Sunday, February 14, 2010


So...have you ever been driving down the road, and a song came on the radio that blew you away so much that you actully pulled off the road to listen to it finish? I still remember my equally music-loving brother Brooks calling me all excited from a 7-11 because he just heard this Rosanne Cash song called "Seven Year Ache." That has nothing to do with this post, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
I just wanted to give a shout-out to an old 1969 song that I just re-discovered by The Guess Who called "Laughing." It's just beautiful. Amazing. Coupled with one of the videos that they have of the song on YouTube, it's a snapshot of those crazy, sort of innocent/turbulent times. It was their 2nd hit, right after "No Time." Great vocal by Burton Cummings (just ask him!), great melody that puts chills down your spine, great engineering, and there's a riff that Randy Bachman (Bachman Turner Overdrive.."Takin Care of Business") throws in on the repeat of every chorus that, under the headphones especially, is the part of the song that you most look forward too. And want to repeat. Again. And again. I've known this song all my life, but it's a rare re-discovery for me because I haven't really listened to it since I was 8 or so, and it's probably The Guess Who's most neglected hit. I won't comment on the fact that they aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but since KISS isn't either, they shouldn't feel too bad. Stupid Hall of Fame.


  1. When I was in grade school my older brother had this album on an 8-track cassette. My little sister and I would play this album (along with The Animals and The Doors) over and over again. We had this 8-track tape player where you had to turn a dial to switch it to all four channels. How in the world did we ever listen to music this way?

  2. Stupid RRHOF indeed. Afrika Bambatta is in the hall, but KISS, Rush and Black Sabbath - NO?!

    What is the criterion for entry? Clearly it is not album sales or those three would have been first ballot entries in their first eligible year. Only Aerosmith, the Stone and Beatles have outsold Rush and KISS. It can't be influence on other performers either. Maybe it is musical prodigiousness... Oh wait - Neil, Geddy and Alex - all individual HOFers in their specific instraments as is Tony Iomi for Sabbath.

    I would not go into the RRHOF to take a leak and you know I walk on thier sidewalk three or four times a year on the way into the stadium. The Hall is an outrageous joke.