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candle
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posted 03 September 2004 09:33 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you have heard the new The Tea Party song "Writing's on the Wall", you can't have helped to notice how much the main guitar part sounds like it could be a Rage Against the Machine song. Tom Morello is one of those few guitarists who has developed a very distintive sound that no one else has done before or after. Even with contempories and friends Tool had a different sound and all the nu-metal/ rap rock that claimed a debt to RATM never really sounded that much like Morello's guitar sound. I have to give Jeff Martin credit for picking up that sound (especially since much of Morello's sound is due to his gear setup and special wiring of his guitar) Of course, this is nothing new for Martin - early Tea Party was him doing a Jim Morrison imitation on vocals and Jimmy Page on guitars. After he got called on that, they moved to being Nine Inch Nail clones. Martin is also one of my least favorite people in Canadian rock due to his notorious ego - such as making a big deal out of playing lead guitar and singing (many people would argue that it is harder to play bass and sing - witness Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy who was a good bass player in the studio but inconsistent live when he had to sing)

While on the topic of Tom Morello, a few did you knows:

-his mother, Mary is a long-time anti-censorship activist and teacher who won the Hugh Hefner First Amendment award
-his father was a Mau Mau guerilla and one of the first Kenyan delegates to the UN
-his uncle was the first elected Kenyan President
-he has a honours degree from Harvard in PoliSci


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steffie
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posted 03 September 2004 09:36 PM      Profile for steffie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
early Tea Party was him doing a Jim Morrison imitation on vocals and Jimmy Page on guitars.

That's what turned me off of them at the first. never liked them since, because that initial taint has stained my listening.


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Jared
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posted 07 September 2004 03:58 AM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Martin's pomposity is off the map. I read somewhere that, years ago, the Tea Party brought a gargantuan drum riser to their first gig. An indie night. In a tiny club. Mmmmm. Spinal, meet Tap...

Pretension is bad enough. However, when it's from one of the most egregious musical kleptos of the past ten years, spare me spare me spare me.

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Primate1
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posted 13 September 2004 12:22 AM      Profile for Primate1   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They put on a killer live show though.
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Baldfresh
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posted 13 September 2004 11:32 AM      Profile for Baldfresh   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by candle:

-his uncle was the first elected Kenyan President

Wow, no, didn't know that. (honestly didn't know any of it, but that was the most impressive)

Audioslave however, is utter shite.

[ 13 September 2004: Message edited by: Baldfresh ]


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praenomen3
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posted 13 September 2004 02:30 PM      Profile for praenomen3        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Neil Young solos and sings, although depending on one's taste, that may prove the Tea Party guy's point rather than refute it. I'll second the difficulty of bass and vocals. I think it's because bass is primarily rhythmic , whereas singing is melodic/harmonic, so you’ve got a left brain / right brain thing going on. Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire (Yes) and Mark King (Level 42) are examples anyone could cite, regardless of taste. Practice . . .

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ronb
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posted 13 September 2004 03:03 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Poor Jeff. What a fool. Years ago, he had a stained glass window of himself on the front door of his apartment in Montreal. He's the sort of guy who automatically assumes you are dying to listen to his demos all night long.
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