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I've been on a Singles kick for the last two weeks. Woke up with a hankering to listen to the soundtrack one morning and it hasn't left my discman since. A lot of good music on that album - Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the ever fantastic Paul Westerberg.

It brought back one of the three or so good memories I have of my trip to Seattle. There was one fleeting day right after we arrived during which I felt physically okay. Greg and I spent the afternoon visiting celebrity grave sites. First we went to see Bruce and Brandon Lee, then we paid a visit to Mr. Jimi Hendrix, and got caught in rush hour traffic on our way back into the city.

But that morning before we headed out, I went for a walk. I'd only brought three books on the trip with me, all of which I'd plowed through on the three day, cross country train ride so I needed something new to read. There was a Barnes a Noble about a mile away from our hotel so I decided to walk over.

I think I brought something like six or eight CDs with me to Seattle. One of the things I really wanted to do while I was there was take a walk through the city while listening to classic grunge rock on my discman. The obvious choice would have been Nevermind by Nirvana. Unfortunately, I do not own a copy of Nevermind on CD, so that was out. I didn't own any Pearl Jam or Alice in Chains albums at the time. All I had was the soundtrack to Singles, a soundtrack that I absolutely adore and listened to all the time when I was in high school. So that would be the emblematic grunge rock album I listened to as I walked the streets of Seattle.

It was a great day. The sky was clear, the sun was shining, and there was a nice breeze blowing. I walked along the water until I reached the Pike Place Market. It was early and the place was still waking up. No fish were flying just yet, and I stopped in a used music shop to browse their cassette offerings. After leaving the Market I went a block over to Pine Street, then walked five or six blocks north to Barnes and Noble.

I don't remember which books I bought that day even though I still remember exactly how many books I read during the trip. (Nine, in case you're wondering. I could list them all alphabetically by author if you'd like.) All I remember is listening to "side" one of the Singles soundtrack on my way to the store, and "side" two on my way back.

And even though Google Maps says that was a two mile, round trip walk it didn't feel like it. It felt easy and pleasant. And I remember walking back on 2nd Avenue listening to "State of Love and Trust" by Pearl Jam, and thinking "Well, now I can say I have walked the streets of Seattle while listening to Singles." That seemed like a really important experience to have had. And considering that I fell ill the very next day and spent a week holed up in the hotel room feeling so terrible I was certain God had abandoned me, I guess it kind of was.

This week I've had "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" by Mother Love Bone playing on repeat.

(Digression: I'm realizing that the music culture of 1990's was a lot like that of the 1960's in that all the seminal musicians of the day up and died. In fact, you can probably track the rise and fall of 90's alternative rock through the deaths of its key musicians. I think the story of grunge would go a little something like this: Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley. The End.)

Anyway, I found a clip on YouTube of Pearl Jam doing "Crown of Thorns" live, and I am completely in love with it. I'm surprised at how little the emotional push of the song changes with Eddie Vedder on vocals. Kudos to him for being awesome like that. Here, have a listen.

Date: 2010-08-27 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"I think the story of grunge would go a little something like this: Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley. The End.)"

Though none of them were as talented as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or even the over-rated Jim Morrison.

"Mother Love Bone"

know who they ARE, never heard em.

"Smashing Pumpkins"

I hate them so much.

"I have of my trip to Seattle. "

I visited there, to! with my ex!

"First we went to see Bruce and Brandon Lee,"

Bruce was SO awesome.

"I do not own a copy of Nevermind on CD"

you're like the ONLY person who doesn't. I've owned it twice! and I bought em both used and cheap!

"I think I brought something like six or eight CDs with me to Seattle."

what else did u have?

Date: 2010-08-27 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
Did you know that Jimi Hendrix once opened for The Monkees when they were on tour? I found that out last week while watching the Mokees Biography on the Biography Channel.

Smashing Pumpkins

Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of theirs either. I like three of their songs (Disarm, Drown, Bullet with Butterfly Wings) that's it. Plus Billy Corgan annoys the hell out of me.

I own a copy of Nevermind on cassette. I have all of the Nirvana albums on cassette. I haven't felt the need to upgrade those particular albums to CD just yet.

I don't remember what other CDs I took to Seattle with me. The trip is two years past so my memories of it are a bit hazy at this point. I'm sure I took a couple of mix CDs with me. And...I think I brought Year of Meteors by Laura Viers, because it's just an awesome album to listen to while riding in a car or train. It has a wandering, into-the-amazing-unknown feel to it.

Okay, so you have been to Seattle. What's your opinion of it? Did you like it? Not like it?

Date: 2010-08-27 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"Plus Billy Corgan annoys the hell out of me."

HE'S SOOOO annoying! he's like a REALLY whiney version of bono! and their music sounds all washy and annoying!

"Did you know that Jimi Hendrix once opened for The Monkees when they were on tour?"

Yes!
I like the Monkees, also. their singles, anyway.

"I have all of the Nirvana albums on cassette."

you can find them cheap on cd now! probably on ebay!

"Year of Meteors by Laura Viers"

now her I've NEVER heard of!

unless she's related to General Viers on Star Wars. :P

"Did you like it?"

I liked it! I didn't love it or feel the need to move there or anything. we stayed at the hampton Inn. IT WAS NIIIIIIIIIIICE. it was like a small REALLY CLEAN apartment. Since Vanny likes to cook, it was good to have a kitchen.
I like the little tram thing we rode. I DIDN'T GET NAUSEOUS ON IT like I did on the train.

Date: 2010-08-28 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
he's like a REALLY whiney version of bono!

LOL

I like the Monkees, also.

I LOVE the Monkees and I don't give a shit if people make fun of me because of it. Deep down everyone knows that the fuckin' Monkees kicked major ass. Case and point: I had this friend in college who was a huge indie music snob. Automatically hated anything even remotely mainstream regardless of time period. So one night I'm in my room listening to some lesser known Monkees songs and he drops in for a visit. So we're sitting and talking and half way through our conversation he starts bobbing his head a long to the music. During the next pause in conversation he says, "This is really good. Who is it?" When I told him it was the MOnkees he thought I was fucking with him! I had to hold up the CD case and say "Look! I'm serious! You just said the Monkees were good! HA!"

Laura Viers, on the other hand, while not related to General Viers, IS a legitimate indie music darling. The aforementioned friend would have loved her. She's a poppy/folky singer-songwriter who has a really distinctive voice, a way with words, and guitar riffs that make you hum along.

I didn't go on the tram while I was in Seattle. Greg rented a car, but most of the time he just walked everywhere. We stayed at this hotel that was literally on a pier in the Puget Sound. He loved it. I, however, am not a fan of water views :-p

Date: 2010-08-28 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"Automatically hated anything even remotely mainstream regardless of time period"

those people annoy me!

I'm a music snob about QUALITY, however. But keep in mind I love Journey and Warrant. and most indie music bores me. it doesn't ROCK. REM are annoying. coldplay put me to SLEEP.

"the MOnkees"

which song?
their show was good too! FUNNY shit! i used to watch it with my cousins. (they had cable!)
the ONLY negative thing about the monkees (besides them not playing their own intruments, which isn't really important- we already KNOW they were s studio creation!) was them technically being the first -boy band- and paving the way for all the HORRID "boy bands" that would come along in the 80's and 90's.

"She's a poppy/folky singer-songwriter who has a really distinctive voice, a way with words, and guitar riffs that make you hum along."

sounds good! she still active?

"I didn't go on the tram while I was in Seattle. "

neither vanny or I drive! so it was public transportation or walking all the way!

did u go in the Space Needle? Vanny and some other people did, I was too WIPED and stayed in and slept.

"I, however, am not a fan of water views"

I've always been FASCINATED by water, it's movement, and how they can be changed/controlled, etc. with damming and diverting and such.

I am NOT FOND of HEIGHTS. they make me go EEK.

Date: 2010-08-29 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
REM are annoying. coldplay put me to SLEEP.

I agree with you on Coldplay. There's only one song of theirs that I like. But I sure do love me some REM :-) "The Great Beyond" is a fabulous song. Got me through a rough patch during the college years.

which song?

I don't remember. I think it was either "For Pete's Sake" or "Circle Sky." One of those songs that was never played on the television show.

As for the Monkees not playing their own instruments, that's a total myth. All four were hired because they had some musical training, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork having come in with the most. The guys actually thought they would be playing their own instruments on the albums, but the producers insisted on using studio musicians. That was a huge point of contention for a while. Sure, the Monkees didn't play their own instruments on the first couple of albums, but from the third or fourth album on, it was all them. They played their own instruments during live shows. All four of them are incredibly talented and I don't think they get even a fraction of the credit they deserve.

And I must disagree with you that the Monkees were the first boy band. The Beatles were actually the first boy band. No, they were not "manufactured" the way the Monkees, Jackson 5, or New Kids on the Block were. But every single boy band that has sprung up since the British Invasion has been created with the intention of stirring up that same level of teen-girl hysteria that Elvis and the Beatles were able to tease out of their audience.

sounds good! she still active?

Yes! In fact Laura Viers just released a new album that is supposed to be out of this world amazing. It's on my Amazon wishlist.

did u go in the Space Needle?

No, I didn't. We went to Seattle for my best friend's wedding. We were in town for seven days. I was sick for five of the seven :-p I was able to go to the wedding, and spend one day touring celebrity grave sites. That's it.

I've always been FASCINATED by water

Water is cool. Lakes, streams, rivers, I love em! I just have a problem with endless horizons. When I was very little, seeing the ocean stretch on and on out to the horizon made me think of eternity and eternity made me think of death, so I came to associate those kinds of views with death. Yes, I know, kind of weird but...it is what it is.

I am NOT FOND of HEIGHTS. they make me go EEK.

Last year I took a trip to Chicago and went to the top of the Sears tower. They'd just installed four glass observation ledges that extended out over the street. So, you could step out on them and look directly down from the 103rd floor! It was wicked! I have pictures. They would probably freak you out.


Date: 2010-08-29 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"So, you could step out on them and look directly down from the 103rd floor! It was wicked! I have pictures. They would probably freak you out. "

YES. YES IT WOULD.

there's a really tall tower in Canada vanny and I went on. ity has a glass floor on a small part of it. IT FREAKED ME OUT. I'M NOT WALKING ON THAT.

"They played their own instruments during live shows"

I thought that was because they'd learned by then!

"The Beatles were actually the first boy band. No, they were not "manufactured" the way the Monkees, Jackson 5, or New Kids on the Block were."

because they WEREN'T manufactured, I'd just call them a regular rock group, like the Stones, the Kingsmen, the Hollies, etc. they certainly had the huge "teen girl" appeal, but so did Peter Frampton later, and he USED to be in a respectable rock band (Humble Pie) before he went solo and went poppier.

"But I sure do love me some REM"

I find them warbly and annoying! Except for like 2 songs.

"We were in town for seven days. I was sick for five of the seven"

ugh. I hate bad illness timing!

also, I DON'T LIKE RADIOHEAD, EITHER!

Date: 2010-08-31 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I thought that was because they'd learned by then!

Nope! They already knew how to play. Maybe Micky and Davy needed some work, but Peter and Mike were already accomplished musicians. They had to practice how to play as a band, but that was it. Oh, and they had to convince management to even LET them play live shows, but that's another struggle altogether.

I DON'T LIKE RADIOHEAD, EITHER!

I've dated so many fucking losers who listed Radiohead as their favorite band ever, that now if a guy tells me he's a Radiohead fan, it's an automatic deal breaker.

Date: 2010-09-01 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
HA!
Radiohead are BORING. though not as boring as coldplay!

Coldplay should be used as a cure for insomnia!

"that now if a guy tells me he's a Radiohead fan, it's an automatic deal breaker. "

lol!

my favorite band would either be Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Overkill.

Favorite solo artist: Joan Jett.

Only American Idol performer I can tolerate: Kelly Clarkson.

Date: 2010-09-01 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
my favorite band would either be Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Overkill.

All of which are acceptable.

Now I'm trying to think of my favorite bands. I'd say Eels and Faith No More.

Favorite solo artist: Joan Jett.

Oh, this one is easy! My favoritr solo artist is Sophie B. Hawkins. I love her with the collected passion of a thousand Greek Gods. Who is Sophie B. Hawkins, you ask? THIS is Sophie:



Kelly Clarkson is the only American Idol I can tolerate as well because, you know, she can actually sing and she isn't obnoxious.

Date: 2010-09-02 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
I saw Sophie on an episode of a show my ex taped for me! lol!

"I'd say Eels and Faith No More."

I don't know the eels!

FNM, of course, I have their "Real Thing" album on cd, used to have it on cassette, like everybody else!
"WHAT! IS! IT!!"

they rock!

Date: 2010-09-03 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
The Eels are an alternative rock band, and I use the word "band" loosely since there's only really one regular member, kind of like Nine Inch Nails or The Pretenders. They've never had a hit single but they are very big among the indie music crowd.

I love Faith No More, although they do hold the dubious honor of putting on the worst live show I have ever seen in my life. I saw them back in 1997 or 1998 when they were touring in support of what turned out to be their last album, "Album of the Year."

Okay, FNM only played for AN HOUR AND FIVE MINUTES! And that's including the encore! The fucking opening act (Limp Bizkit, ick) played longer than that! Mike Patton just looked bored the whole time. I did not get my money's worth out of that show. You could kind of tell they weren't long for this world.

Date: 2010-09-03 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] legman666.livejournal.com
"The fucking opening act (Limp Bizkit, ick"

ugh x 1000!

"Mike Patton just looked bored the whole time"

actually, my ex-boss at my current job saw them open for Robert Plant and said they sucked back THEN, also. but she may just not like them, I dunno. They were pretty cool on Saturday Night Live, but that's not the same as a concert.

"their last album, "Album of the Year.""

everything AFTER "The Real Thing" was a slow slide downhill, and BEFORE "TRT" was just crapola.

Date: 2010-08-27 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slinkybetty.livejournal.com
I LOVE Singles! Some awesome bands came out of the early/mid 90s for sure. Smashing Pumpkins was my first concert in 1994. Wasn't too crazy about the stuff after Siamese Dream, but that is a great album. One of my favorites. Seattle is on my to-do list for when I (eventually) take a cross-country road trip.

Date: 2010-08-28 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigirl.livejournal.com
I went to my first concert in 1994, too: Sarah Mclachlan, free at the Central Park Summer Stage. The place was packed and I was stuck in the back so I couldn't see the stage, but I made friends with the sound techs and they let me stand on the raised platform that served as the sound booth.

I'm glad I visited Seattle just so I can say I did. But it's...not really my cup of tea :-/

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