Yesterday 11:53 PM

Songs That You Absolutely Hated.......and Still Do!

We talk a lot about songs we love, but what about the ones that just got on your @$%^^&& nerves and you hated them? Here are a few of mine:

Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright III

Today 08:20 AM

Lyric line(s) that make you go WOW!

I had to go for a drive this morning and I decided to burn a few cds to listen to on the way. One was Tempts vs Tops and the other was Supremes vs Marvelettes.

Today was one of those days where I listened more intently to the lyrics and was floored by some of them.

I'll Turn to Stone:
I would be like a statue in the park
Cold and alone like a man without a heart

Love Child:
Don't think that I don't need you
Don't think I don't want to please you
But no child of mine will be bearin'
The name of shame I been wearin."

Ask the Lonely:
The young and foolish laugh at love
So they run away
Confident and sure that fate
Will bring another love their way

My Whole World Ended:
How can I face tomorrow,
When yesterday is all I see?
I just don't wanna face tomorrow, if you're not sharing it with me.

Wow, some great stuff there.
What are some of your picks?
Today 09:03 AM

Lyric Question re Shotgun by Jr. Walker

As background: I grew up in Detroit in the Motown era, and I've seen many of the top acts live at various venues, including revue-type shows at the Michigan state fair.

Shotgun by Jr. Walker and the All Stars is one of my many favorite Motown songs, despite the questionable storyline. To me the song seems to be a slightly sanitized gritty bluesy song about a woman shooting someone, along the lines of traditional blues songs like Frankie and Johnny, Betty and Dupree, and others. The lyrics talk about going downtown, getting a shotgun, breaking it down, loading it up, etc.

BUT...here's the question (finally!): I swear he's singing "do the dirt, baby. Do the dirt now." Everybody says it's "do the jerk," referring to the dance that was in vogue at the time. That makes no sense whatsoever! Why would he suddenly start singing about a dance? "Do the dirt" is a phrase meaning "do the dirty deed." As a teen singing along to this, I sang the gritty version. I have seen Jr. Walker in concert and I could swear he sang "dirt."

Over the years I have called the Motown museum, written a letter to the song's credited co-writer, Lawrence Horn, when he was in prison (in Maryland, as I recall, for hiring a hitman to murder his ex-wife!) and tried to get in touch with Berry Gordy, the other credited co-writer. The people at the museum said they "thought" the lyric was "do the jerk." I never heard from Horn or Gordy.

Has anyone else ever heard this lyric as "do the dirt," or is it just me and my lower-class Detroit up upbringing? :( (I'm totally against gun violence, btw, I just like nitty gritty blues songs sometimes.)
Yesterday 07:57 PM

Who Needs an Unsung episode?

First post but Long time lurker here.

Who do you think needs an unsung episode?

I have many candidates:

There are some big names here but if The O'jays, Spinners, both lead singers of the Temptations and Otis Redding are Unsung then anyone could be

Joe Simon
Jr Walker & the All Stars
Joe Tex
Main Ingredient
Paul Kelly

Syl Johnson
New Birth
Booker T & the MGs
Ann Peeples
OV Wright
Solomon Burke
Chairmen of the Board (or Invictus-Hot Wax as a whole, labels owned by HDH after they left Motown, acts include the Chairmen, Freda Payne, Honey Cone, Flaming Ember)
Archie Bell and the Drells
LaBelle/Patti Labelle
Rufus/Chaka Khan
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Average White Band
Post Diana Supremes
Post Smokey Miracles
Post Motown Four Tops
Willie Hutch
Johnny Bristol
The Trammps
Tony! Tone! Toni!
Curtis Mayfield
Betty Wright
Bettye Lavette
Rufus Thomas
Carla Thomas
Irma Thomas
Sam & Dave
Candi Staton
Clarence Carter

If we're doing Unsung Hollywood:

The Wiz
Five Heartbeats/Robert Townsend
Good Times
Frank's Place/Tim Reid
Today 07:26 AM

Windows Media Player

I'm still on Windows 7 and Microsoft have suddenly stopped supporting metadata in the Media Player. So no auto updates of tracks etc anymore. Don't really want windows 10 (and my pc crashed last time I tried to load it). So I need a suitable replacement.

I rip my CDs and store as mp3s on a personal cloud NAS dtive. So I'd still need to be able to do that. Then I can play back from any device

So what solution would others recommend? I need to be able to use my own album artwork where appropriate. Cheers.

Plex I've never been able to get to work either.


Ralph Terrana

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