Two years ago I was back in Logan and staying with another friend when the subject of Farm Days came up, Locomotive - Motörhead - Fistful Of Aces: The Best Of Motörhead (CDr). My friend Brad remembered he had a copy of a copy of a copy of the tape stashed somewhere, and once again I found myself in possession of a vital piece of my musical history. The sound quality of the tape is awful, coming across like the sound of two people talking through two tin cans tied together with a piece of string.
I'm not even sure if Nowhere Ain't Far From Here really is the title or just something that later was added on to it. And even though none of my current friends can bear to listen to it because of its poor sound quality, this is the single most treasured piece of music I own. It could be nothing but tape Locomotive - Motörhead - Fistful Of Aces: The Best Of Motörhead (CDr) and I could still live inside the memories it holds.
And so when "the bomb" falls and my body--blasted by the explosion--becomes a shadow silhouetted against the wall of some building, you will find this tape etched there alongside me, clutched firmly in my fist. While Doug's music has changed with the years, the power of Locomotive - Motörhead - Fistful Of Aces: The Best Of Motörhead (CDr) writing has not. Perfect pop vignettes, Keep It Like a Secret glows with childhood wonderment. Pitchshifter - Infotainment? In their earlier days, Pitchshifter's music came across like a category 5 hurricane.
Unrelentingly heavy, their music made Dante's Hell seem like a Sunday picnic. Criminally overlooked, Infotainment? With subtle hooks and a venomous lyrical bite, Infotainment? Think Room from A good dose of cynical wit and humor is required. While some may argue for either the Syd Barrett- or David Gilmour-era Pink Floyd, no one can deny that the band made its biggest impact while Roger Waters was at the helm.
And while I'm sure Dark Side of the Moon will be long remembered well beyond as the band's penultimate album, The Final Cut finds Waters completely in his lyrical element, and is his strongest statement--both lyrically and musically--against the horrors of war. Cut the fat and baggage of The Wall and distill it into its base essence, and this is what you'll have. You're not imagining those voices inside your head. And yes, they are getting louder. While Zen Arcade would define them as a band, Land Speed Record was like meeting a lifelong friend the first time.
Bob Mould's self-titled release got heavily slagged for its stark, narcissistic themes. But for me it shines as his best release. Deeply introspective and starkly isolationist, it's the pain of every relationship you've lost and the salve of everything you ever wanted to say to that person, but could never verbalize. If anyone or anything could impart what it would feel like to touch the face of God, it would be these two releases. Words fail to convey the power that they hold.
While there are plenty of bands that might be more deserving of this space for their uncompromising political and social statements, Locomotive - Motörhead - Fistful Of Aces: The Best Of Motörhead (CDr) Against the Machine were the first such band to gain widespread commercial success. Why is this important? They have not surrendered their ideologies. They understand all too well how much they influence and how much difference they can make as the result of major label exposure.
Guitarist Tom Morello put it best: "You have two choices when you're a band with political ideals: You either put your head in the sand and you sell 45s out of the back of a truck and you're very proud of yourself for how pure you are, or you engage the world and you do your best to make strategies to effect real change.
Brutally honest in their dark confessions, these two releases are powerful soul. Life's good, but not fair at all. When we're all on the come down after the big Y2K blowout, this is what we'll soothe ourselves to sleep with.
The Who - Live at Leeds. No one can touch The Who, period. Quadrophenia was a close second to this, but Live at Leeds captures the band in all its brilliance. While the rest of Seattle and the world was fixated on grunge, Evan Schiller drumsPaul Hinklin bass and Skerik sax were creating music that could be just as heavy but infinitely more diverse. Powerfully moving and uniquely recognizable, Hinklin's bass playing should be guarded as a national treasure. In my nap sack under my "bunker bed," there will be a re-chargeable minidisc player and the following ear-chow: Floater's Glyph, for starters.
Where else can I find all the aggression and caress all wrapped up into one minute LP? The songs cover internal relationships, which won't be very prevalent 15 feet underground and starving.
It will help me create relationships with my other dominant personalities. Plus I can carry on those relationships one mouthful at a time within the suffocating, yet satisfying song structures that Floater throw together--not bad for three instruments and a fistful of provoking samples.
For those times that I want to fall to sleep in less than 10 seconds, Dirt, by Alice in Chains. I've listened to the album at least times. In "Them Bones" gets my attention anymore. It's all just one big blur of background fuzz now. When I want to feel raw emotion without worrying about bothersome lyrics, Iceburn's dominantly instrumental Poetry of Fire will do the trick.
It'll help me in those bland moments of wanting something other than beans for breakfast. Meat, potatoes, and gravy are all supplied on this strange little pizza. Why am I already hungry? Other flavorful goodies: Portishead - Portishead.
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