Endless Loop: Enjoy the Silence

depechemodeHave 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.

Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”

At first I thought I should skip over Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” for this column, being that I’ve already written an article about the album it hails from, 1990’s Violator, for another column.  But, then I thought…wait!…I have an “Enjoy the Silence” story.  Here is my “Enjoy the Silence” story.

The Joup Friday Album: NIN – Pretty Hate Machine

NINI really like Nine Inch Nails. A lot. I always have and probably always will – I don’t think there’s a bad album in Trent Reznor’s oeuvre; sure there’s a few I like less than others, but overall all of the man and his collaborators’ work is impressively conceptualized, composed and executed. That said, I am fairly certain that nothing Mr. Reznor will ever do will have the same impact on me that his first album under the NINs moniker did. Nothing.

Endless Loop: Pull Me Under

dreamtheaterHave 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.

“Pull Me Under” by Dream Theater

“I bet we’re probably the only people here who even know who Dream Theater is. Well…except for maybe those guys.”

Joup Confessions… Billy Joel’s The Stranger

BJMy first experience with Billy Joel’s 1977 album The Stranger was most likely in my parents’ old Chevy station wagon, late 70’s or very early 80’s (if my memory really does go that far back). I Love You Just The Way You Are would have been a staple on the easy listening station that they listened to while we drove here and there with me and my then infant sister in the backseat. That station made my life a living hell and really, it’s kind of amazing that I love music as much as I do when that was one of my earliest, most sustained introductions to it. To this day I still feel pangs of car sickness if I’m relegated to the status of a backseat passenger, all because of Lite FM and the shitty California Laurel Canyon ‘movement’, the Carpenters, Dion Warwick and their peers. That was Lite FM’s bread and butter. Funny then, that this particular song, and the particular era of Mr. Joel it belongs to escaped my wraith and years later so endeared itself to me. Truth be told I’m not really sure how I happened to own the album, on vinyl. Somehow one day I just magically found The Stranger in our record collection, as if it had always been there.

Endless Loop: Jeanne

airHave 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.

“Jeanne” by Air w/ Francoise Hardy

Endless Loop: Love Is Blue

paulmauriatHave 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.

“Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat

If there is some supreme being out there, or a super race of creatures beyond our own limited understanding and perception watching and observing us, toying with us, playing with us for their own amusement and entertainment, I have one request for them. Just one thing that I want. So, here it goes:

The Joup Friday Album: The United States of America

usaalbumAs “The American Metaphysical Circus” begins, the atmosphere is indeed akin to that of a circus, a hodgepodge of sounds swirling along together in an audio soup. Ragtime dances play with classical marches and jazz numbers before subsiding as the electronic pulses take over and a female voice beckons you in. The mood is progressive. The ideas are many. The palette is open to an array of new sounds. Welcome to one of the most fantastic and experimental psych rock records of the 1960’s, the self-titled, sole release from The United States of America.

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