America the band - C/D

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Everytime I hear them, I really, really enjoy it. I'm nuts i think.

Chris, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Janet Jackson really screwed up the "Ventura Highway".

Chris, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The worst band ever? Possibly maybe. The most popular band in dental offices? Definitely.

Yancey, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I still associate them with the Freedom Rock tv commercial I saw on a regular basis in high school. "A Horse With No Name" is a thorn in my side.

"Hey, what's this man?"
"It's Freedom Rock, man."
"Well...turn it up, man!"

paul, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

For some ungodly reason I think the guitar solo in "Horse With No Name" is pleasant and likeable. But the lyrics- urgh. There were PLANTS AND ROCKS AND BIRDS AND ALL SORTS OF CRAZY SHIT, MANG!

Nate Patrin, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Randy Newman on "A Horse With No Name" ("It's a song about a kid who thinks he's taken acid") = best thing any musician's said about someone else's music EVAH

(second-best is also Newman's: he characterized Kenny Loggins as "a seal" for his nonstop onstage handclapping)

M Matos, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The amount of times I've listened to "Tin Man" in the last month would be embarrassing if I cared aboot things like that.

I've always thought it was funny how "Horse With No Name" gets knocked as a Neil Young rip off, considering the album it's from knocked Neil Young's only number one album out of the top spot. Obviously people preferred it to the real thing.

Victor Michael Phunkus, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

is it rich hall who said of "horse with no name" that if you're stuck in a desert with a nameless horse - JUST NAME THE BLOODY HORSE...

commonswings, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

rich hall haha => he makes america look like beethoven x 5 on stilts in a luminous aquarium with dancing crawfish also on stilts (only smaller obv)

mark s, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Everytime I hear them I think of that episode of News Radio where Dave sings "Horse with No Name" into that mini-ca--ah nevermind...

Keiko, Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. But Janet didn't screw up Ventura Highway; her song was one of the best pop songs of last year, if not ever. Why does everyone act like it does bad by America (or Satie, hell), when it's GENIUS and PERFECT.

Dan I., Thursday, 30 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm a philistine, but America is one of those bands where whenever I see their greatest hits album, I think "Whoa, an album with only one song it."

Nick A., Friday, 31 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Obviously people preferred it to the real thing." Yeah, and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" knocked "When Doves Cry" out of the top spot. Obviously people preferred it to the real thing.

J Blount, Friday, 31 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

let's be mean about rich hall instead = he deserves it far more than america

mark s, Friday, 31 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And that Janet single was easily the best thing she's done in years.

J Blount, Friday, 31 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

let's be mean about rich hall instead

He was a hero when I was small. A youthful mistake.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Traveling on California's "Ventura Highway" on a sunny day singing America's song was great! Their "Tin Man" is the best!

Christopher, Saturday, 1 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I think America's band members are at least skilled with instruments, the lyrics in some of their songs surely could be worked out a little, such as in "Horse with no Name", "the heat was hot"??? did i hear that, or "...rocks and things.." alright then but they know their sound, and that is great.

Danny, Tuesday, 9 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Can anyone explain The Pigeon Song?

"Well I had me a pigeon

By the name of Fred

But I done shot him

In the head

Had me a dog

He was my best friend

But to him

I done put an end

Had me a farm

Sittin' free on the hill

But if you look

You'll see it ain't there still

I don't know why I done it

Honest it ain't like me

I'm not sad now I done it

'Cause a baby boy has got to be free"

uhh... what?

"Donkey Jaw" is a great America song. Jammin on the acoustic guit's. If the only America songs you know are from their greatest hits, do yourself a favor and buy their first record. It's the non- hits that live longest.

Dave225, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The King Singer's do a wicked version of "Horse With No Name".

Winkelmann, Thursday, 11 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

America was just three talented, creative guys. They were genuine about thier music, they composed and arranged avery note of it. They had FUN doing that old shite. You can hear it in the music. THAT's why Janet liked it and grooved on it. America is fun to laugh at (poster children for potheads everywhere). But they contributed original works.

Artists like Janet Jackson and Vanilla Ice recycle music written by others. They do this because they CAN. Most of their audience is ignorant of the original art. I have much less respect for sampling.

Still I'm glad those old hippies got PAID. They get royalties anytime Janet's derivative ditty gets played. WTG America!

Phayyde, Friday, 12 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Guys, who gives a fuck about "Horse With No Name." Their finest hour is obviously "Sister Golden Hair."

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Saturday, 5 February 2005 19:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

emily, "horse with no name" is one of the best singles evah.

Ian John50n (orion), Saturday, 5 February 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm old enuff to kinda remember when they were big--I admit it. And at the time, I liked "Horse with No Name" like every other person at the roller rink. What a great Neil Young bastardization. And I remember liking "Ventura Highway" too--fine use of major seventh chords!

But "Tin Man," yikes, what is that shit? "Sister Golden Hair" ditto. The worst sort of '70s crap.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 5 February 2005 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sister Golden Hair is like "hey, we can still play, but now we don't just kind of chant retarded crap over the music, we like, wrote some lyrics and melodies for said lyrics to follow."

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Sunday, 6 February 2005 14:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That said, I like Ventura Highway.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Sunday, 6 February 2005 14:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Horse With No Name" is an essential part of riding your stolen bike into the Las Venturas sunrise.

noodle vague (noodle vague), Sunday, 6 February 2005 15:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
these guys were the first to cover "muskrat love" -- before the captain & tenille, even!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 08:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

'horse with no name' is great, what r u ppl on?

whoooooops, i guess you aren't on anything but I AM.

mattp (fauxhemian), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 09:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

You hear about the new album coming out tomorrow?

The personnel involved in the recording and production of Here & Now departs sharply from previous projects and represents an effort to reconnect with fresh, young talent. The album is co-produced by James Iha (formerly of Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains Of Wayne and Ivy). Guest artists include Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, Jim James and Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Matthew Caws and Ira Elliot of Nada Surf, Mark Rozzo of Maplewood, and longtime collaborator and friend Stephen Bishop. Cover songs include "Indian Summer" (Morningwood), "Golden" (My Morning Jacket), and "Always Love" (Nada Surf).

They just played on Letterman tonight with Adams & Kweller.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 09:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Horse With No Name" is great. Maybe not sophisticated, or brilliant. But definitely a great song.

Mordechai Shinefield (Mordy), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 09:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

by gum, marmot, you're right! seriously, i revived this thread simply b/c i heard (captain & tenille's) "muskrat love" playing in the local drug store and i thought that it would be amusing.

funny how the zeitgeist works sometimes, innit?!?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 09:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

the boston globe's review of the new america cd.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 09:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

"semi-hipster likes"

haha semi-burn

Marmot (marmotwolof), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 10:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

funny how stuff that was strictly for squares when I was in high school is now "hip" or whatever. next up: Seals & Crofts revival.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 11:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

SEMI-hip

Marmot (marmotwolof), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 11:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

"work to do," the one song on the album that has a sole adam schlesinger songwriting credit, is basically a great, poppy fountains of wayne yacht-rock number. add a little bit of a head-cold to the lead vocal and i might even have believed it is in fact fountains of wayne. most everything else on the album seems kind of blah so far, but i'm inclined to give it some time.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Randy Newman was hilariously OTM but I still think "Horse" is a great little "pop confection" or whatever they call it, dopey lyrics and meagre 2-note melody included. I just like it lopes along, bass & bongos & the simplest two-chord guitar part you can imagine. Liked it as a 5-year old (with pretty good taste) and still enjoy it enough to make it Exhibit A in a truly frivolous thread I'm gonna start today (when I find the time...)

M. Agony Von Bontee (M. Agony Von Bontee), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

fuck a horse, sister golden hair

PappaWheelie MMCMXL (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

sister golden hair, yeah, cool, but what about YOU CAN DO MAGIC??

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Tuesday, 16 January 2007 23:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

okay, good...a few people mentioned Sister Golden Hair...because for fucks sake it's SISTER GOLDEN HAIR

J. Grizzle (trainsmoke), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 01:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

funny how stuff that was strictly for squares when I was in high school is now "hip" or whatever. next up: Seals & Crofts revival.

already sampled by Busta Rhymes. Summer Breeze is fantastic. also Soft Rock Hits of the 70s - search

jaxon (jaxon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 01:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

But the lyrics- urgh. There were PLANTS AND ROCKS AND BIRDS AND ALL SORTS OF CRAZY SHIT, MANG!

No worse than almost any Barney Sumner lyric. Seals and Crofts are better than America. Summer Breeze is an awesome summer pop single. Yacht rock at its finest.


Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

"sister golden hair, yeah, cool, but what about YOU CAN DO MAGIC??"

yeah, that was their big comeback hit from 1982. one member left, they had shrunken down to a duo and hadnt had a hit single in a while when they reappeared with this tune. and unlike all the other yacht-rockers who were still hanging on by then, they didnt try to update their sound with mild "80s rock" touches (linda ronstadt's "get closer" comes to mind) - this basically coulda been one of their long string of seventies hits.

Rev. Hoodoo (Rev. Hoodoo), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

they didnt try to update their sound with mild "80s rock" touches

I dunno, seen the video lately?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Then I listened to the album.

This sentence should really never appear in a professional music review.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

"they didnt try to update their sound with mild "80s rock" touches"

"I dunno, seen the video lately?"

I was talkin' about their SOUND, not their LOOK! :-)

(although to be truthful, all the two front guys did by then was cut their hair, so they didnt change much!)

Rev. Hoodoo (Rev. Hoodoo), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Love "Sister Golden Hair" and "Ventura Highway" .. and lately I've really been enjoying "You Can Do Magic" .. and I have guilty pleasure love for a few of their sappier songs ("I Need You," "Lonely People"..)

For these few moments of brilliance, I say they're classic.

billstevejim, Friday, 19 December 2008 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

songwriter Dan Peek of America died.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I0d29s6GCc

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 16:26 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Is the drummer on Ventura Highway Hal Blaine or David Atwood? Amazing drum part.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Friday, 11 August 2017 00:26 (four months ago) Permalink


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