ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
Selected by me.
Thanks, Rick, for introducing me to DB.
I was working late tonight, and had the desire, just out of the blue, to listen to his music...
Maybe we could start this again, the Album Club Selection? Just asking....
In the meantime, Baerwald is still one of the lesser-known greats.
Yes ... You know what's funny... I can't remember his name properly. I always start typing Bearwald before I remember to turn the two letters around. In German wald means forest, and bear makes more sense to me somehow... 🙃
@Louisa if you don't watch the entire show, check out Black mamba Kiss at 44:35. I think that's a Baerwald song you would love.
@Jerseyfornia It's the decadence I love in his lyrics, yes, love Black Mamba Kiss. The Crash is what my son gets to hear the day he gets his license.
I have a week worth of music to indulge into.. 🙂
I'm back here. Went running with Baerwald tonight. 😊
Be careful in bare feet. He leaves a lot of sharp shards lying about you could step on.
Steve, that's part of the problem.
One of the few times I've had a chance to listen is while driving.
I don't have the greatest sound system in the Rat-mobile, indeed it is a considerable distance from being the greatest car, and I feel this album is worthy of full, lyrical, immersion.
Punctuating the listening experience with random cries of "ARE YOUR ******* INDICATORS NOT WORKING YOU ******* NUGGET" and other such pleasantries, as I'm occasionally prone to do during my daily commute, is not optimum.
I will make time however.
I'm with you... For me, it's the car, Or headphones in which I find I hear far more intricacies to the music in any case.
For me it's usually "Oh, what, that light wasn't RED ENOUGH FOR YOU???"
Trying to be a better album club member, I've only listened to this record on the hoof.
I've heard enough to know I need to sit down and immerse in this, otherwise I won't come close to appreciating.
More to come.....
@MagicRatAFC I heartily recommend that the next time you're driving your sleek machine (whether over the Jersey State Line or, you know, not..) you load this album and crank it loud... You won't regret it. 😊
From his third solo album Triage, but I've got to post this masterpiece. One of the greatest opening lines ever written and one I relate to well.
One of the songs on Bedtime Stores, Liberty Lies, features Joni Mitchell on background vocals.
David sang with Joni on her song Nothing Can Be Done.
Joni's vocals on Liberty Lies are very subtle but DB is very integral to Nothing Can Be Done. I love it.
Liberty Lies is my take home track from Bedtime Stories. So many great lines in that song.
4.23 am, I wake up hearing DB singing
Do you love me
Say you do
is it like he always promised love to you?
Before moving to the next album, I have to report @SteveInJoburg and @Jerseyfornia that I was listening to Bedtime Stories, also, and I'm enjoying this album very much. Maybe @whispered secret would like this one even more than Boomtown, it is easier to identify with, perhaps (subjective, I know). It has some complex arrangements, great hooks (All For You, Good Times), and lyrics with the ability to override your thoughts.
The Hello Mary clever "dialogue" made me cry, but I'm a crybaby anyway...
I clicked on Hellbound Train, the five songs EP on Spotify, and I have to say that I understand Rick's decision about what he's going to listen to for part 3 of his book.
Hi Ho Nobody's Home is the creepiest song I have heard in a while...
@Louisa I'm glad you are enjoying the music. There is a promotional version of Bedtime Stories where DB talks about each song before it plays. I used to listen to that over and over, 30 years ago pre-internet and YT you didn't get to see or hear much like that here.
I remember not knowing what he meant by 'A Pollyanna shouted, a Pollyanna cried' and then one day the movie was shown on the SABC...
Useless info for you, I had actually heard one of the songs on the album before Bedtime Stories came out, because it was written for Olivia Newton-John and was on her album The Rumour. My older brother was obsessed with ONJ so I always knew her music by default. She makes one or two lyrical changes, making the song less gritty.
Both versions for anyone interested to hear....
@SteveInJoburg I love Olivia and her cover of the song, but Baerwald's version is king.
100%. Baerwald is meat 'n potatoes, ONJ is ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Was trying to find a track on YouTube I have somewhere which was a remix of Swimming in the Ocean, the 'Generate Heat' mix, which was actually pretty good. Couldn't find it but found this instead. I love these kinds of videos, rare for one of a D + D track...
And I love that Generate Heat mix.
I should restate my earlier comment that the album was a moderate commercial success, since it went platinum and stayed on the album chart in the U.S. for over a year.
I am falling behind here, need to get my bahookie in gear.
Get with it, man.
Damned gearless bahookies.
Swallowed is the song that has stuck in my head. I keep hearing it when I wake up, it is what I have been mumbling...
Maybe it ain't over I can see it's up to me
You only out when you stay out you stay out when you don't believe
We could drive around in circles getting nowhere all night long
Getting drunk with strangers telling lies
And singing along with the jukebox baby
The last two lines, the way he says baby and the short coda before he starts singing again... ❤️
Still my favorite song on the record.
I confess I dealt dope out of a Denny's when I was a young fry cook with a habit.
I always found it amusing that Welcome To The Boomtown was also released to radio in an alternate version (known as the Cheap Thrills version) that replaced the cocaine in Miss Christina's dresser with cheap thrills, but left the line about Kevin dealing dope out of Denny's intact.
This was at the height of Tipper Gore's crusade against popular music.
@SteveInJoburg Did JF introduce you to this album, or was it popular in SA?
@Louisa Thank you but I don't suspect that it would do more than bore the pants off all but less than a handful of people on here.
I did recall something I hadn't thought about in years, though, when I was thinking about all of this. My brother was tasked with putting together sampler tapes for the music shops to play for a time. He used to book out a DAT machine from the office, bring home all these new and promo tapes and records, and I would help him compile and edit the cassettes. One time, for Christmas '89, I think, we actually put together a master file for what became a 2 record (vinyl) A&M white sleeve sampler.. I've made many mixed tapes and compilation CDs, but I think I can brag in saying I've put together a compilation vinyl album... I don't think too many people have done that. I may even still have a copy. 😊
@SteveInJoburg It wouldn't bore me. Besides, less than a handful of people is just about all that we are.
@SteveInJoburg Steve was a writer
Then Stevie ran away and get bored
I can't recall a lyric that describes non-romantic sex more effectively than...
Making like defrocked priests
Going through the motions
A double-backed beast
Without the holy lotions
But move without emotion
An athletic feat
Like swimming in the ocean
Does "defrocked priests" insinuate two men? I know there are many religions and cultures with female priests.
@Jerseyfornia I picture two men...
@Louisa definitely. It never even crossed my mind that they might be female.
Lyrically I think there are some similarities with Bruce, they are writing about similar subjects but musically this album didn't put me in mind of Bruce.
I've listened again and it's growing on me, even if I end up with only the first two songs being regular listens, it will have been worth the introduction!
Very few videos on YT, unfortunately, but here is one of David doing Heroes at a 2002 solo gig. I actually have this on a DVD, from a David Baerwald forum @Jerseyfornia and I used to frequent back in the day...
I found this interesting article on the internet, worth reading....The author mentions Springsteen, not just once, here is the interesting bit:
The other song to chart, “Swallowed By The Cracks” is a rewrite of Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” (come to think of it, GnR would try to rewrite “Welcome to the Boomtown” as “Welcome to the Jungle”) but David + David’s version goes one better because it goes further:
Rather than looking down his nose at hometown failures like Bruce’s successful narrator, Baerwald’s narrator, a former dancer fallen on hard times, refers to himself as a “drunken old whore,” confirming the song’s opening hint that he might be a street drunk. He spins a tale of his ambitious circle of friends – his girlfriend (actor Eileen) and her brother (his best friend and writer, Steve) who achieved none of their dreams, and by the song’s present have either disappeared (Steve) or work in a dead-end job (Eileen). Baerwald’s narrator has no sympathy for himself, making his unsparing criticism all the more angry and heartbreaking, and includes himself as one of “those clowns begging bus fare back.” Most unlike Springsteen, he doesn’t even have sympathy for the memory lane stroll itself:
Swallowed by the cracks, our pride worn down
Talking times gone by like everybody else
I remember that article and having read it more than a few times. Probably my favorite read about it.
I know that first listen, I heard the subliminal Springsteen in this album. I call it subliminal because it's not one of those acts where you say, "oh, they sound like Springsteen."
I meant to post the Swallowed By The Cracks video. I think the shots of the band playing in the bar is a direct homage to the Glory Days video.