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Okay, CODE WORD. Today's "can't write a blog 'cuz of our 12-week-old" questions are:
What song is going through your head this precise moment?
What was your first big rock music concert experience?
I'll put my answers in the comments later so that the song in my head doesn't interrupt yours.
Posted by Ian Williams at July 5, 2005 11:55 PM
"Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" by Jack Johnson. (It's playing on Winamp)
My parents saw a Hall & Oates concert while my mom was pregnant with me sometime in 1984, so I like to count that as my first concert experience because I still LOVE Hall & Oates to this day. Post-womb, Dave Matthews Band was my first real concert in 11th grade.
Not sure the actual name of the song OR artist, and I'm too lazy to Google it right now, but it's the song that goes, "there's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear..."
First concert experience was INXS during the Kick Tour. My folks wouldn't let me go to a concert before I turned 15, so...
"An old Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high, When a long came a pretty girl interrupting the sky (his cry)?"
Chorus add sounds
My five year old won't stop singing this lately; loves the 3/4 time. He knows the pretty girl always comes 1st as it is in his version. Reminds me of "Fried Ham" and other camp-far songs.
With a cool MTV jacket on, I saw a 1980s YES at the Greensboro Coliseum for my cherry-popping rocknroll show. Synth then, it's been awhile.
"In the Waiting Line", Zero 7
First big concert...INXS during the Kick Tour (1988?) at the Hampton Coliseum, general admission. It rocked, or at least my 16 year old self thought it did.
Yesterday's pictures were beautiful.
I was about to say that Genesis show at the Dean Dome, but actually, my first concert experience was when I was about 10 years old and my little brother was 6. The high school where my dad taught sponsored a concert starring Johnny Winter. My dad worked the ticket booth to supplement his teacher salary, and my naive mom (who did not know who Johnny Winter was) brought me AND my brother to the show. Can you believe it?? We stayed for about 10 minutes. It took exactly 10 minutes for my mom to get completely freaked out by the music, the wafting mojo fumes, and by Johnny Winter himself, and we were OUTTA there. That was the last concert hosted by that school. Things got out of hand, as you can imagine. Ah, the 70's! What a freak show! Thanks for jogging my memory -- I will have to give my poor mom some grief over that bad act of parenting!
Currently in my IPod: 'Some Days are Better Than Others', by U2.
Going through my head -- and playing on my iPod -- is "Waterfalls" by TLC.
First concert experience was the Go-Go's, with INXS opening, Summerfest, Milwaukee, 1983 (I believe).
We just took our baby to her first two concerts: New Pornographers at Prospect Park, and Yo La Tengo at Battery Park. Nice!
I've been singing Lola (the Kinks), all morning since I received pictures of my friend's new baby, Lila.
My first concert was when my father took me to see Elton John. I think I was 8. The first concerts I went to when I specifically asked to go were early 80's when I was 11/12: Huey Lewis and the News (Stevie Ray Vaughn opened)and then later that year, Chicago.
P.S. First concert in Chapel Hill was TMBG at the old Cradle near Granville.
"Sloop John B". Not the Beach Boys cover, but the original scratchy recording from a collection of Alan Lomax stuff. Awfully raw, but cool. Happens to be on in my offcie, hence it's in my head.
U2, the Unforgettable Fire tour, Hartford Civic Center
Until I read the comments, my head-song was "Come-n-Get It" by Badfinger (now of course it's "Afternoon Delight").
First concert: also in Greensboro NC (thank god for that ding-dang coliseum!) in 1982--Rick Springfield--yes, Noah Drake himself--went with my (still) best friend Preeti, & our chaperone was some teenage babysitter, who caught one of the white Solo water cups Rick drank from and then kicked off the stage. He was wearing a bumblebee-yellow all-in-one covered all over with black zippers. Yoiks.
Nice blog paradigm.
Music in My Head: "Cuka Rocka" by 'Chignon' (really the Gipsy Kings in contractually-mandated disquise).
First Big Show: Hall & Oates, Charlotte Coliseum, 1985 ("Big Bam Boom Tour"). Much cooler than it should have been -- we elbowed our way onto the floor and up to the very front; I caught Micky Curry's drumstick. Woohoo. Opening band was General Public, who opened a whole new door of perception.
"Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"-Lucinda Williams
Earlier this morning, for no apparent reason, it was "Orange Crush" by REM (love the band, hate the song)
First big concert: the Grateful Dead, Roanoke (VA) Civic Center, July 8, 1987
Apparently I saw Judy Collins when I was in utero in Chapel Hill (circa 1968)
1. Right now I'm listening to Franz Ferdinand, so that's what's in my head -- the song on at the time I read the question was "the dark of the matinee."
2. First rock concert -- Loverboy during the "Get it Up, Keep it Up" tour at the Asheville Civic Center. I was in 9th grade.
First concert ever -- Kenny Rogers and Dottie West with my parents, Valentine's Day, 7th grade.
Greg of Winston Dorm -- I got my mom tickets to that Lionel Ritchie show. She and her best friend drove six hours from the NC mountains to go!
Annie - I also saw the Rick-ster in 1982 -- at Carowinds in Charlotte. I screamed so much I had no voice for a whole day afterwards. Also, I had a poster of Rick in that yellow and black outfit above my bed...
For some reason I can't get "It's a beautiful day" - U2 out of my head..... DRIVING ME MAD!!!
First concert with my parents.... George Strait - 1984 - Brownwood Texas.
First "Major / Real" concert - Grateful Dead 1991, Denver Colorado (Mile High).
Touch of Grey
Greatest Story Ever Told
Wang Dang Doodle
Don't Ease Me In
Eyes of the World
Saint of Circumstance
I Need a Miracle
Not Fade Away
Box of Rain
So, at the moment my shuffle is on "coming down" by The Shore (I HIGHLY recommend - they're like the Verve by way of the states.)
My first concert, and this is HUMILIATING, but I was a child of the 80s...the LATE 80s...was New Kids on the Block and I sat in the highest top row of Riverfront Stadium with my binoculars and was elated just to breathe the same air molecules as Donny Whalberg.
Right now, I'd usually deflect the embarassment I feel by making fun of someone else's first concert, but I just can't. I'd also try to make it better by revealing my second concert, but that was the $&*%@#* Spin Doctors (NOT my choice - I wanted to see Steve Miller Band) with Soul Asylum and some other crappy early 90's band that was also a one-hit wonder.
This fact of my life haunts me to this day, so I'm spending all my time and money making up for it by attending shows by more respectable bands (Remy Zero, The Killers, Travis) in Silverlake so maybe one day I can say "I was there."
Sigh. I need to call my therapist.
Song in my head: "Mr Harris" by Aimee Mann.
First concert: Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour. I wore my Police shirt, and told everyone around me that Duran Duran was okay, but that the Police *rocked*. I was 11.
It was a couple of months after that concert, when I had become an obsessed full-fledged Duranie that Sean and Ian were mercilessly teasing me in the car and Sean was saying, "Yeah, Michelle, what are you going to do with your life? What are you going to major in in college?" and Ian guffawed, "DURAN DURAN? HA HA HAAAA HAA" etc., etc., peals of laughter.
The thing is, at the time, I would have graduated from the Duran Duran program with honors.
Ian, I understand you have a baby and all, but, I'd still like you to know you are welcome to return any of the twenty or so emails and calls I've sent your way.
Love, Aunt Michelle
I feel so cheated that I didn't get to see Shaun Cassidy, the only performer to whom I've sent fan mail. My first was The Go Gos in Morgantown, WV, 1982, with Flock of Seagulls as the opening act. I was mesmerized.
I am the firestarter. I am the instigator. Hey, hey, hey. Prodigy is in my head at the moment. I can't explain, but I welcome its presence.
I have been working on a website for Ben and I just downloaded "Carolina in my Mind" to one of its pages. What is it about that song? I went to see JT at Walnut Creek, right before I moved to TX in 97 and he made me almost back out of my move. When I saw him again, 6 years and 2 days later, we had just moved back to Charlotte.
My first big concert was the Victory Tour with all of the Jacksons in Knoxville, TN. I was in the 6th grade. To this day, it is one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. Randy levitated Michael 10 feet up in the air, pulled off the sheet covering Michael and *gasp* he was gone! Then, (pause)from across the stage, (pause)Michael burst out from a cloud of smoke and launched into "Beat it". It was a spectacle and we loved every minute.
My first unescorted concert was at 15. We went to the INXS Kick tour. We stole all of our parents tiny airplane bottles of booze, mixed them all together and poured it in our cokes. Good times.
suzanne and i heard proud mary in the car on FRIDAY and we STILL can't get it out of our heads! it's driving me crazy, suz!!
my first concert was prince with the purple rain tour. sheila e brought some guy on stage and gave him a blow job and i sat between 2 groups of friends who kept passing their joint back and forth over me. i was just a little 14 year old from wilson and had never seen none of these goings on ever! woooooo!
now that skyrockets in flight is in my head. thanks jiffer. oy vay.
In my head at time of writing this last night: "Think we're gonna make it" (I think that's the title) by Christopher Cross. I have NO IDEA how it got in there, but I am stunned at the number of hits Chris Cross had. According to the Onion, he's still got a long way to go to make it to the border of Mexico.
First concert was a coup: The Police on the "Ghost in the Machine" tour, with Flock of Seagulls and Go-Gos opening, at the Scope in Norfolk, 1982 (got the year wrong in the blog title). My dad conducted the symphony orchestra at Chrysler Hall, which was connected via an underground tunnel. So Steve Hamilton and I hid in my dad's dressing room until the band got there, and we got Stewart Copeland's autograph.
He wore very, very short shorts and was tooling around on roller skates. Sting couldn't be bothered to talk to us, but we were fourteen and thus to be shunned at all cost.
Eric - I remember once at the Lodge at dinner, we were talking about REM's "Green" album, and you said that it was voted Most Likely Cassette Never to Be Opened Again After a Week. Funny that you got stuck with "Orange Crush" in your head a decade later as revenge.
I have to say I wouldn't mind, at this juncture, attending a few minutes of everyone's first concert (even NKOTB, Jen) - but I think Andrew takes it with Hall&Oates opening for ELO. Especially in 1981, which was the "Private Eyes" tour, which must have been awesome. And ELO live? Man...
"I Wouldn't Trade You" by John Pizzarelli
Shaun Cassidy, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA in 1977 or 1978?? I stood in line for 10 hours to get those tickets!
I just had to comment because I am still laughing hysterically at Michelle's post. Even though I obviously wasn't there for that little episode, that's around the time that I was hanging around Ian, and I can just HEAR Ian saying that and guffawing. There's just something about his tone of voice...
By the way, since I'm late to this party, let me send my hearty congratulations to Ian and Tessa on little Lucy! She's beautiful!
In my head right now - "Never Gonna Give You Up", Rick Astley, because it's the last thing that played on my iTunes. Gotta love shuffle.
First concert - technically Sonny and Cher when my mother was pregnant with me in the fall of '73 in Chicago, although I use seeing Cher while in the womb to blame my mother for my being gay...totally irks her. First one that I actually remember was the Beach Boys with Herman's Hermits opening for them -- summer of '88. We didn't get many concerts in my podunk (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) hometown...
Song in my head--The Hawaiian Wedding Song. Learning to sing it for my wedding business.
"...I will love you longer than forever, promise me that you will leave me never..."
First Concert-1984-Al Jarreau with my Mom in Honolulu age 10
First unsupervised concert-1988-UB40 in Maui age 14. They were in their heyday -- we were mesmerized by all the weed floating around...I was so in love with Ali Campbell.
ahh, those were the days...
Well, Kent I can't let you be the oldest... though I can't make the earliest concert cut.
Song going through my head all day: After reading Jiffer's comment, I can't get them damn skyrockets out of my ears.
First concert: Had to be Sting concert at Radio City Music Hall I went to with Michelle. Nineteen-eighty-somethng. A big hurricane nearly cancelled the show, and Michelle was a basket case. Drove to Manhattan from Jersey through downed trees and flooded roads. But we made it..
It was the Dream of the Blue Turtles tour, and it was a great show. Best thing about it: Branford Marsalis and a fabulous series of soprano sax solos. Sting wasn't bad either.
A friend was riding in a car with Mike Mills once and he pulled out a tape of Green (before release) and put it in his player. he said 'This is my retirement'.
Lee, I was at that same prince concert... I can't believe my 14 year old sister was there. If only momma knew.
Tanya... Buffalo Springfield played that song.. I do think it is Stephen Stills or Richie Furay that wrote it and i think it is 'For What it's Worth.
Song: "Taylor" by Jack Johnson
Concert: Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden, with opening act The Hooters (of "And They Danced" fame -- and that guy who played some kind of odd keyboard). Or wait -- was it Huey Lewis & the News that the Hooters opened for? Or Brian Adams? God, how the memory fades, but I did see all of those concerts at MSG circa 1986-87. The venue was good, plus we could drink underage at the Brewburger restaurant across the street, where only toddlers got carded.
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