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Archived from the original on February 15, Don Henley has given a number of explanations about the song, ranging from "a journey from innocence to experience"  to "a sociopolitical statement". I guess you could say it's a song about loss of innocence.
The song has been described as being "all about American decadence and burnout, too much money, corruption, drugs and arrogance; too little humility and heart. On just about every album we made, there was some kind of commentary on the music business, and on American culture in general.
The hotel itself could be taken as a metaphor not only for the myth-making of Southern California, but for the myth-making that is the American Dream , because it is a fine line between the American Dream, and the American nightmare. Henley responded:. Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you're not the first to bring this to my attention — and you're not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor.
Believe me, I've consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is.
But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It's a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes. In his Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volume 1 , Steve Sullivan theorizes that the "spirit" that the Hotel California hasn't had since refers to the spirit of social activism of the s, and how disco and the related pop music of the mids had turned away from it.
The metaphorical character of the story related in the lyrics has inspired a number of conjectural interpretations by listeners. In the s the Rev. The actual Hotel California, its located on Todos Santos , Baja California Sur , and its locally popular due to both the song, and its characteristic legend. The term "colitas" in the first stanza "warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air" has been interpreted as a sexual slang or a reference to marijuana.
Don Henley came up with a lot of the lyrics for that song, and he came up with colitas. Other interpretations of the song include heroin addiction and cannibalism. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew.
But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce. The intro and verses' chord pattern counts eight measures, each one assigned to a single chord. Seven different chords are used in the eight measures. As the song opens, it is not until the eighth measure that a chord is repeated. The song is initially in the key of B-minor. The eight-measure sequence is repeated in the intro, for each verse and in the outro , providing the harmonic framework for the entire extended dual guitar solo at the end of the song.
This chord sequence is not commonly used, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has pointed out its similarity to his song "We Used to Know" from their album Stand Up , suggesting the Eagles heard it when they toured together. It's just the same chord sequence. It's in a different time signature, different key, different context. Harmonic progression—it's almost a mathematical certainty that you're gonna crop up with the same thing sooner or later if you're strumming a few chords on a guitar.
The chorus, or refrain , uses five of the song's seven chords, structured with the melody in a way that shifts the key from B-minor to its relative major of D: .
Frank Ocean released a song that samples the entire instrumental track of "Hotel California" on his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra , entitled "American Wedding". Although the Eagles were noted for their reluctance to license their songs for use in shows,  the song has been used in a number of films and television shows, such as The Big Lebowski performed by the Gipsy Kings ,  Absolutely Fabulous , and The Sopranos.
According to Rolling Stone , Julia Phillips , the producer of films like Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind , was interested in shooting a movie based on the song's story. The band members and Phillips met to discuss the project. Henley said that Phillips offered the band members cocaine and was "nonplussed" when they turned it down. Tension between the two parties ended the pre-development deal for the film.
Rolling Stone reported that the band was not upset at this development, as they were not particularly enamored with the idea of "Hotel California" being adapted into a film. This was because Henley feared that he would lack control over the project. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Skip to main content. Related: eagles greatest hits cassette tape. Include description. Country 10 Items Metal 5 Items 5.
Pop 19 Items Rock Items Album Items EP 1 Items 1. Single 9 Items 9. Not Specified Items Special Attributes. Whatever the case, Anderson takes a magnanimous view of the incident. Some of these late nights yielded memorable lyrics. Big Time! The lick stopped Frey in his tracks. He asked Walsh to repeat it, and soon realized that he was hearing the sound of life in the fast lane. From there, the song began to take root.
The final track brought Frey uncomfortably close to the drug-fueled reality that surrounded the band. It turns on you. It messed up my back muscles, it messed up my nerves, it messed up my stomach, and made me paranoid. I remember we went in the studio and we recorded it live with five guys playing. Everything else was recorded live. The message, etched by Bill Szymczyk, served as a middle finger to critics who accused them of being too clinical and soulless in the studio. Felder himself provided lead vocals on the initial takes of the songs, but some of his bandmates were not pleased with the results.
Henley echoed the sentiment. It simply did not come up to band standards. Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, August 8, New Zealand Charts. Swiss Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, Swedish Charts. InfoDisc in French. Archived from the original PHP on August 20, Danish Charts. Finnish Charts. Music Line in German. Media Control Charts.
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