Jethro Tull...They Were a Singles Band!

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I couldn't fit in everything, so I stopped at a point in the mid-'70s when I lost track of them. If you're a devoted fan who kept listening, I apologize. They had mostly two-sided singles; I listed each side separately. They were competing with Tommy James and the Cowsills when they started, Hall & Oates and the Sylvers when they had their last Hot 100 hit. They won a contentious heavy-metal Grammy one year...it wasn't contentious--everyone laughed. Ian Anderson could play the flute just like a ringing a bell.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Living in the Past" 5
"The Witch's Promise" 4
"Locomotive Breath" 2
"Bourée" 2
"Teacher" 2
"Hymn 43" 2
"Bungle in the Jungle" 2
"Fat Man" 1
"Cross-Eyed Mary" 1
"Inside" 1
"Mother Goose" 1
"Alive and Well and Living In" 1
"17" 1
"Sweet Dream" 1
"Living in the Past" 0
"Requiem" 0
"Too Old to Rock And Roll, Too Young to Die" 0
"Rainbow Blues" 0
"A Song for Jeffrey" 0
"Aeroplane" 0
"The Whistler" 0
"Summerday Sands" 0
"Minstrel in the Gallery" 0
"Back-Door Angel" 0
"One for John Gee" 0
"A Passion Play" 0
"Life Is a Long Song" 0
"Love Story" 0
"A Christmas Song" 0
"Driving Song" 0
"Sunshine Day" 0


clemenza, Friday, 15 February 2013 05:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Sweet Dream/17, Witch's Promise/Teacher, Inside/Alive and Well and Living In, Hymn 43/Mother Goose is a really amazing run of singles... b-sides and all.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I think I once started a thread where I claimed that JT was prog's only singles band. I'm actually a little sad that their hits have faded from FM radio.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:11 (five years ago) Permalink

How long ago was it that "Aqualung" was still a staple? 10 years?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:12 (five years ago) Permalink

The Living in the Past compilation remains endlessly listenable and wonderful.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:19 (five years ago) Permalink

The best-of with the white cover was one of my most played albums in high school (I didn't get the Living in the Past compilation till years later). That's all I had, though, so they really were a singles band to me. Then I would have voted for "Teacher" or "Living in the Past"; now, "The Witch's Promise" is my favourite. They're the most anomalous inclusion on the Boogie Nights soundtrack, and probably the most improbable band from 40 years ago who have many songs that still sound great to me. I make jokes about them to mask how much I love some of those songs above (and two or three that aren't there).

clemenza, Friday, 15 February 2013 06:23 (five years ago) Permalink

"Aqualung" vs "Locomotive Breath" vs "Living in the Past" right now but I should (re-)listen to more of these before voting.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I once read that their first single was credited to "Jethro Toe" on the label.

timellison, Friday, 15 February 2013 06:32 (five years ago) Permalink

"Inside" is really good.

timellison, Friday, 15 February 2013 06:33 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMv0yLtz6iA

Imagine if Iommi had stuck around...alot of the world as we know it wouldn't exist.

Big Sambola & The Tailspinners (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 15 February 2013 07:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Cross Eyed Mary

you know that your shoes are broken (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 15 February 2013 08:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Oooh I forgot Sweet Dream, that is really good as well

you know that your shoes are broken (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 15 February 2013 08:18 (five years ago) Permalink

'Living in the Past', because it was the first Tull I liked.

emil.y, Friday, 15 February 2013 08:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Living in the Past for the effortlessly breezy 5/4

Thinspo Merkin Life (Spectrist), Friday, 15 February 2013 08:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks like that song's on the list twice. Will click its first appearance, although... might hold off voting as I'm jostling loose some good memories of a few other key tracks. Relistening to Hymn 43, kind of remembered it as a bit harder. Chalk it up to preferred volume as a kid. Love the riff as chorus there.

Thinspo Merkin Life (Spectrist), Friday, 15 February 2013 08:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I voted for Sweet Dream - an amazing joust between Ravel's Bolero and Forever Changes. This went top ten??!?

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 15 February 2013 09:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I cut-and-pasted the list from Wikipedia, and had already eliminated one extra "Living in the Past"--missed that it charted three separate times. (Third time in 1985, hitting #11 in the States on Billboard's pop chart...is that right? That strikes me as bizarre.) Looking at their discography, it appears I was destined to be a fan: their debut album was released on my 7th birthday.

clemenza, Friday, 15 February 2013 13:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Thick As A Brick is the only record of their i know really well -- would've voted for the single edit if that was here. i should probably put all these songs in a Spotify playlist or something, i don't know most of them at all. i think "Aqualung" is still pretty ubiquitous though.

weed, tumblr whites and wein (some dude), Friday, 15 February 2013 13:45 (five years ago) Permalink

The Aqualung album is really really good.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 15 February 2013 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Living In The Past, for so many different, huh, 'reasons'.
Tho could've picked The Whistler as easily.

t**t, Friday, 15 February 2013 14:33 (five years ago) Permalink

my fav Tull tune is "One Brown Mouse", but I don't know if that was a single (it shoulda been!)

Euler, Friday, 15 February 2013 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

One Brown Mouse is sooooo cute.

I'm leaning witch's promise cause these days I find it the most remarkable melodically.

I have deep Tull love from my youth. Songs from the Wood was my first self-consciously designated 'favorite album'.

try a little crowleymass (Jon Lewis), Friday, 15 February 2013 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

My favourite non-singles are "Thick as a Brick," "Skating Away..." and (in the running for my favourite song of all) "Nothing Is Easy." Lots of great early live footage on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWb431tI4Fw

clemenza, Friday, 15 February 2013 15:51 (five years ago) Permalink

He really does look crazed. I mean, I know it's theatre, but still.

clemenza, Friday, 15 February 2013 15:53 (five years ago) Permalink

'Skating Away' probably my favorite Tull of all.

try a little crowleymass (Jon Lewis), Friday, 15 February 2013 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

love "Skating Away" also. really love the live album, "Bursting Out"

of the ones listed, I've narrowed it down to these:

"Living in the Past"
"Teacher"
"Inside"
"Living in the Past"
"Locomotive Breath"
"Fat Man"

nicky lo-fi, Friday, 15 February 2013 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

first "Living in the Past" for me but man if "Nothing to Say" had been a single

drier than a Charles Grodin quip (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 February 2013 21:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i like a bunch of their stuff, but have a particular soft spot for '17' -- it's like three minutes of tull power pop!

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

"Skating Away..." is really nice!

Has anyone actually heard Crest of a Knave, the album that won the Grammy? I was always a bit curious about it.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:08 (five years ago) Permalink

i like 'farm on the freeway'! it is not very \m/ tho

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:14 (five years ago) Permalink

\m/ = ?

Tullish? Tullesque? Tullian?

clemenza, Saturday, 16 February 2013 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Jethrohensible

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Saturday, 16 February 2013 16:29 (five years ago) Permalink

those are devil horns, guys

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 16 February 2013 17:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I think this thread is the first time I realized how much I actually really like Tull.

you know that your shoes are broken (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 18 February 2013 03:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Finally found my copy of Living In The Past. And just as I thought, it's gotta be 'Witch's Promise'. But I thank this thread for making me pay more attn to 'Inside', whose awesomeness I never noticed before!

try a little crowleymass (Jon Lewis), Monday, 18 February 2013 16:21 (five years ago) Permalink

God how I love the chunka ga-chunka guitar on the chorus of Hymn 43 tho!

try a little crowleymass (Jon Lewis), Monday, 18 February 2013 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

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

System, Friday, 22 February 2013 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I forgot to vote!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 22 February 2013 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess the unspoken rule is that if some doofus lists the same song twice, click on the first one. So happily that worked out.

clemenza, Friday, 22 February 2013 00:09 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Has anyone actually heard Crest of a Knave, the album that won the Grammy? I was always a bit curious about it.

what if we listened to it and it turned out it was Atheist style prog-death

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 14:04 (four years ago) Permalink

y'all wanna act like yr mans upper mississippi don't have spotify at work and won't listen any goddamn classic rock dino album?

i'm going in

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

btw this was remastered in 2005 haha

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

first up STEEL MONKEY

opens with some synth sequencer stuff....haha...uh...some kind Top Gun soundtrack guitar vibes....sequencers are totally they heard Jan Hammer's Miami Vice theme and dug it

"i'm a high rise junkie, and i'm heavenbound"

"Feel me climbing up your knee"

yeah hella Steve Stevens vibes from the guitar solos/tone....

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:30 (four years ago) Permalink

haha sequencer and slap bass breakdown

this is what I always imagined Marillion sounded like...but no on in America can actually hear Marillion, their CDs self erase when they cross our shores

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

i wonder who was in the band at this point?

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:32 (four years ago) Permalink

next up: Farm on the Freeway

mellower..synth pad and flute/synth melodies....more (don) airy almost new agey

this almost sounds like an outtake from Brothers in Arms with flute

but the fundamental chord changes and ian's vox sound kinda old school jethro tull

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:34 (four years ago) Permalink

sometimes this is reminding me of 80s Rainbow

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:34 (four years ago) Permalink

middle break getting down to some old school pomp and circumstance

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:36 (four years ago) Permalink

next up: jump start

again we're back at kinda late 70s tull songs with shitty 80s production :/

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I've never been able to get down with the stuff from 'A' onward. I'll try again someday but yeah. It's SUCH a weird thing though, synth hair funk tull...

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:53 (four years ago) Permalink

spoiler alert: this album isn't very good and probably shouldn't have won a grammy

Jethro Tull seem stuck...they couldn't really change the style up and if they hate then let em hate and watch the money pile up a la Yes and Genesis

but they didn't totally stick to their guns either and got saddled with moments of trying to be "modern" and so it just ends up in this middle ground that wouldn't satisfy anyone

My Chief Keef Keef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:56 (four years ago) Permalink

by the mid 80s i was really into fairport and boiled in lead and stuff like that and it was super galling to me that tull couldn't just do songs from the wood parts 2 3 and 4.

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:58 (four years ago) Permalink

If this is an attempt to jumpstart an Eagles-style track-by-track Tull thread, count me in.

intheblanks, Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:29 (four years ago) Permalink

man i would be like a pig in shit for about 150 tracks of that

yes, i have seen the documentary (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:36 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

"Teacher" is such a jam, just realized it was cut from the CD version of Living In The Past, which is insane

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 10 March 2018 03:26 (six months ago) Permalink

That is insane. If you gotta cut something for the cd cut by kind permission of, not fkin teacher with that riff!!!

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:48 (six months ago) Permalink

Three Top 10 hits, one Top 20 and Top 30 in the UK, 1969-71. The only ones I know are "Living in the Past" and "Witches Promise".

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Family were having hits at roughly the same time, the charts were pretty weird back then.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 March 2018 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Three Top 10 hits, one Top 20 and Top 30 in the UK, 1969-71. The only ones I know are "Living in the Past" and "Witches Promise".

― Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:52 PM (twelve minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

two of the best imo

The LP version of the Living in the Past comp is a great place to start if you're dipping your toes into Tull waters, and will cost you >$2 at any record store in America

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 10 March 2018 14:07 (six months ago) Permalink

They cut Teacher? Hey man what’s the plan what was that you said.

That is a terrible error

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 10 March 2018 14:25 (six months ago) Permalink

(xpost) $2? For the double? Is there no ridiculously-priced used market down there? I doubt you could get that in good shape for under $10-15 up here.

clemenza, Sunday, 11 March 2018 15:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Huh, I dunno! I just assumed because I used to see it everywhere, frequently in the dollar bin. But I've given up shopping for vinyl in record stores in big cities so you may be right. LPs that were once ubiquitous--Rumours, Dark Side, etc--are now being sold for $25. It's madness!

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 11 March 2018 15:26 (six months ago) Permalink


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