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  1. Another piece of trivia: the guy listening to "Go All The Way" in the film "Almost Paradise" is actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for Best Actor for "Capote" this year. Don
  2. With the polka band comment, I now have this image of Lawrence Welk conducting the band and counting the tune off: "a one, and a two, and a three, and a four"... Then Weird Al Yankovic comes on stage with his accordion... Don ;-)
  3. Good catch, Paulie, I wasn't aware of that one before your post. That is our Wally. I asked Kay Bryson and she confirmed it. Now I'm going to hunt down the DVD mentioned at http://www.lucidvisionentertainment.com/custody.htm . I've found some pretty decent reviews of the film doing internet searches. Raspberries tunes in two films now (the other being "Almost Famous") - cool! "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" seems meant for a movie --- one of those tunes that would be perfect for a romantic film (with a melody that, done as an instrumental, could accent scenes in the middle of the film, with the song anchoring the film's opening and closing credits). I hope someone in Hollywood discovers that tune one day. Going off-topic, but what the heck: there's a Wally Bryson tune I would love to see Eric cover, "Let's Just Say Goodbye" from The Sittin' Ducks CD. I'd also love to hear Wally sing Eric's "If You Change Your Mind," his favorite of Eric's songs. Don
  4. Outstanding comments, Eric. You all have so much to be proud of with regard to Raspberries career. And Bernie, thanks for that post on Cheap Trick. I enjoyed that. Their "Rockford" album debuted at #101 in the Top 200 and sold 11,000 units its first week, which isn't bad. They appear on Conan O'Brien's show on June 29, which should boost sales. They play Atlantic City the next day ( http://www.cheaptrick.com ). Don
  5. Sorry, Eric. I was going by page 72 of "Marathon Man" where Aleksic says, "It was for a product called 'Lemon Go Lightly.' Eric came up with the music and lyrics and we laid down a pretty quick demo." I like your music on it, and I'm glad to know you didn't write those lyrics. My favorite music of your's has always been where *you* do write your own lyrics. Don who loves lyrics like "sippin' on a scotch and soda, a shadow in the corner booth, so philosophic and drunk on grown-up truth..."
  6. A friend sent me an .mp3, so now that I've heard it, it is an interesting ditty, but those lyrics... eek! What were you guys thinking? I have wondered why Maybelline didn't jump on "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" as a lipstick commercial ("Hi, I'm Jessica Simpson, and I wanna hear it from your lips..." she says, as she smacks her Raspberry lipstick coated lips together). I checked the old search engines to see if Clairol still made the product --- all I could find were recipes for "Lemon-Go-Lightly" cookies! Don
  7. Something I've always been curious about is what became of the "Lemon Go Lightly" commercial jingle Raspberries submitted for the Clairol product of the same name pre-"Go All The Way." I know it wasn't used by Clairol, so I haven't a clue as to what it may have sounded like, but I am curious. It's briefly mentioned on page 72 of Bernie and Ken's "Marathon Man" book in comments by John Aleksic. Eric, I was wondering what memories you may have of creating the song and of the recording (kind of a lost Raspberries treasure). Don
  8. Hi, I'm an Eric Carmen fan. I'm a Wally Bryson fan. I'm a Raspberries nut. When I originally posted the mention of the Blender article, I thought we'd be discussing how wonderful it is that a national magazine had chosen Raspberries and their million-selling single "Go All The Way" as one of "The Best Songs Ever." Instead, we've gone on to other things. I'd like to thank LC and Darlene for their comments about my posts, and say that I agree with Ted that we shouldn't be beating up on anyone here, celebrity or fan. We aren't going to solve the "Go All the Way" debate here, but we run the risk of splitting the fans into separate camps again. Let's not do that, please. I don't want to sound like Dr. Phil, but let's take a deep breath and be thankful that all the Raspberries band members are alive. I'm a fan of Badfinger, but there are three members of that band I can't ask questions of anymore. Let's also say a word of thanks to the guys' wives, girlfriends, children, grandchildren and assorted relatives who probably read some of these comments and wonder why the hell their loved ones put up with the "fussin' and fightin'." Things we say today may be regretted tomorrow when someone isn't with us anymore. Let's avoid that situation. Life is, like Eric said above, too short. You can't change the past, but you can change the future. I made three wishes many moons ago: 1) to see Raspberries regroup, 2) to see Raspberries record their fifth studio album, the best of their career, and 3) to see Raspberries get the recognition they deserve (Grammys, Rock Hall Induction, "the cover of the Rolling Stone") --- Eric, Wally, Dave and Jim have delivered on the first wish, the second wish looks like a reality, and the third wish is within reach, so let's stick together (fans and band) and reach the "ultimate Raspberries triumph" in the near future. To the families of Eric and Wally, we fans appreciate you sharing these guys with us more than we ever say. To Eric and Wally, I admire you guys, and I hope you both know that this one-time lonely midwestern teenager owes you both more than I can ever repay you for the musical treasures you've created, and for the musical gems I hope to see you create together in the future. I also appreciate Eric's comment above in response to LC's comment: LC wrote: "Wally's my favorite guitarist ever, and his work on those four great Raspberries albums was a key part of what made them practically perfect." And Eric responded, "Why do you think I wanted to play in a band with him?" I think Eric's great comment got "lost in the shuffle" of the posts here. It shows a musical bond with Wally. Eric's comment is also a good sign that, like Darlene said, "Raspberries were meant to be--and they will be. No silly misunderstanding over a Blender article is going to change what's 'written in the stars.' " I'll close this by quoting a great man, a wonderful entertainer, a charismatic lead singer, a talented pianist, and a terrific songwriter: "...I hope there's no hard feelings 'cause there isn't anyone to blame..." Don
  9. Back in 1974, Circus, a now-defunct rock music magazine, had writer/musician Lance Loud (now deceased) cover Raspberries for the magazine. Since I've seen several posts about the New York Dolls recently here, this article might be of interest if you haven't seen it before. It also has the best descriptions of Eric and Wally performing on stage that I've ever read, and shows that some writers truly did understand what Raspberries are all about: -------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------- Raspberries were dressed up straight in matching suits. This was not just apparel they wore to board transcontinental jets - this was their customary rock garb, with hair slightly coiffed like The Small Faces would have worn it in Mod London '65. Raspberries were on their way to mad Manhattan, some while back riding high on the success of their string of Pop singles, all bearing the trademark of sharp-edged, English-styled rockers. Suddenly into the boarding area of the terminal came a different breed. A motley crew at best, pop rock pirates wearing an odd collection of kinky clothes, most probably swiped from girls the night before. They flaunted, they flapped, they slouched and went camping about... those New York Dolls were waiting to board the same plane. "When our old drummer first saw the Dolls and realized we were going to board the same plane, he wanted to have a punch-out with them right then and there," recalls Eric Carmen, head central of the newly picked and rapidly blooming Raspberries. "I told him, 'Look, cool out, let's get to know them first before you make any rash action.'" By the end of the flight, David (Johansen) and Eric were sitting side-by-side chatting. "David is really a nice, funny, very smart person; only when the stewardess came with drinks did he clown around a little." Eric Carmen is smart. He knows that what the Dolls are to the Pop-Raunch style of early sixties rebel-rebel Rolling Stones, the Raspberries are to the rhythmic Rockers of English Pop, such Mod Men as The Who, the Beatles, and the Small Faces. Today, the Dolls can do a smacking version of The Shangra-las "Give Him A Great Big Kiss," while Raspberries fling out a better-than-original version of Free's "All Right Now." They both have swinging sixties roots, but the seeds of inspiration are slightly different. The new Raspberries are not too much different from the old; they still have founding members Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson, but the bassist and drummer have been replaced by Scott McCarl and Mike McBride. This new batch o' berries has been together for 10 months now, and in that time has mixed non-stop touring with the recording of one incredible new LP, Starting Over on Capitol. They are not cutesy, they are no bubblegum brains - they simply aspire to be a conglomeration of all the best aspects of all their favorite Pop Era bands. Their key to Imminent Success is that they learn from their mistakes. "We wore matching suits when we first started out," explains Eric, "because we wanted to be a bit different, and also because it was so very much like the Beatles used to do in England." Now, without the suits, they are stronger than ever before. At a recent date in a small suburb outside of Chicago, they performed a set that could have made Carnaby Street and its whole era come alive and be proud again. Lead guitarist Wally Bryson is not only charming, but is an American incarnation of an English Pop Pluckster, his fretwork both gutsy and neat, civil yet savage. The band was proud of their first set. Eric, dressed in purple velvet pants and matching open top, ala Robert Plant, had performed like a bonofide Rock Star, prancing and posing, lifting the microphone stand and setting teen hearts a-flutter. Wally was equally dynamic, charging into each song with a fresh vibrant quality. This wasn't the 82 Club he was playing, this was pure Rock & Roll. As Raspberries drove back to their hotel that night after the gig, they were pleased. They have proven that they have a hold on a sound that will lead them to ultra-fame. "I gave the gold record that I got for 'Go All The Way' to my mother," Eric said on his way up to his room to get a hard day's night of well-earned sleep, "because she told me that I would never make it in Rock & Roll." ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Don
  10. I suspect Eric has an amazing photo album at home (Raspberries, Ringo, David Cassidy, Steve Tyler, Bruce Springsteen... the wife, the kids...). Thanks for sharing the shot Bernie. Nice Father's Day present for Eric. Don
  11. I've had this book since the mid-1980s and I'm sure it's long out-of-print. It's "The New Music" by Glenn A. Baker and Stuart Coupe. It was published in Australia in 1980 by Bay Books and in the U. S. in an oversized paperback in 1981 by Harmony Books. It's a great power pop/new wave book if you can find it, with rare, full-color photos of the artists. On page 68 is a a full-color shot of Eric Carmen playing guitar dressed in a purple shirt and purple pants during the solo years --- very cool. On page 67, is the info Eric's fans will enjoy. The opening paragraph on Eric says: "Eric Carmen, 'The Prince Of Pop,' is an artist of extraordinary talent and appalling direction. At his best he is one of the five greatest pop vocalists of the past 25 years...." They love Eric's first solo LP, but they call his second and third LPs "dreary." They have huge praise for the "Tonight You're Mine" album (new when the book was released in 1980), saying "he returned to the sexual energy of the Raspberries, notably on the title track and 'Sleep With Me.' The single, 'It Hurts Too Much,' like The Knack's 'The Feeling I Get,' is a rather tasty musical tribute to Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound.'" The writers appear to be huge Raspberries fans: "The Raspberries dispensed majestic, exhilarating, soaring teen-rock, liberally influenced by British-invasion sounds... Perceptive writers hailed them as 'the saving grace of rock 'n' roll'..." Overall, a favorable book, if you can find it. Don
  12. Kay Bryson has posted a message from Wally on Raspberries.net at http://raspberries.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=4732#4732 and I think, for the sake of fairness (and this is a very fair group, I believe), that Wally's comments on the Blender article should also be read. Wally and Eric are both great guys, so arriving at the truth is a good thing. I think people would be shocked at how much copy winds up cut from articles like the Blender story and how many quotes never make it into print, or are taken out of context (like Wally's four short sentences in the Blender piece). I know both Eric and Wally have been misquoted or taken out of context in published interviews over the years. Having listened to Cheap Trick's great new "Rockford" album over-and-over for two weeks now, I know that *when* Eric and Wally return to the studio they will produce the best Raspberries album ever. Happy Father's Day to Eric, Wally, the rest of the band and to all the Dads here, there, and everywhere ("...my old man says success is the measure..."). Don Raspberries Forever!
  13. If you (Eric or anyone else) were to ask Matthew and Susanna to cover a certain Raspberries tune, what would be your choice(s). On first thought, I'd love to hear them tackle "Don't Want To Say Goodbye," but "Let's Pretend" would be an interesting duet choice, too. Don
  14. There's been talk here about the CD "Under The Covers, Volume 1" by Matthew Sweet ("Girlfriend") and Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles). Found an interview with Matthew Sweet at http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/news/article/0,,3622500,00.html A couple of Question and Answer items from the ArtistDirect.Com (AD) interview with Matthew Sweet (MS): -------------------------------------------------- AD: The songs range from 1964 to 1969, but then a jump to 1972 for the Bee Gee's "Run To Me." Was this song so essential to the album that you had to jump decades? MS: “We didn't plan it based on years! We even had some later ones, like "Go All the Way" by the Raspberries. Mostly it ended up in mid to late '60s.†AD: “If you were to make another covers album of predominantly '70s songs, what are a couple essentials? Or should I wait for the next album?†MS: Well, something by the Raspberries. There are a few possibilites, probably Television. It would be hard as the '70s really span two distinct eras in music. And then there was the prog rock. Maybe Sue singing "Starship Troopers" by Yes. Plastic Ono Band. George Harrison. We could do an album for every year! ------------------------------------------------- Sounds like Raspberries will have something covered on Volume 2! Don
  15. Ranking at #91 in Spin magazine's 1989 list of the 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time is Raspberries' "Go All The Way": http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/spin100.html#singles89 PauseandPlay.Com has been selecting singles for their rock vault time capusle for years now, and the 275th single picked for their time capsule is "Go All The Way": http://www.pauseandplay.com/vault.htm Not bad for an oldie but goodie... Don
  16. Here's more British praise: from the defunct British magazine "Sounds," their 1974 list of the best singles of 1974 (consider that Raspberries didn't chart there) includes "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)": http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/sounds.html#1974 Don
  17. For anyone who hasn't read the article, Wally's comments (his only quotes in the article) come just before a discussion of how the song was put through the limiter to make the song as we now know it: "I thought the song was trite. After the power of the intro, the verse sounded like a Bing Crosby song. It was almost left off the album. Jimmy, Eric and I were at our wits' end." That's the total extent of commentary by Wally that Blender published. Then the article goes to how the song was put through the limiter to improve it. For me, it echoes comments on page 88 of Bernie and Ken's book "Marathon Man" which says of "Go All The Way" (and the fact that the first album was recorded twice): "Everyone, including Jimmy Ienner, was unhappy with most of the initial takes on this track. Each take was deemed too flat, too vanilla." In the book, it quotes Eric as saying: "What sticks out in my mind most is begging to keep 'Go All The Way' off the album because I was so disappointed with how it turned out." In the book, producer Jimmy Ienner is quoted as saying of "Go All The Way" (page 91): "I was exceptionally dissatisified because the song to me was a still-born bastard. It was a ballad, it wasn't uptempo, it was something that I felt was too drastic and had no heart - no soul. I felt it needed something to thread it. We worked at that around the clock." In the book, it then tells us that feeding the song through the Roger Mayer limiter to compress the sound finally got the song you hear today. My thought about Wally's comments was that they may have been part of a much longer interview that got taken out of context, or Wally may have elaborated in the interview that the song was great after going through the limiter, but his comments weren't published in the article. Those were my thoughts. Like Billy Joel said, "I may be wrong, but I may be right." Eric, I appreciate your comments and if I read in print Wally's published comments, they would upset me too. I imagine you'll be asking Wally what he meant. My "defense" of Wally is only because I don't know how his comments were said and what comments he may have made that didn't make it into print. It would have been great if the Blender writer had gotten both Eric and Wally in one room and done the interview (Eric turns to Wally, "What do you mean, 'trite'?"). I believe this band can overcome anything (I've believed that for more than three decades, and I won't stop now). All I know is, when Eric and Wally record together, there's a magic there that few bands ever come close to. Don
  18. Oh, Raspberries! Since we're talking about Crosby (whom I like): From the 1997 album "Bing Crosby with Al Jolson and Judy Garland," their rendition of "All By Myself" (don't get excited, this is the Irving Berlin song, whose lyrics are at http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/A...8256970000E1389 ) is one of the music clips at http://www.emusic.com/album/10861/10861223.html or you can hear the clip at http://www.emusic.com/samples/m3u/song/10861223/13349811.m3u And none of them sound like Eric...
  19. Cheap Trick has played Louisville, Ky., three times in the past two years. Louisville merged with the surrounding county a couple of years back and we're now the 16th largest metro area in the country. If you need a sponsor, Fifth-Third Bank seems to love power pop because they sponsored a downtown Louisville gig by Cheap Trick two years ago which allowed the band to sell tickets for $5.00 --- 7,500 people showed up. Then they gave a free concert at the Kentucky State Fair last year in Cardinal Stadium and more than 10,000 people came, and the gig was sponsored by Fifth-Third Bank, again (if Eric Carmen still needs a sponsor for October 6, maybe that bank is an option?). I saw that stadium performance and Cheap Trick was awesome in a one-hour show in 90-plus degree heat. Rick Nielsen may turn 60 later this year, but he is as energetic onstage as any 20-year-old (tossing guitar picks and albums into the crowd while playing guitar). They also have evolved into a family-type event. At the end of their stadium show, they said that any kids 12 and under who hadn't caught a guitar pick should come up to the stage and get one --- that's pretty classy, I think, and it makes fans of yet another generation. Don
  20. Eric asked, "What was your take on it, Don? How did the interviews sound?" Eric, I thought the article was very positive and very complimentary of "Go All The Way." I think writer Johnny Black did a fine job for Blender (although I disagree with him calling "All By Myself" a "cheese ballad"). I suspect that Wally's comment that the song sounded "trite" and that the verse sounded like Bing Crosby was just another way of saying the song sounded "threadbare" before Shelly Yakus put it through the limiter. That's just my take on it. It kind of matches your comment in the article that "the mixer gave it all the energy it had been lacking." Like anything on the internet or in print, it's hard to judge how something was said in an interview when you're only reading the words that were spoken. I think Adam Schlesinger's comments are a major kudo to "Go All The Way" and to you as a songwriter. You can be very proud of that song and of Blender choosing it as one of the "greatest songs ever." I like everything about "Go All The Way" --- the song structure is brilliant and having the girl beg the guy for some action instead of the other way around was an inspired concept. Don
  21. I'm in love with the "Rockford" CD. I bought it last week and it remains in constant play on my stereo. How much do I love it? My son and I caught "Cars" at the theater yesterday (a great film crying out for Raspberries "car tunes") and I was playing "Rockford" on the CD player. My son loved it so much that I gave him my copy, and then I went out and bought another copy for myself --- it's that good. Their website at http://www.cheaptrick.com is pretty cool and there's an animated advertisement for the "Rockford" album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9icwuiQ-e4 , or you could just watch them on "Conan O'Brien" on NBC on June 29. Don http://www.epinions.com/content_235873799812
  22. The July 2006 issue of Blender magazine has the story of Raspberries "Go All The Way" with interviews with Wally Bryson and Eric Carmen about the song. They use a cool 1972 "Fresh" outtake photo which looks like Wally has just cracked the other guys up in the photo shoot. The issue just hit newstands (I saw it at Borders, and at Barnes & Noble, which strangely had both the June and July issues on the newstand). Make sure you grab the July issue with The Pussycat Dolls on the cover (it's got a cover price of $3.99 and the article on Raspberries is one full page on page 56). Also quoted about the song is Fountain Of Wayne ("Stacy's Mom") singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Oscar nominee for the theme song to the Tom Hanks film "That Thing You Do"). The magazine's website is at http://www.blender.com (though as I post this they only have last month's issue showing). Don
  23. Bernie, See my post here: http://www.ericcarmen.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=002861;p=2#000018 BBC-2's Bob Harris was playing Hard-Fi right beside Raspberries "Overnight Sensation" on his British radio show on April 8, 2006! Don
  24. The playlist for Bob Harris BBC-2 (the United Kingdom's "Station Of The Year" in 2005) radio show for April 8, 2006, included Raspberries' "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" --- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bobharrisfriday/playlist.shtml According to his biography, Harris has been described by England's "Radio Times" as "one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting... still an independent champion of great music." He's also an author and has produced records for Atlantic Records and EMI Records. He has an incredible bio at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bobharrisfriday/biography.shtml --- nice to have a guy of this standing (three-time winner of the British Broadcaster Of The Year Award) chosing Raspberries' music for his show. They also have a page for our lads at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/music/muze...artist_id=24974 that notes: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In view of the fact that the Raspberries always left a good taste in the mouths of fans and critics, it was with some joy to hear that Carmen, Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley reunited for some performances in Cleveland during 2004. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- His contact info is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bobharrisfriday/contact.shtml --- maybe he'd like a Raspberries interview to go along with his interviews of John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and others over the years? Don
  25. A foreign music journalist has a Top 2000 Singles list from 2003 at http://www.muzieklijstjes.nl/Z28.htm It lists Raspberries "Don't Want To Say Goodbye" at #1158 at http://www.muzieklijstjes.nl/Top2000van2003alf2.htm and "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen at #1448 at http://www.muzieklijstjes.nl/Top2000van2003man.htm Uniquely European list, I must say... Don
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