I OFFICIALLY DESPISE JAMES TAYLOR

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It's official: I will never enter a phase of my life where I can sit and listen to JAMES TAYLOR without shifting about and murmuring voodoo curses under my breath. Unless, of course, I try out a full-on labotomy.

Please agree. And use expletives.

Gage O, Monday, 28 October 2002 17:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

never say never

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steve k, Monday, 28 October 2002 17:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surely there are worse culprits than the otherwise inoffensive James Taylor!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gage- well done, here's a cookie.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mr Gage-O returns!

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

...well....that's kind of what bothers me. His music is so non-existant. It's not like Satie's "furniture music" or it's evolutionary counterparts (Eno, yah yah..) it just is like an off-white piece of paper.

But the fact that people find relation to his stylings just adds to my "zombie class" theory of human nature. ha!

gage-o, Monday, 28 October 2002 17:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

he's not so bad. 'fire and rain.' and whatever else was on that one album. and the one before it, too.

he was on the simpsons, too. they made a joke about 'former president james taylor!' but i didn't get it at all. i still don't. then buzz aldrin said, 'with all due respect, mr. taylor, this isn't the best time for your unique brand of bittersweet folk rock.' he came up with the idea to blast the ants out into space by opening the door. he saved their lives, kind of. so, he's a hero.

d k (d k), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

check out "Knockin' Round the Zoo" from James Taylor and the original Flying Machine (1st LP, I think?)

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steve k, Monday, 28 October 2002 17:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gage-O is correct and all yall other fucks are wrong! (ooh - maybe I used the expletive in the wrong place!?)

James Taylor is the Applebees of folk/pop music. It's so bland and non-offensive that it's the worst thing on Earth. And all those fucking "Big Chill" generation baby boomers can take their fucking James Taylor and their fucking "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" and their Champagne fucking brunches and have a nice fucking day, thank you.

I said good DAY sir!

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've never heard any James Taylor!

Tom (Groke), Monday, 28 October 2002 17:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You're truly blessed then, Tom.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

To those who've never heard him before, let me describe him: His voice is too sour to compare favorably with Paul Simon and is too soft-edged and vague to be compared favorably to Dylan. His stage prescence is non-existant, and now that he's lost almost all of his hair, he looks like a shiny-headed scarecrow.
We're talking about a guy who is even duller than his ex-girlfriend Carly Simon. And his lyrics are arguably worse than hers.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, I forgot to use expletives.
Skip James fucking Taylor (hissssss) and look for John frigging Prine or Jimmy freaking buffett.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Does he have good tunes though?

He played acoustic guitar yes? That's a black mark.

Tom (Groke), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Does he have good tunes though?
Uhhhh...nooooo. "Fire and Rain" bite the big beef braunschwieger...and thats his best choon.

He played acoustic guitar yes? That's a black mark.
Not necessarily. Some people can do amazing and uplifting things with an acoustic guitar. James Taylor just happens to not be one of them.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh come on. David Gray, now there's somebody whose fans deserve to be put out of their misery even more than he does.

dave q, Monday, 28 October 2002 18:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

David Gray doesn't stick to my brain. He goes in one ear and out the other without leaving any impressions. Taylor has had two decades of saturation to pollute my mind. Besides, David Gray doesn't get played on US radio enough for me to get too familiar with him.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, comparing James Taylor to David Gray is like comparing grazing your knee to the Holocaust.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like "Fire & Rain" too. It always reminds me to listen to Damon & Naomi's "E.T.A." as well.

Also, he played 'The Driver' in '71 road/drug flick Two-Lane Blacktop which is classic.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

But Dom, imagine continually grazing your knee for thirty years!

Clarke B., Monday, 28 October 2002 18:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

He was a drugged out mental patient too! Just like Roky Erikson! If he mumbled about satan and didn't shave or make new records hipsters would bow down before him!

He wrote and sang backup on one of George Jones' most beautiful songs!

I mean I hear what you're saying, but it's a little obvious. Wyld peppermouthed youngsters would be better off eating at the curry shop cross the street than the nursing home cafeteria, sooo-prize soo-prize!

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

imagine continually grazing your knee for thirty years

.still better than a gas chamber...

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Comparing pop music to the Holocaust is like comparing pop music to the Holocaust.

Tom (Groke), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

''He was a drugged out mental patient too! Just like Roky Erikson! If he mumbled about satan and didn't shave or make new records hipsters would bow down before him!''

but james taylor didn't DO YOU SEE!!!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 28 October 2002 18:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe people still hate him, that's so '72! I mean, it's not like he's on the radio all the time. And "Caroline In My Mind" is one of the best pop tunes ever. "Fire and Rain" is really dreary in comparison, though, hardly his best song. Anyway, yeah he's pretty bad now, so what? Fuckety fuck fuck fucker mcfuck.

You prefer Jimmy Buffett, Lord Custos--you are IN-saaaaane.

Arthur (Arthur), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Fuckety fuck fuck fucker mcfuck.
I agree.

You prefer Jimmy Buffett, Lord Custos--you are IN-saaaaane.
Face it: "Why Do We Get Drunk and Screw" is loads better than anything James Taylor ever did.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I wish it was actually called "Why DO We Get Drunk and Screw?" It sounds like Brecht/Weill.

Arthur (Arthur), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

James Taylor gets radio play? I've also never heard him and can't imagine what station would play him in any city where I've lived.

sundar subramanian, Monday, 28 October 2002 19:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

WMMR, WYSP and that other "classic rock station" around Philly play him every so often. Also, the otherwise perfect WXPN sometimes besmirches the airwaves with one of his less interesting songs.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, I KNOW it's obvious to pick on him. But my ranting has to do about how some artists have grown on me with my aging, as compared to some that I will never "get."

For example, I used to utterly despise Burt Bucharach when I was a teenager...I dated this girl who loved him, and couldn't stand it. But I was listening to the Ruins at the time!

Years later, I just bought the Bacharach box set. It's terrific, ingenius pop music.

But I've listened to James Taylor intermittenly throughout my life, and every time I hear it, I instantly blurt out "jesus fucking christ, this is the crappiest fucking bullshit on the fucking planet! Jesus!" Even in front of the elderly.

gage-o, Monday, 28 October 2002 19:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I know how you feel, gage-o. I used to feel the same way about Frank Sinatra. I still think he's a prick, but at least I understand why people liked his music so much.
But James Taylor still irks the crap out of me.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Monday, 28 October 2002 19:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" as sung by Aretha Franklin is a wonderful thing. Come to think of it, so's a champagne brunch. I never saw The Big Chill; was Meryl Streep in it? Has she retired? She was pretty bland; albeit well-regarded (just like JT).

Sean (Sean), Monday, 28 October 2002 21:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like James Taylor plenty and agree that singling him out for scorn is like complaining that there's too much Abba on the charts.

J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Monday, 28 October 2002 21:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always liked his version of "How Sweet It Is" when growing up (never learned it was a cover until much later). Beyond that, no opinion.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 28 October 2002 21:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Have we got the ciabatta darling? Hurry up, the mono-blocking man is coming around later; I have to get back and move the Volvo. Extra or non-extra Virgin Olive Oil, dearest? The new what? Oh... I love him..."

david h (david h), Monday, 28 October 2002 22:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Do you get a tax break if you officially despise James Taylor as opposed to despising him under the table?

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 28 October 2002 23:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also, he played 'The Driver' in '71 road/drug flick Two-Lane Blacktop which is classic.

Yes,yes. Plus he was married to Carly Simon. But in my usualy consistent thought of Yin-Yang his music makes me ill.

brg30 (brg30), Monday, 28 October 2002 23:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Aw, c'mon folks, why all the hate for James? You know that whenever he's around, you've got a friennnnnnnd!

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 02:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I OFFICIALLY DESPISE JAMES TAYLOR

ME TOO!

Tad (llamasfur), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 06:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

AND HIE THEE HENCE!

Tad (llamasfur), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 06:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I refer you all to 'Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite' If JT was good enough for the King he's good enough for you!

dave q, Tuesday, 29 October 2002 08:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

But he was he was the singer that my 7th grade girlfriend and I both associated with our romance. Then I moved away and she told me in a letter that she was listening to new wave, like Blondie, but she was still the same old [name]. I laughed and felt slightly superior since I was listening to punk, among other things. He's not so bad, but I admit I have no desire to listen to him.

Lord Custos, WXPN is far from perfect. Now back in the old days, before some point in the little 1980's thast was a fine station. I remember how they used to play an eclectic. . .

Rockist Scientist, Tuesday, 29 October 2002 12:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Just wait. In twenty years, the members of ILXOR 2022 will be posting to a thread called I OFFICIALLY DESPISE PHIL COLLINS...and saying the same damn things we're saying about JT now.
Lord Custos, WXPN is far from perfect. Now back in the old days, before some point in the little 1980's thast was a fine station. I remember how they used to play an eclectic...
I was nowhere within their broadcast range back in the 80s. But I have nothing bad to say about them right now. Any station that wakes you up in the morning with Dylan's "Idiot Wind" is okay by me.

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

20 years or so ago, Robert Christgau (of all people) called it right re The Smiths (and their first album) and Mr. Steven Patrick. I quote: "If you'll pardon my long memory, it's the James Taylor effect all over again -- hypersensitivity seen as a spiritual achievement rather than an affliction by young would-be idealists who have had it to here with the cold cruel world."
Mod Up Tadeusz Suchodolski: +2 Insightful!

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mod Up Tadeusz Suchodolski: +2 Insightful!

I'm going to say this here since it's a stupid thread anyway but this little habit of Lord C's annoys me a ridiculous, beyond-reason amount: more than James Taylor, Phil Collins, anything else on the board or indeed almost anything else I am likely to encounter in my daily life. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARG.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah i second taht even though it isn't as annoying for me.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Just wait. In twenty years, the members of ILXOR 2022 will be posting to a thread called I OFFICIALLY DESPISE PHIL COLLINS...

Don't get me wrong, I officially despise Phil Collins too. But we're talking about James Taylor right now.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


For example, I used to utterly despise Burt Bucharach when I was a teenager...I dated this girl who loved him, and couldn't stand it. But I was listening to the Ruins at the time!

Dude, I listened to Metal Machine Music *and* totally adored David/Bacharach (as well as Taupin) at the same time. Ah heck, it's punctum: sometimes this can't be explained. Or maybe it can... but I don't care. Then again: my love of Bacharach goes back to my childhood - being raised on that type of music - and Noise (Punk, Rock,...) was me trying to rebel.

nathalie (nathalie), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like james taylor.

RJG (RJG), Tuesday, 29 October 2002 18:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm going to say this here since it's a stupid thread anyway but this little habit of Lord C's annoys me a ridiculous, beyond-reason amount: more than James Taylor, Phil Collins, anything else on the board or indeed almost anything else I am likely to encounter in my daily life.
if I were a total prick I'd mod this down as Troll or Flamebait, but I actually respect your opinion, Tom.
Y'see, Tom, the "mod" thing is a quick way of declaring my opinion on the posts in question. And lets face it, its nowhere near as hateful and obnoxious as emoticons. Nothing on earth is as dispicable as emoticons.
anyhow...back on the original subject: would there be any point in opening a "I Officially Despise Phil Collins" thread, or would that be redundant (as everything nasty we say about Taylor applies to Collins as well?)

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Wednesday, 30 October 2002 13:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've never listened to any James Taylor other than what I've heard on the radio but he was apparently _the_ nice guitar-playing sensitive man of my mom's peer group and she definitely had a crush on him

mh, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm sure if he ever "rocked out" it'd still be appropriate as background music for any typical dentist's office waiting room

Evan, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp I never looked it up to correlate, but apparently his breakthrough album came out around the time she was graduating high school

I should have known

mh, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

jimmy buffett only + emo, +family

one time in early hs i went to a church youth group weekend with my friends. i was not a member of the group, i just wanted to meet new people, spend the weekend away from home.
we were asked to sing "you've got a friend" at the beginning and end of the weekend. i found it extremely embarrassing since i only knew my 2 friends i had gone to the retreat with and had a hard time singing "you've got a friend" to a bunch of total strangers, or feeling any feelings that they were singing it to me. i had exactly 2 friends there, singing wasn't going to change anything. that wasn't even the dumbest part of the retreat, and i tried to get over my dislike of the experience but it did not fade!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

I didn't want to but it did look it up

http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=kfzMLRzH2yw&p=n#/312;323

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

at the far end: matching outfits for photo shoots on the beach

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, February 6, 2018 2:48 PM (eleven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ I also have an irrational hatred for these.

I drive by Maclean Hospital pretty often and every time I do he pops into my head and I get angry. Ugh.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh no the semi-colon in that link subjects you to the whole five minutes, let's try this again

http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=kfzMLRzH2yw&p=n#/312;323

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

James taylor looks like a slightly miffed Richard Jenkins when he's rocking out

omar little, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

i am not moved by that rendition of road runner
it's nice that he is having fun -- i just have a hard time thinking that "james taylor is having a good time" is reason enough to get over how much i can't stand his music

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

he looks a little like ian mackaye there

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

At the bar last weekend there was some 70s playlist going and JT’s “mexico” played along side Steely Dan’s “night by night.” Same planet, different worlds.

calstars, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

I hate "Mexico" fwiw

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

I officially despise this song!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

I still only know that one from National Lampoon's Vacation.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

You're in for a treat.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

TBF "You've Got a Friend" is a Carole King song, not JT. Having grown up with a family who played a lot of JT I have to admit I have a liking for quite a few of his songs - "Carolina In My Mind" (quite a dark song as mentioned upthread), "Sweet Baby James", "Millworker" et al. When he's anodyne he grates, but there's something more there.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

as was noted somewhere upthread, he's a first-rate guitarist

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

he's seen rain

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

what is that "something more"? i feel like he is that guy who is given the benefit of the doubt for being smarter and better and more skilled than he really is when he doesn't do anything I can directly identify to show he deserves this generosity.

if it's nostalgia motivating most people's affection for him, that's valid and ok -- but it's subjective and personal and not related to his actual musical output (which has yet to distinguish itself to me)

apols about "you've got a friend" -- the version we had to sing along with was the JT version

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 04:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

I never knew James Taylor was the Outer Banks Jimmy Buffett! my family only ever went vacationing in east central Florida when I was growing up & I don't think they fuck w/Sweet Baby James as much down there

I don't know much of his music aside from the biggest hits; I can't even remember how "You've Got A Friend" goes. His version of "How Sweet It Is" is p decent imo

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp the "something more" is a darkness I perceive in his otherwise-sweet music. I'm occasionally moved by his songs in a way that, say, Billy Joel never does for me, an artist with whom I have the same or even greater familial nostalgia connection.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Adding to what I said five years ago: "Fire and Rain," by itself, is worth more to me than Billy Joel's entire recorded output (it's that perfect, and he's that mediocre).

clemenza, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah I'll never change my mind about Billy Joel. All his attempts at dark just read as butthurt.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

I guess I'm also a sucker for that sort of "beneath the surface" stuff, where a song that ostensibly sounds like vanilla lovemaking by the fireplace has some demons lurking in it.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fire and Rain is the only James Taylor song I know. I think I've mentioned that to people before, and their response was usually something like "surely you know ..." And then they play a song and maybe I recognize it and maybe I don't, but months later, regardless, Fire and Remain remains the only James Taylor song I know. And I only know the chorus, come to think of it! If it came on the radio I don't think I would even recognize it as Fire and Rain. I have a similar problem retaining Jackson Browne, but even with him I know (and can recall) several songs.

I know lots of Billy Joel, I guess. Probably not a single cut not on the hits collection, though. I only know (the) one Jimmy Buffett song. I had a friend back when I was maybe in my very early '20s who was into Buffett, and I asked him, if you're listening to Jimmy Buffett now, what are you going to listen to when you're 50? His answer (duh) was Jimmy Buffett.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Jackson Browne is someone whose voice I can never remember but I know a few of his songs due to Nico and others covering them

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

as was noted somewhere upthread, he's a first-rate guitarist

― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:48 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that's him on joni's "california" and he really makes the song

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

that's him on joni's "california" and he really makes the song

No I'm pretty sure it's her astonishing vocal, melody and dulcimer that makes the song. JT's an accompanist on that. The main acoustic riffs are all dulcimer.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 8 February 2018 02:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah I've listened to that song a million times and not really noticed his parts

His banjo parts on "Old Man" by Neil Young are pretty iconic

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 February 2018 02:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp obv Joni is the the most important thing about the song, lyrics, vocal, etc. When I say he "makes the song," I don't mean to say "he's the reason the song is good," but just he helps the song stand out among the dulcimer-only songs like "a case of you" or "all I want." He adds a little California sunshine, with the little counter melodies between the verses

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 8 February 2018 03:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

No need for sass, matt k

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 8 February 2018 03:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

hadn't really paid attention before but I'm listening now and it's cool how they have the dulcimer panned right and hard left and they kind of duel with each other

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 8 February 2018 03:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

dulcimer panned right and guitar panned left

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 8 February 2018 03:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

apologies for sass, I just have an intense love for that song and specifically the vocal melody

startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 8 February 2018 04:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

me too! i love everything about the song and i think Taylor's playing adds a lot.

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 8 February 2018 05:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

The whole sweet baby James is solid

brimstead, Thursday, 8 February 2018 06:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

sweet baby James album, I mean

brimstead, Thursday, 8 February 2018 06:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

2 things
1) if he was such an amazing instrumentalist (I believe those of you who say he is), I guess what I don't like about him are a) his songs and b) his voice. I applaud his instrumental prowess and can only wish he had quietly gone about his musical business wordlessly

2) last night i was watching some of those "what's in your bag" amoeba videos and one of the guys from red kross had a james taylor album. the clip they played didn't sound as repulsive as i expected, kind of like heavily produced sunshine pop. so much more palatable than his usual sack of singles. i will admit that i did not hate it. i didn't like it, but i didn't recoil in disgust.

this was the song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oAInzTXu_Y

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 8 February 2018 14:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ha - I watched TWO-LANE BLACKTOP for the first time last night and nearly fell over when I saw the lead actor. He's pretty affectless and not much of a presence, but the disc includes his screen test with what I'm fairly sure is Joaquin Phoenix pretending to be James, performing the newly-written Riding on a Railroad which is bittersweet brilliant, fuiud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgg0ym7O6Rc#t=4m32s

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 12 February 2018 05:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh - time link failed to work, jump to 4:32 for the song.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 12 February 2018 05:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

just watched Two-Lane Blacktop for the first time. it was OK, but I liked James Taylor a lot in it. my man's pupils were pinned throughout

flappy bird, Monday, 12 February 2018 05:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

James Taylor will win over the grouches eventually. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQa4dvrg1E

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 12 February 2018 05:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Also a fan of "Carolina in My Mind."

timellison, Monday, 12 February 2018 05:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

is james taylor the guitar player sitting on the stage in this video?
if so, i revise my assessment of james taylor. i don't like his singing or his songs, but now i have enjoyed his guitar playing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBI669Ac3cg

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 April 2018 20:57 (six months ago) Permalink

yes

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 16 April 2018 21:03 (six months ago) Permalink

James Taylor rules and this thread is absolute insanity.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 16 April 2018 21:04 (six months ago) Permalink

pshaw

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:59 (six months ago) Permalink

That's a beautiful performance

(also, james taylor wrote some great songs)

niels, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:13 (six months ago) Permalink

Terra Nova , come now

calstars, Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:42 (six months ago) Permalink


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