Tag:Bad Brains
Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:20 am

Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

Today's Song - Sailin' On - Bad Brains

Comments - One of my all time favorite Bad Brains songs.  Quick story:  When I was in college, I went to see 311 at a club show in Madison (before the blue album came out) they had some no name bands opening for them.  Dog Eat Dog and No Doubt (pre-Tragic Kingdom).  So No Doubt comes on stage and I was immediately smitten by Gwen who was adorable and had her hair up in all these little buns on top of her head.  Then they started to play and I was pretty impressed.  Gwen sang Excuse Me Mr. while standing on the shoulders of one of  the bouncers in front of the stage.  Then for their final song they said that they wanted to cover one of their all time favorite songs and launched into Sailin' On.  My friend and I that went to the show together had been sitting on the backs of chairs about three rows back (the show was at the Barrymore an old theater with a small "pit" area in the front and then rows of seats).  We both were big Bad Brains fans and looked at each other in disbelief then hurdled the two rows of seats (a move that now would almost certainly cause me some sort of bodily harm) to get into the fray.  That was the moment that I knew that I was in love with Gwen.  No matter how many overproduced pop albums she puts out or Gavin Rossdale offspring named after cities or computer games she produces, I will always remember her from that show.  Good Lord I sound like some kind of stalker or something.  It's not quite that bad I promise.  Anyway, the point is that it's a great song.  It has also been covered by Living Colour (my favorite of the covers), Moby, and John Frusciante to name a few.

Posted on: December 1, 2008 8:44 am

December 1st, 2008

The songs switched between when I got off the elevator and the time I got to my desk so I'll comment on both.

Todays songs - Human Behaviour - Bjork    and     With the Quickness - Bad Brains

Comments - I think that Bjork's music is as great as she herself is wierd (who remembers the swan dress?).  I remember seeing this video for the first time and thinking WTF was that?  A stuffed bear chasing her through the woods?  And then of course I promptly went out and bought Debut at my local mall.  BTW as a bit of an aside, I absolutely love the Icelandic accent.  I think that it somehow makes her seem cuter than she really is.  As for Bad Brains, they are one of my top five favorite bands of all times and nearly any punk music that comes out today that is worth anything (I do not include Pop Punk crap like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte in that category BTW) was influenced in some way by Bad Brains.  The first place that I heard them was on the Pump Up The Volume soundtrack doing a cover of MC5's Kick Out The Jams with Henry Rollins on vocals.  I can truly say that after hearing that song everything else seemed somehow weaker by comparison.  Anyway, it forced me to seek out more of there stuff, most of which is incredible (especially the self titled album and the album I Against I - my two favorites).  The rest as they say is history.  Enough for now.  Until tomorrow.

PS - I hope that everyone had a happy Thanksgiving

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