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SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:38 am
by Garth Cartwright
Anyone else been watching this? Premise might not be appealing - The Foo Fighters visit a different recording studio in 8 US cities and record a song there for their new album - but the two episodes I've watched (on BBC inlayer) are worth checking. The first is on Washington DC and focuses on the 1980s hardcore (Minor Threat, Bad Brains) and go-go (Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk) scenes and how they overlapped one another. Excellent interviews with participants from bands involved and the point is made as to how much punk was a liberation for a lot of teenagers and encouraged d.i.y bands/labels and social protest - after a gig everyone would head down to the South African embassy to protest. The Chicago episode focuses on the studio run by the producer who also plays in Shellac/Big Black etc so again focuses on the city's 80s punk scene. But Buddy Guy and unfortunately Marshall Chess are intvd for the city's blues heritage. Again, an interesting programme but not on par with the DC one. Dave Grohl uses both episodes to tell stories of growing up - visiting Chicago his cousin took him to his first punk gig when he was a kid and he sits with her and they discuss those days; in DC he talks of worshipping the bands that came out of there and playing there as a teenager. He's a very enthusiastic, affable host. I will glance at the other episodes over the next few weeks.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:36 pm
by Adam Blake
I like him but I don't like his music very much. Sounds like a good programme. Thanks for the heads-up.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:03 pm
by AndyM
Dame Edna Everage once said of Melvyn Bragg, "little Melvyn, he's written lots of novels. Has anybody read any of them ?"

Sort of how I feel about the Foo Fighters.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:07 pm
by Adam Blake
Aaaah, if you had to teach teenage boys how to play the guitar, Andy, you would be horribly familiar with them.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:35 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Fortunately, the Foos leave the performance of the song they are recording right to the very end of each episode! The DC episode has great footage/intvs with Bad Brains and Trouble Funk - 2 bands that soundtracked my late teenage years (and still sound fabulous today). Dave Grohl makes dull music but is a good host - way preferable to Jools and many others.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:55 pm
by Chris P
The New Orleans edition with the Meters, Mac Rebennack, Alan Toussaint, Ben Jaffe:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0295vtp

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:09 pm
by Garth Cartwright
New Orleans edition is really good. NYC too with lots of CBGB era bands and early rappers. Nashville has Tony Joe White, Steve Earle, Emmylou. Austin has Roky Erickson, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and that young black blues cat whose name escapes me right now. The LA episode is dull beyond the great Joan Jett. I skipped Seattle tho it might feature some interesting Jimi and even the Sonics? Overall a very positive look at how great music got made in US cities.

Re: SONIC HIGHWAYS

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:38 am
by john poole
Garth Cartwright wrote:I skipped Seattle tho it might feature some interesting Jimi and even the Sonics?
Larry Parypa of the Sonics makes a couple of appearances, talks about the time a certain guitarist wanted to jam with them at the Spanish Castle; but more time is devoted to Heart and Sub Pop.