• A Strange Musical Interlude

    Posted by on October 24th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    I spend, on average, about 15 hours per week (between Monday and Friday) sitting in my car (while I commute to and from work). Thank you I-287. During this time, I listen to the radio – a lot. This morning, as I was sitting in traffic – thank you, rain – listening to the radio, and thinking about how much I do listen to the radio in the car, I thought back to a question someone once asked back in January 2003 (on an internet discussion forum). The question was “What are your personal top 25 LPs or CDs?”

    At that time, this was my answer to that question (with the selections listed in no particular order of preference):

    ABC – Lexicon of Love
    Depesche Mode – Music For The Masses
    Devo – Freedom Of Choice
    Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
    Gang of Four – Entertainment
    Garbage – Garbage
    Gary Myrick – Living In A Movie
    Jim Carroll Band – Work Not Play
    Ministry – With Sympathy
    Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad
    Pink Floyd – The Wall
    Police – Outlandos D’Amour
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow
    Slow Children – Slow Children
    Sorrows – Teenage Heartbreat
    Split Enz – Waiata
    Squeeze – Argy Bargy
    Talking Heads – Fear Of Music
    Tears For Fears – Songs For The Big Chair
    The Cult – Electric
    The Vapors – Magnets
    Ultravox – Vienna
    X – Under The Big Black Sun
    Yes – Fragile

    Why am I sharing this here? Well, as I was sitting in traffic this morning, listening to music, and thinking about music, I remembered that some other Yankees bloggers, at times, have shared some thoughts on music, etc. Therefore, I thought I would join the party on this – at least for this one time.

    I doubt that I would have many changes to the list I came up (above) five years ago. Maybe I would replace five (or so) of the selections – but, I would not move many of them.

    Yes, there’s a lot of 1980’s music on that list. Tying this back to the Yankees, I guess you can thank players like Bobby Meacham, Shane Rawley, Dave Collins, Henry Cotto, Brian Fischer, George Frazier, Alvaro Espinoza, Bob Shirley, Steve Kemp, Dan Pasqua, Omar Moreno, Gary Ward, Wayne Tolleson, and Jerry Mumphrey for that. Back then, the Yankees often left you looking for something else to focus on in terms of entertainment.

    So, how’s this for a strange musical interlude? As strange interludes go, I know it’s not up there with Groucho’s – but, who can hope to match that one?

    Comments on A Strange Musical Interlude

    1. jonm
      October 24th, 2007 | 9:55 am

      That’s an impressive list, Steve — surprisingly post-punk. I didn’t see you as a Gang of Four kind of guy. Who knew?

    2. October 24th, 2007 | 10:09 am

      jonm –

      The worst thing in 1954 was the Bikini.
      See the girl on the TV dressed in a Bikini.
      She doesn’t think so but she’s dressed for the H-Bomb, for the H-Bomb.
      I found that essence rare, it’s what I looked for.
      I knew I’d get what I asked for.


    3. jonm
      October 24th, 2007 | 10:14 am

      The worst thing in 1954 was the Bikini.
      Now, I’ve GOT to put the album on.

    4. Mrs. Peterson-Kekich
      October 24th, 2007 | 11:11 am

      Good list — but you’re missing Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain, Roy Smalley and Ray Fontenot.

    5. October 24th, 2007 | 9:05 pm

      ~~~you’re missing Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain, Roy Smalley and Ray Fontenot.~~~

      LOL. Good one.

    6. singledd
      October 24th, 2007 | 11:00 pm

      Dude! You can talk about the history or Rock and not mention the Beatles? Just how old are you anyway? Have you heard the first Blood, Sweat and Tears Album with Al Kooper?

      Aside from YES and Pink Floyd, will anyone in 20 years know who those groups are?

      Great music is defined by time. When you hear a sound thats 40 years old, and yet it still current. The Music of the Beatles will still be played 100 years from now.

      Jeez…. kids today!

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