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The Who Vs. Elton John: "Pinball Wizard"

One of the most iconic riffs on acoustic guitar of all-time is the introduction to The Who's "Pinball Wizard."  Originally written and recorded for the 1969 Rock Opera, Tommy (the song was track #3 on side 3 of the two-record set), it was also recorded in 1975 by Elton John for the Tommy movie soundtrack.  Here's the big question: Which version is better, the original or the cover?  We shall listen to each and discuss below.

The Who Vs. Elton John: "Pinball Wizard"

Rock Quote Of the Day: Max Weinberg (E-Street Band Drummer)

"I have to give my family credit for putting up with the racket, because as some of you may know, its not the easiest thing in the world to live with a kid who's trying to become a rock and roll drummer."

Greatest Love Song Line Ever (Pt. 1): "Wichita Lineman"

You may or may not know this song, by Glen Campbell, but the line: "And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time" is one of the greatest lines ever in a love song.  It hits you emotionally, because the song is so powerful, and it hits you in the brain.  It's like math.  It's a line probably a million songwriters wish they'd written.  Alas, only one did.  Here it is in context.  More words below.  What do you think?

Cover Me: Elton John & Two Rooms (Elton John Cover Compilation)

Back in 1991, an album called Two Rooms was released.   It was a tremendously successful compilation "celebrating the songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin (Elton's co-songwriter for many, many years)."  The album was so successful, it spawned countless imitators in the genre.  The trend of cover albums still goes on today.  In Two Rooms, artists ranging from Eric Clapton to The Beach Boys to Hall & Oates covered John/Taupin songs.  Which were better - the originals or the covers?

Forgotten Cut: "Kiss You All Over" (Exile)

This is the only hit song Exile ever released in the U.S., reaching #1 in 1978.  It was preceded by "Boogie Oogie Oogie" (A Taste Of Honey) and followed by Nick Gilder's "Hot Child In The City."  The cool things of "Kiss You All Over"?  Two lead singers, some great harmony, and a tremendous bridge at 3:16 in the song.  Do you remember this one?

Rocker You Don't Know: Sax Guy Phil Kenzie

You probably never heard the name Phil Kenzie before.  For those of you who listened relentlessly to The Eagles Live back in 1980/1981, his name rings a bell.  Phil Kenzie was a cool, smooth sax player who added some amazing solos to three particular performances, some of which you may know, by The Eagles, Poco, and Al Stewart.  Still lost?  Listen below and find your way.

Rocker You Don't Know: Sax Guy Phil Kenzie

2 More Great Songs About Being Trapped, Stuck And No Way Out

We compiled a list of 77 songs HERE that people like you and me can refer to when we're feeling alone, stuck in a rut, trapped in a life or a moment in which we may not have the answer yet for escape.  The Top 10 of the 77 songs were laid out for you HERE.  We missed 2 great ones that should have made, if not the Top 10, the Top 12.  Look below and see if you agree.

Underrated: Paul Carrack

We've written about underrated lords of rock here before, including such notables as Todd Rundgren HERE and Benjamin Orr of the Cars HERE.  There's somebody else the world should pay homage to, and that is Paul Carrack.  For those who don't know the name, you know the voice.  He's sung "Tempted" by Squeeze, "How Long" by Ace (one-hit wonder), and "Silent Running" by Mike + The Mechanics.  But he's done more than that.

Forgotten Cut: "Arrow Through Me" (Paul McCartney)

Taken from McCartney's 1979 album, Back To The Egg.  Not his best album, but it did feature two great cuts, this and "Getting Closer."  If you ever saw a 1980 movie starring Chevy Chase and Benji (the dog) called Oh Heavenly Dog, you heard this song played during the opening credits.  At least that's what I recall.  Anyway, just listen, okay?

 

Hanging Out With David + Dave - All The Interviews

On most Monday nights, you can come back here to watch Hanging Out With David + Dave Live.  These are live-streamed interviews with musicians, entrepreneurs, and people of interest.  You can see the full list (frequently updated) below.  Just click on the interview that is most interesting to you and, voila! (that's Portugese for, "Smack!"), you'll see some smart talk.  Well, you'll see smart people (some of them) moving their jaws and mouths.  You'll hear them talking.  And that's what Hanging Out is all about.  Join us, yes?

Trapped II: 77 Songs About Being Stuck And No Way Out

We wrote HERE about the top 10 songs dealing with being trapped and stuck with no way out.  The 77 songs below expand greatly on that list.  The diversity of artists is, well, diverse.  From Elvis to Pearl Jam, from Anita Baker to Anthrax.  You'll hate some songs.  You'll love others.  Give it a shot, huh? 

Trapped: Songs About Being Stuck And No Way Out

Why this list?  Who knows.  I guess you could just as well ask whyanybody wrote these songs in the first place.  The point is, people feel trapped at times in their jobs, in their relationships, in their way of life.  There have been lots of songs about this, some on the positive side ("Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis & The News) and some negative ("Better Man" by Pearl Jam).  We'll lay out the best ones below for you to watch and see.

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