No Panic with this Experience


Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 2:08 a.m.

This week, Aurora listens to..."ARE YOU EXPERIENCED," by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

AURORA: Are you experienced? Let's see, Jimi: Your guitar riffs swell, your banter makes your music soulful and songs like "Foxey Lady" are the kind that make the girls strut while the boys check them out. You're definitely experienced, Hendrix boy. And way ahead of your time!
BILL: "Ha, I like it like that!" (to quote "Fire"). "Move over rover," is right, baby: This was the psychedelic jackhammer that kick-started Hendrix into history, Aurora. He had to trek to England to get signed. But when this debut exploded in 1967, Hendrix's impact blanketed the States like a sheet of "Purple Haze."
AURORA: When I heard "Purple Haze," I couldn't help picking up my cell and calling you, Bill. I was truly amazed at this guy's talent, since I had never sat through an entire Hendrix album in my life. And I loved getting lost in the '60s groove. Peace on! Let's light one up with friends . . . an apple hooka pipe, of course.
BILL: He was only 24 when this thing lit up Marshall stacks like they hadn't been before, Aurora. And he died at 27, leaving "Manic Depression" for everyone who dug his fired-up Fender Strat, Cry Baby wah-wah pedal and all the other tricks in his sonic arsenal.
AURORA: It's not just because I'm a chick and like that sappy love stuff, but you could say this album's all about LOVE.
"I loved getting lost in the '60s groove. Peace on!"

This week, Bill listens to..."A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT," by Panic! at the Disco (2005)

BILL: Once upon a time in Sin City, two Las Vegans crawled out of the primordial ooze of covering Blink 182 and exchanged the pop-punk thing for techno-driven rock. They get good marks for keeping their songs interesting by filling them with tempo and sonic changes. "Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks," for example, starts with Bowie-esque keyboards (a la "Ashes to Ashes") before letting drummer Spencer Smith pound his way to rock 'n' roll rapture.
AURORA: These boys are like the "my first technopop band" for kids.
BILL: But check out those power chords, which keep the techno-drill in check on tunes like "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines." And mercifully enough, "Time to Dance," could be called "Time to Drive the Techno Blues Away."
AURORA: Their sound is a definite techno-rock infusion, peppered with creative words.
BILL: Like their long song titles suggest ("Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"), these guys have a way with poisonous pens. Lines like "Oh Please, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor just for the attention," tease the eardrums with what's not said.
"They get good marks for keeping their songs interesting by filling them with tempo and sonic changes."

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