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Wild Thing

Another for my list... "Wild Thing" by the Troggs

When I was a kid, I used to play little melodies on the organ by ear... and this is one that I learned to do. Later on, I put together a homemade tape of me playing organ double tracked with me singing and banging on something... so I made my own homemade "album" of mostly Beatles songs, Jesus Christ Superstar songs and a few others... This was on it, more in the style of Jimi Hendrix, actually... but it's a Troggs song first of course.

Are You Gonna Go My Way

For the Song HOF... "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz

This came out 20 years ago (have you noticed most of my favourite songs came out 20, 30, 40 years ago??)... It's a retro Hendrix-esque thing, which I like.

Little Wing

Another favourite... "Little Wing" by Derek and the Dominos

This is a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song (whose original version is already on my list of favourites). This version is quite a bit different than the original and just as great. More majestic. From the Layla album of course.

Finally, here's the list of music artists that are in my top 100 that I rank more than 10 places worse than *this website*...

Diff in rankings My rank Artist

-12 16 Chuck Berry
-12 23 Pink Floyd
-13 27 The Who
-15 86 Everly Brothers
-17 83 The Band
-23 26 The Rolling Stones
-25 67 The Temptations
-27 62 Prince
-31 33 Elvis Presley
-34 61 Marvin Gaye
-35 42 James Brown
-35 51 Michael Jackson
-37 46 Jimi Hendrix
-38 56 David Bowie
-39 47 Led Zeppelin
-41 73 Radiohead
-41 88 Otis Redding
-53 66 Stevie Wonder
-67 84 Buddy Holly

26th to 50th Favourite Recording Artists

A few days ago I posted an update to my top 25 favourite recording artists...  Well, I've prepared an update to my next 25...  and here they are with the big movers noted:

26 The Rolling Stones (rising 4 places since my 2010 list)
27 The Who (also up 4 places)
28 Big Audio Dynamite
29 Public Enemy
30 Van Morrison
31 Gang of Four (down 4 places from 2010)
32 ABBA (up 3 places)
33 Elvis Presley
34 Derek & the Dominos (up 3 places)
35 The B-52's
36 Sly & the Family Stone
37 Creedence Clearwater Revival
38 Paul McCartney (up 3 places)
39 REM (up 5 places)
40 Pixies (up 6 places)
41 The Byrds (up 4 places)
42 James Brown
43 Jackson 5 (down 3 places)
44 Jerry Lee Lewis (down 6 places)
45 Eddie Cochran (down 6 places)
46 Jimi Hendrix (up 7 places)
47 Led Zeppelin (down 5 places)
48 Ike and Tina Turner
49 Janis Joplin
50 Richard and Linda Thompson

(the others have only moved two or less places either way since my 2010 list. Michael Jackson has fallen out of the top 50 (from 50 to 51) and Jimi Hendrix has moved up from below the top 50 since 2010)

Castles Made of Sand

Another favourite song for my Song Hall of Fame... "Castles Made of Sand" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Everything's temporary. Castles made of sand slip into the sea eventually.


Well... here I am stuck in a traffic jam in the highlands. There was an accident on the A9 and so it's closed with a diversion in place. It's past 6pm now and it looks like I won't get home til probably 11pm or so now.

What a bugger of a week I've had.

So this traffic allows me to post an update on my iPhone.

We've got our new cat, Rosie, staying in the garage room until it gets used to things. It's been a week or so. It's a very friendly cat and purrs a lot.

Looks like I won't be painting much when I get home tonight. But I'll have to do lots tomorrow. Linda has been doing great with it, and has done all the low bits in my absence.

Tomorrow we're meeting up with a guy and his wife for lunch... This guy is visiting the area, no longer lives here, but he grew up in the area. He attended a Jimi Hendrix / Cat Stevens / Walker Brothers concert in Carlisle with Linda in 1967 when she was 13. This was Jimi Hendrix just before he got big. Which always impresses people.

I should've gone another way home. Traffic is hardly moving. People walking by are getting much further down the road than the cars are. And there's no internet reception... so I guess I need to just keep writing.

I guess there are worse places to be stuck in traffic.... the highlands. I was just in Inverness. Had to go back and forth from Dumfries twice in two days... a five hour journey each way. Fixed a problem (for work) yesterday but then the next day it didn't stay fixed and had to go back up today. Doh!

Well at least I've been able to take a few pictures along the road. I've got a huge backlog of pix for the Geograph website... mostly pictures of various things in Ireland. This geographing thing I do is pretty pointless, but I do it sort of to just track where I've been... And I've been a lot of places lately... thus the backlog of pix to put on the website. Usually it's stupid pictures of Tesco car parks or service stations as that's the only time I can take a picture. Occasionally I stop somewhere scenic at some lay-by and try to take a decent scenic picture.

I'm falling way behind with my other stupid hobbies. I try to keep track of news events by clipping things out of newspapers... so I'm developing a huge backlog there too, in my hardcopy journal.

Heroes and Villains

For my personal Song Hall of Fame, I am adding "Heroes and Villains" by the Beach Boys.

I think Jimi Hendrix described it as barbershop music on acid.  I've seen some really good animated visualisations of this song in the past, but instead of that, I came across this video below, which includes some truly bizarre things, I think.

The video says something about the glorification of gun violence (via the old wild west)... and shows little kids stabbing dolls...  and some other weird things I felt like sharing.


I like to occasionally add to a list I call "The Newsmakers Hall of Fame"...  so here are my inductees over the past few months:

Autumn '10

William Hague
Stephen Hawking
Jimi Hendrix
Tiger Woods

Winter '10/'11

John Lennon
The Duchess of Cornwall
Julian Assange
Nicholas Cage
Oprah Winfrey
The Green Party

Spring '11

King George VI
Kate Middleton
The Republic of Ireland
Westminster Abbey

Personal Favorite Rock Artists List

A website I look at asked people to compile their lists, so I spent some time this morning arranging it thusly  (as well as a short early influence list at the bottom):

ranking of my 100 favorite "rock" artists (Oct 26, 2010)

1 The Beatles
2 Bob Dylan
3 The Doors
4 John Lennon
5 Ramones
6 The Beach Boys
7 Leonard Cohen
8 The Kinks
9 The Clash
10 Johnny Cash
11 Neil Young
12 George Harrison
13 T.Rex
14 Donovan
15 Chuck Berry
16 The Sex Pistols
17 Run-DMC
18 Nirvana
19 Frank Black
20 Weezer
21 Brian Wilson
22 Joni Mitchell
23 Elvis Costello
24 Pink Floyd
25 Bruce Springsteen
26 Big Audio Dynamite
27 Gang of Four
28 Public Enemy
29 Van Morrison
30 The Rolling Stones
31 The Who
32 Elvis Presley
33 The B-52's
34 Sly & the Family Stone
36 Creedence Clearwater Revival
37 Derek and the Dominoes
38 Jerry Lee Lewis
39 Eddie Cochran
40 Jackson 5
41 Paul McCartney
42 Led Zeppelin
43 James Brown
44 REM
45 Byrds
46 Pixies
47 Ike and Tina Turner
48 Janis Joplin
49 Richard and Linda Thompson
50 Michael Jackson
51 Paul Simon
52 Devo
53 Jimi Hendrix
54 Blondie
55 Talking Heads
56 Al Green
57 The Muffs
58 James Taylor
59 Marvin Gaye
60 David Bowie
61 Prince
62 Beck
63 Moby
64 The Jam
65 Curtis Mayfield
66 Stevie Wonder
67 Temptations
68 Grateful Dead
69 Squeeze
70 Steve Miller Band
71 Cat Stevens
72 Radiohead
73 NWA
74 Alice Cooper
75 Jimmy Cliff
76 Green Day
77 Arctic Monkeys
78 The Hives
79 The Mamas & the Papas
80 Neil Diamond
81 Isley Brothers
82 Rod Stewart
83 Keith West
84 The Band
85 Everly Brothers
86 Buddy Holly
87 Cheap Trick
88 Otis Redding
89 The Damned
90 Madness
91 Manic Street Preachers
92 Barry White
93 Shonen Knife
94 Sweet
95 Eric Clapton
96 Dead Milkmen
97 Alanis Morissette
98 The Waterboys
99 Adam Ant
100 Norman Greenbaum

early influence:
1 Hank Williams
2 Carter Family
3 Woody Guthrie
4 Nat King Cole
5 Frank Sinatra
6 Dean Martin
7 Richard Wagner
8 Bill Monroe
9 Robert Johnson
10 Bing Crosby
11 Flatt & Scruggs
12 Billie Holiday
13 Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter
14 Al Jolson
15 Slim Whitman



Peace Train

For induction into my Song Hall of Fame today....  "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam

Always loved this song since I was a kid...  actually thought he was saying "B String" (as in some note on the guitar) until I realised it was Peace Train...

Linda saw him in concert a long long time ago... she was about 13 years old when she attended the concert in Carlisle that had Cat Stevens on the bill, along with an up and coming Jimi Hendrix and others...  in 1967.

Here's a video of Yusuf Islam singing "Peace Train" at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony a few years ago...


"Songs You Didn't Know Were Cover Versions"

I see that Spinner UK has a list of 15 songs "you didn't know were cover versions" which I have just looked at via AOL....  OK, let's see, many of them I DID know were cover versions, as I am not a moron.  Here's the list, with my comments in bold purple...

Jeff Buckley'Hallelujah,' Jeff Buckley

Buckley recorded his signature song for 1994's 'Grace,' the only album released during his brief lifetime. Accordingly, he never lived to see dozens of television shows using the song to underscore some sappy moment. The song was originally written and performed by Leonard Cohen 10 years earlier,

I HOPE most people already knew that.  And when I read this first one on the list, I knew to expect a pretty crappy moronic list, but let's see...

but Buckley actually based his rendition on John Cale's version from a tribute album to the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter. 
THAT, I didn't know...  John Cale, huh ?

Click here to see the full list.... there"s 15 all togetherCollapse )

James Taylor'You've Got a Friend,' James Taylor

Taylor reached No. 1 on the US singles charts and Top 5 UK in 1971 with 'You've Got a Friend,' also garnering a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Carole King wrote the song and released it just months before on her mega-selling 'Tapestry' LP. King didn't begrudge Taylor's Grammy win one bit, as she received one herself for 'Friend,' as author of the Song of the Year.

Ummm, no I guess I though JT wrote this.

Final tally: I knew 8 out of 15.  Oh well.  Harder than first thought.

Janis Joplin


For my Recording Artist Hall of Fame...       Janis Joplin

I've always been a bit 1960's - orientated probably more than any other era.  That's the music that was around when I was young in the 70's and 80's.  Janis Joplin was one of those '60's icons who died too soon. Made immortal by an early death like the Kennedies, MLK, Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Malcolm X, Brian Jones, etc etc etc ...

When I think of Janis Joplin, I think of her great Monterey Pop Festival performance of "Ball and Chain".   I could watch that over and over (and I have).   I also think a bit about Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel no. 2".... "we are ugly but we have the music"...     She wasn't a typical glammed-up beautiful pop star, not prefabricated for mass consumption, she was a hard-drinking, drugged up hippie blues singer.    One of the greatest the world has seen.


The 10 greatest albums I have never owned, curiously enough:

Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson
Who's Next, The Who
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
Ramones, Ramones
Tapestry, Carole King
Hotel California, The Eagles

The 10 greatest albums I owned once, but no longer have due to divorce or other reasons:

Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
Nevermind, Nirvana
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
The Joshua Tree, U2
Forever Changes, Love
The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
Horses, Patti Smith
Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers
Achtung Baby, U2

The 10 greatest albums I had on LP first (before the advent of CD's):

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
London Calling, The Clash
Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
The Beatles ("The White Album"), The Beatles
The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley
The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry
Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

The 11 greatest albums I only ever owned in CD format:

Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground
Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
Nevermind, Nirvana
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
Thriller, Michael Jackson
Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
The Joshua Tree, U2
Blue, Joni Mitchell

The 5 greatest albums I had on cassette tape first (before the advent of CD's):

Revolver, The Beatles
Rubber Soul, The Beatles
Abbey Road, The Beatles
The Doors, The Doors
Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers

Electric LaDYLANd

I've just now had a revelation. Hendrix' album title "Electric Ladyland" contains within it the word "dylan".

I wonder if that was on purpose ? Hendrix was a big Dylan fan, as we know, and Electric Ladyland in fact contains Hendrix' version of the Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower"... Afterall, what is a ladyland, if not just a word to get Dylan's name on his album ?

I did a quick search on the internet to find out if I am the only person in the world to have ever come to this realisation... and it appears I am the third.

EDIT: and THIS came at me like a bolt of lightning only moments later. The word ABBA is contained within Black Sabbath. What do you make of THAT??!

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