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  1. Pretty interesting....and considering that Baz Luhrmann made such innovative use of music in Moulin Rouge, I would think that Boats would be a prime target for including in the film soundtrack.
  2. Thanks for maintaining this web community, Bernie. Have a happy and memorable birthday!
  3. Happy Birthday, Paul! Tho' it's now toward the end of it, hope your day was excellent.
  4. Eric - Thanks for All the Music. Looking forward to much more to come. Have a Happy Birthday! John R.
  5. Just a quick message for those who may be interested in the Los Angeles area - according to his website, Macca is performing at Amoeba Music tonight at 6:30. Free wristbands for admission will be distributed from Amoeba Music today at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time. Wonder how long it will take to get those things depleted?
  6. Kathy Lee - the Vegas show should be great. The Turtles are also still at the top of their game, and Howard Volman and Mark Kaylan (aka vocalists Flo and Eddie) are extremely funny guys besides. You'll enjoy it.
  7. Season's Greetings to All, and a special thanks to Bernie, Kathy, and Eric for keeping this interesting little online community going. Wishing all the EC.com membership the happiest of holidays, and an excellent 2007.
  8. Wanted to quickly add a message to wish Dave a continued speedy recovery. Here's hoping he can "graduate" to outpatient status ASAP.
  9. I really love the changes in the seasons, but -- here in this part of the St. Louis area we got anywhere from 4 to 7 inches of snow and PLENTY of sleet and ice, downing trees, power lines, and assorted Christmas decorations. 95% of our section of the metro area (Florissant) is without power today, and though I got to see a transformer located toward the back of our yard blow up last night (early New Year's fireworks?), our household only lost power for 3 hours. Across the river in Collinsville, IL, the entire city is without power. The best thing is that it will be warming up again tomorrow, so some of this stuff may be able to melt.
  10. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
  11. Eric, Many thanks for the gift of music you've given us, and the songs that have made such an impact on all of our lives. May you have a particularly Happy Birthday, and may you and yours enjoy all the best life has to offer for the future. oldblue / john
  12. My prayers go out to you and Ted as well -- lost my father under similar circumstances some years back. I'll be thinking of you in the next few days - let us know how you're doing.
  13. My prayers and "good vibes" go out to your Mom....they say these types of things come in threes, and here's hoping it won't be long before Ted, Mr. Howard, and your Mom are all recuping successfully.
  14. My unchecked answers: 1- d 2- f 3- c 4- b 5- a 6- b 7- a3, b4, c2, d5, e1 8- b 9- c 10- b 11- a 12- e 13- a 14- (all but c) Now to head for the library in order to check Newsweek....
  15. My pencil is sharpened but my lips are sealed.
  16. Found a bit more info on the Nashville charts, available at: http://www.compassrosemusic.com/lesson6.html
  17. Interesting post, Paul. I had always kind of wondered exactly what the "charts" were. I remembered reading an old interview with Waylon Jennings where he was mentioning them as a pet peeve of his (to put it mildly), but considering the incredible output of recordings in Nashville, I figured they had to have found methods to get things almost down to a science. Thanks for the info.
  18. Some of the neatest memories I have of childhood are going to the drive-ins with my parents and seeing pictures like "West Side Story", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Bye Bye Birdie", "South Pacific" and "The King and I". I became familiar with the Hollywood versions long before I saw the stage versions....and many of them still hold up to the test of time. Still have a huge crush on Vanessa Redgrave as she was as Guinevere in "Camelot", by the way. Another '50's musical theme updated to more recent times - one of the most quietly impressive things I've seen on a stage took place on a visit to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville back around 1987. Hank Snow and his band performed an acoustic instrumental version of "Tammy" from the old '50's movie...and it was absolutely incredible. Made me remember how well melodies were crafted back then.
  19. Speaking of...isn't the remake of "The Omen" scheduled for release on that day?
  20. Paul Sidoti's band Tequila Sunrise will be playing Tuesday, June 6 at the Voodoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino in Maryland Heights, MO. Show starts at 9:00, no cover charge. It's a pretty good little venue that serves great food. And, if you've never seen TS, you may be surprised how remarkably well they cover the Eagles' material. Actually, I think they may perform a bit better than the originals were in their heyday. All the raves on Phil's earlier post are definitely warranted. For more information, check out www.tequilasunriseband.com
  21. Responding to your question, Eric, Raspberries mean a helluva lot to me for the following reasons: For sentimental reasons: '72 was one of the more turbulent years of my life. I was in college, and going through the extreme ups and downs associated with being in love with a wonderful/terrible girl who loved/ignored me. Needless to say, Raspberries music spoke to me more directly than, say, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung". Plus, I was 20 and horny as all get out most of the time - so the first time I heard GATW I sensed a kindred spirit. For musical reasons: Speaking of GATW, the first time I heard it I simultaneously heard reflections of Beatles, Beach Boys, the Who, and Small Faces - and as Paul Stanley also indicated - since I loved those bands, "it seemed so easy" to be attracted to the 'Berries. As I later checked out more of the Raspberries music, I found no droning endless jams, no pretentions of offering "instant enlightenment", just excellent lyrics and melodies that a guy who cut his teeth on music in the 50's and 60's could relate to. How could I NOT love this band? And also, for feeling as though I stumbled onto something "special" that in turn made me feel special: Throughout the time the 'Berries toured in the 70's, I never got to see them live. Yet as Tommy Tunes said above, they were "my band" - I guess the phrase is "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe". Back then, none of my friends understood why I was a fan of a group they thought was "lightweight". To this day, they seem somewhat incredulous of my enthusiasm, but they also have had to contend with my raving about the concerts last year in Chicago and NY and are grudgingly admitting that there just might be "something there" in those old recordings. (One buddy that used to be particularly critical has now expressed interest in possibly joining me on the next "pilgrimage".) Strange how what was once scorned is acknowledged as great once age and wisdom is acquired. Thanks once again, Eric (and Wally, Dave, and Jim, for that matter), for contributing to the "soundtrack" of my life. JR
  22. "Skywriter" - Art Garfunkel / Jimmy Webb "My Old Friend the Blues" - Steve Earle / Patty Loveless "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" - Frank Sinatra and, since you just reminded me, Dan: "I Can Dream, Can't I?" - The Carpenters version
  23. In reference to Ira's earlier question re. Meatloaf: Yes, there was a time when the guy was far more than just a Steinman studio creation. However, his is also a cautionary tale of what the expectations of the industry can do to those who are ill-prepared. The first "Bat Out of Hell" tour in the 70's was apparently one of those never-ending, multi-month marathons of travel and performing. I saw Meatloaf perform at the beginning of the tour and again 4 months later. The first was as impressive a performance as I had ever seen up to that time - the voice was ridiculously strong and right on pitch, and the onstage demeanor from Meatloaf was so forceful it was almost scary. In a sense, it was nearly as incredible as the shows Springsteen was doing at the time. It was amazing that a guy of Meatloaf's size and weight could deliver such a active, dynamic performance - but keeping up the standard night after night would prove difficult. Four months later he was struggling to hit the high notes, and was obviously wiped out physically. Nearly a decade later my friend took me to see Meatloaf one more time, and at that point he had a certain following that would have cheered him on whatever he did, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy, because at that point his performance was downright embarrasing. It's a damn shame that performers often feel the need to burn themselves out in order to advance their art and sell product. With a little bit of pacing and more realistic expectations (both personal and corporate), this guy couild have been much more effective for much longer.
  24. My own story about Brownsville Station: I saw them around 1976 (I think) after they just put out the self-titled album with "Martian Boogie" on it. They played for the Birthday Party for the local prog-rock station, and they were just plain excellent. However, it was the first time in a long time that they were on the main billing, and one of the drawbacks of playing support is that you often don't plan for encores. This St. Louis audience kept screaming and yelling for them to return again...and again...and again. They were finally reduced to doing Johnny Cash covers and a full throttle repeat of "Martian Boogie" on the third/fourth encores. A great night of music, though. Mr. Koda is definitely missed, as well as Henry "H-Bomb" Weck.
  25. ....and then there's the Bonzo Dog Band. Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes (did some songs for Monty Python), and "Legs" Larry Smith were responsible for some truly weird stuff like: The Intro and the Outro (not exactly a song, but funny nonetheless) The Equestrian Statue (I'm the) Urban Spaceman Humanoid Boogie Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah ---and the truly warped Canyons of Your Mind and Mr. Apollo The recordings are hard to find, but worth it, particularly "Tadpoles".
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