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Musical Note 1

Being a reservior of useless information, that I am, I find that I'm really good with music trivia.  I've spent time with friends playing the artist, title and year game. The game would last for a long time, because they would try to stump me with a band or song that I did not know.

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Music was always a big part of my life.  I listen to almost anything from classic Rock and Roll from the 1960's on up, to New Age, Pop, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dance. Some country is fine, but I'd rather listen to it backwards and hope to get all my possessions back!

Okay, I do admit, that I get confused with some of the big hair glamour rock bands from the 1980's because they all sound the same, also I get the new young performers mixed up, (confusing Shakira with Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, or Jessica Simpson), but overall, I don't do that bad.
 
My love for music started when I was four years old.  My sister Sherry, bought me my first 45 record, "Crocodile Rock", by Elton John.  My mother gave me an old record of her's too, "Johnny Be Goode," by Chuck Berry.....(I'm sure it's hard for those to believe, who knew my mother, but she wasn't always a Bible thumper.) Johnny Be Goode, was a little bit before my time, but I still liked it.  It made noise, so I was content.
 
One time when I was on a message board, someone started a thread about favorite music. Of course, I started naming lots of bands.  My post was huge and I was told that maybe I should have posted the stuff I didn't like.
 
Since I have a page for my favs now, I may as well post them here. Sorry, no sound bytes. Sometimes, people like a certain song, but don't know the band or title.  There are certain websites you can go to that will give you sound bytes.  My favorite link is : http://www.cdnow.com/
 
I'm not that hi-tech to have ever done the "Napster" thing.  I wouldn't have a clue to know how to burn CD's.  Usually, I just buy the CD.  Also, if you want to listen to music, (pref oldies), here's a link that you may like: http://www.gerryrowe.com/jukebox/music.htm
 

Oh, there are so many songs I like. I like different music from many different bands:

The 60's

"Crosstown Traffic"- Jimi Hendrix
"In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida"- Iron Butterfly (I even like the Simpsons version of "In the Garden of Eden", Bart made them sing in church.  Yes, I know the song is over seventeen minutes long:)) 
"Incense and Peppermints"-Strawberry Alarm Clock
"Taxman"-The Beatles
"You Keep Me Hanging on"- Diana Ross and the Supremes
"All Summer Long"- The Beach Boys
"Love Her Madly"- The Doors
"Papa's got a Brand New Bag"- James Brown

"Devil with the Blue Dress On"- Mitch Ryder

"Double Shot of my Baby's Love"- The Swinging Medallions

"Time has Come Today"- The Chambers Brothers


The 70's

Almost anything from Steely Dan, ELO, Chicago, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Marley, Bad Company, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Peter Frampton, AC/DC, Foghat, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett, Heart, Kiss, Queen, Van Halen, Doobie Brothers.......etc. (These are bands I like now. Let's be for real. I was a small child in the 1970's and all of us kids listened to bubblegum back then, like David Cassidy, The Captain and Tennille, Donny Osmond, Leif Garrett, Bay City Rollers, and Shaun Cassidy.)

 

These are songs I love from the 1970's

"Truckin'"-Grateful Dead
"The Rain Song"- Led Zeppelin
"Miracles"- Jefferson Starship

"Hocus Pocus"- Focus

"Baker Street"- Gerry Rafferty

"Katmandu"- Bob Seger

 

My taste for Neil Diamond grew when I lived in Australia.  I was going to take my friend Hannah, to see him in Brisbane, but the tickets for his concert were sold out the very first week! My friend Di once said, "Oh you gotta love the Yanks."  "They give us Macca's and Neil Diamond."  I also liked the movie, "Saving Silverman", which was a comedy about Neil Diamond fans, a crazy high school football coach played by R. Lee Ermey, and Neil Diamond, himself.  The movie was hysterical!! 

 

Blues music is good too.  I like John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Robert Cray.  I don't get to hear Blues music too much now, but I did when I lived in New Orleans.

 

I will NOT listen to anything by Pink Floyd, except "Learning to Fly", which was a new release after I left my old hometown.  Their music makes me cringe.  The stoners from my hometown ruined that for me with their "F-ing Floyd!!!!", they would scream out loud when somebody played them.  They sounded so stupid saying that and it has permanently tarnished my opinion of the band. I'm the same way about certain old Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin songs too.   

 

Old School Soul is great too:  Al Greene, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Barry White, Otis Redding, The Stylistics, The Spinners, The Delfonics...etc.   

I also liked disco and funk, Donna Summer, Chic, Bee Gees, Heatwave, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind, and Fire...etc...

The 80's

I was more into the new wave/alternative stuff, but was limited, because I grew up on the East Coast and they did not play West Coast music that much and some of that music was considered stupid sounding to a bunch of ignorant Rednecks who had no taste. I didn't get to hear too much alternative music until I moved. There was some hope if you knew somebody who had MTV. Here are some of the 80's music I liked:


 

Elvis Costello
B-52's
XTC
REM
The Ramones
The Smithereens
The The
The Cure
New Order
The Boomtown Rats
Kajagoogoo

Haircut 100

Howard Jones

Talk Talk

Art of Noise

 

Pop:


Tears for Fears
Duran Duran

Power Station
Prince
Madonna

The Police
The Hooters
The Fixx

Men at Work

Midnight Oil

The Bangles

 

R&B was around and I liked Midnight Starr, The Jets, Debarge, Janet Jackson, and the Dazz Band. Michael Jackson was overplayed and I remember hearing him all the time. Rap also made the scene and I liked it fine, as long as it had a dance beat to it. I liked The Beastie Boys and I really loved 2 Live Crew, because they were foul mouthed. Hey, I was still a kid then, what do you expect?

As for the big hair bands (Glamour rock), I liked Dokken, Motley Crue, and Whitesnake, but as I said before, a lot of that sounded  the same to me. I liked Ozzy's "Over the Mountain", Dio, Robert Plant, or Rainbow moreso than the glamour stuff. Guns and Roses were listened to often too. Then there was also speed metal, that I heard in the Navy, like Lizzy Borden, and Mercyful Fate, with King Diamond. I still like the song, "No Presents for Christmas", by King Diamond.  It's quite humorous. 

In the 90's it was the grunge/metal/alternative thing:), like Nirvana, Metallica, Hole, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Helmet, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, and 311, as well as the other alternative music from Liz Phair, Tori Amos, Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt....etc. I was a guest a couple of times on the morning show on a radio station in Norfolk, VA, (96X) and was a total grunge fan, then.

Lenny Kravitz was one of my favorites too as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also, I liked club/house/R&B music......La Bouche, Skee Lo, Shaggy, and then there was some pop songs I liked from Seal, Ace of Base, Paula Cole, Sarah McLaughlin, No Doubt, Barenaked Ladies....etc!! I even liked M.C. Hammer when he was out too, but wasn't too crazy about Milli Vanilli (ha-ha).  I think because, "Girl, I'm gonna miss you" was so overplayed. As for Sinead O'Connor, I think I liked it better when Andrew Dice Clay referred to her as a peach with teeth.

New Age was out in the late 80's-early 90's and I still to this day love Clannad (Maire Brennan and Enya), Yanni, Enigma...etc. Enigma was what all of us Marines agreed on listening to when we were having our two week desert training. 

I still love club/house stuff, but it's not as popular here in the States as it is in Australia. However, it seemed that whenever I was out and would walk into dance clubs (that were male gay dance clubs) in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Reno, they were playing the best club music, around. Oh well, as Eminem would say, "Nobody listens to Techno."  I must be getting old now, but I know that somewhere out there, there has to be a gay bar that is playing my song!!!  LOL!!!