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The Beachwood Radio Hour #71: Bruce Rauner's Hotel Illinois

The governor's uncompromising mission is both naive and cynical at the same time. Plus: Glenn Frey vs. David Bowie; Democrats Own Flint Too; and How Glam And Punk Enabled Reagan.


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SHOW NOTES

* Strawberry Rock Show.

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1:09: Bruce Springsteen in Chicago on Tuesday night.

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* Soozie Tyrell.

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* Springsteen's "Rebel Rebel."

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* Madonna's "Rebel Rebel."

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* Springsteen's "Royals."

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* Springsteen's "Highway to Hell."

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9:59: The Go! Team at Lincoln Hall.

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11:45: David Bowie vs. Glenn Frey.

* I always liked art rock, just not art school rock.

* Tortwa.

Eh, this band has always been too much of a wank for my tastes.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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* Unforgivable.

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Seinfeld's Desperado.

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* Christgau: Trying To Understand The Eagles.

* Klosterman:

"I hated the Eagles, too. After spending the first twenty-five years of my life believing they were merely boring, I suddenly decided they were the worst band that had ever existed (or could ever exist). I'd unconsciously internalized all the complaints that supposedly made them despicable: They were rich hippies. They were virtuosos in an idiom that did not require virtuosity. They were self-absorbed Hollywood liberals. They were not-so-secretly shallow. They were uncaring womanizers and the worst kind of cokeheads. They wanted to be seen as cowboys, but not the ones who actually rode horses. They never rocked, even after adding Joe Walsh for that express purpose (the first forty-five seconds of 'Life in the Fast Lane' are a push). They lectured college kids about their environmental footprint while flying around in private jets. They literally called themselves 'The Eagles.' It was easy to hate a band who kept telling me to take it easy when I was quite obviously trying to do so already. And then, one day in 2003, I stopped hating them."

* Adrian Belew on a Bowie world tour:

in 1990 I joined the David Bowie Sound and Vision World Tour as guitarist, singer, and music director. it was a...

Posted by Adrian Belew on Saturday, January 23, 2016

(* You know how Bowie recorded his vocals? "But with every song, when he came to sing the vocal for real, he would sing one line at a time, stop, listen to it and then do the next.")

(* Also: " . . . knowing his reputation as a magpie, scarfing up other people's ideas, sprinkling some fairy dust on them and then successfully representing them as his own . . . " This is the DeRogatis side of the Sound Opinions debate.)

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* Mike Campbell, "The Boys of Summer."

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34:48: Dorian Taj at Martyrs'.

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38:07: Bruce Rauner's Uncompromising Mission.

* Social services slaughter.

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Meanwhile . . .

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51:59: Javelin at Lincoln Hall.

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53:22: Democrats Own Flint Too.

* Among other atrocities:

(* Democrats would never knowingly poison kids with lead . . . )

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58:31: How Glam And Punk Enabled Reagan.

* Black Sabbath Says Farewell To Chicago.

(* Springsteen Dives Into Deep End Of The River In Chicago.)

* AP: "The guitarist co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became part of one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as 'Hotel California' and 'Life in the Fast Lane.'"

Bad song choices. Don Felder wrote the music to "Hotel California" and Don Henley was mostly responsible for the lyrics. Joe Walsh wrote at least the main riff to "Life in the Fast Lane" and probably the bulk of the rest of it, including the lyrics, though on that score Frey's name comes first on the credits - which, as Felder will tell you, didn't always reflect reality.

(* Don't forget: David Bowie wrote "All The Young Dudes," recorded most successfully by Mott the Hoople. The year was 1972, and the lyric was: "And my brother's back at home with his Beatles and his Stones / We never got it off on that revolution stuff / What a drag / too many snags.")

(* And "Take It Easy" was a song co-written by Jackson Browne, who started it but couldn't seem to finish it until Frey came along and helped.)

* Similarly, The Who may have been talkin' 'bout their generation, but "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the world's greatest reactionary anthem of all time, as acknowledged by its writer, Pete Townshend and sanctified by the National Review. (If nothing in the streets looked different to Townshend in 1971, then he wasn't looking at the right streets.)

(Wikipedia: "In 2014, the British Government ran an advertisement for superfast broadband using the song as its theme music. Townshend has taken an interest in licensing the Who's work to media and advertising, and "Won't Get Fooled Again" has made several appearances on TV and film. A portion of the song has been used as the opening theme for the CBS series CSI: Miami, while a cover version of the track was played on The Simpsons' 'A Tale of Two Springfields' which featured the Who as special guests. However, Townshend refused permission for director Michael Moore to play the song over the closing credits of Fahrenheit 9/11, as he was suspicious of Moore's journalistic credentials and did not want his work to be associated with a possibly inaccurate film. Townshend later said '[o]nce I had an idea what the film was about, I was 90% certain my song was not right for them.'")

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STOPPAGE: 11:22

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For archives and other Beachwood shows, see The Beachwood Radio Network.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on January 23, 2016


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