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Fuck that Pumped up Kicks song...100%

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Jul 15, 2023·edited Jul 15, 2023Author

fuck that song!

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seriously! fuck that song!!!

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All those groups you mentioned were the songs of my childhood, I came of age with Judas, Ozzy, ACDC and Blue Oyster Cult to name but a few. I almost stood to clap when you wrote about the Talking Heads. YES! Next level awesome.

You can picture a group of 16 year olds driving through northern Alberta, 5+ hours, doing things we never should have been doing while driving, to get to the Judas Priest concert. How we were ever rented a hotel room is beyond me but we it happened. It was awesome!

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fuck yeah Donna! I didn't mention BOC because they weren't in my personal top ten but a highlight for me was seeing them play in a cornfield near Ludington, Michigan in the summer of 1992 with like... two or three hundred other people. Totally random. Godzilla!

I CAN picture a group of 16 year old driving through Northern Alberta.. but I'd love to hear your version of it. Write that please!

btw, Rob Halford's memoir is outstanding -- it's in my list of favorites. He holds a special place in my heart as a native San Franciscan, for being a full on leather-man hard-core homosexual. Having grown up in SF, all of us knew exactly what he was up to, long, long before he came out. There is a very very sweet story in his book about how he met his lifelong partner as one of their shows.

https://bowendwelle.substack.com/p/43-favorite-memoirs-youve-never-heard

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Thanks for the shouout, brotha!

SABBATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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check out that footage from Paris. Fucking JACKED

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Bowen Dwelle

I was right there with ya in industrial gray Cleveland in the 1980s; played Sabbath-level heavy metal all through the "glam years", lol. Done a lotta music since then, but being in the room for some crushing heavy shit still gets my blood up. And it always will.

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fuck yeah dude

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Well this is interesting! We have quite the opposite experience of music. But after this well-written piece I can totally understand where you're coming from.

I naturally gravitate towards what you'd call happy music, and I definitely avoid anything that sounds angry. My go-to artists are pop star gay icons, female rappers, and R&B singers, and my favorite genre is probably Caribbean soca.

But I was also raised on folk music from around the world, so I have a special connection to a lot of songs the lyrics of which I can't understand.

I also have a recurring experience of hearing a song designed to by happy as deeply melancholic, and vice versa. Dunno what that's about.

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nice to hear from you Peter. I mean, of course, this was me expressing one point of view, a moment in time that I was—and am—feeling. I love jazz, classical music, Spanish guitar, disco, Madonna, Jay-Z, uh, U2, Britney Spears (ssssh, lol), Elton John, Missy Elliott, Brazilian bachata, Mexican norteño, you name it... although I don't really know soca. I'll have to look that up. I can certainly dig happy music! I love foreign folk music too -- not to mention Bulgarian nightclub music, Turkish dervish howls, Tibetian chanting, Moroccon oud, and that little chinese single-string street violin.

Send me some links! thanks for writing in!

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Whoa that's whole smorgasbord! Ok, lemme get back to you with some links then, a bit later...

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Okay I have some links!

Caribbean soca intro:

- Alison Hinds, Faluma/Makelele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qysStCooZNg

- Tallpree's Jab Jab Nation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqPFT_ptItI

- Farmer Nappy's De Ting It Start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAmI2yC9BAU

More powerful/haunting songs, in descending order from hardest to softest instrumentation:

- Kerli's Zero Gravity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEkS_mQ0GlI

- Simi's Woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udnkr-pMRa8

- SZA's Good Days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p3zZoraK9g

- Yebba's My Mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXwE1G7_U9M

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