"Is everybody in?... Is everybody in?...The ceremony is about to begin...
- The Celebration of the Lizard, Jim Morrison
I looked at the calendar last Monday with a feeling of weight. A feeling of emptiness, of grief...
July 3, 1971 - Paris, France. A good thirteen years before I would be born, James Douglas Morrison died. He was twenty-seven.
And that was thirty-five years ago.
How do you grieve for someone who you never met? In the same way people miss John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, John Bonham, Jeff Buckley, Keith Moon....
The list goes on and on.
Fortunately, the music lets them all live forever.
"You know, you know more
than you let on.
Much more than you betray...
You really have been swell to me.
Tell them you came and saw and look'd
into my eyes and saw the shadow
of the guard receding
Thoughts in time
and out of season
The Hitchiker stood
by the side of the road
and levelled his thumb
at the calm calculus of reason..."
- Paris Journal, 1971 : Jim Morrison
Voo @ 7/11/2006 |
July 13, 2006 07:51 AM PDT
I read a biography on Jim's life once. Back when I could check out books from Barnes and Noble when I was employed there. Fuck that was awesome. Anyway, there is much mystery surroudning his death, some say his girlfriend gave him a stronger drug than he was used to. I guess we'll never really know since i believe no real autospy was done, or the one they performed is in quesiton.
I find, if I'm missing a particular musician a lot, I'll blast their album really loudly dancing like a maniac, hoping that if there is a rock n' roll heaven they can hear my prayers.
November 19th 1985 (Age 31)
La Porte CityI made this playlist at MyFlashFetish.com.
Check out this MySpace MP3 Player! Featured Song:
"Dead Road 7" by The Kills
There has been much coming and going of the authors here at Vintage Rock. If you have not posted an entry in over two months, I'm either deleting you from Vintage Rock or marking you as inactive on the side-bar. I don't think its fair to give authors credit here if they don't post any entries. Its nothing personal, I'm sure you all understand.
Shay (non active co-founder)
Jess (non active co-founder)
Morgan (non active co-founder)
What Is "Vintage Rock" About?
Vintage Rock has officially been on the internet in various forms for about five years now. I started it on a whim of boredom at the terrible, bolt.com. I met some great friends there, and we ended up forming a super-group; a forum where it was okay to speak our minds about anything and everything music. And since there were multiple authors here, we were able to learn about an eclectic variety of music news, recommendations, and bands.
In the last few years, many of the authors who helped co-found this blog quit posting entries. I'm not bitter about their absence, because I know it takes a lot of time and dedication to write quality articles and posts. I will never forget them, but I think its time I quit expecting them to come back. I'd really like to see Vintage Rock turn back into the place it once was. I really don't forsee that happening though. I do however think it is valid for me to keep up this blog in hopes I can inspire even one person to realize that MTV is not the only way to define one's musical tastes. I know its difficult, and takes a lot of research, but there are amazing bands out there just waiting to be discovered. And that is the purpose of this blog. I've never made one penny for running Vintage Rock, and that's okay. Its worth all the hard work when I hear one person say, "Hey, that band kicks ass!" So yes, if you like Vintage Rock and what we stand for, don't be afraid to comment on an entry or say hi on the tag-board. The more input from you readers, the more likely I am to be inspired to post more entries.
Anyway, I'm off my soap-box for today. I just thought I'd let you know that things are going to be a bit different here. I'm taking the focus off the side bar and deleting a lot of things I don't find relevant anymore.
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and imagery, not to mention that soon after the fact the band fell apart on the tour for the album, led more than one person to think those darker times had finally arrived. As it is, the group had already gone through one major shake-up between the two albums -- founding member Segel had taken a powder to concentrate on other efforts, with Morgan Fichter brought in as a replacement violinist. Her abilities were certainly praiseworthy, as the album-starting instrumental "Opening Theme" shows quite well. However, it's definitely not the same band that did Telephone Free Landslide Victory a mere four years previous -- things are more straightforwardly rock here most of the time, perhaps not too surprising in light of Lowery's subsequent work in Cracker. As it is, though, it's excellently conceived rock, with space, moodiness, and more to spare. Consider "Jack Ruby," with its wordless backing vocals, tense rhythms, and thick soloing, or "Laundromat" and its steady but unnerving crunch. It's not all potential melancholia, though -- "June" in particular is an underrated number, celebrating the early summer with sweetness and love (at least up to the increasingly stranger ending). Lowery's singing is his best yet, perhaps a little less prone to wackiness but an emergent, distinct voice all the same, and certainly prone to sing a quirky lyric or two still. The oddest thing of all was that the band actually gained a little mainstream attention on MTV and radio via a cover of Status Quo's psych-era nugget "Pictures of Matchstick Men."--- Ned Raggett
Sing to Me