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10-18-13 Footnotes
Show 412: The Annual Halloween Special: Murder Songs, Pearl Jam Review

1 With Halloween looming large, Jim and Greg are feeling a bit morbid. They’ve got Murder on the brain. Here are their favorite “killer” tunes:

Ike and Tina Turner, “Stagger Lee”
Eleventh Dream Day, “The Death of Albert C. Samson”
Snoop Dogg, “Murder Was the Case”
The Adverts, “Gary Gilmore Eyes”

Iron Maiden, “Murders In the Rue Morgue”
Violent Femmes, “Country Death Song”
Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”
Neil Young, “Down by the River”

1b Of course, Sound Opinions wants to hear from its listeners, as well. Some more murderous melodies:

Greg from Oswego, NY: Warren Zevon, "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"
Kristen from Chicago, IL: Fairport Convention, “Matty Groves”
Camille Hunt from Raleigh, NC: Dwight Yoakum, “Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room”
Fahad from, Bordentown, NJ: The Beatles, “Maxwell's Silver Hammer”

2 Grunge rock stalwarts Pearl Jam are back with their tenth studio album called Lightning Bolt. It comes 22 years after their landmark debut Ten. Jim and Greg would happily trade Ten for this tenth release. Nonetheless, Greg does find some interesting experimentation in Lightning Bolt, noticeably on songs like "Pendulum" and "Yellow Moon" which show enough growth in the band's sound to earn the record a Burn It. Jim, however, thinks those same tracks are some of the weakest with their misguided allusions to the U2 and Elton John ballads. He prefers the faster pace of songs like "Lightning Bolt," which combined with a few others, might make for a decent EP. Therefore this LP gets a Burn It.

Songs Featured in Show #412
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Iron Maiden, “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Killers, EMI, 1981
Ike & Tina Turner, “Stagger Lee and Billy,” Stagger Lee and Billy (Single), Sue, 1965
Violent Femmes, “Country Death Song,” Hallowed Ground, Slash/Rhino, 1984
Dwight Yoakam, “Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses),”, Reprise, 2000
The Beatles, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
Johnny Cash, “The Long Black Veil,” Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Eleventh Dream Day, “Death of Albert C. Samson,” Prairie School Freakout, Thrill Jockey, 1988
Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl,” Fly, Monument, 1999
Snoop Dogg, “Murder Was the Case,” Murder Was the Case, Death Row/Interscope, 1994
Fairport Convention, “Matty Groves,” Liege and Lief, Island, 1969
Warren Zevon, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” Excitable Boy, Asylum, 1978
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, “Down By the River,” Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Reprise, 1969
The Adverts, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes,” Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, Anchor, 1977
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer,” Talking Heads: 77,
Pearl Jam, "Mind Your Manners," Lightning Bolt, Monkeywrench/Republic, 2013
Pearl Jam, "Pendulum," Lightning Bolt, Monkeywrench/Republic, 2013
Eprom, “Vogel,” Vogel (Single), Rwina, 2013
Blondie, “Hanging on the Telephone,” Parallel Lines, Chrysalis, 1978
Elvis Costello and The Roots, “Wise Up Ghost,” Wise Up Ghost, Blue Note, 2013
Haim, “The Wire,” Days Are Gone, Columbia, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Everything Unwinds,” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Nobody Knows (Live on Sound Opinions),” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013

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