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

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

how's life, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:17 (three years ago) Permalink

All native Californians are from Iowa iirc

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

"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 (three years ago) Permalink

lighten up while you still can

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:30 (three years ago) Permalink

apparently frey came up with the flatbed ford line.

http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2179/3261/5446630016_large.jpg

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:34 (three years ago) Permalink

oh fuck, where is my statues thread.

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

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:37 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

lol @ the reflection

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:39 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

What's going on in those upstairs windows?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

"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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

"picks" = "pricks"

thewufs, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

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.

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EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:18 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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:
http://www.rickenbacker.com/news_item.asp?news_id=34&news=old

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought it meant he wasn't interested in sleeping with that particular one of the seven.

But SHE'S the one who says she's a friend of his! Plus, it's totally funnier my way.

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EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Like, he sets you up with the "seven women on [his] mind" thing but they're all either pissed off at him or blowing him off.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Well, or they want something serious.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

my parents were not Eagles fans, I don't remember hearing them at all as a kid really. at some point in high school/college there were conversations about what "Hotel California" *really* was about (see also Don McLean's "American Pie", Zep's "Stairway to Heaven" etc) and def by the time I was in college I was aware of the ubiquity of their Greatest Hits but by then there was really nothing in their music to appeal to me. and over time as I've learned more about them and listened to my wife's copies of their albums they just get under my skin.

Disco Strangler cracks me up tho. one of the times where they get close to so-bad-its-good camp. everything about that song is wrong.

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I always think of the Eagles as the kind of music that you are forced to listen to while driving through some infernally hot and dusty place and that your mother made the error of loving after having loved all that cool shit in the 60's. I can't really hate them 'cause they're so easy to ignore but God have mercy on your soul if you're at a summer bbq and someone puts them on.

Fais ce que voudra, occiderai de même (Michael White), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Growing up, all I saw of the Eagles was constant radio airplay, endless stream of solo records, bazillion dollar tours, and they never seemed very down to earth/human at all. My parents didn't like them either. I was also really righteous about my dislike of money grubbing rich people.

no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Since there seemed to be a sexual past between him and the own me/stone me women but not the "friend of mine," my barely-formed guess has always been that they were drug buddies. "We're not balling or anything, I'm just along because he/she knows where to score."

cops on horse (WilliamC), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:40 (three years ago) Permalink

One interesting thing about "Take It Easy" is that it never even made the top 10 of the charts - it only reached #12

"Listen To The Music" was #11. In your FACE, Browne!

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:43 (three years ago) Permalink

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, August 20, 2013 2:30 PM (30 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ha this is almost as much a cliche now as hating the eagles for being too "smooth" or "corporate"

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

best pics of the ozark fest. nsfw:

http://masmasmaraksi.blogspot.com/2012/05/ozark-music-festival.html

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:06 (three years ago) Permalink

and some more:

https://sites.google.com/site/rodsievers/ozarkmusicfestival

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Gotta say, that's a lot more ass than what I was expecting from Sedalia, Mo.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:12 (three years ago) Permalink

It is the show me state.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:16 (three years ago) Permalink

i can remember wanting to go see eagles and linda ronstadt at the yale bowl when i was kid. my dad wouldn't take me. little river band opening, i think.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:18 (three years ago) Permalink

damn i set myself up for that

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Yup.

Thanks!

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:22 (three years ago) Permalink

I thought it meant he wasn't interested in sleeping with that particular one of the seven.

― no fomo (La Lechera), Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:24 PM (55 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

My take is that it was the other way around. But, yeah, none of those seven women seem to have him on their mind, at least not in any good way.

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:31 (three years ago) Permalink

As far as childhood memories, I completely intertwine Eagles and Steve Miller Band because this concert came to town the week of my eighth birthday, when I was listening to top-40 radio all the time. Not only are those two bands intertwined, but the third on the bill, Pablo Cruise, is there as well. Must've heard the show advertised on the radio enough times for it to be branded into my head.

only dogg forgives (Eazy), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:40 (three years ago) Permalink

- she *says* she's a friend of his. So it could be like she's all made 'wtf you're sleeping with six other chicks I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS' ...or she's just rolled up to his house trying to weasel her way in with some line like she's an old friend of his

- the banjo is insane. like in a kooky way. as though bernie leadon was pissed off and just said 'fuck you frey I'm playing the banjo the whole way through and there's nothing you can do to stop me'

- I always wonder what if Frey had just stolen Jackson Browne's songs outright while he was living upstairs from him

- take it easy man

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

made = mad

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

the structure and tempo of this song are kind of cool. the chords keep zipping along, and the chorus never really repeats from one occurrence to the next. the first time through it's "lighten up while you still can," the next time through they say "come on baby" instead of "take it easy," and the third time through he has to know if your sweet love is gonna save him. minor chords popping up all over the place. keeps you on your toes.

Thus Sang Freud, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:44 (three years ago) Permalink

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, August 20, 2013 9:43 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

never noticed this, nice catch

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Michael Vick was just named the starting quarterback for the Eagles in the coming season. felt like i should note that here.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Eagles [Asylum, 1972]
These guys certainly boogie more than the bluegrass sellouts who populate the vaguely country-oriented mainstream of contemporary American rock, and they certainly write more memorable songs. But this culminates the reactionary individualism that country-rock has come to epitomize in the counterculture. What's worse, the country orientation bespeaks not roots but a lack of them, so that in the end the product is suave and synthetic--brilliant, but false. And not always all that brilliant, either. B

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:53 (three years ago) Permalink

The B-side is kinda the reverse of the A-side -- bummed-out dude getting no action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cBuNuXFSz8

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:54 (three years ago) Permalink

...and Ringo says he's sorry.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 June 2017 22:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I always wonder about the sources for lists like this. Is Grohl really richer than Larry Mullen, who's been doing megatours with the most popular live band in the world for decades and, due to the way they split songwriting credits, gets publishing royalties for every one of their songs?

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 1 June 2017 23:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that struck me as odd, too. And surely Charlie Watts has more dough than Grohl?

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 1 June 2017 23:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The saddest story ever told:
For sale, one cut rock tooth never used

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 1 June 2017 23:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Henley came in 4th despite having the biggest album ever and <literally> being Satan.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 June 2017 23:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The last sentence here is what might make this list so questionable: The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle.

#1: Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles)
#2: Dave Grohl – $260 Million (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
#3: Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo, Genesis)
#4: Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
#5: Lars Ulrich – $200 Million (Metallica)
#6: Charlie Watts – $170 Million (The Rolling Stones)
#7: Roger Taylor – $170 Million (Queen)
#8: Larry Mullen Jr – $150 Million (U2)
#9: Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
#10: Nick Mason – $100 Million (Pink Floyd)

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/entertainment-articles/30-richest-drummers-world/

pplains, Friday, 2 June 2017 01:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Still baffled at Grohl's wealth, unless he's like some kind of secret slimeball real estate speculator or something. Or maybe he gets paid a bundle to be an HIV truther.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 2 June 2017 02:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

He leads and writes all the songs for one of the most consistently popular rock bands for the last 20 years, and was also in a legacy band that has three or four popular catalog albums for starters.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 2 June 2017 02:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sure, the Foo Fighters had a bunch of top 10 albums in the US, but only three top 40 hits. I dunno, that doesn't seem like enough to be second to Ringo. Do they really sell out tours? I always envisioned them playing 2/3rds-full mid-level arenas.

And does he have writing credit on Nirvana songs? Because I can't see him making more from Nirvana albums than Watts does from Stones records (though the shitty Klein deal likely means he makes a lot less than he should off the early stuff).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 2 June 2017 02:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

IIRC, he's included on some group compositions, but his real Nirvana money comes from sales royalties (they had a great low-advance deal with DGC--Novecelic paid off a whole 30-year mortgage a few months after Nevermind blew up) and merchandising.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 2 June 2017 02:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Grohl got credit on Nevermind. All did.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 June 2017 02:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ah, ok, that makes a little more sense.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 2 June 2017 03:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

XP That's some serious $$$ there then. As for the Foos, they're one of those bands like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers whom one probably don't think about much, but are still consistently big on the remaining rock radio outlets, their albums do well out of the gate, and they have an audience big enough to still support headlining large arena/shed tours.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 2 June 2017 03:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/6eByG2q.jpg

Are we all just pretending that No. 9 isn't there or what?

http://i.imgur.com/yqH0Vo8.jpg

pplains, Friday, 2 June 2017 03:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The last sentence here is what might make this list so questionable: The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle.

tbh the first sentence makes it questionable too. the only reliable public record in that entire sentence is record sales. and even if you could somehow get the rest of the info, how anyone could translate royalty figures, endorsements, etc., over the years into a believable estimate of someone's net worth at any given point of time is beyond me. at best, they're guessing.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 2 June 2017 07:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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