Show #100: The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound

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After 100 shows, it is only fitting to revisit the album after which my show is named: The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound. Dropping lyrical references and musical allusions to many of their own influences and heroes, The Gaslight Anthem inspired the format of my show with this album, typifying hero worship and the idea that rock and roll is the story of invention and then repetition of tradition.

Setlist (“Song Name” – Artist – Album)

“The ’59 Sound (Acoustic)” – The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides

“Great Expectations” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“The ’59 Sound” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Old White Lincoln” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“High Lonesome” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Film Noir” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Miles David & The Cool” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“The Patient Ferris Wheel” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Casanova, Baby!” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Meet Me By The River’s Edge” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Here’s Looking At You, Kid” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“The Backseat” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Once Upon A Time” – The Gaslight Anthem – The B-Sides

The Gaslight Anthem recorded this B-Side during the same sessions as The ’59 Sound. It drops many musical and lyrical references to other artists, much like the material from the album.

“Behold The Hurricane” – The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

The Horrible Crowes is a side-project for Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon with guitarist Ian Perkins.

“There Is A Thunder (Out In The DIstance)” – This Charming Man – Every Little Secret – EP

The Gaslight Anthem’s first material was recorded under the name This Charming Man.

“The Kids Are Alright” – The Who – The Who Sing My Generation [by Request]

The Who were an early influence on The Gaslight Anthem.

“Unsatisfied” – The Replacements – Let It Be [by Request]

For Brandt! Brian Fallon has cited The Replacements as one of the reasons that The Gaslight Anthem was formed.

“Trusty Chords” – Hot Water Music – Caution

In addition to being musical contemporaries with The Gaslight Anthem, Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music does backing vocals on songs like “The Patient Ferris Wheel” on The ’59 Sound.

“I’m On Fire” – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

Of all the artists to influence The Gaslight Anthem, Bruce Springsteen is perhaps the biggest, with this song alone referenced on at least three cuts from The ’59 Sound.

“No Surrender” – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

This Springsteen song is also referenced on “Meet Me By The River’s Edge.”

“Bobby Jean” – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

“Bobby Jean” is also referenced on “Meet Me By The River’s Edge.”

“Southern Accents” – Tom Petty – Southern Accents

This Tom Petty song is referenced in the lyrics of “High Lonesome” and he is name-dropped in “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.”

“Ol’ 55” – Tom Waits – Closing Time

Tom Waits is a big vocal influence on Brian Fallon, with his lyrics being referenced throughout The ’59 Sound. “Ol’ 55” is referenced in “Old White Lincoln.”

“Talkin’ World War III Blues” – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

The line “I lit a cigarette on a parking meter” referenced in “High Lonesome” is from this Bob Dylan song. Dylan was also an early influence on Brian Fallon and The Gaslight Anthem.

“Move” – Miles David – Birth Of The Cool

The song “Miles David & The Cool” is a reference to this Miles Davis album.

“Mr. Pitiful” – Otis Redding – The King Of Soul

Otis Redding is one of the many soul musicians referenced throughout The ’59 Sound. A reference to this song pops up in “Miles Davis & The Cool.”

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