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Early Wynn

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  1. 1979

    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces

    The A's

    20/20

    Get the Knack

    Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan

    The Kinks - Low Budget

    Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes

    The Rubinoos - Back to the Drawing Board

    and the best of all:

    Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks

  2. This is tough to narrow it down to just five. I hate going to the big places to see bands - I'd much rather be at a club standing close to the stage with a beer in my hand than sitting in the upper deck watching the video screens. I saw Dire Straits once at the Mann Music Center in Philly in 1985, and some lug nut behind me was yelling sit down, during Sultans of Swing. What the.....? I've been to maybe 4 or 5 shows in arenas (or even big theaters) in the past 25 years.

    Springsteen - Mobile, AL 2/81. This was when, IMO, Bruce peaked. The River was my favorite Bruce LP, and it was on this tour. I had 2nd row seats, and was front and center against the stage for Rosalita and the 3 encores. I got some great photos too. This was my last arena show for a long time because I almost got in a fight with a guy behind wanted to sit down, and he couldn't see. I think it was during Sherry Darling or Cadillac Ranch.

    Steve Earle - Phila Chestnut Cabaret 11/88. It was on Steve's Cooperhead Road tour. He had an incredible band with him. I liked Steve alot more when he was on heroin, and all he sung about was girls and cars (and growing pot). He didn't need to make a political statement with every song. He played for over 3 hours.

    The Searchers - Phila Chestnut Cabaret - 1983. They did two long sets, and played stuff throughout their entire catalog, even from that great album, Love's Melodies, which came out in 1981. They sounded incredibly good, harmonies were right on. The place was pretty empty, and they seemed to be just having fun. Plus they told some great stories between songs. A week later I read a review of their show in NY in the Village Voice, and the critic called it one of the greatest shows ever. Who am I to disagree?

    Graham Parker and the Figgs - Phila SXSW 6/2005. I love Graham Parker, and his new CD with the Figgs backing him up is my favorite since Mona Lisa's sister, and that was my fave since Squeezing Out Sparks. Anyway, the Figgs are 4-piece hard edged power pop type band from upstate NY, and they've teamed with GP before. He did a great set covering his entire career, and the band was great. The songs were stripped down but had a nice hard edge to them. Just a great show from "Soul Shoes" to "Vanity Press."

    Raspberries - Cleveland 11/2004. I drove out from NJ, picked up my brother in Pittsburgh (who flew in from Dallas), and headed in. The four Raspberries CDs (and LPs before) have never been far from my CD changer since 1975, and the band has been in legendary status for me since that point. So I was pretty nervous for the month or so leading up to the show. Like Eric said in his Rolling Stone interview, I didn't want to walk away thinking that they were just okay. Well, obviously they were more than just okay - they were incredible. The harmonies were perfect, the guitars were loud and raw, and Jim, well...Jim was unbelievable. He was Keith Moon with a little more discipline. And they were just as good in NYC...but the Cleveland show was extra special.

    We need a Worst Five category next.

  3. I hate to admit it but I agree with beatlebum - there was some great pop music that came out of the New Wave time - Shoes, Plimsouls, 20/20, Knack, Jags, Vapors, Records, plus you can throw in Elvis C (his first 5 records), Joe Jackson's first couple, The A's and Quincy out of Philadelphia............... The Raspberries were actually a few years too early. If their first album would have come out in 1978, they would have ruled the charts for years.

  4. I was never a huge Sweet fan, but I did see them on the 4th of July, 1978 in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was Louisiana Le Roux, Eddie Money, Sweet, and Alice Cooper. Overall a pretty good show. I remember being surprised at how good Sweet was and how many hits they had had. They didn't play Ballroom Blitz, though. The thing I remember the most was the well endowed girl that was standing next to me took off her shirt and got up on her boyfriend's shoulders. Quite a thrill for a high school kid. :-)

  5. Being from the Philly area, I loved both The A's and Hooters. But they were two distinct groups. The A's included guitarist Rick DiFonzo who went on to play with Cindy Lauper, Patti Smyth, and Roger Waters (during the famous "the Wall" concert in Berlin). Rob Hyman and Eric Brazilian were the main song writers in the Hooters. They were huge locally. They still are pretty big in Europe and they play there almost every summer. Their first local CD called "Amore" was great, as was their first Sony CD "Nervous Night". The A's first record was incredible. The second one "A Woman's Got the Power" had a few great songs on it, including the title track. They had an EP out in 1982 called Four Dances which contained the classic "Do the Dance". Too bad they broke up shortly after that was released. Can't tell I was a big fan of both groups, can you?

  6. Thanks for all of the great posts about the Cleveland show. I can't wait for NYC this weekend. I'm obviously in the minority here, but I'd prefer they skip the covers and do a few more Raspberries songs. I'd much rather hear them do "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine" or "All Through the Night" or "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye" instead of a cover of an old Beatles' song.

    I'm glad to hear everyone liked the Knack. They are sadly under-rated. Their CD "ZOOM" (since re-released as Re-Zoom) is great.

  7. 1. Starting Over

    2. Side 3

    3. Fresh

    4. 1st Album.

    In listening to them now, I really see development and maturing from one album to the next. For me, Side 3 is THE power pop album...it's the one that all the others ever released are measured against. Other bands have tried to copy "Tonight". The Posies did Dream All Day, John Eddie did Please Jodie...but none of these songs are "Tonight." My favorite is Starting Over. I don't see this album as a power pop album though...at least not in the same vein as Side 3. While Mike McBride's drumming is great, I really like Scott's contributions...Play On and Cry, as well as his vocals. Every song, with maybe the exception of Rose Colored Glasses, is a classic. Enuff said.

    Now what this has got to do with college kids, I don't know. But at least that's my two cents worth. See you in NYC.

  8. Tommy Keene - Shake Some Action

    Ramones - Have You Ever Seen the Rain

    Steve Earle - Before They Make Me Run

    Graham Parker - Cupid

    Marshall Crenshaw - Valerie

    Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

    Elvis Costello - What's So Funny 'bout Peace.....

  9. I remember the Denny McLain commercial when he got out of jail, he was doing a commercial for a used car lot. So somehow the license plate of the car fell off during the filming, so without missing a beat he picked it up and said, hey I think I made this one. haha

  10. CDs that are always near the CD player in my house are:

    Raspberries - Side 3

    Raspberries - Overnight Sensation

    Badfinger - Wish You Were Here

    Stones - Exile on Main Street

    Tommy Keene - Songs From the Film

    Tommy Keene - Ten Years After

    Tommy Keene - Based on Happy Times

    Who - Who's Next

    Steve Earle - Copperhead Road

    Ginblossoms - New Miserable Experience

    Elvis Costello - This Year's Model

    Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick (1997)

    Graham Parker - Mona Lisa's Sister

    The A's - The A's

    Springsteen - Live 75 - 85 (disc 1 only)

    Smash Palace - Fast Long Loud

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