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"Despite all the horrible things people were saying—I didn’t even think they were horrible, I honestly thought I was doing therapy. I would do interview after interview and I’d try to talk them down off the ledge because they were so mad. I just had to calibrate, explaining that I was on a major label, that’s where I got left, and I had to sink or swim and so I swam. In actuality, promoting that record exposed me to far bigger audiences and I learned how to get my sea legs on stage and learned how to do a ton of things. Those were heavy times but that was really fun, to be part of a band, and that camaraderie, and our tours were so great. I just experienced so much that I would never, ever give back. So I don’t have regrets."
27 January 2022
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So is the message from Ringo Starr's first post-Beatles single, produced by George Harrison. It remains one of Ringo's biggest solo hits - and no one expected him to have solo hits. Starting and ending somewhat quietly, the tune gets more bombastic, becoming a beautiful, uplifting song - and one of my personal favorites.
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14 January 2022
Do you know who would be really happy to be called a guilty pleasure?
From the Dayton, OH band's 1997 album, Mag Earwhig!, this song and video are probably about as close as Guided by Voices has gotten to actual guilty pleasure territory. It's a song that clocks in at 3:00 on the dot, has a significant guitar solo, and a video with significant production value.
The title is in reference to being tough - having a thick skin. Clearly, the video's protagonist, Larkey Parka, had to have a thick skin as he was bullied in his pursuit of the girl, eventually winning her over at the Rock Show Tonight.
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05 January 2022
Ten years ago from this very point - 3:36 PM, Eastern Standard Time, January 5, 2012 - I started a blog. It was born of a shared appreciation of a particular former sister-in-law of Nick Lachey and star of Melrose Place 2.0, and a thought that she got way too much shit for the SNL debacle.
I didn't know what the hell I was doing back then. I made a few sus style choices that I've stuck with (I'm not changing the font, people). I didn't know that I should be researching these songs a lot more. So, this is what I said:
"Let's open up this blog with one of the guiltiest pleasure songs ever performed. It's hard to be bad-ass in argyle, but Ashlee Simpson tries, and pulls it off to some extent. It's really hard to say "Ashlee Simpson" and "bad-ass" in the same sentence while keeping a straight face."
For our tenth anniversary, I am PURPOSEFULLY revisiting this song that started it all. It deserves a full treatment.
This song was based on real life experience, and is being sung to a very specific person. When you hear Ashlee singing "I didn't steal your boyfriend", she's singing it to Lindsay Lohan. And the boyfriend in question was Wilmer Valderama. That's right. THAT Lindsay Lohan. Simpson did deny it for many years, but she has finally come clean.
The song, which came after her "career-ending" turn on Saturday Night Live, would be a worldwide hit, reaching the top 20 in many countries.
You know what? Before we get into this video, I'd like to address the SNL thing, directly. Ashlee had a SECOND SNL performance. That's right. She came back after the debacle. And performed THIS SONG. This song, the second biggest hit she had, came AFTER her career was supposedly destroyed. Video of that performance appears on nbc.com - but they keep their rights pretty tight, so I can't post it here.
I also want to apologize to Ms. Simpson-Ross (Diana Ross is her mother-in-law now). I no longer have trouble calling her a bad-ass, argyle or no argyle.
04 January 2022
03 January 2022
This was their biggest and only major hit - but it was a really big hit, making the top 5 in the US and charts around the world. I mentioned the lyrics earlier - it was a lyrical apology - but you might notice that it has a very country feel. That's because it was originally written as a country song.