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Random Notes: Bringing the Dirty Back

I figured Bruno Mars had the goods ever since I saw him performing Barrett Strong’s “Money” on video a couple of years ago. But his earlier records, even the best of them, didn’t prepare me for how intense and beautifully … Continue reading

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Random Notes #4

The Psychedelic Furs “High Wire Days” 1984 Music attaches itself to memory and emotion in odd ways, sometimes rising up in unexpected places, and making unexpected connections. I was a big fan of The Psychedelic Furs in the ’80s, but … Continue reading

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Random Notes #3

Radioactive Cats “Bed Of Roses” 1991 I am not a fan of hair metal. In the late ’80s nothing would make me change the channel faster than Motley Crue, Poison, Skid Row, Whitesnake, or just about anyone else in the … Continue reading

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Random Notes #2

Richard and Linda Thompson “A Heart Needs a Home” 1975 The story goes that when the Thompson’s were halfway into the recording of their second album, Hokey Pokey, Richard was struck by some form of emotional crisis. The despair that … Continue reading

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Random Notes #1

Frank Sinatra “If I Had You” 1962 In terms of the lyric, there’s no reason why this can’t be a happy song, and that’s the way Sinatra had recorded it in 1957 for his album A Swingin’ Affair. Five short … Continue reading

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