The Red Heifer wrote:If he doesn't say he loves it, he's lying
Shut up, Heif.
Actually, part of me DOES love 'Working Class Man', for nostalgic and personal reasons, but i would never claim that it's a GREAT song or record. It is, however, a GOOD rock song; as objectively as these things can possibly be looked at, it has a fair bit going for it - a lyric that has some heart amongst the normal rock cliches, a strong driving beat, and a tune that has a strong enough structure and arrangement to keep you (mostly) interested for 3-4 minutes. And it sounds good coming out of a car radio as you're driving with your window down.
But if you're posting it to say that 'WCM' and 'NM' are the same, you're barking up the wrong tree mate. While they do have some surface similarities, for me there is a very clear difference between the 2 - in the instrumentation, the overall arrangement, the vocals, and in the end the feel. Ultimately, it's the difference between the GOOD and the GREAT, small but important things that add up in the end.
To paraphrase Bent, trying to proselytize about something like 'Night Moves' is a hard thing to do, because those who don't hear what i hear in the song can't really be accused of being "wrong", even if I seem to hear something great so clearly. It can be such a fine line between magical vs cliched, touching vs corny, and while something 'Old Time Rock and Roll' is not on the right side of the ledger for me 'NM' definitely is.