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

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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).


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!


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.


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.


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

oh fuck, where is my statues thread.


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.


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:


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

those ringing opening electric guitar chords that open the song -- and, I guess, their career -- make it sound like something epic is about to happen. but it turns out the laid-back acoustic strum underneath them is what you were supposed to have been listening to.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:15 (six years ago) link

The Eagles - and especially "Take It Easy" and "Hotel California" - have been so ubiquitous for so long that I'm wondering where and when most of us actually formulated any kind of a critical stance on the group. I was born in late 1982 and they were always kinda just there; I imagine the experience would be much the same for anyone born in America after 1970 or so. IME it's harder to be objective about music you grew up with. So if you hate the Eagles, did you hate "Take It Easy" when you were 5? Or did you grow to hate them later on? I think I always liked that song because it was big and clean and catchy and had good harmonies. I could say much the same for their other hits. By the time I got old enough to think about the smug misogyny of the lyrics and the greedy picks behind them, the Eagles were too much a part of my aural landscape to hate. And even so, I never once felt compelled to buy an album. The radio was enough.

For a contrast, I hated James Taylor for as long as I can remember. I think I could sense the waves of smarm and unctuousness dripping from his voice when I was in grade school.

One interesting thing about "Take It Easy" is that it never even made the top 10 of the charts - it only reached #12. Yet over time it's probably gotten more radio play than 95% of all the #1 hits in history - including a couple of the group's own chart toppers. It's so immaculately produced and finely-crafted - slicker and fuller than probably anything else of its era - that it's always an up, and I never change the station when it's on, yet it's also bland and shallow enough that I never seek it out otherwise. That kind of sums up their appeal and their shortcomings - easy to like, hard to really care about.

thewufs, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:15 (six years ago) link

"picks" = "pricks"

thewufs, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:16 (six years ago) link

I thought the implication was that the singer is being friendzoned by that one.

Ismael OTM and I don't really back down from my earlier comment about how this song illuminates much of what came later in lighter modern rock and new country.


EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:18 (six years ago) link

I thought it meant he wasn't interested in sleeping with that particular one of the seven.
The Eagles have always been there. I don't have a critical stance on them beyond always hating them.

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:24 (six years ago) link

Opening chimey guitar chords remind me that Rickenbacker made a Glenn Frey signature model, because his tone and approach were obviously so unique and distinctive that they could only be replicated by ugh ugh ugh seriously fuck Glenn Frey:

Shart Week (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:27 (six years ago) link

To clarify - I didn't hate their music (which is generally light and innocuous) so much as them personally. They have always seemed like a bunch of entitled jerks.

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

I think Eagles hate has to be learned. It's part of that adolescent thing where you decide that some things are too pretty, too perfect, too good, that you'd rather listen to something that sounds fucked-up and noisy/distorted because it's more real, man. Also that if your mom likes it, it's to be shoved away with all your strength. My mom liked the Eagles a lot, I think. But somehow I never learned to hate them.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:30 (six years ago) link

I thought the implication was that the singer is being friendzoned by that one.

I always heard this as meaning that they were whilom lovers but they weren't ever going to be much else.

Fais ce que voudra, occiderai de même (Michael White), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:32 (six years ago) link

is Don playing bongos on his guitar there

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 August 2018 22:11 (one year ago) link

GLENN: Not the first time he awkwardly slapped some bongos...

DON: Well, yeah.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 20 August 2018 22:14 (one year ago) link

Greatest comment I've seen about the Eagles today, on a friend's FB page about this:

The public like them because their lyrics are decipherable and make singing along easy. Say what you want about their other abilities, but those guys could enunciate.

Eliza D., Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:49 (one year ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Hey, everyone. Pleasant Plains here with a new song from the Alternative Nation. Coming out of Boston, the same stomping grounds of Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, Buffalo Tom and Throwing Muses, here's Evan Dando and THE LEMONHEADS with their latest, TAKE IT EASY.


pplains, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:22 (nine months ago) link

heard "peaceful easy feeling" in the wild today. this makes me want to hear it again. evan dando should stick to suzanne vega, charles manson and love positions covers.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:28 (nine months ago) link

He's definitely learned how to help himself.

pplains, Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:26 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Well, yeah

Eight months before HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary raised new questions about Michael Jackson’s legacy, executives at the late pop star’s record label and estate were pondering another unexpected -- and unrelated -- development involving his business.

Jackson’s 1982 album, Thriller (33 million copies sold), had just lost the status it held for almost a decade as the best-selling album of all time in the United States, ceding the title to the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 (38 million), according to the RIAA. Though the two albums have jockeyed for the top spot since the 1980s, trading the lead five times, executives from both Jackson’s estate and Sony Music were stunned by the news that Their Greatest Hits had gained nine new platinum certifications in a single day from the RIAA for the years 2006 to 2018 -- meaning 9 million additional U.S. album sales had been made or discovered over those 12 years.

“After Thriller being the recognized No. 1 album seller in the United States for a decade, we were obviously surprised and concerned when we were overtaken despite all metrics we use stating otherwise,” Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer said in a statement earlier in 2019, before the documentary premiered. “All we are asking for is transparency in the process so we can understand how sales numbers changed so dramatically at such short notice.”

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:39 (seven months ago) link

apart from Thriller and the Eagles GH perpetually displacing each other, there is another thing that MJ and Don Henley share, which is what I thought of when I read the first clause of the opening graf…no doubt Henley has been mucho nervous for the past 1 1/2 years…

veronica moser, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 16:30 (seven months ago) link

veronica, he's a victim of love

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:13 (seven months ago) link

ha ha imagining the day Twitter is like "The Boys of Summer guy got arrested for what?"

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:18 (seven months ago) link

Truly, it is The End of The Innocence...

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:29 (seven months ago) link

all she wanted to do is dance!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:31 (seven months ago) link



pplains, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 19:08 (seven months ago) link

all she wanted to do is dance!

On the floor.

In the round.

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:37 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This guy just left this Half-Price Books after loudly looking for The Long Run on CD. He was asking people, made them search the database, first in-store, then all of the locations in the city. Seriously jonesing to no avail--ended up saying he was going to eBay.


a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 13 April 2019 00:48 (seven months ago) link

Should've made him blow a gasket by going, "Dude, just get Greatest Hits Vol. II".

pplains, Saturday, 13 April 2019 01:24 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

today's final jeopardy clue:

"Rolling Stone said this 1976 album had 'the best & worst tendencies of L.A.-situated rock' & was an 'unflattering portrait of the milieu.'"

contestant 1: (nothing)
contestant 2: rumours (not quite spelled out on his screen)
contestant 3: exile on main st.

alex: well, no*

fact checking cuz, Friday, 26 July 2019 02:37 (three months ago) link

*it's possible that's not exactly how alex phrased it

fact checking cuz, Friday, 26 July 2019 02:38 (three months ago) link

if contestant 3 ever comes in my record store, oh man, he’ll have a fierce rolling of the eyes likes of which he won’t soon forget

budo jeru, Friday, 26 July 2019 03:09 (three months ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 July 2019 03:09 (three months ago) link

LA-situated? ....Exile?


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 July 2019 03:14 (three months ago) link

Rumours a good guess!

pplains, Friday, 26 July 2019 13:20 (three months ago) link

No sorry the answer is Greatest Hits Vol. 1

... (Eazy), Friday, 26 July 2019 13:52 (three months ago) link

The answer is Dowse Myself in Kerosene.`

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 July 2019 14:06 (three months 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

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


I like "New Kid in Town."

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

Iggles and co.

calstars, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:42 (one month ago) link

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

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 October 2019 05:40 (one month ago) link

Chug In C Minor

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

Chug Swear Didn't Know C's Minor

pplains, Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:26 (one month 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 (three weeks ago) link

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