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Here’s a music video I was in. From 1987. That’s older than a fair number of people reading this, I know. 

I’m playing bass in the video—check out the proto-mullet—but I am pretty sure I played guitar on the track. I’m absolutely sure we were high as balls throughout this shoot.

XTC - Here Comes President Kill Again
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Here Comes President Kill Again // XTC

Here comes President Kill again
Surrounded by all of his killing men
Telling us who, why, where and when
President Kill wants killing again



Hot damn.


Here’s the (one, singular, only) good thing I saw today. I feel I should share.

In My Time Of Dying // Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes

Sunday morning sacred music: a balls-to-the-wall jam from one of the guys on the Mt. Rushmore of guitarists, backed by the best rock and roll band of the last 25 years.

You should watch it all, but if you can’t, Chris Robinson executes one of the great rock screams of all time around 7:12.

Survivor - Poor Man's Son
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Poor Man’s Son // Survivor

It sucks that Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison died suddenly the other day. I’ve heard he was a really good guy. 

And I was looking for a song to post, but, you know, Truthful Tuesday? Just between us cats? I prefer the earlier, grittier stuff with Dave Bickler on vocals. Like this. 

Buffalo Tom - Summer
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Summer // Buffalo Tom

The virtual Sunday that marks the end of summer can suck it vigorously.

Summer’s gone, a summer song
You’ve wasted every day, every day
Summer’s gone, wipe it off my hands
Write it in the sand, in the sand

Peter Gabriel - Here Comes The Flood
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Here Comes The Flood // Peter Gabriel

The season is changing, has changed. I arose and showered in the dark. It’s still dark. Gonna be dark for a while.

Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn
They’ll use up what we used to be.

Muse - Explorers
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Explorers // Muse

I’ve been listening a lot to The 2nd Law lately (skipping past the dubstep nonsense, of course). It’s incredible, really. Like Queen on anabolic steroids. Matthew Bellamy’s voice stuns and amazes me.

And I don’t know a lot about his background as a songwriter, but listening to this, it seems pretty clear he was classically trained and is a particular fan of Romantic composers. I hear Rachmaninoff and Liszt. It’s lovely.

(The lyrics, though…dude…)

Queen - Spread Your Wings
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Spread Your Wings // Queen

(Queen power ballads) > (all other power ballads)

Thompson Twins - Doctor! Doctor!
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Doctor! Doctor! // Thompson Twins

No, really. Stay with me on this.

Last night I was watching Fallon and wondering, “who’s the white guy with the guitar, sitting in with The Roots?” Then going to or coming out of a break, he sang a song I kind of recognized, and another, then another. Dim memories; not clear “oh, yeah, that!” but clearly something that had imprinted on me somewhere in the foggy past.

Later, Jimmy said he is Tom Bailey, lead singer of Thompson Twins. I can be forgiven for not recognizing him. His look has changed a little. And, frankly, I was never a big consumer of his work. I am very much on the record as having a different view of “80s music” than what is modal in popular culture. I have my preferences, and they are not…this.

But god dammit if this guy didn’t plant hooks in my head 30 years ago that, even after zero exposure in the interim, are still rattling around up there somewhere. I have to give credit where it’s due: this is fine pop songcraft, the dude can really sing, and the warmth of those synth tones could cleave glaciers.

And if he’s good enough for the freaking Roots, he has earned another listen from me, for sure.

Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
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Al Green | How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

I had no idea Al Green covered this. Beautiful.

Concrete Blonde - God Is A Bullet
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God Is A Bullet // Concrete Blonde

Have mercy on us, everyone

I Heard It Through The Grapevine (isolated vocal) // Marvin Gaye

Never mind the silly 70s lip sync video. Just listen to one of the greatest voices in the history of popular music. Here’s a song I thought I was tired of hearing but this is like a sunlight and oxygen cocktail. It made me feel a little better, maybe it will you, too.

Tony Rogers (with Marisa Fiorito) - Sun Gonna Come
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Sun Gonna Come // Tony Rogers (with Marisa Fiorito)

Hey, guys. Hey. I made a music.

Actually, my friend Tony technically “made” it, what with the writing and producing and all, but that’s me on guitar. It’s good music for a warm, summery Friday afternoon, I think.

You can check out the rest of his stuff here. I’m on a lot of it.

Led Zeppelin - Custard Pie
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Custard Pie // Led Zeppelin


I ain’t no stranger, I been this way before.