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A Song For The Day

A Song For Today

A Song For Today

A Song For The Day

A fellow blogger has invited writers and bloggers to contribute to a 90s nostalgia-themed effort.  While he’s open to just about anything, one of the elements he’d like to see are nostalgic pieces about Nirvana.   I told him that I was more of a Pearl Jam fan and had never really got into Nirvana.  A comment discussion ensued and, as a result, I spent much of today listening to Pearl Jam’s first album.  One of the 26 albums that are on my top 5 albums of all time list.

 

Why I Can’t Stand the Rolling Stones

I think I’ve mentioned this in passing in previous posts, but I was reminded of the specific reason today.  I grew up in the 70’s, really starting to get into music when I was in middle and high school.  I remember liking the Eagles (I’m pretty sure Hotel California was one of, if not the first, album I ever purchased), Queen, Boston, Styx, Rush.  You get the idea.

I was the youngest of four, so it’s possible that one of my siblings may have gotten into the Rolling Stones at some point, but I have no recollection of any of them doing the Stones thing.  I remember my brother being into Deep Purple and Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and KISS.  The walls of his room were plastered with KISS posters.  My sisters?  I remember Three Dog Night and Andy Gibb and who knows who else.  But no Stones.  I wasn’t exposed to any of their early music until later on.  And by that time, any impression I might develop of them was spoiled by this …

This song came on a Satellite Radio station today and it all came back to me.  Emotional Rescue was released in 1980, when I was sixteen.  It is what I think about when I think of the Rolling Stones.  Yes, they have some classic songs from earlier in their career — Sympathy for the Devil, Paint it Black, You Can’t Always Get What You Want (a song I absolutely love) — but for me, this song will always mean the Stones to me and the Stones will always mean this song.

Here’s what it really sounds like to me …

Without fail, when I’m flipping through the stations on Satellite Radio, as soon as I see or hear that a song is the Stones, I skip to the next station.  It’s not worth the risk.  They are the most over-rated rock band in the history of music.

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