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Throwback Tracks -- April 13, 2017


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Throwback Tracks -- April 13, 2017

David R. Smith

Hello! This week you get an extra track because I messed up last week. Apparently Shaun already used Summer In The City for a previous Throwback Tracks so instead of just fixing last week's (because I seriously had zero time between when Shaun pointed out my faux-pas and when the article dropped) I just decided to add an extra one this week. Which means more writing for me, but more music for you! 

The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new (*cough*) and different retro music, or re-expose them to things they may have forgotten about.

At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website (if possible...which is totally hit and miss with oldies), so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.

Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I heard this song today and thought "boy this would be a good one to start Throwback Tracks this week!" So here we are. 

It's not the first time we've used CCR on here, but I do believe it's the first time I put them on. So there's that!

I've been a pretty big fan of the band basically my entire life; my parents were pretty instrumental in my love of music and they played a bunch of CCR. And then the Big Lebowski definitely helped me love them. Anyway, as this song was not on the Big Lebowski, I found it some other way and boy was I happy when I heard it. That opening guitar riff just sets a tone and it's so good the whole way though. It could very well be my favourite CCR song...

Freeze Frame - J Geils Band

J Geils died yesterday and that makes me all kinds of sad. I don't know a lot of his stuff; I mostly know his music from one of the Jock Jams CDs, or one of those CDs akin to that. 

I also remember Angel Is The Centrefold from Popup Video. 

Anyway. This is kind of an odd song, isn't it? But I felt it was necessary to get one of his on here.

RIP good sir. Thanks for the goofy songs!

Semi Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

It's hard to segue into another song after posting a memorial song. Seems to me like I probably could have done it a different way. But I'm under pressure to get this done before I go bowling. You know; priorities.

I have a nice mix of classic rock and 90s music on here, which is pretty fun. This song was massive when I was growing up. My sister loved it! And she got this CD and played it very often in the house. And yet I can't get sick of this song. Every time it comes on, it makes me happy. How can one not love this track?

90s pop rock at its finest! 

Inside Out - Eve 6

Speaking of 90s rock at its finest...

Eve 6 didn't do a lot of stuff I really loved but for some reason I bought this CD. I think it was under duress because a friend of mine wanted to listen to it and he bought another one of theirs. Really I probably shouldn't have succumbed to peer pressure but I did.

Thankfully this song was on that CD so I got something out of it. 

These guys were still decent but they came along at that time when everybody had one or two hits, and then disappeared. I feel like Eve 6 came along at the perfect time for that. 

Cortez The Killer - Neil Young

Ahh Uncle Neil. We've definitely had him a few times on here. And how can we not? It's Neil Young. The man is... well... the man. 

This song is so fun. It's a pretty great jam song. Nice and chill... it's definitely not one of his most well known songs; that is to say, real big Neil Young fans will know it, but a casual fan might not because I have literally never heard it on the radio. 

I think I heard this song because of my friend TJ. When we were in school together, we would hang out, play chess (because we're super cool) and jam. He told me about this song so we looked it up and I instantly loved it. So hopefully you do too!

Fiddler's Green  - The Tragically Hip

I have many, many favourite Tragically Hip songs. It's hard to pin point which is my all-time favourite. (It's probably Wheat Kings.) But this one definitely would enter into the conversation. 

Road Apples is a tremendous album straight through. There is not one bad song on it. The first couple are really upbeat and rockin' but then you get towards the end and you hear this song, and The Last of the Unplucked Gems and it's just a beautiful way to end the album. 

This song absolutely crushes me. In the best possible way. I learned to play it years ago and, to this day, it's still one of my favourites to play/sing. I really hope you like it as much as I do.

There you have it, my friends! 6 songs this week! Running the entire gamut of rock and roll. I feel like these songs are going to fit in really nicely with this month's playlist. But until that sucker drops, you're going to have listen to the rest of them. So; as per usual, here they are. 

March playlist 

February's TBT playlist

Throwback Playlist for Dec 16/Jan 17

October 2016 Throwback Playlist,

September 2016 Throwback Playlist

August Apple Music Playlist

July 2016 Throwback Playlist

June 2016 Throwback Playlist

May 2016 Throwback Playlist

April 2016 Throwback Playlist

-D (@davidronn)

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