@Pavlov That’s certainly the most straightforward, but all of the Running on Empty album is about life on the road, and all of it is great music. “Nothing But Time” is about killing time on the bus between gigs, and … it was recorded on the bus while killing time between gigs. (You can hear the bus changing gears as the song goes on.) And I love “Rosie,” the story of what happens when the drummer steals the last groupie from you…
@f00l Back in the day, when I lived in the DC area, I had a vanity plate “SADARR”, which stood for Sex And Drugs And Rock ‘n’ Roll. (I also had a bumpersticker, appropriately affixed upside down, that read, “Why Be Normal?”
Ramones and Blondie must have been nuts to see there. Unfortunately I wasn’t around during that era.
Went to the Knitting Factory in lower Manhattan 10 years back, and some theatre around 28th Street four years back. Actually all three venues were to see my favorite band, the Pilfers.
The Knitting Factory is after my time. This is the way of Manhattan. .
28th Street? Hard to be sure, but there was some goddam place on or near 28th Street. There was some great venue on East 14th. Sleazy, but great shows.
So many of the places were just raw, barely converted, barely licensed industrial spaces. They came and were gone. Some after-hours, some with neither license nor name, which meant they were gone fast and the backers had opened up a new place the next week.
One of the highlights of my music quest in NYC was a legit blues gig at some theater. I got pulled up on stage, and the great Wilson Pickett danced - slow-danced - with me and sang Mustang Sally and Wait Till The Midnight Hour to me. Even tho I came to the show with someone I had a thing for, I fell kinda in love…
If you stay in Manhattan after age 30-35 you gotta have a serious career or $ or artistic or social ambition, or a serious collection of family and friends. It takes real $ to have the adult life you might want. As long as you are in your 20-something headspace, if you have a gift for making friends, it can be the place.
And there are reasons to leave. The personal and career ones. And too-much-Manhattan-center-of-the-universe mental distortion. But still an awesome thing to behold and live.
The best concerts, aside from Wilson Pickett, that I remember - leaving out jazz classical opera, etc
Some bands whose names are long lost to me, and, some that I remember clearly
The Talking Heads
John Cage - was fucking fascinating
The Rolling Stones
(Take a bite outta the Big Apple! Don’t mind the maggots!). Exactly.
He used to get booked at these weird places - churches and empty classrooms were among them - and just play for hours. Sometimes for free. Sometimes quickly arranged and unannounced, and perhaps 40 people would show up. Chasing Fripp was a hobby of someone I knew, we would get tips where he might play.
PS it was as good as you think, except so far and away better. Because Fripp. OMG I hope there is video or audio somewhere of some of that.
@hems79 We like some bands for doing something new with every new album. Motorhead - we love them because every new album sounds exactly like Motorhead. Because when you hear them play you can say it’s 100% Motorhead and it’s 100% raw steel.
The last album was brilliant by the way. What a way to go!
I can’t even read the name Simon and Garfunkel without thinking about how Garfunkel said he created a monster in Simon. HE created. Ummm, Art, I hate to be the one to break it to you…but…you would have been nothing without Paul. He is the one who created the monster in you!