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  1. Hello. I was reading an article earlier this week about the uproar over Big Tech's control over user content. The author wondered if the answer was a return to the simpler days of Message Boards and Forums. So, I thought... hey, we had one of those. So, let's try an experiment. Who's in?
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  2. I quit twitter also just a few days ago, it became a paragon of censorship against people who think like me. Pretty putrid it became. So great to have this place back up and running!...I can't count the times I've listened to some music, and so badly wanted to comment here, get you guys' opinion, comments etc, but couldn't. Not any more! Thanks Lew for the heads up, and thanks Bernie for the change of mind. James
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  3. For those who might have missed this. Bernie
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  4. Thanks Bernie! Happy to see the board once again.
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  5. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR ROCKER FRIENDS, THEY WERE TURNED AWAY FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE AND SENT BACK ON THEIR JOURNEY IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME… AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ADRIFT, THEY APPROACHED A NAVIGABLE WATERWAY… LET US BEGIN… WALLY-“Where the hell are we” ERIC-“I think I see a sign” ERIC-“Amy…From your days as a weather girl, do you remember where on a map the Long Island Sound is…? AMY-“Let me see if I can visualize it”…”Yes…I can see the map now in my head” AMY-“It’s way over there…It’s a body of water between New York and Connecticut… Unlike a body of flab like Wally…” WALLY-“That’s enough, Amy…We agreed to stop with the insults” AMY-“I’m sorry, Walrus, I mean Wally” KAY-“You’re lucky he can’t hear too good…He’s got cataracts..“ AMY-“Cataracts ?…Did you go to public school, Kay? WALLY-“I hate to tell you guys, but the Party’s Over”…We are drifting on-shore…” AFTER THE BOAT LANDS ON A BEACH, THE 4 SET OUT TO GET SOME HELP… ERIC-“Hey guys, I see a sign…It might tell us where we are”… KAY-“Welcome to Westport…The little picture at the top of the sign says Connecticut…Well, at least we are in America”… AMY-“Public school education paying off… ERIC-“Hey, there’s a house over there…Let’s see if they can help us”… ERIC-“Hmm, 1164 Morning Glory Circle…That sounds very familiar…” WALLY-“Let’s take a peek inside…” KAY-“It’s the Steven’s family” ERIC-“Girls stay outside for a minute…Wally and I will go in and try to figure out if we can get some help”… GLADYS KRAVITZ-“Hey Abner…There’s four girls at the Steven’s house…Come here…takes a look… ABNER-“That’s not four girls…It’ s two girls and two rock and roll type guys…Look how dirty they look…Probably looking for a hand-out…You need to get your cataracts cleared up…” GLADYS-“What’s cataracts?…Stop using those big words… I went to public school, you know”… MEANWHILE, ERIC AND WALLY KNOCK ON THE FRONT DOOR… DARRIN-“Who the hell can that be”? DARRIN-“Can I help you”? WALLY AND ERIC TELL THEM THE WHOLE STORY AND DARRIN SAYS HE’S BUSY IN A BUSINESS MEETING AND REALLY CAN’T HELP… SUDDENLY, DARRIN’S BOSS, LARRY TATE, AND ANOTHER MAN EMERGE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON… LARRY-“Darrin, hurry up we have to finish our business meeting…”Get these bum’s out of here……………”.. … DARRIN-“Sorry, can’t help you guys”… SUDDENLY, THE MAN ACCOMPANYING LARRY TATE TO THE DOOR YELLS OUT.. ADDITIONAL MAN-“Eric, Wally?…Is that you?” ERIC AND WALLY TOGETHER”-“Dave Shea…LobsterLuver…What are you doing here?” LOBSTER-“I moved to Westport Conn. a few years back when I got a job with Larry Tate’s advertising company”… LARRY TATE-“Wait a minute…You guys all know each other?” DAVE SHEA AKA LOBSTERLVR…”Yea…We all met through Bernie Hogya’s website, Ericcarmen.com”…This is Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson of Raspberries… LARRY TATE-“ “Hold on a minute…I don’t know Raspberries from Cranberries, but did you say Bernie Hogya?” ERIC-“Yea, he runs my website…How do you know Bernie? LARRY -“Are you kidding me?…He is legendary in our business…We are an advertising company and he created GOT MILK…Can you call him up and get him to do a photo shoot with me with a GOT MILK mustache…?…It will mean a big promotion for your friend Lobsterman…” ERIC-“I’ll call him right now”… ERIC-“Damn answering machine…”HELLO, YOU HAVE REACHED THE OFFICE OF BERNIE HOGYA…I AM CURRENTLY AWAY FROM MY DESK OR OUT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DISCONTINUE EC.COM…PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE”… ERIC-“Bernie, It’s Eric…Call me back as soon as you can…Wally and I need a favor” WILL BERNIE RETURN ERIC’S CALL?…WILL BERNIE OBLITERATE THE BOARD AGAIN? STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 ENTITLED “A TWITCH IN TIME”?
    7 points
  6. As incredible as "Fooling' Myself" from the Tonight You're Mine album is, Eric's original piano demo is even better. Raw and powerful in a way that the polished version isn't. What a great bit of poetry set to music. Enjoy! ERIC CARMEN - FOOLIN' MYSELF (DEMO) Bernie
    7 points
  7. https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1362504528713637895?s=20
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  8. Gonna try to catch you up on some Berries/EC events of the past few months that you may have missed during the board hiatus... Most of the controversy surrounds Eric’s twitter account and its shut down...While we don’t know the actual reason for its demise, we suspect it was over a Black Lives Matter issue...All hell broke loose when Eric was asked what he thought of BLM..Eric said” Of course I support BLM...How can I come from my rock and roll past and not understand that “Berries Lives Matter...“...The Black Lives Matter coalition then petitioned twitter to take down his account and in the interest of true American values, obliged...(I wonder what they would do if they found out that we, here, at EC.com believe that BLM means Bernie’s Life Matters) I heard that Eric is now re-recording some of his songs to make both sides of the political battle happy...Amongst the re-works, “Never Gonna Vote For Trump Again” for the Democrats, My Girl becomes “Guy/Girl” for the Transgender folks, Sunrise becomes “Son Rise” for Donald Trump Jr. and Votes Against The Current(President) for anybody who will listen, since nobody but us has ever heard the original... Celebrity Reaction to his twitter account demise: Bruce Springsteen...”I should have sued the son of a bitch for plagerism, since I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips ripped off Fire...” Paul Mccartney: He copied everything else I ever did...Why couldn’t he copy My political views”...? One of the most telling statements came from President Biden during one of his press conferences... REPORTER...”Mr. President...What do you think about Eric Carmen giving up twitter”? BIDEN...”Why would he do that...? Everybody loves Twizzlers...Especially the black ones...Jesse Jackson turned me on to those...” REPORTER...”Not twizzler, sir ...Twitter“...Eric Carmen got his twitter account shut down after the election” BIDEN...That’s too bad...I really love his songs...Especially, Layla...Maybe they found out that he “shot the sheriff”... After they straightened Sleepy Joe out, the press conference continued with Biden fielding questions about shutting down the pipeline... BIDEN...“Look, I shut down the pipeline because I didn’t think that the pipes were strong enough material to run that much oil through...I mean, come on man, you’ve seen the corn cob pipes that your grandfather smoked...Definitely not strong enough to pump oil through...But, we are not gonna stop there, we will shut down the farm industry next...They are all going bye bye...Peppridge Farms, Cumberland Farms, State Farm Insurance, the Farmer’s Almanac...The farmer won’t be in the dell anymore and Old MacDonald HAD a farm, but that will end..” The press conference came to its conclusion on a sad note...One of the reporters told Biden that one of the original Animals, guitarist Hilton Valentine had died(he was the creator of that famous guitar lick in the song House Of The Rising Sun)...Biden, immediately reacted to the death by ordering flags to be flown at half staff on all PETA buildings... Then, the festivities were brought to a close with a short video clip... Biden was shown going into an election booth to vote on Election Day, when he suddenly emerged from behind the booth’s curtain to complain that the candidate that he wanted to vote for was not listed on the ballot...When asked who he wanted to cast a vote for, he said, “ I saw a sign outside that read “VOTE AQUI”, So I thought, what the hell, I might give somebody new a shot, but I don’t see Mr. Aqui’s name on the ballot anywhere”... Well, in closing, I have some good news to report...Punxhetonnay Bernie did not see his shadow, so that means 6 more years of the message board... AND HOW WAS YOUR MONTH....?
    7 points
  9. ❤️😘❤️ Thank you, Bernie!!
    7 points
  10. Dennis shared the news of Dan's death yesterday along with a credited photo. 😥
    6 points
  11. Malware was detected at the EricCarmen.com Forum, which took a few days to clean up. Such a major pain in the butt. Anyway, we're back. Miss us? Bernie
    6 points
  12. I don't think many, if any, have seen this before:
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  13. So, last night on Showtime's "Shameless", the Gallagher family is breaking apart after eleven seasons and when the youngest daughter takes her daughter to look at apartments, it finally hits her that they will be ummm, "living alone" for the first time and Eric's "All By Myself" comes on, not once, not twice, not three times, but four times throughout the episode! Always puts a smile on my face to hear Eric's music on a big time tv show!
    6 points
  14. This is from last May, but I don't think it ever got a page here: a "reverent" cover (per Rolling Stone) of "That's Rock'n'Roll" by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. It ended up on an album of cover songs he recorded after the pandemic—"No Fun Mondays." Really good cover.... and cute vid: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/green-day-billie-joe-armstrong-eric-carmen-thats-rock-n-roll-1001720/
    6 points
  15. Happy to be "home" Bernie!
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  16. consider me a lifetime member!
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  17. Yeah Bernie! Zuckerberg’s got nuttin’ on you, Babe!
    6 points
  18. Nice to see some of the old crew coming back...
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  19. You always were ahead of the curve, Bernie! 😊
    6 points
  20. It's sure nice to come home. Thank you, Bernie! 😊
    6 points
  21. Holy Resurrection! I wholeheartedly support this! Thank you Mr. Hogya. PS - What happened to Eric's twitter account?
    6 points
  22. I'm in! Bernie is Mr. Kotter!
    6 points
  23. May I be the first to say YES!! Thanks for bringing back the original home for all things Eric Carmen! Long live EricCarmen.com
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  24. Guys! We're just 20,000 hits away from 3 MILLION! Guess I'll need a prize. Hmmm...until then, here's a retrospective of the past milestones from the EricCarmen.com vault! Bernie 1996: 2008:
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  25. This was a GREAT one! Make sure you watch until the end.
    5 points
  26. Nice to see old time posters Paulie Mississippi, Les R and Mellie making a reappearance…Stick around guys…New EC/Raspberries related stuff being discovered all the time…
    5 points
  27. In the winter 1978 I worked as a weekend overnight announcer at "FM 93 WNTQ" in Syracuse. It was a 'beautiful music' station. The station sat at the end of a dead end road in a frozen snow-covered marshy field on the outskirts of town. I remember Ray Conniff's ABM popping up on the playlist and, if you had happened to drive down that dead end road at 3AM that sub-zero Syracuse night, and looked in the window of the broadcast booth, you probably would have caught me singing along while conducting the world's largest make-believe orchestra...all by myself
    5 points
  28. Ahhh, the second season intro that sounds amazingly like the Partridge Family minus David Cassidy. That's because it's the same group of singers, etc. Ironically, the first season intro was voiced by none other than the Cowsills, upon whom the Partridge Family was based.
    5 points
  29. MeTv, one of my favorite classic tv stations and home of Svengoolie, will begin to rebroadcast the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday nights. The rebroadcasts will begin this Sunday with the Beatles and the Byrds! Looking for to it, especially seeing them all in their prime! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://www.metv.com/stories/see-the-best-of-the-ed-sullivan-show-on-metv-beginning-march-21
    5 points
  30. I remember some of the promotions for The Essential Eric Carmen back in March of 2014 were posted here. Some were audio interviews where they would talk to Eric about the remastering of the songs, the history of the songs, etc. Eric used to enjoy talking and writing about music...his own and other's. (The most life this site ever had was when Eric was participating. We loved it when he weighed in on any subject). He also talked about a possible tour, but....he mentioned the costs of doing a concert to his standards might prevent a tour from happening. That's when I thought about this. I knew how much we loved to hear him talk about his music, and we had so many questions. I didn't care if the music was live, maybe nobody else would either. I thought a Q and A would be right up Eric's alley. This format seemed perfect to me. He could talk all he wanted, play a song, and talk some more. We would eat it up. A Meet and Greet would be icing on the cake! I was going to wait to see if any concerts actually happened before I suggested it, then my life changed. My wife, who had health issues anyway, had a blood clot that caused emergency surgery on May 20, 2014. She survived the surgery but spent the next two weeks in ICU, mostly sedated. Just when we thought she was recovering, she coded and passed away on June 4th, 2014. I didn't listen to any music for quite a while. I didn't even have the radio on in my car. I lost all interest in this site and everything else. By the time I came back, this site was pretty dead. Eric had left the site and a lot of the regulars had moved on to facebook and/or twitter. Bernie finally pulled the plug on the place. I thought everything was gone forever. I was very excited to get a message from Elle saying that Bernie was firing the message boards back up! Thanks, Bernie!!! It's been nice to see some of my favorite people back on the boards, along with some new ones. I've also enjoyed reading a lot of the old threads. It felt good to finally get this off my chest, even though I know the odds of Eric ever doing anything now are slim. I just wish he would visit the site from time to time. Thanks for listening to me. I've got a couple more topics that I've got to get out at some point soon! P.S. - I'm doing fine now. After 4 years of telling people that I would never date or marry again, I crossed paths with a girl I went to high school with. She's a very popular retired middle school teacher and had never married. She was just waiting for me. We met at a weekly trivia game after being invited by a mutual friend. After months of talking and texting, we decided to try dating. It was both the scariest thing and the easiest thing that I'd ever done. Everything just clicked and fell into place. I had to deal with some guilt, but I knew I had my late wife's blessing. She knew she didn't have a lot of years left and talked about it from time to time. I told her that I would never remarry and she told me that she didn't want me to be alone. I just had to give myself permission. The guy that was never going to remarry celebrated his 2nd anniversary on February 9th. My second life is going well. Didn't mean to get into all this...it just happens when I get on a keyboard! You people will never know what you've meant to me over the years. I'm glad we're back.
    5 points
  31. This video may have been posted before, but I stumbled upon it this morning. Enjoy!
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  32. Stopped on by and.....YES!!! So glad this forum is back!
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  33. Hey, everybody!! Good to be back!!
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  36. Thanks Big Tech! You bunch of pompous, oppressive nitwits inspired the re-opening of the EC message board. ( I hope I didn't break any new message board rules already)
    5 points
  37. FOUR LIVE RASPBERRIES COME ALIVE WRITTEN BY MARK SMOTROFF • AUGUST 28, 2017 • AUDIOPHILE MUSIC Mark Smotroff catches up with power pop legends… The first thing I noticed when I put on the fine new live album by power pop legends The Raspberries was just how immediately amazing they sounded. Both the fidelity and performances on this two-CD set — recorded at the start of their reunion run at Cleveland’s House of Blues, November 26th, 2004, the tour continuing for several years — sound pretty stellar as CDs go. Perhaps too stellar, I wondered initially. Of course, in defense of the recording, I never got to see the Raspberries on these reunion tours so I recognize that I didn’t really have a point of reference other than their studio recordings to judge this fine new release against. Up until now I had I’d never really bothered to look for live recordings of the band from their original early 1970s ascent. My excuse (if you will) is that having heard early ’70s live recordings by the The Raspberries’ power pop peers such as Badfinger and Big Star, I just assumed that their live sound would be about the same — thin and not representative of the grandiose sound they created in the studio. I suppose I wasn’t really expecting much… Which is perhaps why this CD packed such a wallop from the get go. I’ve subsequently been poking around on YouTube and checking out live recordings of the band from back in the day and they indeed were pulling off this stuff live with multi-part harmonies and such! Couple that experience with the dramatic technological changes since the 1970s in terms of what a band can easily deliver on stage today — take a listen to the spectacular live recordings of Brian Wilson’s band doing Pet Sounds and SMiLE live in concert, for example — and it suddenly makes total sense that this new Raspberries recording would sound so great. Lead singer Eric Carmen’s voice can still reach the stars and the harmonies from the other band members are spot on. These 21st Century Raspberries shows were indeed done — like Brian Wilson’s band — with live support from backing musicians charmingly named (in the album’s credits) “The Overdubs.” So, there is no doubt the band knew that they would need some support beyond the original four members to pull off that big Phil Spector-Meets-Brian Wilson-Meets-Pete Townshend power pop studio sound on stage. The result is wonderful! Kudos must also go out to Tommy Allen who mixed this recording. Check out a bit of it on this trailer for the album. Much like the recent live Big Star Third concerts (which I reviewed here on Audiophilereview), Pop Art Live will probably become a great first step for a new generation of fans curious to hear what all the fuss is about surrounding The Raspberries. Older fans will certainly love the album which features all the expected hits, lots of deeper album cuts and many note-perfect covers (including three by The Beatles — “Baby’s In Black,” “Ticket To Ride,” and “No Reply” — as well as The Who’s “I Can’t Explain”). They also do an early gem by The Choir, an Ohio band which became the core of The Raspberries when singer Eric Carmen joined forces with them; I first heard “Its Cold Outside” when it was covered by Stiv Bators in the late ’70s (click here to hear Stiv’s version and then over here for the original)! Anyhow, I guess the only question remaining really is why it took so long to put this out? There was a live album previously issued from later shows on the reunion tour, but that is quite out of print and commanding collectors prices on places like Discogs and eBay. Pop Art Live is thus especially timely for those of us who want to hear this great band performing live in high fidelity (courtesy of the good folks at Omnivore Recordings). If you are a fan of The Raspberries or just great melody-drenched rock ‘n roll in general, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. Its a great overview of the band and its roots, casting equal light on the other super talented band members — especially lead guitarist / singer Wally Bryson — as well as frontman Eric Carmen. A special three-LP vinyl edition of Pop Art Live will be out in the Fall, initially on limited edition colored vinyl (as well as standard black). As soon as I get my hands on that edition, I’ll be sure to write up a follow on review of this fine album from that vantage point. Until then, this two CD set is going to have a happy home spinning on my mobile devices, in the car as well as on my regular home stereo.
    4 points
  38. That video is great, Bernie, and the song is, per me, the best song of the 1980s.
    4 points
  39. Captain...”Welcome aboard folks...It is a pleasure to have you aboard our Love Boat Cruise...Let me introduce you to our special crew that will personally attend to all your needs... I am Captain Stubing and this is our cruise attendant Julie and our bartender Isaac...You will be in good hands...Julie, please see Mr and Mrs Carmen to their rooms as well as Wally and Kay Bryson” Julie..“.Come right this way , ladies and gents...We will give you a chance to freshen up and then you can join us in our lounge for some drinks before dinner” Eric...”Thank you very much...We’ll see you guys in a little bit” Wally...”Thanks...Catch you guys in an hour...In the bar...” After an hour, the two couples convene in the Love Boat Lounge... Eric...”Any chance, Isaac you can make a special drink for me and my friends”? Isaac...”Sure...Four Raspberry martinis...Coming up...” After the couples have a few drinks, it was fireworks time... Kay...”Eric, you have a daughter...How the hell can you endorse a piece of shit like Donald Trump when he doesn’t respect women?...All that talk about grabbing their p***ies...Disgusting... Eric...”Kay, what the hell are you talking about?...You married a guy that sang “How I’d like to put my hands on you...Down below, I’ve got my hands on you...Bring your friend I want her too”... Wally...”hey Eric...Lay off Kay...That was a long time ago...Before your wife was even born...Where’d you meet her?...At Chuck-E-Cheese? Amy...”F you, Wally...Why’d you marry Kay?...Yoko was already taken?.. Wally...”The only reason he married you was that he had no other cousins left... Eric...”At least her ass doesn’t feel like burlap... Kay...”At least my husband doesn’t look like Joan Van Ark? Eric...Yea, he looks like Weeb Eubanks instead... Wally...”Hey Amy, is your dad gonna pick you up when we get back? Amy...“He’ll be parked right behind your hearse...” Kay...”I think you had too many vodka and pedialytes, honey... Amy...At least I ain’t drinking Vodka and prune juice... Captain...”What the hell is going on here?...We don’t tolerate that kind of behavior here...We will have to kindly ask you people to leave...We have a small boat that we use to dispatch belligerents to shore...Please follow me...It is a small boat that will proceed very slowly and safely with the current, not against it Mr. Carmen... As the two couples are loaded onto the small vessel, the crew waved goodby... Unfortunately, our unhappy couples did not realize the boat that they actually boarded... To be continued...Good night...
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  40. Tough topic and difficult to choose, but some of my favorites are as follows: It Takes A Thief Mission Impossible Bewitched My Three Sons The Addams Family Star Trek (the real one) I Dream of Jeannie That Girl Hazel Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Twilight Zone Xena Warrior Princess Quantum Leap Have Gun Will Travel There are so many honorable mentions, in fact, too many to mention. Good topic, James! 😊
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  41. I found a “lost episode” of when Wally and Eric visited Fantasy Island to settle their differences... TATTOO- Who do we have as our guests today, Mr . Rourke? MR. ROURKE- Unlike your little makeshift collection of beauties that you just presented as a band, we have two real American Rock and Rollers...Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson...Have you heard of them? TATTOO- Of course, I love the Raspberries and I especially love Wally...When the Raspberries broke up, he formed a new band and named it after me, TATTOO... MR. ROURKE- Well, you may have a special time this evening because they are here to iron out their differences...You see, my friend, for years these two have had a disagreement about writing credits for the song “Go All The Way”...Wally claims that he should have gotten co-writers credit and royalties for his contributions to the song while Eric claims that there was no one in the room with him when he composed this song...Let’s see if we can grant them their fantasy and work out this difficult situation for them... MR ROURKE- Greeting my friends and welcome to Fantasy Island... MR. ROURKE- After you get settled in, you are cordially invited to our Fantasy Lounge this evening and hopefully, we can resolve your difficulties... LATER THAT EVENING...AFTER SEVERAL DRINKS AT THE FANTASY BAR, WALLY AND ERIC, BOTH FEELING NO PAIN, DECIDED TO ADDRESS THEIR DIFFERENCE OF OPINION... WALLY- Well, Eric, let’s get to the reason that we are here...I feel that I am owed a lot of money because my guitar intro to Go All The Way made the song a hit, so I should get co- writing credits and some royalties... ERIC- I don’t deny that Wally...It was a great intro...But, you were part of the band and you receive performance royalties, but you did not write the song...I was All By Myself when I wrote the song but I don’t want No Hard Feelings between us...What is it that you want ?... WALLY...I Don’t Know What I Want, but I want it now... ERIC...How about if I write you a check for 30 grand...Will that take care of things? WALLY- Since you are making an offer, I MIGHT AS WELL give in and accept your offer... ERIC- Great...There is a bank here on the island...I’ll write a check to you, they can cash it and give you your money right now... THE TWO GUYS HEADED OVER TO THE FANTASY ISLAND BANK AFTER ERIC WROTE OUT A CHECK TO WALLY FOR THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, , THE BANK OFFICIAL MADE A COUPLE OF CALLS, CERTIFIED THE CHECK AND PAID WALLY 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ISLAND CURRENCY AND THE TWO FRIENDS LEFT, ARM AND ARM, VOWING TO BE BUDDIES FOREVER... LATER THAT DAY, AS THEY WERE READY TO LEAVE THE ISLAND, THE DUO TRACKED DOWN THEIR HOSTS, MR. ROURKE AND TATTOO AND SHARED WITH THEM THE GOOD NEWS... Mr. Rourke raised his glass and toasted the long time buddies and watched them board the plane for the trip back to the mainland... As the roar of the planes engines became louder, the plane started to ascend into the air with Mr, Rourke yelling out inaudibly...The boys were to soon find out what Mr. Rourke was trying to say to them... As the plane landed in Cleveland, the boys went their separate ways...Eric went home where his wife had a surprise for him...She had sold the home they had in Ohio, packed everything up and bought a beautiful house in Arizona ...Mrs.Carmen greeted her husband in the driveway of their former home, explained what she had done and the happy couple headed back to the airport to fly to their new home and live their golden years together in Arizona... on the drive back to the airport, Eric told Amy that they were 30, 000 dollars lighter...Amy had wondered why their account was short, but she didn’t care...It was all in their rear view mirror and they were about to start a new life... Meanwhile, Wally received his own surprise...Upon arrival at the airport, Wally visited the international money exchange booth ... It was explained to Wally that the money was worthless since Fantasy Island currency is not recognized as legal tender anywhere in the world, except that particular domain... Wally called Mr. Rourke when he got home and Mr. Rourke reminded him that once a guest leaves the island, the waiver that they had signed upon entering the country was now in effect...No reversal or addendums to the settlement reached on the island by visitors could be “rearranged, revisited or altered”...In essence, the “Party’s Over”... Wally hurriedly went to Eric’s house, but was greeted by the Patterson family, the home’s new inhabitants...Mr. Patterson explained that the Carmen’s sold them the house and left no forwarding address... Wally tried to call Eric but the phone was disconnected... In essence, Eric paid the money, Wally received it, but never got it...but the matter was over and never really settled... Wally promised that SOMEDAY, he would get his revenge and said to himself that he would get even with Eric if I ever get my HANDS ON YOU... Good night and thanks for watching/reading...
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  42. Lew called Susie "Sue". For that, Susie did rue. So she got Lew back anew, By referring to him as ""Lou". James, 2021
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  43. We bring you another in a series if YOU ARE THERE telecasts... For those of you old enough, Walter Cronkite hosted a show called You Are There...He would thrust his journalistic skills into a moment in history and broadcast a show around it... Today, we take this theme and put you into Eric Carmen historical moment and let you navigate the ending... CRONKITE-Today, we take you to a face to face conversation between Eric Carmen and Arista record President Clive Davis...While this conversation is a dramatization and may not contain the actual dialogue between the two, we assure you that they are relatively accurate as to the ideology... KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK: ERIC- It’s me, Clive...It’s Eric... CLIVE- Come in and grab a seat... ERIC-Well, what is it that you wanted to talk about... CLIVE- The songs for your next album... ERIC- Great... I have some cassette demos of some new songs...Check this out...It’s called “I Couldn’t Say Goodbye...” http://www.ericcarmen.com/mp3/couldnt_say_goodbye.mp3 ERIC- What do you think? CLIVE- Well...I was thinking of going in a different direction...Like, maybe recording some non- original songs... ERIC- Cool...I was always thinking about recording an album of standards, Just The Way You Look Tonight and my favorite song, Some Enchanted Evening... CLIVE- Not a bad idea, but I was thinking along a different line... ERIC- You mean a Beatles tribute album...I would LOVE to do that... CLIVE- I was thinking of getting some songwriters together and write some songs for you... ERIC- Why???? I want to write my own songs...That’s what I do... CLIVE- I just think that you need some help...I’ve got a song by Bryan Adams that I want you to try...and one by Diane Warren...Look how Hungry Eyes turned out...It turned your career around... ERIC- Just like that piece of junk, that stupid Olympic song...Reason To Try...It should have been called Reason To Cry cuz that’s what I did when I heard it... CLIVE- You got to trust me...Look, you GOTTA trust me on this...What do you think EC.? Alright, EC.com fans...The cards are on the table...What should EC’s response have been?
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  44. Don Krueger is a veteran Cleveland musician who did a lot of drumming for EC over the years. Both he and his wife have had major health issues this year, and a fundraiser has been started to help them with the bills. Don will also be the recipient of the proceeds from fellow Cleveland drummer Tommy Amato's annual Rock Relief Auction. Don has given a lot of musical enjoyment to us over the years. Hoping our community can help him in his time of need. This fundraiser is legit. Got the word from several Cleveland musician friends. 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁 https://www.gofundme.com/f/5he9e-don-krueger-medical-fund
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  45. Yep. Very proud to have designed that one. I also designed the back of the CD and inside cover of the booklet (with the Springsteen quote and the Lennon photo). The rest of the booklet was not mine and I thought it sort of sucked, but whatever. I did the important stuff! Bernie
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  46. Looks like the original Utopia in Willoughby. Spent many nights there.
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  47. Whenever I see Matthew C Clarks icon pop up and the topic is a person, I always think that the grim reaper is about to deliver the pitchfork...
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  48. This has probably been posted here before, but it’s still a great read and it may explain some things to newer fans... Fresh Raspberries One of rock 'n' roll's most influential power-pop acts puts its legendary disputes aside for the encore no one ever thought would happen — even them. This is my second attempt at writing this story. The first ended six summers ago in Wally Bryson's kitchen when the Raspberries guitarist told me his band's much-anticipated reunion had withered on the vine. Rumors had started flying a year earlier that the influential power-pop quartet was getting back together after three of the band's four original members performed together at a birthday party for Plain Dealer rock writer Jane Scott. Billboard magazine later confirmed a Raspberries revival. But by the time I sat down with Bryson for an interview at his Lake County home in June 2000, the talk had quite obviously turned sour. "It was like the old days, with all the fights and hassle," grumbled the gentlemanly yet outspoken rebel of a man, who still sported a mane of blond hair. Before leaving, I asked him about the future. Could he envision a time when the band would be able to put its differences aside and perform together again? His reply was candidly pessimistic: "When hell freezes over." Seeing the band in the same room together six and a half years later is quite surprising. But a lot has changed. It is almost two years to the day since the original Raspberries lineup of Bryson, singer Eric Carmen, drummer Jim Bonfanti and bassist Dave Smalley performed together for the first time in 31 years as part of House of Blues Cleveland's Nov. 26, 2004, grand opening. A New Year's Eve show followed. Then there was a well-received 10-show tour of the United States that not only thrilled fans (Jon Bon Jovi and E Street Band members Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg attended shows), but critics as well (The New York Daily News included the band's Big Apple performance in its list of the 10 best concerts of 2005). The fact that they're here, today, two years later, is proof those concerts have grown into something more that the Raspberries' reunion was not just a quick attempt to relive their heyday and cash in on fans' memories. Bonfanti, Bryson and Carmen are in high spirits as they file into a small office inside the House of Blues the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (Smalley is in Arizona, unable to fly in for the Raspberries' stint as grand marshals of the city's Christmas parade because of a middle-ear infection.) Carmen, sporting a full head of graying hair and a fashionable stubble of beard, is ebulliently self-confident after the reception the Raspberries received on Public Square, declaring the band's music has "stood the test of time." Taking a few minutes to chat before heading into a VIP party held at the House of Blues Foundation Room, where they'll pose for pictures and sign autographs, the trio is upbeat, talking about how the fans brought them together and their upcoming CD, tentatively titled "Live on Sunset Strip," recorded at the band's 2005 Los Angeles show and set to be released by Rykodisc June 26. What nobody in the room says is the Raspberries' working relationship is still very fragile. "We're like a gas can and a match," Bonfanti later quips during a phone conversation. In fact, there are repeated warnings from all four members during one-on-one interviews that digging too much into the band's past could kill any hope for its future one that may even see the band recording new studio material, thanks to an option in its Rykodisc contract. "The more you dredge up the stuff, the more it could fall apart like a house of cards," Bryson's wife, Kay, cautions. Though he speaks in a joking tone, Carmen is a bit more direct. "You don't want to be the one who broke up the new Raspberries, do you?" The members of the Raspberries can individually rattle off a laundry list of reasons why they broke up in the first place: The well-worn "creative differences"; frustration over bad management and poor record-label marketing; stress over constant touring and recording under less-than-ideal circumstances; the strength of progressive rock and FM radio that relegated pop music to screaming teeny boppers; the ignorance, selfishness and passion of youth. "When you're 20, 21, 22, you think you're so grown up," says Bryson, who today works as a job coach for the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. "You realize, in retrospect, how little you knew, how ungrown-up you were, how emotional some of your decisions and even the arguments were." Carmen and Bonfanti, who were already known around Cleveland for their respective tenures in local groups Cyrus Erie and The Choir, formed the Raspberries in 1970 as a pop alternative to the progressive rock overtaking radio airwaves and club stages. "I had always liked Jim's drumming," recalls Carmen. "[Cyrus Erie and The Choir] used to trade band members back and forth. But the two of us had never played together."The pair's first recruit was Choir and Cyrus Erie veteran Bryson. "Wally had a difficult personality in those days," Carmen says. "But that difficult personality also translated into fire as a guitar player." Bryson says he "liked Carmen's musicality, how he played keyboards," as well as Jim's drumming. The addition of former Choir bassist Dave Smalley, after his 1971 return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, rounded out the lineup. A year later, Capitol Records released the band's first album, "Raspberries," which produced the hit single "Go All The Way," which rose to No. 5 on the Billboard singles chart. Their follow-up effort, "Fresh," yielded the hits "I Wanna Be With You" and "Let's Pretend." But tensions were beginning to mount by the time the band's third LP, "Side 3," was released in 1973. Even though the band headlined a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall that year, its future was in jeopardy. According to Bonfanti, many squabbles were over issues as trivial as one member not liking the shirt or shoes another wore onstage. By the end of 1973, Smalley and Bonfanti had left the band ("Dave and I had been and still are the best of friends," Bonfanti says) and were replaced by bassist Scott McCarl and Cyrus Erie drummer Michael McBride. The Raspberries broke up after their ironically titled 1974 final album "Starting Over," which produced an aptly titled popular single "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." During our 2000 interview, Bryson pointed to the fact that Carmen didn't give him a songwriting credit for his involvement in writing the now-famous guitar riff intro to the band's hit "Go All the Way" as a point of tension. Carmen concedes the dispute has been a sore spot between he and Bryson over the years, but has always maintained he wrote that song the same way he wrote "Tonight," "Ecstasy," "I'm a Rocker" and everything else that bears his name alone at a piano. Indeed, "the major discord in the band always seemed to be between Wally and Eric," remembers Kevin Dugan, who was and still is a member of the band's road crew. He says he believes that before there was collaboration in the Raspberries, there was competition. "Eric Carmen wanted to be a rock star, and Wally Bryson already was a rock star around Cleveland," Dugan says. He compares the problems that subsequently developed between the two men to the well-documented difficulties between famous rock songwriting duos such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards or John Lennon and Paul McCartney. "At first, there's this give-and-take, this creativity," Dugan says. "And then there's the inevitable butting of heads." He adds that Carmen attracted more press as the lead singer and was treated better by management, who saw a lucrative career for him as a solo artist after the band folded. As a result, the other members, particularly Bryson, felt their contributions were largely overlooked. The result spelled disaster for the Raspberries. "There were times, way in the past, when I didn't think we'd ever be in the same room [again]," Bryson says during a December interview at his home. Or, as Carmen simply puts it: "The band imploded." During the 30-year span between the Raspberries' dissolution and their 2004 comeback concert, the four original members managed to collaborate on music, just never all at the same time. In July 1995, Bryson and Bonfanti performed with legendary rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, R&B artist Bobby Womack, James Gang bassist Dale Peters and Michael Stanley at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's "topping off" ceremony, a construction-site tradition that celebrates the placement of the last steel beam. Carmen had spent his post-Raspberries years as a successful solo musician, which yielded hits such as 1975's "All By Myself" (also featured in a 2007 Super Bowl advertisement), "Hungry Eyes" from the 1987 "Dirty Dancing" movie sound track and 1988's "Make Me Lose Control." Relations even warmed between Bryson and Carmen after Eric asked his former bandmate to play on his 1998 solo album, "Winter Dreams." But it wasn't until Bonfanti, Bryson and Smalley agreed to back replacement Raspberry McCarl, who had just released a solo CD, for a 1998 show at the former Odeon Concert Club that the seeds of a full-blown Raspberries reunion were sown. Although the show was not billed as a Raspberries reunion, "we filled the place up pretty easily," Bonfanti says. "We played pretty good, and we had fun." Shortly thereafter, while he was visiting Carmen, Bonfanti said, "You know, I think we could put this band back together." Carmen expressed interest, and Bonfanti contacted David Spero, who then managed former Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Spero offered to put out some feelers and gauge the interest among promoters. Bonfanti and Bryson say the response was huge. There was even talk of a 30-date tour. But the money that promoters finally offered wasn't anywhere near what was originally discussed a result of the number of solid classic-rock bands on tour that weren't drawing as well as expected. All four Raspberries agree it was a lack of financial incentive that silenced the talk of touring. But Carmen says there was also a perception at the time that the reunion was shelved so he could tour in 2000 with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. Carmen calls the idea "absolute and utter nonsense." "The Ringo thing came up well after the Raspberries thing had completely fallen apart," he says. "I wouldn't have done Ringo Starr and blown off the band!" The situation was exacerbated by the negotiation of songwriting royalties for four original demos all of which were co-written or written by Bryson to be included in a planned greatest-hits collection by the band's old label, Capitol Records. Bryson and his wife, Kay, had spent years trying to recoup such royalties generated by songs Bryson wrote or co-wrote for the group's four original albums and wanted to avoid a similar situation. They met with Capitol executives and insisted that the royalty issue surrounding the greatest-hits CD be resolved before its release. The Brysons were also upset by Carmen's reluctance to share information compiled in his own legal fight to settle the royalty problem regarding the band's original releases. Carmen admits he wasn't in a generous mood at the time. "The tone and tenor of most everything I'd heard Kay Bryson or Wally Bryson saying about me didn't exactly make we want to just turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of legal stuff I had paid for," Carmen says. "We weren't on great terms right then." Smalley summed up the tenor of the time during a phone interview in mid-2000, after he'd recorded a CD of new songs with Bryson and McCarl called "The Raspberries Refreshed.""There's just too much baggage, too many issues, too much mistrust amongst everyone for there to ever truly be a tour," he declared. "Trust me, this is a group of people who can't let the past go." In this atmosphere of lingering discord, Bonfanti received a call from the House of Blues in June 2004 asking whether the Raspberries would be interested in getting back together and playing at the Cleveland location's grand opening. "When I came home that night, I told my wife, 'I should be excited, but I'm actually depressed,' " remembers the drummer, who has gracefully aged from rock star to owner of a Mentor auto brokerage. Aside from interpersonal issues, there were practical challenges to consider, mainly that any attempt at scheduling rehearsals would be complicated by Smalley's residence in Arizona and Bonfanti's, Bryson's and Smalley's day jobs. Still, Bonfanti went ahead and contacted them. Carmen was enthusiastic, not only because he knew from touring with Starr that House of Blues live venues were excellent, but also because he missed the camaraderie of being in a band. "I never wanted to be a solo artist," he says. "I basically became a solo artist by default." Bonfanti was sold on the idea once he checked out the House of Blues Chicago. Bryson was cautious but agreed because "it feels a lot better as a guitarist, as a musician, to be in an actual working, existing act." In the end, however, they decided to attempt another reunion for one shared reason: a growing awareness of their own mortality. "You have to look at a lot of things in your life, put them in some kind of a priority or come to some kind of a peace with them," says Smalley, now a respiratory therapist who was recovering from open-heart surgery at press time. "The Raspberries were one of those things, even before the heart problem happened, that I decided it was time to do that with." But before Bryson would participate, he issued a few stipulations. The first was all four band members would receive an equal cut of proceeds from the show instead of being paid according to a sliding scale Spero proposed during their 2000 reunion attempt. He also insisted Carmen help him resolve his songwriting royalty dispute a condition Bonfanti satisfied by simply driving over to Carmen's house, picking up copies of the papers necessary to further the Brysons' efforts, and dropping them off at the couple's home. According to Dugan and Bryson, Carmen made another concession as well: None of the songs from his successful solo career would be included in the band's setlist. "Eric put all that aside," Dugan recalls. "He said, 'It's about the band and not about me.' " Bryson, Bonfanti, Carmen and a trio of sidemen started to rehearse at the former Utopia nightclub in Willoughby the following September, with Smalley joining them in early October."We started out with two or three guys, then we'd add a couple, then we'd do a couple more rehearsals," Carmen recalls. "I don't think any of us were sure what we were going to sound like. But it fell together surprisingly quickly." Bryson goes so far as to call the sessions "amazing." After the first Cleveland show sold out in minutes and a second show was added, offers from other House of Blues locations started coming in. The band taped a combination interview and performance, "Hangin' With the Raspberries," for VH1 Classic. Then, Grammy-nominated producer Mark Linnett contacted Carmen through a mutual acquaintance and offered to record the band's 2005 Los Angeles performance. It was Linnett, Bryson says, who got the band a record deal with Rykodisc. Smalley describes the tour as "a lot of fun for the band." But Bonfanti openly admits the group struggled with some of the same problems and "self-policing" disagreements in the absence of a strong, respected manager to help resolve them. "How do you tell somebody who's on your same level he's wrong and you're right?" he asks rhetorically. "But we're all trying to work at it. Before, it was like, 'Aw, screw you!' "Smalley says they've actually discussed their difficulties, something they had never done in the past. During those conversations, he realized he'd harbored misperceptions about some things in the band's past, though he doesn't care to say what they are. "When you part badly in any kind of a situation, it's very easy to come to a wrong opinion about how something happened or somebody else's part in it," he says. Even Bryson, the most outspoken of the four, believes he's more patient and diplomatic than he was as "a hotheaded 22-year-old." "I've been a very good boy, I'm proud to say," he boasts. "I've tried to go right along with the flow, even when I had to bite my tongue." He also acknowledges that he hasn't been the savviest businessman when it comes to legal and financial issues and now realizes that conflict is pretty much a given in the band relationship. Bryson cites the inability of some people to work with his equally outspoken wife of 30 years, who now handles his business, as "the only big iceberg looming in front of the Raspberries' Titanic." "They hurt her, they hurt me," he says, declining to single anyone out by name. "Other people have no problem with Kay running my business. I can trust her, and I know that she's got everyone's interests at heart." Back at our post-Christmas parade meeting at the House of Blues, the conversation turns to the future no one ever thought was possible. The one thing all four members say would keep them together, perhaps unsurprisingly, is strong sales of "Live on Sunset Strip." According to Bryson, the group could be back on the road doing weekend shows by summer if the release's performance warrants it. It could also make Carmen less hesitant about going into the studio. On this day, Carmen says the answer is a solid "we don't know." He points out that he and his bandmates, now all in their late 50s, have busy lives of their own. He says he also wonders how fans would respond to new material. "Recording is not an easy process," he says. "There's no point in putting yourself through all that if there's no one to listen." But for now, the Raspberries are together, a prospect for which all four original members seem thankful. "We would be fools not to try to pursue this a little further because we now have some of the pieces in place we didn't have before," Bonfanti says, referring to producer Linnett; the band's New York attorney, Jeff Greenberg; and its publicist and management consultant, Al Kaston. But even if there is no album of fresh tracks and no tour cropping out of the release of "Live on Sunset Strip," Bonfanti says Cleveland fans will get to see the band again. He envisions a final show or two here, where it all started no matter what. "That would be the finale," he insists. "After that, we're done."
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