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Music Storytellers - JOE WALSH
Music Storytellers - JOE WALSH Photo

ALBUMS:
1973 The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
1974 So What
1976 You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind
1978 But Seriously Folks
1981 There Goes the Neighborhood
1983 You Bought It – You Name It
1985 The Confessor
1987 Got Any Gum?
1991 Ordinary Average Guy
1992 Songs for a Dying Planet
2012 Analog Man

Joe Walsh - 


From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the G-Clefs and the Nomads; while attending Kent State University, he finally picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles from 1965 to 1969. He then joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio the James Gang, appearing on their debut LP Yer' Album. The trio's 1970 album, The James Gang Rides Again, proved the group's commercial breakthrough, launching the FM radio favorite "Funk #49" and achieving gold status. While the follow-up, Thirds, was another success, yielding the classic "Walk Away," Walsh found the James Gang's power trio format too confining and left the group soon after.
 
After relocating to Colorado, Walsh formed a new group, Barnstorm, recording a self-titled 1972 LP before making his proper solo debut the following year with The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. The record cracked the Top Ten on the strength of the pop hit "Rocky Mountain Way" and was followed in 1974 by So What. In the wake of 1976's You Can't Argue with a Sick MindWalsh replaced guitarist Bernie Leadon in the hugely popular West Coast rock quintet the Eagles, making his debut on their best-selling Hotel California album. He also continued his solo career, issuing But Seriously, Folks... in 1978; the record's highlight, the hilarious "Life's Been Good" -- a dead-on portrait of rock star debauchery -- became his biggest pop hit, nearly reaching the Top Ten. In 1979,Walsh announced his campaign for President of the United States, promising "free gas for everyone" if he won (he didn't). the Eagles' final studio album, the chart-topping The Long Run, appeared that same year.
 
The soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy generated Walsh's next solo smash, "All Night Long," which cracked the Top 20 in the summer of 1980; although 1981's There Goes the Neighborhood featured his final Top 40 entry, "A Life of Illusion," he continued recording steadily, resurfacing in 1983 with You Bought It: You Name It and issuing The Confessor two years later. In between, Walsh ran for the vice presidency, again unsuccessfully. Following 1987's Got Any Gum?, he toured with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, returning to his solo career for 1991's Ordinary Average Guy. In 1994 he joined the reunited Eagles for their blockbuster Hell Freezes Over tour and remained on the road as a solo act for years to come. In 2012, after years touring with the Eagles and writing new material, Walsh recorded his first solo album with producer extraordinaire Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra) and Beatles drummer Starr. A comeback of sorts, the album title Analog Man pertained to Walsh's difficulties catching up to the new standard of digital recording as a 64-year-old, and trying to adjust to technological advances in society.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joe-walsh-mn0000808214

| Closed on 03/08/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
14 Fans 
29%a. 10 (Great Artist)
43%b. 7-9 (He Rocks)
14%c. 5-6 (He's ok)
7%d. 1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)
7%e. HE FUNNY LOOKIN'

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#2 | 442 days ago

One of his greatest songs right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET7wb651VFI
7-9 (He Rocks)  
  
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#1 | 442 days ago

No clue.
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#2 | 442 days ago

One of his greatest songs right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET7wb651VFI
7-9 (He Rocks)  
#3 | 442 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
No clue.
You've HAD to have heard of one of these songs?!?!?  I know you've heard of The Eagles  laugh

Life's Been Good

R
ocky Mountain Way

F
unk 49

L
ife of Illusion
7-9 (He Rocks)  
#4 | 442 days ago

I know em all, Nick....I still like Life's Been Good best...
10 (Great Artist)  
#5 | 442 days ago

I probably would have given him a 10 if I hadn't seen him live in the late 80's. The smoker you drink the player you get isn't a true statement in his case. He was wasted from the start of the concert. Luckily the Doobie Brothers were co headlining and they were outstanding, even wihtout Michael McDonald.
7-9 (He Rocks)  
#6 | 442 days ago

I really like his solo at the end of Hotel California

I own a mansion, forget the price, I've never been there, they tell me it's nice
#7 | 442 days ago

dude's a total freak yes

one of my favorite quotes of his was in the 2004 crossroads tour right before he played rocky mountain way, "if i knew i'd be playing this for the rest of my life....i woulda written a better song."
10 (Great Artist)  
#8 | 442 days ago

lifes been good to me so far..............................yes
10 (Great Artist)  
#9 | 442 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
No clue.
we know you are clueless but what do you think of Joe Walsh?  cool  
10 (Great Artist)  
#10 | 442 days ago

Fan or not, you need to listen to this Grantland podcast w/ Chuck Klosterman. It's fantastic. He may or may not be out of his mind like some sort of savant.

from the description:
"[Joe] ... reminisces about cocaine and spray paint, expresses bleak economic perspectives, eviscerates technology, and takes a mild shot at LeBron James."
5-6 (He's ok)  
#11 | 442 days ago

WISAC1 wrote:
we know you are clueless but what do you think of Joe Walsh?  cool  
Who?
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  
#12 | 442 days ago

(Edited by Nick__)
ms_hippie_queen wrote:
dude's a total freak yes

one of my favorite quotes of his was in the 2004 crossroads tour right before he played rocky mountain way, "if i knew i'd be playing this for the rest of my life....i woulda written a better song."
I just watched that song on youtube in which he stated that same exact thing.....Wonder if that was the show you were at or if he said that during every show?  That's the link in my post #3  it's from the 2004 Crossroads tour.  yes
7-9 (He Rocks)  
#13 | 442 days ago

(Edited by evilquacks101)


My Maserati does 185..........I Lost my license

now I don't drive.

7-9 (He Rocks)  
#14 | 441 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Who?
dear child you slay me. who is a different group.... or the guy on first.
10 (Great Artist)  
#15 | 441 days ago

WISAC1 wrote:
dear child you slay me. who is a different group.... or the guy on first.
csi theme song!
1-4 (No interest / never heard of him)  

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