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Influences and Musical Arcs – XTC

english settlement by xtc1982 – Waterloo Records, in Austin Texas, was south of the river and allowed for returns on vinyl records “just because you didn’t like it,” Louis was great at helping introduce you to new music. And XTC’s English Settlement came out, changing my musical trajectory forever.

Here’s the amazing opener, Runaways. If you don’t know XTC, this is nice gateway track. If you only know their three radio tracks (Generals and Majors, Mayor of Simpleton, and Dear God) you’re in for a treat. The entire album cuts fantastic jags through what had come before and defines the new XTC sound.

And though my son, Jason, was not named for the Jason and the Argonauts track on this record, it was definitely a factor.


Frampton Comes Alive – 1976

1976 Frampton Comes AliveWhat was it about “Frampton Comes Alive” that blew us away in 1976? Were we ready for a blitzkrieg of a live tour de force? The crowd interactions that made Frampton seem like a rock god, when his first 4 solo records had actually not done all that well. What was the formula?

I was 14 years old and about to leave for prep school up East. Leaving everything I knew behind. Leaving for the unknown. And yes, at that moment, I DID feel like Peter did. Was he openly saying he was getting high? Yes, yes, I believe that’s what he was saying.

And aside from the still-alive classic rock tracks “Do You Feel Like We Do?” “Show Me The Way” and “Baby I Love Your Way” there are some other great songs. Songs that more typify my fall into rock fantasy. We all wanted to BE Peter Frampton. 8th graders, with long hair and a subversive attitude. I did not even own a guitar at that point. I had played flute in band. BUT I COULD SING. Choir was my strength. And Frampton’s massive album had a lot to sing along with.

My stand out tracks, listening to the album on Spotify at the moment, would have to be:

  • I Wanna Go To the Sun
  • All I Want To Be Is By Your Side
  • Baby, I Love Your Way

and of course

  • Do You Feel Like We Do?

Which became kind of an anthem for my generation as we grew up trying to push the envelope of what was legal and illegal, of what was acceptable vs. what was fun. And during Spring break that freshman year in high school I visited my sister in NYC and bought a cheap electric guitar.

Let’s put this in context by looking at the top hits from 1976 and see what was playing on the radio.

The Top Hits of 1976


Yeah, I’d say Frampton was in a class by himself. And I was in his army of followers.

We owe a lot to Mr. Frampton.

This cover sort of changed his image

Frampton said he regretted the (RS shirtless) photo because it changed his image as a credible artist into a teen idol. [And I bet he wishes he had a bit more of that hair these days.]

And there was even a bit of contraversy that surfaced about the phenominal Comes Alive album later.

“Because “Show Me the Way” had not yet been released in any form, the audience response was less than more familiar numbers. On the original album, Frampton added more audience response to make it appear that it was as recognizable to the audience as more familiar material.” They enhanced the audience tracks.

My hat’s off to you today Mr. Frampton. In all you still do, you are still showing the way to the sun.

Reference: Peter Frampton (wikipedia)

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Buzzie Loves WILCO

Holy crap! I’ve been a little slow on the uptake for Wilco’s new CD.

Here’s a cut from their David Letterman appearance where they show the power that they wield. Notice Wilco go from a band with almost no guitar sounds, even the guitarist is messing with Radiohead-ish effects. We have two full-time keyboardists, Tweedy with no guitar… and by the end of the song we have three guitarists and a bass player rocking hard.

All I could say after this one was WOW!

Watch directly on YouTube: Wilco’s The Art of Almost

And also from the Letterman show, this rocker that has a real Joe Jackson/Elvis Costello feel. I Might.

watch directly on YouTube: Wilco’s I Might

Brilliant. Some of the best music today. Tweedy and company truly cutting their own path, and doing it well.

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Here is the Buzzie Video Playlist on YouTube if you want more.

Other buzzie links of interest:

The 15 Albums that Define You (from facebook)


No checking your iPod for reference, no taking more than 5 minutes on this exercise. Name the top 15 most influential cds in your life. “If you were stuck on a desert island… blah blah blah” NOTE: I’m only sending this to YOU because I actually want to hear what you think is essential listening. You can write a note of your own and then TAG me back along with people you would like to know more about, musically. That’s it. Rock On!

1. U2 – Boy
2. Led Zepplin 2
3. Coldplay X and Y
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows
5. ACDC – Back in Black
6. The Guess Who – Best of
7. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
8. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill
9. The Who – Quadraphenia
10. Led Zepplin – Houses of the Holy
11. Collective Soul – Collective Soul
12. The Beatles – Revolver
13. Mr. Mister – Go On
14. Level 42 – World Machine
15. Eric Johnson – Tones