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Shit Song Of The Week “(You Can Still) Rock In America”

  Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 10.05.21 PM The Joup shit song of the week is “(You Can Still) Rock In America” by Night Ranger. I’m repulsed by their mega hit “Sister Christian” but I like to dig a little deeper because I know if a band is capable of writing one shitty song they probably have more. You can still rock in America according to the lyrics in this song which was released in 1983 during the-hey day of the Cold War. I feel this song was to remind people of their freedoms here in the U.S. as opposed to the Soviet Union where you could not rock at that time. However, when I hear such a dreadful song such as this one it makes me feel like maybe we have too much freedom? I am aware this song is dated and the [more]

Endless Loop: Sing

trainspottingHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Sing” by Blur I love, love, love a good soundtrack, though that means something completely different now than it did when I was a teenager.  My typical soundtrack of choice now is a good film score, old or new, touching on a number of different genres from classical to synth to ambient to surf rock to psychedelia and so on.  Classics from Morricone or Carpenter file right in with the more obscure bonkers stuff from old Italian composers, 80’s synth nerds, and younger upstarts alike.  But this vinyl film score fetishism is still a relatively recent development on [more]

The Joup Friday Album: LCD Soundsystem- Sound Of Silver

LCD-Soundsystem-Sound-Of-Silver-1488988687Sound of silver talk to me, makes you wanna feel like a teenager Until you remember the feelings of A real life emotional teenager  Then you think again. What is cool? What does it mean to be relevant? To have a voice or impact on a certain type of counter culture? How will it be felt or remembered? Usually in order to do so you have to do something revelatory. Make something – let’s say an album (I mean this is a record review after all) – that does something stylistically that has never been done before. Pushing boundaries of the genre you have carved your niche as an artist. Making a record that many will try to imitate by putting their own variations on.  Does that situation always have to be the case? No It certainly doesn’t. Sometimes an artist makes a decision to [more]

Shit Song Of The Week “Answering Machine”

HOLMES Today’s shit song of the week is Rupert Holmes’s “Answering Machine”. This song may have been the B-Side to “Escape (The Peña Colada Song)” which was used in the hilarious movie “Dirty Work” during a bar fight scene. Although I have used the song “Answering Machine” as my voice mail message one time as a goof, the chorus of the song is “leave your name and number and I’ll try to get back to you. You have 30 seconds to talk to me before we’re through”. It is a cocaine decision, light FM, shitty song and it deserves to be in the anals of Joop’s Shit Song Of The Week. Just give it a listen and tell me what you think after the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Blondie – Parallel Lines

I had the week of National Women’s Equality Day, and now I have the week of International Women’s Day. Back in August I had said “…we don’t need a day on the calendar for equality. We just need equality.” With a shifting tide, I’m just going to go ahead and take the day. Screw it – let’s take the week. Let’s take the time and appreciate the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, and Mavis Staples (Seriously – did you hear her new track with Arcade Fire?) Let’s worship at altars dedicated to Etta James, Karen Carpenter, and Poly Styrene. Take your pick! Find an amazing woman who has contributed to your musical upbringing, turn the volume up, and spend some time with them! I will be spending the evening with not just a mere mortal woman. I will be enjoying the [more]

Endless Loop: Rocks

primalscreamHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Rocks” by Primal Scream Years ago when my wife and I were married, we met with the guy whom we had hired to be our wedding deejay to discuss the timing of some songs and dances, the songs to be used during the different ceremonial dances, the songs to avoid like the plague and to not play under any circumstances (“We Are Family”), and some songs that we absolutely wanted played.  My list included “Apache” by The Incredible Bongo Band, “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” by Stevie Wonder, and the indispensable “Rocks” [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Ronnie Wood – Got My Own Album To Do

I've_Got_My_Own_Album_to_Do_-_Ron_WoodThe Joup Friday Album Ronnie Wood “Got My Own Album To Do” 1974 Warner Brothers Records Ronnie Wood is a celebrated guitarist best known for his work as a bass guitarist and songwriter with The Jeff Beck group, vocalist and guitarist for The Faces and – finally – landing his dream job playing guitar and singing with The Rolling Stones (his favorite band). Ronnie Wood is a known figure in the world of rock and roll but is a very underappreciated songwriter and guitarist. Cry a river for Ronnie, right? Who cares? I do! I am a huge fan of The Faces but I can’t stand Rod Stewart. I love Rod’s voice and I gotta admit he is quite a showman, as well as quite a striking man during his day. But Rod Stewart’s voice, showmanship and looks are his best talents – [more]

Shit Song Of The Week “Ride Like The Wind”

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.54.01 PMThe shit song of the week goes to the anticlimactic Christopher Cross song “Ride Like the Wind”. I really remember hearing it for the first time, as a kid shopping with my mom at a southwest side Chicago Zayre Superstore in 1981. A middle-aged store clerk was stocking the shelves with pet rocks and sizzle lean wearing brown slacks and white shirt. I noticed the guys name tag and it said his name was Marty and he said to me, “Hey Kid you like Christopher Cross”? I was really young and shy but I just kind of replied that I really didn’t know? He looked at me, kind of giggled and remarked “your too young kid to really enjoy good music just yet”. Well now flash forward I’m 40 years old at the time of me [more]

Endless Loop: Novocaine for the Soul

eelsHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Novocaine for the Soul” by Eels There is a big part of me that is beyond thankful that I came of age during the internet’s infancy.  I was pretty shy when I was growing up (and still am to a degree) and was basically a nerd (comic books and good grades and whatnot).  And in not having an online community of fellow and likeminded nerds to confide in and retreat to, and near endless access to anything my geeky little heart could desire, I was forced to venture out into the real world and meet actual people…to make [more]


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