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  1. Having been a Raspberries and Eric Carmen fan since the mid 70's, and living in New Zealand I felt very much All By Myself.The radio stations here only played a few of their songs. As the years rolled by I managed to find all of theirs and Eric's Albums(more through good luck than good management)During this time I was teased mercilessly by my younger brother. I often wondered what became of them, so one day in 2005 Murray said "lets google "Eric Carmen", so we did and the rest as they say is history. Not only did I discover there had been Reunion concerts there was also an Eric Carmen website. Having signed up I soon found there were many like minded people. We both became members of the website, and spent many happy hours taking part in all sorts of things like games, a chat room and I'll never my 1st prom.(it's not something we have here). Then we discovered Weekend at Berine's .We were able to see pics and read about all of the antics that went on. Not to feel left out we had our own Weekend at Bernie's Down Under, and as part of that we phoned them and they passed the phone around.It was way cool cos I got to speak to Jim The following year there was talk of Eric doing a solo concert so we decided to go for it, but for a number of reasons it didn't happen.So we decided to go to Weekend at Bernies. It was amazing to finally meet so many of the people we'd interacted with on EC.com.But the biggest shock was when Eric arrived.(BTW we really didn't know he was going to be there!!) We thought that that was going to be out "trip of a lifetime", but we have been very blessed to have had 4 more visits traveling all over America and meeting a large number of wonderfully kind and generous people As Murray would tell our friends here when they'd ask us about all our trips and friends in America , "It all started with the music" So thank you Bernie for making it all possible by starting EC.com
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  2. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Bernie!! 👏 Here's to another 25 years!!
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  3. As a late bloomer(I came aboard in 2002), I have always been grateful that Bernie has accomplished the things that he has...If it wasn’t for this website, I might still be thinking that I was the only Raspberries(EC Fan) in the world... Have has some great times here and Made some life-long friends as well...Hope I never see this website posted under the heading “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye”...hope for another 25 years...Thanx, Bern...
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  4. Congrats on 25 years! I’ve been late to the party but better fashionably late than never! Been in love with Eric’s voice and music for many years and never knew this page was here until a few years ago. Bernie, you have put a lot of blood, sweat & tears into the site - thank you for all you’ve done. So nice to read the message from Eric! thanks again - this is one place I know will be a wealth of information as well as laughs and making friends with a shared interest! Pam ❤️
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  5. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks, Bernie. Because of your passion and efforts, I was able to see Raspberries perform live 5 times since I last saw them in 1975. I stumbled across this site quite accidentally (fate?) in 2005 while doing a general internet search for Raspberries-band ( as opposed to raspberry jam, pie, orchards, recipes, etc.. that all came up first!). I immediately joined after reading all of the postings and the talk of the reunion. I joined under a different screen name and was one of the most active posters. I dropped off in 2011 for several reasons, but I rejoined in 2012 under the current screen name. I just could not stay away! I was blessed to have attended the Weekend at Bernie's when Eric, Jim and spouses made surprise appearances. It was a day that will always be among my most treasured experiences. I also spent much time with Dennis Ferrante (RIP) and Paul Sidoti (mostly while he was reclining on a lounge chair with adult beverage of choice!!!) I can't even count how many LP's and CD's I have that Dennis is listed as Recording Engineer. And Paul shot to the top and became Taylor Swift's guitarist. Unbelievable. But most of all, the wonderful people that became friends. It is true, and I am guilty of being stuck in time. Nostalgia is a terminal disease, because I will never stop loving the music, movies, TV shows and artists from my younger days, and I am not sorry and offer no apologies. Thank you Eric and Bernie for being major components of my little world.
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  6. Congratulations, Bernie! Discovering that this website existed through a shared computer at the local library prompted me to get our first computer in late 1997. Who'd have thought a website could change your life? In addition to everything you said above, I'd like to add that during the 25 years of EricCarmen.com I've made friends from all over the world, found other Raspberries/Eric fanatics, discovered articles, photos, demos, concerts, videos, etc. and a place where they could be shared and appreciated...HERE! As you stated, website forums may not be what they used to be, but I've never taken this place for granted, even in the lean times. Because of your little labor of love, I've seen Raspberries concerts (again!), been able to converse with Eric on this site, and achieved first-name recognition with my music idol. It's been one 'pinch me' moment after another for this quarter century of EricCarmen.com, and I hope to be here until we all ride off into the sunset in the (hopefully) far distant future. Thank you, Bernie! Long live EricCarmen.com!
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  7. Dear Bernie: One would never think that covid was a cloud with a silver lining but in my case it was. During the lockdown, I decided to delve into my musical past and take out all of my songwriting files and lo and behold I found all of my Eric Carmen influenced songs and notes. That and many new TV commercials that featured All by Myself, prompted me to think, what's he done in the last 6 Years since Brand New Year. Hence the discovery of this website. I did not own a home computer till 2010 but other attempts did not always lead me to the website but in October of 2021 it did. I knew how to navigate a website a little better and I believe I was even on the website a couple years ago but did not even realize how to get out of the homepage LOL. Aside from discussing music which is my passion and discovering others that have the same passion as I do about his songs, I've gained many new friendships. I feel it has pulled me out of this negative space I was in for two years. And even though Eric Carmen no longer participates here, there is still SO much to discover in old threads to keep me entertained for a very long time. Congratulations on 25 years of this amazing website! Thank you Bernie from the bottom of my heart, love you lots.♥️
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  8. Sincere thanks to Bernie for having: the interest to start an early web page the energy to grow it into a website the passion to use his influence to literally spark Raspberries' reunion. If not for EC.com, we wouldn't have had that thrill of a reunion tour (albeit a staggered one with too few dates—I never got the New England concert I hoped for....). I did get to one show — should have been at all of 'em! — but that one show was a lifetime thrill. Raspberries on stage—it was something I pictured in my head fairly regularly since 1976, but thought would never happen. (I know—I was wrong!) My favorite 'berries song, live, from the tour that Bernie helped touch off:
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  9. So many things die and fade away on the internet...I'm glad ericcarmen.com is still kickin' all these years!...Congratulations Bernie on 25 years of this site...And thanks Eric Carmen for making this site necessary.
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  10. This site was a huge part of my life for many years. Though I do not check in as often in recent times, I still fondly recall the interactions with many of the members here. Sadly I did not get to attend any of the reunion shows and missed out on actually meeting some of you. But friendships were forged none-the-less and I am thrilled that Raspbernie has kept the place alive this quarter century. Great to see a message from the man, the myth, the legend... the site's namesake himself as well. Smile on my face atm for sure!
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  11. Thank you so very much for all you have done for us Bernie! Without you and your website I truly believe there never would have been a reunion! I never would have dreamed I would have to been able to see my fave band in person, let alone meet all of them. You made my dream come true! And thanks to Eric for participating in this forum here and there, what a special treat for all of us! And thank you Eric for your wonderful music, both your solo stuff and your band stuff....love it all! Hope you are still creating!!
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  12. Eric, you are the BEST ! Bernie,thanks for this amazing website.
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  13. Batman, I am in awe of anyone who got to be at that reunion and see Eric Carmen, an idol to all of us here. I can't even imagine that excitement. I would be excited just to see a current picture of him LOL. So to see him in person and you didn't even know he'd be there... unreal! And when I discovered he actually interacted with fans on this site that was another mind-blowing experience. So entertaining and educating to read some of his old threads. Don't worry, I'm pretty sure the majority of us here have that terminal nostalgic disease. One of the nice things about this site ..we can come here to reminisce and we don't have to apologize.
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  14. I was a member briefly in 1998. There was only talk of a possible reunion at that time and gas was 85 cents a gallon at one point.
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  15. Happy 25th, Eric and Bernie and all who have graced this forum! ~ BMP
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  16. Such a great website I’m glad to have been a part of it for almost 8 years
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  18. WOW.. Bernie you had this trick up your sleeve for a while I'll bet. Thank you so much! Eric Carmen.. thank you always for sharing your musical talents with us and the world. This was very special! ♥️ ps. We are still hanging in there with you.😊
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  19. Wow! The Man chiming in!! It is indeed a great day🙂
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  20. Thanks for the kind words, Rhonda. It is comforting and reassuring to know we have this place as an "anchor in time" to keep in touch with like-minded afficionado's of Eric/Raspberries.
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  21. Congrats, Bernie! You created a beautiful corner of the interwebs. ❤️ ❤️ Miss you guys. I should check in more. James and Lew: Are you behaving? 😂
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  22. Hey Kirk, A little More Love, was a good one from that album, so was the video.😍
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  23. Nice to see you, Paperdoll...I have been reformed...I actually had joined the priesthood, but I had to quit because I had dyslexia...I was changing the wine back into water...I was so confused and I liked little girls... As for James, grrrrr... Please stay and become a regular again...You were a favorite around here...
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  24. Nice Scott McCarl interview. New albums from Raspberries and Choir bassists Scott McCarl and Denny Carleton Raspberries bassist Scott McCarl along with guitarist and sound engineer Michael Purkhiser discuss an expanded release of McCarl’s “Play On” album on the Liberation Hall label and Choir bassist Denny Carleton has a new duo release with Al Globekar called “The Troubadour and The Cowboy” Warren Kurtz Apr 4, 2022 In the early 1970s, The Raspberries debuted, comprised of former members of the Cleveland bands The Choir and Cyrus Erie. When bassist Dave Smalley left The Choir, Denny Carleton joined the band. When Dave Smalley later left The Raspberries, Scott McCarl joined the group for their fourth and final album Starting Over, joining co-founders Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson and drummer Mike McBride, replacing Jim Bonfanti. GOLDMINE: Welcome to Goldmine. On The Raspberries album Starting Over, the song you co-wrote with Eric, “Play On” is sonically and chronologically between Badfinger’s “I Can’t Take It” from their No Dice album and The Dwight Twilley Band’s “I’m On Fire” from their Sincerely album. This song is also performed by Eric on The Raspberries’ reunion concert CD Pop Art Live, where Eric dedicated it to you. Eric and I also talked about Badfinger when I interviewed him in 1979. SCOTT McCARL: There are a lot of similarities between Badfinger and The Raspberries. With Eric being classically trained and liking bands like The Beach Boys, Faces, and The Who, this brought a whole different avenue for his writing and performing. In Badfinger, with Pete Ham and Tom Evans, they had their John and Paul, plus you throw in Joey who looks just like Paul, they certainly pleased fans in that post-Beatles era. With us, Eric liked my John Lennon style and Eric had a Paul McCartney style when he wanted to. Badfinger and The Raspberries were on a bill together, playing The Aragon Ballroom in early 1973 when I met them. I had first talked with Eric about a month prior to the show and he invited me backstage. What surprised me is that The Raspberries really didn’t fraternize at all with Badfinger. I thought they were so much alike musically that they would be hanging out with each other. When I later joined the band, “Play On” came from the first songwriting session that Eric and I had. I played him a verse and he took off from that, and we wrote it for the band, and I think it was the best one that we did. GM: You co-wrote “Hands on You” with Wally, which ended up being the flip side of “Overnight Sensation.” This is quite a casual party record, like the treatment The Beach Boys brought to their version of The Regents’ “Barbara Ann.” SM: Wally and I wrote that one evening on his living room couch, just fooling around, made a recording of it, and send it to our producer Jimmy Ienner, along with the other songs for consideration for the album, and he said yes to this one. He said to record it like it was a party in the studio. He had the roadie and engineer come in and told everybody to sing along. I believe it was recorded in just one take. It is a funny little song. GM: You do have a John Lennon vocal style on that catchy, campy favorite. After The Raspberries disbanded, you were involved with Ted Myers’ Glider project in 1977. I know his name through the Canadian band Chilliwack the following year on their album Lights from the Valley, co-writing the song “In Love with a Look” which I enjoy. SM: With Glider, I was hired on from a club cover band along with another guy from the band to be background singers. The producers happened to be at the steakhouse where we were playing in Redondo Beach and liked our harmonies. Into the studio we went. I liked Ted and the people associated with the project a lot. When we were done, Ted said, “This is great. I am going to put you all on the back cover photo.” Which was nice, because we really weren’t in the band. The label never got behind the record, unfortunately. The drummer went on to do The Rhythmic Arts Project, percussion for kids with disabilities, which was really cool. Ted had previously received recognition for writing a song that Three Dog Night recorded, where each “dog” took a verse, on their Seven Separate Fools album, which made Brian Wilson’s all-time Top 10 album list. The song is “Going in Circles.” It also appeared on Three Dog Night’s live album. GM: It was also used as the flip side of “Family of Man.” That is a great song. SM: It is amazing how songs can be used. Recently my first record “Somewhere” by our group Yellow Hair got placed in season two of the Netflix series Dead to Me. GM: Now let’s go to your album Play On from 1998 which has just been reissued by Liberation Hall with new tracks added. It opens with “I’ll Be on My Way,” which is the song with the most Raspberries and Badfinger sound, written by Billy Sullivan, who I just saw again last month as a member of Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, and Brent Warren, who I first met as the bassist of The Action. SM: So, we picked a good opener. That’s terrific. Brent and Billy first performed it together. It was a finished recording with Billy singing the song. I told them that I was in love with the song, and I asked if they would let me sing it. They agreed to that, perhaps hoping it might get heard by a wider audience. Our combined recording blended nicely. GM: There is a catchy pair of back-to-back songs “Fallin’ in Lovin’” and “In Love Without a Girl.” “Fallin’ in Lovin’” starts with a bit of a Micky Dolenz vocal and then transitions into a Christine McVie sound. SM: I like that comparison. I have always thought it had a Christine McVie-like sound, but I had never considered Micky Dolenz as a reference, which is quite a compliment to be able to sing anything like him. GM: With “In Love Without a Girl,” the guitar part reminds me of Davey Johnstone from The Elton John Band, who also has a new album this year that I am enjoying. SM: Wow. I sing that song with The Rubinoos from Berkeley, California, including Tommy Dunbar on lead guitar. GM: When we lived in Nevada, I saw Billy with Herman’s Hermits in a free summer concert and classic cars series called Hot August Nights, put on by the casinos. The stages would compete. In Reno, for example, were Herman’s Hermits and in the neighboring city Sparks, is where I saw Gerry Marsden perform. His band opened by performing Badfinger hits and then turned into The Pacemakers when Gerry took the stage, performing his hits including “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” which you stay very true to the original on your album.
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  25. I am sure it has been said before here at some point, but I must say the Raspberries 1974 performance on DK Rock Concert (line up 2) is one of the best performances I have seen of them both vocally and musically!!
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  26. My story is a ditto of Kirk´s. I was a sophmore in college and was not into buying Olivia albums then (I´ve got a bunch now)....but in the record store I somehow (probably cuz I wanted to see her hot album cover) saw that she´d included Boats on the album, so I bought it just to hear her version. I was a wacko freako, just like Kirk. I don´t like her version. I think she had the potential to knock it out of the park with her voice etc., but the production didn´t do her potential justice. The album ended up being pretty good, as are the several others of hers I´ve picked up over the last few years. I was wrong when I figured her to be just a 2 or 3 singles/album type artist. John Farrar was a great song writer and did a strong job producing her stuff also. James
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  27. Thanks LC! The band doing a top-notch job here, even though I've seen this many times, it never gets old. Eric is sounding good, playing good and looking good...very good!
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  28. She does a very excellent job of Boats against the Current... I don't care for most covers of the song but I really enjoy this one. An overall great album!
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  29. I bought this album strictly for this song, but it ended up being a pretty good album!
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  30. I wonder what name I was under in 1998. Cannot recall.
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  31. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/05/dirty-dancing-sequel-wont-ruin-your-childhood-promises-director-jonathan-levine
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  32. Interesting that Scott's favorite Raspberries album is not the one he was on!
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  33. I slept in in my Eric carmen t-shirt and woke up having a change of heart
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  34. Slept in my Partridge Family t-shirt and I Woke up in Love this Morning.
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  35. Slept in my Gilbert O’Sullivan t-shirt and woke up Alone Again...Naturally...
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  36. Here is a super rare set of outtake photos by photographer Roxy Rifken taken in 1984 when Eric was signed to Geffen Records. An alternate shot featuring Eric leaning on a chair wearing the leather jacket was sent out as a publicity photo and used for the cover of Eric's 1997 "Definitive Collection" on Arista Records. That soft, subdued shot is nothing compared to these super-sharp images that show a rougher, tougher Eric. It's always puzzling to see shots like these and wonder why they went with the one they went with. Oh well, everyone's an art director. But, I'm actually an art director, so there's that. Anyway, enjoy these shots boys and girls. If no other reason than to face the harsh reality that you've never looked this good in a photo before. 😎
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  37. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.goldminemag.com/.amp/columns/new-albums-from-raspberries-and-choir-bassists-scott-mccarl-and-denny-carleton New albums from Raspberries and Choir bassists Scott McCarl and Denny Carleton Raspberries bassist Scott McCarl along with guitarist and sound engineer Michael Purkhiser discuss an expanded release of McCarl’s “Play On” album on the Liberation Hall label and Choir bassist Denny Carleton has a new duo release with Al Globekar called “The Troubadour and The Cowboy” In the early 1970s, The Raspberries debuted, comprised of former members of the Cleveland bands The Choir and Cyrus Erie. When bassist Dave Smalley left The Choir, Denny Carleton joined the band. When Dave Smalley later left The Raspberries, Scott McCarl joined the group for their fourth and final album Starting Over, joining co-founders Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson and drummer Mike McBride, replacing Jim Bofanti. GOLDMINE: Welcome to Goldmine. On The Raspberries album Starting Over, the song you co-wrote with Eric, “Play On” is sonically and chronologically between Badfinger’s “I Can’t Take It” from their No Dice album and The Dwight Twilley Band’s “I’m On Fire” from their Sincerelyalbum. This song is also performed by Eric on The Raspberries’ reunion concert CD Pop Art Live, where Eric dedicated it to you. Eric and I also talked about Badfinger when I interviewed him in 1979. GM: You co-wrote “Hands on You” with Wally, which ended up being the flip side of “Overnight Sensation.” This is quite a casual party record, like the treatment The Beach Boys brought to their version of The Regents’ “Barbara Ann.” SM: Wally and I wrote that one evening on his living room couch, just fooling around, made a recording of it, and send it to our producer Jimmy Ienner, along with the other songs for consideration for the album, and he said yes to this one. He said to record it like it was a party in the studio. He had the roadie and engineer come in and told everybody to sing along. I believe it was recorded in just one take. It is a funny little song. GM: You do have a John Lennon vocal style on that catchy, campy favorite. After The Raspberries disbanded, you were involved with Ted Myers’ Glider project in 1977. I know his name through the Canadian band Chilliwack the following year on their album Lights from the Valley, co-writing the song “In Love with a Look” which I enjoy. SM: With Glider, I was hired on from a club cover band along with another guy from the band to be background singers. The producers happened to be at the steakhouse where we were playing in Redondo Beach and liked our harmonies. Into the studio we went. I liked Ted and the people associated with the project a lot. When we were done, Ted said, “This is great. I am going to put you all on the back cover photo.” Which was nice, because we really weren’t in the band. The label never got behind the record, unfortunately. The drummer went on to do The Rhythmic Arts Project, percussion for kids with disabilities, which was really cool. Ted had previously received recognition for writing a song that Three Dog Night recorded, where each “dog” took a verse, on their Seven Separate Fools album, which made Brian Wilson’s all-time Top 10 album list. The song is “Going in Circles.” It also appeared on Three Dog Night’s live album. GM: It was also used as the flip side of “Family of Man.” That is a great song. SM: It is amazing how songs can be used. Recently my first record “Somewhere” by our group Yellow Hair got placed in season two of the Netflix series Dead to Me. GM: Now let’s go to your album Play Onfrom 1998 which has just been reissued by Liberation Hall with new tracks added. It opens with “I’ll Be on My Way,” which is the song with the most Raspberries and Badfinger sound, written by Billy Sullivan, who I just saw again last month as a member of Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, and Brent Warren, who I first met as the bassist of The Action. SM: So, we picked a good opener. That’s terrific. Brent and Billy first performed it together. It was a finished recording with Billy singing the song. I told them that I was in love with the song, and I asked if they would let me sing it. They agreed to that, perhaps hoping it might get heard by a wider audience. Our combined recording blended nicely. GM: There is a catchy pair of back-to-back songs “Fallin’ in Lovin’” and “In Love Without a Girl.” “Fallin’ in Lovin’” starts with a bit of a Micky Dolenz vocal and then transitions into a Christine McVie sound. SM: I like that comparison. I have always thought it had a Christine McVie-like sound, but I had never considered Micky Dolenz as a reference, which is quite a compliment to be able to sing anything like him. GM: With “In Love Without a Girl,” the guitar part reminds me of Davey Johnstone from The Elton John Band, who also has a new album this year that I am enjoying. SM: Wow. I sing that song with The Rubinoos from Berkeley, California, including Tommy Dunbar on lead guitar. GM: When we lived in Nevada, I saw Billy with Herman’s Hermits in a free summer concert and classic cars series called Hot August Nights, put on by the casinos. The stages would compete. In Reno, for example, were Herman’s Hermits and in the neighboring city Sparks, is where I saw Gerry Marsden perform. His band opened by performing Badfinger hits and then turned into The Pacemakers when Gerry took the stage, performing his hits including “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” which you stay very true to the original on your album. SM: I did. I thought I just wanted to record it and maybe nothing would happen with it, but I really like how it turned out with The Rubinoos again. Tommy arranged most everything that you hear. I grew up with that song and their “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” It just gave me the chills every time I would hear those songs on the radio. GM: “Suspicious” is guitar driven with a haunting sound. Richard Marx had a song called “Hazard” which caught my wife Donna’s ear when she heard it on the radio thirty years ago, and we bought the cassette single. This is what I am reminded of with that special rare sound, different from a Raspberries sound. SM: I recorded that one in 1984 trying to create a Tom Petty-like sound. I was in a relationship where I was suspicious of this girl, but she is right there on the recording, whispering “suspicious.” It turned out it was all true, but at least we did get a good song out of it. GM: Now let’s talk about a pair of new songs that you and Michael worked on together. “Doin’ It Right” has a very interesting point of view. I never thought about The Beatles that way, as a relatively unknown band starting out who have potential. SM: I don’t think anyone has written the story from that point of view before. MICHAEL PURKHISER: Scott and I hadn’t talked for a long time. I had reached out to him about six years ago and we tried to get together for lunch but never did. SM: Then this came up and I reached out. MP: When Scott called me last spring, it was convenient for us to get together at my home studio. I really enjoyed working with Scott again. I think both are wonderful songs. SM: This will be the first time these songs will be available. GM: “Like Nobody Can” is a nice, relaxing closing number. In 1997, The Stampeders released a CD of old and new songs, ending with a new number “Closed Monday,” my favorite of that collection, which has a similar relaxing finale treatment. On “Like Nobody Can,” your piano playing reminds me of Floyd Cramer’s slip-note style. SM: When I came up with that, I was pleased that I found the right sound for those spots. The reason why I included this song that has never been heard by others is because in my first band Yellow Hair, the lead guitarist Ted Paxson is the only one of the four of us who has passed away, which happened less than two years ago, and it broke my heart. There was a demo made in the studio which never went anywhere, and I thought that I wanted to do it in Ted’s memory, otherwise his song will never get heard. So, this one is for Ted. Yellow Hair was me, Ted, Jeff Chandler and Tom Sorrells back in 1969 through 1970. GM: There’s a line in there, “The only one who makes me lose control.” When I heard Eric’s song “Make Me Lose Control” on the radio in 1988, to me it was like an update of “Overnight Sensation.” I was so thrilled that the song did so well nationally, one position higher than “Hungry Eyes,” reaching No. 3. SM: I really liked it with that Phil Spector wall of sound. GM: With “Like Nobody Can,” I was also reminded of Dave Smalley’s solo work on his songs which were less country sounding. I just love it. SM: I am glad you are loving it. I thought maybe it would be the final signature on the album and I am happy you picked up on the Floyd Cramer-like playing. MP: I think we mentioned Floyd Cramer more than once when you were recording it. SM: There are three guitar parts on it, and I think it was all you. MP: Yes, we took the demo that Scott had and built from there. GM: Michael, I also look forward to promoting your “surftrack” guitar driven instrumental sound with the vinyl release of your 3-D band EP when it is released this summer, which includes my favorite of the 3-D songs, “Moonshot ’69.” MP: Thank you. I look forward to that. SM: Thank you for promoting this updated Play On release for Goldmine. The Choir’s bassist Denny Carleton has put out a steady stream of music over the decades, which we discussed in our 2020 Goldmine interview. Now Carleton is joined by his music friend Al Globekar as the duo The Troubadour (Denny) and The Cowboy (Al) on the release The Troubadour and The Cowboy. They split the fourteen songs on the CD in half with Carleton delivering lead vocals on the first half beginning with “Dover Fair,” joined by Choir/Raspberries drummer Jim Bofanti who provides a steady bouncing beat on this call for a simpler life, with Lori Rizzo providing backing vocals. “Dream Deferred” has an old Western sound, with Jeff Fricker on piano and Al Globekar’s electric guitar and backing vocals rounding out this nice 3/4 time selection from Carleton. Globekar’s “Elana” has a great cantina sound. He also delivers a wonderful finale, “Hangman’s Knot.” The duo performs around the Cleveland area, including Mentor this past weekend.
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  38. Scott was in the short lived Glider (1977) on United Artists BUT the album failed to chart.
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  39. Well, i seriously entered music fandom in 1979 and more or less no longer became interested in modern music around 1990. Around 1980 I endlessly played Eric's four albums and bought them second hand. But the Fifth LP with "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips"I bought new and that song is with "On Broadway"my favourite. Many years later I bought all Raspeberries albums I could get. And even a second hand vinyl LP. But through the years I kept buying vinyl singles of Eric. In the meantime I became a contributor to rateyourmusic. com or RYM, Discogs' competitor. Last year I re-re-discovered the Raspberries again. But I already had about everything. So I started diligently to search for Live Albums. With one or two exceptions they are inofficial. A pity but they are real bootlegs, not some illegal copy of an already existing CD. And of course I started hunting for unreleased studio stuff but only located a few, most on YouTube. And I am still searching for more as well for Live stuff. Well, that is it, Johan PS. I am not too good at computers and my laptop is 15 years old, a legacy from my brother. J.
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  40. Bernie...I believe that this post is a veiled attempt to “rub it in my face”... Let me address your “advantages” list... 1.) “Keys to the executive bathroom”... If you think that driving to Sayreville or Delaware(or wherever the hell you live these days) to take a “dump” in the executive washroom Is a privilege, that’s a pretty “shitty” proposition... 2.) “EricCarmen.com 401(k) match... To quote that famous philosopher, Billy Preston, “nothing from nothing leaves nothing”... 3.) “Use of the company car” The Raspberries Volkswagen disappeared many years ago...This is no longer a bonus... 4.) “2 weeks paid vacation” I just ended a 14 week paid vacation(unemployment compensation)...It ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be... 5.) “Free Beer” I work for a wine distributor...Free beer is a demotion...It’s like becoming a moderator for the Big Star website... So Bernie, I am gonna have to pull a “Dolly Parton” here and decline your offer, if presented as such... P.S.-These are not valid perks...I remember one moderator/administrator who packed it in years ago and I’m sure her “severance package” was much greater than these perks... (Sorry, Bern...If that’s still a sensitive topic, “moderate away”
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  41. Even though Raspberries reunited to play an historic show on November 26, 2004 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and a follow-up performance on New Year's Eve that same year, 2005 was the year most fans got to see the band. That year, Raspberries took their reunion show on the road. The newly reformed band played eight additional shows that year, taking them from coast-to-coast: January 15, 2005 — House of Blues, Chicago IL June 26, 2005 — Taste of Summer, Waukesha WI July 2, 2005 — Coors Amphitheatre, Denver CO July 15, 2005 — Scene Pavilion, Cleveland OH July 23, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY July 24, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY September 17, 2005 — House of Blues, Atlantic City NJ October 21, 2005 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA When Eric first told me the band was getting together, I told him that when I saw Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden in 2002, they played a pre-show concert film to get the crowd excited and in the mood for the show. I asked if I could make one for their reunion. He agreed. And I did. A version of Raspberries' pre-concert video appears on their "Sunset Strip" Deluxe DVD. But for that one, I edited out some photos and video clips that we couldn't get cleared for that particular release. So here, for the first time anywhere (unless you saw this open a Raspberries live concert in 2004-05) is the exact video played right before Raspberries set foot on a stage for the first time in three decades. NOTE: When the audio cuts out after the first few opening notes of "I Wanna Be With You" was when the curtain opened and the live band jumped in. 😎
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  42. God is with Muzz and is taking him to a better place. My love goes out to Muzz and Kiwi. James
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  43. Such sad news...😪 I was blessed to meet Kiwi and Muzza at WAB II and also in Chicago. It's been great keeping in touch with them here and on facebook. It is truly like losing a family member. Tim
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  44. Wow! Congratulations to Eric and The Raspberries. Just one song can keep the royalties from a song going. And just for that, you get the bonus of reading that the next "Star Wars' movie has already written in a part for William Shatner, who played as Captain Kirk, im the T.V. series. The new generation will meet the original generation of Trekkies. And will there be a superfecta, which means four in a row, on another movie? Hmmm. Plus, saturday night on T.V, September 27th, the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live will be hosted by Guardians Of The Galaxy actor, Chris Pratt. Maybe replay it on Youtube, later. Or, parts of the show, if they have it, there.
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  45. Hi Darlene.. That's great! What an honor to be on that DVD..also, I don't feel stupid now after telling all my friends "Hey..she's on Eric Carmen's board! I guessed right! Yep! One of my favorite topics to speak about is The Raspberries. I will talk about them to anyone who will listen. This past Christmas I bought for all my women friends, and my wife..Eric Carmen's greatest hits and the Raspberries greatest hits..they all got one of each. In fact one of my friends said "I didn't even know you were such a huge closet Raspberries fan! Somehow I think I was OUTTED! (notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat)
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  46. Hey...It's how they know we still care!
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