Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rock 'n Roll trivia

50 years ago today... The music died...



About the plane crash

About the song

9 comments:

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Isn't that song about a dead chair model?

Bye, bye, Miss Chair Model Lady,
I dreamt that we were married
And you treated me nice,
We had lots of kids,
Drinking whiskey and rye,
Why'd you have to go off and die?
Why'd you have to go off and die...

Percussivity said...

That was a great episode of The Office! But I repeat myself.

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

yeah, that song doesn't even begin to do that loss justice, as sappy as it is. These men were pioneers and heroes or rock 'n roll.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lhgO8rZs1Fg

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xaTOMsrVg5s

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

I hate how links get chopped like that.

whatever.

J B Paul said...

This is a great song of Americana. I used to listen to it late at night on 101 the Fox during the all night coffee house show or something to that nature. The great thing about this song is I doubt we'll ever decipher all the symbolism. Do we really want to? The day the music died for me was March 19,1982. While I appreciated Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, they were a few years before me. Another aspect of this song I thoroughly enjoy is the poetic value. Clear images. The symbolism that ignites my imagination. The solid references to Americana. I am American, and I appreciate that about this song. It does well in creating images in my mind with the words it uses. From a musical standpoint, the simplicity of the lyrical melody, particularly of the chorus, is fantastic. It's not a song muddied up with massive amounts of instrumentation.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

March 19, 1982:

Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the United Kingdom over the "Islas Malvinas".

Yeah, the Falklands Islands war was a turning point for me too!

Percussivity said...

I can't quite imagine what American Pie would have sounded like had it been written by Ozzie. Seriously though Joel... do you remember that happening? You were a metal head when you were only 11 or 12? In 1982 all I could think about was how Han Solo was going to get rescued from the clutches of some as of yet unknown but vile gangster and why Ben never told Luke about his true parentage.

The Angry Coder said...

Oh! I sooo remember when the Falkans thing went down. I was in the middel of Saturday morning cartoons (back when the used to be good) when they interrupted them to talk about the Brits invading some pissant place I never heard of and noone cared about. Man, I was sooo PO'd. By time they were done blabbing, sports were on and I was probably setting up my Star Wars figures for a major battle on Hoth.

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

Top 10 Most Important Rock Deaths in Order (note: rated based on how the death impacted future music):

1) Buddy Holly
2) Jimi Hendrix
3) Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
4) Ian Curtis of Joy Division
5) Marc Bolan of T-Rex
6) Nick Drake
7) Jeff Buckley
8) Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones
9) Elliot Smith
10) D Boon of the Minutemen

Runners up: Sam Cooke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Tosh, Notorious B.I.G., John Lennon, Dennis Wilson (mainly b/c of how his death effected Brian Wilson), Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye.

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