Hotel California Quotes by Eagles
Understanding Hotel California
Hotel California was born as often happens with songs: almost by accident, at night. The fascination of the West Coast was also stronger for those coming from far away, like the two Eagles leaders : Frey was from Detroit and Henley from Texas, both gave up to the possibilities that California and especially Los Angeles offered them. The song thus depicted a veil of social criticism towards the foundations of the American Dream, symbol of the illusion of a better future that can also turn into an endless torment, able to lure you with its promises and then deceive you: leaving California means losing hope forever, and it would be a shame to leave the suite in the hotel of dreams.
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The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist in Since its release, "Hotel California" has been covered by a number of artists and has become a part of international popular culture. Julia Phillips proposed adapting the song into a film, but the members of the Eagles disliked the idea and it never came to fruition. Commercially, "Hotel California" reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot and reached the top ten of several international charts. A demo of the instrumental was developed by Don Felder   in a rented house on Malibu Beach. He recorded the basic tracks with a Rhythm Ace drum machine and added a 12 string guitar on a four-track recording deck in his spare bedroom, then mixed in a bassline , and gave Don Henley and Glenn Frey each a copy of the recording.
The hit tune was a billboard chart-topper; it sold over 16 million copies in the U. In , the song won a Grammy award for Record of the Year. Here are five facts that you might not know about The Eagles' "Hotel California. Glenn Frey was the mastermind behind the song's lyrics. While there have been many theories that contemplate what the song represents, the Eagles' band members have revealed in multiple interviews that the true meaning behind "Hotel California" is a commentary on the hedonism and self-indulgence of America. In , Henley further explained the meaning of the song to Rolling Stone magazine , which placed "Hotel California" at no. According to journalist-turned-director Cameron Crowe , "Hotel California" was almost named something entirely different.
At the time, punk seemed designed to blow the likes of Eagles and their mellow country-rock vibes clean out the water. You want punk? It might have been the epitome of carefree freeway rock, but Hotel California was a dark affair, and certainly melancholy for a mega-seller to date, the album has sold 32 million copies and counting. If Rumours detailed the breakdown of relations within the Mac, Hotel California dissected the demise of the hippie dream, dismantling the notion of LA as some sun-kissed Utopia. And I was sitting on the couch on a July day — in cut-off shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops — playing guitar and just goofing around in this rented beach house in Malibu. I just played it over and over.