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Everything posted by blackhawkpat

  1. I’m with you James, but here’s the problem. Anyone over 50 is now thought of in the minority when it comes to music, which is absolutely ridiculous. We are the ones that buy cars, we are the ones that buy houses, we are the ones that yes, visit the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame but they are catering to the youth who could care less about it. I am the king of boycotting. I have a thing that my kids tease me about called “the 10 year ban” where if someone treats me rudely or screws around with me I refuse to visit that business for the next 10 years. As soon as somebody does me wrong, my kids always chuckle, “oh no, not the 10 year ban”. They will always say to me “do you really think they will miss your business?” and while I’m sure they won’t, it’s got to start somewhere and then if enough people stood their ground or boycott it as you suggested things would have to start to happen. I do like your suggestion about starting a new rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame just dedicated to, ummm, well, rock n roll, but I’m sure there would be a ton of lawsuits involved. I’m offering up my basement in Chicago to start it. I already have the original Raspberries album print autographed by the four to welcome people in!
  2. I watched the entire rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame telecast on HBO last weekend and I’ve got to tell you, it’s really irritating to see these hip-hop guys getting in this early while groups like the Monkees, the Guess Who, and of course, our own Raspberries are still waiting entry. I thought it was a real truth to watch the great and classy Carole King come out and perform a beautiful heartfelt version of “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanied by many of the terrific veteran musicians who played on her Tapestry album, only to be followed by LL Cool J who was accompanied by rapper Eminem as they proceeded to trade off “F bombs” with each other. Really showed you the downfall of music. Even in LL’s acceptance speech, he almost appeared uncomfortable being inducted as he said (paraphrasing) “all you rock ‘n’ rollers out there, we sample your riffs and they are great, but please understand we are artists too.” Are ya? I am far from the “get off my lawn guy”, (well, not too far at this point lol) but have some respect, man, for the people like Carole and Tina Turner, who have both waited far too long for entry. I try to give all music a listen, but this was just absolute trash. Now back to your regular programming…..
  3. I was there the night in Chicago at the Aragon ballroom in the mid seventies where the Eric Carmen band literally blew the Sweet off the stage!
  4. Bwahaha “ The band can’t touch big star“???? Thanks I needed a laugh to start my day! I like how he refers to the band wearing “disco suits” in 1973, A few years before disco, so wait, is he saying raspberries started the disco movement too? Another influence by the band apparently! Keep helping the cause, Junior.
  5. Instrumentalness is only at 2%???? Come on, it’s brilliant in this song!
  6. This is Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, doing this tune. I cannot get enough of this song. I would love to have heard a young Eric Carmen singing this as a Raspberries song.
  7. So there is a move afoot to repackage and re-release many of the Merv Griffin (no relation but I did meet him once) shows on DVD. Obviously, we all remember when Eric was on there so hopefully that will be included. Keep your fingers crossed.
  8. I have one of these. Eric handed it to my ex-wife when we were at the house of blues in Chicago concert. My kids and the guitar pick were the only things I got in the divorce!
  9. Really looking forward to hearing this. It’s been way too long since we’ve heard from him!
  10. Yeah, some of these songs are really terrific ones and I don’t understand why they never got released? I am sure Eric could have the pick of the litter of musicians who would be willing to play on these records and update them for him.
  11. “Cindy” was done in the 90’s? I always thought that was a very early Eric demo. I’ve always loved that song !
  12. 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!
  13. Agree 100%! I didnt have anything to play vinyl on for several years and when I bought a new turntable a few years ago “Send a Ship” was the first song I played on it. Always loved that one!
  14. I’m fairly certain that he left because of family commitments, seem to remember reading or hearing about that. I will talk to his wife and ask her and get the definitive answer shortly. I’m guessing the direction of the music also had something to do with it because the third album is horrible, and I love Franki. I don’t know how a band could put out two great records from start to finish and then all of a sudden the third one is just awful, but disco was calling. I drove to Cleveland a few years ago to see a Wally solo show and when his wife saw me in the audience she told me she would bring me backstage to talk to Wally after the show. One of my best friends was with me at the time and he’s kind of a biker guy who says whatever comes to mind and when she brought us to Wally, my buddy said, “hey man, I love the first two Fotomaker records but the third one that you were not on really sucked” Wally found great delight in this and busted out laughing and said to his wife “hey Kay, did you know that the third Fotomaker record sucked?” so I kind of picked up a vibe that even he knew it did and maybe that’s why he left because he saw what was coming, but I will contact her tomorrow and get us an answer.
  15. I think you just invented a new word James! Lol “clunkerless”.... A term describing great albums!
  16. Yes, I love both of Fotomaker’s first two albums but that first one to me is just incredible. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say I think it is the second greatest debut album of all time with no clunkers, only followed by Eric Carmen‘s first solo album which I feel is the greatest debut album of all time. Even the Beatles, the Beach boys, and the Rolling Stones, the holy Trinity for me, have a couple of clunkers on their first albums. There, I said it! You can flame me for saying it but you won’t change my mind.
  17. It Hurts Too Much All For Love Sleep With Me Fooling Myself Inside Story Lost In The Shuffle Tonight You’re Mine You Need Some Lovin’ I still listen to the first five songs of this grouping often and two through five could exchange spots by the hour. “Fooling Myself” is a song that as I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate it much more than when I first heard it. Once you’ve lived this song, your heart will never beat the same.
  18. Here’s the book everyone needs to purchase.... https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/144021543X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=
  19. All I can say is, thank you Bernie, for all you do. Amazing that you are closing in on 3 million!
  20. 1.Play On 2.Should I Wait 3.Party’s Over
  21. I think most of the fans have bought these bootlegs in one grouping or another over the years. Some of the quality is great, some of it is awful. I just hope that one day the band will put these out with cleaned up versions, so they can make some money off of it because I know we all would buy it but I’m sure it would be a copyright nightmare to get it done.
  22. He used to post here which was wonderful, then he left for Facebook, then he left for Twitter, then he left for parlor, then he came back to Twitter and then he just left. I think a creative person like him probably gets bored easily. It would be terrific if he came back here but I just wish he would post somewhere on some outlet. We miss you, Eric!
  23. I think Tommy Allen did an amazing job mixing Pop Art. I have talked to him several times about what he used and how he got the sound that he did, but man, I just love Sunset strip also. I feel they are the perfect complement to each other. My only regret is that Sunset strip never came out on vinyl or at least to my knowledge it has not.
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