By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Isaac Hayes and the greatest chord change in history.

I have rarely ‘re-blogged’ posts from other sites, but for those who are not familiar with Kid Slender, do yourselves a favour and read this witty, insightful and thoroughly entertaining piece. It’s as epic as the song it features.

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In his 2005 book, Like A Rolling Stone, Greil Marcus essays a theory that the single snare beat that introduces Dylan’s masterpiece of spleen and sarcasm opens a kind of musical Pandora’s box, paving the way for all of rock’s innovation to come, from The Beatles yea unto The Pet Shop Boys. Apparently. Not only that, it was also the percussive fanfare that heralded the swinging 60’s, flower power, the Vietnam war, the space age, neo-liberalism, the internet and reality TV. Or something. It’s often a little difficult to keep up with yer man Marcus. However I think I managed to grasp the central conceit that everything Bob had achieved up to that point was condensed into a single moment producing a cultural big bang.

It’s Bob.

As Dr Stephen Hawking says in The Simpsons, your theory of a donut shaped universe intrigues me Homer, I may have to steal…

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4 comments

  1. Interesting reading.
    Thanks.

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  2. I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before …

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    1. That’s called DJ Vue, I think.

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  3. Bruce, thanks for sharing this with those of us who aren’t regular readers of Kid Slender. I enjoyed his take on Ike, but am disappointed he didn’t seem to appreciate the comment I made (it remains ‘awaiting moderation’). I’ll duplicate it here, in case you or anyone else can steer me straight:

    “Good stuff! Wish I could listen to the ‘Phoenix’ track with you, as I’m not sure I was focused on the right spots: the key change I *think* you’re referring to sounds *hopeful* to me, not evocative of ‘sad resignation’ , ‘bloody slaughter’ , or police breaking up riots. Love the artwork, the Dylan especially. Is it yours? Lastly, you might enjoy this article about Hayes’ colleagues: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/arts/music/isaac-hayes-band-bar-kays.html.”

    Unless I was focused on the wrong spot in the track, I guess this is yet another example of the subjective experience of art.

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