Miles of Artists

This page is all about exhibiting those songs and artists that are simply brilliant. From any era, any genre, any country. A musical appreciation of sorts.

Released on Jefferson Airplane’s seminal 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow, “Embryonic Journey” was the creation of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The rapid finger-picking, lavish reverb and the warm hum of the 12 string make it 1 minute and 54 seconds of complete contentment.

Previous Songs:

Red Hot Chili Peppers- “The Power of Equality”– RHCP delivered slabs of brutal funk like no other band, and it built to a frenzied brilliance on 1991 record Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Held together by the the intense rhythms of Flea and John Frusciante, “The Power of Equality” is like being woken up with a punch.

Bon Iver- “Skinny Love” Shutting himself off for three months in a cabin in Wisconsin, Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) gathered up some aged recording equipment and crafted one of the greatest break up albums ever: For Emma, Forever Ago.

Aretha Franklin- “Respect”- A striking, fiery voice coupled with lyrics of independence and passion make “Respect” not just a bold statement for the time, but for all eternity.

The Runaways- “Cherry Bomb”-The combination of rage, California sun, humour and sexuality of The Runaways made them one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

John Butler- “Ocean” – Without a doubt one of John Butler’s greatest compositions, and a stunning instrumental  piece in its own right, “Ocean” is an elegant elegy to the guitar.

Bob Marley & The Wailers- “Is This Love”-     Released on the 1978 record Kaya, Bob Marley and the Wailers asked the troublesome question ‘Is this Love?’ over a heartbeat slow groove and some scattered percussion. The sound defined reggae for a generation, and beyond.

The Rolling Stones- “Satisfaction”-      Perfectly synthesising the growing hedonistic culture of the 1960’s, The Rolling Stones released Satisfaction in 1965 to a totally unprepared audience.

Muse- “Supermassive Black Hole”-    Possessing one of the greatest riffs of the decade, Supermassive Black Hole torpedoed Muse to stardom when it was featured in 2008 movie, Twilight. Whatever you think of the film, the song worked, spreading like wildfire throughout the music world.

Cream- “Strange Brew”-     From the 1967 album Disraeli Gears, Strange Brew presented everything that was good about Cream in one 3 minute slice. With a killer hook, floating harmonies and the driving blues force courtesy of Eric Clapton, it became the quiet achiever behind the other smash hit of the record, Sunshine Of Your Love.

Mavis Staples- “You Are Not Alone”-     Co-written by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone was the title track of Mavis Staples’ 2010 record. Showcasing her fantastic low and growly voice, it became an unexpected hit and a hymn for the modern age.

Pink Floyd- “Money”-       A delectable bass hook and a screaming sax solo make this a standout track from Pink Floyd. Released in 1973 on the crazily successful Dark Side Of The Moon, it proved the band could do a lot more than just trippy sound-scapes.

Jimi Hendrix- “All Along The Watchtower”-     Hendrix at his most electric, from the heavily affected vocals and guitar to the warped, psychedelic solo, All Along The Watchtower quickly become synonymous with Jimi, and not with Bob Dylan (who wrote the song). Sublime.

Amy Winehouse- “Rehab”-        One of the classics of the 2000’s, Amy Winehouse’s Rehab propelled her to international success, with the help of producer Mark Ronson and a heck of a lot of vintage RnB groove. In the wake of her death last year, the lyrics have taken on something of a tragic edge, but the song still rings with Winehouse’s killer vocal chords and powerful presence.

John Mayer- “In Your Atmosphere”-       A lesser known but arguably one of his best songs, John Mayer’s performance of In Your Atmosphere in 2007 was a highlight of his epic concert- Where the Light Is. Plain and open lyrics accompanied by intricate and dynamic guitar, the song cements Mayer as one of the best musicians of this generation.

The Doors- “The End”-      One of the most evocative songs of the last century, The End perfectly captured the Vietnam War-era feeling of hopelessness and insanity. Released by The Doors in 1967, and originally written by Jim Morrison as a breakup song, it soared his dark, poetic lyrics over a vast desolate backing.

John Lee Hooker- “Deep Blue Sea”-     The song you listen to whilst lying in the sun clutching a whiskey. John Lee Hooker’s plucked, warm acoustic guitar spins around his deep voice to create a slow blues that soothes the ears. Close your eyes and let it lull you to sleep.

Frank Zappa- “Dirty Love”-  The lord of all things rock fusion, Frank Zappa released Over-Nite Sensation in 1973 to an astonished and hungry public. Appropriately, it became an overnight sensation and propelled Zappa into the popular music sphere. Dirty Love is a psychedelic rock funk trip of the best kind.

Any suggestions? Any awesome songs that you’d like stuck up on this page? Let me know.

7 thoughts on “Miles of Artists

  1. Good stuff: thanks for prodding old memories.

    I have a few comments regarding songs that were part of my youth:

    Creme: I would also tender the song ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’

    ‘Money’, from ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ struck me as the most commercial (not a bad thing) piece on the album (hence its name). ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ was an album that epitomized late sixties and early seventies’ progressive rock (their album ‘Meddle’ was the beginning of their stellar musical voyage, particularly the song ‘Echoes’)

    ‘All Along the Watchtower’ is one of my all-time favorites!

    Frank Zappa is a misunderstood genius. I had the great fortune to enjoy one of his bands (‘The Mothers of Invention’ — renamed ‘The Grandmothers of Invention’ for the gig) at a live performance (at the Commodore in Vancouver, B.C. Canada): they were an awesome group of musicians, and the music I heard at the concert will, unfortunately, never be enjoyed by the populous-at-large (their albums do not sufficiently parley the complete synthesis of jazz that they can impart to their music).

    • Hey! Thanks for reading. It’s great to get feedback.
      ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ is a great song, Clapton’s guitar tone is pretty epic.
      ‘Money’, I agree, is definitely the most commercial track off that album. But hey, I love the riff, it stays in my head for days after I hear it!
      And ‘All Along The Watchtower’ is probably the greatest driving song ever.
      I’m incredibly jealous that you saw Frank Zappa perform live, I’ll never get that opportunity Unfortunately.
      I did, however, see his son play all of his tunes earlier this year and that was a pretty amazing show. Still, nothing like seeing the original.
      If you have any more suggestions, just let me know! 🙂

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