6 Songs That Seem Romantic But Aren’t, and One That Seems Like it isn’t But Is.

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(via Upworthy) by Eric March

Love songs are where we get our passion, our soul — and most of our worst ideas.

Throughout human history, oceans have been crossed, mountains have been scaled, and great families have blossomed — all because of a few simple chords and a melody that inflamed a heart and propelled it on a noble, romantic mission.

On the other hand, that time you told that girl you just started seeing that you would “catch a grenade” for her? You did that because of a love song. And it wasn’t exactly a coincidence that she suddenly decided to “lose your number” and move back to Milwaukee to “figure some stuff out.”

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That time you held that boom box over your head outside your ex’s house? You did that because of a love song. And 50 hours of community service later, you’re still not back together.

Love songs are great. They make our hearts beat faster. They inspire us to take risks and put our feelings on the line. And they give us terrible, terrible ideas about how actual, real-life human relationships should work.

They’re amazing. So amazing. And also terrible.

Here are six love songs that sound romantic but aren’t, and one song that doesn’t sound romantic but totally is.

On a Lighter Note…

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Video of the Week: What You Should Know About Spirit vs Led Zeppelin

An excellent wider-picture exposition of what is at issue in the recently concluded lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Spirit’s “Taurus”.

Certain snarky newsfeed sites have portrayed the ruling in favor of Led Zeppelin as a good thing, and the lawsuit by the estate of Randy California as a bit of a classless money grab. We encourage you to take in the contents of TJR’s exceptionally well-done YouTube video before making up your mind.

ZZ Top Reveals Meaning Behind Classic Song ‘Legs’

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(via The Onion)

HOUSTON—More than three decades after the song was a chart-topping smash and became an instant classic-rock staple, ZZ Top finally revealed to fans Tuesday the meaning behind its iconic hit “Legs.” “People have been coming up with all these crazy interpretations for 30 years, so we’ve finally decided to just come out and say that the song’s about a woman’s sexy legs and how much they make us want her sexually,” said lead vocalist Billy Gibbons…

Read more: http://www.theonion.com/article/zz-top-reveals-meaning-behind-classic-song-legs-50799

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Ten Artists Sounding Uncannily Similar to Other Artists

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Welcome to our little homage to musical homage. The following ten artists, whether by willful attempt or sheer happenstance, managed to pull off amazingly credible imitations of more notable musical acts. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We’ll let you decide:

Dave Kerzner: “Stranded”

This Dark Side-era Pink Floyd sound-alike couldn’t possibly have happened by accident. Kerzner’s 2014 New World album, though it literally and figuratively shows its influences on its sleeve, is actually an outstanding progressive rock record in its own right. But “Stranded”, more than any song I’ve ever heard, shows an artist who’s assimilated the Floydian musical vocabulary.

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Lissie: “Further Away (Romance Police)”

Late-70’s Fleetwood Mac is revisited by singer-songwriter Lissie, complete with the Lindsey Buckingham guitar and Stevie Nicks vocals.

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Ali Thomson: “Take a Little Rhythm”

You may remember this #15 hit from 1980. If so, you almost surely thought it was Paul McCartney because it perfectly mimicked the sound of his late-70’s hits, not to mention the Tom Scott sax solo of “Listen to What the Man Said” and the prominence of the bass guitar in the mix. And also because who the hell is Ali Thomson?

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Jeremy Fisher: “Scar That Never Heals”

With all the stories floating around about Paul Simon cribbing musically from other artists it’s good to see another singer so “inspired” by Paul. Or so it sounds to me.

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Kingdom Come: “Get it On”

This one’s just brazen. From John Bonham’s thunderous drum sound to Robert’s Plant’s wail to a riff that, to say the very least, “evokes” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”…come on, guys. I mean, that sound is taken. Get your own.

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Tyler Ramsey: “Stay Gone”

Neil Young is channeled on this one, though it’s not clear if Tyler Ramsey consciously does so. I hear echoes here of some of young Neil’s early 70’s tunes such as “Winterlong”.

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Band of Horses: “Long Vows”

Again with the Neil Young! Band of horses sound like they got hold of a Zuma outtake here. In a good way.

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Kings of Convenience: “Homesick”

The Norwegian duo known as Kings of Convenience capture the close harmonies and intimate spare sound of “Scarborough Fair”-period Simon & Garfunkel on this one. Or as their own words in this very song describe it “two soft voices, blended in perfection”.

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Accept: “Balls to the Wall”

It seems in the world of 80’s metal you could scrape out a bit of a career merely by imitating an iconic act. Since their red hot career has presumably cooled off by now (unless like Spinal Tap they’re enjoying a revival in Japan) I wonder if it’s occurred to no-hit wonder Accept–and to the previously mentioned Kingdom Come for that matter–that there’s always a living to be made as a tribute band? Who could better fill the AC/DC void now that Brian Johnson has called it quits?

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Tin Tin: “Toast and Marmalade for Tea”

In case you’re not conversant with late-60’s pop, or old enough to remember that the Bee Gees had quite a successful career before anyone had ever heard of disco, Aussie duo Tin Tin was pretty much exactly what the Gibb brothers sounded like from about 1968 to ’72. It’s not a shock that Maurice Gibb produced the quaint “Toast and Marmalade for Tea”, Tin Tin’s only U.S. top 40 hit and a long-forgotten chestnut. It carries the stately sound of contemporaneous Bee Gees hits such as “Lonely Days” and “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”.

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Songs You May Have Missed #590

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Punch Brothers: “I Blew it Off” (2015)

The Punch Brothers are a difficult band to describe; you really have to listen.

With T-Bone Burnett producing, the band which rose from the ashes of Nickel Creek, helmed by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, has broadened its palette on The Phosphorescent Blues. Classical music fuses surprisingly easily with acoustic Americana. At times it’s like listening to a bluegrass band fronting the Brodsky Quartet, or vice-versa.

The album’s concept, the view of modern life the band attempted to put across with this ambitious musical mix is explained by Thile thusly:

We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?

The lyric of “I Blew it Off” conveys the flipside of this cultivation of common experience–the isolation that is possible in this age of the virtualification of more and more of our contact and communication:

Go ahead and bloody up your knuckles
Knockin’ at my door
I’ll blow ’em off
I’ll blow em off

’cause there’s nothin’ to say
That couldn’t just as well be sent
We’ve all got an American share
Of 21st century stress

See the oceans rise and leave the nations
Cryin’ at heaven’s door
I blew it off
I blew it off

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Paul McCartney’s Heartfelt Words for Guitarist Henry McCullough

Irish guitarist Henry McCullough passed away Tuesday at age 72. McCullough was a former member of Paul McCartney and Wings and played on their 1973 Red Rose Speedway album. He is credited with the iconic solo on McCartney’s love song to Linda “My Love”.

His playing is also featured on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, among other things.

McCartney shared the following statement on Facebook:

“I was very sad to hear that Henry McCullough, our great Wings guitarist, passed away today. He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humour. The solo he played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.”

– Paul

Styx ‘Pieces of Eight’ 35th Anniversary Interview

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James Young, Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung gather for the interview show In the Studio with Redbeard to discuss their 1978 platinum-selling conceptual LP Pieces of Eight:

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