50 Greatest Guitar Albums

27 02 2009

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Guitar World just release their picks for the 50 Greatest Guitar Albums – the list includes Metallica’s “Black Album” from 1991, Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, and Guns N Roses’ Appetite for Destruction.

Personally, I’m a big fan of Primus’ Pork Soda. I picked up my first guitar at age 14 and was really inspired by Tool and Stone Temple Pilots – i’ts not rocket science, but that first album was sick!!!

Read Guitar World’s full list online at: http://www.guitarworld.com/50_greatest_guitar_albums


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14 02 2009

The Cheesiest Love Songs EVER!

WRITTEN BY SHAWN AMOS AT GETBACK!  /   Posted Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:48pm PST by Shawn Amos in GetBack

The first dance at my wedding was to Freedy Johnston’s “Bad Reputation.” It was a fitting choice for both me and my wife, and it kept to the “no cheesy love song” rule we’d set for our relationship. But the longer we stay married, the more that rule gets broken. I dread what song will be played on our tenth wedding anniversary. Probably something by Peaches and Herb or “Endless Love.”
There’s a place for cheesy love songs. It’s right alongside Lifetime movies, high school poetry, and Harlequin novels. All of them take perfectly valid, real emotions and inflate them to such histrionic heights that all the love is replaced with syrupy cliches. And cavities. Subtlety has no place in a cheesy ballad. Every emotion is supersized. Super sincerity, super compassion, super feeling, super togetherness. It’s a super-sensitive nightmare living in that musical purgatory called “adult contemporary” or “soft rock.”

With Valentine’s Day approaching, don’t succumb to the temptation of these cheesiest love songs ever. They kill romance. Save yourselves, and play Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” if you really want to confess your love.

Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”
Some of the cheesiest ballads come from the cheesiest movies. This one comes from the 1983 film “A Night in Heaven,” starring Christopher Atkins and Lesley Ann Warren. The film quickly disappeared into obscurity. I wish the same had happened to the song.

Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”
Another soundtrack song, this time from the 1984 film “The Woman in Red.” This one hurts, because I love Stevie. How can you not love Stevie? And, yes, it’s one of his biggest hits. However, commercial success does not equal quality. Or lack of cheese. And this one cuts some serious cheese. Sorry, Stevie. I share ’cause I care.

Lionel Richie’s “Hello”  AWESOME!!
Nicole’s dad has made a fine living writing sappy ballads, and this one sits at the top of the pile. The only thing worse than the song is the video, which features a lovelorn Richie and the blind art student who makes a sculpture of his head. It’s like a cable-access version of “Ghost” meets “The Miracle Worker.” There is, however, one performance of this song that I dig. It’sLionel singing it on helium for a German talk show.

Extreme’s “More Than Words”
And it just gets worse. Extreme is one in a long, insipid line of ’80s hair bands who got all sensitive by busting out their Washburn acoustics and unbuttoning their shirts. It’s a little bit better if you close your eyes and pretend it’s some Everly Brothers wannabe bar band. Who am I kidding? Nothing makes it better.

Bobby Darin’s “If I Were A Carpenter”
Old-school cheese that has stood the test of time, this song was written by folk hero Tim Hardin in 1967 and has been covered by everyone from Bobby Darin to Robert Plant. It has cred, because folk artists always seem to have cred (whether they deserve it or not). It’s hard to slam someone when he’s being all sensitive with an acoustic guitar. Still, the tune is pretty sappy. And a bit sexist.

Chicago’s “You’re The Inspiration”
This one is a double threat: a cheesy lyric sung in that she-man vocal that only Peter Cetera can provide. The 1984 hit single began as a song for Kenny Rogers. Dude! Imagine that hell.

Kenny Rogers’ “Lady”
Oh wait, that hell has arrived. While Chicago was stealing Kenny’s cheesy song away from him, Kenny was holed up in a studio with songwriter Lionel Richie making his own cheesy song. All right, my chronology is totally off (this song was recorded four years earlier), but it makes for great drama. It’s like a “Yacht Rock” episode, a cheesy ballad tug-o-war. In any event, “Lady” is first-rate cheese and set the stage for Richie’s solo career.

Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”
Yes, another sentimental ballad born from a sentimental movie. This one is from the 1988 Disney flick “Beaches,” which has all the hallmarks of the genre: two women fighting over the same man, career jealousy, and a terminal disease. Topping it off is the show-stopper ballad with lots of big metaphors (“fly higher than an eagle”) and big emotions. It’s the gold standard of cheesy love songs.

Air Supply’s “The One That You Love”
These dudes practically invented “soft rock” with a string of ’80s hits that took on love from every angle. Air Supply was “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” and discovering “The Power of Love.” They have enough love in their songbook for every first dance forever more.

Chris de Burgh’s “The Lady in Red”
Funny story here: Chris de Burgh performed the song for Princess Diana before her death (that’s not the funny part). After the show, Di thanked de Burgh for writing the song about her. Seems Di was known for wearing red, so of course the song would be about her. Oops. The tune was about his wife, Diane. That relationship worked out better than Princess Di’s.

Posted Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:48pm PST by Shawn Amos in GetBack

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“Excuse Me While I Kiss That Guy” Common Lyric Mistakes

14 02 2009

We all love to sing along with our favorite songs. We sing in the car, in the shower, and at the karaoke bar. The problem is that half the time we don’t know what we’re singing. We’re making up lyrics as we go along and hoping no one will notice. We presume that our secret is safely buried under the pumping bass coming through the speakers. Or else we’re certain that NO ONE really knows the lyrics, so it’s cool that we’re winging it.

Wrong. Everyone knows. They may not know the exact words, but they know it’s definitely not what you’re singing. In fact, there’s a word for this phenomenon. It’s called “mondegreen,” and it means “the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase, such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song.” (There’s a great website called kissthisguy.com that’s named after the frequently misheard Hendrix song listed below and is dedicated to the cataloging of mondegreens.)

So now that you’ve been outed, here are a few favorite misunderstood lyrics. Who was it that said, “No one pays attention to the lyrics?” Well, here’s the proof.

I picked more messed up lyrics in the GetBack Mondegreen Gallery. Check them out then tell me yours. We’re all in this karaoke bar together.

TOM PETTY: “American Girl”
What people sing: “That Wonderbra that she was gonna keep”
The actual lyric: “She had one little promise she was gonna keep”
This is the second single from Petty’s 1977 debut album. Frankly, Tom mumbles so much when he sings that one could be forgiven for misunderstanding him.

QUEEN: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
What people sing: “Scare a moose, scare a moose, will you do my fan Van Gogh?”
The actual lyric: “Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango?”

Immortalized by everyone from Wayne & Garth to Mig (from “Rock Star: INXS”), Queen’s 1975 six-minute single is a lesson in rock grandiosity and made-up lyrics. When the band is coming up with words like “Scaramouche,” who can blame someone for writing their own lyrics?

JIMI HENDRIX: “Purple Haze”
What people sing: “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
The actual lyric: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”

The granddaddy of famous misunderstood songs, this one has been a joke for over 40 years since its 1967 release. Hendrix said the lyrics were inspired by a dream in which he was walking under the sea. Between the crazy dreams and the crazy stuff running through his veins, Jimi himself probably wasn’t sure what he was singing.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: “Blinded by the Light”


What people sing:
“Wrapped up like a douche, another loner in the night”
The actual lyric: “Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night”

Springsteen’s tune from his debut album is full of inside Jersey references and non sequitur silliness. A listener can misinterpret lyrics for days. It’s the ’76 Manfred Mann’s Earth Band cover that’s responsible for the signature mondegreen on this one.

BECK: “Loser”
What people sing: “Someone get the door”
The actual lyric: “Soy un perdedor”

Beck only has himself to blame for going bilingual here. No one was ready for that one in 1994. He started a Spanglish craze.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: “Plush”

What people sing: “Where you going with the master plan?”
The actual lyric: “Where ya going with that mask I found?”

Frankly, I like the made-up version better. Stone Temple Pilots could use a little help anyway in the lyric-writing department. There’s some questionable stuff going in their songs, aside from the stolen Zep sounds.

Posted Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:17am PST by Shawn Amos in GetBack

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Wow Christian Bale in a scathing MP3 caught on tape (warning lots of expletives)

3 02 2009

I used to think Christian Bale was a good guy, but after listening to this tape / mp3, I dont think I will ever be able to look at him the same way! Wow Did anyone count how many times he said the F-bomb?

Christian Bale Caught On Tape

Christian Bale Caught On Tape

Guys make sure you arent being recorded before you tear someone to shreds! ouch!


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