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  1. also... foghat done sum good work thats i like & the rasperrys also good at whats they du so much that i cants tell difference between nuthin that grateful canned heat or raspberries foghat means all the same in my car when i play them on summer day after a beer or two,....

  2. no... i think Chilton's life has very litle to do w/ it... he's kind of a putz & his past is not that exciting or dramatic... the box tops tie-in is interesting... but really, what's always helped the band was the fact that they influenced a lot of bands & their music remains valid... It's a cross between hipsters (musicians & record labels) & the press who've kept the band's legacy growing...

  3. thanks for the props....

    Big Star hits me where I live, more than any other band... & like The Berries, no one can touch their defining moments...

    it's tough to make suggestions regarding music because everyone is different... but since you're coming from a Berries fan perspective, i would listen to the obvious stuff again: September Gurls, Back Of A Car, Ballad Of El Goodo, 13... from there it's the quiet stuff I luv: What's Going Ahn, Life Is White, Nighttime, Blue Moon, Stroke It Noel that really holds up....

    the great thing about them is that the more they get under under your skin the better it is.... the difficult stuff is rewarding.... unlike Chilton's solo crap...

  4. Re: Big Star.. that's a different "story"...

    when push comes to shove, they're my all-time favorite band (bar the current live stuff & probably the new album)...

    Like the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake they'll continue to get lotsa coverage because the music resonates deeply & holds up very well over time... very artistic, amazingly produced & well performed (very much a "magic in a bottle" scenario)... & since the early '90s they've had an large impact on underground/indie music & have been cheerleaded by countless hipsters...

    Unlike the 'Berries, Big Star works on higher intellectual level which gets it more critical acclaim... although, I would argue that "Starting Over" is right up there in the same league (intellectually & artistically).... I would also argue that Big Star could never touch the sheer aplomb & scope of "Go All The Way" or even "Overnight Sensation"...

  5. The Clash & Ramones were MOST DEFINITELY on a spiritual quest... Sex Pistols were rebellion...

    On the back cover of Raspberries' Best (vinyl) was a quote from Eric regarding the farmer attire syndrome... which was one of the major causes of friction which lead to the breakup of the original line-up... (Dave Smalley wore overalls-- although they were usually not as torn & frayed as a farmer's)...

    the quote: Eric: "Smalley wanted to go onstage w/ jeans or his regular street clothes... He thought I was writing songs for teenyboppers and Wally & I were dressing like gays because we were wearing shoes with heels. He called me the king of the teenyboppers one day so I told him that I would rather dress like a gay than an itinerant farm worker, and that was it."

    Bands who wore such clothes: Lynard Skynard, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Doobie Bros, Allmans, early Tull... it was de riguer between 1969-1971.... even the Kinks looked very sloppy during that era... McCartney grew a beard & actually farmed.... there was a whole "back to the country" mind frame that was spurred on by Dylan, The Band, Byrds & Dead....

    Eric's MO was to rebel very strongly against this malaise which, despite some good creative stuff from the progenitors, zapped the excitement & innocence out of the majority of rock bands...

  6. if so, Marvin, it would most likely be in good part due to the live shows.... I forget if I articulated it clearly... but the show I saw brought the band's legacy to a new level... & it definitively made clear how important they were & are... records are records & can sometimes fail to initiate a resurgence of a band 30 years gone--& in the 'Berries case, so tragically forgotten... Unlike Big Star they needed something else to really cause a stir & 11/26/04's REBIRTH did just that... It gave me a stronger faith in the band & silenced any bubbling cynicism I had towards them...

  7. these days i am more open to liking the 'fray' Foghat song... but I feel since this is ericcarmen.com it's cool to voice an opinion... liking everything & being open-minded is one thing but also putting into context why the Raspberries were important & special during 1972-1975 is key-- they were very "punk" in their approach which was reactionary to bands like Foghat, Jethro Tull, Grateful Dead, Grand Funk etc...

    liking these bands really isn't the issue... making concise pop-driven rock and roll was... & since Eric Carmen realized that there was a dearth of such things in 1971 he set out on a mission.... to quote Tommy Allen: "If you can't say it 3 minutes, don't bother..." The Raspberries did just that w/ "Go All The Way" (they also went "prog" w/ "I Can Remember")... thrifty boys...

    numerous rock bands in the '70s wore overalls (Farmer's clothes) -- a byproduct of the then-booming country rock genre... needless to say, the cover of "Fresh" was the misunderstood kick in the balls to such a quandary.... Bowie & Roxy Music's androgynous pose was more potent & to the point... by 77 punk bands took the obvious lead on the spiritual quest...

  8. we are now living in a new new wave period with lotsa HYPED bands.... & many have great one-off singles... Louis XIV's "True Love Is Blind" is a cool knock-off of The Fall mixed with some kind of co-ed pop vibe.... if ya like that, enjoy.. But i smell another hype machine & most of these bands are good... but beware that depth & shelf-life might not be the case (i.e. Kaiser Chiefs, LCD Soundsystem, Bravery, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Maximo Park, Fever, Elefant etc)...

    for great new records by artists w/ shelf-life & depth please check out Doves ("Some Cities), Soundtrack Of Our Lives ("Origin Vol 1") & Ed Harcourt ("Strangers").....

  9. foghat foghat foghat....

    at least it brings out the ol' scabrous humor (rude & ignorant as i luved it) of Bob Allen...

    & his brother has previously attested to actually owning & "enjoying" F.H. back in the day...

    STILL, the dubious distinction of "Slowride" overkill from too many Cletuses in rusted pick-ups (was it 95X?) mullets & all--across the thruway & up rt 81 towards H20-town is enough to make one swear it off for life......

    thank god for Bob's brother's band (the 'Cubes) to quickly ween me off the excessive hard rock of the '70s & initiate me to the Raspberries, punk, British Invasion, garage & glam I was sorely missing.... my copy of "Foghat Live" was quickly traded in for "Fresh"....

    Dave Peverett is now no longer "Lonesome" up by the pearly gates now that Rod has joined him replete with the notrious slide in hand, I'm sure... he will be missed by his fans...

    these days, I'm glad to say that I dig "Fool For The City" and a couple of other choice FH tunes but still turn off "Slowride" whenever it comes on the radio.... it still reminds me too much of the bad things that made '70s rock such a drag... beards on guitar players, drum solos, farmer's clothes-- all the stuff the Raspberries (or, at least Eric) were bent on rallying against.... I tend to forget whose website we're chatting on when these back & forths about other things pop up.....

  10. in a perfect world it would be the Flash Cubes (whose 2nd single is responsible for my rediscovering the Raspberries--both Tommy Allen & Gary Frenay listed 'Berries tunes as their all-time fave songs in the single's pull out sheet)

    Probable reality is no opener (and time may be tight)... Still, it would be a thrill to hear "No Promise" and "Girl From Germany" as well as their incendiary full-rip of the Move's "Hello Suzie" prior to Eric & the Boys' set....

  11. It doesn't surprise me.... mainly because there's no more valid outlets for new music in the US except the undergound & the internet... radio & tv are virtually dead and the press is pretty lame compared to the UK, where mags like MOJO & Uncut are prime top-level music magazines...

    & I'm guessing the BBC still has its good side despite the death of John Peel... The only downside of the UK's hunger for music is their short-term attention span... many bands sell via a boom cycle perpetuated by the press & die quickly... The US is a better place to break big because there's more people to connect with & thusly a better chance of having a longer career....

  12. Bob Allen's brother Tommy, discovered Kara's Flowers in 1995/6 in California... they've now since become Maroon 5 & have more money... i saw them (as KF) open for Save Ferris at Irving Plaza...

    others:

    Jane's Addiction (at Fenders in Long Beach)

    My Chemical Romance at The Loop Lounge (their 1st live show)

    Oasis at Maxwell's

    Radiohead at Tramps

  13. yes.... Pete Ham is one of the few to expand on the cue of Lennon/McCartney/Harrison & create music all his own... and really have soul... and transcend the Beatles shadow... A very hard thing to pull off without sounding like a retread... all of Jet's stuff smacks of that... a bit too preconceived to feel as if it's coming straight from the heart.... still, for anyone who loves well-executed ersatz-Beatles music, it's a good song

  14. To all out-of towners:

    I would guess that most hotels in the city charge very high rates unless there's a deal to be had...

    anyone who gets a good deal with any of the numerous hotels in the Meadowlands (NJ) area is doing the right thing... all Meadowlands hotels are located right off route 3 which is only 5 minutes away from the Licoln Tunnel. Once you get into Manhattan/NYC you're only walking distance from the club...

    Summit, NJ is a bit off the beat & track... about 30 minutes away....

    the south Bronx would scare me if I was coming from out of town... no disrespect to those who live there or like the area...

  15. Jet are a good band... but one w/ no identity...

    Their CD sounds like a various artists disc... i prefer "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" because the singer hits a great fever pitch & the songs got balls in a good "Lust For Life" kinda way... still, many dislike it because it's pre-conceived (like everything on the record) as is "Look What You've Done" which may or may not sound like Badfinger (or Oasis) because it sounds like John Lennon... (who knows what people are influenced by this far down the line-- it's easier to point to the original source: John Lennon... but others think it's cool to say Badfinger because it's not as obvious)

    other tracks on the record rip off BTO & The Hives.... albeit in a very competent fashion... and the production is really good..

  16. not totally hands down...

    Foghat were a ROCK band who were based in the traditions of rock and roll but also succumbed to the powers of '70s heavy metal & prog rock tendencies which meant the art of brevity (A ROCK & ROLL tradition) flew out the window... an extended guitar solo is NOT the true essence of rock and roll but the spirit of the male rock star ego which went full-tilt in the '70s...

    so as much as they had the spirit of rock and roll in them (hands down, indeed) they also became VERY self-indulgent (not the prettiest sight for fans of Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran)

  17. beware Bob Allen, Foghat's "Fool For The City" sounds quite a bit like Piper... Lonesome Dave can be a ringer for Billy S.... nothing really to boast, though

    also: FOGHAT's Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie is a flat out rippin song... be it in Foghat style... since Bob Allen is from Syracuse he has every right to still not dig Foghat.... there are far too many dubious factors involved

  18. if you're looking for a puritanical answer... it's easiest to look at the forefathers first...

    1. Chuck Berry

    2. Little Richard

    3. Jerry Lee Lewis

    4. Gene Vincent

    5. Carl Perkins

    6. Elvis

    7. Johnny Cash

    8. Eddie Cochran

    here are some bands who play/played straight forward kick ass rock and roll (at least most of the time)... the punks may have sped it up, but it really was rock and roll

    1. Rolling STones (1964-1966)

    2. The Beatles (in Hamburg)

    3. MC5

    4. Yardbirds (1965)

    5. Pretty Things (1965)

    6. Them

    7. New York Dolls

    8. Ramones

    9. The Sonics

    10. Faces (my vote for the one who BEST DEFINES THE TERM "Rock & Roll")

    11. Who (1965)

    12. Clash (1978)

    13. Wildhearts

    14. Dictators

  19. There are no legit Artful Dodger comps out... also beware there's a newer UK band of the same name...

    Artful Dodger discography:

    Artful Dodger- "Artful Dodger" (Columbia) 1975

    Artful Dodger- "Honor Among Theives" (Columbia) 1976

    Artful Dodger- "Babes On Broadway" (Columbia) 1977

    Artful Dodger- "Rave On" (Ariola/Agora) 1980

    the only album that's "easily" available on CD is "Honor Among Thieves" which was reissued in the '90s... supposedly, the 1st one was also reissued, but I never see it available....

    there never was any "Best-Of" CD or vinyl.... So now it's up to fans to burn and swap stuff...

    It is, however, pretty easy to find copies of all albums on vinyl via shops & internet...

    Getting a turntable is the best way to get primo Artful Dodger...

  20. As far as the cognescenti and truly legit rock scribes go, the Raspberries still have a lot of ground to cover.... MOJO & Rolling Stone are slowly warming up... This is a good sign!

    "Go All The Way" has not been on our area's commercial oldies' airwaves (regularly) for what seems like more than 10 years... It's up to the hip underground and true fans to spread the word and get the buzz happening big time...

    NYC will be KEY to getting their place in the pantheon back. We here are the choir (no pun intended), elsewhere, the 'Berries need to reclaim their pace as the godfathers of power pop... A Lettermen appearance would be godhead...

    besides that... I've been busy working (radio, real job, club DJ)..... and trying to get my magazine (Yeah Yeah Yeah) back off the ground for a summer issue.... big props to the Berries of course...

  21. if i had to choose a 'Berries side, it would be side one of "Starting Over"

    others:

    1. side 2 of Neil Young's "On The Beach"

    2. side 3 of Elton John' s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    3. side 2 of Dusty Springfield's "Dusty In Memphis"

    4. side 1 of Zobies' "Oddesey & Oracle"

    5. side 1 of Big Star's "Radio City"

    6. side 1 of Todd Rundgren's "The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren"

    7. side 2 of Nilsson's "Aerial Ballet"

    8. side 1 of Joni Mitchell's "Court & Spark"

    9. side 1 of Mott The Hoople's "Mott"

    10. side 2 of New York Dolls' "New York Dolls"

    11. side 1 of Sex Pistols' "Never Mind The Bollocks..."

    12. side 2 and side 4 of Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main St."

    13. side 2 of Led Zeppelin's "IV"

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