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"Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future." - Criswell - Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Here at E2TG, we care about the future, but we also care about the past. The present was the future in the past, and the past was once the present... remember that...
Anyway, we devote on day a week to exploring the past. We call it Throwback Thursday because we are sheep who blindly follow standard internet conventions.
Today's #tbt shuffle awaits, but first...
A massively fun evening at The 5 Spot. Hanging with some good friends and rubbing elbows with some musical heavyweights... some of whom happen to be friends, too. Lowell Levinger was amazing... including a David Olney (who was in attendance) song in his set.
Tim Lee 3 killed as always - a good preview to BARK's appearance next week.
RB Morris - backed by an impressive band of Knoxville and Nashville musicians (including Tim Lee on guitar for a few songs).
"Happy Loving Couples" by Joe Jackson
Several months ago I decided to add some old albums from my collection into the mix. One of those albums was Joe Jackson's 1979 debut, Look Sharp! This is the final track for us to feature from that album. "Those happy couples ain't no friends of mine..."
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"Here we are now, entertain us". I remember going to a WRVU fundraiser show at 328 Performance Hall back in the early 90s, and there was a folksinger doing an acoustic cover of this song that was beautiful.
"One Step Nearer the Edge" by The Tourists
The internet/youtube/copyright issues are bizarre to me. There is a video for this song on youtube, but it is blocked from viewing in the US. And, I get protecting a copyright, but then again, do you really want to draw your line in the sand with a relatively obscure 36 year old record? Anyway, there are other videos of The Tourists on line so I included one of those. This song was on a 1980 album called Luminous Basement and included on the compilation, Should Have Been Greatest Hits.
"Torch Singer" by John Prine
Another live track from that 1986 recording that was recently released via Noisetrade. This is a track off of Diamonds in the Rough, Prine's 1972 second album.
"My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" by Hank Williams
This song was a hit for Hank Williams back in 1949. It is attributed to writer Clarence Williams, but there are questions (from my hasty, hap-hazard research). Anyway, I added it to my playlist around the time that Hank Williams bio-pic opened and I got hold of a version of the song from the film.
"Rock Island Line" by Little Richard + Fishbone
This recording came from a tribute album to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. This is a traditional blues/folk song which was first recorded by John Lomax in 1934 - sung by inmates at an Arkansas State Prison. This recording came out in 1988. Three years earlier, The Knitters included their take on the song on their album Poor Little Critter in the Road.
"Sleepers Awake" by Guadalcanal Diary
This is our final song to feature from Guadalcanal Diary's incredible debut, Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man. One of my favorite albums by one of my favorite bands.
"The Gift" by The Velvet Underground
From White Light/White Heat... one of my favorites. The track was recorded so that the left speaker consists of John Cale reading a short story that Lou Reed wrote during his college years while the right speaker consists of a fuzzy rock instrumental. Darkly funny, tragic, sad... and eight minutes long... an interesting end of my morning shuffle.