Wednesday, 28 April 2010

My cups over- filled.

I can't help but think of this next song when I become hungry. This is one of my favourite songs of the early 90s music scene. Hunger Strike was a song written for Andrew Wood, who was the lead singer of the Band Mother Love Bone, who Jeff Ament (Bassist of TOTD and now Pearl Jam) and Stone Gossard (Guitarist of TOTD and now Pearl Jam)were members of. Andrew Wood died, of what I believe to have been a heroin overdose, although I am sure Wikipedia has some kind of accurate cause of death. TOTD also consisted of Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden and Audioslave, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam on vocals. Vedder was only on a few songs providing mostly back up vocals for TOTD with Cornell taking the main stage for the band. On drums was Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, but now drummer of Pearl Jam and Mike McCready on lead guitar (Pearl Jam). The band really was a fusion of the two Seattle based bands (known as the broadly used genre label 'grunge') and, for me, were the beginnings of the rise of grunge hitting the mainstream of MTV.


I woke up this morning and I had a feeling (not a blues feeling I'm afraid, although maybe soon)of wonder; what would living in the 70s be like? I haven't a clue why I felt like that- maybe it has something to do with all the music from that era that I listen to. Anyway, today's song is a 70s classic.
Ride A White Swan was T. Rex's first major hit in 1970 and it has been said by some people to have started the glam rock sensation of the 70s.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

John, May You Never Be Forgotten.

The recently departed John Martyn is my favourite singer/songwriter type artists; someone who sits with a guitar and sings, with maybe a few added extras. John Martyn is one of those artists that you can just listen to at anytime and May You Never is a prime example of this. John Martyn lived quite an interesting life; involving drugs, being shot and having his leg amputated. Beside all of this, the big man continued touring up until his untimely death of last year.
If you find yourself a fan of someone who sits with a guitar and sings, then John is your man. He has one of the greatest voices in music, as well as being one of the greatest guitar players in his field.

John Martyn, may you rest in peace and May You Never be forgotten.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Rubin Carter

Bob Dylan- possibly the greatest song writer of all time. The song I have chosen today is arguably his best song and maybe even the best song ever written. I am personally undecided on what is the best song in the world, but this definitely up there amongst the greats. The song is taken from Dylan's album Desire and is written about the acts of racism against Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who imprisoned without, according to some, a fair trial. The song itself caused a lot of problems for Dylan in the form of lawsuits. In fact, the song even had to be re-recorded, due to some offensives within the lyrics, but even the modified version caused outrage. All in all, the song remains one of the greatest songs ever written.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

TV is for Tom Verlaine.

Okay this next song, in my opinion, deserves a lot more recognition than it has. The song is a timeless classic and it just doesn't get old. The song is on Television's album of the same name and it is pure brilliance. I don't think music gets more epic and chilling than this song: I think everyone should have listened to this song at least once in their lifetime.
The album was released in 1977, but never got the acclaim that it truly deserved (apart from in New York where they began). The album was, however, re-released in 2003 and has ever since been regarded very highly in album charts. NME rated it as no. 4 album ever and Rolling Stone Magazine put it at 128.
The album was, arguably, the beginnings of post-rock. Tom Verlaine deserves to be recognised as a great front man with this amazing song and the album as a whole.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

From me to you.

Okay, so this song goes back to 1963 and the reason I have put it up is because it was the Beatles first number one in the Uk (although it was their 2nd in other charts). The song hit number one in May of that year and was the startings of something special for the biggest band to have graced the planet.
This song is the definition of 2 minute pop song. Classic.

Friday, 23 April 2010

This will be my first entry of this blog that I have titled 'A Bonafide Safe High...' I intend to post songs that I deem important, or just plain good. The songs will mainly be classics that have either deserved their fame, or ones that have been long forgotten, or over-shadowed. The First song, however, is not overshadowed in the slightest and is not forgotten. It is a song to celebrate England on St. George's Day, as well as prepare us for the World Cup.