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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    The Story Of America CD Compilation

    If somebody gave you an assignment to develop a music CD compilation that told "The Story Of America", what would you include? Here's mine:

    The Reasons For Establishing The Colonies
    TAXMAN - The Beatles
    SIGNS - Five Man Electrical Band & Tesla (Religious Freedom)
    SPIRIT IN THE SKY - Norman Greenbaum

    Native Americans & Thanksgiving
    INDIAN RESERVATION - Paul Revere & The Raiders
    ALICE'S RESTAURANT - Arlo Guthrie

    The Move Westward
    1849 - Lighthouse (A group from Canada, but still about settlers heading west)

    Unions
    LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL - TV Commercial Song
    1913 MASSACRE - Woody Guthrie

    The 1950's
    MAYBELLINE - Chuck Beery

    The 1960's & Early 1970's
    BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR - Scott McKenzie
    WOODSTOCK - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - Rolling Stones (The end of innocence?)

    The Viet Nam War
    QUESTIONS 67 & 68 - Chicago
    DAY FOR DECISION - Johnny Sea
    SHE'S COME UNDUN - The Guess Who (More Canuckistians)
    AMERICAN WOMAN - The Guess Who & Lenny Cravitz
    THE GREEN BERETS - Sgt. Barry Sattler
    OHIO - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Growing Up
    TEENAGE LUST - The MC5
    409 - The Beach Boys
    CALIFORNIA GIRLS - The Beach Boys
    ALMOST CUT MY HAIR - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    ODE TO BILLIE JOE - Bobby Gentry

    Health
    SMOKE THAT CIGARETTE - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

    Race Relations
    MOTOR CITY IS BURNING, BABY - MC5
    SOCIETY'S CHILD - Janis Ian

    The Greening Of America
    GREEN-EYED LADY - Sugarloaf
    PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY - The Monkees

    Our Obsession With Sports
    WE WILL ROCK YOU - Queen
    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS - Queen

    The Darker Side Of Life
    WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Lou Reed

    Aging
    WHEN YOU WAKE UP FEELING OLD - Wilco
    THE LIVING YEARS - Mike & The Mechanics

    Patriotism
    GOD BLESS AMERICA - Kate Smith
    _____

    There are so many more I thought of adding, to tell the story. My guess is that you also may have some to add.

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    [QUOTE=Bear Up North]
    The Move Westward
    1849 - Lighthouse (A group from Canada, but still about settlers heading west)
    It's not exactly Rock 'n Roll, but in the same spirit as el Guapo's love of Lilith Fair music, Gold Rush Brides by 10,000 Maniacs is a wonderful lyrical description of the plight of women during the westward expansion.

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    Clarence Ashley, "The House Carpenter"
    Elvis, "Love Me Tender"
    Handsome Family, "24 Hour Store"
    Ernie & The High Notes, "Dap Walk"
    The Supremes, "Baby Love"
    Sinatra, "My Way"
    Miles Davis, "On the Corner"
    N.W.A, "F--k the Police"
    Uncle Tupelo, "Graveyard Shift"
    The Fugees, "Killing Me Softly"
    R.E.M, "Everybody Hurts"
    Tim McGraw, "Drugs or Jesus"

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    America

    This morning I was thinking about Byron McGregor's recording about America. McGregor was a disc jockey at Windsor, Ontario's CKLW, back in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, CKLW was known as "The Big 8" and was extremely popular with rock and roll fans in SE Michigan and northern Ohio. McGregor's recording, coming from a Canadian, chastised the world for bad-mouthing the USA. I wasn't sure where to locate this vid, so I picked this olde thread. If you are in or around my age the stories (and attitudes) ring true and will bring back some memories. Not sure how much airplay it received nationally......it was very popular along Lake Erie's shores.

    Have a listen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07oVR1SDi6k

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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North View post
    This morning I was thinking about Byron McGregor's recording about America. McGregor was a disc jockey at Windsor, Ontario's CKLW, back in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, CKLW was known as "The Big 8" and was extremely popular with rock and roll fans in SE Michigan and northern Ohio. McGregor's recording, coming from a Canadian, chastised the world for bad-mouthing the USA. I wasn't sure where to locate this vid, so I picked this olde thread. If you are in or around my age the stories (and attitudes) ring true and will bring back some memories. Not sure how much airplay it received nationally......it was very popular along Lake Erie's shores.

    Have a listen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07oVR1SDi6k

    Bear
    It's called The Americans. It received some airplay after the 2001-09-11 attacks, too.

    A few more:
    -Opportunity:
    Living In America - James Brown

    -Mass immigration:
    Coming To American - Neil Diamond

    Mike

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    Monster

    Here's another vid to add to the "Story of America" compilation. I still have this tune on the original album. If you search You Tube you will see that the tune is used by folks with significantly different political persuasions. One version (not the one I post here) is obviously a Tea Party poster because of the many references to the Constitution, the Fed, and President Obama's alleged "shady side". Steppenwolf was quite popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Certainly you remember "Born To Be Wild". One of my other favorites was "The Pusher". Have a listen to "Monster".....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk3sU...eature=related

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    Nuclear Age & Cold War:
    Aerosmith - "Three Mile Smile"
    Black Sabbath - "Electric Funeral"
    Rush - "Distant Early Warning"
    Bob Dylan - "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"

    American suburbia/Decline of the Cities:
    Rush - "Subdivisions"
    The Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"
    Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"

    End of the Cold War:
    The Scorpions - "Wind of Change"

    L.A. Riots:
    Sublime - "April 29, 1992"

    9/11 and War on Terror:
    Alan Jackson - "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" (9/11 specifically)
    Toby Keith - "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue"
    Toby Keith - "Taliban Song" (Afghanistan specifically)
    Saliva - "Pride of America"
    Ozzy Osbourne - "Black Rain" (anti-Iraq War specifically)

    The Great Recession:
    Bon Jovi - "Work for the Working Man"

    School Shootings/Troubled Youth:
    Pearl Jam - "Jeremy"
    Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    Here are some more, many with a definite CW flavor:

    Native Americans:
    Buffy St Marie: Now that the Buffalo's Gone
    Michael Martin Murphy: Geronimo's Cadillac
    Civil War:
    Sawyer Brown: Another Side
    Modern American Economy:
    Alan Jackson: The Little Man
    Jason Aldean: Amarillo Sky
    Mass Immigration:
    Willie Nelson: Living in the Promised Land
    Aging:
    Bellamy Brothers: Old Hippie
    Hank Williams, Jr: All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down
    America/Patriotism:
    Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land
    The Sixties (Civil Rights/Peace Movement):
    Peter, Paul, and Mary or Bob Dylan: Blowin In the Wind

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    Here's some more classics:

    World War II:
    The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"

    Sports, particularly baseball:
    "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

    Turn of the Century:
    Scott Joplin - "The Entertainer"

    Jazz:
    Louis Armstrong - "When the Saints Go Marching In"

    The 50s:
    Bill Haley - "Rock Around the Clock"
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    A few more:

    -Evolution of transport technology:
    City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie

    -Evolution of Communication technology:
    Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
    Please Mister Postman - (several)
    Western Union - Five Americans
    Telstar - Tornados

    -Both:
    The Letter - Boxtops
    Calling America - Electric Light Orchestra

    -US Civil War:
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez

    Mike

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    Communications technology:
    Alan Jackson: www.memory
    Demise of small towns in the Heartland:
    Don Williams: Old Coyote Town
    Sports (baseball):
    Alabama: The Cheap Seats
    Sports (horse racing):
    Stephen Foster: The Camptown Races
    Stephen Foster: My Old Kentucky Home
    Dan Fogelberg: Run for the Roses
    Sports (rodeo):
    Garth Brooks: Rodeo
    Foster and Lloyd: Texas in 1880
    George Strait: Amarillo By Morning
    Addiction:
    Kenny Chesney: You and Tequila
    Kenny Chesney: That's Why I'm Here
    History of Rock N Roll (1950s-1970s):
    Don McLean: American Pie
    The Civil War:
    Julia Ward Howe: Battle Hymn of the Republic
    Boomers in Middle Age:
    Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA
    Touring Rock Bands:
    Jackson Browne: Running on Empty (the entire album)

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    ^^
    Also, a few more:

    -Sports (Baseball):
    Centerfield - John Fogerty
    A Dying Cubs' Fan's Last Request - Steve Goodman

    -Evolution of Transport Technology:
    Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
    Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band

    -Evolution of Communications Technology:
    Sylvia's Mother - Doctor Hook

    Mike
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