I have no illusions of this thread jump-starting this forum in any way. I'm just using this to jot down some thoughts and eventually make a Facebook post about it for shits and giggles.
I don't know about anyone else, but most of my favorite artists are "washed up" so most of these apply to my favorites artists.....check to see if they apply to yours
10-Duets-This one is sneaking in at #10 because it's about 50/50. In Country music, duets are a big thing and while there are instances of both artists in on the duet are doing so at their peak popularity (think Waylon and Willie circa mid-1970's), most duets feature one artist who is washed up tagging along with someone currently burning up the charts (think Bon Jovi not having too much in the way of hits until teaming up with Jennifer Nettles at Sugarland's peak popularity).
9-Christmas Albums-Again, there are instances of artists releasing a Christmas album at their peak popularity, but this is usually a sign that an artist is washed up and hopes someone out there will care to listen to their version of "Jingle Bell Rock". Some may point to Trans Siberian Orchestra as an exception to this rule in that their peak popularity came as a result of Christmas albums, the fact is Trans Siberian Orchestra was created out of a washed up Savatage.
8-Covers Album-Like Christmas albums, this is a plea by said artist to "look at me! Buy my album of songs you already know." As if we need another version of "Mississippi Queen" or "Helter Skelter" in our collections.
7-Soundtrack music- If you're scoring music for soundtracks that pretty much means you aren't having any luck selling music on your own.
6-Audience takes a bathroom break for new songs-I've seen artists play shows at their peak popularity and the audiences attention is focused on the stage for the entire performance and very open to any and all new material played. When the artist introduces a new song and half the audience heads out to take a piss or get a beer before the first note is even played, their best days are behind them.
5-They've latched on to current trends-Most likely your favorite artist is your favorite because they don't sound like anybody else. When they begin to make music that DOES sound like everybody else, it's over.
4-Package tour with REO Speedwagon- Since about 1989, REO Speedwagon has been the definition of "washed up". I can't off-hand think of anybody who toured with them in the last 25 years who wasn't also washed up.
3-Club tour-Yeah, if they can't even sell enough tickets for the 1200-2500 theater circuit, they're toast.
2-Less than 2 original members- This one hits me right where it hurts cuz most of my favorite bands are down to just one original member. Some are still making great music, but in the eyes of public opinion, they are definitely washed up.
1- Political talk- If your favorite artist is making headlines with their political talk rather than their new music, it is officially over for them. I don't care if it's the post-hippie liberal dip-shitisms of Neil Young, Cher and Springsteen or the yeee-haw 'Merica-isms of Ted Nugent, Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr, if the only attention they can garner is for their political beliefs, they are officially "washed up".
Hopefully Eric Burdon of The Animals. Nothing against him, l just incorrectly though he died this Spring and got drunk and started telling a bunch people at the local bar. I'm hoping he dies before l see them again!
I usually check in regularly to see if anyone posted or to read old threads (feels like walking through the halls of an abandoned building). Been busy with life for most of this summer. Finally got around to saying hi again! I enjoy facebook, but there are some topics and thoughts that only belong here.
I check in here all the time. I stopped posting stuff because I felt like I was talking to myself. It has been great, but all good things must end. This actually probably ended a while ago and... just like in real life, I'm usually one of the last to leave a good party. A couple things factored into this IMO. 1) Facebook has killed off most discussion boards. Not sure exactly why, but I think it has. 2) without any new blood, we really couldn't post on any topic without knowing what everyone else is gonna say already. In other words, we know each other too well. All of the regulars here I consider my friends as much as most of my facebook friends and I will look you up Jamie, I think we owe it to each other to stay in touch somehow. I am already FB friends with Frank. Anyone else want to stay in touch, send me a message and I will add you on FB. I will continue to check in here though, just for old times' sake
Haven't done a Top 10 in awhile. I've had this one on my mind for a while now (and you may be able to guess why). I don't think this is definitive by any means, just what I could think of after a few minutes thought. I'm sure somebody will come up with several that make me go, "duh! I forgot about that one!". Anyhow, here's what I came up with:
10-Lucky Man by Emerson, Lake And Palmer. Outtro. Annoyingly nails-on-chalkboard to my ears, but it's pretty damn memorable. I felt like I had to slip it in at #10.
9-Suite Madame Blue by Styx. Middle solos. Nothing fancy, but certainly makes the song in a calm-before-the storm kinda way.
8-Welcome To The Future by Brad Paisley. Outtro. Weird that a Country artist has some serious synth lines in a song, but there's some seriously good things going on at the end of this one and that's why this song is #8........NOT because of the dopey synth intro.
7-Tom Sawyer by Rush. End solos. Not a big Rush fan at all, but this synth lines works well for one of the few Rush songs I enjoy listening to.
6-Magic Man by Heart. End solos. I saw Heart in 1998 and Howard Leese actually did all these solos on guitar with a tremolo bar and it was WAY cooler. BUT, the original synth solos were very awesome to begin with.
5-Touch And Go by Emerson, Lake And Powell. Main riff. Simple, repetitive, but memorable and great.
4-Only Time Will Tell by Asia. Intro. Very majestic. I love it!
3-Never Been Any Reason by Head East. Solos. Killer stuff. Story I heard was that they weren't totally happy with the first take of the synth line, so they did another one without erasing the original. When they went for mixdown, they forgot to pull the fader down for the original synth track and wound up with 2 synths going at once......and liked what they heard and wound up using both in the final mix.
1-The Final Countdown by Europe. Yup, that commercial spot made me think of doing this top 10, but this is easily the best, most memorable synth line of all time.......and probably the only time Europe will ever top a Top 10 list.
Just stumbled upon this song tonight. An outtake from 1989's "Lightning Strikes Twice" album. Kinda sounds like your typical cheesy Hair Metal song, but it's better than half the crap that ended up on the album IMO.
In recent weeks rumors have been flying about Axl Rose and Slash getting back together for a Guns N' Roses reunion. A new report from Dish Nation claims the announcement of a GN'R reunion is "days away." Slash and Axl last shared the stage on July 17, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
While we await official word from Axl and Slash that this reunion is in fact truly and finally happening, the report does come after the band's official Twitter feed sent out a series of cryptic tweets and weeks after a Portuguese news outlet claimed a deal had been signed for the classic GN'R lineup to play a two-hour show.
Dish Nation's report goes on to state, "It’s expected that they will headline several festivals across Europe and the United States before heading out on a staggered world tour that will coincide with their 30th anniversary?." We'll see what happens and what the lineup will be if Slash & Axl do reunite.
Sadly, and for the life of me, I don't understand why, but they did NOT play "New Orleans is Sinking"? Blew me away why they didn't??? They also did not play "Ahead By A Century", which, in my opinion is one of their greater tunes as a testimonial to what they can do in a more acoustic sense.
Not sure if that was one of the tracks that I included on the "sample Kimbaman" disc I sent out or not, but if it was, check it out...the damn thing has legs and is worthy of listen.
By the way, I checked out your video inclusion of you and the band playing...HOLY SHIT ON A STICK BUDDY!!!!!! You sure know how to rock and are far and away one helluva performer! The music is GREAT...and the sound was fantastic. I would love to see you guys doing a Quo track. I have to tell ya, you have the Southern Rock sound down to a science my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me wonder why the hell I still live so far North as I do.....hahahahaha.
Seriously...I wasn't expecting such talent...not to take anything away, but you do know your chops when it comes to playing music...my hat goes off to you my friend! YOU ARE GREAT!
Uhhmm...I guess that means that I have to go easier on you should we do the political dance once again Eh?....hahahahaha. For what it's worth, I do believe that I have slid a wee bit further to the "right" shall we say, sooooo, perhaps we may be kindred spirits more so than we realized over the last number of years, in regards to politics? Music on the other hand...well, we're still "brothers from another mother" so to speak and I doubt that there'd be very little in terms of tussling in the bedroom before "mom" came in and said...."OKAY YOU TWO ASSHOLES GET TO SLEEP"....hahahahahahahahahaha.
Thanks for the response Jesse, good to hear from you and I sure hope that all is going good for you and that you are doing well my friend.
As stated, I'll try and frequent this great site more than I have in past.
Thanks for the compliments, Kim! I appreciate it. I work hard to learn shit. I always have a chip on my shoulder that I'm never good enough. It's always great when I talk to someone who gets what we do. I got some more video footage from that day that I'm gonna put up soon. Including The Shambles Band, where I play bass for original Rock'n Roll. Also an Aerial reunion, Aerial being the band that the other 2 members of the Shambles were in from 1990-1992. Also an orginal band. Sound a little bit like Axe IMO. Also gonna put up Decoy Clone. Another cover band featuring a former bass player for the Shambles. Incredible talent! Remind me this winter (when I have time) to send you a few CDs of our original music.
Once again, great to hear from you. I am working on some more top tens lists, I've been slacking over the summer
The nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are in, and for the fourth consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote right here for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the ballots that determine the Class of 2015.
As Rolling Stone first reported, nominees for the Hall's next class include Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, Chic, Steve Miller, Chicago, Chaka Khan, the Spinners, Cheap Trick, the Cars, the J.B.'s, Los Lobos and Yes.
In order to be eligible for this year’s ballot, artists or bands need to have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier.
Good to see you, Kim! Did they play "New Orleans Is Sinking?" It's the only song of theirs I really know.....and I only know that one because you sent it to me along with your Status Quo starter kit a few years ago.
Bummer. All our rock'n roll heroes are dropping fast. And relatively young too. I mean, not that 65 is young, but most people today are living into their 70's, while rockers don't seem to make it much past 60. :/
I don't know about everyone else, but school started this week in my area, so how about our favorite songs about school?
10-Teacher, Teacher by 38 Special 9-My Old School by Steeley Dan 8-I Love You Period by Dan Baird 7-Between High School And Old School-Alice Cooper 6-Waitin' For The Bus-ZZ Top 5-Smokin' In The Boys Room by Brownsville Station 4-Magic Bus by The Who 3-Hot For Teacher by Van Halen 2-School's Out by Alice Cooper 1-Another Brick In The Wall (part 2) by Pink Floyd