April 21, 2021 Playlist

"Achtung Baby" by U2 (1991)
U2 "Achtung Baby"  1991 (Ireland)
Once upon a time, U2 was the most popular rock band in the world, and Achtung Baby was their most singular record. They began at the dawn of the 1980's as one of many post-punk guitar bands. But by their third album War (1983), their combination of epic guitarscapes, soulful vocals, and political-yet-human lyrics were actually starting to make them popular. They then teamed up with legendary producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois for their next album The Unforgettable Fire (1984) and scored an American hit single with "Pride (In The Name Of Love)", a moving tribute to MLK jr. Then the floodgates really burst open: The Joshua Tree and Rattle And Hum (which was also a movie) sold gazillions and turned them into global superstars and icons of "meaningful rock". But inevitably, the backlash began: the downside of their vibe is they could come off as self-righteous, sanctimonious pricks who didn't really rock that hard (all their lazy guitarist does is play with delay pedals!) So for their next move, they went to Germany to record a gritty "experimental" album inspired by psychedelia and dance music (in particular Sly & The Family Stone, believe it or not). But even more importantly, they grew a sense of humour and irony by embracing the ridiculousness of "superstardom". It did the trick, and Achtung Baby was another big commercial as well as critical hit, even during the tumultous early 90's when grunge, thrash metal and rap were wiping away the last vestiges of 80's rock. Their next couple albums were similar but less impactful, so Achtung Baby was arguably their high water mark. (This week's classic album was by listener request.)
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceStill Raining, Still DreamingElectric Ladyland1968USA/UK
Blue CheerCome And Get ItOutside Inside1968USA
The DoorsLand Ho!Morrison Hotel1970USA
The SeedsRollin' MachineA Web Of Sound1967USA
Triptides Now And ThenAlter Echoes (N)2021 (Alive Naturalsound)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Static Electricity
   / East-West Link
LW (N)2021 (Flightless)Australia
Menahan Street Band SilkwormThe Exciting Sounds Of Menahan Street Band (N)2021 (Dunham/Daptone)USA
Dinosaur jr. Hide Another RoundSweep It Into Space (N)2021 (Jagjaguwar)USA
Mogwai Ceiling GrannyAs The Love Continues (N)2021 (Temporary Residence)UK (Scotland)
Melvins Bouncing RickWorking With God (N)2021 (Ipecac)USA
Clouds Taste Satanic Not Fragile / Free Wheelin' (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)Cloud Covered (N)2021 (Kinda Like Music)USA
Quintron & Miss Pussycat Teenagers Don't Know ShitGoblin Alert (N)2020 (Goner)USA
U2 (R)The FlyAchtung Baby
U2 (R)Mysterious WaysAchtung Baby
U2 (R)Even Better Than The Real ThingAchtung Baby
U2 (R)A Sort Of HomecomingThe Unforgettable Fire1984Ireland
Mission Of BurmaTrem Two (live)The Horrible Truth About Burmarec. 1983, rel. 1985USA
Sonic YouthSociety Is A HoleBad Moon Rising1985USA
Boredoms(circle)Vision Creation Newsun1999Japan
Dope Purple Cosmic Rock Is Not DeadGrateful End (N)2021 (Riot Season)Taiwan
Elephant9 Arrival Of The New EldersArrival Of The New Elders (N)2021 (Rune Grammofon)Norway
Stereolab Free Witch And No Bra QueenElectrically Posessed (Switched On Volume 4) (N - compilation of rare tracks)rec. 2001 (2021 Warp)UK/France
Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers Everybody's AloneNeil Young Archives Vol. II (N)rec. 1973 (2021 Reprise)Canada/USA
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Bad Fog Of LonelinessNeil Young Archives Vol. II (N)rec. 1973 (2021 Reprise)Canada/USA
Neil Young TracesNeil Young Archives Vol. II (N)rec. 1973 (2021 Reprise)Canada
Joni Mitchell with Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers Raised On Robbery (Joni Mitchell)Neil Young Archives Vol. II (N)rec. 1973 (2021 Reprise)Canada/USA
Bob Dylan (with George Harrison) Medley: I Met Him On A Sunday (Ronde-Ronde) Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals)1970 (N)rec. 1970 (2021 Columbia/Sony Legacy)USA/UK
Bob Dylan Can't Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)1970 (N)rec. 1970 (2021 Columbia/Sony Legacy)USA
Bob Dylan Yesterday (The Beatles)1970 (N)rec. 1970 (2021 Columbia/Sony Legacy)USA
Bob Dylan If Not For You1970 (N)rec. 1970 (2021 Columbia/Sony Legacy)USA
Rahsaan Roland KirkSaxophone Concerto:
   i. Saxophone Miracle
   ii. One Breath Beyond
   iii. Dance of Revolution
Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle1973USA

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