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Charlie Steiner

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  1. I never realized it was a compilation. Please don't tell me it's mentioned on the liner notes, or on the cover anywhere.
  2. As my second encore... 12.14-The Call: Reconciled (1986) and Red Moon (1990) The haunting yet so 80's sounding Everywhere I Go(listen for Peter Gabriel's backing vocals in the chorus) is a no-brainer, and just to set the record straight, their version of I Still Believe is great but suffers because of that gawdawful version everyone knows from the movie The Lost Boys. The Red Moon album got me through a rough time in 95/96, so it will always have a place in my heart. From it, I chose What's Happened to You and Red Moon.
  3. I had their minor hit Generals and Majors on 45 but I didn't get into them much, though Chips from the Chocolate Fireball was a favorite when I was in college. Oh, and I am the mayor of Simpleton.
  4. I decided to go another round after all after rock said something that inspired me. 11.13- Devo: New Traditionalists (1981) and Something for Everybody (2010) If I could go back in time and clue my 13 year old self into what was going on around him, Devo would have been up there with Talking Heads, Roxy Music and Parliament. Two of those were already taken, so I'll go with these guys. I didn't like Whip It so I didn't pay them any attention, and I should probably credit having kids around the time that Mark Mothersbaugh was writing theme music to shows like Rugrats and Rocket Power. Anyway, here are my picks: Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth Beautiful World Fresh Cameo
  5. Even though I could probably think of a few more combinations, this is going to be my last. I went into this draft with the idea that I'd keep the list down to 'personally relevant' selections, though I did stray from that once or twice. 10.14- The Seldom Scene: Act III (1973) and After Midnight (1981) I've talked about this band here before, but I don't mind repeating myself in this case. My dad got into bluegrass in the early 70's, which led us to discovering a group of locals with day jobs and one former member of the one of the genre's biggest groups, who had banded together and dubbed themselves The Seldom Scene. I think part of their appeal was that in addition to their incredible individual musicianship, they also had a tremendous knack for choosing the right blend of old standards, a little gospel and a few songs you'd never imagine hearing done bluegrass-style, including House of the Rising Sun, City of New Orleans, In the Midnight Hour, Lay Down Sally and After Midnight. One of the greatest blessings I've had in my life is that I got to see them with my dad multiple times at different stages in my life, from child to pre-teen to teenager (including one time I got drunk at the Birchmere when they opened for Ralph Monroe) to young adult to husband and father. And now, you get to have a little taste of the five-piece goodness that I've enjoyed for almost 50 years. From the Act III album comes my absolute favorite song of theirs, Rider, as well as Muddy Waters. The After Midnight album gives us a hit of 'Acidgrass' (a term coined by their lead singer), featuring their versions on Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally and After Midnight. To close, I'd like thank @Eephus for doing this draft and inviting me. I've tended to stick with what I grew up with and was into before my priorities changed 25 years ago, but now that getting music for free is legal and easy, I'll be adding to what I listen to in the car, courtesy of this draft.
  6. Because it was such mind-numbing job with those mind-numbing songs playing, I entertained myself by changing the lyrics to make them more job-related; for example, Margaritaville became Meat Burritoville. Sometimes co-workers would join in and make their own changes as well. After I stopped working there, Jimmy pretty much dropped out of my life because I had my fill of his music. That was almost 30 years ago and I really haven't looked back and missed it, but again I chose Jimmy to add something I haven't picked in previous drafts and give that part of my past a little nod.
  7. Since the updated rules specify rounds 9 and beyond, I'm going to post my 9th round pick as well. 9.13. Jimmy Buffett- A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973) and Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978) If any of you ever visited the Terrapin Taco House near the University of Maryland in the early to mid 90's, you no doubt were treated to the strains of Jimmy Buffet. When the place changed hands in '89, the new owners, former employees who ditched their white collar jobs and bought out their former employer, both loved Buffett's music and had his entire catalog cycling over the speakers. I only knew Margaritaville before they took over and wasn't much of a fan, but the relentless hours of hearing Jimmy over and over and over and over finally wore me down to the point where I would sing along and I even took the time to condense all of his albums that they had into a few mix tapes. When I moved on from slinging tacos, I left Jimmy behind as well and while haven't really missed him in the nearly 30 years since I heard him every day, he was a part of a memorable era in my life and thus deserves a little recognition. The first album comes from before Jimmy was wasting away in Margaritaville and was just a hick with a brash and active imagination, and Son of a Son of a Sailor is the follow up to the album that had Margaritaville on it, and while it has more omens of his morphing into the alpha parrot head, it still had traces of his country boy roots--Livingston Saturday Night--one of only two Buffett songs to make my Spotify list. Why Don't We Get Drunk Peanut Butter Conspiracy Livingston Saturday Night
  8. Whenever I participate in these music drafts, I'm reminded that I've spent most of my life in the shallow end of the pool. 8.14- Level 42: Running in the Family (1987) and Guaranteed (1991) Running in the Family is the album after their breakthrough World Machine and their hit Something About You, but I prefer the entirety of the songs on this album. The one that I still love hearing when it comes up on my Spotify playlist is Children Say, probably because I'm in the window that fits line: Children say come what may/Be strong for the friends you've known/As one fine day far away/We will remember the love we used to own As for Guaranteed, it's full of songs that resonated with who I was when I first heard it, and 2 songs from that album, both of which also made my funeral song draft list, resonate with me still. My Father's Shoes reminds me of my own time as a prodigal son, and I can't put A Kinder Eye in any better words than from the song itself: Across the page (across the ages)/the moving hand of history bleeds/for a kinder eye to see us/not as we are, but as we dream For songs, I'm going with only 1 from the first album but 3 from the second: Chidren Say Guaranteed My Father's Shoes A Kinder Eye
  9. I can't take credit for that question. I just rephrased what was said in Hi Fidelity. To me, art is a tricky thing. I think it can be a great point or counter-point to any cultural zeitgeist, but I also think that it becomes mistaken as a source of truth rather than just a reflection of/against truth, and that's where subjectivity runs amok.
  10. Do we listen to pop because we're miserable, or are we miserable because we listen to pop? You ever think that there are times that a particularly poignant song was written without the author really feeling anything related to the song, but rather playing on tropes because he/she knew they would sell? I think that's what got John Lennon killed. Chapman couldn't reconcile that a man who sang songs about universal equality actually lived a life of leisure, but since Lennon had a knack for writing songs that appealed to that mindset, the belief was that he was the living embodiment of the idealism of his songs. Remember, being a rock/pop/rap/whatever artist is still a job. I think if you can disconnect the artist from his/her art, you end up somewhere between cynical and "oh, yeah, that makes sense" and stop getting wrapped around the axle. As my Moodies once sang, And if you want the wind of change To blow about you/And you're the only other person to know, don't tell me/I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band. In the end, people just throw #### against the wall to see what sticks and then pat themselves on the back on the 1 thing out of 100 or more that actually sticks, saying "See, I know what it all means, listen to ME!" TL:DR version: He's just your old man; he's as full of #### as anyone. And so am I.
  11. Don't know why 2 songs per was locked into my head. If that's the case, I would ask those creating playlists to feel free to add Josie from the Aja album; you won't regret it.
  12. Taking Can't Buy a Thrill sort of locked me into Aja in order to get full effect. My only 'regret' is not having enough space to add Josie to the playlist since we're limited to two per album, and She prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire is one of my favorite lyrics. I don't know that I have the self-discipline to commit the time to writing, but it's one of those things that gnaws at me from time to time. Thanks for the encouragement, though.
  13. There's a reason that I went with Steely Dan/Donald Fagan in the first two rounds, and lyrics like "Tonight when I chase the dragon, the water may change to cherrywine and your silver will turn to gold." are further examples. I have another story I need to write, which was inspired by Babylon Sisters and a long overdue tryst that would have sent my life in a much different direction had it blossomed into something more. As such, that song always brings a wry smile to my face.
  14. Looks like I was @'ed, so I'll go ahead and make my next pick. FWIW, this is an audible prompted by @Eephus' last pick. 7.12: Swing Out SIster It's Better to Travel (1987) and Shapes and Patterns (1997) Time to take some more Y chromosomes out of the playlist. Like Sade, Swing Out Sister's vocalist Corrine Drewery has a voice that's delicate yet never overpowered at the same time and makes me think of exotic locations and romantic situations. Needless to say, I'd listen to her sing the phone book too. When they hit in the late 80's, their sound was singular in the pop world, and as the current trends moved on from their sound, they stuck with what they knew and were good at. They reappeared on the periphery with Am I the Same Girl and then dropped off the radar again. That didn't mean they weren't continuing making sweetly playful timeless music, with offerings as recent as 2018. From the first album, I'm going chalk with their two hits, Break Out and Twilight World. I'll confess here that I picked the second album strictly for the first track, Somewhere in the World, but to me it's a marker in their career arc that the more things changed around them, they were able to bend all of that change to their will to fit their style. Normally I don't care much about the fashion/style side of the equation when it comes to my music, but I make an exception here. Corrine knows exactly what makes her look good and she's stayed in her wheelhouse with only small variations along the way. @KarmaPolice is OTC.
  15. 6th round, right? This is what I was calling my 'shame on you' for letting it slide, but that's not why I'm taking it now; I'm taking it because we had to put our family dog down today and a couple of the songs from these albums fit my mood right now. 6.14: Elton John Tumbleweed Connection (1970) and Too Low for Zero (1983) Elton John isn't one of my all-time favorites, but Where to Now, St. Peter? really gripped me when it was reintroduced to me in the funeral songs draft. It's such a beautiful, haunting song that I can't seem to get away from it. Too Low for Zero came out during my senior year of HS, and I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues played in the background during many of the make-out sessions I had with my gf at the time, so there is something pleasant in there as well. As for the dog, he was a miniature Dachshund that looked and thought he was a Doberman. A friend of my wife told her about him, saying that she didn't like how her college-aged son was taking car of him. We had the typical back-and-forth about bringing in a pet; my wife and kids on one side with the kids doing the "we'll help take care of him!" pleas, and me on the other, seeing this very day as my #1 objection. He came home to us that night. 13 years later, the cumulative effect of his various health issues finally caught up to him over the course of last 2 weeks. It finally became clear this week that he couldn't go any further. My middle son came home from 2 hours away to visit him one last time, and that was the most excited the dog had been in weeks. I knew it had to be done and he's no longer in pain, but this still hurts. Songs for the playlist: Where to Now, St. Peter? Burn Down the Mission I'm Still Standing I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues I think that makes @landrys hatOTC.
  16. It looked correctly aligned on my screen before I posted it, but then it came out all hippled. Thought you were making fun of my hippling.
  17. I've reconsidered going for schadenfreude in this draft and decided to just stick with picking what I want instead. 5.12: The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord (1968) and Long Distance Voyager (1981) In May of '81, I was the 107th caller to DC's Q107 and my choices came down to Journey's Escape or Long Distance Voyager. You already know which one I chose, and it was because in my formative teenage years, when I was learning about The British Invasion, Nights in White Satin had stood out to me, so I went with the more familiar. As for the Journey Album, that's part of a story about Memorial Day Weekend of '81 that I need to write before it's too late. The Moodies were another band I consumed during my college years, going from Days of Future Past through their fairly amazing run into the early 70s and their transition after founding member/keyboard player Mike Pinder retired and was replace by the more etherial sounds of Patrick Moraz. I chose these two because I think they bookend each other very nicely in the form of the later album's Veteran Cosmic Rocker. In Search of the Lost Chord includes Legend of a Mind (the Timothy Leary's dead song), as well as Om, is arguably their most hippy/LSD referencing album of the bunch, and you can almost see the character in the aforementioned Veteran Cosmic Rocker being born on the In Search of the Lost Chord album. The funny thing, though, is I didn't really care for that song until I saw them play it live in '88, and I had wanted the album for the lead track, The Voice, which they would recycle on subsequent albums with the similar sounding Your Wildest Dreams and I Know You're Out There Somewhere. Songs from the albums: Ride My See-Saw Voices in the Sky The Voice Veteran Cosmic Rocker @KarmaPolice is OTC
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