I Just Love Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits

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Granted, my I Just Love Sonny and Cher didn't go anywhere, yet I'll try again, undaunted.

TDN's "Joy to the World Their Greatest Hits" is a fantastic album. Bluesy. Cool. 70s. Or no?

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000002NXT.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:23 (seventeen years ago) link

The calligraphy's nice.

m.e.a. (m.e.a.), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes. Exactly. That's a start. Now we're getting somewhere. Step up, people. Be counted. Or you'll be drafted.

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Jerimiah was a bullfrog

Aaron W (Aaron W), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:40 (seventeen years ago) link

were you good friends?

luna (luna.c), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll confess two things:
1. I'm listening to the disk now.
2. I skipped Jeremiah.

There. I've said it.

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link

!!!

luna (luna.c), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Um, two of my favorite songs as a small child were "One" and "Old Fashioned Love Song". The small child in me hopes you've been listening to them.

Many Coloured Halo (Dee the Lurker), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:46 (seventeen years ago) link

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only J. was skipped, even though I do love that song. Old fashiond l.s. is such a classic. I saw a couple of Paul Williams l.p.s at a thrift shop the other day. I wanted to buy them, but I don't have a record player, so what's the point.

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link

One is playing now. 2 can be as bad as one. It's the lonliest number since the number 1.

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:52 (seventeen years ago) link

The small child in me offers you a bag of cotton candy for making her jump up and down with joy, especially for saying what you said about "Old Fashioned Love Song".

I'm just grinnin'.

Many Coloured Halo (Dee the Lurker), Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Something sweet, play something mellow. Play something I can sink my teeth in like jello. People, please. How can you resist the magic?

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm jumping up and down too, Dee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 05:58 (seventeen years ago) link

This is the night we go to the celebrity ball...dress up tonight

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 06:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Poor Paul. Maybe having a loyal fan base isn't such a good thing.

http://www.paulwilliamscouk.plus.com/dublin2003_12.jpg

Skottie, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

1) I heard "Shambala" on an oldies station not long ago and was surprised to find myself grooving to it.

2) We sang "Joy To The World" in elementary-school music class. I'm still wondering who made that decision - yeah, the first line's about a bullfrog, but just THREE lines later there's "I helped him drink his wine/and he always had some mighty fine wine."

3) Ever since reading Chuck Negron's "Three Dog Nightmare" - a quick read and one of the best trashy bios ever - I cannot listen to Three Dog Night without snickering, at least a little.

mike a, Tuesday, 16 March 2004 17:13 (seventeen years ago) link

eight years pass...

Listened to "Shambala" because of this thread a while back. Man, is that an earworm. Basically been humming it for weeks.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 25 January 2013 05:20 (eight years ago) link

I'd pick that as their best. (I have to remind myself that it's a cover of B.W. Stevenson--the original's quite good too, no surprise.) They had five or six good ones. They were as popular as the Jackson 5 or Carole King or Rod Stewart in 1971. They should boot the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a few others out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and put them in instead. It'd be a better kind of silly.

clemenza, Friday, 25 January 2013 06:17 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Sad to say it but these dudes might be my biggest musical 'discovery' of 2013. What a killer run of singles! Had totally forgotten about "Celebrate" but it's there printed on the unconscious like so many of their other jams. Their only serious misstep I think is the cover of "One" which totally misses the one-ness of it...though clearly it worked out just fine for them.

Serious question: are there any acts in 2013 working anything like this territory without it being a) grotesque period-piecery or b) tuneless bar-band filler? I'm really enjoying most of the stuff I checked out from the 2012 ILM albums list but most of it seems to slot into this very wooshy, soft/spacey security-blanket indie zone, which I do dig but it kind of amazes me how little indie rock seems to have now in the way of tuneful, hooky crunch. This is probably off-topic for this thread but I'm just wondering if I'm missing something big and obvious.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 5 July 2013 23:26 (eight years ago) link

I dunno if there <is> a contemporary equivalent. TDN was probably one of the last major Pop acts that (A) was reliant on outside material yet (B) wasn't manufactured by an impresario or producer(s) supplying them w/ready-mades. Alot of their stuff was pre-existing album tracks or flop singles. And look at the credits on those singles: Nilsson, Nyro, Paul Williams, John Hiatt, Leo Sayer, Russ Ballard, Allen Toussaint, Hoyt Axton--fuck, before they got big they where doing Elton John stuff before he got big (and then later turned him onto coke when he first hit LA). If they had been able to hold it together into the disco era they'd probably done well w/ABBA obscurities.

According to Shakey, Danny Hutton and Danny Whitten were running buddies, with Hutton considering asking him to join TDN as a singer before Neil snapped him up for Crazy Horse (TDN covered The Rockets' "Let Me Go" on their debut).

Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 July 2013 00:23 (eight years ago) link

That's true - it'd be hard for a contemporary rock act to rely so heavily on outside-penned material without being gunned down by accusations of phoniness. They're a reminder that the Monkees weren't actually doomed by their reliance on (outstanding) songwriters but by their own discomfort with the idea. If they'd been cool to just roll on with it, maybe some of those TDN hits would have actually been Monkees tracks!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 6 July 2013 00:26 (eight years ago) link

If I had to point to a current band, it'd probably be somebody like The New Pornographers, and even then mainly because they make a strong pull from songwriters that TDN recorded.

xpost--Intersting point. Davy Jones claimed that he'd been pushing for Paul Williams songs back in '67-8, but was only able to land "Someday Man", which flopped in '69. Lesley Gore had a similar thing happen w/Laura Nyro--when she finally was able to record "Wedding Bell Blues", she got crushed on the charts by The Fifth Dimension.

Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 July 2013 00:31 (eight years ago) link

Heard "Black and White" on the AM heading downtown tonight. That's probably the simpiest hit they had, and even that holds up reasonably well.

I'm not completely kidding about them being in the HOF. I was thinking about them in comparison to the Pretenders or the Police. I know the latter two had the Stamp of Importance in their day, but are they still viewed that way? Three Dog Night--the Dog--had many more hits. (I counted.) Generational bias here.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:39 (eight years ago) link

Not only that, when people start threads about Three Dog Night, they put them on ILE instead of ILM so that the whole world can share the love.

clemenza, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:42 (eight years ago) link

ELI'S COMING, SO HIDE YOUR HEART.

pplains, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:48 (eight years ago) link

Their only serious misstep I think is the cover of "One" which totally misses the one-ness of it...though clearly it worked out just fine for them.

...NUMBER!

pplains, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:48 (eight years ago) link

Yes, that's Lily Tomlin as the fortune teller (this was from the Music Scene, of which she was a cast member prior to joining Laugh-In)

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

Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 6 July 2013 02:31 (eight years ago) link

http://i.minus.com/i81URoWpHkQ24.gif

pplains, Saturday, 6 July 2013 02:59 (eight years ago) link

challop: 3DN version of "One" > Nilsson version of "One"

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 6 July 2013 07:46 (eight years ago) link

conventional-op for me.... 3DN's "One" absurdly overwrought. NUMBUH!!!!

But i like it anyway if only for pointing more attention Nilsson's way. Although several prominent acts were covering his songs by this point, his own records weren't selling beans at this point.

Lee626, Saturday, 6 July 2013 08:10 (eight years ago) link

Holy crap, that video! Fantastic stuff.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 6 July 2013 19:20 (eight years ago) link

Production so tight on so many of these songs

Dan I., Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:01 (eight years ago) link

3DN was all about studio production and a tight pop sound. They were never about greatness, depth or reach.

Aimless, Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:06 (eight years ago) link

This reminds me that the first rock band I ever saw live was Bruce Laing (vocals), Chris Karolidis (guitar), Scott Reis (guitar), and Norm Allen (drums), who played at our school talent show in 1971 when I was in grade 4. They must have had a name, but I've forgotten it--let's call them the Fields of Nephilim for now. They played "Joy to the World," and they had reach, depth, and greatness--they were godlike.

clemenza, Sunday, 7 July 2013 05:14 (eight years ago) link

First arena rock show I saw WAS Three Dog Night. I'm guessing 1972.

New Authentic Everybootsy Collins (Dan Peterson), Sunday, 7 July 2013 13:38 (eight years ago) link

Nice--probably more of a rock show than mine, which took place in the school gym. (My other first show was the Guess Who at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, a year after yours I think.)

clemenza, Sunday, 7 July 2013 17:49 (eight years ago) link

their original drummer was sick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eecQeAErJ8Q

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Sunday, 7 July 2013 18:22 (eight years ago) link

And what a great name: Floyd Sneed!

New Authentic Everybootsy Collins (Dan Peterson), Monday, 8 July 2013 18:23 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Man, "Never Been To Spain" will never be dislodged from my brain. WOAH LAWWD!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:10 (seven years ago) link

Could be my favorite 3DN. "I've never been to Heaven, but I've been to Oklahoma" can work on so many different levels.

pplains, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:27 (seven years ago) link

Even my blue-collar WWII-veteran grandpa liked these guys (owned Naturally and Golden Bisquits)

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:00 (seven years ago) link

pplains OTM, it is a killer lyric. Cheers to Hoyt Axton.

Weird - my bookmark to this thread keeps not working and refusing itself. I suspect an anti-Dog conspiracy.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 30 December 2013 01:19 (seven years ago) link

Elvis knew what was up...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdYYcMH4dmw

Maintenance Engineer of Foolhardiness (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 30 December 2013 01:45 (seven years ago) link

Thread's relocation from "I Love Everything" presumably to blame for bookmark-fail? xpost

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 30 December 2013 23:26 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

man, elvis pretty much straight ripping 3DN's whole arrangement/performance, just a few details changed here and there.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 2 May 2014 02:35 (seven years ago) link

(Couldn't find the one with them and James Brown, which is apparently Episode 1.17)

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 May 2014 03:17 (seven years ago) link

It was just last week that I was thinking of all the things I still hoped to see one day, and Gore Vidal and Hugh Hefner strolling into the mosh pit of a Three Dog Night performance topped the list.

clemenza, Friday, 2 May 2014 03:35 (seven years ago) link

Was what is on the Cowsills thread also on your list?

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 May 2014 03:51 (seven years ago) link

Took a look--Tony Hendra, right? (Weren't the Cowsills too young to get inside the Mansion?)

clemenza, Friday, 2 May 2014 18:14 (seven years ago) link

So one would think

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 May 2014 18:16 (seven years ago) link

that clip is awesome, love how shambling and kinda lost the whole jam session is. And the silhouettes! Never heard of Playboy After Dark before, was it always like that?

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 May 2014 17:25 (seven years ago) link

"Nobody" getting immediately added to my "woolly rock" playlist in any case.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 May 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

As far as I know it was always like that. Hit bands of the day side by side with toupeed Vegas comedians trying to hide their flop sweat, along with others you might expect on such a show.

Run Through The Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 May 2014 17:33 (seven years ago) link

One episode has Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate discussing violence in film!

Run Through The Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 May 2014 17:36 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

There's a bar band playing "Never Been To Spain" not 100 ft. from me at this outdoor shopping mall. (Now they're doing "Santeria").

Incident At Spanish Harlem (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 3 July 2014 04:35 (seven years ago) link

Wow, great thread! What IS in that bio-book? With all of those cool cats singing, must be a lot of tales! They are ace, but I can't imagine anything like that "going down" now. In the early 70's people were burned out from all of the sixties drama, that's why we had stuff like that. Also AM radio!

Maps of Ohio I Have Loved (I M Losted), Thursday, 3 July 2014 19:30 (seven years ago) link

I hear "Never Been to Spain" quite a bit on classic rock radio...

Maps of Ohio I Have Loved (I M Losted), Thursday, 3 July 2014 19:41 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiKcd7yPLdU

your basic fake live performance with bad sound quality but soooo worth it IMO for the eye contact between the two "we have nothing to do on this song" members, they're seriously about to crack up the whole time, like "haha nice CLAPPING there, steve!" "can you fucking believe this?"

a chamillionaire full of mallomars (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 18:31 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

RIP Cory Wells

Newman’s “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” became one of the group's biggest hits, selling more than a million copies. Newman had recorded the song about a naive man’s introduction to L.A.’s wild ’60s music scene a few years earlier, with less success.

Wells, who sang the lead, was fond of telling the story of a phone call he later received from Newman. “He said, ‘I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college.’ Then he hung up.

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 October 2015 18:47 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

did ILX suddenly cancel all youtube embeds? just flipped back through this thread and it's sort of incoherent without those showing up...

man what a rockin', poppin', pop-rock band. i sometimes wish their recordings could be like, ten percent less hammy and music-hall-y (i love their "mama told me not to come" but it'd probably be better if cory wells weren't putting on SUCH a comical vocal affectation)... but they're still awesome.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 21 April 2018 18:03 (three years ago) link

Today's discovery among their second-tier singles: "Family of Man" ruuuuuuules. Late-hippie good-time fuzzy crunch, like TDN are reaching back to the Beatles' "It's All Too Much" by way of early Sly & the Family Stone.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:07 (three years ago) link

They've definitely got a bit too much David Clayton-Thomas in them at times. My favourite lesser-known single is "Out in the Country," also "Liar," although that's probably better known. Just found out recently they covered Neil Young's "The Loner" on their debut album. In other TDN news, the Jays' Joe Biagini has switched his walk-on music from "One" to Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger." Bad trade, but it does suggest he's a big Magnolia fan, or ought to be.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:51 (three years ago) link

"Liar" is so great, deserves to be much better-known. Feel like if it was by Steppenwolf or somebody like that it'd probably have a few more people repping for it.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:19 (three years ago) link

XP I think alot of the David Clayton-Thomas comes from Danny Hutton. For the longest time I used to think a couple of his TDN hits--"Celebrate" and "Black and White"--actually were Blood, Sweat & Tears, and I imagine a lot of people genuinely think the former is, given how closely TDN apes their style on it.

"Liar" is great too. It should at least skate by on more adventurous Classic Rock playlists.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 April 2018 06:10 (three years ago) link

Also: this probably shouldn't go here, but I've been groovin' on Santana lately, and was amazed that this hit actually wasn't either TDN or BST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wwfUEM3BWU

"Everybody's Everything", from Santana 3.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 April 2018 06:16 (three years ago) link

The David Clayton-Thomas Syndrome (designated as such in The American Journal of Medicine, Vol. 25, Issue 3, I believe) was the scourge of white rock bands in the early '70s. Most egregious example: the Ides of March's "Vehicle."

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:53 (three years ago) link

Never knew of Clayton-Thomas by name before but that connection makes a lottttt of sense. The bombastic ham delivery also reminds me of Gary Puckett, and some of Neil Diamond's stuff (Cracklin' Rosie, I Am I Said) though he's sanded down some of the worst affectations. Jim Morrison also probably bears some responsibility. Apparently this was a style of singing that really landed with middle-of-the-road top 40 listeners circa 1967-1971, but now it feels like maybe the biggest barrier to new audiences getting into these songs. OTOH I played my friend a bunch of TDN last night and she was digging it, even the more OTT stuff (tho I didn't go as far as "The Show Must Go On" - surely their worst single by some distance?).

This thread may also be relevant: covers that folk/rock/soul song-interpreters of the '60s and '70s would have on their records

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:40 (three years ago) link

Their cover of "Try a Little Tenderness," closely modeled on Redding's, also gives some clue to what they *thought* they were getting at.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:53 (three years ago) link

"Cracklin' Rosie"'s pretty light on its feet, I'd say, but you're right, Neil's overcome with DCTS on "I Am...I Said" and "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" and probably other songs I don't know. Morrison's a good starting point. Chicago, obviously, on something like "Make Me Smile," even though I like them and I like that song. Rare Earth--advanced DCTS.

clemenza, Monday, 23 April 2018 22:54 (three years ago) link

At least one of Hamilton, Joe Frank, or Reynolds seems to have also been a sufferer. Three Dog Night... man, they have such a fascinating sound. Their rockier numbers genuinely rock, fuzzed-out, great rhythm section, and they often chose kind of weird material for hit singles ("Never Been To Spain" is just three verses, no chorus, and then those same three verses again but louder!), but the vocals always give the sense that the performer is giving a big, wide Vegas entertainer's smile for the parents watching this in the back row.

Also, quoth Wiki:

Three Dog Night's original recordings were released by ABC Dunhill Records (except for 1983's It's A Jungle). In 1973, executives at ABC Dunhill (Jay Lasker is usually blamed) decided to discard all of their multi-track recordings and mono masters to save storage space in a cost-cutting measure. [1] As a result, all re-issues on CD have been remastered using album masters (sometimes second or third generation tape) which often results in an inferior sound when compared to other catalogs of the era.

Is this significant? Is it something I can hear in the recordings? I don't think anything I've heard by them sounds bad but there is certainly some kind of quality to the recordings that sounds, idk, different? Is it just that they've been spared terrible late 80s CD remasters....?

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 April 2018 23:37 (three years ago) link

I don't know. The only thing I have is their greatest hits on vinyl (used to have Harmony on 8-track! we listened to it, and the Guess Who's Greatest Hits, on the way to Florida in 1972). I've never given any thought to sound quality.

One thing they had was excellent taste in songwriters. First LP: Harry Nilsson, Lennon & McCartney, Danny Whitten, Randy Newman, Tim Hardin, Neil Young. Second: Dave Mason, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Sam Cooke, Laura Nyro. Third (studio): Newman again (twice), Roger Nichols & Paul Williams, Nyro again, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Fourth: Jesse Colin Young, Hoyt Axton. Fifth: Axton, Williams, Stevie Wonder & Syreeta Wright, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Miller & Don Stevenson (Moby Grape). I'm sure I missed some great lesser-known names, too. That's an amazing five-LP run.

clemenza, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:47 (three years ago) link

And one thing anyone younger than 40 won't know is how really, really big they were around the decade changeover. After the Beatles, the Jackson 5, CCR, and maybe the Carpenters, they might have been the biggest Top 40 group for '70-72. (I'd have to check that...Elton was taking off, there was the Guess Who, maybe a handful of other contenders too.)

clemenza, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:51 (three years ago) link

(The Beatles, as you may have heard, called it quits in '70.)

clemenza, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:52 (three years ago) link

Also on the list of material: they gave John Hiatt his career by covering "Sure As I'm Sitting Here." He's not in the same league as those others, but he's penned a few other hits including "Thing Called Love."

TDN had a very very dense run of hits from '69 to '75: they released twenty-one singles, every single one made the top 40, eleven top-tenners, three #1s. CCR weren't even as reliable! The Carpenters and the Jacksons are closer matches with three #1s and more near-misses than TDN, but not quite as many hits overall, and capable of releasing things that people didn't send up the charts. Not saying TDN were "bigger" than those bands, I wasn't there and it seems clear enough that all three made a bigger impact on the culture, but I get the sense that the Dog, like the Carpenters, had some kind of crossover power that tells us something about the state of the culture beyond the counter- part of the culture in that moment.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:04 (three years ago) link

In the back of the Joel Whitburn pop singles book I've got from the mid-'80s, he's got them 14th for the '70s. But all the people ahead of them (except for the Carpenters) had hits throughout the decade: Elton, Chicago, Bee Gees, etc. If you made the cut-off '75, at which point they're literally finished, I think you're right, they'd be top two or three.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:18 (three years ago) link

For anyone wondering why this thread is very active suddenly, it's just a couple of guys with Dog Fever.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:19 (three years ago) link

re:Sound Quality--I've got the two disc "Celebrate" set from '93, which I picked up used ages ago. It sounds quite good.* In the liner notes they mention something about using "Original Mono and Stereo Singles Masters for the First Time on CD", which had to be a great selling point to folks willing to shell out $30 or so bucks for TDN on CD in the mid-'90s.

*I'm not sure what the AMG guy is on about nothing being Remastered. Early MCA CDs were kind of notorious for having fairly high-quality mastering for the time, but also being quiet af. This set (and alot of '90s period MCA/Universal reissues) fixed the latter.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:13 (three years ago) link

Also, looking at that tracklist I see another superb song they picked up: "You" a minor hit for Marvin Gaye just prior to "Grapevine" blowing up, and a big 'keep e'm on the floor' number at the local Soul Night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_2NpgHkyfY

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:23 (three years ago) link

Oh hey I forgot about "You"! I know it from Gaye's terribly packaged but amazingly stuffed Super Hits; listening to it right now in the context of this thread, it's almost screaming for a Three Dog Night cover. Listening to theirs, it's got a nice feel to it, nice that it's not a super-close copy and it naturally wanders into one of their rocked-out jam-type sections, but for once it'd be nice to hear them belting it out the vocals a little harder. I mean anybody's voice is going to sound kind of weak and thin next to Marvin Gaye's but still...

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:46 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Youtube just recommended this to me...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W3MGr19IyY

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:38 (three years ago) link

i think excerpts of that have crossed my path before, there's some really fun performing in there along with some seemingly adrift frontmanning. hutton's outfit and mic-cord manipulation make me wonder if they were hoping to catch a bit of the glam train. there's a real "please clap" moment before "Black and White" where they try and fail to get the crowd to sing along. "now i know you know the words to this one..."

the wikipedia for that song reveals that TDN had discovered it via the reggae group The Greyhounds' cover, which had gone to the top ten in the UK, so maybe that's why they figured it would go over well. also: apparently it was originally written by one Earl Robinson in 1954 and was explicitly about the Brown decision:

Their robes were black, Their heads were white,
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight,
Nine judges all set down their names,
To end the years and years of shame.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:22 (three years ago) link

Ooh, that concert looks great, bookmarking to watch later. TDN were my first arena rock concert, right about this time.

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:23 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high-life flyer and a rainbow rider
A straight shootin' son-of-a-gun

The Sensitive Male, circa 1971.

clemenza, Sunday, 18 November 2018 23:25 (three years ago) link

Riding that rainbow in white bell-bottoms.

... (Eazy), Sunday, 18 November 2018 23:26 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

SOOOOOO hard
FAM'ly of MAN
SOOOOO hard
DOO DOO DOOOOO

Doctor Casino, Friday, 25 September 2020 17:53 (one year ago) link

I knew that would be you.

clemenza, Friday, 25 September 2020 18:10 (one year ago) link

Last year I was *this* close to buying a used copy of Chuck Negron’s autobio. Guy knew how to party I guess.

brimstead, Friday, 25 September 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

Ooh, that concert looks great, bookmarking to watch later. TDN were my first arena rock concert, right about this time.


heh the first ‘concert’ I ever went to was 3 Dog/ Steppenwolf at a Mississippi State Fair ca ‘89. My parents were definitely on the premises but I guess let me wander around by myself. i was probably more excited about SW but p sure I ended up more impressed w TDN. I was impossibly dorky and obsessed w oldies radio

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 25 September 2020 19:20 (one year ago) link

haha i'm a simple man

Doctor Casino, Friday, 25 September 2020 19:26 (one year ago) link

I probably mentioned it on the Fargo thread, but "Shambala" was used really well in S2, just the daughter driving and singing along with it over the radio.

clemenza, Saturday, 26 September 2020 01:08 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Picking up right where I left off...I was comparing notes with a friend today on how well they've been used in films and on TV.

"Mama Told Me Not to Come," Boogie Nights - Jack Horner's pool party. A+
"Shambala," Fargo - As described above. A
"Easy to Be Hard," Zodiac - A song I never liked growing up, but in Zodiac--opening scene, 4th of July fireworks--it's perfect. A
"One," Magnolia - I don't remember particulars (a montage of different characters?), but I recall it being used effectively. A-
"Joy to the World," The Big Chill - So-so on the film, but I liked this at the end. A-

Anything else?

I think this clip may have been put together for a PTA series that played in Toronto a couple of years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwpzwqmJPe0

clemenza, Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:24 (nine months ago) link

I thought I'd seen every PTA film, but I'm drawing a blank on the black-and-white stuff there...is that one of Magnolia's "this happened" flashbacks?

clemenza, Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:30 (nine months ago) link

out in the country is the one i'm loving these days

Washington Generals D-League affiliate (will), Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:59 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

Beat Club Jam...Chuck Negron offstage somewhere doing drugs and/or breaking his penis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4l6FU74pUY

Floyd Sneed's got one of oh-so-'70s clear drum kits. Would be kinda cool to have a power trio with one of those and two Ampeg Dan Armstrongs.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 00:09 (one week ago) link

u gotta admit that yelling "jeremiah was a bullfrog" is just a gloriously deranged way to start a song

— lil jon lovitz (autumn version 🦃🍂) (@liljonlovitz) November 21, 2021

pplains, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 13:48 (one week ago) link


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