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Monday, November 17, 2003

Random music-related observations:

Way in the background of Pure Prairie League's "Amie," is a guy signing really high - so high it makes Geddy Lee (Rush) sound like Barry White at his most down-low. I mean, it has to be a castrato or something, right?

On VH1 not long ago, I heard an old live version of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon." What was weird is that it really rocked - I mean it actually sort of kicked ass. The sort of thing you don't expect from that song or, really, that band. Something might have gotten in the band's cocaine that night.

I know it's blasphemy, but I almost prefer the Run-DMC version of "Walk This Way" to the original at this point. (Does it make it any better that a big part of the reason is that I like Joe Perry's solo work on the updated version?)

At the other extreme, the Kid Rock version of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" is a desecration of a song that wasn't really very good to begin with. Yes, it's that awful. It's almost as painful as hearing Fred Durst signing/rapping/yelling "I wanna sniff your panties!" on thir latest single.

More blasphemy: The single (4:28) version of Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" is just better. The other 3-4 minutes of the unabridged version (7:04 on the LP, 8:24 on the CD) are unnecessary.

I nominate "Welcome To The Jungle" as the best opening album track ever. (Even though it's hard to pass on "Baba O' Reilly," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and "The Spirit of Radio.")


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