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Elton John
« on: February 04, 2009, 10:36:24 PM »
Since I couldn't find a thread specifically devoted to Reginald Kenneth Dwight, aka Sir Elton Hercules John, I thought I'd start one.  Who else is a fan of Captain Fantastic?  And do you think he has enough names?
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009, 03:19:46 AM »
I'm a fan of the material he inspired in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


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Re: Elton John
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009, 12:53:15 PM »
I love Elton John. I always used to sing "The Bitch Is Back" at karaoke.

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Re: Elton John
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009, 01:40:39 PM »
Ever since.....



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Re: Elton John
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2009, 02:58:54 PM »
Love Elton.  He's a great songwriter, his music is beautiful...the music of a song is the first thing to drag me in.  Usually don't pay much attention to lyrics.  One of my fave songs by him is "Nikita" from the mid 80's.  Just beautiful.

Just realized a few weeks ago that "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC is about a hitman.  I love the song, never really paid attention to the lyrics.  Really need to start paying more attention.
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2009, 05:01:10 PM »
I'm a big fan of Elton, and have been since high-school days.  When I went to college, the dorm-floor I was on had an average of five Elton John albums per person on the floor.  From time-to-time we'd have long pompous arguments over which of his albums was the best.  I ended up with the nickname of "Captain Fantastic" for many years due to some of those lengthy debates.  One of the other guys ended up with the nickname of "Madman", partially because he liked the album "Madman across the water", and partially because he was a little deranged...

Really I should have ended up with the nickname of "Brown Dirt Cowboy", given that I'm more impressed with Bernie's lyrics.  I like some of Bernie's solo albums, too.  I'm a big fan of most of the songs on album "From the Inside" that Alice Cooper write with some lyrics coming from Bernie.

The word is that Elton is so frustrated with how hard it is to get any record-company promotion for new music, that he's decided to not bother writing any new albums.  Although I guess his "Red Piano" show has had an excellent run in Las Vegas.


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Re: Elton John
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009, 09:50:47 AM »
He said This Train Don't Stop here anymore was going to be his last, and then he did two more albums.  Though I wouldn't be too disappointed if the Captain and the Kid ended up being his last.  At least he could end things on a high note.

I really like Tumbleweed Connection.  It's a solid album.  That's one of the few rock albums I have where I don't feel like skipping any of the tracks. 

One of my favorite things that I've heard about Elton is that he advised (I think) Rod Stewart not to take the role of the Pinball Wizard in the movie version of Tommy, saying it would be a bad career move, and then he took the role himself. 
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009, 11:33:18 AM »
He said This Train Don't Stop here anymore was going to be his last, and then he did two more albums.  Though I wouldn't be too disappointed if the Captain and the Kid ended up being his last.  At least he could end things on a high note.   [...]

One of my favorite things that I've heard about Elton is that he advised (I think) Rod Stewart not to take the role of the Pinball Wizard in the movie version of Tommy, saying it would be a bad career move, and then he took the role himself. 

He was particularly unhappy with how his record company handled "Captain and the Kid".  He thought it was the best album him and Bernie had done since the string of great albums in the 1970's, and the record company did absolutely nothing to try and promote it.

I've seen him talking about Pinball Wizard.  He laughs and expects Rod Stewart has a right to hate him forever.  He did tell Rod that it looked like a stupid role, but then the Who offered it to Elton and kept after him to do it, and he finally agreed.  I think that he still expected it wouldn't be much of a role and be quickly forgotten, but then the movie did much better than he expected.  And I also think that the song "Pinball Wizard" helped to bring about that success.  It wouldn't have been the same if Rod had done it.


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Re: Elton John
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009, 12:49:40 PM »
Probably so.  Have you heard the live version from the bonus disc for the special edition of Captain Fantastic?  It's kickass.
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2009, 01:15:02 PM »
Probably so.  Have you heard the live version from the bonus disc for the special edition of Captain Fantastic?  It's kickass.

Yep.  I used to play ping-pong (aka table tennis) after school with a friend of mine in high school.  He used to sing parts of Pinball Wizard while playing, except that he'd sing it as "He's a Ping-pong wizard...".  For awhile we had a tape with the song that we'd play while practicing.  Years later, I was losing at a game of ping-pong to some fairly arrogant guy at some amusement park.  I was down something like 7-15, when someone played Pinball Wizard on the juke box.  I had beat the guy 21-15 before the song was finished!  He had this great look on his face of "What the hell just happened?"  Ah, that was a great day!    :D


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Re: Elton John
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2009, 05:50:15 PM »
I love Elton's stuff from the 70s.  I wish I could sit on a tour bus and sing Tiny Dancer with a bunch of band-mates.  :)


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Re: Elton John
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2009, 06:26:31 PM »
In his prime, Elton really puts a lot of emotion into his singing.  I really love the almost spiteful way he delivers "You better get your coat, dear/ It looks like rain" in Madman Across The Water.
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2009, 11:35:23 PM »
I liked the lines from "The King Must Die":

   And sooner or later,
   Everybody's kingdom must end.
   And I'm so afraid your courtiers,
   Can not be called "best friends"


The first two lines are "oh well, we're all going to die sometime".  Then the next lines expand that by saying "and when you're the king, it'll be your own friends who do you in..."    :speechless:



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Re: Elton John
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2009, 11:55:28 AM »
Haven't heard that one.  What album is it on?
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Re: Elton John
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2009, 06:23:09 PM »
From the album, "You've Never Read Julius Caeser?"