Fast-forward to 1990 and the release of Rumor Has It, Reba McEntire’s 15th album and her first of four multi-platinum LPs in a row. On a red-hot streak since the mid-Eighties, McEntire took four songs from the disc into the Top Ten, reaching Number One with “You Lie” and “Rumor Has It.” But in the same year Reba made her big-screen debut alongside Kevin Bacon in Tremors, she and music video director Jack Cole took the story of Fancy and gave it the full cinematic treatment. Expounding on Gentry’s tale of a teenage girl who grows up “plain white trash” in a rundown shack outside New Orleans with an ailing mother and a young sibling, McEntire and the director created a clip that was at a time a rarity in country music, weaving a storyline with external dialogue around the song’s performance, and incorporating a plot device surrounding Fancy’s locket inscribed with Polonius’s memorable words. … [Read more...] about Flashback: Bobbie Gentry Records ‘Fancy,’ Future Reba McEntire Classic
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Tell me about Last Play at Shea in 2008 when Paul McCartney came out.crazy. “The Eagle has landed.” I’m not kidding you. He flew right in just in the nick of time. I mean, it was crazy. That could definitely only happen with Billy. Crazy stuff happens with Billy. Before he went onstage, I got a kiss on the cheek! “It’s over! It’s over! I’ll never wash my cheek again. A Beatle kissed my cheek!” I turned into a serious groupie girl. I was like, “Oh, my God. I love you.” … [Read more...] about Rock’s Greatest Sidewoman on What Springsteen Taught Her, Why Billy Joel Is the Perfect Boss
Loneliness has always had a place in pop music, from “Are you lonesome tonight?” to “My loneliness is killing me.” What else are songs, if not a way for artists to reach out across the vast stretches of space and time that separate them from their listeners? A great song can make you feel less alone in the world, or reflect your solitude back in a new form. Right now, with much of the world staying far away from their friends and loved ones in the name of public health, those songs feel more appropriate than ever. Here, as part of Rolling Stone‘s weekly playlist series, “Music at Home,” are 18 songs to remind you that everyone else out there is feeling lonely these days, too. … [Read more...] about Music at Home: Lonely Nights
As of writing, there’s a Twitter thread that has over 13,000 retweets and might just convince you thatKanye West was never having a public meltdown, or pivoting to the right wing, or cashing in all his genius chips for a bonkers interview on TMZ, but instead engaging in some seriously high-concept performance art aimed at changing how we talk about politics in America in 2018. Spencer Wolff, the author of said thread, laid out what he calls the “Prestige Theory,” a complicated but well-researched argument that Kanye’s behavior over the past six weeks or so was designed to provoke, to make us think. People, especially Kanye fans, loved it. … [Read more...] about Kanye’s New Album Is Out. So, How About That Performance Art Theory?
Well, I think you can say that Merle Haggard had a hit and sort of dragged me along. I was never terribly knowledgeable about country music. The first real good taste of it I got was when I was eighteen or nineteen, working in a pulp mill in Springfield, Oregon. It was always wet, really depressing. Wintertime. Dank. I really didn’t know anyone, and someone told me to go out to this place where there was a lot of country music. I wasn’t very interested, but this guy told me there were a lot of girls there. So I went. I saw Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Unlike most country bands, they had brass and reeds and they played country swing. They were good. It surprised me a little bit, how good they were. Also, there were a lot of girls there, which didn’t surprise me at all. So I guess you could say that lust expanded my musical horizons. … [Read more...] about Clint Eastwood’s American Dream