Demos

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  • Springsteen fan since?
    1978
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    It's all relative
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    See Gender. Apparently I think about it every two minutes. Sounds about right.

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  1. I still worked in London then and I remember getting up super early to join the queue for tickets one Friday morning. It was a farce. The Earls Court computer system had some issues and the queue moved so slowly that by approaching noon I gave up, went to my office and bought tickets over the phone. Ridiculous I seemed to be in the queue near a lot of young kids you were working for ticket touts and being given huge wads of cash to buy as many tickets as they could. I thought the Youngtown-Murder Inc-Badlands-Out in the Street segment of those shows was sublime. As was the show closing of Fall Behind-LOHAD. I didn't and still don't particularly like the extended preacher segments of 10th Ave and Light of Day - no less self undulgent than a 10 minute guitar solo in my view and didn't really say anything compared with the brilliant Pink Cadillac rap from the BUSA tour or the I'm a Coward rap from the ToL tour. Just play the damn song! The shows were losing the emphasis on perfect structure and pacing which thankfully returned with Seeger Sessions and the Magic tour London is an amazing city - the shithole element is what gives it it's edge. Great place. Everyone must experience London at some point in their lives. Curiously, I thought New York was pretty dull compared with London. But one man's whisky etc...
  2. True. All of the 'great' talents in rock /popular music walk a very thin line that easily crosses into the preposterous zone. It's the nature of the beast. Ah, the great evenings I've had alone with a bottle of wine watching U2 live DVDs. Take Popmart live from Mexico City - pompous OTT ego driven spectacle but at the same time utterly brilliant. The haters just need to chill, relax and go with flow.
  3. Bono / U2 are one of those mega rock acts all too easy to dismiss until you delve back into their work or see some of their live shows and you understand why they are where they are. One of the greatest rock acts of all time. No question.
  4. Quickly off the top of my head.... Strangers When we Meet Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (reprse) Five Years Bewlay Brothers Stay Can You Hear Me Width of a Circle Panic in Detroit Drive in Saturday Modern Love ....and potentially many others that haven't come to mind
  5. I always loved this song. It has cheesy lyrics yes but in tone and performance it perfectly captures the essence of what Springsteen at his very best was about - and if I try to explain what I mean by that I'll start sounding cheesy, so I won't. Loved this version and I always preferred this song (actually written well before 9/11) to some of the more 'serious' songs on the Rising where forced sentimentality and cliche take precedent over quality.
  6. I saw Tom Morello supporting Muse at Manchester last June and quite frankly he was brilliant. Totally unexpected. And yes he played the High Hopes version of GOTJ with the solo that gives some Springsteen fans a blue fit ('It's too technical", "It's just special effects" blah, blah" . See below. Some UK fans will enjoy what happens around the 4:15 minutes mark. Some won't
  7. I always rated the live BUSA guitar outro. In particular from the later part of the Tunnel of Love Tour.
  8. No. Some of the best Guitar work on Springsteen's albums is actually on Human Touch and High Hopes. Two of his least popular albums.
  9. Dylan is one of the few artists (Leonard Cohen being another) who can write and perform these long, narrative epics without ever being boring. Despite its length and repetitive 'melody' interest is sustained throughout. Similar to the brilliant Ain't Talkin' from Modern Times. I don't have time to analyse Dylan lyrics in detail. With songs like this I just go with the flow and remain interested and entertained throughout just by the wordplay alone ('only dead men are free', 'The Beatles are coming - they wanna hold your hand'). 'Masterpice'? I don't know but it sure sounds like one. At 16+ minutes it passes by quicker than some three or four minute acoustic butcherings of great songs I can think of (without mentioning any names)
  10. I had a brief spell of liking Genesis in my teenage years - up to Lamb Lies Down. Saw them play at the Liverpool Empire on the 'Selling' and 'Lamb Lies Down' tours. Anything post Gabriel just never did it for me and once punk and new wave happened this type of British prog rock just sounded so limp and old fogeyish. I even struggle with the early stuff these days - I've tried through Youtube.. A lot of it now sounds really contrived to sound 'complicated' and lacks any sense of groove or grit.or even melody - though there's a decent guitar solo on Firth of Forth. It's the sound of affluent white Tory middle England - back in the '70's they were hugely popular with grammar school boys who thought it was clever to obsess over this kind of tosh and then wondered why they couldn't get girlfriends There's a New Order and Pet Shop Boys joint tour next year for people interested real heart thumping, fist pumping back to the floor UK sounds.
  11. The Witcher TV series I found ok but I think they botched it a bit running the story on three different timelines.Having read the books helped but it was just too confusing for viewers coming in cold. I love the games. All credit to CD Project Red who took a fairly so-so fantasy book series and turned into something really special. A work of art. The TV series is based on the books so in all honesty unless they make some serious plot changes it will struggle to sustain interest. The Witcher games in their entirety are actually as good as the TV Game of Thrones in terms of plot and world development. And the ending makes much more sense.
  12. I prefer that to yet another one of those dreary acoustic takes on Dancing in the Dark that crop up every few months. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
  13. Spot on! The best thing you can say abot this film is that it's a competent action adventure movie in the Marvel Comic tradition. At least 1950's / 60's war movies had no pretend ambiguity about their ideological stance.
  14. History is my favourite subject - I read little of anything else. Although I like the idea of subjects I'm interested in being represented in 'epic' drama on either the big or small screen these days it's rarely done right and often really badly. I keep on seeing really annoying reviewers on Youtube - usually by 20 year olds - raving about this film just like being on the Western Front. I seriously doubt it. The single shot technique of 1917 actually gives it the feel of a computer game. Get your mission, cross the dangerous patch of land, navigate the tunnels, cross the broken bridge, take out the sniper, get through the burning town. etc, etc. As far as WW1 is concerned you still can't beat the classic 1960's BBC documentary series complete with interviews of actual participants.. But film is always a poor substitute for actually reading books on the subject. Although whodunnit is not my thing I thought Knives Out to be a much better film.
  15. Well after all the hype I was a bit underwhelmed. The 'single shot' technique the film making buffs are getting all heated over basically just seems to mean the camera following the same character(s) end to end. It's a well made film - it says that WW1 trench warfare was bad; very, very bad. But we already knew that and the storyline - must get the message through to stop the attack or all our guys will die - seems very familiar. You could set a similar story in just about any war before wireless communication. Some nice music, though.