History Music / AlStewart

8th Nov '17 6:36:25 PM MarkLungo
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock Tony Hancock]], a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on [[UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} Vietnamese] astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock Tony Hancock]], a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on [[UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} Vietnamese] Vietnamese]] astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."
8th Nov '17 6:35:53 PM MarkLungo
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** The latter half of TheTwentiethCentury: "Post World War Two Blues," "Shah of Shahs," "Running Man," "Night Meeting," "A Child's View of the Eisenhower Years," "Class of '58," "In Red Square", "Gina in the King's Road"
* BaitAndSwitch: "A Long Way Down From Stephanie" is a [[GriefSong heartbroken lament]] about a lost lover written in Shakesperian style. The last line reveals that Stephanie was [[spoiler: his first-grade crush: "And though lost at six, if I should live to be seven, I might forget Stephanie."]]

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** The latter half of TheTwentiethCentury: "Post World War Two Blues," "Shah of Shahs," "Running Man," "Night Meeting," "A Child's View of the Eisenhower [[UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower Eisenhower]] Years," "Class of '58," "In Red Square", "Gina in the King's Road"
* BaitAndSwitch: "A Long Way Down From Stephanie" is a [[GriefSong heartbroken lament]] about a lost lover written in Shakesperian style.[[ShoutOutToShakespeare Shakespearian style]]. The last line reveals that Stephanie was [[spoiler: his first-grade crush: "And though lost at six, if I should live to be seven, I might forget Stephanie."]]



* EpicRocking: to give just a few examples, "Apple Cider Re-Constitution" (5:19), "Year of the Cat" (5:20), "Song on the Radio" (6:19), "Time Passages" (6:43), "Murmansk Run[=/=]Ellis Island" (7:41), "Roads to Moscow" (8:00), "Trains (8:17), "Nostradamus" (9:43)--yet, all of these pale in comparison to "Love Chronicles", which runs for 18:04.

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* EpicRocking: to give just a few examples, "Apple Cider Re-Constitution" (5:19), "Year of the Cat" (5:20), "Song on the Radio" (6:19), "Time Passages" (6:43), "Murmansk Run[=/=]Ellis Island" (7:41), "Roads to Moscow" (8:00), "Trains "Trains" (8:17), "Nostradamus" (9:43)--yet, all of these pale in comparison to "Love Chronicles", which runs for 18:04.18:04.
* GranolaGirl: Heroines like these turn up in a few of his songs, including "Carol," "Year of the Cat," and "In Brooklyn".



* GranolaGirl: Heroines like these turn up in a few of his songs, including "Carol," "Year of the Cat," and "In Brooklyn".



** "Post World War II Blues". The tune is bouncy, the lyrics are a catalouge of almost every major tragedy of the post 1945 years.
** "Last Train To Munich". The music is catchy Django Rheinhard style jazz. The lyrics are about how the narrator is sending his best friend on an espionage mission which will almost certainly lead to his death.

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** "Post World War II Blues". The tune is bouncy, the lyrics are a catalouge catalog of almost every major tragedy of the post 1945 post-1945 years.
** "Last Train To Munich". The music is catchy Django Rheinhard style jazz.Music/DjangoReinhardt-style {{jazz}}. The lyrics are about how the narrator is sending his best friend on an espionage mission which will almost certainly lead to his death.



* SanitySlippageSong: "Terminal Eyes"

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* SanitySlippageSong: "Terminal Eyes"Eyes".



*** "Soho (Needless to Say)", from the same album, is written InTheStyleOf "[[Creator/BobDylan Subterranian Homesick Blues]],"

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*** "Soho (Needless to Say)", from the same album, is written InTheStyleOf "[[Creator/BobDylan Subterranian Subterranean Homesick Blues]],"



* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock Tony Hancock]], a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock Tony Hancock]], a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese [[UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} Vietnamese] astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."
29th Mar '17 12:20:02 PM BabyM
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock Tony Hancock, Hancock]], a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."
29th Mar '17 12:12:35 PM BabyM
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** The latter half of TheTwentiethCentury: "Post World War Two Blues," "Shah of Shahs," "Running Man," "Night Meeting," "A Child's View of the Eisenhower Years," "Class of '58," "In Red Square"

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** The latter half of TheTwentiethCentury: "Post World War Two Blues," "Shah of Shahs," "Running Man," "Night Meeting," "A Child's View of the Eisenhower Years," "Class of '58," "In Red Square"Square", "Gina in the King's Road"


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*** "Soho (Needless to Say)", from the same album, is written InTheStyleOf "[[Creator/BobDylan Subterranian Homesick Blues]],"
24th Jan '17 5:50:44 PM nombretomado
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''{{Casablanca}}'' ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."
18th Nov '16 2:29:06 PM BabyM
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/Casablanca'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/Casablanca'' ''{{Casablanca}}'' on television and decided to "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it goes."
18th Nov '16 2:25:51 PM BabyM
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British StandupComic who [[DownerEnding killed himself.]] The original chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after ran abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/Casablanca'' on television and decided to start with Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it went.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of Tony Hancock, a British StandupComic [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comic]] who [[DownerEnding killed himself.]] The original himself;]] the chorus was "Your tears fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after ran an abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/Casablanca'' on television and decided to start with "grab Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it went.goes."
18th Nov '16 2:22:30 PM BabyM
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** Interwar period: ''Between The Wars,'' "Warren Harding," "The Last Day of June 1934," "[[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar On the Border]]," "Creator/JosephineBaker," "Immelman Turn"

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** Interwar period: ''Between The Wars,'' "Warren Harding," "Joe the Georgian," "The Last Day of June 1934," "Laughing Into 1939," "[[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar On the Border]]," "Creator/JosephineBaker," "Immelman Turn"



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: "Night of the 4th of May" is a retelling of a real life argument between Stewart and his 1960s girlfriend Mandi.
** WriteWhoYouKnow: even after they broke up, Mandi was the inspiration for many of Stewart's relationship songs, including "Where Are they Now?", "Bad Reputation", and "Optical Illusion."



* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. The first set of lyrics for what eventually became "Year of the Cat" told the story of an entertainer struggling with depression who [[DownerEnding killed himself.]] The original chorus was "Your tears they fall down like rain/At the foot of the stage."

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Stewart often writes the music and records all of the instrumental tracks for a song--or even a ''whole album''--before writing lyrics. The first set of lyrics for what What eventually became "Year of the Cat" originally told the story of an entertainer struggling with depression Tony Hancock, a British StandupComic who [[DownerEnding killed himself.]] The original chorus was "Your tears they fall down like rain/At [[TitleDrop the foot of the stage."stage]]." The record company objected to those lyrics because American listeners would have no idea who Tony Hancock was. Stewart then saw the phrase "Year of the Cat" in his girlfriend's book on Vietnamese astrology and decided that would be the song's title. Suffering from writer's block after ran abortive attempt at composing lyrics about cats, he saw ''Film/Casablanca'' on television and decided to start with Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/PeterLorre and see where it went.
16th Nov '16 11:32:54 AM BabyM
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* EpicRocking: to give just a few examples, "Apple Cider Re-Constitution" (5:19), "Year of the Cat" (5:20), "Song on the Radio" (6:19), "Time Passages" (6:43), "Murmansk Run[=/=]Ellis Island" (7:41), "Roads to Moscow" (8:00), "Trains (8:17), "Nostradamus" (9:43).
** All of these pale in comparison to "Love Chronicles", which runs for 18:04.

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* EpicRocking: to give just a few examples, "Apple Cider Re-Constitution" (5:19), "Year of the Cat" (5:20), "Song on the Radio" (6:19), "Time Passages" (6:43), "Murmansk Run[=/=]Ellis Island" (7:41), "Roads to Moscow" (8:00), "Trains (8:17), "Nostradamus" (9:43).
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(9:43)--yet, all of these pale in comparison to "Love Chronicles", which runs for 18:04.
15th Nov '16 3:20:41 PM BabyM
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* PatterSong: "Soho (Needless to Say)"
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