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  • Mark 3:10 pm on November 28, 2015 Permalink
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    new songs from brian fallon’s impending solo album 

    Two new songs that are apparently from Brian Fallon’s impending solo album. I’m not that keen on the first but I can’t get the second out of my head. I still wish Gaslight Anthem hadn’t split up but it’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to an album release this much.

     
  • Mark 9:25 pm on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Brian Fallon covering Oasis 

    Unfortunately it’s not Brian Fallon singing Wonderwall (something which would complete my life). But it’s still pretty good:

    The one thing I’d like to see more than a cover of Wonderwall would be a cover of Masterplan. I think it would be one of those rare covers that could be better than the original, at least from 3 mins onwards:

    They have form in this respect. Compare ‘Songs for Teenagers’ by Fake Problems with the Gaslight Anthem cover:

    I love Fake Problems. But the cover is vastly superior. Somewhat more contentiously, I think this is better than the original:

    (edit to add: line spacing is completely messed up on wordpress. another reason to hate the new wordpress)

     
  • Mark 8:16 pm on January 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Angry Johnny & the Radio (at the blood bank) 

    I’ve heard Gaslight Anthem cover this Bon Iver song more than once but have never been able to find a video of it. At last! The cover starts at 3 minutes in and it fits gloriously into¬†Angry Johnny & the Radio. I’ve put the combined lyrics below, with Bon Iver’s in bold.

    Don’t think twice
    I still believe it John, we lived those nights
    Like we were dyin’ on the long haul drives
    For our Maria, with the ragged sails high
    And the radio on

    And I always have remembered, in case you’re wonderin’
    84 takes a lifetime but Bobby does it better
    I still sing ’em ragged for you and Maria
    I don’t drive nowhere without the radio on

    And I’m still here singin’, thinkin’ ’bout the government
    In my old man’s shoes, and how you’d understand that
    Are you hidin’ in a basement mixin’ up the medicine?
    Every April Fools I say your name

    I know your name
    I still know your name

    And I always have remembered, in case you’re wonderin’
    84 takes a lifetime but Bobby does it better
    I still sing ’em ragged for you and Maria
    I don’t drive nowhere without the radio on

    And on and on and on and on and on

    Well, I met you at the blood bank
    We were looking at the bags
    Wondering if any of the colors
    Matched any of the names we knew on the tags

    You said, see look that’s yours
    Stacked on top with your brother’s
    See how the resemble one another
    Even in their plastic little covers

    And I said I know it well
    That secret that you knew but don’t know how to tell
    It fucks with your honor and it teases your head
    But you know that it’s good girl
    ‘Cause its running you with red

    Then the snow started falling
    We were stuck out in your car
    You were rubbing both of my hands
    Chewing on a candy bar

    You said, ain’t this just like the present
    To be showing up like this?
    As a moon waned to crescent
    We started to kiss

    (We started to kiss) 

    And I always have remembered, in case you’re wonderin’
    84 takes a lifetime but Bobby does it better
    I still sing ’em ragged for you and Maria
    I don’t drive nowhere without the radio on

    We always loved the sad, sad songs

     
  • Mark 9:50 pm on November 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Blues, Mary 

    I learned how to hammer in the burning August sun
    I learned how to lie and cheat, how to steel and just how to run
    I fell asleep most nights with somebody else’s blood on my tongue,
    Your tongue
    You learned just how to run

    But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

    You learned how to cry in them lonesome September nights
    I learned to get by with the dogs and the dirt and the charm of the street
    I fell asleep most nights with your pictures right behind my eyes,
    Your eyes
    The killer and the victim arrive, right at the same time

    But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
    And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

    The cause for smile, is bright like the ramparts on the 4th of July
    And my baby swings like a boxer, and sends her right hooks onto my chin
    She cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
    And she wears me just like a ring
    Cries like a baby (cries like a baby)
    And she wears me just like a ring

    Learned how to swagger
    I Learned how to hold you while your body burned
    I Learned how compromise while this whirlwind hurricane turned
    We fell asleep most nights with each other’s blood on our tongues,
    My love
    Did you ever just have enough

    But it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
    And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you
    And it’s just the blues, Mary the blues
    Swirling around my head like your dreams in Dorothy’s shoes
    I’m somewhere over the rainbow for you

     
  • Mark 7:53 am on September 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    I Coulda Been A Contender 

    I have no idea why but I woke up with this stuck in my head. Posted here in an attempt to externalise it and get on with my day:

    I’m broke and I’m hungry, I’m hard up and I’m lonely
    I’ve been dancing on this killing floor for years
    And of the few things I am certain, I’m the captain of my burden
    I’m sorry doll, I could never stop the rain

    Once you said I was your hero
    You would dance with me on a dime
    We could spin this world right right right round
    And catch back up on the flip side

    I was gonna get this real big engine
    I was gonna get them Broadway stars
    You were gonna be my Judy Garland
    We were gonna share your tin man heart

    There’s a dirty wind blowin’, there’s a storm front comin’ in
    There’s an SOS on the seas tonight
    Steady now, steady now, soldier, hold fast now
    It’s heads or tails and heart attacks and broken dreams tonight

    We used to drive all night
    All over town
    We’d go waltzing Matilda
    When Matilda came around

    I sang them blues to you

    There’s a dirty wind blowin’, there’s a storm front comin’ in
    There’s an SOS on the seas tonight
    Steady now, steady now, soldier, hold fast now
    It’s heads or tails and heart attacks and broken dreams tonight

    There’s a dirty wind blowin’, there’s a storm front comin’ in
    There’s an SOS on the seas tonight
    Steady now, steady now, soldier, hold fast now
    It’s heads or tails and heart attacks and broken dreams

    And heart attacks and broken dreams
    Atlantis is my only dream tonight

     
  • Mark 9:16 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Gigs I wish I had attended (#1) 

     
  • Mark 11:39 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    it’s just so easy, it’s hard…. 

     
  • Mark 10:52 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Just a pause to cool the refrain 

    Give me mercy and a minute now
    I’m a bleed a little poison out
    I’m a cry a little river down
    And then I’m setting this whole thing on fire

    And I’m burning up the night she died
    And I’m putting every last picture aside
    I’m gonna say what I need to say
    In my very last letter to you

    Cause you always made it clear
    Said that you’d never be my pain
    So here’s to you and your bright baby blues
    And just a pause to cool the refrain

    And you said you were satisfied
    And now this body’s just waiting to die
    And that you missed him sometimes but you said it’s alright
    It’s just a whole lot harder alone

    But I wish you knew her now
    She’s a better side of me now
    And I’m doing the best I can
    It’s what you wanted

    And I see you like you were there
    And I know just how you’d smile
    Mary, you looked just like it was 1930 that night

    But here the days will eat you alive
    But I won’t give in tonight
    You said it’s not worth my time
    And not to regard them

    And not to settle just for piece of mind
    But I can wait it out all night
    If you’ll just keep breathing

    But Mary I found a sound
    And this heart keeps pouring it out
    And the glory hasn’t come and it’s probably gonna fade
    Like a tattoo that hides the shame

    And the reasons always fade
    And the pain gets out some day
    So I’m saying my goodbyes to your deep blue eyes
    Cause I don’t know how to say, “Stay still in the pain.
    Stay still in the pain.”

    But I wish you knew her now
    She’s a better side of me now
    And I’m doing the best I can
    It’s what you wanted

    And I see you like you were there
    And I know just how you’d smile
    Mary, you looked just like it was 1930 that night

    If I recall the last thing you said to me
    Before it broke up, before it took you from me
    And you said, “I love you more than the stars in the sky
    But your name just escapes me tonight.”

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/gaslightanthem/1930.html

     
    • Roy Wilson 11:55 pm on November 6, 2013 Permalink

      Interesting media mix. Is the interpretation obvious, or completely free?

    • Mark 11:47 am on November 7, 2013 Permalink

      completely free is more fun!

  • Mark 10:05 pm on September 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Brian Fallon and Bruce Springsteen – a love affair in three parts 

    A few days after Bruce Springsteen appeared with Gaslight Anthem at Glastonbury, he invited Brian Fallon on stage with him at Hyde Park Calling. It’s hard to watch this video and not get the impression that the minute following 1:23 was probably the happiest moment of Brian’s life (though he does look like he’s about to burst into tears at the end of it).

    And he does the second verse of No Surrender very well:

    Well, now young faces grow sad and old
    And hearts of fire grow cold
    We swore blood brothers against the wind
    Now I’m ready to grow young again
    And hear your sister’s voice calling us home
    Across the open yards
    Well maybe we’ll cut someplace of own
    With these drums and these guitars

    Afterwards the press picks up on the Bruce Springsteen comparison in a big way and suddenly Brian Fallon is the ‘new Springsteen’. Suddenly their popularity sky rockets and a narrative begins to form about the band which clearly starts to grate. By this summer he was starting to get rather pissy about it:

    Screen shot 2013-09-19 at 22.52.45

    And then I stumbled across the video of this festival show over the summer where he seems to have not only got over his frustration at being compared to Springsteen but has diligently reproduced an outfit I’ve seen countless pictures of Springsteen wearing:

     
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