Sunday, July 17, 2005

Life Life During Wartime - Armageddon IT!

Fun Def Leppard Terrorism Related Trivia : The Master Tape to "Rocket" was actually bombed out of the sky in the infamous 1988 Lockerbie terrorist attack and found embedded 6 months later in the side of a building a half mile from the crash site!!

Damage caused by the crash
Def Leppard's tapes aboard a Pan Am flight crashed
onto the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
Was it an Omen of things to come?

Oh golly, i wish i had something more or less super fresh and funky to say & offer ya today... butt there's a boatload of downloadable radio free randomness for y'all and a bit of baffling blather for old times sake. Let me start yer perusal with some notalgia for y'all...

Whatever ya tend to think of David Byrne and his current ouevre and attitude, there's no doubt he was in an important and accomplished art school refugee band at one time called The Talking Heads. This song here captures the insanity of living under a state of eternal funk & fear with Ronald Reagenat the helm back in the day.

Sadly, not much has changed on the wicked world war fronts, only that we hear less about dirty business in central america and our tensions and attentions now focus elsewhere abroad.

Written while Byrne was a loft dweller in the pre-Giuliani-fied NYC, this classic tune brings the sheer terror of life in a junkie encrusted neighborhood to life, while simultaneously commenting on the absurdity of living in our ultra militarized culture and seeing the happy helping hands we as Americans offer our friends and paramilitary factions around the civilized world.

Talking Heads - Life During Wartime.mp3

Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
packed up and ready to go
Heard of some gravesites, out by the highway,
a place where nobody knows
The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
I'm getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstore, lived in the ghetto,
I've lived all over this town

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
I ain't got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver,
hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas,
you don't even know my real name
High on a hillside, the trucks are loading,
everything's ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nightime,
I might not ever get home

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
this ain't no fooling around
This ain't no mudd club, or C. B. G. B.,
I ain't got time for that now
Apparently there might not be much time to head to the aforementioned CBGB's these days either... so get that done if ya haven't paid yer pilgrimage yet...

As for me?

Lazy Sunday Afternoon ?

Not if yer me I guess -

I hoped to just slip over to catch the relaxing sounds of South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Stern Grove later today... although then again I probably won't...

Looks like I'm doomed to arguing via cellphone, working on some sign printing , travelling via bus & returning a computer monitor display at a horrible chain store customer service counter miles away from the fun in the sun...

Then I'll definitely be bartending later tonight and possibly playing some old videos I scored at a garage sale yesterday .. the best is classic Def Leppard , before they went wireless & the members started leaving, losing limbs & dying.

Man, I forget how they were a real "rock n roll" band, with hooks that could kill and flag undies... With the help of uber-producer "Mutt" Lange they set the hair band standard, went wireless & even performed in "the round", a technique previously seen only via Rosemary Clooney @ Chautaqua, Neil Diamond, and on Rat Pack reunion tours.

Leppard had no fear and were proud adopters of the mid career mullet, basically invented the one arm drummer concept & made increasingly questionable music & videos for over two decades... this year they have a covers collection & even put forth "ROCK OF AGES - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION" a career overview that entered the Billboard album charts at number 10 selling 66,000 copies in it's first week and remains in the Top 100 some 8 weeks later. In Canada, where the mullet is known as the "hockey jockey" and life stopped for much of the population when Triumph broke up, Def Leppard's current greatest hits package hit #3! What's amazing is that the band's previous "greatest hits" set with the most of the same songs "Vault: Greatest Hits 1980 1995", has already sold 4 million copies, likely to the same people that bought this one!

Okkervil River and just about all the critically praised but boring ass bands I posted mp3'z of below should perhaps review the Leppard tapes and grab some tips to beef up their live acts for sure...

I'll just toss in some stray mp3 links down here to hopefully please the petulant peanut gallery and masses of music seeking thieves of sorts hitting this spot lately via, but I can't insure yer happiness... I just wanna tickle yer curiosity...

Def Leppard - The Lepp Mix ( tribute mash made by a fan )

Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me ( still playing in a strip club near you right now! )

Def Leppard - Little Wing ( acoustic Hendrix cover )

Def Leppard - Foolin ( windows media)

Def Leppard - Now ( live on CNN's Moneyline 2002)

Jason Falkner- cover of Def Leppard's Photograph ( ex-Jellyfish)

Kevin Dubrow - cover of DL's Rock Rock (til you drop) (ex-Quiet Riot)

Cheap Trick - Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace (courtesy: Homercat)

John Vanderslice - Exodus Damage

Luna - Friendly Advice (live)

Tortoise - The Lithium Stiffs

Waycross - Julip ( live acoustic)

Dinosaur Jr -Hot Burrito#2 ( courtesy : Chromewaves )

Alphaville - Forever Young

Curve - Caught In The Alleyway ( Live )

As fer me, it was supposed to be my first day off in awhile... so you dig the sumertime thang cuz I can't ... Tommorrow's my birthday and I'm like, outta here...

take it sleazy...

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