Big & Rich: Album of the Decade?

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Fuck it. This should not be hidden in a fucking Toby Keith thread:

By the way, I didn't see much of the country awards last night, but Big & Rich's performance was COMPLETELY. FUCKING. INSANE. Easily the most entertaining live musical performance I've seen on TV in, I dunno, forever. (Since, what, Funky Four Plus One on Saturday Night Live in '81? Public Image Ltd on American Bandstand in '80? Something like that. I dunno, maybe I'm forgetting something. But still...)

-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004.

OMMFG I saw the Big & Rich video too and all I could think was "This is Chuck Eddy's FAVORITE BAND AND/OR VIDEO EVER."

-- Matos W.K. (michaelangelomato...), May 27th, 2004.

Frank Kogan's two cents:

Don Allred's two cents:

-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004.

The more I hear about Big and Rich, the more I'm definitely thinking I must hear this album. I take it they have a website?

-- Ned Raggett (ne...), May 27th, 2004.

Yeah, my Big & Rich magnum opus leads the Voice music section next week. (Album of the decade? Only time will tell.)

-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004.

I didn't see much of the country awards last night, but Big & Rich's performance was COMPLETELY. FUCKING. INSANE.

Which song did they do? Wonder if this'll be rebroadcast. I fuggin love these guys right now. Though the songs *may* all be about 30-75 seconds too long. But what to cut out???


-- frankE (frankeeeeeeee...), May 27th, 2004.

I got that CD about a month ago but it got lost in a cleaning shuffle. (Some folks clean to bring out the stuff they need; I clean to hide it.) Must. Find. ASAP.

-- Matos W.K. (michaelangelomato...), May 27th, 2004.

"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Heh heh. (The songs are long, yeah, but they're long like 12-inch disco mixes! It's a whole new thang...)

-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004.

Ned, you will fucking DIE. They're the U.S.E. or Junior Senior of country!

-- Matos W.K. (michaelangelomato...), May 27th, 2004.

(well, probably not, but I wanted to whet Ned's appetite. and Chuck--you REALLY need to hear the United State of Electronica record.)

-- Matos W.K. (michaelangelomato...), May 27th, 2004.

The songs are long, yeah, but they're long like 12-inch disco mixes! It's a whole new thang...

SERIOUSLY! I'm especially big on Wild West Show (western epic as breakup metaphor, the plaintive "Hey Ya."s, the imagery, is that Zamfir I hear blowin?, the list goes on), Drinkin' 'bout You...shit. The whole thing. Can't wait for the article, Chuck.

-- frankE (frankeeeeeeee...), May 27th, 2004.

...and those "Hey ya" are hardly a booty (or bullride) call. It's great use of trope.

-- frankE (frankeeeeeeee...), May 27th, 2004.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm scared of your pronouncements, Chuck. Not because I've heard what you're talking about and I already think it's bad, but because when you talk about it, the way you reference things doesn't make me want to hear it. (12 inch disco mix neo country tunes? sounds excruciating)

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:38 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha Chuck didn't post that!

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:38 (sixteen years ago) link

" "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Heh heh. (The songs are long, yeah, but they're long like 12-inch disco mixes! It's a whole new thang...)

-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004."

am I reading this wrong?

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

no, you got it shakey.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:43 (sixteen years ago) link

this i must here.

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:43 (sixteen years ago) link

from the holy shit montgomery gentry thread:

" (My single of the year so far, which may not make my top ten list unless I find out what it is, may well be This remix of some Montgomery Gentry-like hard-rocking country song I heard on Bethlehem PA's Cat Country Radio station featuring a unbelievably hard-swinging '70s arena metal 16th note drum funk break, which eventually turns into an extended rap section by a guy named, um, Cowboy Somebody. I only heard it once. If anybody has ANY idea what it is, I absolutely beg that they tell me.""

Looks like this is "Rollin (The Ballad of Big & Rich)" by Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy, first (!!!) song on THEIR album, which means the cut immediately preceding "Wild West Show," which is ANOTHER one of the year's best singles so far. Rap lyrics from the lyric sheet, holy fuck: "BAak home we love to dance/We could be two-steppin' or ravin to trance/And when the party is crunk the girls back it up/We've got the systems in the cars and the 20s on the trucks..."

-- chuck (cedd...), April 26th, 2004.


actually, listening to the song with cowboy troy in it again, though, i doubt it will make my top ten singles.......and it may not rock as hard as I thought at first....very weird to hear without warning on country radio, though.
(The press release calls Cowboy Troy "the world's only six foot five inch, 250 pound black cowboy rapper, who throws down in three languages and has a degree in economics to boot." "Wild West Show" has a chorus that goes "hey yaaaaa" and guitars that totally sound like a spaghetti western or something, and Big and Rich say that their fans listen to Ludacris and Outkast and Kenny Chesney and Johnny Cash and Kid Rock, and that "Nashville's going to catch up with that"...."Life's as large as you want to make it.")

-- chuck (cedd...), April 26th, 2004.


Or maybe the song with the rap in it (not the only one on the album, it turns out, though the most blatant one) DOES rock as hard as I thought it di.d (Hey, I just noticed part of it is rapped in Spanish too, cool, and then it goes into a hamsterdance squeak for a second). (And the album verges toward rock en espanol now and then, too.) Well anyway, I got a few months to decide if the song'll make my top ten I guess. Album looks like a top ten possibility for sure. (PS Did I mention Will to Power cover both "Man of Constant Sorrow" AND "The Bottle" by Gil Scott Heron on THEIR new LP? I can already tell this year's top ten is gonna be impossible to whittle down. And to think some people out there still think music sucks now. Jeezus. THEY suck.)
-- chuck (cedd...), April 27th, 2004.


If I hear one more redneck comment blindly on terrorism (a la that idiot Toby Keith), I'll flip.
-- uh (enochsnowj...), April 27th, 2004.


That song sounds totally dope, chuck. You know, of course, that Rich of Big&Rich co-wrote "Redneck Woman," right? And that the best song on that Gretchen Wilson album is a gospel song about drag-racing chariots? And you've heard the scratching on "If you ever stopped loving me," right?
And to Eddie: I admire your brave stand; like I said, I used to feel that way, that there were whole segments of the country that I could snub because they weren't as enlightened as me. Then I realized that that is really fucking arrogant so I stopped. I was so much older then, etc.

-- Begs2Differ (cibul...), April 27th, 2004

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:58 (sixteen years ago) link

from the rollin' 2004 country thread:

I just saw the CMT premiere of Big & Rich's new vide, "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)", it was the most delightfully over the top thing I've ever seen.
-- Al (hoteloper...), May 15th, 2004.


Damn, I turned on CMT, and they showed just a little snippet of it, and Big and Rich had top hats and frilly shirts on and stuff and were being interviewed between SheDaisy and Kenny Chesnesy clips, but I totally missed their video. I'll see it eventually, though, I'm sure. The album is FAR AND AWAY the best album of 2004, though. ANY genre.
-- chuck (cedd...), May 17th, 2004.


Rollin' is a truly fantastic single that I would love to see performed live at, say, the Illinois State Fair whilst drunk. Thanks to Chuck for the tip.
-- frankE (frankeeeeeeee...), May 17th, 2004.


It's not Randy Newman's "Rollin'," is it?
-- J0hn Darn1elle (edito...), May 17th, 2004.


Been watching CMT and a lot of stuff sounds like U2/Police/Simple Minds/Midnight Oil! Is this a new development? In the video of Paul Brandt's "Leavin'" he's 'playing' an acoustic guitar while there's this 'Another Green Joshua Tree World" delay-pedal'd-distortion+huge-floor-tom drone happening!
-- dave q (scrape10...), May 17th, 2004.


Perhaps it means that beat wise country can only get up to 1979 or so but that guitar wise ye olde 'modern rock' is safe now.
-- Ned Raggett (ne...), May 17th, 2004.


Big & Rich's beats go well past 1979. (So do Shania Twain's and Leann Rimes's, actually, and probably some other people's.) And Big & Rich's concept of rollin' has more to do with Fred Durst's or *Rawhide*'s than Randy Newman's. (Though their album does have a song about not being the right height for the town they live in, for whatever that's worth. Not to mention a sort of Hoagy Carmichael mint-julep lazy riverboat ballad number that Randy might appreciate.)
-- chuck (cedd...), May 17th, 2004.


Are Big & Rich the Country Neptunes?
-- The Huckle-Buck (handsomishbo...), May 17th, 2004.

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Here in small-town Iowa, where it's rural with a capital ROO, I know high school kids who don't listen to nothin' but hip-hop & country. From a conversation at the bowling alley the other night: "That rock-n-roll shit just don't get the subs thumpin'."

briania (briania), Thursday, 27 May 2004 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I tuned into the CMA Awards just in time to see the end of the woman who sang before Big & Rich, and then watched their number. The one guy (Big, I guess) looks like a pro wrestler. I thought I saw one of the cheerleaders flash her ass at the camera, too. But musically, they didn't do a whole lot for me. (Gosh, big surprise.) I just checked out their website, heard snips of three songs. If I did buy the record, I'd probably listen to it twice, then never want to hear it again, just like the last couple of Missy Elliott records.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Thursday, 27 May 2004 19:56 (sixteen years ago) link

More from the Toby thread:

the wierdest thing about the Big and Rich thing last nite, was whoever the girl singer that performed before then (didn't see her just caught her right as she got done)....suddenely raised her hands in a jesus pose and exclaimed "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN....COUNTRY MUSIC.....WITHOUT PREJUDICE!!!!" (George Michael reference?? you never know??) and then fell into the crowd like one of those trust building excerises and they caught her and then Big and Rich came out and the one dude was wearing a weird top hat....
I were very confused.

-- M@tt He1geson (mat...), May 27th, 2004.


I will now be hearing all Dan's posts in the voice of Cowboy Troy (?)
-- Andrew Farrell (afarrel...), May 27th, 2004.


Wait, was the girl singer Gretchen Wilson (who now has the second most popular album in the United States, half written by half of Big & Rich)? Did she do "Redneck Woman"?? Must've been. Damn, I missed her..
-- chuck (cedd...), May 27th, 2004.

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 20:34 (sixteen years ago) link

very greensleeves

cinniblount (James Blount), Thursday, 27 May 2004 23:06 (sixteen years ago) link

This album will be waiting for me when I go back home tonight. Sweet sweet digital theft. (actually buying a copy could be tricky, now that I think about it).

It also contains a track about how the protagonist is always getting his ass kicked.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 27 May 2004 23:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Listening to the record right now (at record streaming). This is good stuff--even the non-crunk tracks. I'm a sucker for big glossy pop country though--the fur coats and Cowboy Troy are just lagniappe.

adam (adam), Thursday, 27 May 2004 23:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Can someone translate all this into English for me please?

Alternatively, just describe in 50 words or less, in clear and simple English, the music of Big and Rich and why it's worth bothering with.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 28 May 2004 07:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Er, do you mean "British"?? I don't think that's possible....

chuck, Friday, 28 May 2004 16:08 (sixteen years ago) link

That cover is fantastic! Okay, made my mind up -- not sure how much record shopping I'll be doing this weekend, but should I see it cheap somewhere, I will buy it. Otherwise, Mr. Farrell is a wise and good man. Matos's comparisons way upthread also intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to his newsletter. (Say, has someone reviewed it for the Seattle Weekly yet? Can I?)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I dled "Rollin'" and it is far superior to the Limp Bizkit song of the same name if just as calculated.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Friday, 28 May 2004 16:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Last weeks Voice mentions your Big and Rich article going up on the web today. That going to happen?

danh, Friday, 28 May 2004 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

while we are waiting
for chuck to answer dan h
let me just weigh in:

i just picked this up
it is indeed ass-kicking
country hip-hop funk

i'm not sure where it
will end up in my top ten
(or more like top five)

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Friday, 28 May 2004 20:04 (sixteen years ago) link

The magnum opus is up!

And this is related (and they're inside a picture frame, too!!):

chuck, Friday, 28 May 2004 20:28 (sixteen years ago) link

you're all kidding right?

this is even worse than kid rock.

reo, Friday, 28 May 2004 20:36 (sixteen years ago) link

out of the way dude
you go hang back with the brutes
all alone and sad

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Friday, 28 May 2004 20:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Begs2Differ just made the post of the year.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 28 May 2004 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I keep finding a new favorite song on this album. Right now, oddly enough, it's Holy Water. Oddly enough, since it's the least disco. But that chorus really shows how great their harmonies are.

frankE (frankE), Friday, 28 May 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

actually ned
I came back to retract that
as unduly harsh

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Saturday, 29 May 2004 00:10 (sixteen years ago) link

A few important things about Big and Rich that I left out of my Voice piece, which kept occurring to me as "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" kept blasting out of Pennsylvania country stations this weekend:

1. That they are a total and long-deserved slap in the fact to the sexless white-bread goody-goody PURITANISM of country, as typified not only by alt-style No Depression horseshit but also by such semi-talented superstar bores as George Strait, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, etc (all of whom have a few great moments, but who cares. Especially now.)

2. That their sudden ubiquitousness on country stations may well represent the most quantum leap taken by ANY musical genre in, I dunno, decades. At least.

3. That the preacher stuff at the beginning and rap in the middle of "Rollin'" always make me think of "Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out)" by the Hombres.

4. That the way they pronounce "sit-TAY" and "prit-TAY" in "Save a Horse" always reminds me of old funk guys, especially Larry Blackmon of Cameo, and I assume this is absolutely intentional.

5. That the way they suddenly exclaim "...and we made LOVE!" in the same song has more sex in it than any country, rock, rap, pop, OR dance song to hit the radio in recent memory. Prove me wrong.

6. That their album could easily wind up being the first album by anybody that I give 30 points to on a Pazz and Jop ballot. Ever.

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 13:46 (sixteen years ago) link

and yet chuck old bean
"kick my ass" is clearly the
best song on the disc

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 13:51 (sixteen years ago) link

oh I take that back
'love train' might be best, 'real world,'
'drinkin' 'bout you,' argh

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 13:54 (sixteen years ago) link

That's the thing - "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" is what, only the sixth or seventh best song on the album, maybe? And yet, right now, it blows away everything on every available radio format in the nation. So what does that mean? How many hit singles are possible on this thing? When does it cross over to pop stations, and non-country dance clubs, and Beck fans? Will it sell as many copies as ZZ Top's *Eliminator* (which isn't even as *good*)?? What's that, octuple platinum or something? I mean, holy fuck....

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I didn't have the chance to find this around in Portland this weekend, but rest assured I am keeping it in mind. Perhaps this weekend, if I get up to Amoeba...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

>"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" is what, only the sixth or seventh best song on the album, maybe?<

Disclaimer: What I mean by this is that, since I've owned the album, I've ASSUMED that was only the sixth or seventh best song. But maybe I'm wrong: maybe the A&R people at Warners Nashville know something I don't. I would not have picked this track as one of the most obvious early singles, either. But if all the songs that sounded even better to me the first 20 times I heard the album sound even better than this one when they get released as radio singles, watch out...

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:22 (sixteen years ago) link

>total and long-deserved slap in the fact<

I mean "slap in the face," duh.

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Big Time reminds me a bit of Jimmy Buffet.

Also holy fuck the end of Real World!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

and actually
I didn't like "Wild West Show"
on the radio,

too "somber"/boring
as a single but on disc
it sounds very nice

good contrast to the
Western Myth song at the end,
but both are like "eh"

my daughter's fave song
is "six foot town", she always
laughs, "he's a giant!"

--and andrew OTM end of 'real world'--

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I actually really appreciate Chuck's point about the mainstream stodge -- as with any 'genre' as defined, there is a LOT of sheer identikit crap out there, and while it's important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to musical criticism, it's that dull sense of 'here ya go and it was just like everything else I've done for a long while, not to mention just like a lot of other stuff my peers have been doing, and it's sweet and dull and not much' which suffocates. I'm surprised at my dad's patience with his fave radio station sometimes.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:39 (sixteen years ago) link

By the way, K. Sanneh had a good piece on Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich in Sunday's NY Times, in case anybody missed it. (He seems to love both albums - and Montgomery Gentry's new one, too!)

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

But what about the end of Kick My Ass?!?!!? Where harmony gets all stuttery and goes kinda Fat Albert before Cowboy Troy comes in with some spanish MCing and then ... "Shoot me daddy, I'm Superman! I'm Superman!"

frankE (frankE), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:09 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah I love how he
offers her margaritas
and also pizza!

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Robert Parissi - most influential guitarist of all time?

dave q, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:36 (sixteen years ago) link

*checks* ! The guitarist for Wild Cherry, eh? Now I'm even more intrigued!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

"Green, green grass and a rubber Russian bimbo / No one's got a name for the brain in the Scarecrow"

easily best couplet of the year

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:46 (sixteen years ago) link

this Parissi dude
isn't on the album though!
what's his influence?

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:48 (sixteen years ago) link

>what's his influence?<

first it wasn't easy--
Changin' Rock & Roll and minds

chuck, Tuesday, 1 June 2004 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow, this album really is miraculously good. It is easily the most infectious, good time, smiley album I have heard in forever. I suspect my friends are going to get very (very, very, very) tired of me playing this on repeat in my car all summer. But tough shit, this is a summer driving CD.

I play guitar and I play my songs in the swuuuuuuuunnnshiiiiiiiiiiiiine!

Scott CE (Scott CE), Tuesday, 1 June 2004 17:07 (sixteen years ago) link

both "Rollin' and "Save A Horse" feature a banjo approximation of the James Bond theme. cool.

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought I heard Secret Agent Man in there somewhere.

danh, Wednesday, 2 June 2004 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Um, this album reminds me of the Cult's "Electric." But that's cool with me!

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Friday, 4 June 2004 12:29 (fifteen years ago) link

this album reminds me of the Cult's "Electric"

Haha, I just heard this last night for the first time and when "Wild West Show" came on I was like, "is this the Mission?" Roll on goth-country takeover!

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Friday, 4 June 2004 14:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Then it's even more genius! Haha, Chuck must now champion the Balaam and the Angel revival.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 4 June 2004 14:14 (fifteen years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 July 2012 04:56 (seven years ago) link

I read the title and was shocked the article wasn't just "Nothing."

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 27 July 2012 05:00 (seven years ago) link

i instapapered this

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 27 July 2012 05:00 (seven years ago) link

Great read.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Friday, 27 July 2012 16:09 (seven years ago) link

good piece.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 27 July 2012 16:14 (seven years ago) link

this thread is the clearest instance of ILX totally fucking me over.
i remember sitting there, 5 tracks into the big & rich cd i had just purchased, shaking my head, reading the thread again. checking the date, no...not april 1, wtf

you're all going to hello (Z S), Friday, 27 July 2012 16:41 (seven years ago) link

“Save a Horse” was meant to launch a new hybrid genre—”the South shall rock again,” wrote one critic in a review of the album that spawned the song.

no djp but I literally just spent 5 minutes trying to google the Big & Rich song "The South Shall Rock Again" inspired by Dom Passatino's Stylus review

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:08 (seven years ago) link

enjoyed that piece

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:11 (seven years ago) link

The second best moment in MM was when almost half the audience started singing "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:16 (seven years ago) link

this thread is the clearest instance of ILX totally fucking me over.
i remember sitting there, 5 tracks into the big & rich cd i had just purchased, shaking my head, reading the thread again. checking the date, no...not april 1, wtf

Still makes me lol that so many of you bought the cd and had the same reaction z s did

Algerian Goalkeeper, Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:20 (seven years ago) link

the whole phenomenon of ilxors who don't listen to country checking out a country album, recommended highly by posters who listen to a ton of country, and acting like they were punk'd is just weird

article kind of conveniently ignores that Big & Rich currently have their biggest country radio hit in years (a very un-"Save A Horse"-like song called "That's Why I Pray")

Nutri Grane (some dude), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:25 (seven years ago) link

no point recommending Dierks Bentley and Eric Church to ilxors :(

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:31 (seven years ago) link

i was swept up in save-a-horse-mania back in 04, but i actually liked the album and started listening to more country because of it. owned!!!

Hungry4Ass, Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:45 (seven years ago) link


skrill xx (cozen), Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:52 (seven years ago) link

xxpost -- my sweetie (the country fanatic) is all about Dierks but is kinda pissed with Church because she likes everything about "Springsteen" except, well, the title, in that she hates Bruce. (Which I'm all good with, as has been previously established).

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 July 2012 13:59 (seven years ago) link

maybe he coulda called it "Bruce" like the Rick Springfield song.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 14:02 (seven years ago) link

If only.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 July 2012 14:07 (seven years ago) link

"Springsteen" is so good, maybe in my top 10 for the year. can't really get w/ Church's other stuff, though.

it occurs to me that Horse Of A Different Color came out in 2004, a year or two before YouTube hit big and way before Spotify etc., so i guess that was kind of one of the last bastions of the "I heard this was good so i bought the CD and wtf!!!!" blind purchasing era.

Nutri Grane (some dude), Sunday, 29 July 2012 14:19 (seven years ago) link

so far "Springsteen" is probably my single of the year.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 14:24 (seven years ago) link


Listen to this, dad (President Keyes), Sunday, 29 July 2012 15:29 (seven years ago) link

"Springsteen" is my single of the year too. I like the album but it's still working its way with me.

Euler, Sunday, 29 July 2012 16:33 (seven years ago) link

It's funny in that I was hearing it on every radio station in my old town, but I moved last month & here suddenly the stations are mostly rock stations! I think we have one country station. (moved from great plains to midwest) This is maybe the only downside in getting the f outta Dodge-ish.

Euler, Sunday, 29 July 2012 16:35 (seven years ago) link

springsteen is catchy as hell but i wish there was a reference to making out to "secret garden" just to reaffirm this dude was not a teen in the 80s

da croupier, Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:20 (seven years ago) link

though that his video's americana is full of double-car garages is an honest update of the cliche

da croupier, Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:23 (seven years ago) link

point out to me the teens making out to "Secret Garden."

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:31 (seven years ago) link

no you perv

da croupier, Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:33 (seven years ago) link

I'm trying to remember whether Jerry Maguire was popular enough to drag a halfwitted Springsteen outtake into the top twenty or if the tune had a fan base already.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:35 (seven years ago) link

jerry maguire totally carried 'secret garden' - there was a radio version w/ lines from the movie patched in. happened w/ 'my heart will go on' and then reached it's zenith when radio would just play bits of the titanic score w/ kate winslet gasping 'jack! jack!' over it. actually kinda miss it, would really love it if some radio station would patch in bane quotes onto 'wide awake' or whatever.

balls, Sunday, 29 July 2012 20:03 (seven years ago) link

here it is! -

also totally didn't realise until now he sings 'she'll let you in her mouth/if the words you say are right'. not as horrifying as realizing marty balin sings 'i got a taste of the world/when i went down on you girl' in 'miracles' but still a bit uh.

balls, Sunday, 29 July 2012 20:08 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

No Big & Rich inaugural poem. ;_;

to each his own but (Eazy), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 04:42 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

is this stupid album still giving y'all chills?

Cory Sklar, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:13 (four years ago) link

is this stupid album still worth hearing for the first time a decade later? (i only vaguely remember the "ride a cowboy" song if that's on there)

soyrev, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:27 (four years ago) link

much better albums have been released in the interim

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:29 (four years ago) link


soyrev, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:39 (four years ago) link

one year passes...
one year passes...

Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.

— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

A legitimately terrible group from the start

omar little, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 01:41 (one year ago) link

Be A CHUD, Wear Ruined Socks

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

lmao @ this youtube comment:

Patrick VanSickle
2 years ago
Can we talk about there perfect harmony with each other? Like damn, a lot of songs these days have to use computers to reach this level of harmonic perfection

the "perfect harmony" during the verses is one dude speaking while the other guy sings, & during the chorus it's them singing the exact same melody in different octaves. that is not harmony!!!

crüt, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:32 (one year ago) link

people are fucking morons especially people who like this trash band

crüt, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:32 (one year ago) link

can't believe one of the 'save a horse (ride a cowboy)' hitmakers is a moron

the bottom has fallen out of my world

my dream is to never be a champion (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:42 (one year ago) link

it would probably be easier to just not buy Nike socks

omar little, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link

First album's good. #saveanalbum

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:23 (one year ago) link

I went through and cut all his parts out of the album in protest. Then I threw out the rest of the album, too. Also, I shoplifted that album to begin with.

Oh, OK, so I never owned or listened to it, whatareyougonnado?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:40 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Wow, what a story.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:18 (one year ago) link

really weird they don't reference the obvious debt the song owes to months of people playing Red Dead... it's right there in the video!
anyways, song isn't bad! Good meme material!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:23 (one year ago) link

Always love seeing this thread pop up. FWIW I still love this album. Wonder what xhuck's updated take on it is.

Should post it to the "What's the least acclaimed album you love?" thread.

john. a resident of evanston. (john. a resident of chicago.), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

okay, now billy ray is on the remix. fun song!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 5 April 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

lol I knew why this thread got revived.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 April 2019 15:52 (one year ago) link

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