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Opposite Day

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  1. Don't kill the whale, bro! Still take that over Big Generator any day.
  2. Ain't Nobody was '83, but yeah. In my mind there is the good 80s that includes Van Halen, hair bands up to and including Ratt, but not Poison, and of course it's the golden age of hip hop. And then the bad '80s, which include synth pop bands (special exemptions for Human League, Soft Cell, Kajagoogoo and Duran Duran), Van Hagar, Madonna, etc.. And there was something about the '80s that completely tainted all the '70s prog rock bands. It was really uncanny how bands like Yes and Rush seemed to be like, "hey we tried being good, let's try sucking now! I bet our Album sales will double!" which of course they did. Not just prog bands actually. Billy Joel went from tunes like "The Stranger" to "Uptown Girl." What the hell happened?
  3. Well as they say, you take what's good for your pleasin' I'll take what's good for the crazy evening.
  4. It's definitely no "You've Got the Love" or "Ain't Nobody."
  5. It took me years to figure that riff out exactly! He takes a Police/Eddie Brickell chord and pushes the top two notes up a half step turning it into major triad with the 3rd in the bass. Pretty slick! Of course you're right though, Eddie was the king.
  6. Hehe, I figured that would epitomize your eightiesphobia. Still has one of the best opening guitar riffs ever though on "Lay it Down."
  7. Heh, well now I'm used to a vox modeling amp which is much lighter. For a while I was using a half-stack, H&K Triamp. Looked great, sounded great. And I couldn't get it up to 1 without making everyone's ears bleed. That was my masochism phase. Many years ago, missing the pro, I bought a Fender Twin reissue hoping to recapture some of the pro's glory. The sound that came out of that thing was totally sterile and lifeless. No comparison. Probably the best sound I ever had at a gig was the pro and my friend's dad's silver face twin which I borrowed. I went in to an SGX 2000, one of those cheesy '80s multi-effects processors. It had stereo outs, one to the pro, one to the twin. Also we rented a smoke machine. It was glorious!! It's really a pet peeve of mine that a company will make a magnificent product like that that people love and then "reissue" under the same name a clearly inferior product. How hard is it really just to make the exact, same thing? Old fender amps, the original whammy pedal, griswold cast iron pans, etc. And of course used originals become obnoxiously expensive.
  8. '60s blackface pro reverb. Weighed about a million pounds. Used to electrocute me. But man, at around 6 or 7 that thing would SING!
  9. I've always secretly like this one. [video=youtube;FRLHro9EPD0] The chopping up a simple guitar riff kinda works.
  10. Out of the Cellar Invasion Of Privacy Dancing Undercover
  11. Yeah, I was gonna go Fair Warning, Diver Down, 1984, with DD being probably the weakest of the entries, but I still consider the other two the best hard rock records of all time. And DD still has "The Full Bug" and "Little Guitars."
  12. Man, that guy kinda makes me wish I learned how to play piano! To a certain extent it's apples and oranges. Guys like that are expected to be able to play everything well. Artists like the Beatles just do their own thing, so it's addition by subtraction. Even with the magnificent talent of players like those on the stage, it's hard to have the same intimacy with their material as an artist does with the style he creates as an extension not just of their ability, but of his self.
  13. Nice! I'm trying to sell my band on a similar medley idea right now. Plus it would be nice to have the Star Trek fight theme in our back pocket in case a bar fight ever breaks out.
  14. Hehe, I'm going through a '70s/'80s tv show theme song phase right now. Starsky & Hutch, Wonder Woman, Barnaby Jones. Great jams!
  15. Back when I was obsessed with being Ynwie J. Lynch-Van Halen, I would have loved the vindication of having Quincy Jones join me in throwing shade at what I considered a massively overrated band. But I gotta admit the sheer breadth of their catalogue alone is worthy of respect. For every Beatles song that's not your cup of tea, there are probably five that'll at least have you tapping your feet. There are different ways of appreciating music, and one that is more common among musicians is by way of awe. I think we can dismiss stuff that doesn't inspire it. But it's probably at least as valuable to produce music that just gets the dopamine flowing regardless of how impressive it is.
  16. Hehe, or the bass player. When you screw up just give the bass player a really dirty look. And if the audience boos, just go full wrestling heel and be all "shaaadup! you love me!!! "
  17. Hehe, been there. Had some compliments from some women once and I was halfway through explaining how they were both right and wrong to praise me, as I had equal moments of brilliance and clumsiness, and they were like, "just say thanks. ." To a certain extent we have to get over ourselves when relating with non-musicians, who mostly just want to be entertained and don't care that much how you snuck in that phrygian dominant lick or whatever. A lot of the time I think you make a better impression if you look like you're playing well than if you're actually playing well.
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