A Good Day In Hell - The Official ILM Track-By-Track EAGLES Listening Thread

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There are definitely better Eagles songs. This is pretty wimpy stuff.

Pretty cool to see them on the California Jam stage in that clip from the very camera that Ritchie Blackmore would destroy only a few hours later.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:04 (three years ago) Permalink

it should be noted that this is a standard country and bluegrass song to cover. thousands of country and bluegrass performers have covered this song over the years.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:12 (three years ago) Permalink

On A Dark Desert Highway: A Vocal Bluegrass Tribute to the Eagles offers heartfelt versions of the band’s greatest songs with soaring harmonies and delightful pickin’ on the banjo, mandolin, dobro and guitar. You won’t believe how beautiful these songs sound in the hands (and throats) of some of the best Bluegrass musicians in the business. If the Eagles had settled in W. Virginia instead of California, this is how their music would have sounded!

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:17 (three years ago) Permalink

do you think that jackson browne oould live off of "take it easy" royalties? not that he has to. but if he had to. i'm going to say yes.

i have a friend whose father wrote a famous song - in the 40's! - and i was kinda impressed by how much money it made the family in a year. not enough to live on, but not nothing either. its a very famous song.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:23 (three years ago) Permalink

"loosen my load" is such a gross-sounding phrase

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh man, I never even thought of the sexual connotation there before.

cops on horse (WilliamC), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:07 (three years ago) Permalink

the only thing i have to say in favor of the eagles is that at least they were kinda pleasantly sleazy

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:10 (three years ago) Permalink

just a ragtag band of misfits...

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:15 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah everything about this song is gross, which is compounded by its expert execution. no doubt dudes could harmonize, but not well enough to make me overlook the material or sentiments expressed.... I can think of other harmony or country acts whose singing is so beautiful and intense that it creates a compelling contrast with otherwise bothersome lyrical content, this tension becomes part of the appeal. But the Eagles are not the Louvin Brothers or the Beach Boys. They aren't weird or damaged or desperate enough, nor are they beatific or angelic enough, they're just gross.

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what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:19 (three years ago) Permalink

at least they weren't trying to sell us abstinence like the malevolent mumford banjo mafia

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:23 (three years ago) Permalink

• I have the best memory of a buddy finally going insane at two in the morning during a poker game when "Take It Easy" comes on and he can't stop laughing over "running down the road, tryin' to loosen my load."

• Rich Hall has this chapter in his Vanishing America about going to Winslow, Ariz., and waiting for a girl in a flatbed Ford to slow down and take a look at him. He gets a ride with her and asks about Jackson Browne. "Kinda quiet," she says and he replies, yeah, that's what he's heard too.

• I'm sure I'll get into it later, but background vocals on Eagles songs scare the shit out of me.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Ok, I think I'm gonna lose my shit about "loosen my load" now.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:31 (three years ago) Permalink

everything about the arrangement is so uptight, SOMETHING'S gotta get loosened amirite

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:33 (three years ago) Permalink

I imagine a constipated Yosemite Sam running through Roadrunner territory.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Mumford does not take it easy, which sort of makes them worse. The Eagles were hilariously smug and arrogant making lite music. Mumford delivers its music with that annoying faux gravitas, as if it was Important. I'm sure the Eagles though they were Important, too, but only after enough people told them they were, and that probably only came after they were hugely successful and everyone around them was too afraid to say otherwise. "Wow, guys, 'Hotel California' really is like holding up a mirror to America. Like you said, it's about the American dream, but also the American nightmare!"

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Song does nothing for me, and never did. Really, the Doobies' "Listen To The Music" is my own personal substitute for "Take It Easy" (not only banjo, it's got steel drums too!) for that 1972 west coast highway-driving feel.

The phrase "There's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford" does sing nice.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:55 (three years ago) Permalink

I won't participate unless Ned does.

I am avoiding this shit like the plague. Aside from this post, obv.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:56 (three years ago) Permalink

All right, everyone. Ned's in.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Being from California, these are the songs of your people, correct?

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Only Eagle actually from California was Timothy Schmit.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Listen, this isn't the place to start on any of your anti-immigrant rhetoric.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Being from California, these are the songs of your people, correct?

I take great umbrage at this suggestion, good sir

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Sorry to get all Soft Rock Civil Defense Corps on you.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:17 (three years ago) Permalink

All native Californians are from Iowa iirc

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:25 (three years ago) Permalink

"Listen To The Music" is my own personal substitute for "Take It Easy"

i love "listen to the music" to death. its an amazing song when all is sad and done. and the production is arguably just as tightassed as eagles but somehow it opens up into a field of infinite possibilities by the time you get to the psych break where the lazy flowing river does something to the castles in the sky.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:28 (three years ago) Permalink

lighten up while you still can

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:30 (three years ago) Permalink

apparently frey came up with the flatbed ford line.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:34 (three years ago) Permalink

oh fuck, where is my statues thread.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Take It Easy is unfuckwithable; tight structure, sweet harmonising, singalong up to your eyeballs. Was this their first song? What pros.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:38 (three years ago) Permalink

lol @ the reflection

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:39 (three years ago) Permalink

take it easy is ok

but it is sort of impressive, as far as "first song on first album totally defining the aesthetic of the band"

right up there with "black sabbath"/black sabbath/black sabbath

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I feel like the first two missing panels of this cartoon involved Mr. Magoo somehow.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:42 (three years ago) Permalink

What's going on in those upstairs windows?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Well, when two trompe l'oeil figures love each other very much . . .

Domo Arigato, Demi Lovato (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:48 (three years ago) Permalink

"it's a girl my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me" is the only contribution Frey made to the song. Save for that one line, the song is written by Jackson Browne whose own version of the song I prefer:

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Of course Frey would write the line that makes him look like Paul Newman.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm curious about the exact nature of the relationships with those seven women, particularly the one who says she's a friend. Why is that was enough distinction to call her out specifically? Did most of the women he knew not want to be mistaken for being friends with him?

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

those ringing opening electric guitar chords that open the song -- and, I guess, their career -- make it sound like something epic is about to happen. but it turns out the laid-back acoustic strum underneath them is what you were supposed to have been listening to.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:15 (three years ago) Permalink

The Eagles - and especially "Take It Easy" and "Hotel California" - have been so ubiquitous for so long that I'm wondering where and when most of us actually formulated any kind of a critical stance on the group. I was born in late 1982 and they were always kinda just there; I imagine the experience would be much the same for anyone born in America after 1970 or so. IME it's harder to be objective about music you grew up with. So if you hate the Eagles, did you hate "Take It Easy" when you were 5? Or did you grow to hate them later on? I think I always liked that song because it was big and clean and catchy and had good harmonies. I could say much the same for their other hits. By the time I got old enough to think about the smug misogyny of the lyrics and the greedy picks behind them, the Eagles were too much a part of my aural landscape to hate. And even so, I never once felt compelled to buy an album. The radio was enough.

For a contrast, I hated James Taylor for as long as I can remember. I think I could sense the waves of smarm and unctuousness dripping from his voice when I was in grade school.

One interesting thing about "Take It Easy" is that it never even made the top 10 of the charts - it only reached #12. Yet over time it's probably gotten more radio play than 95% of all the #1 hits in history - including a couple of the group's own chart toppers. It's so immaculately produced and finely-crafted - slicker and fuller than probably anything else of its era - that it's always an up, and I never change the station when it's on, yet it's also bland and shallow enough that I never seek it out otherwise. That kind of sums up their appeal and their shortcomings - easy to like, hard to really care about.

thewufs, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:15 (three years ago) Permalink

"picks" = "pricks"

thewufs, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought the implication was that the singer is being friendzoned by that one.

Ismael OTM and I don't really back down from my earlier comment about how this song illuminates much of what came later in lighter modern rock and new country.

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EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:18 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought it meant he wasn't interested in sleeping with that particular one of the seven.
The Eagles have always been there. I don't have a critical stance on them beyond always hating them.

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Opening chimey guitar chords remind me that Rickenbacker made a Glenn Frey signature model, because his tone and approach were obviously so unique and distinctive that they could only be replicated by ugh ugh ugh seriously fuck Glenn Frey:
http://www.rickenbacker.com/news_item.asp?news_id=34&news=old

Shart Week (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:27 (three years ago) Permalink

To clarify - I didn't hate their music (which is generally light and innocuous) so much as them personally. They have always seemed like a bunch of entitled jerks.

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:29 (three years ago) Permalink

I think Eagles hate has to be learned. It's part of that adolescent thing where you decide that some things are too pretty, too perfect, too good, that you'd rather listen to something that sounds fucked-up and noisy/distorted because it's more real, man. Also that if your mom likes it, it's to be shoved away with all your strength. My mom liked the Eagles a lot, I think. But somehow I never learned to hate them.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:30 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought the implication was that the singer is being friendzoned by that one.

I always heard this as meaning that they were whilom lovers but they weren't ever going to be much else.

Fais ce que voudra, occiderai de même (Michael White), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought it meant he wasn't interested in sleeping with that particular one of the seven.

But SHE'S the one who says she's a friend of his! Plus, it's totally funnier my way.

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EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Like, he sets you up with the "seven women on [his] mind" thing but they're all either pissed off at him or blowing him off.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Well, or they want something serious.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

my parents were not Eagles fans, I don't remember hearing them at all as a kid really. at some point in high school/college there were conversations about what "Hotel California" *really* was about (see also Don McLean's "American Pie", Zep's "Stairway to Heaven" etc) and def by the time I was in college I was aware of the ubiquity of their Greatest Hits but by then there was really nothing in their music to appeal to me. and over time as I've learned more about them and listened to my wife's copies of their albums they just get under my skin.

Disco Strangler cracks me up tho. one of the times where they get close to so-bad-its-good camp. everything about that song is wrong.

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

GLENN: You know...

DON: Well, yeah.

pplains, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

hee

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:44 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Holy Shit:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/former-eagles-member-randy-meisner-allegedly-threatened-murder-suicide-20150709

― Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:54 PM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://www.tmz.com/2016/03/07/eagles-wife-shot-to-death-randy-meisner/

how's life, Monday, 7 March 2016 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

holy shit

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 March 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

oh jesus

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 March 2016 18:47 (one year ago) Permalink

...and I thought this revive would be about Walsh opening for Bad Company this summer.

But seriously, WOW--you knew there'd be no happy ending here, but still...

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 March 2016 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

http://www.lapdonline.org/home/news_view/60295

karla jay vespers, Monday, 7 March 2016 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

hmmm

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 March 2016 19:26 (one year ago) Permalink

that is one hell of a quick "thorough investigation"

fact checking cuz, Monday, 7 March 2016 22:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Too soon?

I heard about you and that man
There's just one thing I don't understand
You say he's a liar and he put out your fire
How come you still got his gun in your hand?

Well, yeah.

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 March 2016 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

In The Wild: Vince Gill's (?) faithful cover of "I Can't Tell You Why" at Dairy Queen.

In other news, the boys are the subject of the latest Rolling Stone "Collector's Edition" which boasts extensive new commentary from our Donster.

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 9 May 2016 22:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Don: Wendy Davis is a true patriot, and I completely endorse her platform against the cronyism leading to a frail grasp on the big picture shared by her opponent, Mr. Abbott, and all his friends down at the Petroleum Club.

Glenn: And I think I can speak for us both when I endorse the platform that both myself and Don would totally hit that.

Don: Well, yeah.

― A Made Man In The Mellow Mafia (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:11 PM

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 May 2016 15:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 May 2016 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

what would they about Trump

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 May 2016 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

DON: The fact that someone like Donald Trump can actually be viable GOP presidential candidate just shows that for all the records and concert tickets we've sold, all the lives we've touched in song, that no one really was listening to us when we were performing "The Last Resort", or when I did "Gimme What You Got" or "Workin' It" in my also well-regarded solo performances. Like it or not, We are truly in "The Garden of Allah" now.

GLENN's GHOST: I wouldn't mind spending some time in "The Garden of Melania" right now though.

DON: Well, yeah.

Now I Know How Joan of Arcadia Felt (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 May 2016 03:19 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

In The Wild: "Wasted Time" on the classic rock muzak at this bar I fixing to help run a Quiz at.

Kenneth Without Anger (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 July 2016 00:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Schmit recently debuted the album's breezy lead single, "Red Dirt Road," which pays tribute to the soil of Hawaiian island Kaua'i.
"There's some rich, deep soil there," he told Rolling Stone. "You have a good chance of growing a plumeria tree by just sticking a branch of a plumeria into the ground. It's unbelievable.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 August 2016 17:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Timothy B. Schmit: The Boring One

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 August 2016 19:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

now thats what i call a hippie

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

why does the statue look like Bob from Twin Peaks?

col, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 19:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Looking for statues of Pat Tillman and Glenn Frey? Well there's only one state where you can find 'em BOTH."

pplains, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

Arizona aka Nightmare Fuel

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

man this thing was three years ago!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 December 2016 00:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Well, yeah.

a full playlist of presidential apocalypse jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 December 2016 01:33 (five months ago) Permalink

"It would just seem like greed or something," says Henley.

pplains, Thursday, 1 December 2016 02:22 (five months ago) Permalink

carve that on his tombstone

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 1 December 2016 02:24 (five months ago) Permalink

...alongside the complete, unabridged lyrics to "The Garden of Allah".

a full playlist of presidential apocalypse jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 December 2016 03:11 (five months ago) Permalink

*including the rap*

a full playlist of presidential apocalypse jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 December 2016 03:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Schmidt and Walsh's contracts stipulate that they get buried with him.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 December 2016 03:14 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'd forgotten that Bob Seger co-wrote "Heartache Tonight"; he showed up to sing it at the Kennedy Center Honors:

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 22:19 (four months ago) Permalink

pplains, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:01 (four months ago) Permalink

HEARTACHE TONIGHT
GLENN: …and then they sold 12 million records, and everything changed! As Bob Dylan said, “They deceived me into thinking I had something to protect.” And that’s what happened with us. We made it, and it ate us. The Long Run became, indeed, the long run. It was a difficult record to make overall, but I loved “Heartache Tonight.” Whenever Bob Seger was in L.A., he always used to come over and visit me, and he’d visit Don, too, and play us stuff he was working on — and we would do the same. I seem to remember that I had the verse thing going on for “Heartache Tonight,” and I was showing it to Seger, and we were jammin’ — I think we were jammin’ on electric guitars at LaFontaine — and then he blurted out the chorus. That’s how “Heartache” started. Then Bob disappeared, and J.D., Don, and I finished that song up. No heavy lyrics — the song is more of a romp — and that’s what it was intended to be.

One of the revelations from the solo listening thread was that away from Henley & Seger, Glen couldn't write a meat and potatoes rocker to save his ass.

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:02 (four months ago) Permalink

uh wait -- you don't like "Party Town"?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:21 (four months ago) Permalink

KEYSERSOZE1965 11 months ago
My local rock station WJMX used to play this every Friday afternoon at 5:00 to signal the start of the weekend. Rest in Peace Glenn.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:23 (four months ago) Permalink

XP: It's no "Chug All Night".

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 23:28 (four months ago) Permalink


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