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Old 12-12-2012, 16:17
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I don't understand it, I listened to their music years ago and it never caught me... happened to hear it again today and it still didn't do anything for me. But is there actually any fans on here? 120 million albums worldwide with 100 of them being in the US. They also hold the biggest selling album in the US.
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:22
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here's one

I like their music, then again, I like a lot of different types of music from Country through to prog rock
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:27
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here's one

I like their music, then again, I like a lot of different types of music from Country through to prog rock
Well it's nice to hear that there is someone out there. I never heard from any fan.
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:30
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Oh yes, you can't beat a bit of Desperado
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:32
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Desperado, Take It Easy, Hotel California.

They've got some good tunes.
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:34
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I don't understand it, I listened to their music years ago and it never caught me... happened to hear it again today and it still didn't do anything for me. But is there actually any fans on here? 120 million albums worldwide with 100 of them being in the US. They also hold the biggest selling album in the US.
im with you.... never understood the mass appeal, thought they were just 'safe' dreary aor.
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:36
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I don't think they were bad, I liked Lyin' Eyes and Hotel California. But it's just for how big the sales and awards they've picked up. I never heard from a fan before.

Guess I have now though. Same applies for Dire Straits, I love the catchy guitar riffs from Mark Knopfler, but i've never met another fan.
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Old 12-12-2012, 16:41
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I don't think they were bad, I liked Lyin' Eyes and Hotel California. But it's just for how big the sales and awards they've picked up. I never heard from a fan before.

Guess I have now though. Same applies for Dire Straits, I love the catchy guitar riffs from Mark Knopfler, but i've never met another fan.
Cooeee
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Old 12-12-2012, 17:04
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I don't think they were bad, I liked Lyin' Eyes and Hotel California. But it's just for how big the sales and awards they've picked up. I never heard from a fan before.

Guess I have now though. Same applies for Dire Straits, I love the catchy guitar riffs from Mark Knopfler, but i've never met another fan.
no not bad, i dont dislike their material, nor do i like it its .... just... bland... abit like coldplay.
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Old 12-12-2012, 17:32
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no not bad, i dont dislike their material, nor do i like it its .... just... bland... abit like coldplay.
I'm guessing you won't like this then
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Old 12-12-2012, 17:49
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Middle of the road comes to mind. But each to their own I guess.
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Old 12-12-2012, 20:47
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got most of the albums apart from Eagles Live. My own personal faves are You Never Cry Like A Lover,My Man,The Sad Cafe and Love Will Keep Us Alive. I also rate Don Henley solo
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Old 12-12-2012, 21:12
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I thought The Eagles were excellent musicians; very distinctive with their harmonies; did some great work in terms of the cross over between Country and Rock and wrote songs that would put the vast majority of current pop songs to shame.

I have some of their LPs but I'm not a diehard fan, I preferred Poco.
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Old 12-12-2012, 21:50
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I agree they never appealed to me a lot of times i'd like to see a list of sales excluding US numbers which if you hit big add literally millions. That would show a truer list of who the most popular artists are worldwide.

If your figures are correct and they have sold 100 million in the US as other artists have also. 20 million outside the US is good but nowhere near amazing. Again i think their sound and non US sales would perhaps be coming from rock friendly English speaking countries like UK,Australia,Canada etc not sure about South America or Asia.

The Eagles are very much like the Oasis argument in another thread absolutely loved and millions of albums sold in the homeland and less appeal/understanding of what makes them so beloved back home outside the UK (Oasis)/US (Eagles) boarders. The Eagles are the staple of Americana rock and that's why they have such a huge following Stateside.
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Old 12-12-2012, 22:49
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Hotel California and The Long Run were my era - The Last Resort remains one of my favourite ever songs
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Old 12-12-2012, 22:54
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Hotel California and The Long Run were my era - The Last Resort remains one of my favourite ever songs
The Last Resort is their best song imho... love Hotel California but always found their other albums hard work

Love over Gold by Dire Straits is a pretty decent album btw
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Old 12-12-2012, 23:03
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They're a good band and obviously popular as their record sales have proved , but the funny part is apparently all the band members can't stand eachother so it's amazing how they managed to make any music in the first place . My favourite member of the Eagles is Joe Walsh .
There are lots of stories about the Eagles from people that worked for them and the fans and most are not very nice with the usual bullshit no eye contact no talking to them etc but Joe Walsh by all accounts was a blast very popular with everyone that met him .
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:46
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I don't think they were bad, I liked Lyin' Eyes and Hotel California. But it's just for how big the sales and awards they've picked up. I never heard from a fan before.
You've obviously never met Richard Madeley then. He's a big Eagles fan.

Guess I have now though. Same applies for Dire Straits, I love the catchy guitar riffs from Mark Knopfler, but i've never met another fan.
Not many people are going to admit to being Dire Straits fans. One of the uncoolest bands of all time, up there with Genesis.
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Old 07-04-2013, 15:29
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Not many people are going to admit to being Dire Straits fans. One of the uncoolest bands of all time, up there with Genesis.
Glad to hear it.... it always annoyed me on Money for Nothing... the rant he has about Gary Numan being a F***got ok it was 1985 but still very un-PC for the time.... apart from anything WTF!!!
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Old 07-04-2013, 15:51
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I thought The Eagles were excellent musicians; very distinctive with their harmonies; did some great work in terms of the cross over between Country and Rock and wrote songs that would put the vast majority of current pop songs to shame.

I have some of their LPs but I'm not a diehard fan, I preferred Poco.
I would be with you on that. Poco were a better group and had better songs but didn't have the worldwide sales. I still have and listen to the 'Rose of Cimarron' album. I have a couple of The Eagles records, I think the attraction was the Americana aspect of it...used to love 'Take it to the Limit', 'Best of my Love', 'Peaceful, Easy, Feeling' - great for learning guitar to.

I think Johnny Walker and Bob Harris might be fans.
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Old 07-04-2013, 20:08
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Glad to hear it.... it always annoyed me on Money for Nothing... the rant he has about Gary Numan being a F***got ok it was 1985 but still very un-PC for the time.... apart from anything WTF!!!
Eh? Is that a joke? The song was written from the point of view of someone Knopfler met, he wasn't actually calling anyone a f***** himself to be fair. And Gary Numan isn't mentioned in the song

Now look at them yo-yos thats the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin and chicks for free
Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys aint dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy thats his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot hes a millionaire

We gotta install microwave ovesns
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin in the camera
Man we could have some fun
And hes up there, whats that? hawaiian noises?
Bangin on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Get your money for nothin get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs, lord

Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin and your chicks for free
Money for nothin and chicks for free
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Old 07-04-2013, 20:43
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Eh? Is that a joke? The song was written from the point of view of someone Knopfler met, he wasn't actually calling anyone a f***** himself to be fair. And Gary Numan isn't mentioned in the song

Now look at them yo-yos thats the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin and chicks for free
Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys aint dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy thats his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot hes a millionaire

We gotta install microwave ovesns
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin in the camera
Man we could have some fun
And hes up there, whats that? hawaiian noises?
Bangin on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Get your money for nothin get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour tvs, lord

Now that aint workin thats the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That aint workin thats the way you do it
Money for nothin and your chicks for free
Money for nothin and chicks for free
He said in an interview it was about an obnoxious "artist" he met. Newman was mentioned years later
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Old 07-04-2013, 20:47
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He said in an interview it was about an obnoxious "artist" he met. Newman was mentioned years later
From Wiki

The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees.

Mark Knopfler described the writing of the song in a 1984 interview with critic Bill Flanagan:


The lead character in "Money for Nothing" is a guy who works in the hardware department in a television/​custom kitchen/​refrigerator/​microwave appliance store. He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store. I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real....

In 2000, Knopfler appeared on Michael Parkinson's interview program and explained again where the lyrics originated. According to Knopfler, he was in New York and stopped by an appliance store. At the back of the store, they had a wall of TVs which were all tuned to MTV. Knopfler said there was a man working there dressed in a baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who was standing next to him watching. As they were standing there watching MTV, Knopfler remembers the man coming up with classic lines such as "what are those, Hawaiian noises?...that ain't workin'," etc. Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then eventually put those words to music.


I've never heard Gary Numan mentioned anywhere, but the point is that it's not written from Knopfler's point of view.
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Old 07-04-2013, 20:52
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He said in an interview it was about an obnoxious "artist" he met. Newman was mentioned years later
So what, should he find every artist lovable?

To the Eagles I love their Live albums.
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Old 07-04-2013, 21:20
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Love the Eagles and have done for many years. Also a huge fan of the tribute group Ultimate Eagles led by Tyketto frontman Danny Vaughn, If you can't get to see the real group then these guys are just as good and will always leave you wanting to see them many times over. Their next UK tour is starting in a few weeks time

https://www.facebook.com/ultimateeagles/events
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