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  2. Don Ienner

    From Eric: Somewhere along the way, Clive aquired a new head of promotion who might just be the greatest promotion man of all time. His name was Don Ienner. (Yep, Jimmy's little brother). Where Jimmy was all smiling, charming warmth, Donnie was screaming at the top of his lungs, threatening, cursing and scary. But boy was he effective. Without divulging the (ahem) ways that record companies get their top artists played, let's just say that you might be able to find some parallels in "waste management" if you catch my drift. Well, Arista was bouncing along and Clive was making a whole lotta money and then we reached the age of mergers and aquisitions. And big German powerhouse BMG bought Arista. Everything went well, for a while, but then Don Ienner left to go and head Columbia (now Sony) Records. Arista faltered a bit and the Germans OUSTED CLIVE FROM HIS OWN LABEL! Yep, they brought in L.A. Reid to head up Arista and forced Clive out. The industry was stunned.... From Marathon Man: "Europe was a helluva lot of fun. I was the lead singer in a Cleveland band called Jynx and also did sound for Rainbow Canyon. Raspberries had just finished recording their second album and Eric asked me to do sound for their tour. Jimmy Ienner's brother Donnie came with us and acted as tour manager. We flew into Paris, switched planes and arrived in Nice, France. We drove to Cannes, checked into the hotel and went directly to the venue for the MIDEM (International Music Market) Festival where Raspberries played in front of 2,500 people. We had a girl assigned to us from EMI named Heidi Esser. Victor Benedetto, who ran CAM-U.S.A. (Raspberries' music publisher), met us there. More from Eric: Having said all this, I must tell you that, to this day, I LOVE Jimmy Ienner, and I give him ALL the credit for recognizing what the Raspberries could become in their very raw, juvenile state. And Donnie Ienner, who was probably fifteen years old when we began working with Jimmy, is probably, single-handedly responsible for all those Raspberries records' success. Donnie turned out to be the best promotion man in the history of the music business. I met some pretty incredible promo guys on my way up, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY, could hold a candle to Donnie. He was the best of the best. There will probably never be anyone ever again with that kind of power. ec Eric on Make Me Lose Control: When it came time to do the background vocals I pushed my way back into the session. I helped choose the vocalists (among them, Mark Hudson and Kip Lennon) and worked with them trying to get the sound and pronunciation I wanted. Jimmy was very upset and accused me of "usurping his session." There's a lot more to the story, but it wasn't the most fun I've ever had in a recording studio. It became a VERY expensive single (at least $60,000 as I recall, the kind of money you can never recoup). Thank God (and/ or Donnie Ienner) it went to number #3. At least I saw some publishing and airplay royalties. ec Pat, that ought to get you started...
  3. Blue Moves, one disc?

    "Bite You Lip (Get Up And Dance)" Went to # 28 (Hot 100) on March 5 & 12, 1977. This is the 45 edited single version which ran 3:37!! (audio only)
  4. 21 Most Hated Bands of All Time...

    I love all the hits of The Doors so I can’t even fathom including them on this list and I don’t have a problem with KISS, but the rest of the list? Pretty, pretty close in agreement. A late edit, I don’t hate Green Day either. I have a new respect for Billy Joe since he covered “that’s rock ‘n’ roll”
  5. Blue Moves, one disc?

    Back to "Blue Moves" (audio only) with "Shoulder Holster":
  6. Happy Birthday, James!!!!! 2021

    Happy birthday James! Hope you had a great day
  7. Blue Moves, one disc?

    Elton John "Ego" Went to # 34 (Hot 100) on May 6 & 13, 1978. (promo music video) Also on "A Single Man" (with bonus tracks) on CD!!
  8. Blue Moves, one disc?

    "Flinstone Boy" also on "A Single Man" CD with bonus tracks:
  9. Don Ienner

    We all know how much Jimmy Ienner was involved in Eric’s career, but I’m wondering if his brother had an impact as well? My daughter showed me on Mariah Carey‘s latest record she gives credit to Don and then teases us with a comment that says thank you for not making me “lose control“. Does anyone know if there’s a connection with Don, Mariah, and Eric? Seems like there’s an inside joke somewhere.
  10. Blue Moves, one disc?

    The song "Flintstone Boy" (flip B 45 single side of "Ego" from 1978, later on "To Be Continued" 1990 box set) which I thought that the men (backing vocals) were going to say "Yabba Dabba Doo" on that song!!! I think Elton is holding a pie or something on the back 45 sleeve!!
  11. Blue Moves, one disc?

    "Shoulder Holster" was the B 45 single of "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"!! "Bit Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)" was also a 45 edited single to around 3:40 or so!!
  12. Eric Doppleganger

    I much prefer this slower live version of How Long Will I Love You to the original on Room To Roam. And to the Ellie Goulding cover a couple years ago.
  13. Eric Doppleganger

    It'll take me a bit to make a fair list of the Waterboys library. For starters though, I'll say that the two albums with Wallinger top my list, This Is The Sea(which includes Whole Of The Moon) and A Pagan Place. Both are among my all time favorite albums. My top tracks will definitely include This Is The Sea, Universal Hall, Church Not Made With Hands, Fisherman's Blues, and How Long Will I Love You as well as Whole Of The Moon.
  14. Hey Momof2setsoftwins

    Glad to see you back, WC...make sure you stick around..
  15. Blue Moves, one disc?

    I actually like the song "Shoulder Holster". I'd have to find a way to get that on somewhere.
  16. Blue Moves, one disc?

    If I´m behind Elton John´s album "Blue Moves" from 1976, I release it as a single disc, and thus make it as good as any album he put out, and that´s saying a ton. To me, half the songs are throw aways, just bad, and the other half are very good - great. Here are the songs I´d have included on the one disc release, not in any particular order: 1. Your Starter For.....cool intro to the album written by Caleb Quaye, rare in that it´s one of the only times a band member wrote a song by himself on an Elton album. 2. Tonight - underrated, classical pop masterpiece. 3. Cameleon - one of my personal favorites, possibly for the memories it invokes, possibly cuz it´s a really strong song, or most likely a little of both. Wraps up one of the best album sides of all time for me. 4. One Horse Town - one of my favorite uptempos he did. 5. Bite Your Lip - love it!!....check out the video of him doing it live from NY in about 1981 or so. 6. Out of the Blue - would be the weakest cut on the album, but still a very good instrumental song. 7. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word - we all know it, most of us love it. That´s about 36 minutes of music, and for me possibly would have been his best album of them all. You guys?
  17. Hey Momof2setsoftwins

    Dave on guitar, Eric on bass before they switched.
  18. Hey Momof2setsoftwins

    Looks like the original Utopia in Willoughby. Spent many nights there.
  19. Hey Momof2setsoftwins

    Thought the board was gone forever. I haven't been able to see anything since last fall. Happy to see it again.
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  21. World Party Top 20

    "She's The One" NOT the Bruce Springsteen remake from 1975 "Born To Run" (which I heard on cassette in late 1976 when my older brother Mark had that) & I was 11 &1/2 years old when I heard the whole "Born To Run" songs!!
  22. World Party Top 20

    I only have "Egyptology" on CD!!! The song "She's The One" was played on the speaker while I was working folding towels at the old Elder - Beerman in Midland, Michigan during the late 90's!!!
  23. World Party Top 20

    Shawn Colvin first 2 albums "Steady On" (1989) & "Fat City" (1991) are great albums!!!
  24. https://www.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/j66j-2020/03/b7466c762e7678/100-greatest-no-1-hits-in-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-history.html
  25. Happy Birthday, James!!!!! 2021

    Here Lew, present this beauty to your professor chick friend: When Hilary´s in trouble, I am not slow. It´s hip, hip, hip, ...ahh, her hips make me "grow". Underdog, 1964, James, 2021
  26. Happy Birthday, James!!!!! 2021

    Happy Birthday James🎉🎊🎁🎂🎈
  27. Happy Birthday, James!!!!! 2021

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