October 9 — GONNA SEE MY FRIEND, Pearl Jam (2009)

img_1223Luke has discovered the term “rock ‘n roll” — probably because I taught it to him — but the definition is still coming into shape. He seems to know it when he hears it. The opening tracks to the Replacements’ “Pleased to Meet Me”: “That’s rock and roll.” Blondie: “That’s not rock ‘n roll.” James Brown: “Kind of rock ‘n roll.” The Pixies’ “Doolittle” album: “Rock ‘n roll, but I want to hear another rock ‘n roll song.” This song: Always rock ‘n roll.


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