Speaking of Utopia, Been enjoying Todd Rundgren this evening, perfect name for a band, and a man who isn't revered as Lennon is, but he's done much in his career in music The album title "The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect" rings true, I sensed it at the time I first heard it, and it is rather true in a great many cases, actually.
I think this thread will never get a unified answer, but people do tend to shun what's popular, at least, well, it's hard to say when and where they might all jump off the collective cliff together! haha
From a personal perspective, Im inclined to agree.
Maybe its just a musical taste thing... but I just cant get into any of his solo stuff. The songs are not bad by any means... theyre just 'meh' to me. And the fact that some people praise his work so much just turns me off even further.
I do prefer the slightly different sounding songs from the Beatles (Helter Skelter, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Taxman etc.). You know, songs that broke musical barriers or just provided some clever commentary or a cool story. I do think thats its nearly impossible to hate the Beatles. They pretty much made something for everybody.
The offbeat humor is part of John Lennon's character, but also, I'd say someone I respect a lot is Ringo, aka Richard Starkey, the fact his son plays in the WHO is fantastic!
Song on here; Gimme Some Truth is the basis of the comic piece 'Tragical' (SIC) Misery Tour I seem to recall, posted it in musical comedy thread we used to have going here, and you also have Jealous Guy that the Black Crowes cover so well
This post has been edited by Slamman on Sunday, Apr 22 2012, 04:26
Where's Yoko Ono in this performance? I didn't spot her yet. I do think the issue of Yoko is even more distressing, that she's somehow a horrible person by her coupling with John. They both appreciated art and music, and saw kindred souls in each other
National Lampoon's MMT...
I'm watching this stuff for the first time, the links to Lennon I didn't have vested interest in, but since we're making this a current discussion, check this interview at the 47 minute mark, John talks about his reverence from fans, VERY INTERESTING and it directly answers the point of this topic. He can't make sense of it either!!
The Beatles were supposedly ahead of their time when it came to their music. I didn't live during that time, but I've read in a history textbook that they brought innovation to the music industry. I guess they didn't stick to the mainstream conformity that was taking place, and that made them stand out.
I'll give you a modern example. Take the hip-hop collective called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Odd Future isn't what you'd usually expect in hip hop. Yes, I think their music is overrated, but the group's general personality is what makes them stand out. They're not afraid to do stupid sh*t out in public. I can easily see any of the group members comfortably go out in public with nothing but underpants on. Honestly, I only like a few of the group's songs, but it's the members' personalities that intrigue me the most. There are videos on YouTube of them acting completely wild and unrestrained. They visibly show that they don't care if a bunch of people see them act the way they do.
Here's a YouTube video for you to see what I mean:
Many musicians are often more known for their personalities, not their music. I believe that John Lennon's personality was what made him this famous, not his music. There are people out there who only know him as the guy who sang "Imagine" or the guy who was part of the Beatles. If you were to ask me to name all the John Lennon songs I know, "Imagine" would be the first and only one I would state. I also know that he was pretty much a hippie who wanted world peace and that he was assassinated by some guy who apparently had an interest in The Catcher in the Rye. However, I don't know much about him other than that.
Well, it's safe to say his son isn't Sounded a lot like him on this hit, which is still Funky Fresh!
On the somber sobering side, I like how Ringo says here about the musicians "up there" jamming, whether you believe in Heaven or God, the idea that you're free from the Earthy pains and find your ultimate enjoyment if you've passed on in the normal fashion (my faith frowns on suicide as I mentioned, you can't decide when to die)
The idea that one of the best bands on some astral plane has all the great artists that have left us, Let's hope as music lovers, that could be true in some regard
This post has been edited by Slamman on Saturday, Apr 28 2012, 00:45
I wasn't around to do that thing people do where they remember where they were when JFK was shot. I sure can remember the morning of when Lennon was shot though. I was getting a ride to school by my friend's mother and it was the first thing heard on the radio the second the car was turned on. We were like 'no way'.
Oddly enough, hearing the death of Elvis on the radio also really sticks out as a 'where were you when' moment.
I remember the outcry reporting (I mean the massive vigils upon news of his death) , I was at my folks home at that time, I can't recall any specifics, I was traveling and away from home with friends of the family when President Reagan's attempted assassination was reported on TV, as I recall from my memory, that was fresh at the time
On George Harrison's death, Ringo refers to the interview I put above:
When I watched the WHO documentary about the band losing two members I was pretty much crying too, it was so emotionally told, these people who shape our lives that we never ever met. You feel for the basic human connection severed
This post has been edited by Slamman on Saturday, Apr 28 2012, 02:27