Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Walls of Sound

(too soon for a Spector allusion?)

Steve Miller - Abracadabra:

My dad used to hate Steve Miller's later stuff like 'Abracadabra' (along with Rod Stewart's 'Sexy', The Stone's 'Emotional Rescue' and all the other disco-esque songs that came out in the early eighties by rock bands that he had once liked and respected... Too bad he never put two & two (0) together on the inherent evils of Capitalism™)... He even hated Miller's early-later-stuff like 'Fly Like an Eagle' - "too commercial" he'd always say. Apparently, before becoming a pop superstar, Steve Miller was actually a damned good musician with real songs about real shit. Amazing how far down the shitter pop culture has gone. It never ceases to amaze me. Now they just take the most banal shit they can find, slap autotune on it - maybe a vocorder - and then release. But I always liked 'Abracadabra' and '...Eagle' (even though I always made fun of them). Then again: For me, those songs remind me of being like 7 years old. 'The Joker' still gets under my skin though. I admire Miller's candor and th bravery with which he could simply make up words (like: 'pompitous'). But I digress...

Alan Parsons Project - Sirius & Eye in the Sky:

Alan Parsons was the Producer of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon', as well as much of The Beatles early stuff. His music on the other hand, was about as fucking weird, creepy, memetically-charged (as in: 'meme') and full of odd innuendos and eery allusions as you can get. Inspired by Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound' - Sound, it is very strange stuff dealing with everything from conspiracy theories to mass-tendency to misinterpret data (Ammonia Avenue).

Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me:

Something sort of Dada / Roy Orbison-esque about this one:

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