Endless Loop: Big White Cloud

johncaleHave 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.

“Big White Cloud” by John Cale

If you could see any now deceased/defunct artist or band, who would it be?  Let’s say you have a time machine, or you can suddenly bend reality to your whim and witness some legendary artist perform at the height of his or her or their musical prowess…who do you see?  Who did you miss out on the first time around?  For me, it’s a three-way tie between Queen, Nirvana, and The Velvet Underground (though admittedly, I would happily take T. Rex or a pre-Brain Jones death Rolling Stones too).

Endless Loop: The Air that I Breathe

holliesHave 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.

“The Air that I Breathe” by The Hollies

Some circles may remember The Hollies’ 1974 hit “The Air that I Breathe” solely for its use in an early 90’s television commercial for house paint (I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid).  Some might remember it for being the reason that Radiohead now pay royalties to songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood due to the song’s similarities to “Creep.”  For some reason I remember it as background music to growing up in west Texas in the 1980’s.  And I’m not sure why.

Endless Loop: Poison

alicecooperHave 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.

“Poison” by Alice Cooper

The Joup Friday Album: The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights

walkerbrosThere was this moment that played out years ago, sometime in the early 2000’s, when I was in a record store, sifting through CD’s and LP’s, letting my mind wander and breathe, when over the store’s PA system came a revelation. To be fair, this moment has happened several times over my life, some record store somewhere playing some song that gets stuck in my ears, head, and soul, and demands that I procure a copy of it right then and there. I’m that sucker from that scene in High Fidelity where the clerks make a bet as to how fast they can move a copy of The Beta Band’s The Three EP’s album by playing “Dry the Rain” in the store. I’m that guy who perks up and starts nodding his head, glancing around the room for evidence as to what is being listened to. You have me trapped. I am in your control. You play something wonderful, and I’m probably going to buy it from you…right then and there. Over the years I’ve been turned on to everything from Stephin Merritt’s Future Bible Heroes project to Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith’s weirdo experimental album Pulse of The Rooster, indie rock from The Dears to old psych classics like Skip Spence’s Oar. I am seriously in sonic debt to you people, but the high water mark will always be the pure and beautiful sounds of Scott Walker (Engel) and The Walker Brothers.

Endless Loop: Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)

eltonjohnHave 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.

“Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)” by Elton John

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