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1. The Blues will keep you honest
2. B.B. King is an underrated vocalist
3. No one sings with more soul than Lucinda Williams
4. Gram Parsons is great – in small doses
5. Graham Parker’s “Heat Treatment” and “Howlin’ Wind” are the very definition of rock-n-roll
6. The world needs 0 more love songs
7. Take the skinheads bowling
8. And always wear sunscreen
9. But not while bowling
10. Unless you’re a freak
11. Bowling alleys should play nothing but classic rock
12. Fairly loud
13. Napster increased CD sales
14. Did the VCR kill moviegoing?
15. What happened to music with a social conscience?
16. Dylan’s Union Sundown, yeah, but that was 1983
17. Bobdylan.com is a damn good site
18. Ironic, coming from an old troubadour, rather than a tech-savvy youngster
19. Remember Live Aid?
20. That takes me back
21. Or No Nukes, remember that concert in Madison Square Garden?
22. Now it’s nothin but nukes
23. And energy cartels
24. You wear it well
25. A little old fashioned
26. But that’s alright
27. Sometimes you can hear classic rock
28. But mostly you just hear echoes of your youth
29. Beer and music were made for each other
30. But when frat boys combine them, it’s not pretty
31. If the Oxford American is dead, I’ll sure miss their musical compilations
32. Good news: The Oxford American is not dead
33. So says oxfordamericanmag.com

34. Nostalgia is a funny thing
35. It can make you fond of “A 5th of Beethoven”
36. And the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack
37. Samurai Night Fever – now that was funny
38. How anyone can watch Saturday Night Live now is beyond me
39. Tuesday’s gone with the wind
40. I fooled around and fell in love
41. With rock-n-roll
42. And I haven’t been the same since
43. This is a good thing
44. But hardly profitable
45. Monetarily
46. A friend and I once burned a Yes album in a fan’s front yard
47. An example of the cruelty of youth, or act of intervention?
48. I don’t know; I’m asking
49. It was a statement, that’s for sure

50. But we were harmless
51. We’d crank the music as we drove by
52. Trying to shake up the everyday world
53. Romantic rebels or callow youths, it’s a fine line
54. Why complain about commercial radio?
55. Just don’t listen; you don’t need it
56. And you certainly don’t need to waste time complaining about it
57. I listened to Three Dog Night and Bread in my sisters’ basement room
58. Joy to the World indeed
59. And Elton John – Sugarbear…
60. Someone saved my life that night
61. With nothing but a turntable and a scratchy needle
62. I was curious about the lyrics in “You’re So Vain”
63. But my sister said I was too young
64. “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee” – knocked me out
65. Gypsies, tramps and thieves
66. And tramps like us
67. And short pants and patchy grass and summer days
68. And slurpees
69. Not rushing, being
70. In the days before rock-n-roll
71. A good pop song is a joy forever
72. It’s just another manic Monday
73. For instance (whoa-awhoa)
74. And then I saw her face
75. Now I’m a believer
76. Where were you the day the music died?
77. Hey hey, my my, Neil Young said it so well
78. It’s always coming and going
79. Which is why a CD player in your car is essential
80. Muddy Waters’ “Hard Again” is a great album
81. It grows on you
82. The blues had a baby and they called it rock-n-roll
83. Jazz, rock, blues, folk…I go through phases
84. It’s rock right now
85. I’m just an Excitable Boy
86. Yes, Zevie is ridin with me
87. I can’t believe his ride is here
88. I love the greats – Bob Dylan, Louie Armstrong, Aretha Franklin – but I pull for the little guy
89. The Pogues rocked
90. Poguetry in motion
91. Live music is better
92. But I hate overcrowded bars
93. And overamplified bands
94. And music should start no later than 8 p.m.
95. The famous hammond B-3 organist Jimmy Smith sucked in concert
96. Jackson Browne was a rocker
97. Linda Paloma notwithstanding
98. Jeremiah was a bullfrog
99. And Cisco Kid was a friend of mine
100. My my, hey hey

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  • Eric Olsen

    I know all this and more: great lists are provocative and irritating as much as reassuring. Your list is that.
    You are weird.
    I agree with you about both GP’s.
    I love radio – so bad radio is worth complaining about – turning it off is not enough.
    Jackson Browne isn’t much of a rocker, but David Lindley is.
    Juxtaposing “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “Born to Run” is perhaps the greatest critical sin ever committed by a human.
    Great list anyway

  • http://highwater.blogspot.com George Partington

    Thanks, Eric.

    Well, there’s still non-commercial radio. There are great jazz and blues shows in my market (Atlanta) and a good college station (WRFG).

    I got the same response on Jackson from a good friend, right down to the Lindley remark. But I put that in there because I’m still pissed that he was passed over on the VH-1 (I think it was)list of 100 best rock albums. Song-wise, there’s The Pretender, Red Neck Friend, Hold On Hold Out, Running on Empty, even After the Deluge. Lindley or no, they were Jackson songs.

    Hee hee, didn’t mean to equate Cher and Bruce, but it is the same era, although I wasn’t aware of Born to Run at the time that I was aware of the Cher schlock.

  • The Theory

    I tend to agree with Eric Olsen. You *are* weird. haha.

    But it was an amusing read, and I agree with you on everything “dylan” related.

    peace.

  • Eric Olsen

    I like Jackson, just think of him more as singer/songwriter than rocker. But you are right about “Redneck Friend,” and “Boulevard” is also a genuine rocker. Separated from Lindley, though, he’s more like James Taylor. As singer/songwriters go, he’s more of a rocker than Taylor or Crosby/Stills/Nash, but less so than Zevon or Neil Young. So there.

  • http://www.oakhaus.blogspot Bill Sherman

    A great list: when I was drinking, I used to love seeing bands in clubs (certainly more than friggin’ arenas!) But once I sobered up, I found I couldn’t stand the smoke. . .

    Also agree w./ you about Graham Parker.

  • Eric Olsen

    I wonder how many times I have begun a sentence, “When I was drinking…”

    You are both dead right about the smoke, though: besides the hours, it’s the main reason I don’t DJ live anymore.

  • http://highwater.blogspot.com George Partington

    Eric, it looks like you almost agree with me about Jackson. If you’ll concede a couple of songs, that’s good enough for me, and provides a little justification for putting that controversial statement in the list in the first place.

    Correction: the good college station in Atl. is WRAS (We Really Are Stoned), the Georgia State station.