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#17: Hold Me Down -- The Gin Blossoms (1992)
The Gin Blossoms are in the bargain bin with the Spin Doctors: early 1990s bands that did not survive the deluge of Seattle bands. There is a tragic twist to the Blossoms, however. Doug Hopkins, the lead guitarist and songwriter, killed himself in December ...

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#17: Spirit of the Radio -- Rush (1980)
Begin the day with a friendly voice A companion unobtrusive. What strikes me is the continuing change in what is termed "Classic rock" and "oldies". The Rush song addresses radio from the 1970s and 1980s.. I am writing this while listening to Spotify, a ser...

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#17: Subdivisions -- Rush
This song is about the terrible suburbs that many folks found themselves in in the 1980s, but it also carries several other meanings. In Latin, suburbs is from the word subura , meaning "below the city" as it was the area between the seven hills of Rome. Th...

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#16 Dirty Jobs -- The Who
Ahhhhhhh, Quadrophenia. One of the first Who tapes I bought
included the song 5:15, but I had no idea what album it was on. That tape also
had the song “love Reign o’er me”, a song I absolutely hated. And still do, for
that matter. One thing that has consta...

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#15: You Ain't Going Nowhere -- Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rosanne Cash (1992)
This is a Dylan song that I heard for the first time in junior high (8th grade or thereabouts) when I put my brothers copy of The Byrd's  Sweetheart of the Rodeo on his turntable. It was country, and I liked the song, but it did not make that much of an imp...

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#14: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant -- Billy Joel (1977)
This is again one of those songs that I know from Bill. Billy Joel was his favorite musician, and for some reason this song has made appearances over the past few weeks. 1. While we were in Vegas, John off handedly said "bottle of red, bottle of white" and ...

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2015 Early Keltners: Randy Johnson
One of my favorite memories of baseball is watching Larry Walker turn around to bat right handed against the big unit, complete with helmet on backwards, during the all star game. It was hysterical, and a throwback to when baseball was an entertaining spor...

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2015 Early Keltners: John Smoltz
John Smoltz was on the team that broke my heart in 1992, but I'll forgive him. He remains one of my favorite pitchers, and one of my favorite players of the 1990s. It's funny how making the playoffs last year has mellowed me about the Braves. 1. Was he con...

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2015 Keltner List: Brian Giles
Brian Giles was one of my favorite players. Being a Pirate fan over the last twenty years has taught me many things, and one is to appreciate a good player on a bad team. So, thank you, Brian Giles, for playing so well for so many for such a poor team. 1....
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