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  1. I've wanted to like Keith Urban from the get go-- a cool lookin' guy playing rock pop music who looks like he listens to good music... (he coulda been a contender as the new male Shelby Lynne)

    however, every single note I've heard from him has been this very DULL BLAND useless homogenized ersatz-country rock... there's NO guts to it...

    as deep and sentimemtal as he seems, he comes across as a very calculated performer & his songs lack even the edge of a Bread song... who he kinda reminds me of...

  2. Savage is a hate-monger, but a smart one. He goes too far, but for a while, he make alot of scary sense.

    that's exactly how evil spreads... people didn't listen to Hitler because he was "far out"-- not that Savage is close to that same "dichotomy"... But still, it's very easy to couch sentiments which hit home and all of us agree with and then use it to expand a truly misguided IDEA...

    he's dangerous, but i think most people with their heads screwed on realize he's nuts, albeit with some small doses of basic American conservative goodness...

  3. The season finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has a special guest star playing Larry David's mother..................BEA ARTHUR!!!!!!!!!!!! (Looking hotter than ever, I might add!!!!!)

    no doubt Bea is belting out "Follow Me" whilst wearing her "Babes On Broadway" tour '77 t-shirt... or maybe that's on the editor's flor
  4. I also have never understood the fascination with the Pistols

    I like a quick three minute song also, but at least give me something that has a sense of melody and has evidence that thought and intelligence went into the construction of the song.

    MARVIN, i give you, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols"-- like Bob Allen said, it's a power pop record... and it's about as wicked a condemnation of the 1970s UK government, you'll want to hear... it's vitriol coming from a source of intelligence, albeit, a wee bit CRASS, but nonetheless INTENSE and without shame... and Sir Rotten's aplomb was pure R&R attitude...

    the "construction" of their songs is WHAT gives them POWER: see: "Holidays In The Sun" or "EMI" or "Anarchy In The UK"-- almost everything works on a release formula not unlike our boys The Raspberries... I'm telling you, it makes more sense to play the Sex Pistols after "Ecstasy" or "I Don't Know What I Want" than Pezband or Candy...

    now if we could see the forfathers like Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls, Stooges, and Alice Cooper get in there...

  5. Originally posted by raspberrywine:

    [QB] The Sex Pistols bodes well for the Raspberries, at least indirectly.

    NOT REALLY.... The SEX PISTOLS changed an entire country, if not region... they were like an atom bomb in England in 1977 & (along with The Clash & Ramones) the quintesential punk rock band...

    if you change England, you can indirectly change the USA... Sex Pistols did that... see any kids today with piercings??? and dye in their hair? and spiked hair?? it ain't because Bob Seger is on the radio all the time...

    also imagine a song coming out today saying Bush is a moron, potential H-bomb going to the top?

    great UK chart success:

    God Save The Queen #2

    Pretty Vacant #6

    Holidays In The Sun #8

    "Never Mind The Bollocks" #1

    No One Is Innocent (a punk prayer by Ronnie Biggs) #7

    Something Else #3

    "Great R&R Swindle" soundtrack #3

    Silly Thing #6

    C'mon Everybody #3

    "Some Product" (useless oddities collection) #6

  6. West Side Story has always been too dated and cornball for me. The choreography...the music...Come on Sissy-Boys! That's why everybody has made fun of it on late night sketch comedy shows for years! Maybe if I saw it in the early 60's, I may have been impressed...

    Maybe if you'd break away from a little prejudice... musicals will always be "gay"... BUT WSS had a sublime effect on punk rock (sorta funneled thru Dion & Dictators; BRONX boize) & of course Alice Cooper nicely covered Gutter Cats Vs. Jets--
  7. "Like an old familiar poem that still won't rhyme, I could get back to the place but not the time."

    Anyone remember who wrote it and the song title?

    old onion face..... PW

    i remember it because what does getting back to a "PLACE" but not the time have in common with a poem that doesn't rhyme... the poem that never ryhmed was always the same whereas the place has changed... kind of a weak metaphor...

  8. If Todd, Kasim, Elliot Easton, and Prairie Prince got together to play Raspberrie's songs and called themselves The New Raspberries

    well.... news out of Zion, ILLINOIS says that Todd Rundgren's tour plans for 2007 is to hook up w/ Gary Klebe of Shoes & Jamie Hoover of Spongetones and do the whole Shoes catalog as Nu Shooz
  9. i was thinking about this the other day after hearing "as we go along" from "HEAD"..

    it's totally MICKEY DOLENZ... an extremely underrated pop voice of the '60s... he also sang the "Porpoise Song"-- the greatest moment in Monkees music history

  10. in no particular order:

    Twin Peaks


    st. elsewhere


    gilmore girls

    my so-called life

    leave it to beaver

    avengers (emma peel years)



    breaking bonaduce (best reality series ever)


    hollywood heartbeat (circa 1980-1981 pre-MTV video show, hosted by Bob Welch)


    andy griffith


    man from u.n.c.l.e.

    the prisoner

    beavis & butthead


    freaks & geeks


    fawlty towers

    monty python's flying circus

    my world & welcome to it

    love american style



    on the air (short-lived D. Lynch show)

    Ben Stiller Show

    Get A Life

  11. Guilty Pleasures indeed I love most of these songs and artists but Keith when you include Barbara Streisand's The Way We Were" I'm sorry in the words of John Hall and Daryl Oates "I Can't Go For That"

    I almost agree, but even Babs fits this category.... for a very brief moment (circa 1970) she tried to be "good" by trying to pull off her own "Dusty In Memphis"... i.e. doing great, not well-known songs by people like Randy Newman, Laura Nyro etc... she even covered Bowie's 'Life On Mars'....

    This was when she had a "hit" with "Stoney End", which is a GREAT guilty pleasure... still, she almost ruins it by singing it w/ lame execution (bad timing)... and "The Way We Were" almost passes for decent schlock... after that she's dreadful

  12. I was just wondering why Beatles tunes were dropped for that show, since they've spoken about how they enjoy playing them, and since they did perform 2 non-Raspberries songs, I Can't Explain and Needles and Pins.

    Not that i take any credit for the change in the set list... but some of us did post our feelings regarding the lack of some 'Berries tunes vs. the inclusion of too many covers...


    Someone mentioned this in the recent AC thread...

    and this is not to take anything away from the thrill of hearing the Raspberries do a cover version... it's almost always a pretty cool idea & it's great to hear Eric talk about his roots...

    that said, the main complaint I heard from friends who saw the NYC show was that there were too many covers & that they would've loved to have heard a few more originals in their place (Matt Pinfield & I agreed on this one)...

    I think they made a wise decision to drop the Beatles covers ("Twist & Shout" & "Please Mr. Postman")... and just do one Beatles tune ("Baby's In Black") and do a smattering of classic '60s tunes...

    still, in lieu of "Needles & Pins" or even a spot-on "Mr. Tambourine Man", it's probably a better idea to include tunes like "I Can Remember," "Don't Want To Say Goodbye," "I Saw The Light," & "Starting Over" especially since these are MUCH MORE IMPRESSIVE & they're the band's own songs...

    I still remember HOW AMAZING "I Saw The Light" was in Cleveland & I'm still befuddled as to why they don't bring it back... THAT was where the band really became transcendent that November night...

    And I'm guessing those who attend LA will be much akin to the NYC crowd... maybe even more diehard... and to wait & hear this band (live!) play those songs IS THE EXACT reason why this whole reunion is so special... I don't think LA should be spared one single original tune they have in their repertoire... IT'S TOO IMPORTANT!

  13. Guilty Pleasures:

    Alessi- London

    Peppermint Rainbow- Will You Be Staying After Sunday

    Gladys Knight & the Pips- Got To Use My Imagination

    Andy Kim- So Good Together

    Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds- Fallin' In Love

    Andy Williams- One Day Of Your Life

    Partridge Family- Summer Days

    Dino Desi & Billy- Tell Soemone You Love Them

    Melissa Manchester- Midnight Blue

    Yvonne Elliman- If I Can't Have You

    Michael Jackson- Got To Be There

    Rita Coolidge- We're All Alone

    Diana Ross- Touch Me In The Morning

    Paul Williams- Travelling Boy

    New Colony Six- Things I'd Like To Say

  14. Pat I agree that they're all good songs, but I'm still keeping all my Eagles records, thanks.


    well, yeah they're all "good" songs but the ones i pointed out transcend "guilty pleasure" and ar as worthy as any "legit" artist people think are credible...

    I've got my Eagles records too, up until "One Of These Nights"-- although at some point i'll pay a buck to get "Wasted Time" from Hotel Crapafornia...

  15. 10. I Want You Back – the Jackson 5

    19. Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan

    20. Oh Girl – the Chi Lites

    21. Everything I Own – Bread

    28. Shannon – Henry Gross


    Well, these are so good there's no reason (beyond artist association) to be guilty about them... in fact I'd take most them over the whole Eagles catalog and would never trade them for single Rush record.... but that's me....
  16. LC said:

    But -- if I could be just a bit curmudgeonly -- I never thought of "Overnight Sensation" as this undiscovered, secretive, members-only, non-hit of a song that never made an impact. While it hasn't received "Bohemian Rhapsody"-sized attention, it did make some noise on the charts. Heck, it spent time in 1974 on the Top 40 chart in Billboard; in fact, I think it reached No. 20, right?

    NOT really true.... BEYOND it's deceiving #18 "chart position" "Overnight Sensation" really is exactly as he put it... It never got any REAL airplay (I never heard it on NJ or NY radio)...sorta like Dwight Twilley Band's "I'm On Fire"... as soon as it fell off the charts it was never heard of again...

    AND, after that, despite "Rolling Stone"'s accolades, it fell on deaf ears, bar the diehard Raspberries fans... It's very obscure in the grand scheme of things...also: his "River Deep..." analogy is an amazing insight....

  17. For a far more coherent and "finished" version try The Bangles version.

    of the cover versions (i.e. Searchers, Bangles, Squire) I've heard, The Bangles really do a POOR job of it, zapping most of its spontaniety along w/ getting a good amount of the lyrics wrong... and it's got that bad 1986 production, too
  18. -but *someone* wants him out there. Is this so he can preserve his legacy? Doubtful. It's to make money. Not that there's anything WRONG with that...

    Just my opinion.. [/QB]

    that side of the story i don't doubt... & wouldn't it be nice if his "handlers" were more sensitive to what's best for him... that is still a 'sad' story... & you're right...

    I do hope that deep down he's happy that his music was restored and that he was finally able to reach people with what is his greatest creations... it is hard to tell how much he cares/cared... the night I saw him play (in August) he was ecstatic & happy... But I do know that he's tired of all the touring...

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