Monday’s Music Moves Me Bloghop: Locations theme

Happy Monday! Today I’m taking part in a Blog Hop called Monday’s Music Moves Me. I visited my friend Mary’s blog at JingleJangleJungle today and discovered that she was honored with choosing the theme for this week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me. It’s a fun theme: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Songs that have Locations in the Title.

I thought of so many songs that I like with locations in the title that I decided to put a playlist together to share with you all. Here’s my list. Click into the YouTube video playlist and you can listen to the songs and check out the videos: some of them are pretty cool.

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

Waterloo by Abba

The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace

Jesus Just Left Chicago by ZZ Top

La Grange by ZZ Top

Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees

New York State of Mind by Billy Joel

Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Woman from Tokyo by Deep Purple

Philadephia Freedom by Elton John

Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel

Woodstock by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – EXCELLENT Woodstock video, for those of us who like to get retro. Check out this counterculture anthem!

Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell

Youngstown by Bruce Springsteen – I went to college at Youngstown State University in Ohio and Bruce’s song tells about the history of the town. When I was there in the early 80s, it was a sad city of shutdown steel mills and had the highest unemployment rate in the country at the time. The song highlights the situation.

My City Was Gone by The Pretenders  — This song doesn’t have an exact location in the title but it’s meaningful to me because as it’s a song about Chrissie Hynde’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. When I was away at college in Ohio, my friend Jeff told me that every time he heard that song it reminded him of me. So it’s very special to me.

I also wanted to include New York Minute by Don Henley but it has strict copyright restrictions so there was no YouTube video and I couldn’t include it in the playlist. But you can click here to give it a listen. It’s an excellent high quality version of the song so be sure to check it out. It’s worth it!

 

Hope you enjoy my Monday’s Music Moves Me playlist of Songs with Locations in the Title. Thanks to all the hosts and to Mary for the great theme!

 

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U is for Uriah Heep, U2 and Utopia

DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

U is for Uriah HeepMy very favorite song of all time is by Uriah Heep: Stealin’. I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard Uriah Heep fan, though they still have quite the cult following. I’m just really into this song:

Stealin’ – studio version, just the way I like it:

Uriah Heep in 1973

“Uriah Heep is an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the decade. Their progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Where did they get their name? Uriah Heep is the main antagonist character in the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield. Not exactly sure why they chose that particular character but the title of their debut album, Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble, references the signature phrase of the Dickens character Uriah Heep (“very ‘umble”). Interesting.

Stealin’, my favorite song and arguably the best known Uriah Heep song, is from their 1973 album Sweet Freedom. The song charted to #33 in the US and #18 in the UK. Here’s a decent 1973 live performance of the song. 1973 was when they were at the peak of their commercial success:

Easy Livin’ – the other Uriah Heep song I like. It’s from their 1972 Demons and Wizards album. “Easy Livin'” entered the US Top 40 at No. 39, making it Heep’s first and only American hit. “Easy Livin'” was also a mega hit in the Netherlands and Germany, countries which were becoming a strong market for the band.” Source: Album Wikipedia page. Here is a studio version (audio only):

Uriah Heep recently (June 2014) released their 24th studio album, Outsider. Long history!

 

 

U is for U2 – This outrageously successful Irish band is a powerhouse with its social and political statements. Frontman Bono (vocals and guitar) is known for his philanthropic projects and his incredible wealth. The last time I heard, he was one of the richest musicians ever. Bono has been U2’s frontman for thirty years and they have sold hundreds of millions of albums and seen BILLIONS from touring and merchandising revenues.

I thought the Letter U was going to be a skimpy post but with U2 in the mix, there will be a ton of music videos posted! U2 probably doesn’t need much description or explanation being that they are one of the biggest bands ever. There is a ton of history and discography which you can read all about at their Wikipedia page. Let’s get started with the music:

Sunday, Bloody Sunday – from U2’s War album, which was their first very overt political album, primarily because of this song and New Year’s Day. 1982 was a year wrought with warfare. One of U2’s most overtly political songs, its lyrics describe the horror felt by an observer of the Troubles (the ethno-nationalist conflict) in Northern Ireland, mainly focusing on the Bloody Sunday incident in Derry where British troops shot and killed unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders who were there to rally against internment (imprisonment without trial). Credit: Music video by U2 performing Sunday Bloody Sunday. (C) 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd:

New Year’s Day – written about the Polish Solidarity movement:

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Live from Milan, 2005:

Pride – Off the Unforgettable Fire album and written about Martin Luther King, Jr., the song received mixed critical reviews at the time, but it was a major commercial success for the band and has since become one of the band’s most popular songs. Music video by U2 performing Pride (In The Name Of Love). (C) 1984 Universal-Island Records Ltd:

Where the Streets Have No Name – from the Joshua Tree album. Because the making of this music video is so interesting, I’m posting the entire Wikipedia article section detailing it. Watch the video first, then read the story of the shoot below. I found it to be very intriguing and a win for artistic expression. Brilliant! (Credit: Music video by U2 performing Where the Streets Have No Name. (C) 1987 Universal-Island Records Ltd):

The video begins with an aerial shot of a block in Los Angeles, and clips of radio broadcasts are heard with disc jockeys stating that U2 is planning on performing a concert downtown and expecting crowds of 30,000 people. Police show up to the set and inform the band’s crew of the security issue that the film shoot is causing, due to the large number of people who are coming to watch the performance. Two minutes into the video, U2 are seen on the roof of a liquor store and perform “Where the Streets Have No Name” to a large crowd of people standing in the streets surrounding the building. Towards the end of the song, the police tell the crew that the performance is about to be shut down, and eventually police walk onto the roof while the crowd are booing the police.

The video for “Where the Streets Have No Name” was directed by Meiert Avis and produced by Michael Hamlyn and Ben Dossett. The band attracted over 1,000 people during the video’s filming, which took place on the rooftop of a liquor store in Downtown Los Angeles on 27 March 1987. The band’s performance on a rooftop in a public place was a reference to The Beatles’ final concert, as depicted in the film Let It Be.

During the shoot U2 played an eight-song set, which included four performances of “Where the Streets Have No Name”. Prior to filming, a week was spent reinforcing the roof of the liquor store to ensure it would not collapse if it were to be intruded by a group of fans. A backup generator was put on the roof so the shooting could continue in the event that the authorities shut off the power on the primary generator, which happened during filming.

The depiction of the police attempting to shut down the video shoot due to safety concerns actually happened during filming, just as seen in the video. Hamlyn was almost arrested following a confrontation with the police. According to Avis, the events depicted in the video show what actually happened that day “almost in real time”, and that “getting busted was an integral part of the plan.” Band manager Paul McGuinness revealed in 2007 that much of the confrontation with the police was exaggerated; the group were hoping to get shut down by the authorities in order to dramatize the music video, but the police continually gave them extensions for shooting the video. In the background of the video is a sign for The Million Dollar Hotel, which was rebuilt to create some interest, in case no one showed up at the film shoot. Although the video is of a live performance, the audio used is from the studio-recorded version of the song. The video won the Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

In God’s Country – Here’s a lyric video:

Two Hearts Beat as One – (Credit: Music video by U2 performing Two Hearts Beat As One: Video with The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen. (C) 1983 Universal-Island Records Ltd):

With or Without You – “Bono wrote the lyrics while struggling to reconcile his responsibilities as both a married man and a musician. His wanderlust in belonging to a musical act was often at odds with his domestic life. While writing the lyrics, he realized that neither facet of his life defined him, but rather the tension between the two did. He explained that the final lyric is about “torment” and how repressing desires only makes them stronger.” Source: Wikipedia (Credit: Music video by U2 performing With Or Without You. (C) 1987 Universal-Island Records Ltd):

One – (Credit: Music video by U2 performing One – Anton Corbjin Version. (C) 1992 Universal-Island Records Ltd):

Beautiful Day – (Credit: Music video by U2 performing Beautiful Day (C) 2000 Universal-Island Records Limited):

 

What other U2 songs would you have wanted to see here?

 

I’m stretching here, trying to recall any other bands beginning with the letter U that I particularly liked and pretty much Uriah Heep  and U2 are it. I remember UFO but I didn’t like any of their songs, although they sure had plenty of them. In case you aren’t aware, “UFO [is] an English heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1969. UFO became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. UFO were ranked No. 84 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.’” (Source: Wikipedia)

I guess I can list Utopia as there’s one song that I remember…Utopia concert ticket stub - 1980plus I came across a concert ticket stub but I can honestly say I don’t at all remember that show. No recollection whatsoever…

U is for UTOPIA  – Utopia and Todd Rundgren are intertwined, with Rundgren being front and center, calling the band “Todd Rundgren’s Utopia” for a time, until 1976 when the name changed to simply Utopia as stable assembly of members continued for a stretch of a few years. The band broke up in 1986, then briefly reunited in 1992. Then in 2011, the group became once again Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. You can read about their complicated history at their Wikipedia page.

Love is the Answer – from their Oops, Wrong Planet album, here is an appearance they did on the Mike Douglas Show in 1980. Utopia wrote the song but it failed to chart, until it was picked up by England Dan and John Ford Coley, when it became a hit. Here is the Utopia version:

Their next song was their only Billboard Top 40 hit, peaking at #27, and it came from their 1980 album Adventures in Utopia:

Set Me Free

 

 

That’s it for Letter U.  So tell us, what U bands would you have showcased?

 

 

N is for Nazareth, Neil Young, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and No Doubt!

DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

N is for Nazareth – One of my favorite Nazareth songs is the title track from the Hair of the Dog album. Love the beat in this song and I always find it a challenge to try to count how many times they say “Now you’re messin’ with a son-of-a-bitch.” Just how many times do they repeat that line? Play the song, try to do an accurate count and put your answer in the comments section below. I want to see if we come up with the same number!

Nazareth is a Scottish rock band, formed in 1968. They had several hits in the UK in the early 70s. They established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of the Dog.

Besides Hair of the Dog, there are a few songs that I like on that album. The other one that got tons of radio airplay is Love Hurts. It’s probably their biggest hit here in the US. This is Nazareth performing the song in 1976:

Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman is a fun song. And this video is pretty funny too. Not sure where all these photos came from but some of them are hilarious:

Beggars Day is another song that I really like.

Of course I have to be in a certain mood to listen to Nazareth. I have to be in a Hard-Rock frame of mind, otherwise it just gets on my nerves. You ever feel like that with music? I got chastised one day when I told my ex that I had to turn off Jimi Hendrix because the music was hurting my ears! It was like I had committed the ultimate sacrilege. There is a lot of music that I used to listen to when I was younger that I don’t care to listen to anymore. The Nazareth Hair of the Dog album was one of the many 8-tracks that I used to blast in my ’71 Monte Carlo. I just don’t see myself blasting Nazareth these days. Well, maybe Hair of the Dog. Yeah, definitely Hair of the Dog. But not the rest…

 

N is for Neil Young

Oh, how I love Neil Young! This Canadian-born singer/songwriter/musician moved to California in 1966 and co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield (with Stephen Stills) and in 1969, became the fourth member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (also known as CSNY). Since I’ve already covered Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield within other letters, I’ll just concentrate on Young’s solo career.

His second solo album is when he recruited and introduced his backup band Crazy Horse. The album was released in May of 1969 (“Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”). From Wikipedia: “Recorded in just two weeks, the album opens with one of Young’s most familiar songs, Cinnamon Girl, and is dominated by two more, Cowgirl in the Sand and Down by the River, that feature improvisations with Young’s distinctive electric guitar solos billowing out over the hypnotic Crazy Horse backing. Young reportedly wrote all three songs on the same day, while nursing a high fever of 103 °F (39 °C) in bed.” That’s pretty impressive. When I’m sick, all I want to do is sleep. I can’t imagine writing a song, let alone three hit songs!

Cinnamon Girl

Down By the River (from an Austin City Limits concert)

Cowgirl in the Sand (Live at Massey Hall, 1971)

I remember hearing that there were tensions and in-fighting while Young was with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Here’s the story as reported in Wikipedia: “Shortly after the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young reunited with Stephen Stills by joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, who had already released one album Crosby, Stills & Nash as a trio in May 1969. Young was originally offered a position as a sideman, but agreed to join only if he received full membership, and the group – winners of the 1969 “Best New Artist” Grammy Award – was renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The quartet debuted in Chicago on August 16, 1969, and later performed at the famous Woodstock Festival, during which Young skipped the majority of the acoustic set and refused to be filmed during the electric set, even telling the cameramen: “One of you fuckin’ guys comes near me and I’m gonna fuckin’ hit you with my guitar”. During the making of their first album, Déjà Vu (March 11, 1970), the musicians frequently argued, particularly Young and Stills, who both fought for control. Stills continued throughout their lifelong relationship to criticize Young, saying that he “wanted to play folk music in a rock band.” Despite the tension, Young’s tenure with CSN&Y coincided with the band’s most creative and successful period, and greatly contributed to his subsequent success as a solo artist.”

Other Neil Young favorites are:

Rockin in the Free World –  Taken from Wikipedia: “The lyrics criticize the George H. W. Bush administration, then in its first month, and the social problems of contemporary American life, directly referencing Bush’s famous “thousand points of light” remark from his 1989 inaugural address and his 1988 presidential campaign promise for America to become a “kinder, gentler nation.” Despite this, the song became the de facto anthem of the collapse of communism, because of its repeated chorus of ‘Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World’.

An edited version of the song accompanies the end credits of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. In the film, the phrase “That’s one more kid that’ll never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool,” which in the song references the second verse’s abandoned child, is used in reference to a young US soldier killed in Iraq.

The song is rated number 216 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time…”

This music video showcases great social commentary interspersed with concert footage:

After the Gold Rush –(from the Rust Never Sleeps album): live performance. I love his melodic piano and haunting harmonica in this song:

The Needle and the Damage Down – a song about heroin use and its effects on musicians: “…A lot of great art goes down the drain,” says Neil Young as he’s featured and performing the song on the Johnny Cash show:

Heart of Gold – an acoustic performance in 1971 at the BBC:

Like a Hurricane – from Live Rust:

Hey Hey My My (Into the Black) – Great concert video of Neil Young & Crazy Horse and elated fans, recorded on the “Ragged Glory” tour 1991:

Only Love Can Break Your Heart – from a recent performance at Carnegie Hall (NYC, January 9, 2014):

Harvest Moon – I love this song. The musical arrangement just makes me feel good. Hope it does you too!  Studio version, music video.© 2012 WMG:

 

N is for NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND an American Country-Folk-Rock band that was formed in California in 1966. It’s a band that went through at least a dozen changes in membership over the years, including changing the name from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to just Dirt Band and back to Nitty Gritty! Two band members who remained loyal and were part of each of the band’s incarnations was Jeff Hanna (guitars, vocals) and Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica, vocals).  The band is probably best known for its cover of the Jerry Jeff Walker song, Mr. Bojangles.

Here’s a performance of that song taken from the “Country Gold” fest in Mt. Aso, Kumamoto, Japan in 1990:

They are also known for the song Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Their 1972 album, with the same title, is a collaboration of bluegrass and country-western talent and musical greats. The history of this collaboration was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s desire to tie together two generations of musicians.

From Wikipedia: “The album’s title comes from a song by Ada R. Habershon (re-arranged by A. P. Carter). Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was a young country-rock band with a hippie look. Acuff described them as “a bunch of long-haired West Coast boys.” The other players were much older and more famous from the forties, fifties and sixties, primarily as old-time country and bluegrass players. Many had become known to their generation through the Grand Ole Opry. However, with the rise of rock-and-roll, the emergence of the commercial country’s slick ‘Nashville Sound,’ and changing tastes in music, their popularity had waned somewhat from their glory years.

Every track on the album was recorded on the first or second take straight to two-track masters, so the takes are raw and unprocessed. Additionally, another tape ran continuously throughout the entire week-long recording session and captured the dialog between the players. On the final album many of the tracks—including the first track—begin with the musicians discussing how to do the song or who should come in where. …

Much later, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded two subsequent albums, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two and Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III, in an attempt to repeat the process with other historically significant musicians. Volume Two won the Country Music Association’s 1989 Album of the Year as well as three Grammys. In 1990, the album was celebrated on the PBS music television program Austin City Limits, which featured a performance by the full ensemble of guests on the Carter Family song, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, from the original 1972 album.”

Here’s a fabulous video from Will the Circle Be Unbroken – Volume Two, featuring several musicians coming together to perform a studio version of the song, including JOHNNY CASH (I love that guy!), Bruce Hornsby, EmmyLou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Chet Atkins, just to name just a few. Recorded in 1989. If you’re going to watch one video from this blog post, make it this one:

 

N is for No Doubt – I always loved this song by No Doubt. Only recently did I realize that Gwen Stefani was the lead vocals in this band, before she went solo. No Doubt was formed in California back in 1986 and their musical style was characterized as punk, reggae fusion, punk rock, pop punk, new wave, alternative rock and pop rock; they obviously experimented with a variety of styles and sounds. Their song Don’t Speak “was released in 1996 as the third single from the band’s third studio album, Tragic Kingdom (1995). Vocalist Gwen Stefani wrote the song with her brother Eric Stefani about her bandmate and ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal shortly after he ended their seven-year relationship.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Don’t Speak

Another  No Doubt song that I really like:

It’s My Life

 

So who are your favorite N artists or bands? Who did I forget? Did you count the number of times Nazareth says “Now you’re messing with a son-of-a-bitch” in Hair of the Dog? If yes, what number did you come up with? Let us know in the Comments section!