I wanted to do something different than what I've normally being doing as far as skit work and all. I have to. I hate to admit it, because as much fun as those are doing, and the reactions I get from them, I need to do something different, something that forces me to use other parts of my brain.
So for this week, and maybe next week as well, I'm going to focus on classic rock, and the albums that made me a fan of certain singers or groups.
It'll be fun, I promise.
Today, I'm randomly starting with Elton John. Yeah I know, I know. With the reputation's he recently accrued over the last decade or so of being a bitchy diva queen, it becomes something that's seemingly tainted and affected his reputation as an excellent musician first and foremost.
Well like in the case of Michael Jackson, love or hate his personal life, it's really the music that matters to me. And that's no different than in the case of Sir Reginald Dwight, a.k.a. Elton John.
I remember as a kid enjoying his 80's hits, like "Sad songs", "I'm still standing", "Nikita", or "That's why they call it the blues."
But it wasn't until I was 14 that I could really call myself a serious Elton John fan.
Aww to be 14 again. It was 1995, Mullet Superman was still flying high, Bill Clinton was in office, and I was into mainly three things back then: Comics, Wrestling, and Girls.
I was on shopping trip w/ my folks to Wal-Mart, just looking around for action figures(of course) and whatever decent comics I could find(remember those days when Wal-Mart used to actually carry those?) and I wind up in the music department. Well for some reason, I happened to pick up a tape(remember those?) of Elton John's greatest hits. I recognized some of them, and then found the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
I never heard this album before, but there were a lot of songs on the tape, some I knew, most I didn't, and the songs titles seemed cool enough, so I bought both and immediately played Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in the car on the way home.
Immediately "Funeral for a friend/Love lies bleeding in my hand" came on, and the opening blew me the fuck away!
This is what I heard: