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Album: Midnight Radio
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6.2

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Released: 1991
Length: 6:11
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PLAY IT AGAIN!!!!!!
No Dire Straits infuence here... {#Tongue}
It's always satisfying when you cringe at a song and then discover that you've already rated it sucko-barfo.

This entire album was recorded and mixed live to a two-track digital recorder, without overdubs and remixes.  At the time, the album was said this was done to try and capture spontaneity and humanity.  It was more likely done because this is what was available to them at the time.  Considering the limitations of the recording equipment they had at the time, this album is phenomenal and amazing!  Well worth a good listening too.  It is definitely in my top 10 albums of all time, if not top 5.

whtahtefcuk wrote:
It raw and thinly recorded.. but it has spirit!  And really that is what makes anything good.

amateurish crap


 
 


I Like the song title, song itself not so much, but it does grow on you. Dire Straitsy kinda frentic tho.
Guitars like the Wedding Present, voice like Rod Stewart on a bad day. Bring on the Monsters, leave Todd on his Tod Sloane.
Diggin' the bass line on this one !!!  {#Bananajam}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}
sounds like a high school band
Haven't heard this in a long time
Thanks Bill
It raw and thinly recorded.. but it has spirit!  And really that is what makes anything good.

amateurish crap


 


This is stuff they did before signing with WB.  Probably recorded in a Boulder, CO studio.  Probably a little rawer than the later material.  They sold 1000s of CDs at their gigs (I've heard 50 - 80K) in various metro areas around the country.  WB noticed this and signed them.
 rconway wrote:
This song may be ugly, but at least it's discordant. Oh wait... those are both bad.
 

Not always. Ever hear of The Ramones?

amateurish crap


a_genuine_find wrote:
Fat, drunk and emulating Bob Dylan's voice is no way to go through life, son


Nor is ripping off the Bodeans' guitar line for Runaway. . . but the song still rocks. . .

A propos of nothing. There are some bands out there who have one—yes, one—great song in them. And then, well, a lot of stuff that's not so great. Listenable maybe, but not great. We've gotten to calling them "one hit wonders," but think about it: is that such a bad thing? When it comes to some of them, I can think that my life would have been diminished a bit (not a LOT, mind you, but a wee bit) if it hadn't been for that one, great song. So, maybe BHTM don't have this monster (NPI) canon of fabulous songs, but this one is very cool, and I for one thank them for it and RP for playing it.

How did JohnPaulGeorgeandRingo put it? The love you take is equal to the love you make...
If they just cut the first two minutes, it actually becomes listenable
I like the way he plays guitar, even if he does have a large head.
Generic melody and deplorable "singing." Par for the course for BHTM.
That's one heck of a guitar solo.
volnomad wrote:
While I really like BHTM, especially in concert, I wish Bill would occasionally play something other than this song. They have many songs that are better than this one by far, both on their earlier CD's and their later work.
:yes: What he said.
This song ROCKS live, the whole album has evolved in their live shows over the years, definitely worth seeing
Fat, drunk and emulating Bob Dylan's voice is no way to go through life, son
rconway wrote:
This song may be ugly, but at least it's discordant. Oh wait... those are both bad. So's this song.
I disagree with the assessment, but I love the mode of expression.
While I really like BHTM, especially in concert, I wish Bill would occasionally play something other than this song. They have many songs that are better than this one by far, both on their earlier CD's and their later work.
rconway wrote:
This song may be ugly, but at least it's discordant. Oh wait... those are both bad. So's this song.
Bitter...Party of one... :frown:
This song may be ugly, but at least it's discordant. Oh wait... those are both bad. So's this song.
Rock On, Native Coloradoans!
Who ever knew he recorded anything other than Bittersweet and Broken Hearted Savior? Those are the only 2 songs Clear Channel ever plays of his--and I live in Boulder for gods sake!
I was at the album release party for this CD. Nostalgia does not change the fact that is just is not holding up well for me in 2007.
I have followed these guys since the 80's. Todd is great and loves his audience. You can see the pure joy on his face when he beams out at you. Saw them in Orange County, CA in Summer 2006 at a small venue. Definitely the best way to see them. :good-vibes:
The vocals remind me of PAW...
one_note wrote:
I thought parts of the guitar solo were simple, but still very interesting and well done--there was a good groove all the way through. The Mark Knopfler influence is obvious in places, it's true, but I don't see why that's a problem. I don't know anything about these guys, but sounds like they're a great jam band.
I am glad you appreciate Todd's guitarbility -- he is THE MAN in that department. We saw him go from covering Hendrix and Stevie Ray V to ripping into his own grooves in a few short years, and he used to get these looks in his eyes real far away and you just knew he saw himself laying down Kensington Line on Letterman a few years down the road and then well there he was. The Monsters are true Ox-worthy band-mates (the bassist was quite the bowler too mind you in the day down at the UMC) that Todd has kept it together with and I was happy to see them jamming as usual under the arch in St. Louie a couple years back and boy do they ever rock hours on end!
one_note wrote:
I thought parts of the guitar solo were simple, but still very interesting and well done--there was a good groove all the way through. The Mark Knopfler influence is obvious in places, it's true, but I don't see why that's a problem. I don't know anything about these guys, but sounds like they're a great jam band.
This track and album is over 20 years old and was recorded on a college town bar band budget and with correspondingly threadbare equipment. BHT has come a long way since then, but has stayed true to their roots. This track shows the early power of this trio. In '88 they played to 12 of us at the Cotton Club in Chicago after a Cubs game, in '05 they sold out 3 nights at the Fillmore in SF. They do not disappoint in the live show.
At first thought this was the Bodeans - Hideaway. just listening to the guitar at the beginning...
I thought parts of the guitar solo were simple, but still very interesting and well done--there was a good groove all the way through. The Mark Knopfler influence is obvious in places, it's true, but I don't see why that's a problem. I don't know anything about these guys, but sounds like they're a great jam band.
Kevstar wrote:
Horrible guitar solo. :no:
Gee, those grapes look kinda sour to me.
Forget about origins. All rock is derivative. Just go see them. You won't be disappointed. Trust me.
This sounds like a bad departure from "like a rolling stone" A lesson in how to make good content really bad.
Horrible guitar solo. :no:
Ouch! Dry and sour. The other album wasn't this bad.
coloradojohn wrote:
And by all means, these 3 guys can jam it live like a house afire!
They sure can. And they look like they're having a blast doing it too!
:drummer:
Great drummer. Poor guitarist.
ciscochasbro wrote:
Sounds like Todd's been listening to Mark Knopfler a little bit too
Mark K, plus a bit of that solo shred owed some debt to early 70s Robert Fripp and KC's 'The Sailor's Tail.'
Old_Pat wrote:
Exactly - was just about to give it a 5 but upped it to 7.
The initial bob dylanesque lyrics deserved a 3, then the obvious MK guitar rip off demoted it to a 2.
guitar sounds like Mark Knopfler on this
BHT is much better than this... I just wish some other songs would get more play... (some real jewels focus the grooves on Stratagem) And by all means, these 3 guys can jam it live like a house afire!
This song has...shrunk on me. The singing is terrible.
Just bought my tickets for multiple shows in Charleston in June. Can't wait!! :jump:
suddenly I understand why my brother likes these guys... thanks for improving my filial relationships through music, RP!
i hear some bob dylan
This is bad.
one of my favorite all time albums. all played live. certainly in my top three of roadtrip albums.
olsaltybastard wrote:
I didn't like this in the beginning of the song, but the jam session has me hooked!!
Exactly - was just about to give it a 5 but upped it to 7.
YES!!!!more Big Head Todd & the Monsters
RAW...That's the way I like my Rock and Roll... :guitarist:
lotus_65 wrote:
what kinda guitar was that before it caught on fire?
yeah, through mesa amps.
I didn't like this in the beginning of the song, but the jam session has me hooked!!
Got to be the best BHT album. Who cares that much about mixing anyway?
yes, yes , yes. off the wall :music: :drummer: :guitarist:
liveheadtodd. big. dot.
Simply love it!!! :hearteyes:
AphidA wrote:
Oh great!!!! ...another shitty jam band. :yawn:
so cynical, so sad
coool gUItar \:D/
Oh great!!!! ...another shitty jam band. :yawn:
rah wrote:
needs remastering.
...their albums always seem to lack a little in the mix dept. Crimes of Passion is a wonderful album but hugely compressed for example.
Love these guys.... Sounds like Todd's been listening to Mark Knopfler a little bit too
needs remastering.
Not normally a big head todd fan, but this got me toe-tapping and crakning it. Maybe it's the live aspect. Maybe it's the clean bass line... dunno.
Sounds like something I'd write... :puke:
Oddly enough , my partner is not as obsessive about music as I am. When she casually listened to RP though she remembered this band after one listen. In context, that is ...........memorable 8) Jools :hearteyes:
Cool tune. Yep, some Outlaws. Sounds exactly like mountain music-festival music. Man, I'm past due. . . .
Mugro wrote:
there is a little bit of the outlaws in this tune too....
:nodhead:
there is a little bit of the outlaws in this tune too....
kaosmonkey wrote:
Though they rarely do... :puke:
That's one man's opinion. You should see them live. Simply incredible. They are particularly good when playing one of the music festivals in the mountains. I can just see it now, the sun setting behind the purple Rocky Mountains, a cold beer in my hand, a warm companion to dance with....sorry having a hard time with my focus today!
joemama wrote:
They CAN rock.
Though they rarely do... :puke:
lotus_65 wrote:
what kinda guitar was that before it caught on fire?
I think Todd plays G&L's (Leo Fender's follow-on company).
what kinda guitar was that before it caught on fire?
Not necessarily their best effort. A little too "bad-Dylan-Graham Parker-Sultans of Swing" for me. Nice ending though. They CAN rock.
publiceric wrote:
Great guitar playing. Now, if only they could find a good singer and a good song...
ummmmmm, the singer IS the guitar player...so much for that idea. Love the vocals, myself. Todd's singing is so versitile, but this song is definitely at the raw end of his spectrum.
This song rocks! I've always liked them, but didn't know they could be this good. :guitarist:
edisoncarter wrote:
Rare for me not to like a BHT&M song, but I can't stomach incessant live-jam noodling. Though I adore live performances ....
Hmm, yeah that make sense.
islander wrote:
does anyone else think "hey bodeans" when this one starts? maybe it's just me.... I like it though, reminds me of the old days at herman's hideaway... pearl street grill anyone?
Yeah Boulder Theater and watching Todd eat at Falafel King, in grey sweats, while setting up for that night's show. He used to cover Stevie Ray Vaughn songs like they were his own.
does anyone else think "hey bodeans" when this one starts? maybe it's just me.... I like it though, reminds me of the old days at herman's hideaway... pearl street grill anyone?
They surely have grown a lot since then! But this song shows they already had a lot of potential.
I'd heard these guys loved Dire Straits...but I'd never heard the influence in their music before now. Very nice.
excellent song...amazing for three guys!
Great guitar playing. Now, if only they could find a good singer and a good song...
Rare for me not to like a BHT&M song, but I can't stomach incessant live-jam noodling. Though I adore live performances ....