The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Two

I like to think that my foot has been plenty of places, and I hope to take a few more before all the places I’ve been catch up with me and make me stop for good.  But it hurts like Hell right now and I’m not going anywhere, so I’m in my office at home nodding back and forth to Robert Johnson, feathery on painkillers, staring at a shadow that has become a tiny mouse; a Christmas Eve harbinger of the wilderness and the Beautitudes. Continue reading “The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Two”

The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Five

There will be more familial introspection next time.  This time, let’s just cut to the chase.

I have mentioned before that AC/DC was this close to being a major influence to me, as far as musical performance goes(but ultimately bead out by The Eurythmics).  There was plenty of influence to be had by the Aussies, though; I was enamored with the fact that Angus Young used no effects pedals or after-studio filters, used to the extreme(Extreme, even…) in rock music during the time–Young’s overdrive techniques were the first ones I would fall in love with, before I even knew what “overdrive” was.  And, somehow, when I would learn more about how pop music was constructed and found real disdain in “simple” music, I never lost my love for AC/DC, as straight-ahead as they might be. Continue reading “The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Five”

The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Six

I know what you’ve been thinking: “I wonder when Pirate George is gonna roll out the predictable standards?”  Well… that time is now.  But one awesome and easy pick will not make the cut.  Even though the surrealy odd “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” should be listened to over and over, something else needs to be mentioned.  Mentioned in all caps, in fact.

DAVID BOWIE DID AN EERIE VERSION OF “HEROES” ON THE BING CROSBY 1977 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.  BING CROSBY DIED A MONTH LATER.

Look at this thing: Continue reading “The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Six”

The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Seven

“Do They Know It’s Christmas”: A Cronology

0:16 –  The opening lyrics, written explicitly for The Thin White Lines Of Choice Blow Duke, are instead sang by Paul Young.  “Who”, everyone not from the United Kingdom and Steven Michael Van Ore are asking, “is Paul Young?”  His big US hit was “Every Time You Go Away”, and his band had Who 2.0 bassist Pino Palladino in it.  That’s all you get.

[All cocaine jokes aside, there was a ton of fucking cocaine during the recording sessions.  1984, folks!] Continue reading “The Pirate George Advent Calendar: Day Seven”