Ahoy Hoy my friends! Did you know that “Ahoy Hoy” was the standard greeting in the early days of the existence of the telephone? Me neither. Luckily it was replaced by “hello” before too long and only the venerable C. Montgomery Burns of Simpson’s fame uses that greeting in the modern day. Sorry for the prolonged absence, but it seems like I’ve got a lot going on these days for a guy in between jobs. It’s concert going season and though my budget isn’t what it used to be, but I’ve got a couple of outings planned shortly. I remember seeing Devo for the first time last summer (pre-blogging for this rookie) in the second row and having a rip roaring blast singing “Mongoloid” at the top of my lungs with friends. Hopefully some such slice of life awaits me in the coming months so I can report back to the masses for fun. Is there anything better than an outdoor summer concert? I ask you…

I can remember when WFNX, my local alternative rock station here in the Boston area, began to morph it’s playlist to include the mash-up between hip hop, rap rock and metal in the early 90′s. Suddenly bands like Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, Cypress Hill, and Limp Bizkit starting taking over the airwaves. We already had Faith No More and The Red Hot Chili Peppers edging into that genre a bit, but now, coming off The Manchester Sound and a ton of singer songwriter types like Matthew Sweet the melody was gone. Shout singing, rap rock and noise became the order of the day. I actually stopped listening to WFNX for a while. Aside from the DJ turnover and god awful repetitiveness of the programming, I really didn’t like the direction they were headed. Local dinosaur rock station WBCN was almost playing the identical artists at the time next to their standard fare of Aerosmith and U2. Maybe the change was too sudden for me at the time, but I really felt WFNX was losing its way. I was turned off. No more obscure tasty treats like Propaganda, The Lightning Seeds, It’s Immaterial and scores of other bands I can’t remember off the top of my head. Today order has been restored. The maddening tiny playlist still exists, but they are back on the beam of what made them great in the first place; new artists mixed in with at least some reverence for what came before. I’m a big history guy; I love to trace musical lineage. It’s all borrowed one way or another…

I’ve begun backing off on my Rage Against Rage statements of the mid 90′s. I was pointing at Rage as the reason alternative rock had gone to hell in a hand basket. I never really was keen on Bulls On Parade, but I’ve come to enjoy these guys more than I ever thought I would. Truthfully, if I wasn’t filling an iPod for a friend who wanted all that stuff; Disturbed, Drowning Pool, System of a Down and the like I wouldn’t have given Rage a second chance. I was more of a Soundgarden and Monster Magnet guy at the time. Those bands still had some discernable melody to offer to me. Now I find myself Raging from time to time. Guerilla Radio no longer goes right through me like it once did. Sleep Now in The Fire! Have you seen that TV commercial where the three rockers with long hair are swinging their manes around with headphones on? Not only is that flat hysterical it reminds me of watching concert footage of RATM and their fans just grooving to the music. I was listening to RATM’s Renegades a while back and stumbled upon their cover of Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm. I love Bob Dylan to pieces so I thought this would be fun to post. Even if Rage is not your cup of tea, and I totally get it if they are not, the re-worked Maggie’s Farm is very cool for my money. Enjoy.

Rage Against The Machine – Maggie’s Farm.mp3

Rage Against The Machine – Maggie’s Farm.mp3 YSI

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