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

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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

and some more:

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

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

It is the show me state.

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

damn i set myself up for that

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

Yup.

Thanks!

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

made = mad

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

the country orientation bespeaks not roots but a lack of them, so that in the end the product is suave and synthetic

This echoes a lot of the discussion in the Mumford/Lumineers threads -- except maybe the suave part.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

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

dude, no spoilers! haha, just kidding, but for real we will get to it!

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

that's the whole "track-by-track" part in the thread title.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

right now i'm like a newborn baby, there is only one eagles song, it is my universe, my everything

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

That's a typically painful and tone-deaf review from the "Dean" up there.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Most of the rest of this year, we're going to be listening to The Eagles everyday.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

at the end of the year, we'll all get shiny cyanide capsules we can bite down on

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

right now i'm like a newborn baby, there is only one eagles song, it is my universe, my everything

― usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:10 PM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

dude, no spoilers! haha, just kidding, but for real we will get to it!

Sorry! I guess I should've just ... taken it easy.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:27 (five years ago) Permalink

you can't rush these things.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:29 (five years ago) Permalink

loosen yr load, dude

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

actually wait, don't.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

the good news is that after today, we will never be here again.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

just loosened my load fyi, everybody

i am.. a maven (Matt P), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

a girl in every port, an eagles song on every day

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost henley probably has a cigar box you can use

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

at the end of the year, we'll all get shiny cyanide capsules we can bite down on

i'll take mine now, please.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

(actually, this thread idea is genius.)

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

(but i'd like a glass of water, just in case.)

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

check out any time you like, cuz.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

wow check the Wiki page about the Ozark Music Festival - i've never seen so many "citation needed"s on one page. Seems like good times, except for the water shortage. Was the Marshall Tucker Band really considered a bigger draw than Bruce Springsteen or Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974? (Bruce apparently didn't make the show)

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:42 (five years ago) Permalink

It's a good format for a thread, but I'd expect ilx to do this first for a band it likes a lot more. I feel like we are being drawn to The Eagles like a dog is drawn to a rotting carcass.

29 facepalms, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

ILM kinda does this with its readers polls, counting down to the most favorite song.

But with the Eagles, I don't think anyone wants to be caught casting that ballot.

pplains, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Sure, though this way we talk about *every* song? I suppose we can enjoy working ourselves into an ecstasy of disgust.

29 facepalms, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I was watching a punk documentary tonight and they showed a big blow-up of the Jubilee chart with a big white box at no.1 where The Sex Pistols should've been. There at no.2, top of the charts by default, rides Hotel California.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

the morbidity of this project has a joan didion-reckoning-with-california vibe i dig

i am.. a maven (Matt P), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Well, at least this thread got "What's Up" out of my head.

only dogg forgives (Eazy), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 21:56 (five years ago) Permalink


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