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  1. 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!

    Since there is going to be some push from LA's "Breakfast With The Beatles" radio program, a couple of Beatles tunes will most likely have to be played. And that's cool, but I hope they decide to include as many originals as possible...

  2. Q magazine voted A day in the life by the Beatles as the best British song ever!

    Place 2: Waterloo sunset-The Kinks

    Which are your British best?

    i can't argue with 1&2:

    A Day In The Life- The Beatles

    Waterloo Sunset- The Kinks

    #3: Common People by Pulp or The Universal by Blur (for a '90s Brit Pop choice, that is)

    how about Bowie's "Heroes" & "Life On Mars" or Mott The Hoople's (via Bowie) "All The Young Dudes" or The Jam's "That's Entertainment"-- i'm sure most are on the list...

  3. lotsa McCartney albums are mixed & appeal to different parts of the crowd...

    records like "Wild Life" & "Press To Play" never get the props they deserve & I find them vastly more interesting & appealing than "Band On The Run".... that doesn't mean they're better... i have yet to hear the new one, but it's been a long time since I REALLY liked anything from a new McCartney record...

    also...check out his b-sides like "Flying To My Home" & "Ode To Koala Bear" -- there's a lot of "lost" areas of Macca's that are worth seeking out...

    if you've heard everything & need the next best thing, seek out Van Duren's "Are You Serious"-- an LP from 1977 that i rank right up there w/ "RAM" & "Something/Anything" as a pinnacle of '70s pop.. it's CD pressing on the Japanese label Air Mail is already out of print, but copies may be afloat out there...

  4. Any recommended Oasis song picks by any of you?

    for swagger purposes nuthin touches the 1st album, "Definitely Maybe":

    check out:

    1. "Rock & Roll Star"

    2. "Supersonic"

    3. "Cigarettes & Alcohol"

    4. "Live Forever"

    5. "Digsy's Diner"

    great non-LP stuff made it to a collection, "The Masterplan"...

    1. "Underneath The Sky"

    2. "It's Good To Be Free"

    3. "Stay Young"

    4. "Rockin Chair"

    Beatlesque stuff:

    1. "Whatever"

    2. "She's Electric"

    3. "I Am The Walrus"

    they went downhill after the 2nd LP (Morning Glory)....

  5. watching Raspberries doing "I Can Remember" at HOB in Cleveland alongside Tommy & Bob Allen & Nick Celeste... we were all stunned...

    seeing a "healthy" Brian Wilson play his first solo NYC gig at The Beacon... saw Handsome Dick Manitoba at the After-party

    seeing Hamell On Trial return to the NYC stage after his near-fatal car crash which took him a year to recover from...

    seeing Roxy Music reform & play NYC and open w/ "Remake Remodel"

    Cheap Trick numerous times:

    1. my first concert in Kingston, Ontario where they encored w/ Alice Cooper's "I'm 18"

    2. 1993 New Year's eve where they did "Heaven Tonight"

    3. 1997 when they did "Cheap Trick" in its entirety....

    Raspberries at BB Kings playing harder & better than the Cleveland gig... & doing "I Don't Know What I Want"

    Flashcubes (aka Screen Test +1) at TT Bears doing a ripping version of The Move's "Hello Susie" ... drummer Tommy Allen doing the Bev Bevan break w/ thunderous aplomb... a moveable feast--very hammer of the gods...

    Chris Von Sniedern doing Big Star & Flamin Groovies songs w/ Flashcubes at IPO... this bill also included The Shazam, & The Nines

    REM at Drew University in '84 for the "Preconstruction" tour which was limited east coast swing of colleges to play most of the then unreleased "Fables Of The Reconstruction" LP-- unlike the LP, the material was performed with an intesnity & magic... they opened w/ "Feeling Gravity's Pull" and you immediately knew this was another step into the unknown.... & i got to meet them at sound check where they doing the 2nd part of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain"

    seeing Screen Test in 1982 (underage) at The Jab in Syracuse after years of waitng to see them live... it was on the same night me & friends saw the Police at The Carrier Dome which was sorely lacking any kind of magic or power.... this crystalized the "club" experience for me & it was the band at the peak of their powers...

    Psychedelic Furs reunite in 2000 & play Surf Stock & open w/ "Into You Like A Train"

    Echo & The Bunnymen reunite in 2001 & play a secret gig for press at Fez & encore w/ "Ocean Rain"

    scalping tix for face value to see Radiohead at Tramps in NYC... "The Bends" had just come out...

    going to see Jeff Buckley the next night at Roseland (opening for Juliana Hatfield) making the usually crappy sounding club sound like heaven... met Claire Danes in the lobby between sets (i was a huge My So-Called Life fan)

  6. mine were:

    1. Kiss- Alive

    2. Aerosmith- Rocks

    3. Lynyrd Skynyrd- One More For/From The Road

    4. Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here

    5. BTO- Not Fragile

    6. Alice Cooper- Greatest Hits

    7. Elton John- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    8. Led Zeppelin- IV

    9. Kiss- Dressed To Kill

    10. Queen- Sheer Heart Attack

    what I now think are the ten best "Junior High" albums ever:

    1. Kiss- Alive

    2. Alice Cooper- Greatest Hits

    3. Aerosmith- Rocks

    4. Montrose- Montrose

    5. Led Zeppelin- IV

    6. Guns n' Roses- Appetite For Destruction

    7. My Chemical Romance- Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

    8. Nirvana- Nevermind

    9. New York Dolls- New York Dolls

    10. Ramones- Rocket To Russia

    honorable mention:

    11. Dictators- Go Girl Crazy

    for some reason power pop is too wimpy except some of "Starting Over" for the junior high school male...

    other dubious & not-so dubious notables would be AC/DC's "Back In Black", Van Halen's "Women & Children First", Deep Purple's "Machine Head", Who's "Who's Next", Judas Priest's "Screaming For Vengence", Iron Maiden's "Number Of The Beast", Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", Black Flag's "Damaged", Sex Pistols' "Never Mind The Bollocks..."

  7. everything popdude said was spot on...

    there is also this to consider...

    power pop should not be a term to categorize a band... it should be a term to define a certain type of song!!!!!

    sure, in the post-Berries daze there were bands like 20/20, pezband, rubinoos, flashcubes, shoes who were primarily considered "power pop" bands because they took the lead from songs like "Go All The Way" and Big Star's "September Gurls"-- but usually there was much more depth to these bands than 10 songs that were all 3 minutes long w/ high energy....

    if you don't think "September Gurls" has as much magic as any of the prime 'Berries tunes, that's a matter of taste... & popdude clearly explains the differences betwen the two bands...

    some people think the reverse... I DON'T-- I Think both are the two DEFINING/QUINTESSENTIAL power pop songs... but there is a difference in style & attitude... and lyrics....

    that said, the Raspberries pack more punch & truly expanded on the concept to much more stellar (power pop purist) results with songs like "Tonight," "Ecstasy," & "Play On"...

    Also, yes Bernie, there's not one song on the new Big Star CD that could be considered "power pop" a la "September Gurls" or even the more-standard "In The Street"...

    the new Big Star CD sounds like what it truly is: a Posies CD with some songs by Alex Chilton the solo artist (2 Jon Auer songs, 2 Ken Stringfellow songs, 1 Jody Stephens song & the rest are Alex's)... not one of Alex's songs bears any of the haunting magic that the three Big Star LPs had...

    the opening cut, "Dony" is a good basic Big Star rock/pop song, but not a power pop song (that requires urgency which Alex ain't got)... the rest of Alex's songs sound like bar-room rock... not bad, but not great.... The Posies' tunes are really good, though.... Jon Auer is still getting better (i.e. "Lady Sweet" or from the new Posies CD, 'Every Kind Of Light' check out "Conversations")

  8. 1967, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1983, 1984...There's no cycle here.

    well there are some cycles:

    1955-1959 (1st r&r boom)

    1964-1968 (british invasion)

    1971-1974 (glam/power pop 1st phase & good singer-songwriters)

    1977-1982 (punk/new wave)

    1991-1996 (grunge)

    1994-1999 (Brit Pop)

    2001-2005 (new new wave/indie/garage)

    AM radio was best between 1966-1970 although it was good through 1975...

    FM radio was best between 1968-1975 & was good up until 1980... got a boost between 1981-1987 when alternative radio flourished & college radio picked up some slack...

  9. Tony Cartmill said:

    Do you think Beatlebum's taste in music was colored by the image and counter-culture flamboyance of some of the bands he liked, or was it just the music?

    It was definitely the music first... all of his choices made sense... but it's definitley a personal thing & it fit his personality, as far as i could tell-- despite his nasty reactionary side & the horrid typing...

    but that's what we all sorta strive for-- music that resonates with our deepest feelings... he did just that... no one i know says they love art garfunkel's solo work because it's fashionable...

  10. I can't believe no one has mentioed 1972! The time span from late '71 until early '73 remains untouched to this day, IMHO.

    it's my 2nd choice...

    1972 singles/songs:

    Alice Cooper- School's Out

    Raspberries- Go All The Way-

    Badfinger- Day After Day & Baby Blue (the former charting in Dec 71)

    Todd Rundgren- I Saw The Light

    Roxy Music- Virginia Plain

    America- I Need You

    Mott The Hoople- All The Young Dudes

    T. Rex- Telegram Sam & Metal Guru

    Lou Reed- Walk On The Wild Side

    Slade- Coz I Love You

    Sweet- Little Willy

    Raspberries- I Wanna Be With You

    Bread- The Guitar Man & Everything I Own

    Ringo Starr- Back Off Boogaloo

    David Bowie- Starman & Suffragette City

    Elton John- Rocket Man

    Rolling Stones- Tumbling Dice

    Alice Cooper- Elected

    Gary Glitter- Rock n Roll Pt II

    Bill Withers- Use Me

    Stevie Wonder- Superstition

    Nilsson- Without You

    Neil Young- Heart Of Gold

    Looking Glass- Brandy

    Temptations- Papa Was A Rollin' Stone

    Leon Russell- Tight Rope

    ELP- From The Beginning

    Lobo- I'd Love You To Want Me

    Jo Jo Gunne- Run Run Run

    Gilbert O'Sullivan- Alone Again (Naturally)

    Sly & The Family Stone- Runnin' Away

    Marvin Gaye- Trouble Man

    Bee Gees- Run To Me

    Hollies- Jesus Was A Crossmaker

    A Foot In Cold Water- (Make Me Do) Anything You Want

    Spinners- I'll Be Around

    Thundermug- Orbit

    Jonathan Edwards- Sunshine

    Cat Stevens- Morning Is Broken

    Al Green- I'm Still In Love With You


    Big Star- #1 Record

    Lou Reed- Transformer

    David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust

    Mott The Hoople- All The Young Dudes

    Badfinger- Straight Up

    Raspberries- Raspberries & Fresh

    Al Green- I'm Still In Love With You

    Roxy Music- Roxy Music

    Rolling Stones- Exile On Main Street

    Todd Rundgren- Something/Anything

    Alice Cooper- School's Out

    Joni Mitchell- For The Roses

    Stevie Wonder- Talking Book

    T. Rex- The Slider

    Steely Dan- Can't Buy A Thrill

    Yes- Fragile

    Neil Young- Harvest

    Pink Floyd- Obscured By Clouds

    Peter Frampton- Wind Of Change

    Deep Purple- Machine Head

    Nick Drake- Pink Moon

    Black Sabbath- Vol 4

    Carly Simon- No Secrets

    Rod Stewart- Never A Dull Moment

    Al Green- Let's Stay Together

    Aretha Franklin- Young Gifted & Black

    The Wailers- Catch A Fire

    Curtis Mayfield- Superfly

    Elton John- Honky Chateau

    Jethro Tull- Thick As A Brick

  11. also... to refresh some memories...

    1976 gave us:


    Convoy- CW McCall

    Rhythm Heritage- Theme From SWAT

    Johnnie Taylor- Disco Lady

    Bellamy Brothers- Let Your Love Flow

    Walter Murphy- Fifth Of Beethoven

    Starland Vocal band- Afternoon Delight

    Bee Gees- You Should Be Dancing

    Rick Dees- Disco Duck

    KC & Sunshine Band- Shake Your Booty

    Barry Manilow- I Write The Songs

    not what i would call a highpoint in pop music...

    1976 just brings to mind a world before punk (Ramones did debut, but to virtually zero fanfare) & new wave, where disco was rising, rock was becoming more corporate, and AM radio sounded like a bunch of jingles where the production resembled the backing music to "CHiPS"....

    also, it was where Elton John lost the thread as well as Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, ... even McCartney/Wings were too bland..

  12. Yes, 1976 does it for me as well. Too many songs and memories to list here.


    not for nuthin... but this was where the honeymoon began to end.... by comparison 1966 makes '76 look like the worst year ever....

    in 1966 we had:

    Beatles- Revolver

    Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

    Kinks- Face To Face

    Rolling Stones- Aftermath

    Who- Quick One

    Small Faces- Small Faces

    Byrds- Turn Turn Turn & 5D

    Hollies- Hear Here & Bus Stop

    Love- Love

    Bob Dylan- Blonde On Blonde

    #1 songs:

    Sounds Of Silence- Simon & Garfunkel

    We Can Work It Out- Beatles

    These Boots Are Made For Walkin- Nancy Sinatra

    Good Lovin'- Rascals

    Paint It Black- Stones

    Paperback Writer- Beatles

    Strangers In The Night- Frank

    Hanky Panky- Tommy James

    Wild Thing- Troggs

    Summer In The City- Lovin' Spoonful

    Sunshine SUperman- Donovan

    You Can't Hurry Love- Supremes

    CHerish- Association

    96 Tears- ? & The Mysterians

    Last Train To Clarksville- Monkees

    Poor Side Of Town- Johnny Rivers

    Good Vibrations- Beach Boys

    I'm A Believer- Monkees

    one-hit wonders:

    Knickerbockers- Lies

    Bob Lind- Elusive Butterfly

    Capitols- Cool Jerk

    Standells- Dirty Water

    Syndicate Of Sound- Hey Little Girl

    Napoleon XIV- They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Haa!

    Count Five- Psychotic Reaction

  13. Tony Cartmill said:

    So Pierson, give us a list of bands and albums BeatleBum revived in your memory, that you recommend we check out if we can...

    the thing about what Beatlebum liked was that it came from a guy who was near 50 who live in NYC & was gay & got to see/hear a lot of interesting stuff...

    he really liked a lot of campy stuff... but I think he liked all the great disco & synth pop bands which I know a lot of rock/pop or pop/rock fans would find useless...

    for those of us rock/pop fans who want the GOOD disco & synth pop records, he liked things like First Choice (great early '70s pre-disco soul girl group)... George McCrae & he liked Soft Cell, Human League, Heaven 17 etc...

    lotsa good '90s Brit pop: Blur, Suede, Pulp, Oasis

    but on top of that, he GOT the late '60s soft pop (sunshine pop) & '70s mor soft pop that to me is intrinsic to Eric Carmen's best stuff... even though some of it teeters into cheese... it is very good guilty pleasure AM pop stuff like Orpheus, Alessi, Cowsills, Dino Desi & Billy, Carpenters...

    & he liked all the good glam rock stuff... even Edgar Winter's "Shock Treatment" LP...

    the newest thing he'd want everyone to check out was the Scissor Sisters... THAT he was crazy about... I'm not a huge fan, but they seem to channel in a mid-'70s AM pop vibe with '90s Brit pop... & they are totally unfashionable... in a fashionable way... Kinda like George Michael meets Hello (the band who did "New York Groove" originally)....

  14. Tony Cartmill said:

    Sorry Greg. It's just the politicaly correct tolerance mindset thing...


    I am as anti-PI as they come... but I do try to think outside a box... Tolerance is NOT a politically correct idea... forcing a specific "Tolerance" on people IS...

    You had every right to react the way you did to Beatlebum... that's fine... but if one follows his reactionary lead, then it usually snowballs... and it becomes useless fast... just like the majority of right-wing/left-wing banter on cable news & radio.... if you try to actually talk to someone who you disagree with, it might be beneficial.... or it might be infuriating... the best discussions/debates are those where the talk may be heated & passionate, but never vitriolic or disrespectful....

    either way, it's better than screaming obscenities & flipping the bird, however cathartic those reactions may be.... some people can bring out the worse in all of us because they do indeed press all the wrong buttons & have no sense of tactfulness... beatlebum was very good at that

    the more you block out diverging opinions the more close-minded you get... there's nothing wrong w/ being conservative or liberal, just vent your opinions & beefs with courtesy & understanding.... if you do run into someone who won't listen or learn or respect your space/ideas, then screw them... move on... we do all have our limits...

    rock on... and keep your ears open...

  15. Raspbernie said:

    You know I love ya (and I do) but you're barking up the wrong tree here.

    I Do Bernie... and out of enormous respect to you & the people who have kept this site alive & helped give the Berries the much needed kick in the tush to get reunited, I don't want to sound like I believe Beatlebum was right & everyone else was wrong...

    i was very hesitant to put up that post on his behalf.... because i do think he was unable to curb his negative enthusiasm.... & i can only imagine what was said in the emails he sent others & the posts I didn't get to see...

    and honestly, i was surprised when you did allow him back on after the first major blow up.... Your heart was always in the right place & I know you gave him every chance possible....

    still, there were things that created a bigger monster & some of the stuff that was "edited" made one think that this place was becoming like a sunday school... little short asides that are cheeky should be tolerated & embraced because they make things fun.... pulling them off made one think there was a morality police here, not a smart civil adjuster....

    Obviously, Beatlebum wanted his cake, the car, the ring whatever and wanted to devour it whole, without any repercussions... & he made your life as moderator an impossible nightmare.... & since this is a community, I understand why such a bull in a china shop could not be tolerated... in the end it was impossible to steer him in the right direction... and no one here deserves to be abused that way...

    still, it's too bad because he added a much needed flavor to the postings here & he really helped stir some sh*t up.... THAT's pretty cool... too bad he didn't know when to stop... or learn to respect other people's feelings... damn that beatlebum...

    tell richard meltzer (and lester bangs & lenny bruce the news)

  16. this really is much ado about nothing....

    Beatlebum was & IS fanatical & OBSESSIVE & very much a REACTIONARY person--- all of you who have prodded him and have expected a lesser reaction from the HYPER BOY are STOOPID..... you threw gas on the fire & expected a cool calm & collected person.... YOU ARE ALL GUILTY...

    Bernie had to let him go because he's not MADE for this website-- no one handled him with proper care... & NO WANTED TO.... That is your choice.... & you look like a bunch of prudes because of it....

    even when he attacked me I responded with a civil response & HE UNDERSTOOD.... I LIKED HIM because he was thinking outside a box & had an intense way of thinking.... & his typing was ATROCIOUS!!!!

    there was a point in my life where i understood those who THOUGHT way different than I DO had something to offer, even if they were obnoxious, rude & insufferable... usually there was a human being underneath the facade/surface... those of us who emailed beatlebum KNEW he/them was troubled & a bit of a train wreck, but we still enjoyed his presence because it added some life to the all-too predictable "yadda yadda yadda"... he also had a great ear for music... he liked orpheus & first choice fer god's sake...

    those of you who enjoy people who like MOR crap & prefer to not upset the status quo are now sleeping happily ever.... enjoy the white bread....

    may u be happy in your black & white "PLEASANTVILLE" worlds where all of Eric Carmen's songs are absent from Raspberries LPs because those songs speak of doing the beast with two backs prior to the alter (i.e. "Go All The Way")....

  17. Tony Cartmill said:

    Can't he just come back under another member name? (Like Eric does ;) )

    Eric Carmen was beatlebum (& the Walrus)..... i remember it just like yesterday when we were goin' back & forth about how cool it would be to create a "psuedonym" and be creative with it.... needless to say Eric was more than creative.... it was his idea to do the duel identity/"anthony & drew" part of it.... crafty fella he......

  18. i could probably replace these with 5 other choices, but these stand out... in no specific order...

    1. Radiohead @ Irving Plaza (1997)

    reasons why:

    it was the pre-OK Computer show-- only two days after the Tibettan concert which had every cool band in town.... & i had VIP passes... so i rubbed shoulders with an insane amount of in-crowd people: blur, oasis, rem, U2... and others who were floating around: marilyn manson, madonna... it was nuts... they opened w/ "Lucky" and were in a zone very few bands reach.... surreal stuff...

    2. Screen Test @ Jab 1982 (& CBGB 1983)-- both shows were my cherry busting moments as far as club experiences were concerned... The band completely captured the essence of live power pop (late '70s early '80s US power pop, that is) at its greatest & intense rarified high.... Tommy Allen on drums....

    3. Raspberries at BB Kings (7/24/05)-- w/ my friends Screen Test (Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Tommy Allen) in the audience watching in complete awe & wonder.... why? this was the greatest live performance of classic power pop ("Ecstasy" & "Go All The Way" & "I Don't Know What I Want") ever...

    4. R.E.M.- Drew University (spring 1985) this was the "Pre-Construction" tour where they played a bunch of east coast colleges before the release of "Fables Of The Reconstruction".... they opened w/ "Feeling Gravity's Pull" and were stunning-- too bad the recorded versions were inferior to these intensely magical live versions performed... saw them a few days later in Mass. & met the band...

    5. Jon Brion @ Largo (3/21/03)

    of all the times i saw JB at Largo, this one was the mountain top... the US just invaded Iraq & the artist onstage let the music do the talking.... opening with a cascading "Isn't It A Pity" ...he performed by making tape loops of all the backing instruments: drums, bass, piano in front of the crowd & then stepping up to the mic w/ a guitar & singing... other highlights: Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding," Emitt Rhodes' "You Should Be Ashamed" & Brian Wilson's "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

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