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  1. Nice Boats cover:

    "Just" in the context of that line has a lot of meaning. Just saying. Bernie
  2. Sunset Strip and Pop Art Live

    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
  3. Raspberries Live Archive...

    Ken and I looked into this, but found it financially unfeasible. Bernie
  4. State of the Website

    At a time when Presidents traditionally make their "State of the Union" address, I thought now would be an appropriate time to issue my address. So here goes... When I started this website in 1997, gas was $1.22 a gallon, "Titanic" was playing to packed movie theaters and the top song of the year was a special version of "Candle in the Wind" that Elton John performed at Lady Di's funeral. Oh, and it was the year I got my first home computer. It was one of those candy-colored iMacs. If I knew then what I know now! Apple stock was trading at $4.67 a share. Oofah! Can you say, "set for life?" Oh well, my kingdom for a time machine. Anyway, back to 1997. Eric hadn't released any new music since "Make Me Lose Control" in 1988. "My Heart Stops" doesn't count since it was written by Diane Warren. And I don't even think I knew it existed! Back then, information wasn't at our fingertips quite like it is now. In fact, that's one of the reasons why I started this website. One of the first things I did when I fired up my iMac was search (on Yahoo, natch, since Google hadn't been invented yet) was "ERIC CARMEN." Imagine my surprise when NOTHING came up. The closest match I got was the opera ("Carmen") and the 1940's jazz singer ("Carmen McRae"). So, I started this here website. Everything I wrote about. Everything I covered. Everything I did was 100% me. There was no news, no new music, nothing at all to report. But I had passion. And I had enthusiasm. And I guess I had a certain talent to make such things come alive and shared my enthusiasm and passion with anyone with a computer and dial-up. Needless to say, we went from 1 hit to the current 2,602,934 hits over the next 15 years. Along the way, I built and rebuilt the website, grew Eric's fan base, wrote some books, inspired a Raspberries reunion tour and helped fans all aver the world connect with others who shared their love for Eric and his music. But in all honesty, I really did it for myself. Yes, that's right. For me. Because even though you all got to go along for the ride, I got to meet and become friends with Eric; I got to write books about him and why his music meant so much to me; and I got to see Raspberries play live. In other words, I got the rare opportunity to make my dreams come true. It required lots of hard work. Plenty of diligence. And a good measure of sheer luck. But I did it. And to my previous point, WE did it. Now, it's like 1997 all over again. There are no new recordings. There is no impending tour. There is no new news. But there IS a big difference between 1997 and 2013. Because right now, unlike 1997, it's not just me alone. It's you. And you. And yes, even YOU (who hides their online status and lurks.) It's all of us. All 1,366 Registered Members plus anyone and everyone who visits but doesn't sign up. And I need you now more than ever. Together we can take this thing forward. Let's MAKE history again. You want new music? Hell, shout about it! You want a new tour? Make your voice heard! You want to inspire a new generation of fans and keep Eric's fan base alive and growing? Talk about why you love his music so much. Tell everyone why you're here. Inspire your fellow fans to join in. make some NOISE! Now, this is the part of the speech where the President usually mentions some returning veteran by name, makes him stand up and take a bow to congratulate him for his service. The soft, fuzzy part of the speech that leaves everyone with a knot in their throats. So, I'd like to single out one of our veterans. None other than LC. Larry single handedly lifted this website up from its collective sorry bored-with-life asses and got everyone talking about music again with his series of "In Hindsight" posts last month. I'd like Larry to stand up now and take a bow. That's what I'm talking about! Ask not what this website can do for you...ask what YOU can do for this WEBSITE! In conclusion, I'd like to say, the state of the website is good, but it can be better. And I'm still willing to give it all I've got. I will add more videos to the ERIC CARMEN ARCHIVE, I will put more new photos online in the RARE PHOTO OF THE WEEK, I will compose more posts that get Eric so excited that he won't want—he'll NEED—to start posting again! But I need your help. You need to do your part. And together, we can make EricCarmen.com even better next year than it was in its previous 15! Bernie PS: The EC.com Garage Sale will be coming in just a few short weeks featuring dozens of rare autographed photos, memorabilia and collectibles, get ready to start your engines!
  5. Paul McCartney solo ratings and rankings

    Helluva post, LC! I, too, rather like “Off the Ground. And there’s no way “Driving Rain” beats out “Venus and Mars!” Other than that, there’s a lot to agree about in your lists. Bernie
  6. Lewsletter...March 2021 Edition...

  7. Eric Doppleganger

    Don't know about the dude's looks, but I really like this performance! Bernie
  8. Raspberries - Pop Art Live

    Fans who were there and fans who wished they were there can now re-live the historic first Raspberries reunion show in all its explosive (power pop) power from Omnivore Recordings. DOWNLOAD ON ITUNES BUY ON AMAZON.COM 2-CD $22.98 / DIGITAL $15.99 Disc 1: 1. I WANNA BE WITH YOU 2. PLAY ON 3. I CAN’T EXPLAIN 4. NOBODY KNOWS 5. LET’S PRETEND 6. DON’T WANNA SAY GOODBYE 7. PARTY’S OVER 8. OVERNIGHT SENSATION (HIT RECORD) 9. MIGHT AS WELL 10. IT SEEMED SO EASY 11. BABY’S IN BLACK 12. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND 13. TONIGHT 14. I CAN REMEMBER Disc 2: 1. STARTING OVER 2. LAST DANCE 3. I SAW THE LIGHT 4. NO REPLY 5. WHEN YOU WERE WITH ME 6. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE 7. SHOULD I WAIT 8. COME AROUND AND SEE ME 9. MAKIN’ IT EASY 10. TICKET TO RIDE 11. HARD TO GET OVER A HEARTBREAK 12. ECSTACY 13. I’M A ROCKER 14. GO ALL THE WAY
  9. Raspberries Refreshed...Track #4

    It's really a great, GREAT, song! Bernie
  10. I Need You

    Check the ECSTACY section of EricCarmen.com! Bernie
  11. Exploring Classical Music...

    Break out the mustard seeds! Bernie
  12. 21 Most Hated Bands of All Time...

    Uhhh... Journey was a pretty awesome band. Until they hit it big. Bernie
  13. Went swimming...

  14. Stephen King's a Fan

    I'm going to clean up some of the posts on this thread. If something you posted got deleted and you want to shoot me an email to complain, keep in mind that use of this Message Board requires agreement to certain guidelines, among which includes: Debates and discussions are always welcome and constructive criticism and opinions are valued but without the use of personal attacks, abuse or posting to provoke conflict. Thank you. Bernie
  15. Stephen King's a Fan

  16. Stephen King's a Fan

    In a Playboy interview in 1980, when discussing the song "Getting Better," Lennon admitted to abusing his ex-wife Cynthia Lennon, seemingly without much thought. "(The song) is a diary form of writing. All that 'I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved' was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically… any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women…” Still like the John Lennon's music? My point is that you can appreciate books, music and art without needing to stand 100% behind the politics, actions or thoughts of the person whose work you admire. That's all. I thought it was cool that Stephen King liked Raspberries. If anything, his tweet brought the band to thousands of people who may not have known about the band or forgot just how good they were. 'Nuff said. Bernie
  17. 21 Most Hated Bands of All Time...

    Well, I definitely don't "hate" KISS! Bernie
  18. Always cool to see musicians show their admiration for Eric's music. Bernie
  19. Doreen, I set it up so anyone can be a "Supporter" by donating anything from a penny to a million dollars. Either donation (or anything in between) gives you access to the "Ecstasy" section of the website. Bernie
  20. Take your best shot

    Wow! That dude can play! Bernie
  21. I Saw a Raspberries Home Movie Film by Jim Bonfanti

    I transferred Jim's home movies and edited the video for the expanded "Live on Sunset Strip" Deluxe Gift Set. It's still available for sale and includes a bunch of other great videos and rare recordings. http://www.raspberriesband.com/store.shtml Not sure why YouTube is allowed to openly steal videos and let people watch them for free. Seems like that should be against the law. Bernie

    Lew's got it. Bernie
  23. Stephen King's a Fan

    Everything doesn't have to be about politics. Bernie
  24. Raspberries in Texas!

    This RARE unpublished photo shows Scott McCarl and Eric Carmen on stage at a Raspberries concert on February 3, 1974 at Liberty Hall in Houston, Texas. "I Don't Know What I Want?" Wait... yes I do. I want a Time Machine so I can go back and watch these young kids kicking up a storm from coast-to-coast in support of their just-released (and critically acclaimed) Starting Over LP. LP? It's that big plastic thing you stuck in that spinning thing with the needle on it that made music! Listen to them rock: RASPBERRIES — DON'T KNOW WHAT I WANT (LIVE) The last 1:30 of that track is so effing spine-tingling, I just can't contain my enthusiasm! Holy sh@t! Wake up, baby! It's Monday morning, EricCarmen.com style! Bernie
  25. We're Ba-a-a-ack!

    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?