Tuesday, May 06, 2008

For my money, I don't know if it gets any better than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman."

An open letter to the "classic rock" radio stations in Dallas (and worldwide) ...

To the Andy Travis of your station,

The following are my top 3 classic rock "beat down" songs. These are songs that either whip me in their own right or have attained beat down status from overexposure.
  1. The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
  2. I Heard It through the Grapevine, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  3. Old Time Rock & Roll, Bob Seger
Please never play these again. Also, in the comments section others may post their top "classic rock beat down" songs, so stand apprised of them as well.

Also, please tell your respective Dr. Johnny Fevers and Venus Flytraps I said, "More rock, less talk."

Lastly, I would like to hear more from the following:
  1. Journey
  2. REO Speedwagon
  3. Electric Light Orchestra
  4. Steve Miller Band
  5. Seals & Croft
  6. Bread
  7. Chicago
  8. Sugarloaf
  9. Atlanta Rhythm Section
  10. The Guess Who
  11. The Who (other than just Pinball Wizard)
  12. Bill Withers (though perhaps not "classic" classic rock)
  13. My Sharona, by The Knack
Rockin' on,
Gunny

P.S. Contrary to what you might hear, Foghat's Slow Ride needs to stay in the rotation.

18 Comments:

At 06 May, 2008 14:16, Anonymous Lance said...

And puhleeeease . . . NO remakes!

The greatness of "Give a Little Bit" (Supertramp) and "More than a Feeling" (Boston) have recently been redone, doing great disservices to the originals.

Speaking of which, I woke up this morning and the sun was gone.

 
At 06 May, 2008 14:25, Blogger aggiebrandon93 said...

Really? I dreamed of a girl i used to know.

Did you see that Journey and Boston both picked up new lead singers after hearing them on the internet? Journey's was at least in a cover band, but Boston's works at Home Depot!

 
At 06 May, 2008 16:40, Blogger Timothy said...

Yes, the Bob Seger is definitely a beat down song. But I have to confess, most of the 1970s stuff beats me down. I spend more time trying NOT to listen to it and wonder why I felt like I HAD to have those songs back in the 1970s. I had known they would still be playing them, I wouldn't have wasted all that money on all the LPs. :(

 
At 06 May, 2008 18:03, Blogger Lance said...

I'm still deliberating over which 70's non-rock song was the greatest: "The Streak" or "King Tut"?

It's the classic debate between "He likes to turn the other cheek" and "buried in his jammies."

 
At 06 May, 2008 18:03, Blogger Rev. said...

Beat down songs:
* Imagine
* Brown Sugar
* Old Time Rock n' Roll

I would like to hear MORE...
* Boston
* REO Speedwagon
* Styx
* Journey
* George Thoroughgood
* Ozzy Osbourne
* Molly Hatchet
* Dire Straits
* Creedence Clearwater Revival
(minus the 'Grapevine') ;)
* Charlie Daniels Band
* Steve Miller Band

and LESS...
* Rolling Stones
* AC/DC

and NO remakes...ever!

 
At 06 May, 2008 19:04, Blogger KELLY said...

As long as they keep playing Aerosmith - it's all good! :)

Gunny, thanks for visiting my blog - and yes, you remembered correctly - Mason Jar has wonderful sweet tea! Yum!

 
At 06 May, 2008 19:46, Blogger GUNNY said...

Amen, gents. No remakes. Not ever. Ask my wife, that's the 11th Commandment. She rolls her eyes, but I get so angry when I hear a good song desecrated. It's committing musical blasphemy and it will not be tolerated.


Lance, no love for Mississippi Squirrel?


Rev,

Styx ... yeah, I'm down with that, and not just Mr. Roboto. It's like the DJs think that's their only song. Heinous.

I'm SOOO feelin' ya on the Stones, especially "It's only rock & roll, but I like it" and "Brown Sugar."

I can only handle "I can't get no satisfaction," because it takes me back to Apocalypse Now and water skiing behind the boat in the Mekong Delta.


Kelly,

I don't remember anything else from eating there except having 13-15 mason jars full of that sweet nectar. Yummy!

How great was that when Aerosmith showed up on Wayne's World back in the day? I particularly loves me some "Dream On."


Brandon,

Gig 'em, brother. That story sounds too similar to Marky Mark's movie "Rock Star" to be a coincidence.

Besides, there's only one Steve Perry.


Timothy,

What?! How can you kick the 70s music scene in the shorts like that?

However, I would like to publicly repent of owning the Bee Gees double LP back in the day.


Oh ... one other quick hit, I could use some Cream (e.g., Sunshine of Your Love, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Crossroads, Badge, Strange Brew (take off, eh), and I Feel Free) and how could I have forgotten Jimi Hendrix?!

Shame on me.

 
At 06 May, 2008 20:33, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Stairway to Heaven has got to be one of the most overplayed songs. I'm not sure it is the kind of music you meant.

I would be okay if I never heard any of that music again.

I have the tendency to beat myself down with music as soon as I find out I like it. My latest find is Jack Johnson and it's all I've listened to for weeks. Literally.

I also never really stick with any music. I tend to keep going onto new music. Unfortunately that has happened with the Chrisitan artist that I listened to. I have burned myself out on all the music that is out right now on KLOVE and other stations.

I'm not sure where I will turn when Jack has me bored.

 
At 07 May, 2008 07:54, Blogger Lance said...

I guess I should have some love for the Mississippi squirrel, after all, the Mrs. hails from Pascagoula, and we were married in a church there (no squirrels, though).

 
At 07 May, 2008 08:43, Blogger Blackhaw said...

More styx would be fine. I really like the song "Too much time on my hands." But it takes me back to my earliest days of listening to records at my best friends house. We liked "The Streak" also. Better than King Tut. I would like to hear more Triumph also. I just got back into them recently and some of their stuff is pretty good. But I like the more prog. stuff. Rush is my favorite band.

I say no more old time rock n'Roll. No Imagine ever. That is a hideous song. The lyrics are anti-Christian.


I think though that bothers me the most is that I want a station that will still play 50's and early 60's music. The Oldies station seems to be playing more stuff from the 70's. I want a 50's and early 60's station with a little bit of late 60's. then a late 60's through the 70's station. 80's and early 90's 90's and beyond. I move back and forth between all types of music and still like to hear Yakety Yak and angel eyes sometimes. i do not want to hear thriller on the oldies station. I think that should be coming soon.

 
At 07 May, 2008 10:13, Blogger Rev. said...

It seems there is always a fair amount of Rush and Hendrix, but, in all fairness, they should be on my list. :)

Styx has much greatness pre-Roboto. In fact, Roboto was their downfall. The albums 'The Grand Illusion', 'Pieces of Eight', 'Equinox', and 'Paradise Theater' are all greatness.

Along those same lines, why is it that about the only REO tune you ever hear is that piece of scubalon known as "Can't Fight this Feeling"? Their apex was 'Hi Infidelity', but there was also much greatness with 'You Can Tune a Piano...'

Lance - I prefer "King Tut". Guess that's because I knew, as a 7 year old, what "The Streak" was about. Nonetheless, Ray Stevens had a bunch of good ones. The revival song is his best. ;)

 
At 07 May, 2008 12:01, Blogger GUNNY said...

Blackhaw,

I would appreciate a 60s station that played Motown tunes.

I think we actually get a decent quantity of Rush, of which I'm a fan, but we don't get a great deal of variety.


Rev,

Remember K-SHE 95 in St. Louis?

They used to have a pretty nice playlist. Even now when I'm back in St. Louis I notice just how different their classic rock is compared to that in Dallas.

I had Styx Cornerstone on LP back in the day. Whatever happened to my LPs?

Stuff happens when you go to college and your family is a military one.

 
At 07 May, 2008 13:16, Blogger Lance said...

My softer side enjoys a bit of Ambrosia.

 
At 07 May, 2008 16:54, Blogger Rev. said...

Of course I recall K-SHE. Who in St. Louis *didn't* have a K-SHE bumper sticker on their car in the late 70s / early 80s?!?

Lance - next thing you're gonna tell us is that you still have an Air Supply cassette in your vehicle. ;)

 
At 07 May, 2008 20:44, Blogger GUNNY said...

I did see this on the passenger's seat of Lance's vehicle yesterday.

I assumed it belonged to his wife, but now I'm not so sure.

But that's ... how much I feel. Feel for ya, baby.

 
At 08 May, 2008 13:50, Anonymous Rick said...

Wow, as I sit here mourning Brent's leaving GCC, you guys brought a smile to my face with the mention of K-SHE 95, Real Rock Radio. I hadn't thought about that in forever! I used to like to listen to the laid back stylings of Mark Klose on a couple of radio stations back home.

Thanks for the reminder. And Jorge Orta was still OUT!

Rick

 
At 08 May, 2008 18:11, Blogger Rev. said...

Rick:

You, Gunny and I all know it... along with the rest of those wearing Cardinal Red, Orta *was* out!!!!!

 
At 12 May, 2008 11:04, Blogger GUNNY said...

Scope the picture, Orta wasn't even all that close.

I recently ran into a guy and we started talking baseball as he saw me wearing a Cardinals shirt. He asked, "Hey, what was the name of that umpire ... uh ...?"

I said, "Don Denkinger. The guy who robbed us in '85?"

He said, "Yeah, that's it. Every Cardinals fan seems to know that."

Yeah, I thought. The wound's still fresh.

 

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