Lion of the Blogosphere

Sheryl Crow – Soak Up The Sun

I like this video. It makes me wish I came of age in the 60s and knew a guitar-playing hippie chick like Sheryl Crow. Except that the song and video are from 2002.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Posted in Music videos

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  1. She was super hot when she first hit the scene. Especially the Every Day Is A Winding Road video.


    February 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  2. I ran into her once when she was dying a concert in my town. I didn’t realize who she was, just that she was smoking hot, but had weird, older lady hands. She’s got a crazy good plastic surgeon.


    February 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    • Look at that ring finger in the still image before you play the video. It’s not easy to quickly find good pictures of her hands, but her ring finger looks significantly longer than her index finger, from what I can tell . . . explains her jaw too. I’ve never been much of a fan.

      OT: Everyone needs to start watching The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story on FX. It’s ridiculously bad in the most entertaining way. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and it’s only going to get better once OJ hires Johnnie Cochran in the third or fourth episode.


      February 16, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    • In the video it looks like she took a picture of Jessica Alba to the surgeon and said, “This young lady is the template; do your best.”

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      February 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

  3. Good taste. I concur.


    February 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  4. Sheryl Crow: 5/10. Would not bang.

    Song sucks too.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    • She was 40 when she made this video.


      February 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  5. Guitar-playing hippie chicks tend to be brain-dead pot-smoking fools who don’t believe in HBD. Plus they have hairy armpits.

    Lewis Medlock

    February 16, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    • 1) the number of women who believe in HBD must be infinitesimally small because solving problems where there is no reward and possible pain is not something women are motivated to do; 2) so, who better for a beta than a low-maintenance hippie girl?; 3) high maintenance women all want an alpha trader. Those who end up with betas will always resent him.


      February 16, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      • ” the number of women who believe in HBD must be infinitesimally small because solving problems where there is no reward and possible pain is not something women are motivated to do”

        ha! well said.


        February 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    • And hairy something else. Yum!



      February 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

      • LOL Peter’s back


        February 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  6. Not at all a fan of Sheryl Crow. She always struck me as a trampy rocker girl…

    Nevertheless I quite like this track. It’s optimism and easy energy are infectious… Quite an achievement for American Rock music that’s so often burdened by an insecure masculine swagger or singer-songwriterly over-earnestness.

    It may make the Lion wish he came of age in the 60s, but I absolutely hated the nihilism and whiney depression of the “alternative” music that defined the era in the US when I came of age.

    The few artists that made it to the New World like the Ace of Base were just a little preview of the great energetic pop and hopeful dreamy trance that I would eventually learn to love when I finally made it to someplace with a cultural mood more in tune with my disposition.

    The Lion raises a good question. What era and place would one choose to come of age? Not knowing in what circumstances or what class one lands?

    The early 1960s US would have been pretty good. Even in spite of segregation, at least the social fabric of black families and communities hadn’t been annihilated yet. Class cohesion and social inequality hadn’t become so tense.

    Beach Boys, Motown, etc. sang with hope, optimism and fun. In my opinion, Motown might have been America’s greatest contribution to world culture in the 20th century. Your nominations are welcome as well…

    Speaking of class….

    Kotkin has an interesting analysis viewing this year’s political contests through the lens of class.
    Perhaps our fellow readers might find it interesting.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    February 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    • Forget it, it’s been downhill since the 1940s. Bing Crosby, Al Bowlly, Vera Lynn, Dinah Shore. They don’t come like those anymore.


      February 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  7. Lion needs to marry a girl like that, but I’m sure she doesn’t want to have babies.


    February 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

  8. Lion, are you retired for good or gonna jump back into the pond?


    February 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  9. I grew up in the ’60’s-70’s in California and guess what? The only resemblance is the long hair. Whatever that look is in her eyes, that didn’t exist on women then. You know, the “I’m so strong and smart, I should be on the Supreme Court” ferocity. Compare Linda Ronstadt’s eyes sometime.

    alonzo portfolio

    February 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    • I have to agree that I’ve noticed a hardness in the faces and eyes of American women. Often I can recognize on an intellectual level that a particular specimen is objectively “hot.” But on an animal level it isn’t happening. There is something hard, bitter, unpleasant and unnatural about so many American women that unfortunately places them in the “Uncanny Valley.”

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      February 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  10. This is such a Liz Phair song that Liz Phair is singing the backup vocals.


    February 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  11. Every time I hear that first line, “My friend the Communist…” I expect a novelty song full of puns about Lenin and Marx. As it stands, it’s a strange way to start such a bubblegum tune.


    February 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

    • Pop culture is pro-communism; I recently watched an old episode of WKRP; their were plenty of jokes about how Les Nessman, the squarest, least attractive, least competent character was paranoid because he was opposed to communism.


      February 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  12. But has anyone else noticed Cheryl Crow’s evolution? She started off portraying herself as the no make-up wearing, small venue-friendly, folksy singer-songwriter… then went pop, got even more plastic surgery and started making her living off commercials and her looks.

    And Jewel is the exact same way. One days she’s strumming a guitar and crooning introspective ballad and less than 3 years later she’s got an expensive coiffure and shaking it in tiny shorts while singing over a drum machine.


    February 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

    • If you operated a store selling burgers and hot dogs, but ran the numbers and realized all your profits came from the hot dogs and the burgers were selling at a loss, you’d stop making burgers and focus on the weiners.

      Crow and Jewel are not artistes first, they are business people.


      February 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  13. She’s got major Stacey Dash face.


    February 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  14. I didn’t hate a few of Sheryl Crow’s earlier singles. They were derivative and non-groundbreaking but they were decent retreads of the peak years of pop/rock music: late 60’s/early-mid 70’s. But this one really annoyed me. And I’m surprised that someone who is generally a part of the HBD/unpleasant truths circle of bloggers would like its message.

    Basically, the singer at the time of this record was a childless woman well into her forties singing in a purposely bubble-gummy voice about how she’s going to maintain the totally carefree attitude typical of those in the earliest stages of youth. I seriously doubt she was actually deep-down feeling that feeling as she watched her most valuable asset, her classic American good looks, gradually deteriorate in her mirror each day (though one must acknowledge that she has been able to maintain her looks much better than at least 90% of her competition in Hollywood, but still …..).

    A bit of trivia I, for some reason, learned about her recently: she and Brad Pitt attended the University of MIssouri at the same time and knew each other a little bit through fraternities and sororities.


    February 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • It’s just a song. Is she supposed to sing about how it sucks to be an old woman? That wouldn’t sell.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    • “Basically, the singer at the time of this record was a childless woman well into her forties”

      She later adopted a couple of children. She also survived breast cancer.



      February 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  15. i got to 1:35. come on lion, you have better taste than this. i mean, you have a cool fountain pen, let’s get you some cool music too.


    February 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    • Taste can’t be helped.

      No matter how hard the media try to ram older, fatter and “more diverse” faces down our throats as beautiful” it doesn’t make that politically correct standard of beauty any more real.

      Just because you don’t share the Lion’s taste doesn’t make it wrong. Why should he make excuses?

      I still remember all the “cool” kids in school making fun of ABBA or KC and the Sunshine Band. I had just assumed their music was awful because the consensus held that it was awful. When I eventually heard it I couldn’t believe how much I actually liked it and how I’d been missing out for years.

      Long live Disco!
      (And Eurovision Kitsch!)

      If your taste is different you needn’t make excuses either. It always seemed like a pointless sign of adolescent insecurity to demand that everyone else enjoy they same things the same way…. Like when the teenagers blast their music loudly in public so everybody else can enjoy it and admire what excellent cool taste they have…

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      February 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm

  16. I can’t enjoy that type music very much. This is the type of thing I enjoy:


    February 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  17. Lion, this is trash, I lasted 15 secs.


    February 17, 2016 at 6:39 pm

  18. Soak Up the Sun isn’t a favorite, but I do like Sheryl Crow in general. She sings well, a talent that few pop stars seem to have these days.

    February 17, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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