Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sick Day Music

This week has been my annual sick week.  I have a pretty tough immune system but it seems like one week every winter I catch the flu.  It isn't a big deal but I use it as an excuse to lounge around the apartment, whine, complain, and indulge in things I usually avoid.  Like milk shakes.

I could use a little cheering up, a boost, so I decided to pull up some good tunes.

We're going with some classics today because I recently chatter with a blogger who didn't know who Lynyrd Skynyrd was.  Seriously.  Sweet Home Alabama?  Tuesday's Gone?  Really?

(This is a tribute version, after the crash, it had the best audio quality.  Don't short yourself, watch the whole thing.  If you don't know why people yell "Free Bird" at concerts, you'll see around the halfway mark.)

Here's another classic, if you don't know it than you need to seriously reevaluate your priorities.  Another nice version thanks to YouTube.

I'm going to pause here for a little rant.  When "music" involves more computers than musicians you stop finding versions of badass songs that are eleven minutes long.  This is why I can't listen to the radio anymore, one more computerized drum track and I swear I'm going to drive into a light pole.

Another classic.  Hard to beat CCR.

Okay, a few newer-ish ones.  90's is considered new-ish, right?  Better than the crap they play these days.

Alice in Chains off my favorite album of theirs.  The video is crazy.

Ah, the albums of my High School years.  The Aussies better recognize this next band.  I actually brought this album to my guitar teacher so we could figure out how to play this song.

Ahhhh, nostalgia.  Oh, not for those years, for the music.  What happened to music?

There are a lot of things to dislike about Creed, the lead singer's ego and the not-so-subtle christian references to name a few, but there is one redeeming factor:  Mark Tremonti, arguably one of the best guitarists of his time.  Also, Scott Stapp offered to box Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), which is points in their favor as far as I'm concerned.

There's plenty of untapped material from the 90's, Slip Knot, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, System of a Down, Korn, Rage against the Machine, Deftones, Mudvayne, Sepultura, Veruca Salt, Fly leaf, and many, many more but we're going to save those for another post.

Newer stuff?  Okay, we'll attempt to find some newer stuff too.  Well, newer-ish.  I think these are within the last decade at least.  Mostly.

Early Shinedown.

I have a hard time admitting this, but I actually like 30 Seconds to Mars.  I know, I know, but there's something about them that just seems slightly more authentic than most modern "bands".  This is ironic since I have a hard time believing Jared Leto is human.  He's too pretty and talented, he's got to be an android from the future.

And probably the only other band that's actually played on the radio that doesn't make me want to change the station.

That should be plenty of music for today, I've managed to waste most of a sick afternoon playing on YouTube.  Hope you enjoyed the selection, and if you didn't too bad.

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