Do you ever listen solo albums released by members of your favorite bands, and really end up liking random, specific songs off of their albums?
Well, I'd say that is the case with a couple of tunes I've heard off of Elliot Easton's 1985 "Change No Change" - his only solo album. And one song in particular fascinates me - the first track on the record, "Tools of Your Labor." What captivated me initially about this song was the intriguing introduction - a percussive beat produced by something that sounds like what I would describe as a hydraulic pile-driver, or some other kind of machinery working. This eventually breaks into a hammering melody that drives the rest of the song, but you continue to hear the "hydraulics" in the background of each chorus. The chord progression is also very interesting. I would say that the -construction- of this song was very well thought out, both musically and metaphorically haha.
Despite listening to this track frequently over the past 7 months or so, I've yet to figure out the exact meaning of the song. Each verse appears to tell a different story, including the bridge before the final chorus. I actually wasn't able to find any official lyrics online, so I just typed them out and tried to analyze them. Still no luck. Perhaps Elliot was trying to compete with Ric Ocasek in regard to writing confusing lyrics.
Anyway, I still need to listen to the other songs on this record. The only other one I know is Wearing Down (Like a Wheel), which has a music video featuring, well - the most pigeons I've ever seen in a music video. I'm still not sure why there were so many pigeons, but I love it because pigeons are incredible animals. Thanks Elliot! 🐦
...The Cars - founded in 1976 by Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. In 1977 they were signed to Elekra and released their Platin Debut Album "The Cars" in 1978. But today I wanna talk about their 5th studio album "Hearbreak City" from 1984. It was produced by Robert Lange and released on March 13th. It contains the hit songs "Drive", "Magic", "You Might Think" or "Heartbeat City". On some tracks (f.e. "Drive") Benjamin Orr sang the lead vocals (usually it was Ric Ocasek). On the first picture is the new remastered LP in turquoise Vinyl. This was taken from the box-set "The Cars - The Elektra Years 1978-1987. It also has a different color design, the one the band originally wanted was the white one, on the second picture you see an original CD with the 1984 cover in red. Ric Ocasek took part in remastering this LPs and in my opinion they really sound great. "Heartbeat City" is one of my favorite Albums from The Cars. Did you ever listen to this 80s masterpiece? If so, what is your favorite song? Mine is "Why Can't I Have You"...stay tuned for more 👍🏻...📀🎸🎹... #50s#60s#70s#80s#90#1984#heartbeatcity#thecars#ricocasek#benjaminorr#newwave#pop#rock#cd#vinyl#vinyllove#vinylcollector#vinyllover#oldies#retro#musiccollector#vinyljunkie#robertlange#rock#1980s#favoritealbum#coloredvinyl#vinylcollection
¿Hubo alguna vez una revista más bonita que la Interview de los últimos noventa/primeros ceroceros? (Aquí Ric Ocasek, un hombre más feo que un bocao en la polla pero capaz de componer canciones tan bellas que consiguió que Paulina Porizkova se casase con él)