On to letter C for DeBie Hive’s A to Z Music Challenge .
C was easier for me than B. One of my very favorite bands starts with C. That would be ….
Coheed and Cambria
In this space here, I wrote either too many words or too few and felt like I was failing at defining Coheed to anyone who might be unfamiliar. So, I asked Amy of Thinking Man’s Vagina podcast for her input. She’s a good person to ask. There’s a documentary about the band and Amy is one of the fans interviewed in it, so she’s like an authority or something. Here’s what Amy said:
Science fiction infused prog-rock. They meld the worlds of a comic book epic and Rush-influenced long-form songwriting while still being catchy enough to.inadvertently be lumped in with the emo movement. Expect eccentric solos and concepts you can’t get out of your head.
So, there ya go.
Each album is a concept album and a companion to Claudio Sanchez’s comic series The Amory Wars, which is the most bawse thing ever for music fans who also like science fiction and comic books and geeky shit.
I don’t know what song to put here . So, here’s a whole album. It’s best listened to that way,anyway.
Yes,really. I have my reasons.
#1. It was my first concert. I was..uh…5? Maybe 6. Young. I think my Mom and my Aunt were the ones who really liked him but I do remember playing his albums on my Fisher-Price record player.
#2. I saw him in a play once. I was in my early 20s and my Mom bought tickets because, “You still like him,right?” and I couldn’t say no because my mom is THE best at guilt trips. I don’t even remember the play but I thought he was pretty good in it. This may have been around the same time he did a soap opera acting stint and I only know this because my Grandma watched it.
#3. American Gothic. It was one of those TV shows that was short lived because it was a bit too….I don’t know what. I loved it. Really memorable moments and freaked me out even worse than Twin Peaks. Shaun Cassidy created it.
I never would have guessed the guy who sand “Da Doo Run Run” could do such a thing.
I want to have Neko’s baby. Well, in theory. Not really. I have enough babies. I just love her like crazy,though. Beautiful vocals and lush songwriting I just wanna eat.
She’s also done some voice work…in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Hard to pick one song. This song is about a drive-by shooting and she managed to make it sound like a haunted ,retrospective love story.
I remember hearing Harry Chapin quite a lot when I was a child. This song impacted me deeply.
This one is for all the kids who color outside the lines and march to the beat of a different drummer. Even if you’re already grown-up.
The Cure was a huge part of my teen years. I wonder whatever happened to that HUGE painting I did of Robert Smith? It was enormous . Painting is not my strongest medium and he ended up looking like a lion with garish lipstick. Good times.
This song came out around my freshman year of high school and I played the whole album to death. It led me to discover the earlier,gooder stuff.
My Grandpa was a huge Johnny Cash fan, so I grew up listening to a lot of his music. The morning that he died, I woke up to the news when my alarm clock went off and I had the eeriest premonition that my Grandpa would die soon. He did, 6 months later.
One of my favorite things about Johnny Cash is that he was a true fan of music himself and didn’t respect the barriers between genres. He embraced it all as poetry & music. In his later years he expressed it so well with the covers he did. This is my very favorite:
Speaking of Joe Strummer…
I don’t have a lot to say about The Clash. They belong here because they were my introduction to punk and influenced a great many artists who I love.
Ditto what I said about The Clash. I love the way Elvis Costello still has that punk edge mixed up with folk & the blues and all sorts of stuff. I love watching his interviews with other artists on Spectacle
Patsy was my shoulder to cry on during break-ups and heartbreak. And god, she was incredible.
Cute Is What We Aim For
My teenagers would probably yell a lot if they knew I were including this one. In their pre-teen years, this was played CON.STANT.LY. in our house. When they were in school ,I’d find myself singing their songs to myself . I know all the lyrics. *shrugs*
No, I don’t know what the hell is wrong with this guy’s hair but I think it’s supposed to look that way.
Since I forgot Audioslave back in the As, I’ll include Chris Cornell here. Also, one time he replied to something I said on Twitter. I should have screenshotted that shit. I’m a dumbass.
I don’t know anything about the band,actually but this is a great album I listen to a lot. The whole thing is awesome.