Influential Albums – Day 5

The Stone Roses – Stone Roses

These guys. Talk about burning bright and burning out. That is what The Stone Roses did. I guess I saw the video for Fools Gold (Full version) on 120 Minutes then read about them in one of GQ’s Sassy magazines, The article started off talking about the lead off song, “I Wanna Be Adored”. That pretty much sealed the deal for me.

One of my college roommates, the elusive and not-heard-from-again-Tim Smith must have had the CD. It might have been a cassette, because that’s what I had it on. It was in my car and Panasonic Walkman knock off A LOT. The whole Madchester scene was big, but Stone Roses were the very, very top of the crop.

Their album cover art was inspired by Jackson Pollock and even name drop him on one of their b-sides. More on those next. “Going Down“. They are, in turn, name dropped by one of my favorite current bands, The Fratellis, on “For the Girl” – ‘she was into the Stones when I was into the Roses’

When I got to UGA and worked at WUOG I was amazed by all the b-sides I didn’t know about. B-sides in general, I think, are much more of a British band thing than American artists. I may be wrong about that, but it seems like all the best b-side songs I’ve heard are from British bands.

Anyway, The Stone Roses never took off like I think they deserved to and I think that has a lot to do with their self-destructive habits and behavior. The stories are all out there and you can read up on it if you’re interested. Needless to say, they needed to keep the ball rolling, but instead it was stopped and their career suffered for it.

Atmospheric, groove heavy, and transcendent. Those are the words/phrase I would use to describe this album. Anytime I can find something like this first album I dive in. It has not happened very often. It definitely did not happen with Second Coming. I’m not even putting a link to it.

I turned a few people onto Stone Roses, but not that many. Whatever. They must have fallen into that category of being too British. Some people can’t take that, but not me. That just makes me love them more.

They were hugely influential to other British bands as they documentary I watched on them made clear. Too bad they burned too brightly. I’m not sure they could have outdid this first album. They definitely fit into the category of “Debut Albums So Good the Band Did Not Ever Have To Release Anything Else and They Would Still Be Considered Pivotal”.

Stand out tracks for me, well, all of them. Top five from the album, in no order, “I Wanna Be Adored”, “I Am the Resurrection”, “Elephant Stone” “She Bangs the Drum”, and “This is the One”.

I got a Stone Roses collection and it’s great, but I recently went back and listened to this album, and besides “Don’t Stop” it’s an album that needs to be heard as a whole. I guess, if you’re so inclined, you could consider, “Don’t Stop” like “Within Without You” from Sgt. Peppers’. I am not a fan of it. I understand its importance and its place, but I’m not a fan.

Last thing, extended mixes. The Stone Roses had a thing of taking songs and going with them. Extended versions, not dance remixes, but just extended jams that were, I’m guessing, a BIG part of the Madchester thing. Extended dances to get your groove on with whatever was turning your groove up. I’m not sure what those kids were into. I just dug the jams. So, here’s “I Am the Resurrection” (Full version)

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30-Day Writing Challenge, Day 21 – My Astrological Sign & Does It Fit Me?

“The Crabs are mostly the family types. Their personality can be quite complicated, but deep inside they are conservative and home-loving people. They love to be in  familiar surroundings and nurture their relationships. To understand a Cancer-born more thoroughly, we can look at their positive and negative qualities.”
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From Astrology Zodiac Signs
Strengths:
Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life
cancer negative

cancer positive

Positive                                                                             Negative

Hunh, this is like Grad School. I can find evidence to support whatever I think. I’m going to put the positive things in orange and the negative in blue (which offends me since blue is my favorite color, but I suppose I’m just being over-sensitive)

So, clearly, I’m Cancer-born. I read a long time ago that you don’t say, I’m a Cancer. I guess that would change if you were really toxic and caused bad stuff to grow all the time wherever you went, but I digress (and I’m not like that at all)

Looking at the Positive and Negative traits of a Cancer-born, I can see traits of me in both. I don’t necessarily find the “touchy” to be a negative unless it’s on the overly sensitive side, then sure, yes, that’s a little negative.

My intuition isn’t all that strong, I don’t think. I also don’t think I’m all that devious. I can be, but I am not normally.

Self-absorbed? Only because of my awesomosity. Sheesh.

Needy? I don’t know about that. You’d have to ask the Glitter Queen. I suppose she might agree to that sometimes.

Nicer than everyone else? Well, I’m pretty doggone nice I have to say. 

I don’t think I’m that possessive. This probably should have been a guest post with me asking people if I fit my astrological sign. Jeez, I don’t like looking at the negative traits picture. There are traits on there that are certainly true, but others that I don’t agree with. Again, Grad School. 

Being so SELF-ABSORBED I don’t know that much about other people’s signs and their traits, so…how about you? Do you fall in line with your traits? You can click on any of the links up above and see how you measure up.

I couldn’t find a meme or anything from the actual song, but I’ll share Fred Schneider’s quotation from “Song for a New Generation“, “Hi, I’m Fred, the Cancerian from New Jersey

Why I Write and Why I Don’t

I’ve had this blog for several years now, and while there’s nothing spectacular about it, it does fulfill something that I need.  A place for me to put it all out there. All the junk that’s up in me head.  I’ve always done this, but until the Internet made it possible for us all to put our inane thoughts out there in cyberspace forever, I did it in notebooks.  Lots of notebooks. 


Unfortunately, not lots of filled up notebooks.  Lots of partially filled notebooks.


Of course there are some things I write about that are just interesting to me and hopefully to some of you. 


I am somewhat steadfastly holding onto the thought that although I only have 6 people following this blog on blogger, other people read it, despite the fact that the comments don’t back up this belief.


Some of you may find it odd that I need a place to “put it all out there” because to some of you that is how I live my life.  But it’s not always so.


I get a lot of stuff stuck in my head that doesn’t make it out.  There are various reasons for this, but sometimes it’s doubt.  Sometimes it’s because something else comes up that needs my attention. A lot of times it’s forgetfulness; a LOT of times.


There are two blogs that I read regularly, http://succumbingtomyawesomeness.wordpress.com/ & http://www.gradydoctor.com/ and I am really in awe of the writers’ ability to do it as regularly as they do.  Of course there are millions – probably literally millions – of blogs out there to be read, and we all have so much to say. So much important stuff to say.


The problem is, for me at least, is that I find it easier to say by pushing these little keys than I do by speaking the words. 


I’ve thought about this before and I’ve talked about it with friends and family. Why it’s easier to do all this mind spilling all by myself instead of in front of a person.  It’s all in there. It’s not as if there’s a different compartment in me head for speaking aloud and typing.


Now, the thing is, you could take me at almost any time and put me in front of a group of people and I’d be able to take off talking a mile a minute about all kinds of garbage – both meaningful and meaningless. But I get a little stymied when it comes to one on one conversation.  And this troubles me.


So, to get to the topic of the title, why I write is because I have all this stuff up in me head, and if I don’t get it out it gets all cluttered.  My head that is. The words, too, get cluttered.  The problem ties into the second part of the title.


Why I don’t.  


I’ve recently come to recognize that discipline isn’t something that I have in surplus, and to be very honest, I’d be in the Discipline Debtor’s Prison if there was such a place.


I could come up with all kinds of excuses, but it all comes back to lack of discipline.  This is not a very uplifting epiphany to have.


I realize that it should be a clarion call to me to get to it.  Realizing this and taking the necessary action to do it are very different things.  


Caution – Tangent Ahead


I’m going to enter some risky territory here.  It’s not surprising territory, but risky.  I am a cocky person.  My belt buckle and t-shirt prove it.  

I can do all manner of things that many people can’t.  I really can. I am thankful for these talents, and I could list those things, but the world doesn’t need the amount of barf that this may induce from some… What the hell is your point here, Man?


WE NOW RETURN YOU TO THE MAIN IDEA 


My point is that I can do all kinds of things that many people can’t, but I can only do them adequately.  What keeps me from doing them really good well? Lack of discipline.


I know that GQ has some things to say about this, but she has very graciously chosen to keep them to herself until I ask her about them.  (I know that sarcasm flows through my words in the same abundance as oxygen in the air we breathe, but I am very sincere when I say “graciously” there.)


It disturbs and disappoints me that I know this, but I haven’t done anything about it.  Just do it! Yes, I know this.  I do.  It’s much easier to say it than do it.


However, I am making little strides toward doing it.  I am.  Some people don’t see it.  Others haven’t noticed that it’s there.  That’s okay.  I know I have, and I really want to continue.  There are some distractions that I have to recognize and put down more often, and I’m going to try to do that.  


So, hopefully you’ll see more of my thoughts here in the coming days.  I’ve got a whole slew of ideas up there that I’ve been percolating. I just hope they haven’t gone bad.


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My soundtrack while this was going from head to screen 

  • First Breath After Coma 
  • All In My Mind
  • She Loves You
  • I Ran (yes, that one)
  • That Thing You Do
  • Chapter 2 of The Seeing Stone from the Spiderwick Chronicles
  • MLK
  • Why Should I Be Nice to You?

Music is such an important constant.  It helps tremendously in many situations.  I need to remember this.


Peace & Love y’all.