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8 random observations about the passing of country music legend George Jones

1. Newspaper headline on the passing this week of country music legend George Jones:
George Jones had contrarian appeal for young country fans, artists

2. Don’t know whether Mr. Jones ever used the word “contrarian” in his life, but he did sing this line in “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair”:

I do my rockin’ on the stage / You can’t put this possum in a cage

3. And the great Merle Haggard had this to say, along with a snapshot, via Twitter:

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It’s an astounding compliment from one country legend to another and fitting, too, for the original “high-tech redneck.”

4. Mr. Jones hung around long enough to earn two mighty fine nicknames – “No-Show,” for the many times he was supposed to headline a concert but didn’t quite make it to the stage, and “Possum,” according to the Nashville Tennessean, “because of his marsupial resemblance.” (Is this a compliment in country circles? Regardless, the name stuck.)

5. Bing “What brand of riding lawn mower was george jones riding when he was arrested for a dui?” and you’ll get the answer.

6. Five George Jones performances you must watch (MSN)

7. Crazy photo of him with Tammy Wynette and Little Richard (left)
8. Who’s gonna fill his shoes? Nobody.
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The best love song ever

You’ve heard of Silly Love Songs, right? This song is the complete opposite.

It starts with discord and confusion, a distorted guitar seeking the right note.

After 86 seconds of this tortured feedback, the drums and bass guitar kick in.

As the singer starts singing about his self-aware, dead-end existence, a band mate begins talking – about the song being sung and the nature of love songs.

He interrupts the monologue occasionally to join the singer on a couple phrases and the chorus, which compares love to an acute, often fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.

The song is (Love Like) Anthrax by Gang of Four, and it’s as brilliant-genius today as when it was released in 1978.

And I feel like a beetle on its back … And there’s no way for me to get up

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