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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

just a ragtag band of misfits...

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

I imagine a constipated Yosemite Sam running through Roadrunner territory.

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

All right, everyone. Ned's in.

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

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

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

Only Eagle actually from California was Timothy Schmit.

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

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

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

All native Californians are from Iowa iirc

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

lighten up while you still can

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

apparently frey came up with the flatbed ford line.


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

oh fuck, where is my statues thread.


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

lol @ the reflection

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

What's going on in those upstairs windows?

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

"picks" = "pricks"

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

I wondered why my stats were exploding two weeks ago: an Eagles fan site had linked to it.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:03 (one year ago) link

First, you call yourself an author, yet you spelled ‘great with “grate” Are you making a cheese topped dish?

O Lord, I think Henley found your blog.

pplains, Thursday, 9 November 2017 01:19 (one year ago) link

sick burn

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 November 2017 03:40 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

man this is sweet and soft and cool.. so airy, bernie


brimstead, Friday, 18 May 2018 21:21 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

"The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks" just came up on a random shuffle. Never heard it before and missed its day here. It's like a prototype for solo-Henley "Johnny Can't Read" and Hen's other sour new wave.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 19:31 (one year ago) link

a day-ruiner, basically

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:31 (one year ago) link

hey y'all!

We approach the five-year anniversary of this thread.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:38 (one year ago) link


good lord

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

we should celebrate by starting over again :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:47 (one year ago) link

^^^ frail grasp on the big picture

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 02:53 (one year ago) link

carved on my tombstone iirc

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 03:05 (one year ago) link

Well, Yeah

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 03:13 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

DON: “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride.”

GLENN: "Don't forget the ins and outs."

DON: "Well, yeah."

pplains, Monday, 20 August 2018 17:05 (eleven months ago) link

ug what a bummer

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 17:12 (eleven months ago) link

couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 August 2018 17:34 (eleven months ago) link

Are we maybe down to one (living) asshole still in the band?

dow, Monday, 20 August 2018 17:52 (eleven months ago) link

The new RIAA cert for the Eagles' Greatest Hits album is absurd and doesn't mean what most people - including almost every source reporting it - think it means. I'm a total music charts/sales geek and I could break it down in detail, but suffice it to say that A) this is U.S.-only sales; worldwide, Thriller is still the best-selling album of all time by a very large margin and B) RIAA certifications no longer reflect actual album sales and have become almost meaningless to anyone outside the industry. They're now a weird amalgam of album sales (physical and digital), digital singles sales, and streams. Thriller has likely still sold more copies, even in the U.S.

It's like an Christian pop (thewufs), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:26 (eleven months ago) link


morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:42 (eleven months ago) link

good to know. that makes me feel better

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:44 (eleven months ago) link

in short: take it easy, everyone

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:44 (eleven months ago) link

No doubt the Eagles have sold more than the last time the RIAA certified those albums, but "selling" isn't streaming, and selling matters not a whit in 2018.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 August 2018 21:51 (eleven months ago) link

is Don playing bongos on his guitar there

Οὖτις, Monday, 20 August 2018 22:11 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (ten months ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:25 (ten months 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 (five 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 (five months ago) link

He's definitely learned how to help himself.

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

veronica, he's a victim of love

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

all she wanted to do is dance!

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



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

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