Posts Tagged ‘Charles Bukowski’

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“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Fredrich Nietzsche

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” – Confucius

“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac

“I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy myself, but I didn’t.” – Woody Allen

“Goodbye is too good a word. So I’ll just say fairly well.” – Bob Dylan

“I came. I saw. I left.” – RDubbs

“This is the end …” – Jim Morrison

R.I.P.  R.I.P.  R.I.P.  R.I.P.


"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbyrd

“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

Ol’ 55 is one of Waits’ early masterpieces. Typical of his early work the delivery, imagery and rhythm of Ol’ 55 conjure up a scene as real as any you’ve actually experienced. This period of Waits’ work is akin to reading classic Bukowski, peering into the underbelly of society and, for that period of time, feeling as if you’re right alongside the protagonist, eager to continue observing, without actually having to experience the highs and lows of a unique and bizarre, yet somehow endearing, subculture that resides somewhere on the other side of town …

The Original

Tom Waits:

Ask yourself this: How many musicians can work the words “lickety-splitly” into a flawless number?

Wait’s original, stripped down version, which I think I like best.


The more polished version that opened Tom’s debut album (i.e. Closing Time):


The Most Popular

The Eagles:

The Eagles’ uninspiring, vanilla rendition of Ol’ 55 was sadly the song’s most popular version. In Wait’s words he was “not that particularly crazy about [the Eagles’] rendition of it … I thought their version was a little antiseptic.” Waits was being kind …


The Cover Songs Competition


Dave Alvin vs. Sarah McLachlan


Dave Alvin:

Sarah McLachlan:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.



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