Spelled Neu! but pronounced Neu!, in 1974 Neu! found themselves at a creative impasse.
Michael Rother wanted to explore ambient soundscapes while Klaus Dinger was interested in writing rock anthems.
With the help of their long time producer, Conny Plank, the two pulled the original Speaker Box/Love Below and released this timeless classic before disbanding for ten years.
Let’s talk Neu!, Neu! ’75!
With their vast financial holdings, they could have been basking in the sun in Florida.
Lucky for us, The Dictators’ hobby bestowed upon us this 1975 underselling power trash classic!
Let’s talk The Dictators, Go Girl Crazy!
… and now dear listener, we have arrived in our present.
Recorded in the Spring of 2020, this is the first of our quarantine episodes.
Do bear with us as we learned how to interact remotely…
With that out of the way:
Painter of soundscapes and captain of our hearts, Brian Eno, begins his transition from glam rocker to ambient composer.
Using the oblique strategies cards and assembling a who’s who of instrumentalists, Eno produced a landmark album that’s influence is still being felt 45 years hence.
Let’s talk Brian Eno, Another Green World!
Known trust fund baby and drug enthusiast, Gram Parsons’, final outing may not be his best but its a helluva send off.
Let’s talk Gram Parsons (with Emmylou Harris?), Grievous Angel!
Former ambulatory former drummer of Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, found grace in his fall from a four story window which left him paralyzed from the waist down. By his own estimation, had it not been for the accident, his hard partying ways would have been the death of him
During the long recovery period that followed, Wyatt thought out all the new arrangements for the tracks that would be used on his first solo record.
Let’s talk Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom!
Bob Marley and the Wailers’ seventh album contains their best know song but probably not the version you’ve heard.
Upon it’s release, Natty Dread received rave reviews form critics, praising Marley for his writing prowess.
The album is notably thinner sounding that it’s predecessors, due in no small part to the departure of both Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh from the group.
That said, let’s yell at some cops for not knowing who our dad is and talk Bob Marley and the Wailers, Natty Dread!
Randy Newman’s best album is as astounding and challenging today as when it dropped 47 years ago.
The opening track (Rednecks) pushes buttons harder now than when it was released not because we are a more sensitive generation of listeners, but because change of it’s subject matter has been glacial if any at all.
That said, let’s talk Randy Newman, Good Old Boys!
Steely Dan went into the studio in 1973 as a quintet and by 1974 were two piece.
The subsequent album produced their highest charting single and received unanimous praise from critics.
Let’s talk Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic!
“I guess you guys aren’t ready for that, yet. But your kids are gonna love it.”
– M. Mcfly
Gene Clark went into the studio with some big ideas and a brand new cocaine habit.
8 songs and one hundred thousand dollars later, he left;
scorned by his label, estranged from his family, lambasted by critics, and dejected.
It wouldn’t be until well after his death in 1991 that No Other would receive the posthumous praise is justly deserves.
And on that somber note, let’s talk Gene Clark, No Other!
I dunno, some cutsie rhyming couplets involving opossum and awesome?
Let’s talk George Jones, The Grand Tour!
Model train enthusiast and known godfather to grunge, Neil Young, transcendently continues ditchward with this melancholy masterpiece.
Recorded after Tonight’s The Night but released before, it’s a beautiful continuation of his staggering 70s output.
Let’s talk Neil Young, On The Beach!
How best to describe this band… Self-aware pop? Art-pop? Nerd-rock?
Dunno, but we like it!
Let’s talk 10cc, Sheet Music!
Brain May duels himself using a circuit bent echoplex and that’s just on the first song!
Let’s talk Queen, Sheer Heart Attack!
It’s Black History Month , everybody!
Forty seven years after it’s release and here we are, listening to Winter In America, during winter in America, and this country is still a racist dumpster fire.
Doesn’t have to be, though.
Call racism out when you see it.
Spend monies at black owned businesses.
Get in the streets.
Let’s talk the genius of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson’s, Winter In America!
The book delivers an absolute MUST HEAR before shedding this mortal coil.
Let’s talk Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight!
Question for you, oh humble listener?
What was the real Crime of The Century?
b. Lindbergh baby tampering
c. The rise of 80s neo-liberalism destroying the middle class.
d. The DENIAL of 4x platinum selling, flawlessly-played and produced late 70s transatlantic soft rock classic, Breakfast In America from this list.
Let’s talk Super Tramp, Crime of The Century.
Sparks > everything else.
Documentary coming soon!!
Let’s talk Kimono My House!
Ridley Scott soundtrack composers and kosmische pioneers, Tangerine Dream, bought Keith Richard’s old Moog modular and in the process reading the manual (more or less) created a masterpiece.
Let’s talk Phaedra!
Brian Eno bids adieu and Bryan Ferry gets the sound he was always looking for on Roxy Music’s 4th outing, Country Life.
Come for the album cover, stay for a really rad record.
Here we are!
Born to be kings!
And stoked to be talking ’bout Queen!
This album is a ripper, let’s get into Queen II!
Joni Mitchell is a goddamn treasure.
Let’s talk Court and Spark!
Van the man is back, baaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbyyyy!
Holy shit, this double live record hit us like a side of beef.
Its not the stuffed with cocaine, turkey, and slathered in gravy Van of a few year later but Van at the very top of his game.
An absolute MUST LISTEN and simply one of the best live performances ever put put to wax.
Lets talk Van Morrison, Its Too Late to Stop Now!
Kraftwerk has arrived in the book!! Autobahn represents Kraftwerk bringing their “factory music” concept into actuality. How many times can Rob say “at that particular point in time” in one episode? The answer may surprise you.
Lets talk Kraftwerk!
Known cocaine enthusiast and idol to dentists worldwide, Eric Clapton, is back on his old bullshit.
Let’s talk 461 Ocean Boulevard.