Thursday 19 May 2011

News, Views and Music Issue 100 (Top Five): AAA Songs Featruing The Number '100'!

You’d think there’d be hundreds of songs about the number hundred wouldn’t you? Well, actually, in truth there’s only four – and one sneaky one we’ve pretended we’ve misheard. But never-mind because this week seems the perfect one to tell you what those songs are...

5) The Byrds “One Hundred Years From Now” (a track from the 1968 album ‘Sweethearts Of The Rodeo’): One hundred years from this day, will everybody feel the same way, still think the things that they’re thinking right now? Well possibly a hundred issues from now – I’m not sure about a century we’ve seen such changes already! Anyway back to the song – for me this is by far the best and most original song on ‘Sweethearts’, the influential but in truth not all that good template for future country-rock hybrid albums to come. The only problem is there isn’t much rock, barring this sterling Gram Parsons song, best heard on the two Byrds box sets or as a bonus track on the CD re-issue with Gram on lead rather than Roger McGuinn. It’s a bouncy song about how people are getting a little bit shirty about a simple misdemeanour – as the narrator correctly guesses what he’s done won’t even bat an eyelid in a hundred years’ time. An excellent song for summing up generational differences and differences in time. After all who’d have guessed about the 1960s rock and pop movement a century ago in 1911, never mind the internet and Alan’s Album Archives!

4) The Rolling Stones “One Hundred Years Ago” (a track from the 1973 album ‘Goat’s Head Soup’): When out walking through the woods the other day, the world lay like a carpet lay before me and I got out my laptop and visited Alan’s Album Archives. Don’t you sometimes think it’s wise not to grow up? Now its the turn of the opposite point of view – that mankind is so stubborn that even after a hundred years of living, change and culture, nothing really moves on that much. One of the more over-looked Stones songs about the 1970s, this starts off as a gentle ballad about a Rip Van Winkle waking up from hibernation hoping that his problems are over – only to discover a whole lot more in a thrilling rock climax that finds Mick Taylor on particularly stunning form. It all seemed like a hundred years ago this song came out, at a time when the Stones were still inventive and original.

3) The Moody Blues “I Never Thought I’d Live To Be A Hundred” (a track from the 1969 album ‘To Our Children’s Children’s Children’): I never thought I’d get to write all those things that other people see, look at me. The first two verses of a sensitive Justin Hayward ballad (the third verse is cut off to make ‘I never Thought I’d Live To Be A Million’ later on in the album), this is a song about being so busy fighting for freedom and rights that you never quite realise where the time has gone. I never thought I’d write a hundred issues either – not so very long ago my maker was threatening to refuse me the pleasure of the view too. I’m still waiting for my freedom however – but then that’s what happens when coalition Governments that nobody voted for pass laws to keep themselves in power illegally.

2) Cat Stevens “100 I Dream” (a track from the 1973 album ‘Foreigner’): They brang our website with horns, so they do (what on earth does that line mean?!) but that hasn’t stopped us dreaming of a hundred issues or of ‘rising up to be free’ (as a voice whispered to me) in the hope that we’ll all ‘awake’! I have to say I love this Cat Stevens song’s gentle philosophy even if I haven’t got a clue what’s going on in the beginning - and has there ever been a better motto for our site then the following middle eight?: ‘Pick up the pieces you see before you, don’t let your weakness destroy you, you know wherever you go the world will follow, so let your reasons be true to you’. And in this way we will all awake – come on Cameron and awake!

1) The Beatles “One After 99” (a track from the 1970 ‘Let It Be’ album or 1994 compilation of rarities ‘Anthology One’ if you prefer): Eh, what’s that? The Beatles are singing about the one after 909? Erm, yes, Ok, I did know that but how else can I find another AAA song involving the word hundred? Picked up my laptop, ran to the station, railman said I had a bad connection yeah, pick up my bag, run right home, then I find I got the web address wrong. Well, don’t – its ok?! This funky early Beatles track was a shoe-in for becoming a Beatles B-side before first Paul came up with ‘PS I Love You’ and then John came up with ‘Ask Me Why’ before the band forgot about this song entirely. They did return to it though, with this song one of many ‘oldies’ revived by the band during the ‘Get Back to basics’ sessions for Let It Be. No wonder this one made the record (unlike other forgotten and unloved Lennon/Macca classics like ‘Thinking of Linking ‘Hello Little Girl’ and ‘I Lost My Little Girl’, all revived during the sessions) because The Beatles sound like they’re having great fun – for possibly the only time on the record. Lennon’s vocal sees him become a decade younger, Paul’s whoops are genuinely exciting, George’s guitar solo is fabulous and Ringo? Well, Ringo’s just trying to cope with a cold while playing up on a windy rooftop so it’s no wonder he’s a bit off colour here. Said move over once, move over twice, try on Alan’s Album Archives for size!

Well, that’s it for another issue. As we signed off all those months ago goodbye – and best wishes from the Albums Alcoholics Anonymous. Now I wonder where the next 100 issues will take us?...

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6) AAA Box Sets

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10) Ways To Know You Have Turned Into A Collector

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15) AAA Existential Questions

16) Releases Of The Year 2008

17) Top AAA Xmas Songs

18) Notable AAA Gigs

19) All things '20' related for our 20th issue

20) Romantic odes for Valentine's Day

21) Hollies B sides

22) 'Other' BBC Session Albums

23) Beach Boys Rarities Still Not Available On CD

24) Songs John, Paul and George wrote for Ringo's solo albums

25) 5 of the Best Rock 'n' Roll Tracks From The Pre-Beatles Era

26) AAA Autobiographies

27) Rolling Stones B-sides

28) Beatles B-Sides

29) The lllloooonnngggeesssttt AAA songs of all time

30) Kinks B-Sides

31) Abandoned CSNY projects 'wasted on the way'

32) Best AAA Rarities and Outtakes Sets

33) News We've Missed While We've Been Away

34) Birthday Songs for our 1st Anniversary

35) Brightest Album Covers

36) Biggest Recorded Arguments

37) Songs About Superheroes

38) AAA TV Networks That Should Exist

39) AAA Woodtsock Moments

40) Top Moments Of The Past Year As Voted For By Readers

41) Music Segues

42) AAA Foreign Language Songs

43) 'Other' Groups In Need Of Re-Mastering

44) The Kinks Preservation Rock Opera - Was It Really About The Forthcoming UK General Election?

45) Mono and Stereo Mixes - Biggest Differences

46) Weirdest Things To Do When A Band Member Leaves

47) Video Clips Exclusive To Youtube (#1)

48) Top AAA Releases Of 2009

49) Songs About Trains

50) Songs about Winter

51) Songs about astrology plus horoscopes for selected AAA members

52) The Worst Five Groups Ever!

53) The Most Over-Rated AAA Albums

54) Top AAA Rarities Exclusive To EPs

55) Random Recent Purchases (#1)

56) AAA Party Political Slogans

57) Songs To Celebrate 'Rock Sunday'

58) Strange But True (?) AAA Ghost Stories

59) AAA Artists In Song

60) Songs About Dogs

61) Sunshiney Songs

62) The AAA Staff Play Their Own Version Of Monoploy/Mornington Crescent!

63) What 'Other' British Invasion DVDs We'd Like To See

64) What We Want To Place In Our AAA Time Capsule

65) AAA Conspiracy Theroies

66) Weirdest Things To Do Before - And After - Becoming A Star

67) Songs To Tweet To

68) Greatest Ever AAA Solos

69) John Lennon Musical Tributes

70) Songs For Halloween

71) Earliest Examples Of Psychedelia

72) Purely Instrumental Albums

73) AAA Utopias

74) AAA Imaginary Bands

75) Unexpected AAA Cover Versions

76) Top Releases of 2010

77) Songs About Snow

78) Predictions For 2011

79) AAA Fugitives

80) AAA Home Towns

81) The Biggest Non-Musical Influences On The 1960s

82) AAA Groups Covering Other AAA Groups

83) Strange Censorship Decisions

84) AAA Albums Still Unreleased on CD

85) Random Recent Purchases (#2)

86) Top AAA Music Videos

87) 30 Day Facebook Music Challenge

88) AAA Documentaries

89) Unfinished and 'Lost' AAA Albums

90) Strangest AAA Album Covers

91) AAA Performers Live From Mars (!)

92) Songs Including The Number '100' for our 100th Issue

93) Most Songs Recorded In A Single Day

94) Most Revealing AAA Interviews

95) Top 10 Pre-Fame Recordings

96) The Shortest And Longest AAA Albums

97) The AAA Allstars Ultimate Band Line-Up

98) Top Songs About Sports

99) AAA Conversations With God

100) AAA Managers: The Good, The Bad and the Financially Ugly

101) Unexpected AAA Cameos

102) AAA Words You can Type Into A Caluclator

103) AAA Court Cases

104) Postmodern Songs About Songwriting

105) Biggest Stylistic Leaps Between Albums

106) 20 Reasons Why Cameron Should Go!

107) The AAA Pun-Filled Cookbook

108) Classic Debut Releases

109) Five Uses Of Bird Sound Effects

110) AAA Classic Youtube Clips Part #1

111) Part #2

112) Part #3

113) AAA Facts You Might Not Know

114) The 20 Rarest AAA Records

115) AAA Instrumental Songs

116) Musical Tarot

117) Christmas Carols

118) Top AAA Releases Of 2011

119) AAA Bands In The Beano/The Dandy

120) Top 20 Guitarists #1

121) #2

122) 'Shorty' Nomination Award Questionairre

123) Top Best-Selling AAA Albums

124) AAA Songs Featuring Bagpipes

125) A (Hopefully) Complete List Of AAA Musicians On Twitter

126) Beatles Albums That Might Have Been 1970-74 and 1980

127) DVD/Computer Games We've Just Invented

128) The AAA Albums With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

129) The AAA Singles With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

130) Lyric Competition (Questions)

131) Top Crooning Classics

132) Funeral Songs

133) AAA Songs For When Your Phone Is On Hold

134) Random Recent Purchases (#3)

135) Lyric Competition (Answers)

136) Bee Gees Songs/AAA Goes Disco!

137) The Best AAA Sleevenotes (And Worst)

138) A Short Precise Of The Years 1962-70

139) More Wacky AAA-Related Films And Their Soundtracks

140) AAA Appearances On Desert Island Discs

141) Songs Exclusive To Live Albums

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