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  1. This particular version of ABM was the highlight of my weekends back in 1978.  Back then I was the Saturday and Sunday, midnight to 6am announcer at Syracuse's beautiful music station. The station was completely automated. My job was to change the reel-to-reel tapes and to say stuff like "On FM 93, WNTQ, we just heard Ray Conniff and the Orchestra with "Somewhere My Love".  It was boring as sh*t, until, one day, a new tape came in with ABM on it!  That night (and every time ABM showed up in rotation) I proudly worked Eric's name into my follow-ups.  Something like; "On FM 93, WNTQ, we just heard singer, songwriter Eric Carmen's All By Myself beautifully performed by James Last and His Orchestra....it's 14 below zero here in Syracuse...yadda, yadda, yadda..."



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  2. Great topic! First let me say, I love them both, but when asked to choose, I'm going with ICR.  For me, it comes down to the lyrics.  I've always loved ICR's lines "...the love long locked inside of me has finally been set free." and "I need you to be the other half of me."  On the other hand most of the lyrics in Run Away try too hard to be thoughtful and deep, and then are totally un-done by what I think are Eric's worst cringe-worthy words ever " Got to run away, till I prove that I'm a man....to be the best I know I can."   So in the battle of the opus's, my vote goes to ICR!


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  3. A different approach....

    Days and Nights Set

    Desperate Fools/Sunrise Medley (love that idea!)




    Me, Myself and I Set

    I Wanna Be With You

    Fooling Myself

    All By Myself


    The She Set

    My Girl

    She Did It

    Cindy In The Wind

    Hey Deannie


    Body Parts Set

    Change of Heart

    I Wanna Hear it From Your Lips

    Hungry Eyes

    Hands On You

    If You Change Your Mind (segways into next song)


    The “I Can’t Take It Anymore” Set


    I Don’t Know What I Want

    It Hurts Too Much


    The Love & Sexy Set

    All For Love

    Let’s Pretend

    Go All The Way

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  4. I'm a big fan of REWOUND RADIO.  Knowing our love of powerpop and top 40 music of the 60's and 70's I think you will, too..   This week the station is counting down EVERY song voted for to compile their annual Top 77 songs of all time survey.  Yes....over the next week they will play EVERY song voted for.   Right now (3:15 Eastern on 12/26), they are counting down the Top 77.  They just played GATW.  It came in at #38....about the same spot as last year.  Between now and Jan 2 they'll be playing the widest variety of oldies...some you haven't heard in years.  It's a blast to listen to...and it's commercial free!   IWBWY, Let's Pretend will definitely get played (cuz I voted for 'em!!), along your favorite forgotten oldies as well.   Tune in and enjoy!   Happy holidays!  Dave.   


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  5. 2 hours ago, Kirk said:

    Wow! 32 million copies sold!!

    It's too bad Eric didn't write it.  So how does that work?  Frankie Previte gets his rightful share....but how are singers like Eric compensated?  

    (BTW...fun fact...Frankie Previte's father sang at my first wedding in 1979.  He was in the choir at my ex's church in Highland Park, NJ. He had a great voice. We hired him to sing "And I Love You So." )

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  6. 25 years ago my kids were in grammar school, I had a different wife, I had brown hair, heck, I had hair (!), and fortunately I had a Dell personal computer.  I can still remember pressing the power button, watching the screen boot-up, and visiting EC.com for the very first time.  I still get the same feelings coming to the site...excitement, hopefulness, wonder, kinship, and appreciation.  Thanks for 25 great ones, Bernie!      Dave

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  7. I can still remember trying to figure out how to connect to the World Wide Web from AOL.  And when I did, wow, I actually FELT it!  (Something we take for granted today.). And that feeling continues every time I stop by EC.com.   Thanks, Bernie, for 25 years of making us all feel at home...yet so connected!

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    Hi Fellow EC fans,

    As many of you know, my day job is being an advertising creative director and copywriter.  What you may not know is that, for the last few years, my night job has been writing stories for potential children’s picture books.

    Well…one of those stories, CROSSWALK WALLY, has just been published!

    It’s the story of a crosswalk sign silhouette that gets separated from his bright yellow sign and uses the guidance of other street signs to safely find the way back to his post.

    This week I’m officially kicking off my efforts to promote CROSSWALK WALLY and I can’t think of a better place to begin than with all of you.  The book is written for kids 4 to 8 years old, so if any of you have kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews that age, please check it out.

    It’s currently available at Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Crosswalk-Wally-Dave-Shea/dp/1736753304

    In support of the book I also created a pedestrian safety website that’s full of sidewalk, crosswalk, and bicycle safety tips, along with links to dozens of national and regional safety councils. (Bernie probably could have created a much better site, but I was on a pretty tight budget!)  https://www.crosswalkwally.com/ 

    I also now have an author site: https://www.davesheawrites.com/

    The fact that we have Eric, the Raspberries, this site, and this community in common, tells me you might like CROSSWALK WALLY as well.

    Thanks for indulging me, and remember to always cross carefully!

    Dave (LobsterLvr) Shea



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  9. I'm still here.  I drop by about once a week.  Hopefully that's enough to be considered an active member of the "EC CT Posse".  🙂.   Life, family, work, and my side-hustle writing and self-publishing children's books (www.davesheawrites.com) keep me pretty darn busy.  

    While I don't have any new, thought-provoking EC stories to tell, the way Bernie and I connected is kinda interesting.  For those who don't know, Bernie and I both work in advertising. We are both "creatives".  He's an art director. I'm a copywriter.  At advertising agencies, art directors and copywriters are teamed up to come up with ideas for clients. (Yes, just like in MadMen.)  He and I never worked at the same agency. While he was cranking out milk mustache ads, I was busy churning out commercials for a bunch of General Mills cereals (the ones that rot your teeth).  Back in the mid/late 90's, AOL showed up, and with it came "chat rooms".  One day a "Raspberries" chat room showed up. I was shocked. I thought I was the only person who had a thing for that band. I joined the chat room under the name LOBSTERLVR (back then a screen name had to be 10 or less characters, so LOBSTERLOVER was not an option).  Every night, once my kids fell asleep, I'd get on my blue iMac, log into AOL, and post questions and opinions about the band with people who shared the same passion for the band as I did.  One of those folks kept posting words, phrases, and references that only "advertising people" use.  So one day I typed in "You sound like you're in advertising", to which he responded "I am!".  Once we established our professional connection, we discovered we lived only 7 miles apart (in central NJ).  Small world, right?  While Bernie and I have yet to actually work together, we do have something else in common: we're both still working in advertising!  No small feat for anyone over 50. A miracle for anyone over 60!! This business thrives on young blood.  Our blood has more benicar and lipitor, than red blood cells!  And yet, here we are.  These days we're working where the money is: pharma.  Yup...we're the guys who create those ads that have people doing yoga, hugging their grandchildren and taking in deep breaths on mountaintops.  I'm doing it full time. If I know Bernie, he's cranking out some incredible non-pharma work, as well. 

    And that's how my connection to this community began...and it's all thanks to Bernie and his creation of the Raspberries Chat Room some 25 years ago. 

    Dave (aka: Lobsterlvr)

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  10. There have been hundreds of great female singers in our time.  Over the last 20 years, these two rise to the top for me.  Canada's Jann Arden. Her only US hit was "Insensitive" in '94, but north of the border, she's an icon!  And NJ's Nicole Atkins. No big hits, but what a voice!!    - Dave





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