The Abominable Showman

 

2017 was a blizzard of natural and man-made disasters. Not the least of which being the white collar looting and out-and-out lies of our newly (unpopular) elected president of the United States. We will be digging out from his self serving crimes, hate and bad decisions for generations to come. For that reason, I’m closing out the year with this, today’s Runner. If you listen all the way to the end, Nick Lowe will pose the musical question, What’s so Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding? Happy New Year all…let’s hope it’s not our last.

 

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The The – Soul Mining

 

I’m just a symptom of the moral decay
That’s gnawing at the heart of the country

The The’s 1983 debut fuses soul searching introspective lyrics with industrialized synth soundscapes to create a masterpiece in self-induced psychosocial warfare and urban decay. Well crafted, beautifully written, Soul Mining is a critical, possibly risky, 47 minute speculation in the exercise of the mind, body and soul. Let’s dance!

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky
This is the day your life will surely change
This is the day when things fall into place

 

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A Catholic Education

 

Today’s Runner is the debut album from Scottish band Teenage Fanclub. Sounding more like Grunge than their later cleaned up power pop sound, influences of Dinosaur Junior and Neil Young when playing with Crazy Horse are evident here in the buzzing guitar, Heavy Metal sound of A Catholic Education.  Definitely my favorite from these guys. It will rock your world.

Enjoy

 

 

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Life’s Rich Pageant

 

Fables follow-up, Life’s Rich Pageant offers solace. Begin the Begin. “We are young despite the years, we are hope despite the time … lift your arms up to the sky and ask the sky …” Look inside yourself for strength. “I am Superman and I can do anything…”

 

 

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Peter Gabriel

 

“. . . and the eyes of the world are watching now,
watching now.”

Come Spirit!

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Fables of the Reconstruction

 

Rock ‘n Roll music has always been a voice of self-consciousness and defiance. In the past it has called out abuse and questioned tyranny especially in the late 1960s and early 70s. It has rallied youth and provided a platform for generations to speak out against injustice, corruption and intolerance. Now especially is the time for underground American rock to reawaken. Who will be the new voice in these troubled times?

R.E.M’s Fables of the Reconstruction was one of the rural soundscapes of my youth in the 1980’s.

Here are a few other past trax that have shed some guiding light in darker times.
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
CSNY– 1974
Ian Hunter – Shrunken Heads
Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust
Utopia – Swing to the Right
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Billy Bragg –Talking to the Taxman about Poetry
R.E.M. – Document
Bob Dylan – Infidels
John Lennon – Imagine

Lets get together and listen to music. Lets speak up and speak out. Lets start a conversation and rally our voices.

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