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PostSubject: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 4:11 pm

I've read lots and lots of articles, interviews, show reviews, and other things about TGA, but interestingly enough, I haven't read anything that explains the origin of their name. Can one of my fellow "forumites" share how they came up with Gaslight Anthem? I'm sure there's some literary reference that I'm overlooking. Thank you
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 4:17 pm

The Gaslight was a club in New York, and Dylan recorded a live album there. TGA's songs have an anthemic feel to them
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 4:23 pm

actually it is not a literary reference at all!

The Gaslight in question is "The Gaslight Cafe" it was basically this cool bar in NY where anyone could just come in and play... Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen were known to frequent the place.

So, the guys wanted to be known as The Gaslight... something... they tried a bunch of different things but nothing really fit until someone recommended "Anthem".

I had asked the guys this exact question when I first met them (2 years ago) and that was the answer they gave me
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 4:37 pm

That's really cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 5:11 pm

Thanks for the info, tis interesting. Although that spawned another question--perhaps this is another topic, but I'll give it a shot--

What few CD's from the Bob Dylan Discography would you recommend for a TGA fan? I don't know alot about Dylan, so what will give me the best flavor or cross section, from perspective of Gaslight fan?
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 5:25 pm

Regarding Dylan, I'm no expert but I have a 3CD set type thing on my itunes which has quite a selection of his stuff . It's just called 'Dylan' I think. That may be a decent place to start???
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 5:50 pm

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, The Times They Are A-Changin'

or just get The Essential Bob Dylan. that comp covers more of his career, though I find his early stuff to be his best, specifically those 4 albums mentioned above
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Thu May 28, 2009 8:27 pm

I got the CD 'Dylan' yesterday. I immediately picked up on lyrics in Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Johnnys in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
Im on the pavement
Thinking about the government

It's a fucking good song.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:19 am

Definitely recommend Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and The Times They Are A-Changin. Those two albums are staples of American music.

Really not a fan of Dylan's voice though, especially these last few years. Way too scratchy for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:34 pm

I'd also recommend Blonde on Blonde, in addition to what everyone else has said.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:52 pm

Blood on the Tracks also.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:51 pm

Definitely "Blood on the Tracks"
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:24 pm

infidels is a good one too, went on a mass dylan frenzy back in april when i saw him a the 02, honestly dont think that there is one mad album of his. His new one is great
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:13 pm

Blood on the Tracks is fantastic, as are so many Dylan records, but i would start with a compilation first.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:03 pm

e7c wrote:
actually it is not a literary reference at all!

The Gaslight in question is "The Gaslight Cafe" it was basically this cool bar in NY where anyone could just come in and play... Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen were known to frequent the place.

So, the guys wanted to be known as The Gaslight... something... they tried a bunch of different things but nothing really fit until someone recommended "Anthem".

I had asked the guys this exact question when I first met them (2 years ago) and that was the answer they gave me


I also heard the club didn't serve alcohol, but I could be wrong. But for some reason, I believe I read that somewhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Origin of their name?   Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:54 pm

Yeah I head that - think it was in an interview with Brian somewhere - I'm guessing the club isnt there anymore?
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