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Old 03-01-2014, 11:56 AM   #241 (permalink)
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Since you've done some 90s stuff AND may do some more indie stuff, I wanted to try this on you:

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Old 04-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #242 (permalink)
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Time to try to get this here journal back on track!Thanks for all the suggestions, some of which I've done, some of which I will do, some of which I won't. But it's now time for me to try to bring some sense of sanity and order to this journal and so I'm going back to my list and for handiness' sake I'm going to (try to) do them in order.

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Old 04-03-2014, 04:43 PM   #243 (permalink)
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Title: Californication
Artiste: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year: 1999
Chronological position: Seventh album
Previous experience of this artiste?: Bits here and there; listened (with one ear) to their greatest hits
Why is this considered a classic? Their most commercially successful album, it also saw the return of guitarist John Frusciante after an extended period in rehab. He's credited with changing the Peppers' complete musical sound. Apparently.

My thoughts
One minute (or thereabouts in) ---- Good, great, bad, meh, still waiting or other? Meh
One track in --- Meh
Halfway through --- Good
Finished --- Good to meh, hard to decide really.

Comments: I'v enever been that big a fan of RHCP. Not that I don't like them or think they're a good band, but that's just it: I think they're a good band, but not a great band. Mind you, I haven't heard enough of their music really to be making that sort of judgement, but given the adulation tracks like “Under the bridge” and “Give it away” received I was left sort of shrugging my shoulders and asking why? I don't care for the opener --- too much rap in it for me, and you know how I feel about that! --- but the second is good. But just good, not great. Not yet anyway. I've heard Scar tissue and like that, more rap in Get on top, bit of funk too which again really isn't my thing but I see it was theirs in the past.

I of course know the title and do like that a lot, and Emit remmus (guffaw!) is good hard rock with a sort of Clash-ish sense of anger in it. More funk in I like dirt; it's okay but I don't. Like it, that is. I do like Saviour though but hate Purple stain. And so it goes. It's not really an album of enough strong tracks to impress me personally. Just all right, I guess. I remember hearing Road trippin' and liking that, and there's no change here, so a good closer. But it doesn't do enough to override the tracks I don't like.

Favourite track(s): Parallel universe, Otherside, Californication, Emit remmus, Saviour, Road trippin'
Least favourite track(s): Around the world, Get on top, Purple stain (Seeing a pattern here? ) Right on time

Final impression --- Yeah, a decent album but it's got a lot of weak points for me. Probably too many tracks as well. I suppose I'd have to know more about them to comment on the change in musical direction, but it's not really an album I'd be in too much of a rush to go back to, to be honest. Sexual innuendos are a little too close to the bone for me and not at all clever; too in-your-face, as it were.

Do I feel, at the end, A) I wish I had listened to this sooner
B) I'm sorry I bothered
C) I might end up liking this
D) Have to wait and see
E) Bit underwhelmed; was ok but a classic?
F) Definitely enjoyed it, but again would I consider it a classic?


Gotta say E on this occasion.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:57 PM   #244 (permalink)
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"Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a hollywood basement"

I always liked that line in californication.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #245 (permalink)
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Sexual innuendos are a little too close to the bone for me and not at all clever; too in-your-face, as it were.
I don't think they really care about being subtle.


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Old 04-06-2014, 06:59 AM   #246 (permalink)
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't love Californication, I do love some of the lines in the title song though.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:49 AM   #247 (permalink)
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't love Californication, I do love some of the lines in the title song though.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #248 (permalink)
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Man I'm working hard on Metal Month II, but it must be time to rejuvenate this ol' journal again, so here first of all is an updated list. Which I'm not going to follow. More after.

The list so far. Albums in GREEN have been reviewed already.

The White Stripes --- Elephant
ZZ Top --- Tres hombres
Lynyrd Skynyrd --- Pronounced...
RHCP --- Californication
David Bowie --- Low
Massive Attack --- Mezzanine
PIL --- Metal box
Peter Tosh --- Wanted dread or alive
Captain Beefheart --- Trout Mask replica
Earth Wind and Fire --- That's the way of the world
Janet Jackson --- Rhythm nation 1814
The Clash --- London calling
Yes --- Close to the edge
Slayer --- Reign in blood
Moby --- Play
Pink Floyd --- Animals (This has been removed as I have already listened to it independently of this journal in the intervening months)
The Smiths --- The queen is dead
REM --- Automatic for the people
U2 --- The Joshua Tree

My Bloody Valentine --- Loveless
AC/DC --- Back in black
Neil Young --- After the gold rush
Paul Simon --- Graceland
Stevie Wonder --- Songs in the key of life
Simon and Garfunkel --- Bridge over troubled water
Bob Marley --- Exodus
Nirvana --- Nevermind
Bob Dylan --- Blood on the tracks
Michael Jackson --- Thriller (I've decided not to bother with this, as really there are only about three tracks on it that I don't know, so it kind of goes against the spirit of what I'm trying to do here. I also looked at Bad, but same thing really. So I think I'll just pass on Jackson; his music is too mainstream and commercial for me not to really have heard, in one way or another, his albums regarded as classics)
Metallica --- Master of puppets (Reviewed for Metal Month '13, so no longer a valid choice. May replace with another Metallica. Suggestions?)
Human League --- Dare!
ELP --- Tarkus (Note 5)
ABC --- The lexicon of love
Kate Bush --- The hounds of love
Waterboys --- Fisherman's blues
Terence Trent D'Arby --- Introducing the hardline according to...
Pulp --- Different class
Judas Priest --- British Steel
The Jesus and Mary Chain --- Psychocandy
Funkadelic --- Maggot brain
Faith No More --- Angel dust
Slowdive --- Souvlaki
Sisters of Mercy --- Floodlands
Talking Heads --- Remain in Light
Arcade Fire --- Funeral
Neutral Milk Hotel --- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Sonic Youth --- Daydream Nation
Wilco --- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Can --- Tago mago
Tom Petty --- Damn the torpedoes
The Antlers --- Hospice
Gang of Four --- Entertainment!
Of Montreal --- Hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?
Pavement -- Crooked rain, crooked rain
The Auteurs --- New wave

I was due, according to the list sequence, to listen to PIL next but I can't be bothered with that at the moment, so I'm choosing one at random. Stay tuned to find out which one! (Yeah, like you care...)
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:23 PM   #249 (permalink)
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You MUST hear Blood on the Tracks and Bridge Over Troubled Water. Especially BOTW. Well, what are you waiting for?

EDIT: Also After the Gold Rush. All fantastic albums.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:43 AM   #250 (permalink)
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Another Metallica album = Ride the Lightning.
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