Tuesday’s Memes – Cassette Tapes

Last week we did an homage to Vinyl and Record collecting.  This week we take on Cassette Tapes and all the wonderfulness they were…not!  So sit back and take a jog down memory lane…or a slow walk…either way works.  And remember to bring a pencil (you will get that one in a minute)…

Before the Ipod, we had this…

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Tuesday’s Memes – The Vinyl Collection

Everyone collects vinyl!  So, why not do a collection of Meme’s on vinyl collecting.  Wait…what?  Everyone doesn’t collect vinyl?  Why???  That seems odd to me.  Are you kidding?  No, your not.  What is wrong with people?  Why don’t they collect vinyl?  I am confused.  I don’t understand. Please explain it to me…

Well, here is all the explanation you need on why you should be collecting vinyl.

Here is reason #1:

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Reason #2:

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Tuesday’s Memes – Marilyn Manson

It is time to celebrate or bash Marilyn Manson…depends on your perspective.  Come on, it is easy to poke fun at him as he is a caricature of himself at this point…is that right??  Anyway, enjoy these memes meant to brighten your day in some way or make it even darker…you decide.

The songs…

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This is scary…

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And these are just because…

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Well, I agree…

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Well…I don’t know about this one…

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WTF???

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Here kitty kitty…

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Like Manson was even original…

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This is all…Happy Tuesday!  And have a great rest of week!

Tuesday’s Memes – Motorhead

Finally… why have I waited almost a year to do a Motorhead collection of Memes.  Shame on me.  Well, wait no more…here is the coolest collection of memes celebrating all that is Lemmy and Motorhead…mostly Lemmy!!

Ace of Spades…

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This is Bass!!

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Yes, he is that cool…

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Motorhead…that is all you need to say…

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Rest in Peace….

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Happy Tuesday and have a great rest of week!!

 

1995 – The Greatest Year in Music?

If you are new to the site, I started this series with the year 1987 and then noticed that 1991 and 1983 were also a couple of the greatest years in music.  I got to thinking, was there a pattern that every 4 years we have another great year in music.  Well, I am not sure the theory held up for me with 1979, but now I am exploring the year 1995. If you want to explore the other years, click on the link below…

1979 – The Greatest Year in Music?

1983 – The Greatest Year in Music?

1987 – The Greatest Year in Music?

1991 – The Greatest Year in Music?

Will 1995 be another great year or is my theory fully debunked with this year.  Let us explore and see and then decide a the end.  But first we have to ask What were the top albums of the year?, What were the debut albums from some of the great rock bands? and What was going on in the world of music that year?

NEWS:

1995 didn’t have any major news story that changed music like 1979 with the Sony Walkman and 1983 with the release of the CD, but a couple big stories did happen.

KISS_UnpluggedOn August 9th, a major even happened in the history of Kiss.  Kiss performed on MTV’s Unplugged series.  That in and of itself was nothing special, but some special guests were invited up on the stage and out walked Ace & Peter.  It was the first time in 16 years the original members of Kiss (Gene, Paul, Peter & Ace) had played together.  It was so well received that the following year, Kiss put their make-up back on and the first reunion tour was kicked off and the Kiss Unplugged album was finally released.  This event started it off.

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Maroon 5 – The Albums Ranked Worst to First

With Maroon 5 heading out for their next big tour this Summer, I thought I might go through and rank their albums from Worst to First.  With a span of 6 albums over 16 years, they have put out some great albums and a couple not so great ones.  I am going to keep this strictly to Maroon 5’s studio albums and not include any from them when they were known as Kara’s Flowers or any live or re-mix albums.  This will keep it simpler and keep me sane from digging into everything else that is out there.

Now, take a seat and lean back and read on and find out how I rank the Maroon 5 albums from Worst to First.  And of course, we will start with the Worst…

6 – THE WORST – ‘Overexposed’ (2012): 

‘Overexposed’ was the band’s fourth album and the title pretty much sums up Adam Levine during this time.  He was everywhere.  With the success of his judging stint on ‘The Voice’, Adam became so overexposed and I tired of him quickly.  The album was their most Pop album at the time (yes, even more so than the previous two).  They brought in so many outside people including Max Martin and even Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and it seemed like a giant effort to match the sound of time rather than be who they really are.

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The Original Vs. The Cover – “American Woman”

For this month’s version of The Original Vs. The Cover we tackle “American Woman” by The Guess Who vs Lenny Kravitz’s version.  The song was originally released in 1969 by Canadian band The Guess Who.  The song went to #1 and became such a popular song in the U.S. mainly because of it’s title.

That is strange because the song is not Pro-American, but it isn’t really Anti-American either.  It is a small part Anti-War song (one line says “I don’t need your war machine”) and large part bashing of American women.  Bashing is harsh, it was more like American women were too much for lyricist Burton Cummings.  Here is what he said about the song to the Toronto Star back in 2014

“It had nothing to do with politics. What was on my mind was that girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls and that made them, well, dangerous. When I said ‘American woman, stay away from me,’ I really meant ‘Canadian woman, I prefer you.’ It was all a happy accident.”

The article goes on to describe how the song developed and it seems like it was by pure chance…

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Journey – “Open Arms” (The 45 Single)

One of the most recognizable songs in the Journey catalog was “Open Arms”.  It was from the ‘Escape’ album and the single was released in January of 1982.  The song did pretty damn good and went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but for some reason it couldn’t hit that #1 spot.  However, that is still one of the highest chart positions the band ever reached for a single if not the highest.

The song is believed by many to be one of the greatest power ballads ever written and is said to be one of the main catalyst for starting the power ballad movement in the 80’s.  The funny thing is that most members of the band other than Steve & Jonathan did not want the song on the album.  It was too sugary sweet for their tastes.  As tie has shown, those members of the band were wrong.

Or were they.  The band became known for this sound and it changed everything for the band from that point on.  They had to have power ballads on every album as they were now expected from the band.  And they did end up writing many more great ones and went on to superstar status.  It did get them huge successes and paydays, but was it worth it?  Probably so.

The song was brought to the band by Jonathan Cain as he already had the melody written when he tried to use it for his previous band, The Babys.  However, vocalist John Waite, was not real keen on the song and said it was too syrupy.  Wow, both bands originally stated the same thing…both were wrong.

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Turntables & Vinyl #15 – More & More Vinyl

Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl…I keep getting more and more and I get more addicted to wanting more and more.  My wife shakes her head and just sighs at this point.  I guess I could be drinking, smoking or doing drugs, but thankfully that is not the case.  If I did those things, I would consume everything and I would just be throwing money away.  With the vinyl purchases, I at least could sell them if I ran out of money, so it is an investment…yeah, let’s go with that!!

There is a friend at work that her husband has 2 big crates of vinyl in their closet and she wants them out of the house.  So before they took them somewhere to sell them, she gave me first crack at going through them and letting me pick out the ones I want first. I gave her a fair price (more than any record store would give her, even more than they would in store credit).

The crates were very heavy and full of vinyl.  My wife said I should take them upstairs in the Loft and sit with the family while I went through them.  I declined as they were too dang heavy and I didn’t want to tackle the stairs with them.  Instead, I stayed downstairs for a couple hours and slowly went through the collection.

The collection consisted of albums from the late 50’s all the way up to the late 80’s.  Each crate was sort of themed.  The one crate was from the 50’s-70’s and it was all her husband’s parents vinyl.  It had stuff I had never heard of and a lot I had.  There was Elvis, Liberace (I passed on those), Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, the Kingston Trio and I could go on and on.

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Tuesday Meme’s – Billy Joel

It is time now to celebrate all that is Billy Joel.  Or mock him, either way he is getting his turn on the Tuesday’s Memes.  The collection I have gathered will hopefully make you smile, laugh or groan in agony…I don’t care which as we don’t judge here.  I hope you enjoy.

The songs…

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