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Friday August 28, 2015
I’m not sure if I have fond memories of having cassette tapes growing up because I actually liked them or if I just settled for whatever I could afford. I guess I could afford CDs, but when my choice was between having five tapes for $20 or one CD for the same price I’d usually choose the latter.
I wore out a lot of my tapes, but there were two I remember vividly. Below are a highlight from each of them.
I Need You – The Who
from the 1965 LP A Quick One
Townshend and bassist John Entwistle’s contributions are generally strongest, but Keith Moon’s “I Need You” stacks up with the best of them. It’s fierce drumming is the lead instrument (as it is on Moon’s other track on the album, bizarre Salvation Army band-ish “Cobwebs and Strange”). The melody is surprisingly strong, Moon’s falsetto jumping like the early Beatles tracks that the song emulates.
Amused to Death – Roger Waters
from the 1993 LP Amused to Death
His critique on culture is unparalleled. The album track builds from Waters’ practically whispered first verse to a big finish with the resounding conclusion: “no tears to cry/no feelings left/this species has amused itself to death.”
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