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09 June 2005

Celtschmerz! I like Richard Thompson. Anyone else?
Yeah. "I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight" is one of my all time faves. I dig Fairport, too.
posted by jonmc 09 June | 10:31
Wall of Death is one of my favorite songs of all time, but honestly I prefer it when it's covered by other people (REM or Nanci Griffith, take your pick.) Love Fairport Convention, though.
posted by mygothlaundry 09 June | 10:39
He does a wicked cover of "Oops I did it again" which is well worth a listen.
posted by jessamyn 09 June | 10:55
Me too. I love "Cocksferry Queen."
posted by drezdn 09 June | 10:57
I think the guitar solo at the end of the live version "Calvary Cross" on Watching the Dar is transcendent.
posted by kenko 09 June | 11:12
Watching the Dark. Fucking "k" key.
posted by kenko 09 June | 11:13
I don't know why he ever left "The Waltons".
posted by taz 09 June | 11:26
Well, after John-Boy dropped acid and massacred the rest of the family, the magic was kind of gone.
posted by jonmc 09 June | 11:34
*nods, sighs*
posted by taz 09 June | 11:38
Anyone that can make darkness and misery that fun is OK in my book. He's one of the few artists with a long career that I actually love stuff from all his phases, although I'm especially partial to his twisted pop stuff from Across a Crowded Room through Rumor and Sigh.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 09 June | 11:43
I think his two most recent, The Old Kit-Bag and Mock Tudor, are among his most consistently strong. (NTM 1,000 Years of Popular Music, which is just amazing.) But I haven't heard much of his early post-Fairport stuff.

French Frith Kaiser Thompson's albums are pretty fun, too.
posted by kenko 09 June | 11:45
I don't really like it when the word genius is applied to musicians but I think Richard Thompson is about as close as they come. He's a great musical theorist, great songwriter and of course a bloody amazing guitarist. One of the great things about his guitar playing is that it isn't at all flashy, it's all about complimenting the melody and strengthing the song. And the way he meshes styles from all over the world seemlessly into his music is incredible. There's also often a rather dry sense of humour at work.

Great lyrics too - God Loves A Drunk is a fave of mine.
posted by dodgygeezer 09 June | 11:53
Never heard of him.
posted by deborah 09 June | 12:10
1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Makes me cry everytime. I saw him live a few years ago (second row, small venue), what a guitarist, jeezus.

I miss Sandy Denny.
posted by Specklet 09 June | 12:23
Henry The Human Fly!

Yeh, I like Richard too.
posted by shane 09 June | 12:59
He is someone I've heard of over the years but never checked out. Sounds like I should get right on that.
posted by matildaben 09 June | 14:30
I feel so good, I'm going to break somebody's heart tonight.
posted by mudpuppie 09 June | 15:38
posted by ethylene 09 June | 20:08
What's your favourite movie? || JRun sang bass...