Considerably Too Much

Started following this Andy Zax (American music historian and a Grammy-nominated producer of music reissues) after this very funny tweet I saw:

So I looked through his other recent tweets and saw a response to someone stating that Their Satanic Majesties Request is the best Rolling Stones album:

I had never heard We Love You. This song is dope. The wikipedia article lists a quote from Melody Maker saying it was “too much,” but I disagree. John and Paul on the backup vocals. Brian Jones on Mellotron. Nicky Hopkins (just learned who he was, more on that later) on a great piano hook:

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You spelled tonight wrong too.

Me and Mike were having a conversation which lead to a discussion of Billy Squire, so while doing a deep dive of Emotions in Motion and Don’t Say No, I googled him to see what he looked like these days (not bad by the way, he has avoided the bloated-and-still-wearing-leather-and-earings look some 70’s and 80’s rockstars go for) and couldn’t avoid this headline: Billy Squire’s Career Killing Video.

The succinct gist from the wikipedia page:

Despite its major success, the song is sometimes associated with the end of Squier’s career as a singles artist due to the music video, which was described as one of the worst ever in the 2011 book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Directed by Kenny Ortega, it shows Squier dancing around a bed with pastel-colored satin sheets. Squier’s concert ticket sales immediately suffered, and he later fired his managers. He has accused Ortega of deceiving him and altering his original concept, which Ortega denies. While Squier has remained steadfast that the video alone was responsible for the initial decline in his popularity, other commentators have been less certain.

It’s bad, but I was expecting worse.

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