A Good Day In Hell - The Official ILM Track-By-Track EAGLES Listening Thread

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one day and one track at a time. in honor of Joe Walsh. we can do this, people. and may God have mercy on our souls.

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scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:31 (six years ago) link

here we go...

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:31 (six years ago) link

in the wild...

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

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:35 (six years ago) link

I won't participate unless Ned does.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:39 (six years ago) link

it's the soft rock shot heard 'round the world. and the world would never be the same. browne/frey at their most browne/frey. plus, banjos.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:40 (six years ago) link

Something I like about this song: In the last verse, there's a single substitution of an Am where a C has appeared in all the other verses. It's also supported in the vocal harmonies and is unexpectedly sweet-sounding.

Here's the storify, of a lovely ladify (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:43 (six years ago) link

it is, in a lot of ways, dumbed down byrds. musically. except for the demented banjos in the background. the vocals are so slow and deliberate and clear its almost as if they were hoping that it would catch on with children. bubblegum country rock? a lot of countru and southern rock from 1970 to 1972 was seriously dusty or backwoods or blues-based or a hippie homage to old bluegrass heroes. this totally cleans all the dust off. but, obviously, this is the genius. simple, direct, and catchy as hell. it was a song designed to be played 4000 times in a row.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:53 (six years ago) link

As I've said in other Eagles threads, this song exists in the impenetrable part of my mind labeled CHILDHOOD so is kinda untouchable on critical grounds. It came out when I was two-and-a-half years old, and my family was stationed at an Air Force Base in the middle of the Arizona desert. I probably DID hear it 4000x in a row, with my family driving down desert roads with open windows. It was literally created to be the soundtrack for exactly the world I inhabited at that time.

Here's the storify, of a lovely ladify (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:56 (six years ago) link

also think its such an appropriate start. and a true test for the cranky. if you can control the desire to feel superior to this song then you are on the path to sainthood. this song is exactly what people hated about this band early on. it is the Urtext of eaglesdom.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:59 (six years ago) link

When I listened to this song (and this album) the other day, after not having heard the song for years (I don't listen to the radio, like, ever), I was kinda shocked by the banjos. Somehow, they'd never really registered when I heard the song as a kid. Which is weird, because if there's a sound in the world guaranteed to appeal to small children, it would probably be the banjo. I mean, it's the closest thing traditional musical instruments have to that cartoon "sproinggg" sound!

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:00 (six years ago) link

MUSICIAN: Kootch, what was your feeling hearing Don and the Eagles' early stuff?

KORTCHMAR: I'll ell you exactly what my feeling was. When the Eagles first came out, I thought they were absolutely appalling. I couldn't stand them. Absolutely terrible. Especially things like "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Take It Easy."'Cause what they were saying was exactly the opposite of what I wanted to hear, what was going on in my life. Take Jackson's "Peaceful Easy Feeling": here's this song that says "walking down the road in Tucson, Arizona, seven women on my mind." (sic) And here I am trying to keep my marriage together, and this guy's got seven women on his mind! God, it sounded like they were having fun, but I sure wasn't (laughter).


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scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:02 (six years ago) link

as with most Jackson Browne covers this sucks some balls compared to the original. yes that includes you Nico, fuck you.

also Kortchmar is misquoting there, obviously.

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:05 (six years ago) link

There are definitely better Eagles songs. This is pretty wimpy stuff.

Pretty cool to see them on the California Jam stage in that clip from the very camera that Ritchie Blackmore would destroy only a few hours later.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:04 (six years ago) link

it should be noted that this is a standard country and bluegrass song to cover. thousands of country and bluegrass performers have covered this song over the years.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:12 (six years ago) link

On A Dark Desert Highway: A Vocal Bluegrass Tribute to the Eagles offers heartfelt versions of the band’s greatest songs with soaring harmonies and delightful pickin’ on the banjo, mandolin, dobro and guitar. You won’t believe how beautiful these songs sound in the hands (and throats) of some of the best Bluegrass musicians in the business. If the Eagles had settled in W. Virginia instead of California, this is how their music would have sounded!

http://www.cmhrecords.com/web/images/products/8917_lrg.jpg

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:17 (six years ago) link

do you think that jackson browne oould live off of "take it easy" royalties? not that he has to. but if he had to. i'm going to say yes.

i have a friend whose father wrote a famous song - in the 40's! - and i was kinda impressed by how much money it made the family in a year. not enough to live on, but not nothing either. its a very famous song.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:23 (six years ago) link

"loosen my load" is such a gross-sounding phrase

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:06 (six years ago) link

Oh man, I never even thought of the sexual connotation there before.

cops on horse (WilliamC), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:07 (six years ago) link

the only thing i have to say in favor of the eagles is that at least they were kinda pleasantly sleazy

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

just a ragtag band of misfits...

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

yeah everything about this song is gross, which is compounded by its expert execution. no doubt dudes could harmonize, but not well enough to make me overlook the material or sentiments expressed.... I can think of other harmony or country acts whose singing is so beautiful and intense that it creates a compelling contrast with otherwise bothersome lyrical content, this tension becomes part of the appeal. But the Eagles are not the Louvin Brothers or the Beach Boys. They aren't weird or damaged or desperate enough, nor are they beatific or angelic enough, they're just gross.

xp

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:19 (six years ago) link

at least they weren't trying to sell us abstinence like the malevolent mumford banjo mafia

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:23 (six years ago) link

• I have the best memory of a buddy finally going insane at two in the morning during a poker game when "Take It Easy" comes on and he can't stop laughing over "running down the road, tryin' to loosen my load."

• Rich Hall has this chapter in his Vanishing America about going to Winslow, Ariz., and waiting for a girl in a flatbed Ford to slow down and take a look at him. He gets a ride with her and asks about Jackson Browne. "Kinda quiet," she says and he replies, yeah, that's what he's heard too.

• I'm sure I'll get into it later, but background vocals on Eagles songs scare the shit out of me.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:29 (six years ago) link

Ok, I think I'm gonna lose my shit about "loosen my load" now.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:31 (six years ago) link

everything about the arrangement is so uptight, SOMETHING'S gotta get loosened amirite

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:33 (six years ago) link

I imagine a constipated Yosemite Sam running through Roadrunner territory.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:36 (six years ago) link

Mumford does not take it easy, which sort of makes them worse. The Eagles were hilariously smug and arrogant making lite music. Mumford delivers its music with that annoying faux gravitas, as if it was Important. I'm sure the Eagles though they were Important, too, but only after enough people told them they were, and that probably only came after they were hugely successful and everyone around them was too afraid to say otherwise. "Wow, guys, 'Hotel California' really is like holding up a mirror to America. Like you said, it's about the American dream, but also the American nightmare!"

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:36 (six years ago) link

Song does nothing for me, and never did. Really, the Doobies' "Listen To The Music" is my own personal substitute for "Take It Easy" (not only banjo, it's got steel drums too!) for that 1972 west coast highway-driving feel.

The phrase "There's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford" does sing nice.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:55 (six years ago) link

I won't participate unless Ned does.

I am avoiding this shit like the plague. Aside from this post, obv.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:56 (six years ago) link

All right, everyone. Ned's in.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

Being from California, these are the songs of your people, correct?

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

Only Eagle actually from California was Timothy Schmit.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:09 (six years ago) link

Listen, this isn't the place to start on any of your anti-immigrant rhetoric.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:11 (six years ago) link

Being from California, these are the songs of your people, correct?

I take great umbrage at this suggestion, good sir

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

Sorry to get all Soft Rock Civil Defense Corps on you.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

All native Californians are from Iowa iirc

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:25 (six years ago) link

"Listen To The Music" is my own personal substitute for "Take It Easy"

i love "listen to the music" to death. its an amazing song when all is sad and done. and the production is arguably just as tightassed as eagles but somehow it opens up into a field of infinite possibilities by the time you get to the psych break where the lazy flowing river does something to the castles in the sky.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:28 (six years ago) link

lighten up while you still can

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:30 (six years ago) link

apparently frey came up with the flatbed ford line.

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scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:34 (six years ago) link

oh fuck, where is my statues thread.

http://maxmccoy.com/blog/uploaded_images/IMG_0174-769036.jpg

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:37 (six years ago) link

Take It Easy is unfuckwithable; tight structure, sweet harmonising, singalong up to your eyeballs. Was this their first song? What pros.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:38 (six years ago) link

lol @ the reflection

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:39 (six years ago) link

take it easy is ok

but it is sort of impressive, as far as "first song on first album totally defining the aesthetic of the band"

right up there with "black sabbath"/black sabbath/black sabbath

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:41 (six years ago) link

I feel like the first two missing panels of this cartoon involved Mr. Magoo somehow.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/9619/hs56.jpg

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:42 (six years ago) link

What's going on in those upstairs windows?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

Well, when two trompe l'oeil figures love each other very much . . .

Domo Arigato, Demi Lovato (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:48 (six years ago) link

"it's a girl my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me" is the only contribution Frey made to the song. Save for that one line, the song is written by Jackson Browne whose own version of the song I prefer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMA3lIeqV8M

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:48 (six years ago) link

Of course Frey would write the line that makes him look like Paul Newman.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

I'm curious about the exact nature of the relationships with those seven women, particularly the one who says she's a friend. Why is that was enough distinction to call her out specifically? Did most of the women he knew not want to be mistaken for being friends with him?

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:13 (six years ago) link

Rumours a good guess!

pplains, Friday, 26 July 2019 13:20 (one year ago) link

No sorry the answer is Greatest Hits Vol. 1

... (Eazy), Friday, 26 July 2019 13:52 (one year ago) link

The answer is Dowse Myself in Kerosene.`

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 July 2019 14:06 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

The Joe Walsh lineup of the James Gang haven’t cut an album since Thirds in 1971. “We should record at least four things playing the way that we used to,” says Walsh. “I don’t want to use Pro Tools and I want to overdub, because you can’t do that live. But if we can do at least four things new and get them on the Internet, I think with that and a cross section of the old stuff, we’d have all we need to go out and try and kick some ass. I hope we get to do that in the first half of 2012. I really hope it works out.”

calstars, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:05 (eleven months ago) link

Heh, especially with his namesake running for President, I thought it was Walsh’s ties revealed, not the event’s.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:07 (eleven months ago) link

Joe Walsh has a rather decent tune on Sheryl Crow's latest.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:19 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

IN THE WILD: "New Kid in Town" AND "Try and Love Again."

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I like "New Kid in Town."

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 October 2019 17:38 (nine months ago) link

They're touring next year boasting shows featuring a full performance of Hotel California plus 'A Greatest Hits set', all w/'Orchestral Backing'.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:14 (nine months ago) link

TS: "with an orchestra" vs. "on ice" as the ultimate shark-jump tour shtick

solos that go widdly widdly widdly (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:36 (nine months ago) link

The orchestra is proving to be a big selling point on the current Who tour. Unfortunately, it’s treacly, predictable as fuck, and pointless. So, while those qualities detract from a Who show, they’ll likely vastly improve an Eagles performance.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 18 October 2019 19:32 (nine months ago) link

Well, there are loads of Eagles songs with orchestration already.

DON: I'm looking forward to going out on the road with the orchestra. We'll finally be able to present our music as Glenn and I had originally envisioned, but were unable for whatever reason to present as such, in concert on prior tours.

GLENN: We always had the budget for orchestras, but drugs, girls, Budweiser, and girls with drugs and Budweiser don't pay for themselves, ya know!

DON: Well, yeah.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:35 (nine months ago) link

Iggles and co.

calstars, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:42 (nine months ago) link

i bet the orchestral version of Chug All Night fkn slaps tho

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 October 2019 05:40 (nine months ago) link

Chug In C Minor

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 19 October 2019 06:06 (nine months ago) link

Chug Swear Didn't Know C's Minor

pplains, Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:26 (nine months ago) link

in the wild: listening to smuggler's blues on the radio, wondering how and why it isn't a warren zevon song.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:10 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

"i wish you peace" sounds kind of nice today

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:57 (seven months ago) link

no one asked Patti Davis what she thought.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 17:00 (seven months ago) link

Don Felder is playing at a gun show/outdoor expo in Houston soon.

*Only saw half the commercial last night, but there was gun show footage alongside pics of Felder and co-headliner comedian Tom Papa.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 17:04 (seven months ago) link

Already Gun

Yeets don't fail me now (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 18:19 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

a+

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 March 2020 05:26 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Take it easy with the Eagles’ biggest hits, at-home playlist & more on exclusive channel

Listeners will hear The Eagles Pandemic Playlist, a timely curated collection of songs during these uncertain times, as well as encores of the Eagles’ exclusive SiriusXM concert from the Grand Ole Opry in October 2017.

You can never leave, etc.

blatherskite, Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:40 (three months ago) link

Just Another Corona Sunrise...

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:03 (three months ago) link

how are Don 'n' Ghost of Glenn handling social distancing?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:19 (three months ago) link

DON: Social distancing is tough, but necessary step we're all having to take to prevent the spread of the so-called 'Chinese Virus'--Covid-19, or the Corona Virus. I've been making the most of my time in quarantine with my family, reading, watching the news, and writing new material for what could be the next great Eagles album.

GLENN: Too bad this didn't happen back in the day. I'd be in Quarantine over in Coldwater Canyon with QuaranTina, QuranTerri, and QuaranToni with enough Corona to go around, I guarantee you!

DON: Well, yeah.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:45 (three months ago) link

A+

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:49 (three months ago) link

don: fuck 'em and *then* social distance 'em, that's how i do it.

glenn: well, yeah.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:03 (three months ago) link

Coronavirus... GET OVER IT!

And I swear that I don't have a gnu (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:08 (three months ago) link

A+

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:49 PM bookmarkflaglink

pplains, Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:34 (three months ago) link

i love u Grisso

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 1 May 2020 02:26 (three months ago) link

DON: For a person like me, wealth gives me the privilege to self-isolate. And Thoreau's Walden, a book I consider a touchstone, is never far from my side.

GLENN: Henley, when you and I self-isolated in Topanga Canyon in the mid '70s, we made sure to bring a lotta blonde privileges with us!

DON: Well, yeah.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 May 2020 02:47 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Loooool mmm yes such a great observation

“We saw a lot of beautiful women around Hollywood who were married to wealthy, successful men, and wondered if they were unhappy," Frey said during the audio commentary of the Hell Freezes Over concert film. "One night we were drinking in a bar when I spotted this stunning young woman; two steps behind her was a much older, fat, rich guy. We all started laughing and one of the other guys commented, 'Look at her, she can't even hide those lyin' eyes!' Immediately, we all began grabbing for cocktail napkins to write down lyrics to go with that great observation."

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/eagles-lyin-eyes/

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:00 (one week ago) link

"The 'ci' and 'ty' came from two different takes, 'girls' from another, and each word after that from different takes," producer Bill Szymczyk later told Rolling Stone.

Only Teo Macero got more out of an editing room.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:10 (one week ago) link

cocaine is a wonderful editing tool

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:13 (one week ago) link

Lying Eyes is such a nothing song

calstars, Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:39 (one week ago) link

Worse.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:41 (one week ago) link

“We saw a lot of beautiful women around Hollywood who were married to wealthy, successful men, and wondered if they were unhappy," Frey said during the audio commentary of the Hell Freezes Over concert film. "One night we were drinking in a bar when I spotted this stunning young woman; two steps behind her was a much older, fat, rich guy. We all started laughing and one of the other guys commented, 'Look at her, she can't even hide those lyin' eyes!' Immediately, we all began grabbing for cocktail napkins to write down lyrics to go with that great observation."
I didn't have a high opinion about this band before, but Jesus, what a bunch of assholes.

birdistheword, Monday, 3 August 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link

cocaine is a wonderful editing tool
LOL, probably a given that razor blade was doing double duty

birdistheword, Monday, 3 August 2020 00:10 (one week ago) link

i swear every story they tell of a song inspiraton follows the same formula

x person says a generic line - “thats life in the fast lane” / “she cant hide her lyin eyes” etc

glenn/don: OH BOY WHAT A GREAT LINE! BOYS GRAB YOUR COCKTAIL NAPKINS WE’RE HEADED TO HITSVILLE, POPULATION: EAGLES

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 August 2020 00:17 (one week ago) link

rmde

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 August 2020 00:17 (one week ago) link

Some Guy At A Kegger: "Chug! Chug! Chug...All...Night!"

<LIGHT BULB EXPLODES ABOVE GLENN FREY'S HEAD>

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 August 2020 00:32 (one week ago) link

GLENN'S (EX-)WIFE: "I don't know where we're going to get everything for Jack Tempchin's surprise party! Maybe a trip to Partytown is in my future?"

<GLENN FREY'S TOAST POPS UP>

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 August 2020 00:40 (one week ago) link

rmle

pplains, Monday, 3 August 2020 02:07 (one week ago) link

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 August 2020 03:06 (one week ago) link

Henley’s girlfriend: We need to find a hotel *here*, Don! In *California*!
Don?
Are you even listening?
HOTEL?
CALIFORNIA?

KLIEG LIGHTS EXPLODE IN HENLEY’S BRAIN

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 August 2020 03:08 (one week ago) link

Frey gets out of a taxi; driver says "take it easy, man."

Frey: HOLY SHIT, where's a cocktail napkin when you need one?"

we slept on the banks on the leaves of a banyan tree (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 3 August 2020 14:40 (one week ago) link

young don henley, desperate for money, drives to the local mall, runs into the gap, hands his resume to the manager and says he needs a job. manager looks it over, says you like a fine young man but you kind of smell like colitas, and anyway i don't have any openings. he gives young henley his resume back and says take it to the limited, i hear they might be hiring.

A BOLT OF LIGHTNING CRASHES THROUGH THE ROOF THE MALL AND STABS YOUNG HENLEY THROUGH THE HEART.

he shakes it off, picks himself up off the floor and, needless to say, does not take his resume to the limited.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 3 August 2020 21:02 (one week ago) link


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