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@The Old Man posted:

I hope you got the joke, I don't think AthA is really the name of the group. I've been an outsider to music for about 35 years.

I got it. A while ago you posted about not being sure which was the name of the artist and the album/song on some of the posts on this thread. In this case Antenna to the Afterworld is indeed the name of the album.

Despite your admission of being an outsider you seem to have pretty strong opinions on the state of music these days (see rock and folk are dead threads).

@steve8 posted:

REM - Life's Rich Pageant

I've been listening to quite a bit of their music recently. Such a great band.

Really like their 80's stuff (was prime college fare for me) and been listening to them and other 80's favorites lately that I have not listened to in awhile.  Funny how some of that period has aged well, while others border on unlistenable (a lot of synth based). 

@steve8 posted:

I assume you mean vinyl? That was 1986. You gave up on the format quite early.

Right now I'm listening to

The Velvet Underground - The Matrix Tapes

Yes vinyl.  I started buying CDs at that same time.   Not sure they were first, but Smiths Strangeways Here We Come and Cure Hot Hot Hot were early purchases.

I continued to buy a lot of used vinyl - especially when I was in college - as they sold used vinyl for very cheap. 

I thought, since the day it was announced, that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. I've thought, for about 20 years, that Ted Nugent is also a joke. However, he's as right as rain here--

"The thought of a pioneering hip-hop artist in the Rock Hall of Fame so upsets him that, in the interview published on KNAC.com, Nugent says it’s tantamount to urinating on the graves of rock’s original pioneers. 'What a middle finger to the "real" heroes of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues to put in those other people, 'he says. 'Grandmaster Flash? Really? Why don’t we go down to Chuck Berry’s grave and piss on it?'

"Insisting it’s nothing personal, Nugent says, 'I’m not angry that I’m not in there because I’m having so much fun that it’s stupid.' But, he asks, 'Why isn’t a band like Triumph in there, but Grandmaster Flash is? That’s just dishonest! Why are Patti Smith, ABBA and Madonna in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but not Styx? Are you kidding me?! You can only explain that is that the people who made those decisions are just plain rotten people! The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame should genuflect to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters (and) the Funk Brothers… How dare you put Grandmaster Flash, ABBA and Madonna in that?'”

I'm not a Ted Nugent fan and won't offer an opinion as to whether or not he should be in.  I do agree with his sentiment; although, again, I don't necessarily agree with him on some that have been  left out of the "Hall".   Yes, there should be a LOT more of the early blues musicians.  A LOT.

What I WILL say is that, yes, the Hall of "Fame" is a joke.  When I was there, I was not only shocked me that more was not made of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Honeyboy Edwards, but that there was virtual nothing on Bob Dylan other than a single photo and one of his guitars.  This is the most influential and decorated rock musician and lyricist ever (Oscar, Grammy, Nobel Prize).  When I visited shortly before COVID, I asked a senior staff member why Dylan was ignored.  He said, "well he only gave us the one guitar."  So, this is really the "Hall of Whoever Gives Us the Most Stuff."  Yes, a total joke.

@haggis posted:

I'm not a Ted Nugent fan and won't offer an opinion as to whether or not he should be in.  I do agree with his sentiment; although, again, I don't necessarily agree with him on some that have been  left out of the "Hall".   Yes, there should be a LOT more of the early blues musicians.  A LOT.

What I WILL say is that, yes, the Hall of "Fame" is a joke.  When I was there, I was not only shocked me that more was not made of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Honeyboy Edwards, but that there was virtual nothing on Bob Dylan other than a single photo and one of his guitars.  This is the most influential and decorated rock musician and lyricist ever (Oscar, Grammy, Nobel Prize).  When I visited shortly before COVID, I asked a senior staff member why Dylan was ignored.  He said, "well he only gave us the one guitar."  So, this is really the "Hall of Whoever Gives Us the Most Stuff."  Yes, a total joke.

Agree 100%. It should be called the Hall of American Top 40 hits.  So many true rock acts not there. My personal greatest disappointment is The Guess Who. They had many Top 40 hits but still not even nominated once.

@mneeley490 posted:

We can agree or disagree, but I'd like to see not only Styx in there, but Supertramp and Alan Parsons as well.

I have not issue with any of those, they should all be in anything that calls itself a Rock Hall of Fame.  But so should The Guess Who, unless the Hall is only for acts famous in the US, notwithstanding the fact that TGW had lots of hits there too.

The "problem" is that it is a private enterprise that cares primarily about ego, gate revenue, and apparently Baker Mayfield & Alice Cooper commercials.    As my visit (and conversation with a staff member) indicates, fame has very little to do with who is inducted these days.

I agree with sunnylea that Richard Thompson is worthy. Some might argue that fame and influence are two different things, but he would have my vote.

@seaquam posted:

Rick, one of my very favourite albums of the 60’s. Have it on vinyl and 5.1 surround SACD. “Nights in White Satin” is on my permanent fave songs playlist. Also “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is pretty good, though I think others did that one better.

Think I’ll put it on right now😎

Enjoy M. Interestingly there was a discrete quadraphonic reel-to-reel version back in the day.  The centre and sub channels were added subsequently to produce the 5.1.

Sounds like you both are doing well?

@Bytown Rick posted:

... there was a discrete quadraphonic reel-to-reel version back in the day.

Oh man, does that ever take me back!  Only the rich kids had reel-to-reel, so I was an 8- track boy until ( thank goodness!) cassettes came around, and then I could record my vinyl.

Yes, we are well except, of course, our lives revolved around travel, which we haven’t been able to do for more than 2 years now. But like everyone, we hope for improvements in the very near future.

Hope you and Mary are also well. It has been too long.

@seaquam posted:

Oh man, does that ever take me back!  Only the rich kids had reel-to-reel, so I was an 8- track boy until ( thank goodness!) cassettes came around, and then I could record my vinyl.

Yes, we are well except, of course, our lives revolved around travel, which we haven’t been able to do for more than 2 years now. But like everyone, we hope for improvements in the very near future.

Hope you and Mary are also well. It has been too long.

Also crossing our fingers.  And yes, it has been too long.

@winetarelli posted:

Knopfler is a genuinely brilliant guitarist. Many of their songs are great. “Sultans of Swing” is an all-time great rock song.

Believe it or not, first time I heard Money for Nothing and saw the video I was in a Crazy Eddie store in lower Manhattan as guys were unloading merchandise on the shop floor, pretty much exactly the scenario in the song.

@jcocktosten posted:

Tonight was listening to Tunnel of Love and Romeo and Juliet.

My dad's best friend was their tour guide in the 80s in Israel and said they were incredibly nice

And the song Brothers in Arms rules

Also Knofler did the soundtrack for the Princess Bride and many other films

The guitar solo on “Tunnel of Love” is simply incredible.

And the soundtrack to The Princess Bride is perfect.

I can imagine Knopfler is nice, but good to know.  👍

Exile on Main Street turns 50 today. You guys can argue mask or no mask, which POTUS is worse, is the country racist, but this album should be in everyone's Top 10 of all time.

It's funny...a buddy gave me this album on vinyl a couple of years ago, and I had no idea what it was just by the cover.  Once I figured it out, I probably had an inquisitive look on my face and he said "it's one of the greatest albums of all time".  I listen to a lot of different styles of music, but I tell everyone that my education/love of music began with Duran Duran during the 80s when my older sister would take care of me at home after school everyday.  I guess I never went back to listen to the Stones (though I have enjoyed quite a few of their songs when covered...I for sure thought  "Under My Thumb" was a Social Distortion original).

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