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  1. Darlene,

    I was close enough to the music industry myself--watching & helping my close friends struggle w/ record companies & indifferent radio formats for years as they never once strayed from their artistic ambitions whilst creating a solid fanbase & musical output to be proud of... much like Eric & the 'Berries...

    I've also interviewed a lot of musicians (i.e. David Bowie, Julian Lennon, Blur, Cheap Trick, Ramones) & have followed the music business close enough to know what's a "career" choice vs. an artistic one...

    Eric is definitely one of those artists whose had to fight and struggle with countless uphill battles-- first and foremost reintroducing the USA to middle period '60s pop/rock when it was the most unfashionable thing to do in 1972... the fact that he did it, still boggles the mind...

    I also DIDN'T say he should've done such and such instead of what he did... I was just trying to point out how rare it was that he sang ROCK songs as far as the overall picture is concerned... I think the majority of his career choices he's been happy with... AND I think it does not reflect badly on him as an artist...

    Some people are born rockers (i.e. Lemmy, Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Keith Richards) while some can't be defined as such (i.e. Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Bowie) because it's not what's at the core of their being... Surely they can rock with the best, but we also know that they're either middle of the road type people or more adventurous in spirit...

    Recently I wrote Robert Christgau of The Village Voice to rave about how incredible of a rock singer Eric was when the 'Berries performed on 11/26... I would NOT do such a thing if I didn't believe he had "IT"... I also went on to say that it put people like Mick Jagger to shame (any live Stones footage from 1980 on & I usually want to throw something at him)....

    I do believe...

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  2. actually, Darlene, Eric did prove how powerful of a song it is, when I saw him KILL, with one of the greatest LIVE rock vocals ever on 11/26/04... Still, a simple gander at Eric's career choices will make one scratch their head when he sings "I'm A Rocker"... it should say "I Can Really Rock On The Rare Occasion I Choose To"

  3. sad news... and I never noticed Karl's name amongst the records/CDs I have...

    Always a very reliable American band who helped shake the world out of its '80s doldrum of bad hair metal and MTV pap, paving the way with The Replacements, Husker Du, Pixies, and Dramarama to help set the tone for the '90s alternative rock scene which, sadly, lost sight of the prize...

  4. "On The Beach" is a beautiful song... a bit unorthodox, which is nice, unlike the akward "I'm A Rocker" which to me always felt a bit cliched...

    least favorite raz songs:

    Get It Moving

    Rock & Roll Mama

    Making It Easy

    nothing against Dave, they just seem like they were written for a different band... i.e. Eagles

  5. Mumbles McDonald is a fine singe (I like him doing backing on Steely Dan's stuff) & I've learned to handle his rumpled ol self over the years...

    The Pernice Bros however are, and have been, the best "new" current working band on the planet in the 21st century... also check out Joe Pernice's solo stuff, Chappaquiddick Skyline & Scud Mountain Boys, if you like....

  6. Guilty...

    ALMOST AS CORNY--

    Although, a lot of their over-glopped tunes are solid pop songs once they're stripped of the bad production...

    "One" was probably better as 'twas the stuff towards the end of the '80s...

  7. yes carmen smalley-- the Act were a cool short-lived new wave-y power pop band (like early Elvis C)-- i forgot about the David Gilmour connection (Mark Gilmour was the lead guitarist)...

    David Gilmour handled production chores on a good amount of Dream Academy stuff--

    The Bee Gees never stopped recording from the ages of 6 & 8 respectively up until Maurice's death...

    Like most '80s AM slick pop, their output then wasn't too exciting or memorable-- unless you think Air Supply & Christopher Cross were gods on par with Brian Wilson... that was when they were writing dreck like "Woman In You" and "Islands In The Stream"

  8. yet another great "R" pop band (Raspberries, Rubinoos)...

    short-lived but always worthy of reinspection... the 1st 2 LPs really hold up (the 3rd, with a new lead singer is a mis-fire).. impeccable taste for b-sides ("Held Up High," "Paint Her Face," "So Sorry")....

  9. NOOOOO!!!!!!!

    No matter how well-intentioned the idea is, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO RECREATE or IMPROVE on the original no matter what your beef is w/ the bass or drum sound... It's much akain to a tune like Mott The Hoople's "All The Young Dudes" or the Monkees' "Porpoise Song"-- it's etched in stone as is.... any modern retouching, revamping will suck out a good chunk of its original magic.... it's very much a product of 1972 & should remain so

  10. let's just call him Tommy "Make Something Happen" Allen.... a small nod to his fab pop combo experiences with The Flashcubes & Screen Test...

    do a google search for the Japanese label Air Mail Recordings & check www.theflashcubes.com for info on Tommy's work (drummer & spiritual guru) for the 'Cubes & Screen Test...

    Tommy also gets props in the new issue of The Big Takeover which features a really cool interview/feature on The 'Berries with Eric & Jim.... Eric tells the story about how Tommy hooked them up with their current ace soundman, Pete Kepler.....

  11. I just got my copy of issue #56 (Interpol on the cover & all 280 pages of it!) & there's a nice in-depth interview/feature with Eric Carmen & Jim Bonfanti done by writer Howard Fencl.

    The Big Takeover is a well-respected music publication (2 issues a year) founded & run by writer/editor/musician Jack Rabid, which has been going strong since the heyday of the early underground punk/hardcore scene circa 1980 when Jack mimeographed some typed-up raves about all the music he deemed worthy of the praise.

    In each issue there's tons of CD reviews (nearly 500 releases usually) & features on many obscure underground & slightly above-ground bands. They also love to track down obscure bands from the past (some reunited, some not) & give readers a new spin on their legend.

    Bands/artists like Left Bank, Action, Stiff Little Fingers, Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & The Raiders), Small Faces, Creation, 999, Zombies, MC5, Pretty Things, and Ray Davies have been featured.

    check: www.bigtakeover.com

  12. The exclusion of "Play On" from all 'Berries "best-of" comps is a major sin... Someone's gotta give it its well-deserved justice... definitely one of the band's finest moments on record & SO cool that Eric is singing it now!

  13. I do "get" the core sound of the Raspberries & I actually do think the Overdubs should be there for the majority of the show, if not the whole show. And they are DEFINITELY the reason why songs like "I Can Remember" & "Overnight Sensation" soared higher than I could imagine. I want them there just as much as everyone else.

    I just want to see the Raspberries play as a 4-piece. Maybe on the DVD there'll be some rehearsal stuff...

  14. actually Marvin, I kinda think the opposite...

    the tried & true artists (i.e. Bowie, McCartney, Springsteen, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder etc.) disappointed me the most... I had to find many new artists who took their 1970s-lead & expanded on it-- in Bowie's case it was The Psych Furs, the Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, & even Bauhaus who broke new ground & made important music with similar artistic verve...

    if I was looking for anything akin to prime 1970s McCartney/Wings, Raspberries/Eric Carmen, Rundgren... it came from artists like Elvis Costello, Tommy Keene, Dream Academy, Prefab Sprout, Jules Shear, Lindsey Buckingham, XTC (later '80s), Crowded House, Bill Lloyd, Tears For Fears, Lilac Time...

  15. Pierson has the typical stupid musical prejudices about 80´s Rock

    YES, I definitely do... although I wouldn't call it prejudice as much as it's something i truly don't like... '80s cheese is where I draw the line.... whereas you seem to enjoy it when cheese mixes with rock... I enjoy your point of view... It's not that different from liking a lot of early '70s AM pop..

    I did like your take on Foreigner's "4"-- and it is true, although such a mix of ideas started on "Head games"... A nice insight of yours... it also happened to 38 Special...

    As much as I agree with your stance (Open Mindedness) I just find it more important for each person to follow exactly what their heart demands... I enjoy finding the undiscovered greats (i.e. Van Duren, Even Johansen) & sometimes a marginal freak or two... I really don't have the time to unearth the '80s glop I so detest & try to discern if there's something good under the annoying production...

    Also, it's perfectly OK to love a band you once hated when you were younger... some things change as one gets older... It's also fair to detest stuff you liked when you were younger.... I heard Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel" yesterday & it was one of the worst things I'd ever heard...

  16. FROM ERIC:

    "...while I understand and respect Pierson's opinion, I can't wait to discuss the Overdubs with him at some later date."

    WOW.. Actually I was very much in the mode of devil's advocate, although there's a VERY DEEP curiousity to see the 4 Raspberries play live without the Overdubs....

    Here's the thing... I'm very disapoointed with the majority of the people replying to this thread who can not understand why it would be so damn cool to see Eric Carmen, Dave Smalley, Wally Bryson & Jim Bonfanti play without a "net." AT LEAST ONE SONG!!!

    My initial response was to Marvin's idea about the equally cool idea of seeing the 4 guys do an acoustic set by themselves-- THIS IS ALSO A GREAT IDEA... None of you on this board seem to understand the value of what it is to experience the original band "NAKED"... That or you're in complete denial.. Live rock & roll is not always necessarily about duplicating what was done in the studio... It's about an energy & it's about seeing a performance...

    YES, I understand that the Overdubs made the band perform songs that truly were impossible for 4 guys to pull off on a stage... And I do understand Eric's desire to have harmonies & other embellishments beef up the 4-piece... It does give it the extra push the records had... & the show I saw on Nov 26th was absolutely perfect, soundwise...

    I also know that Eric & the guys must've thought this idea over a lot already & are truly the best ones at deciding when & why to use them...

    My meager opinion is just a little dream... I was just wishing at least those who chime in on this site would understand... sigh

  17. Isn't one of the reasons the Beatles quit touring is they couldn't reproduce their sound live?

    Yes but it was more of a technical issue (i.e. PA's & monitors--if there even were monitors--weren't strong enough to overcome the screaming)...

    The Beatles could pull off "Please Please Me" in their sleep just as easily as The 'Berries could kill us w/ "I Wanna Be With You" on their own... Once you get into the more complex stuff, then you bring in the back-ups... that's obvious...

    Anyone who was there on Nov 26, 2004 (or on the other dates) definitely heard how STRONG all 3 were vocally... THEY CAN DO STUFF AS A 4-PIECE...

  18. how can you miss the fact that 7 people on stage isn't quite a 4-piece? Imagine seeing the Beatles come back and open with "Please Please Me" along with 3 other people? C'mon...

    I do know that most bands who make such intriccate pop records like the Raspberries do need extra people to pull it off live...

    Still, i would LOVE to see them handle a few tunes on their own-- and "I Wanna Be With You" is perfect one to try--

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