February 12, 2009

"So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

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34 comments:

Simon said...

Product of my time, I always associate Jimi with that song, not Dylan.

mydismalswamp said...

Joker... or thief?

That all depends on the who the King is, and where we find the Queen...

Simon said...

And after all - was Hendrix not a more soulful singer than Dylan?

*dons flame-retardant suit.

Simon said...

And Cash has them both beat.

chickenlittle said...

Simon--I think even Dylan prefers the Hendrix version.

KLDAVIS said...

And, this season of Battlestar Galactica is finally getting good...

mcg said...

Product of my time, I always associate Jimi with that song, not Dylan.

Not Dave Matthews Band?

Nevermind, I know it's U2.

(smirk)

chickenlittle said...

@Simon (and anyone else interested in the Hendrix version).
I had this site bookmarked from a few years ago. It's a over-the-top of an analysis of the song and lyrics, but I liked how the author used the audio clips to make his points.

Ann Althouse said...

"Product of my time, I always associate Jimi with that song, not Dylan."

Simon, you're in your 20s. Why would Jimi be anymore your time than Dylan?

Simon said...

Ann - Because Henrix was still revered by and popular with teenagers (particularly those learning guitar) in Britain when I was a teenager, whereas Dylan was confused with Bob Hope when thought of at all.

Simon said...

Ann - Because Henrix was still revered by and popular with teenagers (particularly those learning guitar) in Britain when I was a teenager, whereas Dylan was confused with Bob Hope when thought of at all.

Curtiss said...

There are many here among us who feel that life is but a purple joke.

blake said...

There's always time for bullshit.

Ron said...

Bob Hope?!? I was thinking more Danny Kaye!

We'll all be giving away the Watchtower soon...in our new careers.

chickenlittle said...

We'll all be giving away the Watchtower soon...in our new careers.

You mean as Jehovah's Witnesses?

Curtiss said...

Bob Hope?

Bob Hope?

TitusJustHadAGreatPump said...

OK, I am here. How are you?

I am super, thanks for asking.

I am having grapes for dindin.

Hazy Dave said...

It is far from heretical to consider Hendrix's version superior to Dylan's. Bob is definitely on record as agreeing with that position.

My current puzzlement is that I happened to listen to a version of the tune by some female singer while walking the dog tonight, but here at home, the iPod shuffle reveals no clue of any version of said tune stored in its memory. Nothing even close or particularly mysterious among the 200 odd tunes thereupon. Well. To be continued, I suppose. It was a good version, too, nice guitar that faded out at the right time, and I remember thinking a bit more Hammond B3 would be cool. Oh well, at least I'm not in Kansas anymore.

And, if I had any Bob, I'd be outside burning it right now, believe you me.

Diamondhead said...

Dylan might prefer Jimi's version, but we're talking about the guy who left Foot of Pride and Blind Willie McTell off of Infidels. His opinion is suspect...

TitusJustHadAGreatPump said...

The weekend is here and Monday is a day off!!!

Yea.

Revenant said...

Product of my time, I always associate Jimi with that song, not Dylan.

I'm pretty sure the only time in which that song was not more commonly associated with Hendrix than Dylan was 1968. :)

Hazy Dave said...

Well, few recording artists are reliable evaluators of their own work. This may apply to other art forms, as well.

Mystery solved, no thanks to the "user friendly" iTunes interface. Barbara Keith. Her more recent work with Stone Coyotes is reliably reputed to be worth seeking out, as well.

Patm said...

How Gorgeous!

john said...

....the hour is getting late ...

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky—
In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh...


Goodnight moon.

Walt said...

This Joker has had his fill of being a catalyst, to those who got their red white and blue panties in a wad, I offer my condolences. For the hour is getting late.

M. Simon said...

Dearest Ann,

I clicked on the link on your sidebar "View My Complete Profile". All it has is a picture of your face and some words.

You can imagine my disappointment as I was looking forward to viewing your profile.

Ah. Well. The hour is already late. ;-)

M. Simon said...

BTW I heard Dylan in St. Louis some time around 73 - 74. He played the Hendrix version.

bill said...

Kronos Quartet's version of Purple Haze

Sexy: Woman with hiked up skirt holding a cello between her legs.

Not Sexy: Man with a scraggly Hitler wannabe mustache and a comb-forward.

Discuss.

rdkraus said...

Let's face it, most versions of Dylan's songs are better than listening to him.

Great SONG WRITER.

I read a truly insightful interview once, where he said that he had a magical thing going for a short time, but since then it's not the same. He's right. True of many artists, but most don't ever "get it."

ricpic said...

Wow, beautiful picture. Product of both the fish eye and jiggling with the color, yes?

Salamandyr said...

Simon, you think it's bad to associate the song with Jimi. My first thought was Battlestar Galactica. (Then Jimi...)

Joan said...

I don't know anyone who doesn't associate the song with Hendrix. It's painful to recall Dylan's nasal twang pushing its way through "Watchtower". Hendrix nailed it.

I thought BSG's use of "Watchtower" was kinda cool but

...SPOILERS...

they ruined it for me by revealing that it was Sam who was the rock-god that played it, in concert, and the other Final Five were all his friends who had come to hear it. I suppose there had to be some tie-in to the song but I thought that was lame. Sam as a character has never done much for me. OTOH, it was pretty cool watching Romo take that guard out with the pen so he could help Starbuck get Sam to Cottle.

Psychedelic George said...

Neil shreds it.

Eric and Lenny bend it.

Jerome plays it.

John Lynch said...

Battlestar is on tonight.

Sam Anders was never meant to be a main character, and it shows. He got strung along by Starbuck and the writers. I still kind of like him, but he gets victimized too much.