I found this 2007 issue of Mojo in my closet and I can’t stop laughing at this photo of Liam Gallagher.
We always have the radio at work set to the local (horrible and generic) ‘classic rock’ station. They play “Hotel California” AT LEAST twice during every 8 hour shift I’m here. I work five days a week. I’ve been working here 7 years. That’s way too much “Hotel California” for me, you guys. Don’t even get me started on “Black Betty”. Or any George Thorogood song.
Every so often (but not nearly often enough), they’ll play Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and it will sound like the greatest song ever written. Just a magical, creative, musical oasis in a desert of blandness.
Sheila E doing “Glamorous Life” at the American Music Awards in 1985. This performance is bonkers. For the first third she sings lead while standing and also playing the lead percussion part. Then she takes the mic and dances around. And then the lights on stage go dark and she solos on drums in the dark with glow-in-the-dark sticks.
Two things occur to me watching this, and recently revisiting Sheila E’s first two albums. One, Prince in the 1980s was the kind of pop genius that comes along every 20-30 years, maybe. The amount of brilliant, boundary-pushing, but still accessible music he was responsible for, as both a solo performer or, as with this song, as a writer/producer, is simply astonishing. It’s honestly like talking about Albert Einstein in 1905, that’s how in the zone he was. It was a decade of a true and lasting genius by an artist at the height of his powers who was given all kinds of resources. A rare thing.
The second thing is what a talent Sheila E was (and probably still is, though I haven’t heard anything she’s done in some time). She had a few big hits, two good records, and came from a remarkable family of musicians (she had several first-call percussionists of note in her family). In the late 1980s she was Prince’s live drummer and also was also the leader of his backing band (you can see her considerable skills behind a proper kit in the Sign O the Times film). Imagine what it takes to be Prince’s musical director in those years, for him to hand over the keys.
If you’ve never seen this clip, do your eyes and ears a HUGE favor and press play.
View of the entire back so far (added Wolves in the Throne Room & Xasthur patches).
I need to do this.
beethoven, fugees, chris isaak, wolves in the throne room, alicia keys, angel haze and skinny puppy
i dont think anything else is required
I’ve been blaring Wolves In The Throne Room all day today.