Man, I really need to stay on the presets on the truck stereo. I liked Carrie Underwood’s “Just A Dream” a lot better back when it was called “Travelin’ Soldier” and was sung by Bruce Robison. The Dixie Chicks’ version of that song was pretty good too. (Man, has it really been a decade since that album was released? I feel so old.)
I was a bit disappointed to find out that Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential candidate had such poor taste in music, but it was almost worth it to see Tom Morello throw his little bitch fit in the pages of Rolling Stone. Rage Against the Machine got to be a lot better when they hired Chris Cornell as their frontman and changed their name to Audioslave. They should have kept him.
Speaking of Rolling Stone, over at Queensryche fan forum The Breakdown Room they were mentioned as butchering Tony Iommi’s name, and that reminded me of one of my more recent gripes against that rag. On one of their recent greatest-guitar-player lists they ranked Kurt Cobain ahead of both Alex Lifeson and Dimebag Darrell, with the reasoning that “(b)y snatching electric guitar from note-shredding technicians and giving it back to artists, freaks and poets, Kurt Cobain became one of the most important players ever,” as if solos in songs like “Cemetery Gates” and “YYZ” weren’t art in and of themselves. I am reminded of another comment from the post mentioned here:
“The first edition of the RS Record Collector’s Guide in the early ’80′s gave every Black Sabbath album (some of which they now hold up as four- and five-star classics) just awful ratings. So they were only too glad when grunge came along, and they could gush about how ‘meaningful’ it all was, just because the bands dressed down and acted mopey. It was like their precious alternative and college-rock was finally getting its day in the sun, and damn if they weren’t going to make the most of it.”
And RS’ treatment of country is every bit as bad, it seems. James Burton made that list as well, and that would have been great…except for the fact that they focused on his work with Gram Parsons, Elvis, and Joni Mitchell but completely ignored his work with Merle Haggard. Those signature electric guitar lines in “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive,” “Mama Tried,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” and other Haggard classics? Yeah, that was all James Burton.
But hey, Gram Parsons! That sound is me rolling my eyes.