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  1. Eric,

    I'm guessing this birthday will be quite the occasion to celebrate...

    Your return to the spotlight with the Raspberries has made so many of us beyond happy...

    It's also a big reminder to those of us who hold dearly the truly gifted people who give of themselves through their art, that you can not take these things for granted...

    Your performances since November were some the most moving things I've ever experienced and I hope that 56 will bring more of that artistic fulfillment which you so deserve...

    It's great to see you guys believing in a Hard Day's Night again!!!!!

    p.s. thanks again for the call-in on WRSU...

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Pat Pierson

  2. actually, I'm a bit off on that reformation date... I think it tied in with the release of their Box Set "Zombie Heaven" in 1997...

    the newly reformed Zombies who are touring now sans guitarist Paul Atkinson who recently died, is the first time they've toured since 1967...

  3. I found out in ICE Magazine that Big Star are back after a 30 year hiatus with a brand new CD called "In Space" coming September 13. Matt

    Big Star (Alex Chilton & Jody Stephens) reformed in 1995 (20 years after the break up) & released a spotty live CD of their first reunion gig ("Columbia")... the new album will be the first in 30 years...
  4. the only new thing that completely made sense with what i was doing was Fountains Of Wayne's "Maureen"-- great high energy power pop...

    although I would luv to see what Eric thinks of the new (or old) Pernice brothers record.... all that other new stuff you mentioned (bar Rufus W.) wouldn't be an easy sell for Eric or even the casual 'Berries fan...

    and, not that they need to SID VICIOUS-ize their material, but I was thinking they should dig out Wally's gem from Fotomaker, "Comeback" and Eric's "Hey Deanie" and give them the full-on RASPBERRIES treatment.... All By Myself Raspberries-ized would be interesting too... I bet Wally would kill on the "Harrison" guitar lead...

  5. my last minute brain fry was an actual GOOD thought...

    Since Bruce has been re-activated per: Raspberries NYC reunion gigs that Little Steven witnessed, why not use the E Street connection to get the Berries on Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien via drummer Max Weinberg...

    just a thought... would be cool for when they swing thru in September.

    and what about Bruce's potatoes???

  6. the only reason they're using the name "Queen" is because it well sell more tix (naturally)...

    This is much closer to The Firm than anything I can think of....

    I heard a live version of this line up performing "Tie Your Mother Down" and the band was on... but Rodgers lacked that certain aplomb the song needed.. this definitely does a disservice to the band's legacy...

    as an interesting live band to see, it's not bad for fans of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers.... as a prime replacement for Freddie Mercury's Queen, it doesn't compare...

    let's call it... RTM: Rodgers, Taylor & May

  7. I'm really surprised that Pierson doesn't think that guitar solos are not an integral part of Rock and roll. Better ask the likes of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Leadbelly, Clapton, the Beatles etc. etc. etc. Gee whiz, I think the Raspberries do great Guitar solos too!

    BREVITY BREVITY BREVITY--

    If you haven't learned that from the Raspberries, you weren't listening....

    JEEZES!!!! Wally is a god mainly because he KNOWS what to play and what NOT to play...

    EXTENDED guitar solos were the bane of '70s rock-dom & made things all the more tedious unless in the hands of the rare, few and gifted.... Drum solos suck too...

    That's why I HATE BOSTON-- they didn't know when to shut up

  8. Originally posted by marvin:

    [QB] Check out Springsteen's late 1970's early 1980's catalogue (especially the unreleased stuff), and you can hear that he was into 'power pop.'

    JEEEZES FK.... DEFINITELY MARVIN..... "Born To Run" is an extension of the Raspberries aesthetic, albeit with more Phil Spector & sax... The idea of putting one's heart on their sleeve with hard driving music to express their deepest yearnings without falling on one's face or being schmaltzy..... the power pop aesthetic...

  9. even though i understand why people think Boston and the 'berries have some aesthetic connection... I could not dislike one band more (Boston) and love the other so much (Raspberries)...

    The Raspberries UNDERSTAND what's COOL about rock and roll (no LONG guitar solos!) while Boston never got the memo... They are a tacky, albeit hook-filled & well-produced Arena-rock band-- with nothing endearing or incredible to offer besides a bag of cliches, bad hair and beards... DELP!

  10. not really a cover, but...

    Cyrus Erie- "Get The Message"

    other choices...

    Small Faces- "Afterglow" & "Song Of A Baker" & "Get Yourself Together"

    Easybeats- "Sorry" & "Good Times"

    Ramones- "Do You Remember R&R Radio"

    Who- "So Sad About Us"

  11. From all reports--and I'm going by very reputable sources and idle bathroom chatter after the 2nd encore-- Sunday night's gig was the transcendental, magical all-encompassing live performance by the Raspberries...

    Also... going by how I felt--and still feel--about the 1st Cleveland show on Nov. 26th--tonight's performance at BB King's was on a whole 'nother level... this was the holy grail of pop...

    THE DRUMMING & THE SOUND (live mix) was beyond spectacular while all the other pieces were in top form...

    The other note, is that tonight's set list was tweaked in a way that gave the set better dynamics and there was NEVER a moment where the energy suffered...

    THIS WAS A PROFOUND MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENT & one of the greatest live POP experiences seen on NYC soil...

    F*CK Bon Jovi... JIM BONFANTI was GOD tonight along with the already ALMIGHTY forces, ERIC & WALLY, not to mention, the stoic QUIET ONE, Dave Smalley-- much akin to John Entwhistle...

    They hit it out of the park on every conceivable point with a sound that was jaw-droppingly brilliant...

    The Overdubs were used in the most perfect (and modest) of ways, yet ROSE to the occasion like true pros and followed a band in MEGA-prime mode... Absolutely stunning stuff...

    Did I say Jim Bonfanti was god???

    And they got a 2nd encore from what's usually a jaded NYC crowd... NOT TONIGHT... they blew everyone away.... and left 'em screaming for more...

  12. I will hopefully opine a litle more on the music that was played...

    Once again a huge thanks to Bernie, Al, Tommy Allen AND, especially Eric for being such a great guy and letting his presence grace the WRSU airwaves & internet space... it was worldwide, too

    the show covered the roots of 'The Berries & the '70s power pop movement... the only thing I screwed up was that I forgot to bring the Choir... oops...

    there was also a nod to the fact that 'Go All The Way' and 'School's Out' were contenders for the top of charts in the summer of '72...

    WRSU-FM

    airwaves: 88.7

    live streaming: www.wrsu.org

    Pat Pierson's "Radio Boy" program

    Friday July 22nd, 2005

    2:00pm-4:30pm

    GENE WILDER- intro: Pure Imagination [redux]

    Raspberries' "Starting Over" radio spot

    RASPBERRIES- Play On ("Starting Over" 1974 Capitol)

    BEATLES- Please Please Me [uS stereo mix] ("The Early Beatles" 1963/1965 Capitol)

    CYRUS ERIE- Get The Message (Epic single 1969)

    KINKS- Come On Now ("Kinda Kinks" 1965 Reprise)

    SMALL FACES- Tin Soldier (UK single 1967 Immediate)

    RASPBERRIES- Tonight ("Side 3" 1973 Capitol)

    RASPBERRIES- I Wanna Be With You ("Fresh" 1972 Capitol)

    RASPBERRIES- I Don't Know What I Want ("Starting Over" 1974 Capitol)

    THE WHO- I Can't Explain (single 1965 Decca)

    BEACH BOYS- She Knows Me Too Well ("Beach Boys Today!" 1965 Capitol)

    RASPBERRIES- Let's Pretend ("Fresh" 1972 Capitol)

    BEATLES- Every Little Thing [uS mono mix] ("Beatles VI" 1965 Capitol)

    RASPBERRIES- It Seemed So Easy ("Fresh" 1972 Capitol)

    TODD RUNDGREN- Couldn't I Just Tell You ("Something/Anything" 1972 Bearsville)

    BADFINGER- Baby Blue [single mix] ("Straight Up" 1972/1993 Apple/Capitol)

    SMALL FACES- Afterglow ("Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" 1968 Immediate

    RASPBERRIES- Cruisin Music ("Starting Over" 1974 Capitol)

    Eric Carmen phone-in

    PAT: "You're listening to WRSU-FM, New Brunswick. On the phone is a special guest. Can you say hello?"

    ERIC: "Hello..."

    PAT: "There it is..."

    ERIC: (laughs)

    PAT: "Eric Carmen from the Raspberries! I should just get up here and dance on the console. It's pure bliss. Happy summer of 2005."

    ERIC: "Thank you very much, Pat. How are you doing?"

    PAT: "Good! How are you doing?"

    ERIC: "We're good. We're racing a bit. But other than that, we're just on our way to VH1 to do a little unplugged segment."

    PAT: "Wow... What does that entail, by the way?"

    ERIC: "What does that entail? You take the plugs out of the guitars... No... We're gonna play a couple of the acoustic numbers that we play and then we do a kind of a slowed down version of 'I Wanna Be With You.' ...Kinda the way it was written on the piano."

    PAT: "Nice..."

    ERIC: "Hopefully we won't sound like a Ramada Inn band..."

    PAT: "No no... I saw you guys back in November at the first legit reunion gig up in Cleveland and everything was mind-boggling... even the ballads. It's... I don't know... It's just so 'full-scale' it's beautiful."

    ERIC: "Thank you very much. I remember you being there."

    PAT: "It was such a great thing to meet you guys. I mean it really was and I'm so glad that you've finally got this New York thing happening this weekend."

    ERIC: "So are we. We're ready to play to some people that know what they're talking about."

    BOTH: laugh

    PAT: "Gosh... I don't know where to start... I know you've only got a few minutes and that's it. I just want you to you to say 'hi' to everybody. This IS New Brunswick, New Jersey--BERNIE territory, if you will."

    ERIC: "Ah... very good..."

    PAT: "And, you know, the people that listen to this station basically get it... there's a guy whose got a local music show named 'Overnight Sensations.'"

    ERIC: "I would assume nothing less since you play Small Faces and Who... All my favorite bands."

    PAT: "And I'm gonna play The Quick in a little while..."

    ERIC: "Oh, geeze... Don't do that."

    BOTH: laugh

    ERIC: "Whatever you do, don't do that."

    PAT: "Well, if you don't want me to... I have a great pressing of it..."

    ERIC: "Play 'Tonight' or something."

    PAT: "Well, we've already really gotten to the meat of the matter, quite a bit."

    ERIC: "OK."

    PAT: "I just like to show the people the pure roots, because... That's the thing that fascinates even about that stuff... You were really striving for that Small Faces vibe."

    ERIC: "Sometime when we have more time I can tell you stories about the making of that record that would just curl your hair."

    PAT: "Was that done in New York City?"

    ERIC: "It was, as a matter of fact."

    PAT: "Part of that Epic (records) part of your life?"

    ERIC: "Yep it was. But it wasn't pretty. It was one more in the never-ending string of 'producer tales' of interesting humans we have worked with in studios."

    PAT: "Well, once again, I am so happy you guys are here. The people in New York are gonna be tickled pink to see the show."

    ERIC: "Well, we are ready to rock. So anybody that doesn't have a ticket yet come on down to BB King's Sunday night 'cause Saturday's sold out. There's still a few tickets left for Sunday. So come on down, you won't be disappointed."

    Eric does a station ID

    ERIC: "Hi, this is Eric Carmen and you're listening to Pat Pierson on WRSU, New Brunswick."

    PAT: "Beautiful. Tell Wally, Dave and Jim, the best and I'll let you guys get back to your running around and being a rock band. You know it is a very 'Hard Day's Night' there..."

    ERIC: "It is. It is. It absolutely is, especially today. Cool... Are we gonna see you, Pat?"

    PAT: "I'm gonna be there Sunday night."

    ERIC: "Excellent. Come back and say 'hi.'"

    PAT: "I will definitely do that."

    ERIC: "All right, thanks Pat."

    PAT. "We've got 'Go All The Way' cued up to make everybody happy."

    ERIC: "Cool..."

    PAT: "This is the Raspberries on WRSU-FM..."

    RASPBERRIES- Go All The Way ("Raspberries" 1972 Capitol)

    ALICE COOPER- School's Out ("Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits" 1972/1974 WB)

    SWEET- Little Willy (UK single 1972 Bell)

    FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE- Maureen ("Out Of State Plates" 2005 S-Curve)

    Raspberries' "Fresh" radio spot

    RASPBERRIES- Ecstasy ("Side 3" 1973 Capitol)

    FLASHCUBES- Do Anything You Wanna Do ("Brilliant" 2003 Northside/Air Mail Recordings)

    RAMONES- Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? ("End Of The Century" 1980 Sire)

    RASPBERRIES- Don't Want To Say Goodbye ("Raspberries" 1972 Capitol)

    BIG STAR- September Gurls ("Radio City" 1974 Ardent)

    CHEAP TRICK- Come On Come On ("In Color" 1977 Epic)

    DWIGHT TWILLEY BAND- I'm On Fire ("Sincerely" 1975/1976 Shelter)

    RUBINOOS- Nothing A Little Love Won't Cure ("The Rubinoos" 1977 Beserkley)

    PEZBAND- Close Your Eyes ("Pezband" 1977 Passport)

    RASPBERRIES- Might As Well ("Fresh" 1972 Capitol)

    VAN DUREN- Oh Babe ("Are You Serious?" 1977/2002 Air Mail Recordings)

    EMITT RHODES- Fresh As A Daisy ("Emitt Rhodes" 1970 Dunhill)

    SHOES- Tomorrow Night ("Present Tense" 1979 Elektra)

    SCRUFFS- My Mind ("Wanna Meet The Scruffs" 1977 Power Play)

    BEACH BOYS- You Still Believe In Me ("Pet Sounds" 1966 Capitol)

    MARSHALL CRENSHAW- All I Know Right Now ("Field Day" 1983 WB)

    THE QUICK- Ain't Nothing Gonna Stop Me (single 1969 Epic)

    RASPBERRIES- Overnight Sensation [Hit Record] ("Starting Over" 1974 Capitol)

  13. If i knew in advance that it was gonna happen I would've listed the airtime & internet address...

    What DID happen was a quick and very cool chat with Eric while he and the band were heading to VH1 today...

    Needless to say I was totally shocked and extremely excited to have Eric call in during this all so important week...

    The whole radio show was dedicated to the legacy of The Raspberries and their historical return to NYC...

    I tried my best to connect all of the dots and play the majority of artists who helped shape and influence Eric and the band as well as the bands who were influenced by the 'Berries in the late '70s US power pop boom.

    I will post the show's palylist ASAP...

    I just wanted to thank Bernie, Al and Tommy Allen for their help with getting the call set up and for Eric for giving me the time to shoot the breeze..

    I'm still believing in a Hard Day's Night...

    Pat Pierson The K

  14. the only problem with calling the Merry Go-Round power pop is that they lacked the "POWER"...

    they were most definitely a Beatlesque pop band....

    but that's not what makes something "power pop"--

    it's about combining melodic pop with the power of rock and roll and avoiding things like country & western/blues influences... the Beatles did it first, but many others progressed with the concept (Who, Easybeats, Dave Clark 5, Kinks, Small Faces, etc...)...

  15. Power pop should never be used as a term to describe a band, BUT should most definitely be used to describe a certain type of song...

    it begins with The Beatles "Please Please Me" (the first ever power pop song) and from there it goes on and on: Dave Clark 5's "Glad All Over," Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Who's "Can't Explain," Small Faces' "Afterglow," Bryds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better," into the '70s with Badfinger's "No Matter What," and Big Star's "September Gurls"...

    I guess the 'Berries deserve to be honored as torch bearers of the style because most of their singles were quintessential power pop recordings... and quite arguably the greatest prime examples of the genre (i.e. "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," "Tonight," "Ecstasy," "Play On," "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine")...

  16. it's a list of the Greatest American "ROCK" bands....

    i would never consider the Beach Boys a "ROCK" band...

    they are the GREATEST AMERICAN POP BAND, definitely.. although, it is true they started out as a surf-rock band and often covered Chuck Berry, but the main focus of the band's legacy is pop music...

    and I always had problems with the "band" and always sided with the Wilson Brothers part of the equation... I think the band hindered Brian's work quite a bit....

    a rock band is something cohesive and powerful and the ones who are GREAT are the ones who transcend and can provide mystery and an ongoing fascination with anyone who rediscovers them... (i.e. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd)

    THAT'S THE CRITERIA....

    too bad most of our sorry lot lack such things... Pearl Germ are a dreadful excuse for a number one choice... even The Eagles woulda made more sense.. the Fleetwood Mac inclsuion is indeed a major mistake... although, the inclusion of Ramones was nice....

    the difference between my favorites & the best (or the best of a consenscus Poll taken by USA Today) will always be at odds...

    rock bands that make sense are CCR, Ramones, MC5, Doors, Eagles, Byrds, The Band, Stooges, NY Dolls, Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, REM, even Aerosmith-- because there's a sound & an identity as well as something important in the progress of the music...

    Canada's best? Creamcheeze Goodtime Band & Octavian.. just kidding... April Wine are a fine band, however (1972-1977)

  17. seeing that Alex & the Box Tops are from Memphis, it makes total sense that they'd cover one of the definitve early singles from Sun Records...

    Billy Riley & His Little Green Men cut the single in late '56 with a hot new session man named Jerry Lee Lewis on piano... "Flying Saucers Rock & Roll" appears on a recent (2002) 2-disc comp celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sun.... a must-have for any fan of early rock and roll...

    the original single was released in January 1957 (Sun single #260)... the song was written by Ray Scott

  18. Badfinger Barb is TOTALLY on the money.... NOT ONLY is JON BRION the closest thing to a definitive choice, he also knows the concept of pop as art (not commerce)...

    At this point in the game, Eric does not need to make a record that can sell (a virtual impossibility considering everything) vs. making a record that can prove him as a valid pop artist...

    Jon Brion's own music always took from the greatest elements of artists like Eric, Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson, Beatles...

    His work as a producer in the '90s (especially Aimee Mann's "I'm With Stupid" LP) show one of the era's most obsessively brilliant masters of pop...

    If you're in LA on a Friday night make sure to catch his weekly gig at Largo-- one of the greatest live pop experiences on earth...

    I would LOVE to see what Eric would think of Jon's live reworkings of Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

  19. aor was usually a place for either safer rock bands (i.e. Boston, Foreigner) and the classic rock bands...

    it stands for Album Oriented Rock... but it hardly adhered to what should be a cool concept (play album cuts)....

    Bruce covers all areas... he's a rock singer with folk roots and the politics of a lot of punk and folk artists...

    he was never played as much on AOR radio--prior to "Born In The USA"... after that he was everywhere...

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