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Who Did it Better? “Hey Hey, My My”

Back again after a bit of a hiatus and one of many new things that I discovered is the genius of Neil Young. Growing up my father always called him a poor man’s Bob Dylan, but I really learned to appreciate him. On that note, I figured I would start off with a “Who Did It Better?” segment between Neil Young and another great musical act Oasis for the song “Hey Hey, My My” (which is the song Cobain quoted in his death “It is better to burn out, then to fade away”).

*Note: Neil Young also has a song is called “My My, Hey Hey” lyrically it’s almost exactly the same, musically “My My, Hey Hey” has more of folk sound to it (both are off the album Rust Never Sleeps, “My My,Hey Hey” starts the album, “Hey Hey, My My” ends it) so just to showcase and add to the debate I will start off with “My My, Hey Hey”.

First up Neil Young

“My My, Hey Hey”

“Hey Hey, My My”

Next Oasis

“Hey Hey, My My”

I think the Oasis version has more of a fuller sound then either of Neil Young’s versions, but I think the song requires a more subtle touch (“My My, Hey Hey” is the more subtle) that Neil Young delivers, so I give the edge to Young over Oasis, and I also prefer “My My, Hey Hey” over “Hey Hey, My My”. but I really love all three versions.

Top Ten Albums of All Time: Andrew

I figured with the new year it would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best (at least in my opinion) of the greatest albums of all time.

10. Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (October 1995)

The most recent album on my list and in my opinion the strongest album to come out in the last 20 years.  Once upon a time Oasis was the biggest band in the world thanks to this album which included hits like “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger”.  Sadly while coming out with a solid body of work, they never quite lived up to the promise (and the pressure) of their second album.  Still it is an amazing album both timely and timeless, one that can be listened to 16 years later and still have impact.

9.  Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (November 1971)

Not much to say about this choice, honestly I don’t think Zeppelin really pushed the boundaries with album continuity, but from beginning to end every song is for lack of a better term a masterpiece.  I can’t find a single flaw in any song from “Black Dog” to “When the Levee Breaks”.  Plus it’s Zeppelin doing what they do best, which is better than 99.9% of any other bands in rock history.

8. The Beatles: Let it Be (May 1970)

I might catch a little heat for this choice, after all even the Beatles weren’t happy with the first version, but the final Beatles album (although some will even debate me on that) spawned a solid motion picture and some great hits “Let it Be” and “The Long and Winding Road”.  As an added bonus the final version was created by musical genius and psychopath Phil Spector, so you have some of the greatest minds in music on this album and I think it shows.

7. The Cure: Disintegration (May 1989)

A return to the goth roots for the original goth band, Disintegration is a great album by a band that built a reputation on making great albums.  From  songs to “Lullaby” to “Love Song” this launched the Cure into the world-wide phenomenon that they are today.  It also influenced countless bands to follow, but no one did it better than the Cure.   

6.  Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (May 1966)

Defiantly my favorite Dylan album and for me is Dylan at his finest hour.  It also has the distinction of being the first important double album.   “Visions of Johanna” is right up in my to 5 all time favorite songs, and was an important step in Dylan’s musical evolution.

5. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (June 1972)

A concept album by the chameleon, David Bowie rose to new heights of fame with his Ziggy Stardust persona, which were both embodied and laid to rest in the Ziggy Stardust album.  Playing both showman and musician David Bowie would later abounded the “Ziggy sound” (a common theme in his career) but there is no denying that Ziggy Stardust was a product of on of the great true artist of our times.  

4. The Beatles: The White Album (November 1968)

Another classic Beatles album and also the Beatles at their most experimental (“Revolution 9” anyone), but as far-reaching as it is, it’s still pretty concise.  They know what they are doing and they execute it flawlessly.  Plus it gave us gems like “Blackbird” and “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”.

3. The Clash: London Calling (December 1979)

For me this is the one of the most important albums in the history of modern music hands downs.  Including a variety of musical elements such as ska, jazz, and soul, this is the definitive punk album and led the way for a musical revolution.  Nobody has incorporated as many musical elements into one album as successfully as the Clash did with London Calling.

2. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (May 1972)

In my opinion this is the Stones finest work, released as a double LP Exile on Main Street this was a creative high for the Stones.  A rock and blues album more than anything, the Stones goes into uncharted territory for them and it pays of big time for them and helps to establish them as one of the greatest and long-lasting acts in rock and roll. 

1. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (June 1967)

What more can you say about this album that hasn’t already be said, the greatest rock band in history took a gamble and it paid off and they created the greatest album ever made.  Also “A Day in the Life” is perhaps the perfect ending for any album ever.

Looking back the list probably could have used some Soul, R&B, maybe even some PoP.  Perhaps Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, maybe even Michael Jackson.  Then of course they are the rock greats I am missing, no Clapton, Lennon (solo), Springsteen.  So tell me what do you think?  Miss anything major?

Who Did it Better? “Maggie’s Farm”

Back with another song, this time I got about as polar opposites as you can get Bob Dylan and Rage Against the Machine doing Dylan’s classic “Maggie’s Farm”

First up, Bob Dylan

Next up, Rage Against the Machine

Although I appreciate Rage Against the Machine version, I am sticking with the original, this is the first song I would say the artist took a little too much creative liberties.

Who Did it Better? Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Back with another edition of Who did it better? and this time I have 4 songs for you to decide from, today we are going with another Bob Dylan classic ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ (note oddly enough the original song is not on YouTube, but I did find a nice live performance with Tom Petty to supplement it)

Next up a Guns N’ Roses cover

Third I am going to throw in a different Eric Clapton cover

Just for argument sake here is a Avril Lavigne cover

Personally I like all the cover’s (yes even Avril’s), it’s a heartfelt emotional song and all four artist has that come across. My favorite of the four though got to be Guns N’ Roses, just can’t get past Axel’s vocals on this one, but we would love to hear your thoughts!

History Lesson Part III

“Mr. Narrator this is Bob Dylan to me.”- “History Lesson Part II” by the Minutemen.

One time somebody said to me “If you had a million dollars I bet you would use it to meet all of your favorite Rock bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc.” I don’t know how this would work lol, but the point is like the idea of me being wealthy, meeting my favorite artists would be some sort of rare, extravagant concept. Well, it’s true Floyd and Zep are old faves of mine, but with the top bands I hold near and dear to me, I have met most of them, even if just for a few moments. I guess what I’m getting at here is that it fucking rules to be a fan of mostly underground music because chiefly it’s quality art, but also the privilege of seeing numerous fantastic performances and having the pleasure to possibly chat with the creators is not rare or foreign like it is for the Big Stars.

Upcoming Classic Reviews!

I’m not sure if I am going to be able to listen to a lot of new music at college; fortunately, I did just receive a generous gift of several discs. I’ll be listening to them and reviewing them soon!

– Drive-By Truckers A Blessing and A Curse
Counting Crows August and Everything After
– Mojo Presents Abbey Road Now!
– Rolling  Stones Steel Wheels Outtakes + Stripped
– Genesis Live 1974
Bob Dylan Live @ Paris 1978
– Roger McGuinn (Byrds) Solo Live 1989
– The Cure Live

Something to Ponder….

No, this isn’t a philosophical rant concerning a massive social/political issue that plagues our society. No, this merely concerns the music lovers of the world and yet it is still something to ponder. The question I pose is simply this: should artists (especially older artists) play songs all of their fans know and adore or opt to perform lesser known tunes that mostly die hards would know. I think first and foremost artists should play whatever they feel like playing, because if they don’t then it’s fake, hollow, and condescending. On the other hand, I’d rather go to a concert and sing along to all my favorite songs then hear numbers I’m unfamiliar with, albeit usually decent tunes. For example, I saw Bob Dylan a little while back and he put on a decent performance, but I only recognized one song, “Highway 61 Revisited.” He played more modern and obscure songs from his catalog. Had he played all of his classics, I would’ve enjoyed the show far more. But, then again, back to my earlier point, perhaps Dylan wouldn’t have the same passion in his performance. On the same page, inflammatory music pundit, well sought after sound engineer, and rebel rousing singer/guitarist for such noisy punk bands as Big Black, Rapeman, and currently Shellac, Steve Albini feels artists should not “punish” their audience and instead play songs their fans adore. He notes seeing spectacular performances in Neil Young and Cheap Trick, claiming he knew nearly all of the songs. Albini told an interviewer, he plays the Shellac fan favorite, “My Black Ass,” at every show because it pleases the fans and the band still enjoys playing it. When it becomes old and worn out for them, then they’ll stop playing it. So, here’s the message for artists: if you have fan favorites that you love to play then bust them out, but if they’re sucking that passion outta ya, then place em’ on the shelf for now.

Chris DeCarlo