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Song of the Day 4/15/09

Every day, our top 666 songs of alltime countdown gets one step closer to #1. Wednesday’s song is #469:

Jethro Tull – Black Sunday

From the nuclear apocalypse concept album A, from 1980, comes this uncharacteristically terse anthem about “the one day I would trade for a Monday,” as Ian Anderson puts it. The record was supposed to be a solo effort, but as it turned out he ended up putting the whole band on it with him. That’s Fairport Convention’s rhythm section doing the prog-rock thing, if you can believe. Mp3s are everywhere; the vinyl surprisingly makes an appearance in the dollar bins from time to time. And it’s actually excellent – no Dance of the Gnomes, no Viking battle songs, no minstrels in the gallery annoying everyone in the wee hours with their interminably longwinded Scottish ballads. The link above is a decent-sounding live take from the year it was recorded.

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April 15, 2009 - Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. You should review my new favorite band THE HONORS – boston rock band – I saw them in NYC and fell in LOVE http://www.myspace.com/thehonorsmusic

    Comment by Nicole Fafalios | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. U2 wannabes. Ugh. I thought they all got old and disappeared ten years ago. Guess not.

    Comment by lc | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. wow, I don’t think the’re U2 wanna b’s by any means… guess you don’t know good music

    Comment by Nicole Fafalios | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Strongly suspect that if the boys in the band were old and ugly you wouldn’t like them nearly as much. Curious – none of my friends listen to stuff like the Honors – what do you actually see in them?

    Comment by lc | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. They are phenomenal live and I love the recording… I guess I do love U2 as well – maybe it’s just not your taste in music… I just think your comment was a little harsh… ps – boy bands SUCK and that they are not a boy band… the fact that they’re hot adds to the appeal for certain… sure if they were old and ugly I wouldn’t be attracted to them, but would certainly still like the music… why don’t you give it a listen again and lose the pretense – are you a Bono hater?

    Comment by Nicole Fafalios | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Bono hater 4 life! Forget the music for the moment, what he’s done shilling for the World Bank under the guise of “debt forgiveness” – i.e. the western world’s financial elite will let the third world write down their debt if they’ll just hand over their hospitals, water supply and police forces so that Halliburton can run them for a profit – is unforgivable. Even worse than his bloated, egotistical bleating, nonsensical lyrics and boring melodies.

    If you like anthemic rock with an 80s beat, why not try New Model Army or Midnight Oil? Both have good tunes and socially aware lyrics.

    Comment by lc | April 18, 2009 | Reply


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