The skewed perspective of a conservative Catholic employee-side employment lawyer living in the most exciting city in the Milky Way, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, who listens to a lot of really strange music and who, for some reason, lives and dies St. Louis Cardinal baseball

2/20/2005

Walter Egan - "Magnet and Steel"

Sunday night's song o' the day is one that brings back happy memories of my first quarter at Georgia Tech back in the fall of 1978, "Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys once compared rock with pop by stating that the intention of rock music was to create these anthems that survive the test of time, while pop is the music of the moment. Yet the irony is that rock is ephemeral and pop music lasts because it triggers a memory of a certain time and place. This Top 10 single does that. I went to Georgia Tech with a fairly modest record collection of fairly standard-issue pop-rock. Best of the Doobies. Don McLean American Pie. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell. Some Daryl Hall and John Oates and some 10cc. Nothing too challenging. My freshman roommate was a nice enough guy. The only record in my LP collection that he would ever listen to was Walter Egan Not Shy.

This one is off the recently released CD that combined Egan's first two LPs on to a single disc: Fundamental Roll / Not Shy. The premier LP, Fundamental Roll, is a bit more in the Poco-style California mellow country-rock vein, which was somehow popular in the mid 1970s. But there's a lot of good pop music spread over this 21-track disc. Not Shy is more directly influenced by the Buckingham/Nicks presence (although BUckingham produced both). I overpaid for mine because I bought in on amazon. If I had waited a few days for it to show up on alldirect, I would've saved three bucks.
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