Artificial title songs #4: Electric Six

Dylan, Devo, Depeche Mode

Electric six.fireHere is the fourth attempt to identify artificial title songs. The album name appears as a lyric, but it’s not the title song. There is no actual title song, but these can be artificial title songs.

Right Next Door (Because of Me) – Robert Cray. Album: Strong Persuader. Lyrics: ” Oh, she was right next door and I’m such a strong persuader”

Down On The Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival. Album: Willy and the Poor Boys. Lyrics: Down on the corner Out in the street.” I have this LP.

The Last Waltz – Rodney Crowell. Album: Diamonds and Dirt. Lyrics: “Sometimes it’s diamonds and sometimes it’s dirt”
Don’t Let Your Feet Slow You Down – Rodney Crowell. Album: Keys To The Highway. Lyrics: “‘the keys to the highway hang right on the wall.”

Close To Me – The Cure. Album: The Head on the Door. Lyrics: “Oh, if only I was sure That my head on the door was a dream.”

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Rock Of Ages – Def Leppard. Album: Pyromania. Lyrics: “Drive me crazier, no serenade. No fire brigade, just pyromania.”

Pipeline – Depeche Mode. Album: Construction Time Again. Lyrics: “Get out the crane Construction time again.”
Lie To Me – Depeche Mode. Album: Some Great Reward. Lyrics: “Some great reward Will be coming my way.”
The Darkest Star – Depeche Mode. Album: Playing The Angel. Lyrics: “Playing the Angel Isn’t so easy where you’re from.”

Jocko Homo – Devo. Album: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Lyrics: “Are we not men? We are Devo.” I own this on vinyl.
Devo Has Feelings Too – Devo. Album: Smooth Noodle Maps. Lyrics: “Snake through the chaos with a smooth noodle map.”
Sumthin’ – Devo. Album: Something For Everybody. Lyrics: “I got sumthin’ for everybody.”

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Album: Too-Rye-Ay. Lyrics: “Too-ra-loo-ra Too-ra-loo-rye-ay.” I have this in some vinyl form.

Black Wall – Dennis DeYoung. Album: Back To The World. Lyrics: “Let Johnny come back to the world.”

Knocked Around – Dinosaur Jr. “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not”. Lyrics: “And it hurt me to love. Give a glimpse of what yer not.”

Skateaway – Dire Straits. Album: Making Movies. Lyrics: “She’s making movies on location.”

Too Many Broken Hearts  – Jason Donovan. Album: Ten Good Reasons. Lyrics: “I’ll give you ten good reasons to stay.”

The End  – the Doors. Album: Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine (compilation). Lyrics: “Weird scenes inside the gold mine. Ride the highway west, baby.”

Forest Fire – The Dream Academy. Album: A Different Kind of Weather. Lyrics: ” It’s bringing down a different kind of weather.”

Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk – Dr. Hook. Album: Players In The Dark. Lyrics: “The queen of all the night birds, a player in the dark.” Oy. I’d never heard this song before.

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Idiot Wind – Bob Dylan. Album: Blood on the Tracks. Lyrics: “Blood on your saddle”…” down the tracks.” Possibly my favorite Dylan album.
You’re Gonna Quit Me – Bob Dylan. Album: Good As I Been to You. Lyrics: Baby, good as I been to you, Lord, Lord.” I couldn’t find that iteration on YouTube; this is a live version.
Under Your Spell – Bob Dylan. Album: Knocked Out Loaded. Lyrics: I was knocked out and loaded in the naked night.” Can’t find this either, so you have a live version with the Grateful Dead.

Magnet and Steel – Walter Egan. Album: Not Shy. Lyrics: With you, I’m not shy To show the way I feel.” I actually own this album on vinyl.

Electric Six: Album: Fire, named for the fact the word appears in half the songs.
Electric Demons In Love. Lyrics: “We’re starting a fire, electric demons in love.”
Danger! High Voltage. Lyrics: “Fire in the disco, Fire in the taco bell, Fire in the disco, Fire in the gates of hell, Don’t you want to know how we keep starting fires? It’s my desire.”
She’s White. Lyrics: “She returned my fire and shot me in the heart.”
I Invented The Night. Lyrics: “And should your invention be destroyed in a fire.”
Improper Dancing. Lyrics: “And I want to reach into the fire of your heart.”
Vengeance and Fashion. Lyrics: “I saw fire when I looked in my lover’s eyes.”

Mirror In The Bathroom – The English Beat. Album: I Just Can’t Stop It. Lyrics: “Mirror in the bathroom, I just can’t stop it.” I have this on a compilation CD.

My Size – John Entwistle. Album: Smash Your Head Against The Wall. Lyrics: “I’m gonna bring you down to my size, Smash your head against the wall.”

Your Time Will Come – Eurythmics. Album: In The Garden. Lyrics: “In the garden, In the stillness of morning.”

2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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Todd Rundgren Gtr Player 1977On February 10, I received an email: “Hello rock and roll fans! We’re excited to announce this year’s Nominees for induction into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate in the Induction selection process with the Fan Vote. Through April 30, fans can vote every day at rockhall.com, or at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a ‘fans’ ballot’ that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 Inductees.

For the past three years, I’ve had this no-doubter.

#TODD RUNDGREN
This is the third year in a row he’s been nominated. Two years ago, I wrote: “I have his albums with the Nazz, Utopia and a number of his solo albums. He’s also produced a chunk of notable albums for others… He’s a wizard, a true star.”
I Saw the Light  

“To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Seven out of 16 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick.”

They got the beat

My next choice: #The GO-GO’S:
They’ve had a resurgence of sorts with a 2020 documentary about “the first all-women group to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and snag a #1 hit.” I’ll admit my bias since I saw them at J.B. Scott’s in Albany back in 1981. They played the entire first album and a non-album B-side.
Our Lips Are Sealed 

I don’t know Iron Maiden’s music very well. But the other first-timers on the list I could make a case for.

Dionne Warwick has no chance with the fans. She does not rock, and while neither did her young cousin Whitney Houston, who has been inducted, Whitney wasn’t doing Bacharach and David. I’m fond of Dionne, and maybe I’ll vote for her down the road.

On the other hand, I was shocked by the votes for the late Fela Kuti, who was leading the pack early. I didn’t think the originator of Afrobeat was that well-known, certainly not in the US. I don’t have any of his albums as such, but I do have Red Hot + Riot, which features his music. If things get close, I might switch to him.

#CHAKA KHAN:
“Chaka Khan was previously nominated both solo and with the band Rufus.”
Frankly, I’m not feeling Rufus for the Hall. But Chaka’s body of work, absolutely. This is her 7th nomination either solo or in the group.
I Feel for You 

“If elected, Carole King and Tina Turner will become the second and third female artists inducted twice, following Stevie Nicks’ 2019 election. If Foo Fighters are inducted, Dave Grohl will also become a twice-inducted performer.” And, I suppose, because there are so many deserving nominees, I won’t be voting for any of these.

Uncontrollable urge

#DEVO
Wikipedia says “their music… mingling kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Who knew how prescient they would be?
Whip It 

Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, and especially The New York Dolls would be on my ballot if I had more picks. Mary J. Blige and Jay Z, as first-timers, will get nominated again, I’m sure.

#LL COOL J; Eligible year: 2009
This is his sixth nomination, previously considered in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018, and 2019. His historic import, I suspect, has been buried a bit by his acting success.
I’m Bad 

You can vote every day, presumably. An “overwhelming” fan response crashed the Fan Vote early the first morning but was fixed in short order.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot 2019

Stevie Nicks was, last I checked, leading the fan vote. She’s already in with Fleetwood Mac.

Roxy Music
Roxy Music

Some guy I used to know IRL said of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, “the least important election this year.” Still, one can cast a fan vote, every day, for five nominees, which, collectively, will be considered in the process.

My Sure Things

#TODD RUNDGREN; Eligible year: 1995
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
I have his albums with the Nazz, Utopia and a number of his solo albums. He’s also produced a chunk of notable albums for others. It’s SHOCKING that he was never nominated before. He’s a wizard, a true star. Can We Still Be Friends

#JANET JACKSON; Eligible year: 2007
Number of nominations: 3; Nominated in 2016, 2017, 2019
I left her off my ballot a couple years ago. Yet she has been not only a commercial success – in the top five women artists, according to Billboard – but a socially conscious one. Seeing her in person this year may have tipped the scale. Rhythm Nation

#ROXY MUSIC; Eligible year: 1997
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
Bryan Ferry and his mates have never been nominated before? Commercially successful and influential. Love Is the Drug

The ones who are influential, and who I should consider

DEF LEPPARD; Eligible year: 2005
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
Not particularly a fan, but surprised it took them so long to get on the ballot. Last I checked, they were neck and neck with Stevie Nicks for the fan vote lead.

JOHN PRINE; Eligible year: 1996
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
Great singer-songwriter. Probably my sixth choice this year. Dear Abby

KRAFTWERK; Eligible year: 1995
Number of nominations: 5; Nominated in 2003, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
I KNOW how seminal their music is.

LL COOL J; Eligible year: 2009
Number of nominations: 5; Nominated in: 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018, 2019
It was only last year when I fully recognized his historic import.

RADIOHEAD; Eligible year: 2017
Number of nominations: 2; Nominated in 2018, 2019
I suppose if I ENJOYED their music more, I’d have picked them.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE; Eligible year: 2017
Number of nominations: 2; Nominated in 2018, 2019
An important band. Hope they get in someday.

I voted for them because I like them

#DEVO; Eligible year: 2003
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
They were fun, especially in the early days of MTV. Satisfaction

#THE CURE; Eligible year: 2004
Number of nominations: 2; Nominated in 2012, 2019
The music speaks to me. Boys Don’t Cry

I like them but I don’t know if they should be in there

MC5 Eligible year: 1991
Number of nominations: 4; Nominated in 2003, 2017, 2018, 2019
I’ve had High School stuck in my ear this fall. Yet I can’t quite pick the Detroit group.

RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN; Eligible year: 1999
Number of nominations: 3; Nominated in 2012, 2018, 2019
I picked them last year, but it was really for her. On the fence about the group. Tell Me Something Good

STEVIE NICKS; Eligible year: 2006
Number of nominations: 1; Nominated in 2019
She was, last I checked, leading the fan vote. She’s already in with Fleetwood Mac. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with TOM PETTY and THE HEARTBREAKERS

THE ZOMBIES; Eligible year: 1989
Number of nominations: 4; Nominated in 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
One GREAT album, and a few fine singles that I LOVE, but… She’s Not There

I make my annual pitch for Estelle Axton, the AX of STAX Records. Her brother, Jim Stewart’s been in since 2003.

Making Music, Literally

It’s just my pushback against W.W.C.T.G.Y.T.B.N.C.O.S.Y.A.O. – the World Wide Conspiracy To Get You To Buy New Copies Of Stuff You Already Own.

I used to occasionally buy music from Amazon. But since I canceled my Amazon credit card – because the issuing bank was going to slap on some minimum payment every month even if I had no balance – thus denying me access to some Amazon points I’d get from purchasing from them, I’ve been less inclined.

Still, I occasionally need new music. Or music that is new again to me. I have a bunch of LPs in the attic I cannot access because the area is under long-delayed refurbishing, including insulating.

The thing to do: go to the library, take out albums I already have on vinyl, copy them, then listen to them. Understand that I have absolutely no guilt about doing this.

I have purchased the music; I still have the music in my possession. It’s just my pushback against W.W.C.T.G.Y.T.B.N.C.O.S.Y.A.O. – the World Wide Conspiracy To Get You To Buy New Copies Of Stuff You Already Own.

These are some of the albums I’ve checked out, and copied, recently:

Pinups – David Bowie. This is an album of covers of songs made noteworthy by the Who, the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things and more. LISTEN to Friday On My Mind, originally done by the Easybeats.

Diver Down – Van Halen. The only VH I ever owned, it shares a common song with Pinups: Where Have All the Good Times Gone? , a Kinks song. It also features Dancing in the Street and the Roy Rogers theme, Happy Trails. LISTEN to Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now), a song from 1924.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young. Two very long songs dominate this album. But LISTEN to the minor hit single Cinnamon Girl.

Fresh Cream – Cream. The debut album from the group featuring Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. LISTEN to I’m So Glad, a Skip James blues tune from the 1930s; they would perform this live to greater effect on the Goodbye album.

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. – Bruce Springsteen. Oddly, I couldn’t find any studio recordings on YouTube from this album except a couple that were lousy recordings. I was planning on using Blinded by the Light, which was covered successfully by Manfred Mann.

Led Zeppelin III. Always liked this largely acoustic album with songs such as Friends and Tangerine. LISTEN to Gallows Pole, a cover of a Leadbelly song.

Q: Are we not men? A: We Are Devo!-Devo. This is the premiere album of the group, which featured Mongoloid, Uncontrollable Urge, and functionally, the title song, Jocko Homo. LISTEN to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, a cover of the big Rolling Stones hit.

Legalize It – Peter Tosh. LISTEN to the title track of the 1975 reggae album by one of the seminal figures in the genre.

Songs for Beginners – Graham Nash. Nash’s first solo albums, after his time with the Hollies and while he was still with Crosby, Stills, and (sometimes) Young. LISTEN to Chicago/We Can Change the World, which has hints of sounding quite current.