The Random Tuesday Return


  • I’ve been listening to Boston‘s 1976 self-titled album almost constantly over the last few days. This was partly Rock Band-inspired, yes, but the album itself is…well, popularity isn’t necessarily synonymous with quality (See the diamond albums recorded by various boy bands of the late 90s), but 17 million people have it right in this case. Thinking about it some more, I came to the conclusion that bands like Avenged Sevenfold owe more to Boston than they would probably admit. The harmonic guitars and vocals of Avenged Sevenfold? That’s all Boston right there.
  • I played Guitar Hero III for the first time in quite awhile today, essentially because I don’t own Rock Band. I began playing on Expert, and 5-starred the first tier so far. I know it’ll get harder quick–I never actually finished the game on Hard yet (Stupid last guitar battle).
  • Michael Phelps is fairly good at swimming
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    • James on August 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Boston is kind of an under-rated band — great harmonies, distinct rock sound, terrible lyrics. I always liked the dual guitars and think Boston did it better than other contemporaries like Lynard Skynard. And if I’m not mistaken, weren’t some of the dudes from MIT? Gotta love rock nerds!!

    Oh and when it comes to swimming– I consider myself relatively adept at most sports, at least competant. Swimming however, is a tough one for me– I get dizzy in pools, I forget to exhale and I’m pretty darn slow (in my Nevis triathlon I finished next to last in the swim). So seeing M Phelps rip it up in the water is fairly impressive, esepcially for someone who tries and sucks at swimming.

    • emptyeye on August 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    One of the guys from Boston (Really, their mastermind), Tom Scholz, does indeed have a Master’s (!) from MIT. In a way, I feel sorry for the dude (In as much as I can feel sorry for anyone who sold 17 million copies of their debut album, of course)–he spent six or so years trying to get his music noticed, then spent pretty much his entire musical career (Certainly the entire height of Boston’s popularity) fighting with whatever record label he was signed to at the time…and was rewarded for this by having his sound and anything that sounded like it labeled “Corporate Rock”. Ouch!

    And yeah, I remember you saying before you went to run the triathlon that your great biking would be canceled out by your awful swimming, and you’d just sort of do your best on the run. That said, Michael Phelps continues to be fairly good at swimming, though I’ll admit that, even watching the super-slow-mo replays, I have no idea how he won the 100 Butterfly!

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