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  1. Anyway, between this news and Lou Rawls and, of course, the coal mining tragedy in WVirginia, man, 2006 is off to a rocky start.

    and that's not mentioning the most tragic musical loss so far, which was lead singer of House Of Freaks Bryan Harvey who, along with his wife and kids, was brutally murdered in Richmond VA on New Years Day....

    not to take anything away from Barry Cowsill, but Bryan was the musical force behind a very cool original duo (sorta Americana folk/rock) and deserves at least as much recognition as one of the less integral members of our beloved Cowsills...

    House of Freaks' hit their peak between 1989 and 1991 with "Tantilla" and "Cakewalk"-- Harvey had a very distinct Lennon-esque voice and wrote some incredible gems along the way (i.e. "40 Years," "Never" "Broken Bones")...

    for more about the disturbing news check out this link:

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/01/07/richmond.slayings.ap/index.html

  2. EXCEPT those of us who might be fans of

    1. hip-hop,

    2. processed cheese C&W (singers who look good in cowboy hats & tight jeans),

    3. movie soundtracks, and

    4. American Idol contestants (and not just the winners anymore...

    Thoughts?

    YOU NAILED IT!!!

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT CONSTITUTES MAINSTREAM MUSIC TODAY...

    AND THE ersatz-PUNK bands who now litter the landscape-- very cookie cutter tattoed/pierced-to-the-gils idiots who couldn't write an original tune to save their life (bar My Chemical Romance)

    also meat & potatoes ROCK:

    3 Doors Down

    Nickelback

    Creed (Strapp)

    Five For Fighting

    stuff like Little Steven's show is "alternative" just like the Raspberries were & still are... nothing mainstream about them, except maybe the song "Starting Over"... good point on Green Day, they've morphed into an Arena-punk band... BUT they have the right idea & are doing it well... bless their hearts and Billy Joe's bad over-enunciating

  3. Pierson you say you dont agree to these songs as band defining but dont give any examples of your choices. Some people dont have time to listen to albums but are open to listening to one song to get an understanding of what a group is about.

    WELL, if you give someone ONE song and hope they get what the band is about, most of the bands listed would be totally misunderstood... that's my point....

    you CAN'T understand Led Zeppelin by listening to "Stairway To Heaven"-- you can't understand The Kinks, Who, Pink FLoyd, Genesis, Big Star, Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, Byrds, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Raspberries, Beatles, Move/ELO, Faces, Jethro Tull by such a crazy idea...

    YOU CAN turn people on to a band by playing the most universally accepted tune, but that's not the best way to do it with classic rock bands who have so much material... especially a band like The Who, or even The Bee Gees (play a disco fan "Lemons Never Forget" and see what they say!!) who vary a lot from decade to decade...

    there are bands who you can do it with and get away with it without it being a big misrepresentation:

    Kiss, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Montrose, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, MC5, Stooges, Ramones, Shoes, AC/DC, Van Halen, Searchers, Dave Clark 5, Grass Roots... but I ALMOST ALWAYS find the most revealing stuff is the stuff you don't hear a lot...

  4. Here's my list for the worst choices of "band defining" songs by those who posted:

    this list should be retitled: top rock songs that white u.s. citizens have had ingrained in their skulls via bad radio and a lame pop culture

    Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

    NO NO NO NO NO

    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

    GOOD SONG, BUT NOT A BAND TO BE DEFINED BY A SONG, FOR SURE

    Aerosmith - Dream On

    DEFINITVE POWER BALLAD?, YES... BUT NOT THE BAND'S DEFINING SONG...

    Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

    ONE OF THE WORST CHOICES POSSIBLE, ONLY BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SO OVERPLAYED IT COULD BE LABELED AS THE MOST USELESS STONES SONG ALIVE... PLEASE PULL OUT 'BETWEEN THE BUTTONS'...

    Beatles - Revolution

    THIS WAS ON THE 'WHITE ALBUM'-- GET IT???

    Cure - Boys Dont Cry

    NOPE

    The Who - Wont Get Fooled Again

    SEE PINK FLOYD COMMENT

    Beach Boys - Babara ann

    JEEEZES.... THIS IS SCARY.... FROM THE BAND WHO BROUGHT US 'PET SOUNDS'.... I'M IN TEARS NOW...

    Elton John - Crocodile Rock

    ALMOST AS BAD AS THE BEACH BOYS CHOICE... ONE OF ELTON'S WORST EARLY SINGLES..., AND THIS WAS THE FIRST 45 I EVER PURCHASED, SHAME ON ME...

    Queen - We Are The Champions

    HUH????

    Rolling Stones - Satifaction

    SEE 'START ME UP'

    Beatles - Hey Jude

    THE MOST UNDEFINABLE BAND....

    Kinks -- Victoria

    SEE PINK FLOYD COMMENT (at least you didn't choose "Lola")

    Genesis - Abacab

    WOT?

    WHATEVER (OR THROW AWAY YOUR SINGLES AND LISTEN TO YOUR ALBUMS):

    Doors - Hello I Love You

    Madonna - Like a Virgin

    Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated

    Turtles - Happy Together

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Don't Do Me Like That

    3 Dog Night - Joy to the World

    Huey Lewis & the News - I Want a New Drug

    Guess Who - American Woman

    Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Cars - Just What I Needed

    Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin

    Monkees Theme - Monkees

    Jump - Van Halen

    Every Breath You Take - Police

    Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton

    Dancing Queen - Abba

    Moondance - Van Morrison

    Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

    Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

  5. not to be a heel, or to take wind out of things, but this is where i cry "foul"...

    Very few bands have one song that "DEFINES" them, ESPECIALLY the Raspberries... it's what Eric fought against after the labels tried to pigeonhole them & make them remake another "Go All The Way" (which, Eric did with ease on "I Wanna Be With You")

    if there is one song by a band that captures their essence at it's most rarified, SURE that's cool.... but for most bands and artists they usually FIGHT against such thinking because it boxes them in and makes their audience LESS open to experiment and expansion (i.e THE BEATLES. Neil Young)...

    for the Berries, it has to be "Go All The Way" because it sets the pace & it opens the door... Sure a lot of other amazing tracks expand on it (i.e. "Ecstasy") while the ballads are of another stripe...

    If anything, "Overnight Sensation" is an anomoly for the Raspberries where it's almost their most atypical song... a masterstroke, indeed, but really the closing note on a brilliant burst of ephemeral magic... and an amazing glimpse into where the band could've progressed... way too short lived...

  6. marvin said:

    STEVIE WONDER (how about throwing "Songs In the Key of Life" and "Hotter Than July" in the mix?)

    ELVIS COSTELLO (I'd include "My Aim Is True" in the mix)

    the only thing is, with "My Aim..." it's not as impressive, although it's right there (just like your Bruce trifecta... you could start w/ the first... but #2,3,4 is really the HIGH MARK...

    w/ Stevie you could go to "Songs..." but after that he's spotty or just a little soft... if i had a choice i would go earlier to "Music Of My Mind" and "Where I'm Coming From"... but the three i picked are where he reaches his creative peak...

  7. Eric's solo LPs, like the 'Berries suffers a hiccup with the third one (Side 3, & Change Of Heart)... both are the weakest of the of albums 1 through 4....

    Here's a few other great trifectas:

    PINK FLOYD
    Dark SIde Of The Moon
    Wish You Were Here
    Animals

    LED ZEPPELIN
    III
    IV
    Houses Of The Holy

    BIG STAR
    #1 Record
    Radio City
    3rd

    JONI MITCHELL
    Blue
    For The Roses
    Court & Spark

    NEIL YOUNG
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    After The Goldrush
    Harvest

    or my personal fave:

    On The Beach
    Tonight's The Night
    Zuma

    ALICE COOPER GROUP
    Killer
    School's Out
    Billion Dollar Babies

    PERNICE BROTHERS
    Overcome By Happiness
    The World Won't End
    Yours Mine & Ours

    ED HARCOURT
    Here Be Monsters
    From Every Sphere
    Strangers

    CLASH
    Clash
    Give Em Enough Rope
    London Calling

    MOTT THE HOOPLE
    All The Young Dudes
    Mott
    The Hoople

    RAMONES
    Ramones
    Leave Home
    Rocket To Russia

    AL GREEN
    Let's Stay Together
    I'm Still In Love With You
    Call Me

    STEVIE WONDER
    Talking Book
    Innervisions
    Fulfillingness' First Finale

    STEELY DAN
    Countdown To Ecstasy
    Pretzel Lgic
    Katy Lied

    KISS
    Kiss
    Hotter Than Hell
    Dress To Kill

    VAN MORRISON
    Astral Weeks
    Moondance
    His Band & The Street Choir

    SHOES
    Present Tense
    Tongue Twister
    Boomerang

    CHEAP TRICK
    Cheap Trick
    In Color
    Heaven Tonight

    JIMI HENDRIX
    Are You Experienced
    Axis: Bold As Love
    Electric Ladyland

    DICTATORS
    Go Girl Crazy
    Manifest Destiny
    Bloodbrothers

    VELVET UNDERGROUND
    Velvet Underground & Nico
    White Light/White heat
    Velvet Underground

    TODD RUNDGREN
    Ballad Of Runt
    Something/Anything
    A Wizard A True Star

    PREFAB SPROUT
    2 Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen)
    From Langley Park To Memphis
    Jordan: The Comeback

    PRINCE
    Purple Rain
    Around The World In A Day
    Parade

    BYRDS
    Mr Tambourine Man
    Turn Turn Turn
    Fifth Dimension

    SQUEEZE
    Argybargy
    East Side Story
    Sweets From A Stranger

    DWIGHT TWILLEY & BAND
    Sincerely
    Twilley Don't Mind
    Twilley

    HARRY NILSSON
    Pandemonium Shadow Show
    Aerial Ballet
    Harry

    DAVID BOWIE
    Hunky Dory
    Ziggy Stardust
    Aladdin Sane

    REPLACEMENTS
    Let It Be
    Tim
    Pleased To Meet Me

    ROXY MUSIC
    For Your Pleasure
    Stranded
    Country Life

    SIMON & GARFUNKEL
    Sound Of Silence
    Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme
    Bookends

    HAMELL ON TRIAL
    Big As Life
    The Chord Is Mightier Than The Sword
    Choochtown

    DRAMARAMA
    Stuck In Wonderamaland
    Vinyl
    Hi Fi Sci Fi

    IVY
    Apartment Life
    Long Distance
    In The Clear

    XTC
    Drums & Wires
    Black Sea
    English Settlement

    THE CHURCH
    Of Skins & Heart
    Blurred Crusade
    Seance

    BADFINGER
    Magic Christian
    No Dice
    Straight Up

    ELVIS COSTELLO
    This Year's Model
    Armed Forces
    Get Happy

    THE WHO
    Sings My Generation
    A Quick One
    Sell Out

    THE KINKS
    Face To Face
    Something Else
    The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

    T. REX
    Electric Warrior
    The Slider
    Tanx

  8. A LOT OF CHOICES ARE VERY QUESTIONABLE:

    Genesis: "...And Then There Were Three", "Duke", "Abacab"

    those 3 above is where they "lost" their old sound-- very sad

    I WOULD GO W/ "LAMB LIES DOWN...", "TRICK OF THE TAIL" "WIND & WUTHERING'

    Queen: "News of the World", "Jazz", "Play the Game"

    ABSOLUTLEY WHERE I LOOSE IT WITH QUEEN...

    I would choose "Queen II", "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Night At The Opera"

    The Cars: "The Cars", "Candy-O", "Panorama"

    "PANORAMA" is a very weak album...

    Boston: "Boston", "Don't Look Back", "Third Stage"

    TOO LONG INBETWEEN LPs & only the first one is "solid"....

    ELTON JOHN
    Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,
    Caribou

    I'll adjust AnneG's Elton to:

    Honky Chateau
    Don't Shoot Me
    GYB Road

    BIG PROBLEM W/ ELTON.... "Don't Shoot Me..." is his weakest album during his "hot streak (i.e. "Elton John" through "Captain Fantastic")

    the best 3 in a row from Elton (imho) are:

    TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER, HONKY CHATEAU

    Marvin got it right the first time w/ this Eagles choice: (can't choose "Hotel Crapafornia" because the original essence of the band is toast...)

    1. Desperado
    2. On the Border
    3. One of These Nights

    HOLLIES
    1. Another Night
    2. Russian Roulette
    3. A Crazy Steal

    MY HOLLIES CHOICES WOULD BE:

    For Certain Because (aka "Stop Stop Stop")
    Evolution
    Butterfly (aka "King Midas In Reverse")

    PAUL MCCARTNEY
    1. Red Rose Speedway
    2. Band On the Run
    3. Venus & Mars

    AS MUCH AS NO ONE WOULD EVER AGREE W "WILDLIFE" (it's definitely as good as "Red Rose...", I WOULD CHOOSE THE FIRST 3 MACCA LPs

    "Mccartney"
    "Ram"
    "Wildlife"

    JACKSON BROWNE:
    1. Late For the Sky
    2. The Pretender
    3. Running On Empty

    AFTER "LATE FOR THE SKY" JB GOT LESS INTERESTING...

    I would definitely go w/ the first 3 solo LPs

    "Jackson Brown"
    "For Everyman"
    "Late For The Sky"

  9. here's my 2 cents:

    THE BEST CHOICES SO FAR:

    BEATLES (does it get any better than this?):
    1. Rubber Soul
    2. Revolver
    3. Sgt Pepper

    BOB DYLAN
    Bringing It All Back Home
    Highway 61 Revisited
    Blonde on Blonde

    ROLLING STONES
    Beggars Banquet
    Let It Bleed
    Sticky Fingers

    AEROSMITH
    "Get Your Wings",
    "Toys in the Attic"
    "Rocks"

    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    1. The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle
    2. Born to Run
    3. Darkness On the Edge Of Town

    & Marvin's ELO choices

  10. the Click Five are lacking something... as much as it's refreshing to see "guitar" based melodic pop/rock (aka power pop), their manufactured looks and overproduced (i.e. pro-tooled vocals) sound doesn't win thewm any points... even Adam's songs sound like they were phoned in-- very by-the-numbers... little deeply felt inspiration (something which the 'Berries always had)...

    they don't hold a candle to other bands doing it in much more sincere fashion: see Lovetap (lovetapmusic.com) or anything on Myracle Brah's "Bleeder" CD.....

  11. i don't know... they are good, but they are not great and do not deserve to be ahead of certain "unheards" that are so much better.... see The Chamber Strings, Chi-towns BEST pop band in many a moon...sadly awol since 2002... i saw the Redwalls on a bill w/ their labelmates Marjorie Fair (the MOST unrecognized brilliant band of 2005) and they were OK, but it's not in that zone that my friend Matt MacHaffie refers to as "Genius Level"-- Children Of A Lesser Faces

  12. One word:

    DUGH!!

    Not so... even though being cynical w/ beatlebum is protocol... anthony does have diabetes and was hospitalized before... that's never been something they used as getting a rise out of others... the death hoax, however could easily be such... BUT you never know...

  13. 1. RASPBERRIES- BB Kings, NYC 7/24 (Sunday)

    2. MARJORIE FAIR- Mercury Lounge, NYC

    3. FLASHCUBES- Paradise, Boston 11/11

    4. SCREEN TEST- Shifty's, Syracuse, NY 7/9

    5. HAMELL ON TRIAL- Saraha Street Grill, Stroudsberg, PA (12/22)

    6. BRIAN WILSON @ Wolf Trap, VA 8/10

    7. PERNICE BROTHERS @ Jammin Java, VA 8/11

    8. ED HARCOURT @ Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ 4/26

    9. JOE'S BAND @ Duck Inn, Chaumont, NY 10/29

  14. No... it's all too very real... which for those of us who received an email from him only hours before he died makes it tougher to fathom...

    here's the email from Drew:

    "Funeral Services are Monday and Tues. ONLY in N.Y. on Long Island. The Mass will be 'at sea' in East Hampton, where his ashes wil be spread throughout the great Atlantic near A'sorig area as a child.

    Again , this all was a sudden shock to myself and both and all our respective families and friends. It all happened so very suddenly on Thurs eve, right after dinner and also right after we were on a few musoc mess brds and sending e mail to my family and to some eric carmen & Moby & Dylan & The BeaTles and Wham! mess brd members like rasbernie and pat pierson and lew & brenda sue and WhamMan and beatlbabyboomer ..& then about 10 hrs later, he pased away at St. Vincent's.

    Anthony Di' Napolitan, Jr.

    R.I.P. March 11th 1956- Dec 22'nd 2005"

  15. yes... drew's spouse anthony passed away (both would from time to time don the "beatlebum" tag, but i think it was anthony who was the "wildest" poster)...

    I'm guessing we both received the same email... it's definitely not a hoax...

  16. Tommy Jitro? Heck I'm Canadian and I don't even know who this is.

    Marv

    Tommy J(ames) and whatever "...Itro" was, made for the moniker in the summer of '72 by the dock of the bay -- taped off the radio....

    "Love Song" does appear on the Rhino best-of (Tommy James the solo years) that came out in the early '90s but's now out of print & a tad price-y-- it also lacks some LP cuts like "Lady Jane".... a PRIMO Canadian-esque pop wonder

  17. Tommy Jitro....good one Pat!

    only just recently tipped to the inside story...

    just picked up a hadnful of TJ vinyl (first 3 solo LPs circa 70-73) -- the first one being a big source of great lost shoulda been hits... still waiting to get the "lone" single "Love Song" which Tommy Allen swears by.... should be here before x-mas

  18. Originally posted by CubfanMike:

    [QB] Canada gave us:

    a few notable obscure and not-so obscure early '70s pop goodies...

    Pagliaro

    A Foot In Cold Water

    Edward Bear

    Octavian

    Creemcheeze Goodtime Band

    Thundermug

    Lighthouse

    Craig Ruhnke

    Copperpenny

    Tommy Jitro

  19. Tom Waits

    Randy Newman

    Carole King

    Joni Mitchell

    Tom Rush

    Tim Hardin

    Fred Neil

    Tim Buckley

    Leonard Cohen

    Lou Reed

    Bryan Ferry

    Difford & Tilbrook (Squeeze)

    Joey Ramone & Dee Dee Ramone

    Rick Neilson (Cheap Trick)

    Marvin Gaye

    Pete Ham (Badfinger)

    Nilsson

    Pagliaro

    Miles Gtoodwyn (April Wine)

    Nick Drake

    Emitt Rhodes

    Ian Huner (Mott The Hoople)

    David Johansen (New York Dolls)

    Alex Chilton & Chris Bell (Big Star)

    Nick Lowe

    Dwight Twilley

    Al Green

    Roy Wood (Move/ Wizzard)

    Marc Bolan (T. Rex)

    Noddy Holder (Slade)

    Joe Strummer & Mick Jones (The Clash)

    Tom Verlain (Television)

    Patti Smith

    Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia (see: American Beauty)

    Sly Stone

    John Prine

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Bill Withers

    Ronnie Laine (Faces)

    Bob Marley

    Gram Parsons

    Graham Parker

    Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers)

    Paul Weller (The Jam)

    Dave Edmunds

    Jeff & John Murphy (Shoes)

    Al Stewart

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