard this gem?

You crawled into my bed
like a cockroach.
The things you said
made me lose my head
like a waterfall.
You've got a mouth
like a VC ten.
But I love you.

You've got me in your arms
And your special charms
Ah yah, ah yah
You got my head in circles
Oh, loved ya
But I don't want nobody but you.

Your mocking laugh at my inhibitions.
You made a fuss. broke my Oedipus
on my mothers side.
You feel your way like a Sherman tank
But I love you.

Every time you run to me you bring your Mama.
The way she freaks gives me the creeps
She's a mainline ma'am.
You've got to know
what you're doin' to your Daddy
'Cos I love you.

Sweet website.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lost Gem: "Finale" - Mike Oldfield (1973/2003)

"Two slightly
distorted guitars."
~ Mike Oldfield ~ 

Mike Oldfield, composer & multi-instrumentalist, played more than twenty different instruments on his debut album..."Tubular Bells".

Thirty years later, Oldfield re-recorded the original "Tubular Bells" using updated technology and corrections to what he saw as flaws.

I like the original just fine, (don't like tinkering with history)...but "Tubular Bells 2003" is a very strong offering of what I already saw as a masterpiece.

Lost Gem--> "Finale" ...is an epic 8 minute tour-de-force led by a rhythm run that will not be denied.

Different instruments are added on this delicious mind warp prog-ride...each receiving a proper and grand introduction...leading to an orgasmic flush with the title instrument finally making its appearance.

Have you heard this one?

Good Stuff!

Casey Chambers

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lost Gem: "As The Raven Flies" - Dan Fogelberg (1974)

"Darker, darker.
Don't let her talk her way
into you."
~ Dan Fogelberg ~

In 1974, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg released...what I think...was his most enjoyable album..."Souvenirs".

Sounding like Poco and the Eagles, Fogelberg was on the money. And no wonder, with artists like Don Henley...Randy Meisner...Graham Nash...Glen Frey...& Wichita's own homeboy...Joe Walsh...lending support.   In fact, Walsh was producer on this gem, as well.

Lost Gem--> "As The Raven Flies"...captures a different side of Fog-ster...an angrier side and he delivers the message like a pissed town-crier.  And it's studio cream...when Walsh and Fogelberg start trading guitar run-bites that swag from right to left speaker.

Have you heard this Gem?

I see the raven's made
her nest in your eyes.
She's got you thinking that
her love is a prize.
And you'll go under from
the weight of her lies.
As the raven flies.
As the raven flies.

She'll bring you stories
that just never sound true
She'll bring you secrets
that were never meant for you,
And just as you come round
she'll send you back through.
She's in love with you.
She's in love with you.

Darker, darker
Dont let her talk her way
into you.
Lonely, lonely
You know she's only
no good for you.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lost Gem: "Ball and Biscuit" - The White Stripes (2003)

"It's quite possible that
I'm your third man, girl...
but it's a fact that
I'm the seventh son."

~ The White Stripes ~

The White Stripes sound like a full band...but don't be fooled. It's just Detroit Dynamos, Jack and Meg White, working their wang-doodle like their lives depended on it.

Funny what passion can bring to the table.

And 2003 captured Jack unleashing his guitar spank for the long haul...with Meg pounding out drumbeats like hip thrusts.  Both teasing each other.  Each working their mojo til it becomes impossible for either to hold back. The listener soon makes it a horndog RnR threesome.  Everyone satisfied at the end.

Lost Gem:--> "Ball and Biscuit"...is a seven-minute blues/rock jam fest filled with wicked Jack White swaggering bravado and face melting guitar shred.  Add sexy Meg's taunting and teasing bass pedal beats and you have one of the most bad-ass suggestive performances ever.

Have you heard this one?

It's quite possible that I'm your third man girl
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
And right now you could care less about me
But soon enough you will care, by the time I'm done

Let's have a ball and a biscuit sugar
And take our sweet little time about it
Let's have a ball girl
And take our sweet little time about it
Tell everyone in the place just to get out
We'll get clean together
And I'll find a soapbox where I can shout it

You read it in the newspaper
Ask your girlfriends and see if they know
That my strength is ten fold girl
And I'll let you see if you want to before you go

It's quite possible that I'm your third man
But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son
It was the other two which/was made me your third
But it was my mother who made me the seventh son
And right now you could care less about me
But soon enough you will care by the time I'm done.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers