Artist: This might be cheating a little, my pick is Arnaldo Baptista, but as a member of Os Mutantes. As a solo artist, meh. One very decent/good album and not much else, so that's why I chose Os Mutantes' version of Arnaldo as my A artist.
Album: Abbey Road is easily my favorite with the letter A. Well, every time a letter matches a Beatles album, that's probably going to be my choice.
Song: Tough one, so many options. Today I'm going with A Day In The Life. I don't think I have to explain this one...
The picks could've been totally different depending on the day though, these choices are more about what I'm remembering and feeling about them at the moment. Just to name a few songs that I instantly thought about:
The Beatles - Ask Me Why The Beatles - And Your Bird Can Sing The Beach Boys - All Summer Long (was likely going to be the one had I not remembered ADITL) The Beach Boys - All I Wanna Do The Doors - Alabama Song George Harrison - All Things Must Pass Paul McCartney - Another Day
I didn't pick Abbey Road since it had already been mentioned, otherwise it would be my #1. How did I forget about the Beach Boys on a Beach Boys message board? I think All I Wanna Do might win out over At Last, but it is a close one. I guess I needed more coffee!
OK, completing my offering, I am whittling down my song list to one, Bill Ricchini's lovely "Angela," from his similarly lovely album Tonight I Burn Brightly. (Really worth a listen!) And I'm adding my artist choice. I enjoy some AC/DC, some Aerosmith. Not so much the Allman Bros. I almost went with Paul "Ace" Frehley. But instead I'm picking a dark horse candidate.
Artist: Arab Strap
Album: Abbey Road - Beatles Song: Angela - Bill Ricchini
Arab Strap are a Scottish duo who mix electronic music with live guitars and mostly spoken, or a kind of sing-speak hybrid, recitation of lyrics. And what lyrics! It's a blur of parties, after-parties, booze, drugs, and all-around debauchery. And they're hilarious. I learned of them in the early '00s when I was big into Scottish indie scene, with them, Belle & Sebastian the Delgados, and others. Here is a video that gives the idea maybe better than all my writing ever could, the glorious "The Shy Retirer."
Wow, 'A' is really slim pickings for artists. Songs? There are SO many great ones. I think I'll attempt not to repeat any selections by others. So, with AC/DC and Abbey Road removed from contention, here are my selections:
Album: A Hard Day's Night or Another Side of Bob Dylan or All Summer Long
Song: "Across the Universe" or "American Girl" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Artist: the toughest letter, I'd bet, with the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Byrds as towering classics and Big Star as a perennial dark horse, Beastie Boys as an early rap classic, Beck, Ben Folds Five and Belle & Sebastian as important GenX acts, Beyonce as maybe the biggest pop solo star of the past 20 years, plus plenty of other great bands. It has to be the Beatles for me.
Album: Blonde on Blonde
Song: Ballad of Mr. Steak. OK, this isn't the best song or even my favorite song starting with B. There are so many! But it's a relatively recent (2014) tune that I LOVED, I think it's just irrepressibly fun, and I wish it were a classic. So to me, it's a classic. Kishi Bashi's "The Ballad of Mr. Steak" from his album Lighght. ("Mr. Steak, you're Grade A"? BOOOO! LOL.)
By the way, there are a LOT of "Ballad of/in" songs! My iTunes alone has about 20, and it represents maybe 1/5 of my overall pop/rock music collection. Dylan, Beatles, George Harrison, Herman Dune, Mountain Goats, Big Star, Father John Misty, The Late BP Helium, Aidan Moffat, Beulah, the Byrds ... who doesn't have a "Ballad of..."?
Artist: The Beatles (Since The Beach Boys was already mentioned! ) Album: Berlin (Lou Reed). The album is a downer and intense and I love it. Song: Brick (Ben Folds). One of the saddest songs I have ever heard and I think it is brilliant in capturing the emotions of a couple dealing with an abortion.
Artist: The Beatles. The Beach Boys is definitely a close second, but, y'know, it´s The Beatles.
Album: The first one that comes to my mind is Band On The Run. This will be my pick unless I remember a B album I like better. EDIT: How did I forget about the white album??? It was nice while it lasted, Band On The Run.
Song: The Zombies - Beechwood Park. Amazing track from their album Odessey & Oracle, that has been on my top 10 albums of all time for years now. There's also a song from the same album, Brief Candles, that almost ended up being my pick for B song.
--- A few honourable mentions off the top of my head:
The Beatles - Boys The Beatles - Because The Beatles - Blue Jay Way The Doors - Break On Through George Harrison - Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp Tame Impala - Be Above It
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Jul 8, 2021 17:01:22 GMT
Artist - the brothers Bouchard, Al and Joe, the original drummer and bass player of Blue Oyster Cult, and what a duo they were!
Song - Big Bang Baby by Stone Temple Pilots, and I am obsessed by this song, big time, I'm talking "Be My Baby"-like. I can't stop listening to this song; that bridge of "Nothing is free, nothing is free, take it away boys..." is spectacular.
Album - Butts Band - the self-titled first album by the group formed by Robby Krieger and John Densmore after the breakup of The Doors, and possibly one of the worst names for any band in the rock era. I STILL don't know how they came up with that name.
Kapitan: Yes, let's keep it going. If you're not sure which years we've covered, check the first post of the thread: I've edited it to list each year we've touched upon.
Sept 22, 2021 13:10:08 GMT
jk: If no one jumps in soon, I'll go for 1997, which is 13 years back from 2010. Fact is, we haven't had a '90s year yet.
Sept 22, 2021 13:46:32 GMT
Kapitan: No, but we do have a whole '90s thread that covered a lot of that territory. (In fact, that's what inspired the idea, to some extent)
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:28 GMT
Kapitan: Not that I'm opposed to a '90s year, mind you
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:58 GMT
jk: I see where you're coming from, Cap'n. I even did a double-take when looking through 1997 albums and songs (these look familiar!). My next suggestion is that we go back 13 years from 1972 to 1959.
Sept 22, 2021 17:04:34 GMT
jk: OK, it's one of the "doldrum years" but it was crammed full of goodies that even register with folks who weren't born for another 20 years. Of course, if anyone has a better idea, I'm all for it.
Sept 22, 2021 17:05:59 GMT
Kapitan: That would make sense; we also haven't really touched the early to mid 80s, which I'm sure people (mostly) recall. And of course EVERY year in the '60s seems loaded...
Sept 22, 2021 17:06:53 GMT
jk: Yes, the early-ish '80s also came to mind. But let's see who else joins in...
Sept 22, 2021 17:08:04 GMT
Kapitan: So far we've had me, jk, kds, and carllove choosing years. Would love to expand that circle.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:20 GMT
Kapitan: Which, I guess with four of us so far, is more a square.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:38 GMT
jk: Ha, yes. Sheriff? B.E.? sockit? The Kid?... We'll see.
Sept 22, 2021 17:16:41 GMT
The Cincinnati Kid: I might come up with something. I love those kind of threads, but am terrible in participating. I still haven't posted anything for 2010.
Sept 22, 2021 19:26:41 GMT
lonelysummer: 1959 is a doldrums year? Hmm....
Sept 22, 2021 19:44:28 GMT
jk: That's what they say... you know, that period from *cough* "the day the music died" to the arrival of the British Invasion. Like you, I couldn't agree less with that notion, hence the inverted commas!
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:30 GMT
Kapitan: I assume he means the stereotype that between early rock and roll and the British Invasion, nothing happened. But that it was in quotes (plus his actual comments) make me think it was an ironic usage.
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:54 GMT
Kapitan: Whoops, near-simultaneous post. But it confirms my suspicion.
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:21 GMT
jk: Great minds and all that!
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:34 GMT
sockit: I would like to showcase the year 1983. That's the year I graduated high school and I was all in on what was current.
Sept 23, 2021 0:07:54 GMT
carllove: I was in College then. Sounds like a good year! Go for it! It’s a group effort!
Sept 23, 2021 4:31:48 GMT
carllove: BTW - I’d be down for 90’s years. I like the years being broken out. Meanwhile we can move to 1983 with sockit’s help. 1972 has ended its interest.
Sept 23, 2021 4:34:56 GMT