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  1. I still feel the rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame needs to do something like what major league baseball has done in creating a veterans committee. They put in long overdue players (in this case acts) that somehow weren’t voted in by the writers. The Hall cries for Raspberries, Eric Carmen, the Monkees, the Guess Who, Grand Funk, Bad Company and so many more. The first four I mentioned here are literally the soundtrack of my life, along with the Beatles and Beach Boys, from back when I was a teenager. Something has got to change because young people who dig hip hop or rap Won’t pay the fee to go visit the Hall, they don’t even pay for music at this point, and older people like myself aren’t going to bother to visit it when the roots of our youth have been ignored. I went many many years ago and I thought it was a Snoozefest.
  2. I don’t know how, but as great as this was hearing it the first time, this somehow gets better with age.
  3. Think this guy liked “Driving Rain” and “Press To Play” much ?????
  4. The only name dropping I do is when I am on other sports or music boards and I tell people I am personal friends with Lew Bundles
  5. This song was written by my great pal Seth Swirsky
  6. I saw them live around 1979 or 1980 right when “lost in love”, still my favorite song by them, came out.
  7. Rhonda, I hope you can find one because it’s an amazing book!
  8. I predict you will be the 4 millionth poster here!
  9. Here’s that cover version of “Shannon” sung by one of my dearest friends on the planet, Seth Swirsky.
  10. Extremely sad news and I cannot believe that three of them are gone already. So glad I got the opportunity to see him play in person.
  11. Great song. Bands don’t start their songs off slow and go fast anymore like this, similar to the great “Runaround Sue” from Dion and very common in the 30’s. I was at a songwriting seminar a few years ago hosted by Mark Hudson and he talked about this, although he didn’t mention the GFR tune. Remember when Eric was going to play on that aborted Beatles tribute tour before Raspberries reunited? Wasn’t Mark Farner also in the “band” with him?
  12. youtube.com/watch?v=91uNkjuPMXU&t=2s
  13. Raspberries, to me, will always be the most underrated band of all time. It’s amazing to me how many people still don’t know that Eric Carmen, the solo artist, was the lead singer for the band. I might be prejudiced in the matter, but I also think that Fotomaker was extremely underrated at least for those first two albums, both of which I still listen to often.
  14. “She Loves You” best pop song if all time, IMO. Literally changed the world.
  15. Such an underrated record. I recently bought this on iTunes just so I could listen to it in the car. Three different versions of “I wanna hear it from your lips”, two not on the LP.
  16. Wish they would put out the rest of the series on 180 g.
  17. Love it. Would love to hear this remixed with modern equipment. Tommy Allen are you listening???
  18. Number one, number two, number four (three times) , all checked and I also saw him with the Mccarl/mcBride raspberries in the 70s once and as a solo artist six times. Not going to number three still haunts me to this day. Somebody told me he was coming on a tour to Chicago and that’s the only reason I didn’t go and of course it never happened. That show needs to be released on DVD!
  19. “Sleep with me” is one of the most controversial songs I’ve ever seen when it comes to splitting fans of Eric Carmen. I absolutely love it. Definitely in my top 10 of his, maybe even top five. In fact, I saw Kirk post this guys version of it on Facebook and I couldn’t respond because my head was about to explode on some of the people on there so I’m glad over here Eric is getting positive reviews. Listen to Eric‘s version at the 3:24 mark of the song. The “ohhh” that he growls is something everyone who’s ever sang rock ‘n’ roll should aspire for. Utter magnificence!
  20. One of my daughters is getting me this for Christmas. Really looking forward to it!
  21. 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!
  22. 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…..
  23. 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!
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