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Eagles – Hotel California, live in 1977

Wow, great song. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Glenn Frey, who died today, is the guy in the University of Colorado t-shirt. (The drummer with the white man’s afro is Don Henley.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 18, 2016 at 10:59 pm

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  1. R. I. P. first time you posted a good song.


    January 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

  2. Every time one of these big rock guys dies I wonder whether some lifestyle thing did them in. We now know that some cancers originate in hard to detect viruses that never completely disappear. Bowie died of cancer. News said Frey died of some intestinal issue combined with pneumonia. I don’t have a clue what lifestyle thing might have led to his intestinal problems, if any.


    January 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    • Sixty-seven and 69 are pretty young for rich westerners to die but not much outside two sigma, I think. The number of rock star deaths in their 20s and 30s seems like a much larger impact.

      I bet a whole lot of ’em have genital herpes, though. The benefits of clean living are oft underestimated.


      January 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

      • I bet a whole lot of ’em have genital herpes

        Hepatitus C and HPV probably even more so.

        E. Rekshun

        January 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    • His problems seem to have been triggered by his treatment for severe arthritis. Side effects are a bitch, and can be worse than what their drug was trying to treat.


      January 19, 2016 at 2:39 am

    • It’s interesting that out of this group of men only one struggled with profound and extended substance abuse (Joe Walsh). Since they all did massive amounts of drugs in their heyday it points to a inherent vulnerability some of us may or may not have.

      EXCELLENT documentary about the eagles is “History of the Eagles” in two parts. Incredible footage and fascinating interviews. It may be on netflix.

      slithy toves

      January 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    • The Ramones all died young. I think that rock musicians are exposed to too many powerful electrical currents.


      January 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      • Or maybe it was this (Johnny Ramone talking about girls and then moves on to glue):

        “They always wanted to go with guys who had Corvettes,” says Johnny, “so we had nothing to do but climb on rooftops and sniff glue. Musicians never have girlfriends in the beginning – they get a guitar instead.”

        Their extensive experience with model building produced one of the ultimate statements on teenage lobotomy, “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue.”

        “We used to sniff and then call this telephone number and listen to the beeps,” recalls Dee Dee. “I got it all over my pants and shirt. It would be on my breath. Really stank. You can kill yourself that way. I wouldn’t recommend it to kids now.

        For their next album, the Ramones are doing a tune they call “Carbona, Not Glue” in honor of a cleaning fluid they sniffed after the hobby stores wouldn’t sell to them anymore.”

        No wonder they all died.


        January 19, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    • Glenn Frey had rheumatoid arthritis. The drugs used to treat his arthritis led to an inflammatory intestinal condition similar to ulcerative colitis, No cancer in his case.


      January 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  3. BTW – I remember a Christian guy telling me, back in the day, that this song was about worshiping the devil. The story was there were satanic messages in the song and in the album art. Similar claims were made about a lot of music back then, especially Led Zeppelin songs (didn’t help that Jimmy Page was into the occult).


    January 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    • I read the song was about drug addiction. It does seem to fit pretty well.


      January 19, 2016 at 5:30 am

    • This all could very well be true. I was addressing the song’s artistic value. I don’t listen to this genre and will never listen to the song again. I’d heard it in the past at construction sites, but not very often.

      OTT, Lion, I thought that becoming an exterminator can be tons of fun for you. The training is about a week, the the bug, roaches and rodents are fascinating. I had bed bugs and I got rid of them by myself and in the process I’ve learned tons. There is really a lot to them. More then meets the eye, so to speak. You get to live prole life, make $$, have fun and blog about it. NYC needs extermination. I do work by yuppies and they and NAMs are filthy. I think you’ll be busy.


      January 19, 2016 at 6:46 am

      • Working with pesticides every day can’t be good for your long-term health.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2016 at 8:41 am

      • Could be, but you have fun for a year and then you can become a pest consultant and have Mexicans do the zapping and the poisoning. I’m telling you yuppies and NAMs need exterminating.


        January 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

      • Yakov — Pest Control can be a lucrative field, is it not? You once said, it wasn’t!!!!


        January 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      • Yakov, what music do you listen to by choice? Vysotsky? Classical?


        January 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      • Yakov, HVAC doesn’t have that much toxic stuff today, does it? I’ve heard horror stories about old industrial refrigeration systems that ran on ammonia that would really ruin your day in the event of a leak, and it amazingly looks as though ammonia is still in use in some places.


        January 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      • @JS

        Anything can be a lucrative field. I’m suggesting to Lion primarily for fun, not money.

        I have an eclectic taste and am open minded about music. I don’t listen often to Visiotsky, because I know many of his songs by heart and sing them in your head. He was the greatest bard thar Russia has ever known. I listen selectively to Russian shanson. Of course Classical, but also Jazz, Fado and I got to like Spanish music listening to it on construction sites. No rock or rap, though.

        HVAC, like any construction trade, has exposure to unhealthy products such as insulation, dust, mold, dangerous levels of noise that can damage your hearing, etc. There is enough bad stuff, but these are trades. Asi es la vida, if you are a prole. I’ve spent the last two days on the roof of an all black school and had tons of fun showing off to NAMs how tough a
        a white guy can be, but is it good for me long term? I don’t know, I hope it is.

        Ammonia is a good refrigerant with zero ODP and is here to stay. Pays good money to.


        January 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    • It’s actually about their brush with Scientology. It’s obvious from the lyrics- L. Ron Hubbard referred to himself as the “Captain” and often wore a naval captain’s suit.

      slithy toves

      January 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

  4. He also starred in that Miami Vice episode that featured his song “Smuggler’s Blues”.

    Dave Pinsen

    January 19, 2016 at 12:05 am

  5. RIP Glenn Frey.. Take it Easy from (what appears to be) the same show. The classic thanks to Frey finishing off the Jackson Browne-begun song. And Joe Walsh kills it here.

    not my name

    January 19, 2016 at 12:21 am

  6. Saw Don Henley in concert in the mid 1980s. He played some Eagles tunes. Never saw the original Eagles or Frey himself.


    January 19, 2016 at 1:12 am

  7. This was the first real song I learned how to play on guitar, over a decade ago, and gave a stuttering performance to my parents and all the other kids and their parents who took lessons at the same music shop I did. I’m grateful to the guy who taught me how to play guitar, he was very patient despite my lack of talent and mediocre work ethic.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. It’s nice to be reminded of all the countless people you’ve met in your life that have contributed to your development in a positive way.

    You could say that being a guitar teacher in a small music store basement while working on your music career is pretty prole, but that guy was really one of the best people I’ve met in my life. Nice people like him who care about their work, no matter how humble, like teaching a 12 year old to play a song or two, I think, are part of what makes a community, and a country, a place to live life in the best way possible.


    January 19, 2016 at 2:09 am

    • The people who are teaching my kids music aren’t proles, and they’re charging $80 an hour for private lessons (though who knows how much of that the instructor gets).


      January 19, 2016 at 9:42 am

      • My classical guitar teachers were the most refined couple teaching at a musical school. I wasn’t good enough to get in, so I took private lessons. Love classical Guitar! Lion is a bad influence on me, I’m thinking of just quiting everything and self-acualizing. Lion, do you realize that Rambam actually believed and taught that the purpose of life is self-actualization?


        January 19, 2016 at 10:27 am

      • When I was in high school, quite a number of my classmates had an interest in the Berklee College of Music. White Millennials throughout America today, are Lion’s recipe followers of Ivy League degrees or similar – Value Transference Career path. The prolier types take on boring trades.


        January 19, 2016 at 11:51 am

  8. I’m a Canadian and a few years back I visited and had dinner at the Chateau Marmont in LA. It was a very nice experience, and the entire time there the words to this song kept going thru my head. Great memories.


    January 19, 2016 at 4:50 am

  9. Interesting. In spite of having grown up with Eagles music (spent summer vacations at the beach when their music was first popular, my parents liked and played them, etc), I’ve never actually seen them before (I’ve seen them when they cleaned up and were solo, and had short hair-like David Bowie did in the early 80’s).

    It is surprising that they look like every other grubby, greasy 70’s band from the time. Somehow, their music sounds ‘better’-classier, more intelligent (real minor example: in Hotel California, they talk about ‘please bring my my wine’-not beer, or whiskey, or booze). Furthermore, their southwestern sound doesn’t jibe with their 70’s bum look.

    So its somehow disappointing that the Eagles’ sound was produced by a bunch of guys who look like the cast from Spinal Tap.



    January 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

  10. I’m surprised to hear Lion endorse this song – I would’ve thought it was far too prole for his liking!

    Samson J.

    January 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

  11. I saw them live at Carolina Coliseum in 1975 when I was 15. Probably one of the best concerts I can remember from that era. They sounded great but it was hard to see the stage through the smoke. And the smell of cherry flavored rolling papers was in the air. Jimmy Buffet opened for them.


    January 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    • I wasn’t even born at the time. The Eagles are too soft for me. I could only think of Kansas, who were heavier, from the same era and are homegrown.


      January 19, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • Did you ever see Jumpin’ Joe Caldwell play?


      January 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      • I had to use google to find out who he was. No, never saw him play. He played some for the Carolina Cougars but that was NC, not SC. I wasn’t much into basketball at the time. We only had two TV channels and not much pro basketball to watch on those.


        January 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

  12. So many rock singers sound like shit live even when they don’t play any instruments but Don Henley can sing studio quality while playing the drums.

    Lloyd Llewellyn

    January 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

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