Monday, 2 July 2012
Middle of the Road Monday - Don Henley
Now I really don't like the Eagles .... at all . Not sure if it was due to them having one of those guitars with 2 necks or hearing bad buskers play Hotel California all over europe when I went inter railing.
I think the main reason was when I spent hard earned pocket money on a 2nd hand copy of their greatest hits lp at a school xmas fate. This was when I was realising that maybe I ought to broaden my tastes beyond ELO , that Out of the Blue wasnt the last word in pop music and picked the Eagles lp at random ( a habit I still haven't entirely got rid of) . I remember getting it home and listening to it in dismay, and then being distraught that I'd wasted my money.
However I love this. The guitar , the images , the sense of regret and lost youth , the subtle synths the rhythm that skips along, the at the time mysteries of wayfarers , deadheads etc.
The lp it came from , Building the Perfect Beast , got a lot of good reviews and I guess these older ears would appreciate it a lot more, but the younger me wasn't prepared to take the risk, I was happy to just secretly bask in this pop perfection - still one of my favourite singles
Boys of Summer - Don Henley