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The Dawn of Metal and Opinions on Brian Eno & David Byrne

Jim and Greg invite you on a trip back to The Dawn of Metal. Tune in to learn about the roots of rock's heaviest genre. Then stay tuned for a review of the new joint project from Brian Eno and David Byrne.

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Live Nation has already conquered this continent, and now they have their sights on our neighbors to the south. The biggest concert promoters in North America just struck a deal with the biggest concert promoters in Latin America, CIE. The arrangement gives Live Nation the exclusive right to book world tours into CIE venues. This means they've got their paws on nearly all the major concert halls and arenas in Mexico, and a big chunk of those in Brazil. CIE sees the deal as a way to get access to all the major talent in the world, that is, of course, assuming Madonna, Shakira and Jay-Z fill your talent quota.

Next time you want to“Do the Dew,”that could mean popping on some headphones. Soda company Mountain Dew just started a new music company, Green Label, that will release free exclusive downloads by artists like Cool Kids and Matt and Kim. To music fans wary of these kind of corporate relationships, Cool Kid Chuck Inglish explains that the company is just trying to support music, not sell their products. Jim is not convinced, but Greg responds that these days an artist needs support wherever he can get it.

The last news item this week concerns The Doors' long time legal drama. The California Supreme Court just denied a petition by two surviving members of the band, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, to review a lower court's decision that blocked them from touring under The Doors' name. Manzarek and Krieger added“of the 21st Century,”but still continued to use images of the late Jim Morrison in their advertising. Now they'll have to pay up to the third surviving member John Densmore, as well as Morrison's family.

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The Dawn of Metal

At this point in the show Jim and Greg take a trip back to The Dawn of Metal. Heavy Metal isn't always taken seriously, but it warrants critical, even scholarly analysis. Before there was Metallica or Guns N' Roses, there was a group of rockers that birthed the genre. Jim and Greg trace the history primarily back to England in the late '60s. Here are the bands they credit with giving us the metal we know and love today.

  • Steppenwolf
  • Blue Cheer
  • Hawkwind
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Black Sabbath
  • Deep Purple
  • Uriah Heep
  • Judas Priest
  • Motörhead

Fans of this early metal period will be happy to know that many of these bands are still rocking out live.

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David Byrne and Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

While Jim and Greg are certainly the top duo in rock and roll, there are some runner ups, including the artists up for review this week. After nearly 30 years, collaborators David Byrne and Brian Eno are back with a new album called Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The musicians first came together when Eno produced some Talking Heads albums, and later they teamed up for My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Now Eno and Byrne have made what they're calling an "electronic gospel" album. Greg thinks they‘ve succeeded. Byrne’s vocals are not traditionally gospel, but have never sounded better. And the subject matter, which is about rising above tough times, certainly hits gospel themes. He gives the album a Buy It. Jim agrees, but doesn‘t want listeners to think that he gives that rating merely because he’s an Eno fan. He didn‘t think their first collaboration was all that successful, but this one is much more enjoyable and more accessible. He wishes Byrne didn’t dominate the singing so much, but also gives Everything That Happens Will Happen Today a Buy It rating.

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“Little Sister”Elvis Presley

Buddy Harman, one of music's great drummers, died this week at the age of 79. Greg explains that Harman was to Nashville what Benny Benjamin was to Detroit or what Hal Blaine was to Los Angeles. He helped define that sound and played on over 18,000 albums. Drumming wasn't even a major part of country music prior to Harman's residency. Just consider what "Pretty Woman" would be without that drum beat. In honor of Harman's passing, Greg chooses to add Elvis Presley's "Little Sister" to the Desert Island Jukebox this week. In addition to proving that Presley still had the chops after his stint in the military, the song showcases Harman's terrific drumming.

Featured Songs

  1. Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Songs from the Big Chair, Mercury, 1985
  2. The Cool Kids,“Delivery Man,”Green Label Sound Download, 2008
  3. The Doors, The End, The Doors, Elektra, 1967
  4. Steppenwolf, Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf, Dunhill ABC, 1968
  5. The Stooges, Loose, Fun House, Elektra, 1970
  6. Blue Cheer, Summertime Blues, Vincebus Eruptum, Philips, 1968
  7. The Beatles, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
  8. Hawkwind, Silver Machine, In Search of Space, United Artists, 1971
  9. Metallica, Master of Puppets, Master of Puppets, Elektra, 1986
  10. Led Zeppelin, Dazed and Confused, Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969
  11. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Vertigo, 1970
  12. Deep Purple, Hush, Shades of Deep Purple, EMI, 1968
  13. Deep Purple, Speed King, Deep Purple in Rock, EMI, 1970
  14. Uriah Heep, Gypsy, …Very ‘Eavy…Very ’Umble, Island, 1970
  15. Judas Priest, Victim of Changes (Live), Sad Wings of Destiny, Gull, 1976
  16. Motörhead, Shoot You in the Back, Ace of Spades, Bronze, 1980
  17. High on Fire, Death is this Communion, Death is this Communion, Relapse, 2007
  18. Brian Eno & David Byrne, Strange Overtones, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Todo Mundo, 2008
  19. Brian Eno & David Byrne, Life is Long, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Todo Mundo, 2008
  20. Brian Eno & John Cale, You Don't Miss Your Water, Wrong Way Up, Opal, 1990
  21. Elvis Presley, Little Sister, Something for Everybody, Warner Bros., 1961
  22. Lou Reed, New York Telephone Conversation, Transformer, RCA, 1972
  23. Gentle Giant, Giant, Gentle Giant, Vertigo, 1970

Footnotes

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