The Epic 2017 Project #102: 170412
Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant (1967)
Arlo Guthrie’s debut album is essentially all about the song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre’ which dominates the whole of side 2.
“Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture. It was also the inspiration for the 1969 film of the same name.
The song is Guthrie’s most prominent work, based on a true incident from his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965 with a citation for littering, and ended with the refusal of the U.S. Army to draft him because of his conviction for that crime. The ironic punch line of the story which is (of course) an open invitation to listeners to join together to resist the draft for the Vietnam war, goes like this …
I’m sittin’ here on the Group W bench ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough to join the Army — burn women, kids, houses and villages — after bein’ a litterbug.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #160: 160608
[Favourite 50’s tune (6)]
Released in September 1957
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #78: 160318
[A song from the 1960’s (3)]
Released in 1969 and winning the Ivor Novello award that year for best song musically and lyrically, ‘Where do you do to my lovely’ is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples to become a member of the jet set, and lives in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. Sadly perhaps the rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle may not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #64: 160304
[A favourite cover song (3)]
Turning a classic Stones’ rock n roll blaster into a humble ballad represents a true mastery of interpretation. Cat Power’s version achieves this with little aplomb and ado but a mountain of admiration – particularly from me.