In Which Doctor Casino Listens to Classic Rock Classics for the First Time

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doctor casino is a classic rock fan who has never heard (or at least is not aware of having heard) any of the following songs:

AC/DC – Have A Drink On Me
AC/DC – It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)
AC/DC – Rock ‘n’ Roll AIn’t Noise Pollution
AC/DC – Shoot To Thrill
Aerosmith – Train Kept A-Rollin’
Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
Autograph – Turn Up The Radio
Bad Company – Burnin’ Sky
Bad Company – Ready For Love
Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You
Billy Squier – My Kinda Lover
Bob Seger – Against The Wind
Bob Seger – Fire Down Below
Bob Seger – Her Strut
Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights
Bob Seger – Rock & Roll Never Forgets
Boston – Feelin’ Satisfied
Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
Bruce Springsteen – The River
Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Bruce Springsteen – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife
Bryan Adams – Run To You
The Cars – Bye Bye Love
The Doors – Peace Frog
The Doors – Roadhouse Blues
The Doors – Touch Me
The Eagles – Heartache Tonight
Eddie Money – Shakin’
Electric Light Orchestra – Fire On High
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, Part II)
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Focus – Hocus Pocus
Foreigner – Blue Morning, Blue Day
Foreigner – Long, Long Way From Home
Foreigner - Urgent
George Thorogood – I Drink Alone
George Thorogood – Move It On Over
George Thorogood – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
George Thorogood – Who Do You Love
Grateful Dead – Casey Jones
Jackson Browne – The Load-Out / Stay (Live)
Jackson Browne – The Pretender
Jackson Browne – Stay
Jefferson Starship – Jane
Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
Joe Walsh – All Night Long
Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
Journey – Lights
Journey – Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Journey – Stone In Love
Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Kiss – Shout It Out Loud
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze
Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ with Disaster
Nazareth – Love Hurts
Neil Young – Southern Man
Outfield – Your Love
Ozzy Osbourne – Over The Mountain
Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open The Door
The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong
The Pretenders – Middle Of The Road
Ratt – Round And Round
REO Speedwagon – Time For Me To Fly
Rush – Closer To The Heart
Rush – Fly By Night
Rush - Freewill
Rush – Limelight
Rush – Spirit Of Radio
Rush - Subdivisions
The Scorpions – No One Like You
Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
Stevie Nicks – Stand Back
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Crossfire
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride And Joy
Styx – Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
Styx – Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Styx – Renegade
Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Here Comes My Girl
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You Got Lucky
Van Halen – I’ll Wait
Van Halen – (Oh) Pretty Woman
Van Halen - Unchained
The Who – Eminence Front
The Who – Love Reign O’er Me
Yes - Roundabout
ZZ Top – Give Me All Your Lovin’
ZZ Top – Got Me Under Pressure
ZZ Top – I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
ZZ Top – I Thank You

even accounting for regional and generational differences, i have no idea how this is possible, but i am fascinated by the idea that it IS possible. i'm also fascinated by the science experiment this makes possible: what exactly is it like to hear each of these songs for the first time? in lieu of a proper laboratory setting with wires and machines and doctors in lab coats, i am offering this thread, in which we will force the good doctor to listen to one song per day, in random order, and record his responses.

i'll start with what i thought, until just now, was one of the most classicrock of these classicrock songs:

the doors - roadhouse blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pEMd1SdkAE

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:02 (five years ago) link

Most of these are terrible tbh apart from ZZ Top.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:07 (five years ago) link

And Lovin Touchin Squeezin

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:08 (five years ago) link

And the Townshend and Who tunes. And "Southern Man."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:09 (five years ago) link

i have no idea how this is possible

^^^

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:10 (five years ago) link

and Hocus Pocus by Focus.

I had a serious Peace Frog fixation in junior high.

Brio2, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:10 (five years ago) link

this list is 80% gold

g simmel, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:11 (five years ago) link

Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See

I thought this was by Grand Funk until today.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:11 (five years ago) link

Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding. Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile egg-shell mind!

Brio2, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:14 (five years ago) link

to be fair those Bob Seger songs are pretty obscure

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

Not on my classic rock station!

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding. Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile egg-shell mind!

would've been a good thread title.

(except doctor casino wouldn't have recognized it and wouldn't have known he should open the door and come in.)

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:17 (five years ago) link

yeah, those seger songs were, and still are, huge where i come from. especially the 1st, 4th and 5th songs.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:19 (five years ago) link

"Against the Wind" def not obscure. I'll admit to not knowing the other Seger songs.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:20 (five years ago) link

Come on guys. I mean, "Against the Wind"? "Rock'n'Roll Never Forgets"? Probably some deep cuts or b-sides.

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:21 (five years ago) link

Hipster stuff

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:21 (five years ago) link

those seger songs are hella not obscure. "hollywood nights" rules. but then most of thise list rules and shakey has gone off the deep end.

resulting post (rogermexico.), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:21 (five years ago) link

Lol, Pres. Keyes.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:22 (five years ago) link

People forgetting "Rock & Roll Never Forgets".

Dark days.

Brio2, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:23 (five years ago) link

come back, baby

resulting post (rogermexico.), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:24 (five years ago) link

haha.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:27 (five years ago) link

paging doctor casino: keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel, please. we're gonna have a real good time.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:27 (five years ago) link

Fire Down Below, Hollywood Nights and Rock & Roll Never Forgets all awesome

g simmel, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:28 (five years ago) link

I love Hocus Pocus, but I don't think I've heard it on Classic Rock radio. That one I discovered through other means like Eminem mashups.

MarkoP, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:29 (five years ago) link

Doctor Casino, one of the Thorogood soba is a Bo Diddly cover and another one is a John Lee Hooker cover, if that helps at all

how's life, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:32 (five years ago) link

Songs, not soba.

how's life, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:32 (five years ago) link

and one is a hank williams cover.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:34 (five years ago) link

People forgetting "Rock & Roll Never Forgets".

Dark days.

― Brio2, Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:23 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha, I just checked my local classic rock station's recently played tracks, and this was on an hour ago.

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:36 (five years ago) link

it's possible Doctor Casino has just been subject to a string of really weird luck

resulting post (rogermexico.), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:39 (five years ago) link

hard to believe these would be unfamiliar to anyone who's been listening to CR radio for more than a minute. note: my minutes may be longer than most:

Bob Seger – Against The Wind
Bob Seger – Rock & Roll Never Forgets
Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife
The Doors – Roadhouse Blues
The Eagles – Heartache Tonight
Foreigner - Urgent
Jackson Browne – The Load-Out / Stay (Live)
Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath
Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
Journey – Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze
Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ with Disaster
Nazareth – Love Hurts
Neil Young – Southern Man
Outfield – Your Love
Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open The Door
Rush – Fly By Night
The Scorpions – No One Like You
Styx – Renegade
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Here Comes My Girl
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – You Got Lucky
Van Halen – (Oh) Pretty Woman
Yes - Roundabout
ZZ Top – I Thank You

Pew Nornographers (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:48 (five years ago) link

I'm really wondering what IS on DC's classic rock station if these aren't?

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:50 (five years ago) link

DC being Doctor Casino, but maybe Washington DC has some weird regional variant of AOR too...

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 20:51 (five years ago) link

aaahahahah YOU GUYS

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:08 (five years ago) link

okay so just for those not in the first thread, to establish that i am not just a complete amateur phony - (1) i will freely concede that i bet a bunch of these turn out to be things i TOTALLY KNOW (2) my excuse for the rest remains "regional differences" - Atlanta classic rock radio 1990-1999 is probably really different from Akron AOR/classic rock radio 1980-1990!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:11 (five years ago) link

the doctor is in!

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:16 (five years ago) link

ROADHOUSE BLUES: Was digging the opening, kinda sinister bump-ba-bump - someone should loop that for hours for some kinda dance classic. Kinda loses me as soon as the harmonica and piano and stuff comes in, oh lord, this is going to be the Doors trying to be really BLUESY isn't it? And it is. I'm sure I've heard the "hands upon the whee-ul" thing before - maybe in Dylan that I can't place while this is playing. I'm sure that'd be Dylan mining some of the same source material, mind.

This is probably my least favorite kind of classic rock, but this would be interesting from a historical/forensic standpoint if this recording is really ground zero for this kind of thing - I mean obviously the Animals and so on, but this seems like more the specific template for a filled-out American bar band chugging along at a country bar and insisting repeatedly that they're out on the road, doing stuff on the road, being at a road house, roading. Bad Company. This is getting better as it goes and they try to do the "laid back" thing. I can't believe it, but Jim Morrison scatting is a little better than Jim Morrison roaring and groaning. OH GOD now he's being loud again. SAVE OUR CITY... from this terrible song!

Is this the like standard version? The ending seems really flubbed, like too quiet on the final note, should be more Bra-DANNNnNGGGGGnnnnnnn--GUH!

Wikipedia confirms that a cover of this was used in the film Road House. I have seen that movie and liked it, would watch again, which is not how I feel about "Roadhouse Blues."

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:21 (five years ago) link

- Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Dude.

- Grateful Dead – Casey Jones

Dude!

- The Doors – Touch Me

DUDE!

Dreamland, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:21 (five years ago) link

My exact thought process, but you've gotta hear those and report back!

Dreamland, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:22 (five years ago) link

On the other thread, I confirmed that on further investigation, I do know (and dislike) "Wonderful Tonight." I also realized I left "Run To You" in which is just an outright mistake. I suspect other errors may crop up, if this project lasts.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:22 (five years ago) link

just FYI Atlanta classic rock radio was definitely playing Marshall Tucker Band in the 90s

macklin' rosie (crüt), Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:25 (five years ago) link

I also realized I left "Run To You" in which is just an outright mistake.

Ha, that was the one that surprised me most but I was willing to consider that there was a regional difference.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:30 (five years ago) link

If every review is as good as the one you just did for Roadhouse Blues, this is going to be one of my favorite threads ever.

I'm curious, which station in Atlanta 1990-1999? Because the monolithic rock giant in Minnesota, KQRS, sounds much the same to me now as it did in the 80s. I mean, that Marshall Tucker track hasn't gone away in 40 years.

wild-eyed, high-volume bursts of pious indignation (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:33 (five years ago) link

this is going to be the Doors trying to be really BLUESY

i'm pretty sure this is the first song i ever heard where i was aware that it was in fact a blues. i hated it, as i would come to hate all blues at that point in my young life. i have since come to understand and love the blues, but not this rendering of it. i'll generally turn the dial if this comes on, unless i'm in a very particular mood, in which case the hands upon the wheeee-ul part reminds me of high school and my wannabe dazed & confused years and then, for those exact four minutes, i will be quite happy. but that doesn't happen a lot.

Is this the like standard version? The ending seems really flubbed, like too quiet on the final note, should be more Bra-DANNNnNGGGGGnnnnnnn--GUH!

this is the standard studio version. and i agree w/you.

thank you for playing!!! this project will last as long as you keep playing.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:34 (five years ago) link

Z93 is my reference point here - distinct from Fox 97 (friendly oldies 60-70, lot of Beatles, Motown, Four Seasons etc.) and Oldies Lake 102 (a doomed, tiny station that played absolutely wonderful 50s nuggets). The "Z" is the giveaway that it would be a tough, hard-drivin' station.

FWIW, my list is the off-the-top-of-my-head exceptions to a much larger list posted by some dude in the poll thread - I know Marshall Tucker Band! Just not that song! I think!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:36 (five years ago) link

DC classic rock stations play "Guilty of Being White" once an hour

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:36 (five years ago) link

haha i will keep playing as long as i actually have time to goof off on ILX as much as I prefer to

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:36 (five years ago) link

lol xp

macklin' rosie (crüt), Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:37 (five years ago) link

yay! xp

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 19 June 2014 21:38 (five years ago) link

Yeah, /Tales/, /Relayer/ and /Going for the One/ are all you need IMO. But if you wanna go fucking nuts, here's a massive guide I wrote back in May.
--the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱)

Thanks! I look forward to reading!

Iago Galdston, Monday, 12 October 2015 01:35 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Watching The Doors today, I had many thoughts, and many of them led me back to this thread. Indians scattered on Donuts Highway.

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 10 April 2016 05:15 (three years ago) link

hi dr. c!!! hi scattered indians of this long-dormant thread!

this would be a perfect time to welcome y'all back with a doors song, but i'm afraid we've already played all the doors songs in our box. so let's stay in la, jump ahead a decade and see if anyone's still listening out there.

SONG #45: VAN HALEN "(OH) PRETTY WOMAN"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spvhWQh61fM

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:15 (three years ago) link

the fact checker in me hates, hates, hates that they re-punctuated this cover from "oh, pretty woman" to "(oh) pretty woman" for no apparent reason.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:20 (three years ago) link

sidebar i have always hated that the song was not just called pretty woman from the getgo

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:23 (three years ago) link

it appears, based on quick and totally not thorough google research, that it was in fact originally called pretty woman but the oh was quickly added and was there by the time the original became a hit.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 05:30 (three years ago) link

Feel like you almost HAVE to have the version with "Intruder" at the beginning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9t9kxm-s6Y

T.L.O.P.son (Phil D.), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:46 (three years ago) link

Feel like you almost HAVE to have the version with "Intruder" at the beginning.

do classic rock stations play it that way? (i have no idea!)

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:08 (three years ago) link

The one I listened to growing up used to.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:18 (three years ago) link

That was one of the ones we had two versions of - just Pretty Woman and the one with Intruder above.

The Intruder one was used mostly on weekends or when the PD was going for a "deep cut" but also playing a hit at the same time.

(Some songs were never split, like Sirius/Eye in the Sky).

pplains, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:35 (three years ago) link

I remember the DJs using "Intruder" as a pre-song blather soundtrack.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:47 (three years ago) link

Very very glad to see this thread back. I've got some mixed-up stuff going on in my life right now, and posts may come in spurts, but it's always been a good time in here, y'all. Thanks, fcc.

Before I start in on Van Halen's Orbison cover, I should say that in general I like Roth-era Van Halen, but I only own the first two LPs, and really only know the first one, which I got into around 2003 and played a lot, even attempting a very abortive cover of "Runnin' With the Devil" after I learned the solo (and almost nothing else) on keyboard. I put "Atomic Punk" on a mix-tape even. They're a real hot, fun band, great playing, and I think a good eye for material. Their "You Really Got Me" never struck me as any kind of revelation versus the Kinks', but it's pretty rockin'. The only track from II that's ever really made it into my canon is "Dance The Night Away" - I've enjoyed the record every time I've put it on but there just aren't as many obvious standout classics. But the records after that have all remained totally unknown to me except the big singles off 1984 of course.

As for "Oh, Pretty Woman," it strikes me off the bat as a good choice of something to cover. Of all of Orbison's hits, it's maybe the least dependent on Roy Orbison specifically. Don't get me wrong - his "rrrrrowr!" and "Mercy!" are really essential to his recording, but the hook isn't his ethereal, unmistakable voice the way it is on "Only The Lonely" or so many other cuts, but something available to any halfway-competent garage band: that riff, in tandem with the building rhythm section behind it. Lyrically there's almost nothing there. Van Halen having a reliably lockstep rhythm section and a big-deal frontman, it seems like a good template for them to play around with, with the x factor being where the heck does their star freakout guitarist fit in? I'm assuming it's too much to hope that "Intruder" will be a Peter Gabriel cover, so let's just plunge in and see....

Ha, "Intruder" almost might as well be a Peter Gabriel cover in a way - spooky, scrapey soundscapes. This is maybe where their trustworthy roadhouse rhythm team lets them down a little bit - here you don't need a bedrock to give structure to the guitar theatrics but for the drums to become part of the freaky adventure, adding tension and suspense rather than the certainty of the backbeat. I guess it'd work as a curtain-raiser at a concert, with the laser light and smoke machine going... when will they take the stage??

And here they are! Well, the riff sounds awesome. The vocals though - this is weird. The way they're overdubbing it almost sounds like they're really trying to sound Orbison for the one line "Pretty woman," but it's a funny fit for the rest of their sound and I really prefer it when it's Roth by himself. Decent job on the "mercy" and the "rrrrowr" if not quite as electrifying as the banshee shrieks from the first album. OTOH I think Eddie finds a nice role for himself here, filling all the miscellaneous bits and pieces of space with more activity than you'd expect but not to the point where it's just uncomfortably busy. The little "ah!" thunka-thunka break there was pretty cool.

Second listen through. I dunno, this is pretty punchy radio-rock for its period, but sort of lacking enough specialness to justify the exercise. Feel like an original generic bar-blues number might have done just as well - Roth isn't able to stretch and transform the bare-bones lyrics or lend them a new meaning really. You'd expect him to somehow sex them up, add hints of fire and excess but maybe there's something fundamentally limiting about the song's scenario, which actually is pretty well-tuned to Roy Orbison's persona. I just don't picture DLR going "well, if that's the way it's gonna be, okay." "Okay" is right.

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:41 (three years ago) link

er, "trying to sound LIKE Orbison," excuse me!

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:41 (three years ago) link

Is it not generally understood, by the way, that a lot of DLR's screams were electronically assisted? The a cappella Running With the Devil vocal track shows this pretty clearly. That's a Harmonizer, that is.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:38 (three years ago) link

The way they're overdubbing it almost sounds like they're really trying to sound Orbison for the one line "Pretty woman," but it's a funny fit for the rest of their sound and I really prefer it when it's Roth by himself.

agreed. and i usually love VH's gang vocals. but i do think the harmonies work really well here on the "pretty woman stop awhile" bridge.

perfectly ok single, never did a whole lot for me, kinda think it might've been better totally camped up as a DLR solo track.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 18 April 2016 02:10 (three years ago) link

Also, the video makes exactly 0 sense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWQRDI7mTyw

pplains, Monday, 18 April 2016 02:23 (three years ago) link

try to imagine axl rose singing this one.

SONG #46: AC/DC "SHOOT TO THRILL"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gDch1p4c_M

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 01:15 (three years ago) link

Wowwwwwwww at that Pretty Woman video. Oscillates between offensively awful and more wtf, like how sometimes video-booth karaoke will throw up this random weird B-reel footage from god knows what direct-to-video shoot. What does any of that have to do with anything? So strange.

sisterhood of the baggering vance (Doctor Casino), Monday, 25 April 2016 05:07 (three years ago) link

(AC/DC response to come tomorrow!)

sisterhood of the baggering vance (Doctor Casino), Monday, 25 April 2016 05:08 (three years ago) link

That's sure some 1981 thinking of "Sure seems a bit rapey... I know! Let's make her a guy in drag. That'll make it more funny than rapey."

pplains, Monday, 25 April 2016 13:15 (three years ago) link

you say 1981 thinking, I say cocaine, let's call the whole thing awful.

Three Word Username, Monday, 25 April 2016 13:16 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

I just heard "Shoot to Thrill" on the car radio and made the connection. Shit.

Well, so, "Shoot to Thrill," ladies and gentlemen... it's an AC/DC song. During the intro - not the opening growls of guitar but once the groove gets going - I almost thought it was "It's A Long Way To The Top," but this song is less interesting and reminds me of why I don't like a lot of their most-played songs: just a lot of repeating the big slogan-like chorus that basically just declares that the lead singer guy (either one) is a really wild dangerous tough guy or whatever. He shoots to thrill, he's got big balls, he's TNT, he's back in black, he's on the highway to hell... like ugggggggh sing about something else for fuck's sake! I'm over it.

Nonetheless the band still rocks really great - very punchy production without losing a sense of grit and oomph, or sucking the life out of that rhythm section; again the drummer is essential here, with like the little swing thrown into the "gonna take you down" part. I also like the sorta spacier breakdown, which anticipates "For Those About To Rock" (which I've always liked, partly for not sounding so much like their usual fare) while getting quickly back to the driving beat. The "shoot yeah! shoot yeah! Aaa! Aaa!" part is reasonably cool and I like what the lead guitar is doing after that - this is a hot, live band, and if you go see them you'll get rocked. Would make a very good opening track for the set, but boy would it be a better song without that boring chorus.

In the end, thumbs up I guess, it does rock and sounded good in the car (better than it does in my hotel room tbqh), but I wonder, if they hadn't released it, would anyone notice? Or if they released it instead of one of those other big ones, would it be accepted as a stone-cold classic in its place? If they'd been a one-hit wonder with, say, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," (my favorite of theirs) would that have basically been all the world needs of AC/DC?

mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:36 (two years ago) link

But then we wouldn't have "Jailbreak".

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 01:05 (two years ago) link

Boring chorus??

jmm, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 01:14 (two years ago) link

BORING

CHORUS

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:26 (two years ago) link

Doc

buddy

we need to talk

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:26 (two years ago) link

sure, the great wall of china would have been fine at a few feet long, people would have got the general idea. it's a wall, call it a day. but what makes it GREAT is that it kept fucking GOING

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:32 (two years ago) link

right but for your average invader, one perpendicular encounter with a small slice of wall tells you all you need to know. anyone really want to walk the length of the thing?

it's also like, y'know, you can be a sexy confident awesome rock star frontman and not have to just sing about that all the time. mick jagger sang about all kinds of shit! i don't think the stones would be more great-wall-like if "satisfaction" had been him shrieking "I'M SO SATISFYIN', THERE'S NO DENYIN', I GET SATISFIED, IT AIN'T NO LIE!" for five minutes. or like, "I'M A STREET FIGHTIN' MAN! YOU UNDERSTAND! SING FOR A ROCK AND ROLL BAND! GOT AN ACE IN MY HAND!" or whatever.

ac/dc - who at times do bring more rockin' thunder to the table than the stones ever muster - at other times just feel so redudnant. even their name is sort of repetitious. probably if they'd only put out a couple albums and it was clearer to me, hey, there are these two perfect slabs of this one sound and this one type of song, they're wall to wall classics, go buy them, but somehow their catalog seems to drown out what's good about them through sheer quantity of it.

mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:53 (two years ago) link

I think Bon Scott's lyrics had more variety to them: busting out of jail, being a hitman for hire, loving an overweight woman, ...

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:59 (two years ago) link

... having big balls

niels, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:18 (two years ago) link

Yeah, the lyrics definitely went downhill after Scott died, and that's mostly due to the Young brothers taking over a lot of the writing - Brian Johnson was literally just the voice for decades, hardly contributing anything. I also blame Mutt Lange for the change in the band; starting on Highway to Hell, their songs got a lot slower: less boogie, more stomp.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:25 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

exactly how i pictured dr. c throughout this thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGTaA6d3BXQ

fact checking cuz, Monday, 29 July 2019 04:24 (three weeks ago) link

I can't even begin watching that video because

Who the hell wears a Braves hat with a Yankees poster on the wall?

pplains, Monday, 29 July 2019 13:19 (three weeks ago) link

he's just a classic Yankees-Braves-Steelers-Tar Heels fan

lion king 2: the gift and the curse (voodoo chili), Monday, 29 July 2019 13:28 (three weeks ago) link

No way a Braves/Tar Heels fan is hearing Skynyrd for the first time.

pplains, Monday, 29 July 2019 13:51 (three weeks ago) link

I ff'd to 7:52 where it kicks into gear and wasn't disappointed.

Though I never thought I'd hear the words "N_____! Skynyrd!" until now.

pplains, Monday, 29 July 2019 13:56 (three weeks ago) link

Ok that vid is p lolz

Οὖτις, Monday, 29 July 2019 14:10 (three weeks ago) link

“this a casual break up right here”

lol

budo jeru, Monday, 29 July 2019 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

'reacts' videos are very charming and fun, got a major soft spot for those

global tetrahedron, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:12 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I like watching dudes listen to Rush for the first time in particular.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:17 (three weeks ago) link

i cherish this thread btw

budo jeru, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:22 (three weeks ago) link

'reacts' videos are very charming and fun, got a major soft spot for those

this was a "reacts" thread! not having dr. c do all his posts via video was possibly a mistake.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:34 (three weeks ago) link

I love react videos because I wish I could be that enthusiastic about anything. Man, the part where the guitarists start soloing (or overdubbing, I have no idea) in unison ...

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:48 (three weeks ago) link

aw. miss this thread.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:05 (two weeks ago) link

Xp to josh, it’s def overdubs, Allen Collins plays all the guitars during the solo

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:10 (two weeks ago) link

heck of a solo

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:13 (two weeks ago) link

this is a much shorter thread than In Which Doctor Casino Sees Old Hollywood Classics that Fall Short of 21st Century Political Acceptability for the First Time would be.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:39 (two weeks ago) link

har hardy har

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 03:24 (two weeks ago) link

*crosses self*

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 03:40 (two weeks ago) link

morbius with the sweet lovin' better than a white line

Vape Store (crüt), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 04:00 (two weeks ago) link


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