Me adapting John Lennon’s early 70s protest look in denim and and a cap. Today’s politically charged album post was inspired by a somewhat heated debate I had with my dad a while ago; he thinks musicians should stick to making music and not get on their soap boxes too much. Ironically, he’s a huge fan of John Lennon, one of the most challenging and most politically minded characters in rock. So, what do you guys think? Should musicians keep in a political free zone, or should they use their power to take a stand for what they believe in?
This is ”Some Time In New York City” from 1972, a hot topic based album and a colloboration with his wife Yoko Ono. It’s pretty much deemed as a commercial suicide as well as critically disparaged as smug and self righteous. Well, I think it’s time to re-evaluate this to some extent.
It doesn’t work all the way through, granted. The song writing is at times muddled and lazy and its partly due to Yoko not being on the same level of songwriting as John (definitely not a Yoko hater, I am pretty neutral about her and have not delved into her solo career as much as I should have, so I will refrain from commenting on her own songs on this album), but it is a brave enough statement on its own. At its best moments, it’s grabbing you by the face and making you question yourself, like in ”Woman Is the Nigger of the World” - we make her paint her face and dance, indeed. Who am I doing it for? And why?
“Attica State” is a delightful rocker and ”John Sinclair” is rootsy and groovy - though I will freely admit that topics such as racism, war, poverty and gender equality sounds weird coupled with Phil Spector’s over the top production.
To me, I’d rather have an artist take chances and be brave enough to talk about things rather than live in a fantasy la-la world any day, but that’s my take on it and the reason why I do like this album. Give it another chance!
I've had a good couple of days off work and managed to spend some quality time digging. I found the 10,000 Maniacs and Ramones albums for £2 each on Friday afternoon in a charity shop, and the rest is from this morning's local car boot sale, all for less than £20. Some old dude was selling a bunch of records for £1/£2 and who was I to argue! Particularly pleased with the Talking Heads, T-Rex, CSN and Santana albums, and the Dean Friedman is really cheesy fun. I really get a kick out of the randomness of second-hand record shopping. You never quite know what to expect to find, and that is the real enjoyment!
Have the vinyl gods smiled on anyone else lately?
#weekend #haul #cratedigging #dustyfingers #thrift #sunday
Ride / OX4 The Best of Ride (2LP Limited Edition Red vinyl)
อัลบั้มรวมเพลงของวง Shogazing, Alternative Rock จากเมือง Oxford. ที่นำซาวด์ของ Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Post-Punk มาผสมได้อย่างกลมกลืน ท่ามกลางเสียงกีตาร์ที่สาดกระหน่ำ...เเละเป็นหนึ่งวงน้ำดีจากค่าย "Creation Records" ที่ถือว่าเป็นค่ายที่มีความสำคัญของคนฟังเพลงนอกกระเเสยุค 80s, 90s.....วง "Ride" มีสองเเกนนำ "Mark Gardener" กับ "Andy Bell" (มีอยู่ช่วงนึงไปทำวง "Huricane #1
" ออกมาได้ 2 ชุด ก็ไปอยู่กับ "Oasis" และ "Beady Eye" น่าเสียดายฝีมือการเล่นกีตาร์ของเขาเหมือนกัน) ที่ผลัดกันร้องในอัลบั้มของวง...อัลบั้ม "OX4 The Best of Ride" ได้รวมเพลงในช่วงปี 1989-1996 ถึง 15 บทเพลง. อย่างเช่น Vapour Trail, Chelsea Girl, Like a Daydream, Leave Them All Behind, Birdman, How Does it Feel to Feel, I Don't Know Where it Comes From, Twisterella...น่าฟังน่าสะสมครับ. 🎸🎵