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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Blair View Post
    It was the SRV version of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" that was used in BHD.

    Sometimes I think Stevie Ray was channeling Hendrix, but then hearing Concrete Blonde's version of "Little Wing" makes me think that Jim Mankey was also channeling for Jimi. Derek and the Dominos does the best "Little Wing" version I think. I wonder why "House Burnin' Down" from the "Electric Ladyland" album hasn't made its way into a war movie soundtrack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wm View Post
    Sometimes I think Stevie Ray was channeling Hendrix, but then hearing Concrete Blonde's version of "Little Wing" makes me think that Jim Mankey was also channeling for Jimi. Derek and the Dominos does the best "Little Wing" version I think. I wonder why "House Burnin' Down" from the "Electric Ladyland" album hasn't made its way into a war movie soundtrack.
    I'd guess that it's either because (a) studios figure the average audience wouldn't recognize the song or (b) they can't get rights clearance to use it.

    Way back when I saw a review in (I think) Guitar Magazine of SRV's version of "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" that compared to a good live version of Hendrix's original, but not up to the feel of the studio version. An interesting observation, and one that I've come to agree with over the years.
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    Marc,

    Favorite song to put on the CD player when running cam inspection patrols into Zaire from Rwanda was...

    Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon

    Lyrics

    Written By Warren Zevon & David Lindell c. 1976 Zevon Music/BMI

    Roland was a warrior from the Land of the Midnight Sun
    With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
    The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day
    So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray

    Through sixty-six and seven they fought the Congo war
    With their fingers on their triggers, knee-deep in gore
    For days and nights they battled the Bantu to their knees
    They killed to earn their living and to help out the Congolese

    Roland the Thompson gunner...

    His comrades fought beside him - Van Owen and the rest
    But of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best
    So the CIA decided they wanted Roland dead
    That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen blew off Roland's head

    Roland the headless Thompson gunner
    Norway's bravest son
    Time, time, time
    For another peaceful war
    But time stands still for Roland
    'Til he evens up the score
    They can still see his headless body stalking through the night
    In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun
    In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun

    Roland searched the continent for the man who'd done him in
    He found him in Mombassa in a barroom drinking gin
    Roland aimed his Thompson gun - he didn't say a word
    But he blew Van Owen's body from there to Johannesburg

    Roland the headless Thompson gunner...
    The eternal Thompson gunner
    still wandering through the night
    Now it's ten years later but he still keeps up the fight
    In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley
    Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it
    All passengers were required to sing along


    Favorite music for patrols inside Rwanda
    Red Rain by Peter Gabriel
    Lyrics
    red rain is coming down
    red rain
    red rain is pouring down
    pouring down all over me

    I am standing up at the water's edge in my dream
    I cannot make a single sound as you scream
    it can't be that cold, the ground is still warm to touch
    this place is so quiet, sensing that storm

    red rain is coming down
    red rain
    red rain is pouring down
    pouring down all over me

    well I've seen them buried in a sheltered place in this town
    they tell you that this rain can sting, and look down
    there is no blood around see no sign of pain
    hay ay ay no pain
    seeing no red at all, see no rain

    red rain is coming down
    red rain
    red rain is pouring down
    pouring down all over me

    red rain-
    putting the pressure on much harder now
    to return again and again
    just let the red rain splash you
    let the rain fall on your skin
    I come to you defences down
    with the trust of a child

    red rain is coming down
    red rain
    red rain is pouring down
    pouring down all over me
    and I can't watch any more
    no more denial
    it's so hard to lay down in all of this
    red rain is coming down
    red rain is pouring down
    red rain is coming down all over me
    I see it
    red rain is coming down
    red rain is pouring down
    red rain is coming down all over me
    I'm bathing in it
    red rain coming down
    red rain is coming down
    red rain is coming down all over me
    I'm begging you
    red rain coming down
    red rain coming down
    red rain coming down
    red rain coming down
    over me in the red red sea
    over me
    over me
    red rain
    We didn't sing with that one.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam L View Post
    Wasn't it Stevie Ray Vaughn's version of "Voodoo Chile" that was used in Black Hawk Down? I'm pretty sure it was his. Personally, I normally perfer Jimi's versions, but two big exceptions are Voodoo Chile" and "Little Wing."

    Could be... The guys I know are big Jimi fans, though.

    I'm the heretic in the bunch, tho - I prefer Skid Row's version of Little Wing {ducks the inevitable flying cabbage}
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    Tom,

    I always had a soft spot for Warren Zevon, and especially Roland - I got in trouble once by singing it in a church before a concert .

    That Slate review, Rock the Mullahs, is really good. I am going to have to get the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    Tom,

    I always had a soft spot for Warren Zevon, and especially Roland - I got in trouble once by singing it in a church before a concert .

    That Slate review, Rock the Mullahs, is really good. I am going to have to get the book.

    Marc
    In church? Good man!

    Anyway music is soft power and it does influence. I love classic reggae. Cannot stand reggae rap. The first makes me happy. The second gives me a headache.

    The Hutu extremists at RTLM had a panapoly of "hits" concerning killing Tutsis they played during the genocide.

    My favorite Zevon song in my Lebanon days was "Lawyers, Guns, and Money." Sing that one in church

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Odom View Post
    My favorite Zevon song in my Lebanon days was "Lawyers, Guns, and Money." Sing that one in church
    That would probably get me in way too much trouble . These days, I tend to limit my extra-concert, church singing to things like this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    That would probably get me in way too much trouble . These days, I tend to limit my extra-concert, church singing to things like this .

    Marc
    Now that I think of Tom Lehrer I wonder if any of our bomber boys ever sang this one.

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    Default I'm a Zevon fan as well...

    although I'm surprised Tom that your fav Zevon tune while on the Dark Continent wasn't Jungle Work.

    Lear jet S.W.A.T team
    On a midnight run
    With the M16
    And the Ingram gun
    We parachute in
    We parachute out
    "Death from above"
    We're screaming now

    Where the pay is good
    And the risk is high
    It's understood
    We'll do or die
    Sten gun in hand
    Where the gun is law
    From Ovamboland
    To Nicaragua

    Strength and muscle and jungle work

    Three young men
    In a Russian truck
    With a little MAC-10
    Sent 'em running to the huts
    These few young men
    The few who dare
    To battle in hell
    Le Mercenaire!

    Strength and muscle and jungle work

    I've always liked Gorilla, You're A Desperado.

    As for Lehrer I've always been partial to his Send the Marines.
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    Thanks! I didn't know about that one

    Still Roland has a special place for me as a Congo refugee

    Quote Originally Posted by Umar Al-Mokhtār View Post
    although I'm surprised Tom that your fav Zevon tune while on the Dark Continent wasn't Jungle Work.

    Lear jet S.W.A.T team
    On a midnight run
    With the M16
    And the Ingram gun
    We parachute in
    We parachute out
    "Death from above"
    We're screaming now

    Where the pay is good
    And the risk is high
    It's understood
    We'll do or die
    Sten gun in hand
    Where the gun is law
    From Ovamboland
    To Nicaragua

    Strength and muscle and jungle work

    Three young men
    In a Russian truck
    With a little MAC-10
    Sent 'em running to the huts
    These few young men
    The few who dare
    To battle in hell
    Le Mercenaire!

    Strength and muscle and jungle work

    I've always liked Gorilla, You're A Desperado.

    As for Lehrer I've always been partial to his Send the Marines.

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