Wonder & Mystery: Honky Château

It has been a minute since I have attempted to go through the box of Wonder & Mystery. Regardless I am back and I brought with me Sir Elton John and his seminal 1972 album Honky Château.

What can I say that hasn’t already been written about this album?

Now some people might like to say that albums and music sales are dead and dying and they kind of are. At least in the way that they used to be but albums really aren’t dead just the way they used to be listened to is. Sure people listen to whole albums on YouTube and download just a song or two and ignore the album as a whole.

It is illustrated perfectly in the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do that artists used to have to show some sustainability before getting a Big Record Deal. A single or two would be recorded, maybe a popular cover and then the album deal came along. Then Every Song on an album was good. How many Beatles songs were not ever released a singles and yet they are popular like singles. This is because there wasn’t a bad song on any of their albums.

Oh. Wait.

How many albums had you bought in the past and bought that album on the strength of that one song only to discover that album Really Sucks? The Clash and “This Is England” from Cut the Crap, Marilyn Manson and “The Dope Show” from Mechanical Animals, “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine on Evil Empire, and Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” by the same named album and so on.

Which brings me in my final lap of meandering about the music business that I really don’t know all that much about but this is the Internet so why should I let that stop me?

There isn’t a bad song on this album. Not. A. One.

And it has my personal favorite Elton John tune on it, “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” which was obviously inspired by “The Rocket Man” story by the sorely missed Ray Bradbury.

There. I said it. I could have just let that speak for itself and maybe I should have but I didn’t.


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