Make it Rain ~ Ed Sheeran

ed-sheeran-150Ed Sheeran  is an English singer-songwriter and musician.  He was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. After dropping out of school at 16, he moved to London the following year, in 2008, to pursue a career in music. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx.  After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as “plus”), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified six-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.  In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Sheeran’s popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US, he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red.  “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.[7][8] He spent much of 2013 opening for Swift’s The Red Tour in North America dates.  In late 2013, he performed three sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden as a headline act. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

His second studio album, x (read as “multiply”), was released worldwide on 23 June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.  As part of his world tour, Sheeran played three sold-out concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date.

Make It Rain

Make It Rain” is a song by the Northern Irish musician Foy Vance. It was made famous by Ed Sheeran in 2014 when it was used in the television series Sons of Anarchy

Ed Sheeran’s recording of the song was used in an episode in season 7 of the television series Sons of Anarchy.  Sheeran was an avid fan of the series and mentioned it on his Twitter account. When the creator read it, he proposed that Sheeran records a song for one of the episodes. As Sheeran was touring with Foy Vance at the time, and as one of Vance’s songs (Make It Rain) started with the lyrics “When the sins of my father / Weigh down in my soul”, Sheeran thought it was appropriate for the series and with Vance’s approval, Sheeran recorded the song to be used in the episode “Red Rose” broadcast on December 2, 2014.

Make It Rain – Vance

When the sins of my father
Weigh down in my soul
And the pain of my mother
Will not let me go
Well, I know there can come fire from the sky
To refine the purest of kings
And even though
I know this fire brings me pain
Even so
And just the same

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Oh, make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain

And the seed needs the water
Before it grows out of the ground
But it just keeps on getting hotter
And the hunger more profound
Well, I know there can come tears from the eyes
But they may as well be in vain
Even though
I know these tears come with pain
Even so
And just the same

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain

Make it rain [x8]

And the seas are full of water
That stops by the shore
Just like the riches of grandeur
That never reach the poor

And let the clouds fill with thunderous applause
And let lightning be the veins
And fill the sky
With all that they can drop
When it’s time
To make a change

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord

  • Audio from the 2014 album, x:

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In television

Wasn’t Expecting That ~ Jamie Lawson

tbJamie Lawson is a British singer-songwriter and musician. He was born and raised in Plymouth, England. Jamie was originally signed to Operator Records. He was the first artist signed by Ed Sheeran to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records. Lawson is best known for his hit single “Wasn’t Expecting That” and his self-titled album which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015.

Lawson released 2 studio albums before the release of his single and album both named Wasn’t Expecting That in Ireland in 2011, however his success did not go beyond Ireland. Lawsons’s popularity abroad only began in 2015, when he re-released his single “Wasn’t Expecting that” and was signed to Ed Sheeran’s own label.

Wasn’t Expecting That

Wasn’t Expecting That” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson. It was originally released on 11 March 2011 as the lead single from his third studio album Wasn’t Expecting That.  The song was re-released on 3 April 2015 as the lead single from his fourth studio album Jamie Lawson. The song has peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Wasn’t Expecting That – Lawson

It was only a smile
But my heart it went wild
I wasn’t expecting that
Just a delicate kiss
Anyone could’ve missed
I wasn’t expecting that

Did I misread the sign?
Your hand slipped into mine
I wasn’t expecting that
You spent the night in my bed
You woke up and you said
“Well, I wasn’t expecting that!”

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

It was only a word
It was almost misheard
I wasn’t expecting that
But it came without fear
A month turned into a year
I wasn’t expecting that

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
Honey, I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

Oh and isn’t it strange
How a life can be changed
In the flicker of the sweetest smile
We were married in spring
You know I wouldn’t change a thing
Without that innocent kiss
What a life I’d have missed

If you’d not took a chance
On a little romance
When I wasn’t expecting that
Time doesn’t take long
Three kids up and gone
I wasn’t expecting that

When the nurses they came
Said, “It’s come back again”
I wasn’t expecting that
Then you closed your eyes
You took my heart by surprise
I wasn’t expecting that

  • Audio from the 2011 album, Jamie Lawson:

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Tom Sawyer ~ Rush

rush-150Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson; and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through several reconfigurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving its current lineup when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, history, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving intoprogressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which has continued to the present. The band’s latest studio album, Clockwork Angels (2012) won the Album Of The Year Award from Progressive Music Awards. The supporting tour ran from September 2012 to August 2013.

According to the RIAA Rush ranks 80th with sales of 25 million units in the U.S. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has received seven Grammy award nominations, but have not won the award. The band has won several Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. Rush plans to stop large-scale touring at the end of 2015, although they have not ruled out the possibility of future studio albums and smaller-scale tours.

On December 7, 2015, drummer Neil Peart announced that he had retired from drumming due to chronic tendinitis.  Guitarist Alex Lifeson is also dealing with psoriatic arthritis.

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, originally released on their 1981 album Moving Pictures as its opener. The song relies heavily on Geddy Lee’s synthesizer playing and Neil Peart’s drumming. Lee has referred to the track as the band’s “defining piece of music…from the early ’80s”. It is one of Rush’s best-known songs and a staple of both classic rock radio and Rush’s live performances, having been played on every concert tour since its release. It peaked at #25 on the UK Singles chart in October 1981, at #44 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at #8 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. In 2009 it was named the 19th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. “Tom Sawyer” was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010

The song was written by Lee, Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson in collaboration with lyricist Pye Dubois of the band Max Webster, who also co-wrote the Rush songs “Force Ten,” “Between Sun and Moon,” and “Test For Echo.” According to the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the making of Moving Pictures), “Tom Sawyer” came about during a summer rehearsal vacation that Rush spent at Ronnie Hawkins’ farm outside Toronto. Peart was presented with a poem by Dubois named “Louis the Lawyer” (often incorrectly cited as “Louis the Warrior”) that he modified and expanded. Lee and Lifeson then helped set the poem to music. The “growling” synthesizer sound heard in the song came from Lee experimenting with his Oberheim OB-X.

In the December 1985 Rush Backstage Club newsletter, drummer and lyricist Neil Peart said:

“Tom Sawyer was a collaboration between myself and Pye Dubois, an excellent lyricist who wrote the lyrics for Max Webster. His original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be – namely me I guess.”

Alex Lifeson describes his guitar solo in “Tom Sawyer” in a 2007 interview:

I winged it. Honest! I came in, did five takes, then went off and had a cigarette. I’m at my best for the first two takes; after that, I overthink everything and I lose the spark. Actually, the solo you hear is composed together from various takes.

“Tom Sawyer” begins in 4/4 before switching to 7/8 in the instrumental section. When the instrumental section ends, it returns to 4/4 before changing again to 7/8 for the outro.

Tom Sawyer – Lee, Peart. Lifeson

A modern day warrior
Mean mean stride,
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean mean pride.

Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day

  • Audio from the 1981 album, Moving Pictures:

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In Popular Culture

In film

  • Fanboys (also featuring “Limelight”)
  • Halloween (2007 remake)
  • I Love You, Man (also featuring “Limelight”)
  • Small Soldiers
  • The Waterboy
  • Ari Gold’s Adventures of Power

In television

  • Chuck,  episode “Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer”.
  • The band performed the song during an airing of The Colbert Report on July 16, 2008, in their first American television appearance in 33 years.
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Family Guy (plays as Chester The Cheetos Cheetah snorts Cheetos dust as if it were cocaine)
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Fringe episode, “The Man from the Other Side”
  • In the Futurama episode Anthology of Interest II, the song plays as Fry fights off an alien invasion using a control system identical to the game Space Invaders.
  • The Hard Times of RJ Berger
  • Imus In The Morning
  • This song replaced the original MacGyver theme in its original airing in Brazil.
  • In part two of The Sopranos season 6, Tony Soprano listens to the song in the episode “Walk Like a Man”.
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • Season 2 premiere of the television show Revolution
  • “Togetherness” Episode 3 Closing scene
  • In Archer, Dr. Krieger is seen air drumming to Neil Peart’s solo while modifying  Archer’s weapons.

In video games

  • The song was released as a downloadable bonus track for Rocksmith on November 13, 2012.
  • A cover version of the song was featured in 2007’s Rock Band, with the original released as DLC later.

Creep ~ Stone Temple Pilots

stone-temple-pilots-150Stone Temple Pilots is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band consisting of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

Stone Temple Pilots can trace its beginnings to a Black Flag concert in Long Beach in 1986, where Scott Weiland met Robert DeLeo. They both dated the same woman, and bonded through the situation. When the girl left town, Weiland and DeLeo moved into her vacated apartment. Immediately, Weiland and DeLeo formed a band with two of Scott’s friends from Edison High School, Corey Hicock (guitar) and David Allen (drums). After Allen’s departure, drummer Eric Kretz joined the band. Soon after, Robert DeLeo’s brother, Dean DeLeo, decided to play guitar in the band replacing Hicock, completing the quartet. They then named their band Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded a demo tape that was completed around 1990.

The group then began to work on their debut album with Brendan O’Brien. During the recording, they received a call from their lawyer who informed them that there was a blues man who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young. They changed the band’s name to Shirley Temple’s Pussy and performed under this name for a short time, but then changed the name again due to record label pressureThey liked the initials STP and eventually settled on the name Stone Temple Pilots in 1992, towards the end of the Core sessions.

On December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus.

Creep

Creep” is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band’s debut album, Core and later released as a single.

This song is often attributed to Nirvana, but they never performed it as a band.  It has often been used as a tribute to Kurt Cobain on YouTube.

The song’s lyrics were written by lead vocalist Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo. DeLeo also wrote the song’s music. DeLeo stated the following about “Creep:”

“Musically speaking I was thinking about a song along the lines of ‘Heart of Gold’ by Neil Young, which is in the key of D-minor, the saddest key of all. Scott was thinking about the lyrics, and at that time in our lives we were struggling very much. What Scott was writing about was a real-life situation. Also about me, the thing about the gun. ‘Creep’ is a very demeaning word. It was one of those instances where we looked at ourselves, looked in the mirror.”

Creep – DeLeo, Weiland

Forward yesterday — Makes me wanna stay.
What they said was real — Makes me wanna steal.
Livin’ under house — Guess I’m livin’, I’m a mouse.
All’s I gots is time — Got no meaning, just a rhyme.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal…I like to steal..
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Feelin’ uninspired — Think I’ll start a fire.
Everybody run — Bobby’s got a gun.
Think you’re kinda neat — Then she tells me I’m a creep.
Friends don’t mean a thing — Guess I’ll leave it up to me.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be…

  • Audio from the 1992 album, Core:

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Hallelujah ~ Leonard Cohen

leonard-cohenLeonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and complex interpersonal relationships.

Musically, Cohen’s earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album, Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s, his material encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers. Over two thousand renditions of Cohen’s songs have been recorded. He has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour. While giving the speech at his induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.”

Cohen was born in 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec, into a middle-class Jewish family. His father was of Polish ancestry. His mother, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry, emigrated from Lithuania. He grew up in Westmount on the Island of Montreal. His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a substantial Montreal clothing store, and died when Leonard was nine years old. Like many other Jewish families with names like Cohen, Kahn, and Kagan, Cohen’s family claimed descent from the Kohanim: “I had a very Messianic childhood,” he told Richard Goldstein in 1967. “I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest.” He attended Herzliah High School, where he studied with poet Irving Layton. As a teenager he learned to play the guitar, subsequently forming a country-folk group called the Buckskin Boys. His father’s will provided Leonard with a modest trust income, sufficient to allow him to pursue his literary ambitions.

Hallelujah

Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley. Buckley’s version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed cover of the song to date. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that “Cohen spent years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.”

Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek,  many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known.  The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests..

Hallelujah – Cohen

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

  • Audio from the 1984 album, Various Positions:

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Man in the Box ~ Alice in Chains

alice-in-chainsAlice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. The band is known for its distinct vocal style which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

Following the demise of his band Sleeze in 1986, vocalist Layne Staley formed Alice N’ Chainz, a band which he said “dressed in drag and played speed metal”. The new band performed around the Seattle area playing Slayer and Armored Saint covers. Staley met guitarist Jerry Cantrell while working at Music Bank rehearsal studios, where the two struggling musicians became roommates, and lived in a rehearsal space they shared. Alice N’ Chainz soon disbanded and Staley joined a funk band who at the time also required a guitarist. Staley asked Cantrell to join as a sideman. Cantrell agreed on condition that Staley join Cantrell’s band Diamond Lie, which at the time included drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr. Eventually the funk project broke up and in 1987 Staley joined Cantrell on a full-time basis. Diamond Lie played in clubs around the Pacific Northwest, often stretching 15 minutes of material into a 45-minute set. The band eventually took the name of Alice in Chains.

Local promoter Randy Hauser became aware of the band at a concert, and offered to pay for demo recordings. However, one day before the band was due to record at the Music Bank studio in Washington, police shut down the studio during the biggest marijuana raid in the history of the state. The final demo was named The Treehouse Tapes, and found its way to the music managers Kelly Curtis and Susan Silver, who also managed the Seattle-based band Soundgarden. Curtis and Silver passed on the demo to Columbia Records’ A&R representative Nick Terzo, who set up an appointment with label president Don Ienner. Based on The Treehouse Tapes (a 1988 demo tape sold by the band at shows), Ienner signed Alice in Chains to Columbia in 1989.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 17 million albums worldwide. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 13 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and seven Grammy Award nominations.

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity due to Layne Staley’s problems with substance abuse, culminating in his death in 2002.

In 2005, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney reunited to perform a benefit concert in Seattle for victims of the tsunami disaster that struck South Asia] On March 6, 2006, the surviving members performed at VH1’s Decades Rock Live concert, honoring fellow Seattle musicians Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. The band followed the concert with a short United States club tour, several festival dates in Europe, and a brief tour in Japan. Comes with the Fall vocalist William DuVall joined Alice in Chains as lead singer during the band’s reunion concerts.

Kinney mentioned in a February 2006 interview that he would be interested in writing new material, but not as Alice in Chains. He explained, “If we found some other dude, I’d love to move on, write some cool tunes and change the name and go on like that. I don’t see continuing as Alice and replacing somebody. … We’re not trying to replace Layne. We want to play these songs one more time, and if it seems like the right thing to do, it’ll happen. I don’t know how long it will go or where it will take us. It’s kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, the people who love these songs. It’s not some ‘I’m broke and I need the money’ situation. We love playing together.”

In April 2009, the band went into Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 and laid down the tracks to their new album in ten years called, “Black Gives Way To Blue” — a tribute to Layne Staley — which was released in September 2009.

Man in the Box

Man in the Box” is a single by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was released as a single in 1991 after being featured on the group’s debut full-length album Facelift (1990). The song was included on the compilation albums Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999), Music Bank (1999), Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006), and is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 2. The song is also played in the 2000 film The Perfect Storm.

In the liner notes of 1999’s Music Bank box set collection, guitarist Jerry Cantrell said of the song, “That whole beat and grind of that is when we started to find ourselves; it helped Alice become what it was.”[4] The song makes use of a talk box to create the guitar effect. The original Facelift track listing credited only vocalist Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell with writing the song. All post-Facelift compilations credited the entire band.

“Man in the Box” is widely recognized for its distinctive “wordless opening melody, where Layne Staley’s peculiar, tensed-throat vocals are matched in unison with an effects-laden guitar” followed by “portentous lines like: ‘Feed my eyes/ Can you sew them shut?’, ‘Jesus Christ/Deny your maker’ and ‘He who tries/Will be wasted’ with Cantrell’s drier, less-urgent voice.” along with harmonies provided by both Staley and Cantrell in the lines ‘Won’t you come and save me’.

In a recorded interview with MuchMusic USA, Layne Staley stated that the lyrics are about censorship in the mass media, and “I was really really stoned when I wrote it, so it meant something else at the time”, he said laughing.

Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

I’m the man in the box
Buried in my shit
Won’t you come and save me?
Save me

Feed me my eyes (can you sew them shut?)
Jesus Christ (deny your maker)
they who try (will be wasted)
Fear in my eyes (now you’ve sewn them shut)

I’m the dog who gets beat
Shove my nose in shit
Won’t you come and save me?
Save me

Fear in my eyes (can you sew them shut?)
Jesus Christ (deny your maker)
they who try (will be wasted)
Fear in my eyes (now you’ve sewn them shut)

Feed my eyes (can you sew them shut?)
Jesus Christ (deny your maker)
they who try (will be wasted)
Fear in my eyes (now you’ve sewn them shut)

  • Audio from the 1990 album, Facelift:

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The Bad Touch ~ Bloodhound Gang

bloodhound-gangBloodhound Gang is an American band which began as a hip hop group but branched out into other genres, including alternative hip hop, rapcore, funk metal  and electronic rock, as their career progressed. Their songs usually have humorous and off-beat, satirical lyrics that often deal with sexual subjects and contain many puns and innuendos. They are influenced by The Beastie Boys

They are best known for their singles “Fire Water Burn”, “The Bad Touch”, “Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo”, “Along Comes Mary”, “Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss” and “The Ballad of Chasey Lain”. Formed in 1991,Bloodhound Gang has sold more than 6 million albums.

The Bloodhound Gang began as a small alternative band called Bang Chamber 8. It consisted of James Moyer Franks (“Jimmy Pop”) and Michael Bowe (“Daddy Long Legs”), both graduates of Perkiomen Valley High School. They released an eponymous tape before changing their name to the Bloodhound Gang, a reference to “The Bloodhound Gang”, a segment on the 1980s PBS kids’ show 3-2-1 Contact that featured three young detectives solving mysteries and fighting crime.

Jimmy Pop and Jared Hennegan (“Evil Jared Hasselhoff”) both attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Unable to book shows anywhere else, the Bloodhound Gang first performed in an extra room at Evil Jared’s house, in exchange for Schlitz, Marlboros, and a chance to hand out their first demo tape, entitled Just Another Demo. When the floor caved in one night, they began performing every month at CBGBs in New York City. When asked about the band’s tenure at the club, Jimmy Pop was quoted as saying, “I’ve seen cavemen with better clubs.”

In April 1994, the band released their second demo tape, The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Hitler’s Handicapped Helpers. This resulted in a record deal with Cheese Factory Records.

In summer 1994, Jimmy Pop had a small role in the short independent film The Chick That Was Naked by independent filmmaker Kurt Fitzpatrick. A song  by the band was used on its soundtrack.

In November 1994, the Bloodhound Gang released their first EP, Dingleberry Haze.

The Bad Touch

The Bad Touch” is a song recorded by American alternative band Bloodhound Gang. It was released in May 1999 as the lead single from their album Hooray for Boobies, which was released a year later, in the US and UK. The song was remixed by many artists including God Lives Underwater, KMFDM and Eiffel 65.

Like much of the Bloodhound Gang’s other music, the song contains a wide variety of sexual colloquialisms. The sleeve for the single features a photo of two zebras in copula.

The main chorus and anthem of the song is the stanza “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals; So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel”, referring to the nature documentaries shown on the Discovery television channel in the 1990s.  As the song starts, a spoken deadpan introduction states that there are distinctions between animal sexual behaviour and sexual intercourse in humans.

The rest of the lyrics are composed almost entirely of double entendre, which include a number of references to late-1990s or topical North American popular culture. In the first verse these are: lack of precipitation leading to drought in the United States and specifically the state of Texas; risqué lyrics from musician Prince; Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert from television film-review programme At the Movies giving “two thumbs up”; restaurant-chain Waffle House and their hash browns foodstuffs; the delivery speed of courier firm FedEx; the stock-price of The Coca-Cola Company; and daylight saving time change during the Northern-hemisphere spring-time and its relation to nocturnal penile tumescence.

The second verse continues alluding to: the lost Egyptian Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa and early Egyptian hieroglyphs; the southern Pacific Ocean; US-National Weather Service weather alerts distributed as a small craft advisory to marine vessels; oceanic high-tides; the boardgame Battleship; automated coffeemaker manufacturer Mr. Coffee;  juvenile exploration through playing doctor; television programme-in-programme Tool Time, from sitcom Home Improvement; country music singer Lyle Lovett; and science-fiction series The X-Files.

The Bad Touch – Jimmy Pop

Ha-Ha! Well now, we call this the act of mating
But there are several other very important differences
Between human beings and animals that you should know about

I’d appreciate your input

Sweat baby sweat baby sex is a Texas drought
Me and you do the kind of stuff that only Prince would sing about
So put your hands down my pants and I’ll bet you’ll feel nuts
Yes I’m Siskel, yes I’m Ebert and you’re getting two thumbs up
You’ve had enough of two-hand touch you want it rough you’re out of bounds
I want you smothered want you covered like my Waffle House hashbrowns
Come quicker than FedEx never reach an apex just like Coca-Cola stock you are inclined
To make me rise an hour early just like Daylight Savings Time

Do it now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Do it again now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Gettin’ horny now

Love the kind you clean up with a mop and bucket
Like the lost catacombs of Egypt only God knows where we stuck it
Hieroglyphics? Let me be Pacific I wanna be down in your South Seas
But I got this notion that the motion of your ocean means “Small Craft Advisory”
So if I capsize on your thighs high tide, B-5 you sunk my battleship
Please turn me on I’m Mister Coffee with an automatic drip
So show me yours I’ll show you mine “Tool Time” you’ll Lovett just like Lyle
And then we’ll do it doggy style so we can both watch “X-Files”

Do it now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Do it again now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Gettin’ horny now

You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Do it again now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Do it now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Do it again now
You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals
So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Gettin’ horny now

  • Audio from the 1999 album, Hooray for Boobies:

hooray

Play The Bad Touch - by Bloodhound Gang
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