I founded a lot of musical relationships on the floor of my parent’s bedroom as a child. With an old tape deck and some decent speakers. My parents always took music seriously.
This was the song that made me fall in love with Led Zeppelin. I think it’s a little amusing that this song stood out more to my preteen self than Stairway did. Stairway came next, and then from there the rest of the album. Zeppelin IV turned out to be one of the most important records in my life. In a lot of people’s lives.
I don’t listen to them every single day anymore, but they’re still one of my absolute favourite bands. This song’s still probably in my top ten, of all time.
"Pearl Jam’s ambitious 20th Anniversary celebrations of their debut album will see a deluxe reissue of 1993’s Vs. and 1994’s Vitalogy, a band-curated festival in the summer and the long-awaited release of their Cameron Crowe-directed documentary.
The documentary, called Pearl Jam Twenty, includes archive footage, as well as live performances and interviews from the past 20 years. Talking to Rolling Stone magazine, bass player Jeff Ament said: ‘I just saw a rough cut. It was so [expletive] weird seeing footage of stuff I didn’t know anybody was taping at the time. The whole movie is Cameron’s love letter to us – but it’s equal parts complimentary and really painful. It shows our growing pains and some real bad times, including Roskilde [the 2000 festival in Denmark during which nine fans died during a performance]. It was just really hard to watch.’”
I’m so excited for that documentary. And also to hear more about that big festival. I could hazard some guesses as to who they would want, ideally, to play at it, but who knows. My Morning Jacket and Neil Young are two thoughts.
I love listening to old live albums. I love how they’re recordings of one moment in time and no matter how hard an artist my try, the performance - or the atmosphere of the performance - can never be recreated in the exact same way.
An audio portrait of the artist, and his audience.
Sam Cooke is exactly where it’s at tonight. Don’t fight the feeling.
This song was actually written by Mitchell sarcastically, in response to her record company’s request for more ‘radio-friendly’ material.
And, oh the irony, quite popular it became, indeed.
Kind of weird: the same thing happened to Matthew Good with Anti-Pop. From his Wikipedia page, originally posted on his Facebook:
I tried to write the worst song I could possibly come up with. And then you know, in true fucking major record company fashion, they put it on the record. That’s how stupid record companies are.
Back to Joni Mitchell: regardless of her intentions (heck, maybe moreso because of her intentions) I do like this song. And in true radio-friendly style, it’s shown a tendency to get lodged firmly in my head for hours on end.
I spent New Year’s Day covered in glitter (don’t ask), laying in bed and watching Tarantino movies. Not a bad start, all things considered.
Years before I was old enough to be able to watch his films, I fell for their soundtracks. Like a lot of ‘90’s-kid parents, mine were pretty captivated by Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. And, as I’m sure was also common, at parties - once the drinks got flowing pretty good - you would start to hear dialogue snippets (“Dog’s got personality. Personality goes a long way.”) and odd music that seemed to be linked only by its inherent awesomeness.
I always loved this song. It’s also memorable in that, in many ways, it was the song that gave me confidence in my singing abilities.