John Stewart Poop 2019


Here are my opening remarks. It’s best I don’t say anything about the current state of pop music. Because it’s pretty clear that critical opinions are not valued and get you a rage pile on. I guess I should just go to my corner and wait to die. But no I won’t. It’s not that I don’t want things to change. I recognize that change is inevitable. All music will change. But in our rush to embrace the new, we should not forget things that are tried and true. Like passion, melody and good lyrics. Something that you feel in your gut, something that makes you strut. These things are worth revisiting again and again. Even if music must change.

Albums of the Year (I will rank them from 1 to 10 or more)


1.The Who – Who
2.Tool – Fear Inoculum
3. The Highwomen – The Highwomen
4. Tanya Tucker – While I’m Living
5. Thom Yorke – Anima
6. Angel Olson – All Mirrors
7. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Out of Nowhere
8. Rammstein – Rammstein
9. Mavis Staples – We Get By
9. Van Dyke Parks and Gaby Moreno – Spangled
10. John Coltrane – Blue World
10. Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee
10. P.P. Arnold – The New Adventures of..

Reissues
Motorhead – Bomber (2CD edition w Live album)
Motorhead – Overkill (2CD edition w Live album)
The Cult – Sonic Temple (30th anniversary reissue)
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Vol 1 and 2
Gene Clark – No Other (4AD 2cd reissue)
Pink Floyd – Later Years (1987 – 2019)
Cheap Trick – Are You Ready? Live 12/31/79
Jimi Hendrix – Songs For Groovy Children (Live Fillmore East 69/70)
Prince – 1999 (Deluxe Reissue)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Live at Woodstock 1969

Instead of doing my normal tracks of the year. I am going to choose my favourite Van Halen tracks of all time. I understand as Pete Townshend wrote on the Who’s latest album that “All This Music Must Fade” Just as rock music has faded as has classic hip – hop, it’s hard for me to fathom that no one knows who Van Halen, Run – DMC or The Who are. But they may know Motley Crue partly because of the Netflix film “The Dirt”. But I have heard people call Van Halen just another “hair metal” band. No they weren’t. Not to me. They are one of America’s greatest rock bands of all time. Anyways here are the best tracks of Van Halen (David and Sammy, but mostly David). Start from here.

Running With The Devil
Eruption/You Really Got Me
Jamies Cryin
Ain’t Talking Bout Love
Atomic Punk
Dance the Night Away
Somebody Got Me a Doctor
Out of Love
Beautiful Girls
And The Cradle Will Rock
Everybody Wants Some
Fools
Romeo Delight
Take Your Whiskey Home
Mean Streets
Sinners Swing
Hear About It Later
Unchained
Little Guitars
Pretty Woman
Secrets
Top Jimmy
Jump
Drop Dead Legs
Hot For Teacher
House of Pain
5150
When Its Love
Finish What You Started
Poundcake
Right Now
Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do
Human’s Being
She’s The Woman
Chinatown
Stay Frosty

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