Late Night Music Open Thread – Alternative Rock Edition

My entry:

Whatchu got that I ain’t got?

Totally unrelated, but am I the only one with duct tape over my macbook camera because I am terrified of turning the camera on accidentally or of hackers accessing my laptop?

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    Michael G says:

    My personal SXSW “discovery”: Alt-J, Breezeblocks

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Live Pixies.

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    Schlemizel says:

    The Motor City Meathead has only 5 days left to keep the promise he made a year ago:

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    Alison says:

    Oh man, you just sent me down my goth club memory lane :) I still <3 Siouxsie so much.

    Another stop on that lane

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    Yutsano says:

    @Schlemizel: He’s gonna flake on us ain’t he? Fucking Republican, can’t trust their word for nothin’.

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    Goblue72 says:

    Only thing I gotta say is: GO BLUE!

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    Steeplejack says:


    From your photos, it looks like you have duct tape over all your cameras.

    ETA: At least you didn’t say “duck tape,” so there’s that.

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    TooManyJens says:

    I use the camera sometimes to Skype and such, so I just keep a Post-it over it the rest of the time.

    Though I’m told that the Macbook camera is now wired in such a way that it’s impossible for the camera to be on without the light also coming on. I don’t know if that’s true, but it would be nice.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Totally unrelated, but am I the only one with duct tape over my macbook camera because I am terrified of turning the camera on accidentally or of hackers accessing my laptop?

    No, I know of others. I just try to dress well and make sure I have a recent shave if I use my laptop. One wants to look one’s best.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Everything I think is alt rock is apparently light lite FM, so I’ve got nothing.

    Lemongrass, “Sunrise on Fujiyama.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Early Ministry.

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    mai naem says:

    I read somewhere that Siouxsie now lives in the South of France and still gets recognized occasionally by her fans. I personally am just amazed that somebody would recognize somebody who’s not really been in the public eye for over fifteen years and that when they were in the public eye, they had a ton of wild make up and clothes.

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    Steeplejack says:

    BiD with Seu Jorge, “E Depois.”

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    Nutella says:

    Probably you’re the only one with duct tape. I’ve got a post-it covering mine.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Pauline Croze, “Tita.”

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    lojasmo says:

    Just watched David Byrne’s TED speech on writing music for spaces. Very cool.

    Yes, you are the only one, Cole.

    Edit function sucks

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    joel hanes says:


    Except it’s no good on ducts, can’t stand heat,
    and is originally and properly called “Duck Tape”
    for its water-resistance ?

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    Jack Canuck says:

    Ah, Siouxsie. What’s not to like? My contribution:

    Some old Peter Murphy

    and some new Peter Murphy

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    Jack Canuck says:


    David Byrne’s book ‘How Music Works’ is excellent, well worth picking up if you haven’t already.

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    handy says:

    John Cole I love you man! What a great song.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Buffalo Springfield, “Pretty Girl Why.”

    Stephen Stills was name-checked in Prometheus tonight. WTF?

    The minstrel boy has gone to war now
    burdened with his father’s sword

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    Alison says:

    @mai naem: But even without a full face of make-up, she’s pretty singular looking :)

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Just Another Day Oingo Boingo

    yeah it’s old. so am I.

    Dead Man’s Party same band, with 80’s fashion and a hot tub! eta: plus Rodney Dangerfield o.O

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Alternative equaled college radio back in the 80s. And where did one find those college stations? On the Left of the Dial.

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    Mnemosyne (iPhone) says:

    I don’t know how well this link will work from my iPhone, but I’ve fallen back in love with the Waterboys’ “The Whole of the Moon”:

    Visit with my widowed mom is going well so far, but tomorrow I have to discuss memorial details with her. Blech.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @joel hanes:

    “Duck tape” was originally an older, cloth-based product. Jack Kahl brought back the (newly trademarked) term as a marketing gimmick in the ’70s.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    From a little later: Afghan Whigs, 66.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Brazilian Lounge Project, “A View to a Kill.”

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Herman Brood Saturday Night

    Marianne Faithful Why’d Ya Do It?

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    Seanly says:

    Throwing Muses – Kristin Hersh has been a major influence to a whole lot of major modern music. Her half-sister Tanya Donnelly was in the band for the first few albums.


    Jane’s Addiction

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Juliana Hatfield covering the Lemonheads.

    @dance around in your bones: Oh god, Marianne. Try this one; I think it is stunning.

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    Jack Canuck says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone):

    “The Whole of the Moon” is one of my favourite albums. There’s such a sense of … I don’t know, celebration? in the music. I’ve loved that one since my brother gave it to me for Christmas in 1985, and it’s been getting quite a bit of play just recently. Along with their “A Rock in the Weary Land” when I’m in a grimmer mood. Mike Scott was definitely not in a happy place when he made that album: check out the video for Let It Happen (

    Sorry to hear about the family situation; hope it goes as well as that kind of thing ever can.

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    Karmus says:

    Totally unrelated, but am I the only one with duct tape over my macbook camera because I am terrified of turning the camera on accidentally or of hackers accessing my laptop?

    Prolly. I keep Silly Putty over mine.

    All right, it’s all lies. I don’t own a macbook, and I haven’t had any Silly Putty in years.

    … I need to buy some more Silly Putty. Guess I can live without a macbook.

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    @Seanly: Throwing Muses – Bright Yellow Gun, and Belly – Slow Dog. Tanya Donelly was also in the Breeders for one of their albums.

    ETA: I should mention that Donelly was not in Throwing Muses for that album.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Italian band Goldfinger (with Hammond organ).

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    slag says:

    Totally unrelated, but am I the only one with duct tape over my macbook camera because I am terrified of turning the camera on accidentally or of hackers accessing my laptop?

    I couldn’t bring myself to put duct tape on my macbook. So, I’ve got a thick vinyl sticker.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Lene Lovich Lucky Number

    The Roches You’re the Two

    just to complete the theme :)

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    MikeJ says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Juliana Hatfield covering the Lemonheads.

    Did she do backing on the original? I know she was on My Drug Buddy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: That whole bunch out of Boston was weird and talented.

    @MikeJ: She was involved (in a weird way) with Evan Dando from the Lemonheads for quite a while. Dando had problems; Hatfield had sexual hang-ups. It made for good music. She may well have done harmony on the original.

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    Jack Canuck says:

    Okay, you people need to stop posting links to my favourite bands, or I’m never gonna get any work done here! Did you ever see the Chameleons live, either first time around or in their reprise in the early 2000s? Caught them twice on that go around, and they were awesome live.

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    Alison says:

    @Jack Canuck: I did not, and that makes me sad.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Nick Drake, “River Man.”

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    Jack Canuck says:

    @Alison: There’s a good double live album from the later period, well worth getting (and maybe a DVD too?). And Mark Burgess’s autobiography is good reading for fans of the band (though I imagine Dave Fielding would have a very different take on events!).

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    handy says:


    Great songs!

    OK I’ll contribute one. Kinda new but totally an earworm for me right now.

    Trojans – Atlas Genius

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    MikeJ says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: She and I share a birthday. I’ve had a crush on her since I saw Blake Babies opening for Camper Van Beethoven.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: Donelly is also married to one of Juliana Hatfield’s former band mates, too. Small world there in Boston.

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    handy says:

    All this talk about 90s era Boston alt-rock got me thinking of another one:

    I’m Allowed – Buffalo Tom

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It’s so interesting to contrast her early lovely young voice with her later gravelly ciggie/smack voice. I think I like the latter better.

    I just love the fury in her voice in Why’d Ya Do It.

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    Steeplejack says:

    School Food Punishment, “You May Crawl.”

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    MikeJ says:

    @handy: Get some seaweed and clove cigarettes and it’ll smell just like the Channel in here.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: So that’s basically Jet Boy Jet Girl with nonsensical French lyrics?

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    How about some late 60s Boston alt-rock?

    The Red Sox Are Winning – Earth Opera

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    Alison says:

    @Jack Canuck: Cool, thanks for the info :)

    Have to put this one out there too, of course

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @handy: If we are going to talk about alt-rock from Boston, we need to name check the Modern Lovers. Richman, of course. Jerry Harrison to the Talking Heads. David Robinson to the Cars. And this.

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    Steeplejack says:

    In memory of Matoko_chan: Tank!, “Theme from Cowboy Bebop.” She was this blog’s Edward.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: Yeah, I prefer Marianne’s voice later in her life.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Steeplejack: Does that make Tunch Einie?

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Duct tape must be the redneck solution. ;p I use a piece of black electrical tape.

    It looks more fashionable.

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    Jack Canuck says:

    The Church – Ripple

    Dead Can Dance – Rakim (live) I saw them on this tour a few nights later, and it remains one of the top three gigs I’ve ever been to.

    And Also The Trees – Shaletown
    Probably my favourite band overall, despite having been criminally overlooked over a thirty year history.

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    MikeJ says:

    Mary Lou Lord is also from Boston, and beats everyone at the namecheck game.

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    Steeplejack says:

    The Pernice Brothers, “There Goes the Sun.”

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Mnemosyne (iPhone):

    I love The Waterboys and this one of my favorite songs.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Possibly. Maybe Rosie.

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    Please God don’t let me end up like Jonathan Richman. Nerf Herder, haha.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    The Ballad of Lucy Jordan Thelma and Louise

    The Ballad of Lucy Jordan pure Marianne style

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: Lucy Jordan and Conversation on a Bar Stool are my two favorite songs that she has done.

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    Yutsano says:

    Yes it’s Jared Leto’s ego band. But I kinda like the video for it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Mink DeVille, Spanish Stroll.

    ETA: Or this: Let Me Dream If I Want To (Amphetamine Blues). This song just stuns me every time I hear it.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Alt rock 40 years ago: Jesse Colin Young, “Ridgetop.” This one’s for Dance Around in Your Bones.

    Okay, a two-fer: Van Morrison, “Redwood Tree.”

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    @Yutsano: I’d rather listen to the Killing Joke song of the same name.

    ETA: That whole Killing Joke album is awesome.

    Another killer track from the same album: Eighties.

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    piratedan says:

    ok…… late to thread but pretty sure I still got game….

    perhaps this will be your next ear worm…..

    and this forgotten gem

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    suzanne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: DAMN. You and I have amazingly similar taste. Those Afghan Whigs and Husker Du tracks are two of my favorites.

    My contribution: New Order, Crystal.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @JGabriel: The Talking Heads could do no wrong.

    Tom Tom Club, either :)

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    Steeplejack says:


    “Working Girl.” Hilarious. Had a great video with it back in the day.

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    ruemara says:

    1. I love that song. 2. yes. yes you are.

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    piratedan says:

    @Steeplejack: hey, after Volume and Digital, needed something a tad less serious. Glad I could spark a smile and a fond memory.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @suzanne: Well, when you are right, you are right.

    @Omnes Omnibus: Okay, so I think Louise Wener is a bit of a babe. I still like the song. Sue me.

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    trollhattan says:

    Siouxsie? Hadn’t thought about her in years. Thread needs some Annabella.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @JGabriel: Going old school. Respect.

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    piratedan says:

    @trollhattan: if you’re gonna trot out Annabella, I have to counter with Holly……

    although I am more partial to Honalu myself, thought this was more accessible.

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    piratedan says:

    @JGabriel: never understood why mussels was more popular than Another Nail in my heart myself, but I still believe that Argybargy is an incredibly underrated album.

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    I think the Republica video is designed to give epileptics seizures.

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    JGabriel says:

    @handy, @dance around in your bones, @JGabriel: Thanks, all. Former College Radio DJ ’83-87, kept up with the scene.


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    suzanne says:

    Okay, everyone else is posting three links….why do I get sent to moderation purgatory?

    You all really wanted to hear those Calexico, Massive Attack, and Portishead songs I posted, too.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @piratedan: Not a bad song on it. I do agree with you that “Another Nail…” was the masterpiece.

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    @suzanne: I have been limiting myself to two, for that reason. I have no idea.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @suzanne: A reply counts as a link.

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    JGabriel says:


    never understood why mussels was more popular than Another Nail in my heart …

    At the time, it wasn’t. They were both considered equally great, at least at my station.


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    piratedan says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: it’s still my fave Squeeze song although I do have a great deal of fondness for Messed Around and Labelled With Love are strong contenders for the title.

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    JGabriel says:

    @suzanne: Yes, we did.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    Butthole Surfers


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    piratedan says:

    @JGabriel: thnx JG, nice to know that others felt the same, though these days you predominantly hear Mussels over Nail (at least on XM alternative stations)….

    now something to make you roll your eyes back into your skulls…. a Stiff classic

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    Naked Raygun

    I Lie

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    suzanne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Oh, fuck. There are times I want to punch this blog in the face.

    @JGabriel: “The Rip”, “Protection”, and “All The Pretty Horses..

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    The Replacements

    Nightclub Jitters

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: The Wire ripoff? Elastica has good stuff like Stutter. Justine was kind of a stunner as well.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    The Dream Syndicate

    Then She Remembers

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    Yutsano says:

    Might not fit the theme. But it fits my mood. Plus OO might appreciate some Kimberly Perry.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: Justine Frischmann is definitely a looker. That is a better song, too, I should have thought of it.

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    piratedan says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: she was a very attractive lady….

    and because you mentioned her, here’s a link to one of my all time favorite Rock and Roll sites….

    with her band on the tree natch….

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    dance around in your bones says:

    I suppose this could be considered ‘alternate’ – funk, that is.

    Bring The Funk

    y’all guess who :)

    eta: I love these music threads.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    Destroy All Monsters


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: Sure, she’s pretty and all that, but do I sense anything dark and/or dangerous from her? No.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well wifey likes her, so I guess that’s something.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: She sounds like she sprang, fully formed, from a pod in Nashville.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: The last time I saw Clinton was in Columbus, Ohio, about 12 years ago. The best thing about the concert was the way the cops handled drug use. I saw a cop walk by a dude hitting a joint, and the cop’s response to say “Come on, have some respect. If you see me walking by, have the decency to hold the thing out of my sight.”

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    piratedan says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: great description, she has a good look and they have a nice sound though, perfect for the blend of Nashville and American Idol…. hard for me to get back in the game these days musically, still suffering from the delusion that all female and male country vocalists sound the same and have never been able to fully embrace Rap yet.

    but here’s another old gem from the dustbin…..

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Whoa, a cool cop at a Clinton concert? I guess he got the funk/skunk.

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    Steeplejack says:


    If you “reply” to someone, that counts as a link too.

    ETA: Way late catching up on the thread.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: I have always been the preppy guy who liked this girl.

    @dance around in your bones: Imagine the paperwork if he took in everyone…. He just wanted people to give him the respect of not obviously doing it in his face. Hypocrisy has its virtues.

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    If you want to see a seriously weird video from the early 80’s, I give you Blue Öyster Cult’s Joan Crawford.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    I’m out with two old-school late-night tunes for you.

    Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s: “Dirty Harri.”

    The Meters, “Stormy.”

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: So I guess he pretended he had no sense of smell.

    Every concert I ever went to, you could get high on the smell alone, not to mention the friendly people in the seats and rows next to you passing along the hand-rolled.

    @Steeplejack: Thanks, very nice – listening now. Sweet dreams!

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    Roland raised his thompson gun, he didn’t say a word, but he blew Van Owen’s body from here to Johannesburg.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Hole, Doll Parts.

    And so to bed….

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Steeplejack: Here I am re-reading and re-listening to this thread and somehow I missed these songs you offered to me. Thank you, once again – though I know you’re prolly asleep now like I ought to be.

    What the hell, tomorrow’s Sunday, I don’t have to get up early.

    eta: I listened to St. Dominic’s Preview obsessively back in the day.

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    seaboogie says:

    @joel hanes: Nope – originally called “duck” tape because the strengthening fibers are made of cotton “duck”, a fabric.

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    amk says:

    Here ya go, cole.

    Better stock up on that duct tape.

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    SGEW says:

    [A]m I the only one with duct tape over my macbook camera . . . ?

    You are not the only one: I too literally have a strip of duct tape over my macbook camera. (I use electrical tape on my iPhone.)

    But people think I’m a bit strange.

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    Ad Infinitus says:

    I use a couple Post-It chips, they don’t leave as much stickum on the lens when you peel them off.

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