The Ache, pt. 1: Roots

The Ache, pt. 1: Roots

Show Notes

By Tim Malcolm

Intro song: “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks (Amazon)

Wistful nostalgia
We can’t, in fact, go back home again
Ray Davies was trapped in Britain and embraced loneliness and Englishness
“Sunny Afternoon” by the Kinks (Dave likes this song), “Black Messiah” by the Kinks (Hunter likes this song)
Album “Sehnsucht” by Rammstein


Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Now That Your Joystick’s Broke” by Michael Franks (Amazon)

- King Kong (uh, 
Donkey Kong)
Jean meat reference
- On the track: Rob Mounsey (“Gaucho” by Steely Dan)
Album “Passion Fruit” by Michael Franks
- Franks taught at UCLA before recording Yacht Rock
- God damnit Dave: Buckner & Garcia reference! 
Album “The Art of Tea” by Michael Franks (proto-Yacht)


The Ache: Roots

Example song: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young (Amazon)
Example song: 
“Withered and Died” by Richard Thompson (Amazon)

This will be a two-part genre; part two will be about more modern indie, while part one has folk and country roots. Songs as part of The Ache are sad and nostalgic. The subject cannot recover from the loneliness felt. These songs aren’t too sentimental or overblown - they’re just plaintive, but they also embrace the warmth and beauty of the loneliness, and the memory of what was.

10. “Poncho & Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt (Amazon)

- Van Zandt, 
diagnosed as bipolarunderwent insulin shock therapy
- Lefty has to die in Cleveland. Ugh.
Lake on fire in Cleveland
Covered by Emmylou Harrisa country No. 1 for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

9. “Just Like California” by Old 97’s (Amazon)

- From the
album “Too Far to Care” by Old 97’s
- For Hollywood Steve: Volvo crash test (IIHS certified)
- Dave alludes to Montana being earthquake-proof

8. “Hickory Wind” by the Byrds (Amazon)

- From the
album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” by the Byrds
Gram Parsons is the man behind this Byrds sound
- Parsons had a troubled upbringing; 
he died young
- You can stay in the room where Gram Parsons died - also, where Donovan stayed
“Lake Michigan” by Sara Azriel (J.D.’s personal “Hickory Wind’)
- The Yacht Rock guys
wrote a musical about Bob Seger
Putrid Stink (Hollywood Steve’s band)

7. “Sunday Sun” by Beck (Amazon)

- From the
album “Sea Change” by Beck
Nigel Godrich produced this stuff
- 2002, a good year for music: This, 
“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
- Beck’s girlfriend at the time was cheating on him (with a guy from Whiskey Biscuit)

6. “Wrecking Ball” by Emmylou Harris (Amazon)

- Harris worked with Gram Parsons (
“Grievous Angel”)
- Harris teamed up with
Daniel Lanois and did the album “Wrecking Ball”
- Not “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus


50 States in 50 Podcasts: Colorado
“Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins (Amazon)

Other artists from Colorado:
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Fluid
The Apples in Stereo
The Fray
Judy Collins
Dave Grusin
- Glenn Miller (had a gal in Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Colorado loves weed
- This is from the album “Chinese Wall” by Philip Bailey
- Bailey was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire (“After the Love Has Gone”)
There’s some altitude in Colorado
- Pikes Peak inspired “America the Beautiful”


5. “‘Cello Song” by Nick Drake (Amazon)

- From the album “Five Leaves Left”
- Drake suffered from major clinical depression, was nearly catatonic
- He
fatally overdosed in 1974
- Feeling depressed? Call 1-800-273-TALK, or text START to 741-741

4. “Sweet Old World” by Lucinda Williams (Amazon)

- The title track
from her 1992 album
- Originally from Lake Charles, La.
Version of this on Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” album

3. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac (Amazon)

- From the
album “Fleetwood Mac” by Fleetwood Mac
- Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had a wild relationship
- Nicks realized the solution to growing old was cocaine
Late-period Glenn Frey: Not bad

2. “Tomorrow is a Long Time” by Rod Stewart (Amazon)

- From the
album “Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart
Dylan wrote the songElvis covered the songNick Drake as well
Elvis also did a cover of “Blowin’ in the Wind”
- J.D. smoked Bronco cigarettes
Stewart was a fantastic interpreter of other people’s stuff

1. “Watch the Sunrise” by Big Star (Amazon)

“September Gurls” by Big Star
- Early power pop band (along with Badfingerthe Raspberries)
- Led by
Alex Chilton (The Box Tops)
A major influence of a lot of bands
Big Star documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me”
Big Star’s song “In the Street” was covered by Cheap Trick for the “That ‘70s Show” theme


Other proposed genre songs:
“I See a Darkness” by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
“Down to You” by Joni Mitchell
“Superstar” by the Carpenters



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