Thursday, August 27, 2009

Classic Rock Videos

The Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

Rock/Pop Tidbits

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde were a popular English duo during the British Invasion and scored two US Top Ten hits in 1964 with "Yesterday's Gone" and "A Summer Song". After the pair had gone their seperate ways, Stuart served as the musical director for the US television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

The Beach Boys concert contract states that any sell-outs must be reported to all industry related newspapers and magazines.

The break up of Simon and Garfunkel came about when Art refused to record Paul's song "Cuba Si, Nixon No" for their 1969 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" LP.

"Bye Bye Love" was turned down by Elvis Presley and thirty other artists before The Everly Brothers recorded it. Their version rose to #2 in the US and stayed on the charts for 22 weeks.

The Flamingos 1959 smash, "I Only Have Eyes For You" was first performed by actor Dick Powell in the 1934 movie, Dames.

Gramophone was a U.S. brand name that referred to a specific brand of sound reproducing machine in the late 1800s. The name fell out of use around 1901, though it has survived in its nickname form, Grammy, as the title of the Grammy Awards. The Grammy trophy itself is a small rendering of a gramophone.

The inclusion of "Louie Louie" in the John Belushi movie National Lampoon's Animal House, is in fact, historically incorrect. The film is set in 1962, one year prior to the Kingsmen's release.

When Little Richard (Penniman) was a teenager, he ran away from home and joined a medicine show. By the time he was 15, he was adopted by Ann and Johnny Johnson, a white family from Macon, Georgia.

On the recording session for Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone", future Blood, Sweat and Tears founder Al Kooper played organ and The Electric Flag's Mike Bloomfield played guitar.

The song title of the Beatles' "Penny Lane" is derived from the name of a street in the Beatle's hometown of Liverpool. Locally the term "Penny Lane" was the name given to Allerton Road and Smithdown Road and its busy shopping area and is named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader.

After recording her first record, Oasis records made a spelling mistake on the label and Donna Sommer became Donna Summer for the rest of her career.

Songwriter Jimmy Webb got the inspiration to write The Fifth Dimension's hit "Up, Up and Away" from a hot air balloon that a friend flew on promotions for radio station KMEN.

The Dovells, who scored a number two hit in the U.S. in 1961 with "Bristol Stomp", also appeared as Chubby Checker's backing band on "Let's Twist Again" and accompanied Jean Hillery on the 1968 novelty tune, "Here Comes The Judge".

The Sir Douglas Quintet were playing in a club one night and noticed a couple dancing. Lead singer Doug Sahm said "She's a body mover!", which gave him an idea for a song. Back in those days you couldn't say "body mover" on a record, so he changed the lyrics to "She's About A Mover" and achieved a US Top 20 hit.

The blistering guitar lead in George Harrison's song, "Taxman" is the exact same guitar part heard at the ending fade of the song. It was copied and re-recorded onto the end.

Music News & Notes

Pete Townshend Working on New Who Material

Floss is set to hit the stage in 2011.

Yes, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are still making music as the Who. Even though their 2006 comeback album Endless Wire was generally ignored and Daltrey is embarking on a solo tour this fall, Townshend has plans to work as the Who again.

According to a blog post on the band's official site, the guitarist and songwriter is currently putting together a musical called Floss that's apparently "in the style of Tommy and Quadrophenia" and "intended for outdoor performance, or arenas." Once a big thinker, always a big thinker.

He goes on to say Floss will premiere in 2011 (possibly in New York City) and some of the musical's songs will end up on the next Who album, due in 2010. Floss's plot revolves around a rock musician husband who "returns to music after a 15 year hiatus, and finds that what he composes evokes the ecologically rooted, apocalyptic mindset of his generation." Write what you know, I guess!


Electric Tickle Machine Set Vinyl Release And Tour

Electric Tickle Machine's debut album, Blew It Again (out in October) relishes in the magic moments between cynicism and forgetfulness where surrender makes imperfection a blessing.

Recorded in 14 days in the winter of 2009 by Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, Vietnam, Bat For Lashes), the record delivers hooky anthems bathed in organic layers of psychedelic fuzz. From the title track's conciliation of the confounding, to the spooky shuffle of "Bones," the sincere hand-clapper "Part Of Me" to the twangy, countrified "Fast Train," Blew It Again satisfies the most eclectic of musical cravings.

This new band's spacey brand of American garage-pop is as much an ode to curiosity and playfulness as it is a loving indictment of society caught in the throes of western medicine. This repeat listen will see a digital release in the fall with a limited edition vinyl format available on the band's upcoming US tour (which is one NOT to miss).

Over the course of the past year, Electric Tickle Machine has built a devout New York following on the merit of their explosive live shows -- prone to confetti, naked bodies and a sweaty mass of bouncing, singalong kids. With their first show filmed and championed by famed Warholian photog Nat Finklestein, a performance on BBC TV Wales and a KEXP in-studio performance garnering comparisons to The Velvet Underground and Brian Jonestown Massacre, the future looks bright for Electric Tickle Machine.


Bob Dylan Confirms Plans To Release First Christmas Album

Bob Dylan is set to release his first Christmas album on October 13.

'Christmas In The Heart' features covers of popular festive numbers, including 'I'll Be Home For Christmas', 'Must Be Santa' and 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'.

All present and future proceeds from the release will go to the the charity Feeding America.

In a statement, Dylan said: “It's a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone - 12 million of those children - often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

“I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season."

The final tracklisting for the album, which will be the singer-songwriter's second release of 2009, has yet to be confirmed.


Top Beatle Songs

Britain's Mojo Magazine have announced their picks for the 20 greatest songs by the Beatles. For this particular list, though, they didn't just rely on their editors and people around the office. They brought in a whole group of musicians to provide their opinions and a little commentary on each song (for the whole list go to the Mojo website).

Included in the expert panel are Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, David Crosby, Phil Collins, Roger McGuinn, Jackie DeShannon, Bettye LaVette, Roy Harper, John Cale, Paul Weller, Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band and the Ruttles, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Chris Difford of Squeeze, Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks, Tori Amos, Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers, Danger Mouse, Win Butler of Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens.

Here's Mojo's list:

1. A Day in the Life
2. Strawberry Fields Forever
3. Yesterday
4. Tomorrow Never Knows
5. Something
6. In My Life
7. Happiness is a Warm Gun
8. Penny Lane
9. She Loves You
10. A Hard Day's Night
11. Eleanor Rigby
12. Come Together
13. Hey Jude
14. I Want to Hold Your Hand
15. With a Little Help From My Friends
16. Revolution
17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
18. Can't Buy Me Love
19. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
20. Rain

All lists are subjective, different songs mean different things to people. But I see some glaring omissions, where's "Let It Be"? No "Taxman" or "Get Back"? I am sure that you have some more that you think should be included, honestly, I would have trouble listing the 50 best Beatle songs :O) Check out their list and the artists comments here:

Vinyl records spin their way back into the mix

by Sean Hermann

Vinyl records have been around for just about seventy years now and while a number of people believe that it's a craze of the past, generations of music fanatics are now proving them wrong.

Music collectors of all ages are getting in on the new vinyl obsession, while many have stayed devoted to their beloved vinyl.

"I still have people buying vinyl like it was the only (music) medium, along with the next generation who are buying the new "indie" titles as well as the classics of generations past," said Tim Williams, owner of Any Frequency, a record store in Monticello.

Williams said that there have been a wide variety of buyers in his store during the comeback.

"I see male and female customers anywhere from 14 to 60 years old," he said.

So what makes vinyl so appealing to such a wide range of consumers?

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