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Our Greatest American Poet

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by buzzbass, Feb 22, 2008.


  1. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NJ
    I'm sitting here listening to Sirius/Buzzsaw and Wango Tango comes on, pure genius !!! Ted Nugent is the most inspiring lyricist I have ever heard. :D Especially the middle breakdown. What do you suppose he's talking about when he keeps referring to a "garage"

    Discuss..........
     
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    I say Edgar Allen Poe.

    Nugent isn't even on my list.
     
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  3. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    I couldn't even begin to speculate. Still trying to decipher the nuanced majesty that is "Cat Scratch Fever."

    Anyway, this is a stupid question. Everyone knows the greatest American poet is, without a doubt, Vanilla Ice.
     
  4. pigpen02

    pigpen02

    Mar 24, 2002
    He's no Robert Penn Warren....
     
  5. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    Walt Whitman ftw. Or, come to think of it, Don Van Vliet. Even Vachel Lindsay beats out Vanilla Ice and the Nuge.
     
  6. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    A fan of the Captain!
     
  7. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    You bet. Do you know the one that goes:

    Hey Garland, I dig your tweed coat.
    I'll trade you a domino this size, mothball-scented.

    The woman silk nude tie painting his chest.
    One celluloid stay exposed through his nibbled collar.
    Feet speckled the sidewalk. Faces gurgled through windows.
    Passing cars gum rubber streaks.
    Neon plants swim like green seaweed to a deep rhythm of blues.
    Red thyroid sunsets flame in speckled chemistry.
    Pipes run off dark tubes, erase into marks that pour the dye of darkness.
    Crystal comes together as silent as ink.

    "I don't think I could let it go. I got it at the religious scene"
    [etc.]

    (That's fair use, I hope. You can read the whole of it here).
     
  8. v-12

    v-12

    Mar 3, 2005
    FL Panhandle
    i've always been a bukowski fan....
     
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  9. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    This is about the third Captain Beefheart reference in the last week. Awesome.

    Not really my kind of music, but maybe I need to go back and listen to some more Motor City Madman, because I've never really had a high opinion of his lyrics.

    I thought this was going to be a thread about American poets. Because there have been some great ones. I was reading some Ezra Pound just a couple days ago.
     
  10. Illbay

    Illbay

    Jan 15, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    Kilgore Trout.

    In his "chartreuse period."
     
  11. santucci218

    santucci218

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    either 2 pac or EAP
     
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  12. Stole the words out of my mouth.
     
  13. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Paul Simon
     
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  14. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    Are we talking about poetry here? I'd pitch Emily Dickinson against Paul Simon anytime. But sure, as a contemporary songwriter PS is far from the worst.
     
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  15. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    (Nigel Tufnel plays the piano)

    Marty DiBergi: It's pretty.

    Nigel Tufnel: Yeah, I like it. I've been fooling around with it for a few months now. Very delicate.

    Marty DiBergi: It's a bit of a departure from what you normally play.

    Nigel Tufnel: Yeah, well, it's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy that I'm doing in D [pause] minor, which, I always find is really the saddest of all keys, really, I don't know why; it makes people weep instantly to play (Nigel plays, and sings)

    Nigel Tufnel: It's a horn part.

    Marty DiBergi: It's very pretty.

    Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...

    Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?

    Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump".
     
  16. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    Well, I'm giving up on this thread. Poetry is one thing, cluelessness is another. Funny how things conspire in this current media climate. The dumbest expressions should be regarded as the greatest poetry, is that it? I can see the Warhol kind of point, but don't agree. Words have power.
     
  17. Snarf

    Snarf

    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY

    Oh hell yes. The Captain makes it happen!
     
  18. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Pail Simon for the lyrics on the Graceland album. Stunning! Especially "You can call me Al", "Gumboots" and "The Boy in the Bubble".

    These are indeed days of lasers in the jungle, lasers in the jungle somewhere.
     
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  19. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    Ogden Nash

    or Todd Rundgren
     
  20. cdef

    cdef

    Jul 18, 2003
    I can dig Simon. For me, his best lines ever were:

    Losing love is like a window in your heart.
    Everybody sees you're blown apart.
    Everybody sees the wind blow.
     
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