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Sounds Like Heaven

Sounds Like Heaven
AM Radio

by G. C. Gates

     AM Radio is one of those songs that just about everyone has to like. As a tribute to my columns tone, it wasn't a traditional Everclear song, but it still was pretty damn good. As with all his songs, Art's biographical pieces were well placed, and if you hear them when you are feeling good and rocking out, you can't help but to feel a bit sad. True Art had started using illicit substance by the time he was nine and in 1975 "got busted getting high in the back of my [his] friends van". The somber moments of Art's life contrasts with the high powered, good times melody of the song producing a unique listing experience. I personally find Art's comments about the VCR and DVD kind of funny, although that wasn't the intent. The song also mentions that the radio was an escape for Art, I quote: "There isn't any place that I need to go/There isn't anything that I need to know/I did not learn from the radio". Coupled with drugs music can be a powerful escape and something that can change the way you look at the world. He also says "Yeah when things get stupid and I just don't know/Where to find my happy/I listen to my music on the AM radio". Art may be very well revealing where he finds solace in times of trouble. We should congratulate Art on liking the radio better than TV and wanting to watch Chico and the Man, which was a fantastic feat of Hispanic and American cooperation. One of the best things about the song, and in fact the album, is that is heartfelt. When I played the CD for my dad he loved AM Radio even more than his favorite bluegrass. I find it great that older people can enjoy this new fangled rock and roll. Remember, if you want to say anything to me, e-mail me at

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