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  1. James…I completely missed the Raspberries statement…Good catch…
  2. Our Ec.com and Raspbernie author companero, Ken Sharp did a Goldmine interview with Gene Simmons… https://www.goldminemag.com/10-albums-that-changed-my-life/gene-simmons-on-the-10-albums-that-changed-his-life
  3. James…congrats on finding your slice of Heaven, but it has changed you-and not necessarily for the better…Do you realize that it’s been about three days and you haven’t once asked Bernie about Dolly Parton’s knockers?…Bring back the old James…
  4. Vinnie, here’s what I figure…and believe me, I don’t know the guy at all…I figure he wakes up, goes to the gym, comes home, has lunch, fiddles around on the computer a bit, checks his stocks, takes a nap, goes out to dinner with his wife, comes home, watches a movie or Fox channel, looks at the dust accumulating on his piano, laughs and calls it a night…
  5. In an interesting piece of trivia, when the writer Stephen King was asked, "What is the origin of the phrase ‘the shining’ as a description of psychic power?” He replied, “The origin of that was a song by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band called 'Instant Karma!' The refrain went ‘We all shine on.’ I really liked that, and used it.” https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/instant-success-john-lennon-instant-034951659.html
  6. Eric Carmen Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 8:47 | Views - 661 He became disillusioned with the idea of being an artist. He only learned to sing because he had to. He never really liked his voice, and still don't really. So he decided he'd just be a songwriter. One day, his former producer, Jimmy Ienner, called and said he was working on the film Dirty Dancing. He had this one song, and he thought Eric was the guy to sing it. He sent the tape and they ended up recording the song. The next thing he knew, Dirty Dancing sold 15 million albums, and all of a sudden, Eric was a performer again." https://goldfm.lk/life/other/357/eric-carmen
  7. 'Hungry Heart' for The Ramones. "I saw the Ramones in Asbury Park," the Boss told Jimmy Fallon, "And we were talking for a while, and I was like, 'Man I've got to write the Ramones a song.' So I went home and I sat at my table and I wrote it in about the time it took me to sing it. I brought it in and we went to make a demo for it or I played it for [Johnny Ramone], and he said, 'Nah, you better keep that one.' He was right about that. It did pretty well." Neil Diamond wrote and recorded 'I'm a Believer' before The Monkees. "The head of my record company freaked," Diamond told Mojo Magazine in 2008, according to People. "He went through the roof because he felt that I had given No. 1 records away to another group. I couldn't have cared less because I had to pay the rent and the Monkees were selling records, and I wasn't being paid for my records." Billy Idol passed on 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' by Simple Minds. Before it became a smash hit, thanks to 1985's The Breakfast Club, the track was sent to Billy Idol. The star opted not to record it, though, creating a huge opportunity for Simple Minds. The Scottish rock band almost rejected the song, too, but had a change of heart after meeting the film's director, John Hughes, and music producer Keith Forsey. "Very simply, we liked them, and were like, ‘Why don’t we give this a go? Spend a few hours, see what's what,'" lead singer Jim Kerr told The Morning Call. 'Call Me' was intended for Stevie Nicks. Nicks had to pass on the song due to her jam-packed schedule, leaving the opportunity wide open for Blondie. Giorgio Moroder, the song's composer, asked the band to write the lyrics. "As soon as I heard Deborah [Debbie Harry] singing a rough version of 'Call Me,' I knew we had a hit," he said at the time, according to Far Out Magazine. Take Me Home, Country Roads' could've been a Johnny Cash song. Co-writers Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert penned the classic in hopes that Cash would record it. Once John Denver heard it, though, he insisted the song had to be his. In fact, he stayed up all night with the duo to help put the finishing touches on the track. "John's incredible energy was what made it happen," Danoff told News4 Washington. "It took John, who was a ball of fire in those days, to say, 'Well, let's do it now, like an old Mickey Rooney movie; let's put on a show!'" David Bowie wrote 'Golden Years' for Elvis Presley. Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Parker reportedly asked the singer to write a track for the King of Rock 'n' Roll. After he presented him with "Golden Years," Elvis passed on the track. But he reportedly sent Bowie a note that said: "All the best, and have a great tour." Neil Young originally gave 'Powderfinger' to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sadly, the country rock group never had a chance to record it after a devastating plane crash took lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's life in 1977. Five other people died in the tragedy, including guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. Young, who always had an admiration for Van Zant, decided to record the song himself two years later for his album Rust Never Sleeps. Rod Stewart almost performed 'Physical” The songwriters had Rod Stewart in mind for the record, but it ended up going to Olivia Newton-John instead. "Roger Davies was my manager at the time; he played it for me and I knew it was a very catchy song! Jon Farrar, my producer, and I stuck pretty close to the demo, although he added his amazing guitars," the late actress told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. "I wasn’t actually aware at the time that it was written for [Rod Stewart]." https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/g42310138/songs-almost-sung-by-someone-else/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=arb_fb_esq_m_ios_am_g42310138
  8. LC…That’s the first thing that struck me as well-the number of posters that are still banging away here…I joined in 2002 but didn’t post until a long time later… The 2nd thing that struck me is all the “fans” that have jumped ship from here…I always wondered how some people were such an active part of this community(and EC fandom) and disappear… The 3rd thing-The disappearance of Kazumi…I assume the worst… 4th-I don’t have the patience anymore to seek out new music…The recommendations of fellow posters(and the ability to punch up one of those endorsements on YouTube have proven to be a. godsend in terms of money and time…In the pre-ec.com days, there have been endless dollars and time spent on seeking out any recording act that a reviewer dropped a “ sounds like the Raspberries “ comment into their diatribe only to realize that after a spin or two that the lp was “suitable for frisbee”…
  9. Or try this…(clip may take a few seconds upload up)…
  10. https://www.tunefind.com/artist/eric-carmen
  11. man recalls story on singing EC karaoke tune… All the boys think she’s a spy, she’s got…Eric Carmen’s blinds.I had three double-shots of Cazadores and two Rainiers in just over an hour before entering The Signature on Queen Anne last Friday for their karaoke night. Drinking post-happy hour with friends at Lecosho on the Harbor Steps caused me to overshoot my ideal singing buzz by more than a bit. We got there a half hour before it started and were disappointed by the thin selection of songs. They had one half-inch thick binder that had a few pages organized by artist and a few by title. For a place that occasionally has a cash prize karaoke contest, that puny list was very surprising. Most of the time I hardly have a song plan and just go with the flow, but I had my heart set on singing all Eddie Money all night–and they didn’t have a single song of his. My friend Mike had a great idea to do “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot, and that wasn’t there either. It’s a good thing we were as drunk as we were, because it would have been a real pain in the ass to settle on something otherwise.The place was about a quarter full when karaoke started. The bar area where we were sitting had a few tables of people as did the restaurant. The KJ’s station was right in the corner between the two sections. We adapted to the songs available and turned in our slips as soon as the KJ was ready for them. The KJ was very upbeat and greeted everyone with a smile. He reminded us of a Persian Ralph Macchio. The first singer was a gal that did Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” It’s not my favorite to hear, but it’s a good sound check song, and she projected her voice well enough that he was able to set his levels properly I was called up next and tried, for the first time ever, “Make Me Lose Control” by Eric Carmen. It’s one of my favorite songs from the 80’s and a number I never would have attempted had I not learned how to ask to turn the key down. The song starts out mellow enough, but it hikes up really quick; and even with the key change I was hanging on for dear life pretty much the entire time. Trying to make it through a song like that really makes one appreciate and understand how amazing some of these pop vocalists are… https://www.seattleweekly.com/music/all-the-boys-think-shes-a-spy-shes-got-eric-carmens-blinds-i-had/
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