Joe Walsh

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Poll Results

But Seriously Folks 3
The Long Run 2
James Gang Rides Again 2
Barnstorm 2
You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind 1
So What 1
The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get 1
Songs for a Dying Planet 0
Ordinary Average Guy 0
Hell Freezes Over 0
Got Any Gum? 0
The Confessor 0
You Bought It You Name It 0
There Goes the Neighborhood 0
Eagles Live 0
Yer Album 0
Hotel California 0
James Gang Live in Concert 0
Thirds 0
Long Road Out of Eden 0

Julio Afrokeluchie, Sunday, 14 June 2009 03:10 (thirteen years ago) link

smoker you drink

kamerad, Sunday, 14 June 2009 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

b-b-b-barnstorm but smoker you drink and so what are close

guammls (QE II), Sunday, 14 June 2009 22:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 26 June 2009 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

joe walsh really named one of his albums "got any gum"?

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 26 June 2009 23:12 (thirteen years ago) link

great thread

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Friday, 26 June 2009 23:35 (thirteen years ago) link

i've only got a few of his albums, but "But seriously folks" is pretty amazing. the title track to the Confessor's great also

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Friday, 26 June 2009 23:36 (thirteen years ago) link

james gang rides again and again and again

m coleman, Saturday, 27 June 2009 11:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 27 June 2009 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

sad at poor turnout.
barnstorm is maybe my favorite 70s california rock album

winston, Sunday, 28 June 2009 02:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Sad turnout indeed--I was a "But Seriously..." voter, but could have just as well gone with "Rides Again" or "Barnstorm".

Craig D., Sunday, 28 June 2009 03:22 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I'd never heard "Meadows" until it came on the radio today--what a great song. (I thought at first it was "My Woman from Tokyo.")

clemenza, Sunday, 9 September 2012 23:56 (nine years ago) link

Anybody see this? Looks cool. Got it on my dvr.

blank, Monday, 10 September 2012 02:13 (nine years ago) link

Guy has a new album out apparently. Heard the single "One Day At A Time," a kind of nice little meditation on being a recovering alcoholic, on the radio this morning. Not bad really. Heavy Jeff Lynne presence, not entirely unwelcome in my retro-rock.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 01:45 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Joe Walsh's twitter feed is an amalgamation of "people who have figured out how to live" and "unlikeliest celebrity photos."

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:38 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

great look. good drummer

mookieproof, Friday, 18 January 2019 22:53 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Spent the last four score and seven years rocky mountain way

calstars, Friday, 22 May 2020 22:44 (two years ago) link

Never liked the Eagles but always seemed to enjoy whatever Joe Walsh songs I heard, so yesterday I had my machine randomly play stuff by the James Gang, and at least several songs in a row they were all good! Yeah, lotta butt rock, but (butt) there was a lot of pretty sorta psychedelic acoustic stuff in there, too, if memory serves.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:59 (two years ago) link

yeah his slow stuff/balladry is great, as good as his rockers imo

brimstead, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:37 (two years ago) link

Joe Walsh is definitely a Zelig/Forrest Gump character in rock and roll. I think the local schlub from Cleveland makes good and somehow ends up brother-in-law to a Beatle.

Walsh was one of the early adopters of using synths. There are a couple tracks on Barnstorm and his early records where he gets into some Floyd Not Floyd tunes, especially the track "Giant Bohemoth".

I liked his music as a kid and he is one of my favorites of those early 70s rockers, although his records get spottier as they go on.

As posted above, if you don't know "The Confessor", it is pretty spacy psych for early 80s and then rocks some serious mullet once it kicks in. I was obsessed with that tune as a teenager.

"Song for Emma" is a really sad song as the guy went through some serious tragedy as his 3 year old daughter got killed in a car wreck with his girlfriend by a drunk drive.

earlnash, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:40 (two years ago) link

“giant behemoth” is THE SHIT. Spaced out. I made a long edit of the soft weepy beepy ambient synth vapor at the end

brimstead, Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:22 (two years ago) link

the other thing it reminds me of is the desolate “no means to live” by traffic

brimstead, Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:23 (two years ago) link

I go to parties sometimes until four
It’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door


calstars, Monday, 25 May 2020 21:55 (two years ago) link

I'm not really an Eagles fan, but Walsh clearly brought a lot to the band when the handful of tracks I do like are pretty much made by his guitar work.

"Look What I Did!: The Joe Walsh Anthology" is close to a solid collection. Material gets a little dodgy when you get to the '80s, but considering the absence of any highlights from his Eagles work, the 2+ hours of top-drawer material is still very impressive.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:08 (two years ago) link

So many major guitar players have stories about being gifted some rare or special guitar by Joe Walsh.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:14 (two years ago) link

There's a tale of a particular Les Paul that Johnny Marr used live a lot that he got from Pete Townshend who got from Joe Walsh. Apparently Noel Gallagher currently owns it.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:16 (two years ago) link

I saw Joe Walsh once by accident in a surprising situation and he totally won me over. More later.

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:30 (two years ago) link

xp I pity that Les Paul, suffering a continual ownership downgrade over the years (j/k, lol).

Charging for Brewskis™ (morrisp), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:31 (two years ago) link

Joe Walsh's twitter feed is an amalgamation of "people who have figured out how to live" and "unlikeliest celebrity photos."
This is true. Thanks.

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:36 (two years ago) link

So many major guitar players have stories about being gifted some rare or special guitar by Joe Walsh.
the jimmy page story vacillates between the LP he was gifted or bought . Cool either way to think of these guys hanging out in 1970 or whenever.

calstars, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:49 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

It is not the best quality video or audio, but I thought Joe Walsh's set at the US Festival 1983 was pretty good. I like the horn setup and 2 backing vocalist setup, as since Joe doesn't also add a second guitarist of a keyboard player, there is some room to use the arrangements. The proto-Miami Vice version of 'Life in the Fast Lane' is cool to hear Joe do the verses and the backing singers the chorus.
Throwing in the Dylan nugget 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' between 'Rocky Mountain Way' and 'Lifes Been Good' is fun.

earlnash, Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:44 (two years ago) link

^i was just watching that earlier today

calstars, Sunday, 28 June 2020 02:24 (two years ago) link

I recently heard his first solo album Barnstorm and what a great record, blown away!

way psychedelic folk rock in places, very strange album

yeah, beautiful record

brimstead, Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:02 (two years ago) link

I don't listen to his solo stuff much at all but was listening to James Gang Rides Again yesterday and it rules.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 28 June 2020 13:27 (two years ago) link

yeah every time i put that one on, i thank ILX for tuning me into James Gang. i should dig into Barnstorm!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:15 (two years ago) link

A lot of Barnstorm is not what you think it's going to be

seven months pass...

Some of us must be going
Some of use have to stay

calstars, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:27 (one year ago) link

Make us all feel bettah
Make us all feel fine

calstars, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:30 (one year ago) link


terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:22 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

This is fun

Also James Gang Rides Again definitely rules.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 4 June 2021 02:18 (one year ago) link

I wonder how many drummers with gongs ever hit them more than once per set?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 June 2021 02:36 (one year ago) link

You need to get Roger Waters onstage if you really want to see someone bash the hell out of a gong. A flaming gong.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 4 June 2021 03:22 (one year ago) link

I really wanna start a dadblues band and cover Walk Away, that song seems like it would be a blast to sing and play.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 June 2021 17:42 (one year ago) link

I'd be down but 'daddy don't live in that new York city no more' am I right ? lol

calstars, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:00 (one year ago) link

i think 'life of illusion' was the song i listened to most in 2020.

Spottie, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:31 (one year ago) link

so good

I want to say Joe Walsh is underrated as a songwriter and maybe a bit misunderstood as an artist? Do people know his 70s albums aren’t just meat and potatoes rock but contain lots of dark epics with enveloping atmospheres?

brimstead, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:52 (one year ago) link

"mother says" was probably my most played...weekend anthem

calstars, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:55 (one year ago) link

gonna spend some time on all his early solo stuff

Spottie, Friday, 11 June 2021 19:04 (one year ago) link

I want to say Joe Walsh is underrated as a songwriter and maybe a bit misunderstood as an artist? Do people know his 70s albums aren’t just meat and potatoes rock but contain lots of dark epics with enveloping atmospheres?

I remember being about 13 or 14 and the local classic rock station played "The Confessor" once and I thought, Wait...Joe Walsh is metal now? Still never heard the rest of the album, but that's a weird-ass song.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 11 June 2021 19:27 (one year ago) link

Is there no good Joe Walsh anthology? Or at least a great Spotify playlist?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 11 June 2021 19:44 (one year ago) link

There is, the two-CD Look What I Did!, and it's literally subtitled The Joe Walsh Anthology.!

birdistheword, Friday, 11 June 2021 19:52 (one year ago) link

Good comp, but the main omission is the original Walsh version of "In The City" from The Warriors OST (and not the Eagles re-recording from The Long Run) but you can add it on your own.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 11 June 2021 19:56 (one year ago) link

True - they should have added that track, but I'm guessing there was some rights issue or it cost too much to license.

It would've been nice to add a few Eagles tracks, specifically "Life in the Fast Lane" which musically belongs to Walsh - he didn't just play the shit out of it, Henley and Frey overheard him playing that riff as a warm-up and wrote a song around it - but I'm sure it would have cost too much to license from WEA and given that album's popularity, it probably seemed redundant.

birdistheword, Friday, 11 June 2021 21:14 (one year ago) link

Really like many 70s artists, you really cannot go wrong with anything from that period by Joe Walsh and really you can take it up to 1981 with 'There Goes the Neighborhood'.

The records after that are much more spotty, but he was pretty out of it for a big part. "The Confessor" was pretty much about him trying to get clean. For his party persona, the guy has some real darkness. He lost his young daughter back in 1974, that is what "Song for Emma" is about.

earlnash, Friday, 11 June 2021 21:40 (one year ago) link

Yeah, really endeared him to me:

Walsh's daughter, Emma Kristen, 1974 at 3 years of age as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on her way to nursery school. In her memory, he had a fountain and memorial plaque placed in a park in which she played.

I Advance Masked (Vast Halo), Friday, 11 June 2021 21:52 (one year ago) link

I probably posted this on here before but Walsh lived in Midtown Memphis for a while during the late 80s when he was recording Got Any Gum at Ardent (sadly p forgettable iirc). He lived in an old 1920s four square about a block from where i lived for most of my time there some 20 years later.

I briefly dated a girl who was super excited to point out the house next door to his old place where she and her mom and sister lived while she was in elementary school. She said that she didn’t really understand who he was but her mom was like ‘oh yeah he’s a big deal, Eagles, etc’. She said he was incredibly cool to her and her sister, bought them Christmas presents and shit, just a really affable dude. She also remembers it being a party house where things would get mildly rowdy on the reg. (not terribly far from Ardent and the Overton Square bar “scene” at the time) One time she walked outside to see a grocery cart from the Seesel’s Grocery around the corner perched on the roof of the portico carport, which, to her 5th grade mind was simply the funniest thing she’d ever seen.

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Saturday, 12 June 2021 02:21 (one year ago) link

Damn, joe in Memphis, that sounds like a party

calstars, Saturday, 12 June 2021 12:23 (one year ago) link

When he and Stevie Nicks dated she wrote "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" for him and the memory of his daughter, she sez.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 June 2021 13:43 (one year ago) link

hey, "The Confessor" is pretty rad

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 June 2021 13:50 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Joe Walsh's 'Star Licks' video is worth searching out on Youtube, especially for guitarists.

It is very entertaining and actually has some good basic information included. Joe seems pretty stoned/hungover during the filming.

earlnash, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 20:10 (eleven months ago) link

six months pass...

Parts of Rivers (of the hidden funk) are darkness Byrdsy like an early 80s Cure record or something.

I filed this album under "classic rock goes new wave" and on second listen, I can hear it.

It has the spring but it's kind of brooding.

Loud Tsu (I M Losted), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 03:31 (five months ago) link

The autocracy on my cell phone replaced "soloing" with "spring".

Loud Tsu (I M Losted), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 03:32 (five months ago) link

(whether “autocracy” was serendipitous or intentional, great stuff either way)

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 03:56 (five months ago) link

dug into his early material recently and was really surprised at how many big star boxes it checked off.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 04:48 (five months ago) link

calstars, Sunday, 20 March 2022 15:54 (four months ago) link

calstars, Sunday, 20 March 2022 15:55 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

This poster is making my head explode. Gotta love Reznor going back to repping Ohio after how many years in L.A.?

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 1 August 2022 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

That looks awesome.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 August 2022 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

first time in my life i wish i lived in ohio lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 1 August 2022 16:51 (two weeks ago) link


calstars, Monday, 1 August 2022 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

For the first time I ever, I need to visit Columbus, OH.

birdistheword, Monday, 1 August 2022 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

Actually, it looks like they have some good museums I should see too.

birdistheword, Monday, 1 August 2022 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

Columbus is great! It's crept up really close to the top 10 US cities in population, which means all the good stuff lots of people bring: food, culture, crime ...

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 August 2022 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

No New Bomb Turks, No Cred

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 1 August 2022 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

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