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  1. Mccartney Best of Lp list

    I can find things to like through all of Paul's periods, but Vinnie is probably right with his assessment that Paul's best solo work was in that first post-Beatles decade. Bernie
  2. Raspberries...Overrated?

    Here's an interesting read! The original this this article was posted at EC.com...in 2007, when the article was first published: http://ericcarmen.com/forums/index.php?/topic/12422-the-raspberries-overrated/& Bernie
  3. Bombilates GATW

    A little choppy. Bernie
  4. Bossa Nova Love Is All That Matters

    Interesting. Bernie
  5. Original RAM review in Rolling Stone

  6. Linking Rachmaninoff and EC...

    Based? Yup. Completely? Nope. Bernie
  7. Pop Smoke dies at 20

    Haha! Good to know, because I was starting to question my Beatles knowledge when I read that! Did Paul really say, "Pop smoke?!?" Bernie
  8. My Eric Carmen Medley

    Great job on the medley! I may have a transcription for "Starting Over." I'll see if I can find it. Bernie
  9. Read Article about Eric Carmen

    Welcome to EricCarmen.com, Frank! Hope you enjoy your time here. Bernie
  10. Read Article about Eric Carmen

    Eric has some company, it seems. Ohio did go for Trump in 2016. The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde reacts to Trump honoring Rush Limbaugh, says her dad would've been 'delighted' By Julius Young Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders, gave a surprising message to President Trump on Monday, saying her father “would have been so delighted” to hear that the president honored the controversial conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Limbaugh received the honor during Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month, after the syndicated radio host announced he was battling “advanced lung cancer.” Many fans of Limbaugh have been accustomed to hearing the Pretenders tune “My City Was Gone” on his program. Hynde, 68, wrote an open letter to the president on Twitter while protesting calls to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Hynde explained that it was her father’s adoration of Limbaugh that prompted her to let the show keep on using her hit record. “An open Letter to @realDonaldTrump, President of the United States. Dear Mr. President, I often think of how much my father, Melville “Bud” Hynde, who proudly served his country as a Marine on Guadalcanal, would have enjoyed your Presidency.” Hynde wrote in a series of numbered tweets. “The other day when you gave that award to Rush Limbaugh, my father would have been so delighted,” she explained. “He loved listening to Rush, which is why I allowed my song, 'My City Was Gone', to be used on his radio show. My father and I didn't always see eye-to-eye. We argued a lot” Hynde continued: “But isn’t that the American way? The right to disagree without having your head chopped off? Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of Julian Assange. I know my father would be mortified, but I feel strongly enough to do.” “What I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with. I know Mr. Assange broke the law (as i have done defending the treatment of animals) but I believe [p4.] he has been duly punished and should now be set free. Please consider my plea. Yours truly, Chrissie Hynde of @ThePretendersHQ (@MrsC_Assange),” Hynde added. Hynde’s message was immediately met with both criticism and praise as the singer-songwriter has been outspoken about some conservative beliefs in the past. “Your approach is civil and respectful. We need more dialogue like that. Both sides could learn from this approach,” one Twitter user wrote. Another commenter echoed the sentiment, calling Hynde “an honest, self-honest, truly tolerant liberal,” adding, “people such as you are hard to find – you are precious. God bless.” Others said they were “disappointed” with Hynde extending a proverbial olive branch to the president. “I always wondered how he got permission to use your song,” one commenter wrote. “It’s ok to love your dad yet not endorse his worldview, Chrissie.” “Change your password Chrissie, someone's hacked your twitter account,” another quipped. After Trump announced Limbaugh would receive the award, the president himself faced criticism and praise for bestowing the high honor upon the right-wing radio maven – an honor that’s been given to the likes of Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Mother Teresa as well. First lady Melania Trump presented the medal to a visibly-stunned and emotional Limbaugh and placed the award on him. Fox News, February 18, 2020
  11. Great 7 page Message board about Berries

    Interesting, but not sure where all of those quotes come from. Some sound made up. I've never heard Jim sound so sour, nor have I ever heard anyone call Dave, "Smalls." Bernie
  12. The White Singing Voice of Rock and Pop

    Lots of in-depth info on this website, that’s for sure! Wonder why people feel it’s not worth visiting. Nobody wants information? Perplexing, to say the least. Bernie
  13. The Locomotion

    When Raspberries played Carnegie Hall in September 1973, there were quite a few famous musicians in the audience including Todd Rundgren. Todd was producing a new album for Grand Funk Railroad. As part of Raspberries' live show at the time, they did a medley of "oldies," including "The Locomotion" and "Be My Baby." Grand Funk drummer and vocalist Don Brewer said: "The idea of 'Locomotion' came when we were working on the Shinin' On album in the studio with Todd (Rundgren). We had basically finished the album—'Shinin On' was going to be the first single, and we were thinking about what we were going to do for another song. Mark (Farner) came in one day and off the top of his head was singing, 'Everybody's doing a brand new dance now,' just for fun, and we all went, 'Yeah, Grand Funk doing "the Locomotion."' It was a tongue-in-cheek kind of thing, and we said, 'Let's try it, let's do it,' so we sent off to New York, got the lyrics, and Todd had the idea of doing the song kind of like The Beach Boys' 'Barbara Ann' where it sounded like a big party was going on, except Todd could really crank up everything with the hand claps and all of that stuff. It just had this huge sound to it—it sounded like a big party." Ri-i-i-i-ight. Missing is the part that Todd just heard Eric and the band do a killer cover of the song at Carnegie Hall. Anyway, here's a live version of Raspberries playing tune (awash in mellotrons) just two months after their famous Carnegie Hall gig: RASPBERRIES - THE LOCOMOTION/BE MY BABY And Mark Farner and Co. from Grand Funk's Shinin' On: In 2006, Steve-O asked Eric about it on this website Message Board: "Eric, I have heard the Raspberries version of 'Locomotion'/'Be My Baby' countless times. I also have heard the almost legendary tale how Todd Rundgen was at the Carnegie Hall concert, heard the Berries version and sold Grand Funk on covering the song and the rest is music history. My question is did the Raspberries ever considering covering the tune as a possible single or were you all more concentrated on your own material?" Eric's response was: "The 'Berries recorded four albums in two years so, unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of extra material sitting around. The budgets of those albums were very small (I think the first album was $25,000) so we didn't have a lot of extra time to try things out and experiment. We pretty much went in, recorded the songs for each album, mixed and went home to write the next one. I don't believe there were any songs left over and we never did a cover tune." The Grand Funk version climbed all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Would it have been a chart-topper for the 'Berries had Jimmy Ienner been as inspired as Todd to have his band record a version? We'll never know. Bernie
  14. Eric got slammed on this site

    Yeah...I'm pulling the actual content from this thread and replacing it with a link. Bernie
  15. A poll from 2006

    Those were the days! Bernie
  16. Given this is ericcarmen.com:

    Cool. Bernie
  17. Scott McCarl "Play On" (1997)

    AMAZING CD! Bernie
  18. Instrumentally enhanced i Wanna Be with You

    Not "enhanced," more like "replayed." The guy is talented, but he's essentially replaying the parts and panning them to give a fuller stereo mix. Bernie

    I think yes. Bernie
  20. Go All The way Live

    James, the story goes that Michael pounded his drums so furiously that the band's roadies used to NAIL his bass drum to the stage before every performance. No lie. Bernie
  21. Go All The way Live

    Agree, LC, Wally plays it best. But Michael McBride can bang those drums! Bernie
  22. Vocal range chart

    In 1972? Probably neck-and-neck with McCartney. Bernie
  23. Go All The way Live

    The Eric Carmen Band played "Go All The Way" at just about every show they played in 1975-1976. Eric also performed it at his "An Evening with Eric Carmen" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2000. As well as on every show he played with Ringo's All-Starr Band that same year. Here's a prime example. Enjoy! ERIC CARMEN - THE BOTTOM LINE 4/3/76 - GO ALL THE WAY Bernie
  24. David Peel and the Lower East Side

    David Peel was a pretty well-known guy in the '70s. Here's a pic I took of him at the first Beatlefest in New York City in '75. Peel is the guy on the left wearing the John Lennon t-shirt. His music was mostly unlistenable (to me, at least), but for some reason John Lennon dug him. This is his most well-known song, actually produced by Lennon, if you can believe it! Bernie
  25. School Of Rock GATW

    Pretty good. Those kids have great taste in music! Bernie