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Early Wynn

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  1. Have to agree with Tim about Survivor. I'd find out what time their set would be over and I'd arrive 5 minutes later.

    The Rubinoos, Paul Collins Beat, or the great one himself, Tommy Keene, would be a great opener. But quite honestly, I'd prefer no opener.

  2. "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine."

    My first introduction to Raspberries was the first four songs of "Starting Over." The only album I have where the first four songs grab you like that may be Born to Run (Thunder Road, 10th Ave. Freeze Out, Night, Backstreets), or Graham Parker's Squeezing Out Sparks (Discovering Japan, Local Girls, Nobody Hurts You, You Can't Be Too Strong).

    I'm going to be the lone voice campaigning for "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine" to be included in any future Raspberries' shows.

  3. Good call on "My Sharona." That really is a great guitar solo. Too many people put the Knack in the tennie bopper category and therefore don't consider Berton Averre a serious guitarist. But some of his work is just brilliant. Another brilliant guitarist who got overshadowed by his lead singer is Brian May.

    I don't have a list, but I really like Mick Taylor (or Keith?) on "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" and "Time Waits for No One"; Bruce Springsteen does a nice job on the live version of "Lucky Town", Tommy Keene on "Light of Love" (from Based on Happy Times), and nobody mentioned Eddie Munoz of the Plimsouls on "A Million Miles Away."

    Regarding Wally Bryson, I always felt one of his best solos was on "Name of the Game" from the second Fotomaker album. Also loved his short solo on "I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine." (ICHBYM was the only glaring omission from the Raspberries reunion shows, IMHO).

  4. Speaking of New Jersey, here is Bruce Springsteen's speech when he was inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame:


    Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame on May 4. Here's a transcript of his speech:

    When I first got the letter I was to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame I was a little suspicious. New Jersey Hall of Fame? Does New York have a hall of fame? Does Connecticut have a hall of fame? I mean, maybe they don't think they need one.

    But then I ran through the list of names: Albert Einstein, Bruce Springsteen... my mother's going to like that. She's here tonight. It's her birthday and it's the only time she's going to hear those two names mentioned in the same sentence, so I'm going to enjoy it.

    When I was recording my first album, the record company spent a lot of money taking pictures of me in New York City. But...something didn't feel quite right. So I was walking down the boardwalk one day, stopped at a souvenir stand and bought a postcard that said "Greetings from Asbury Park." I remember thinking, "yeah, that's me."

    With the exception of a few half years in California, my family and I have raised our kids here. We have a big Italian-Irish family. I found my own Jersey girl right here in Asbury Park. I've always found it deeply resonant holding the hands of my kids on the same streets where my mom held my hand, swimming in the same ocean and taking them to visit the same beaches I did as a child. It was also a place that really protected me. It's been very nurturing. I could take my kids down to Freehold, throw them up on my shoulders and walk along the street with thousands of other people on Kruise Night with everybody just going, "hey Bruce...." That was something that meant a lot to me, the ability to just go about my life. I really appreciated that.

    You get a little older and when one of those crisp fall days come along in September and October, my friends and I slip into the cool water of the Atlantic Ocean. We take note that there are a few less of us as each year passes. But the thing about being in one place your whole life is that they're all still around you in the water. I look towards the shore and I see my two sons and my daughter pushing their way through the waves. And on the beach there's a whole batch of new little kids running away from the crashing surf like time itself.

    That's what New Jersey is for me. It's a repository of my time on earth. My memory, the music I've made, my friendships, my life... it's all buried here in a box somewhere in the sand down along the Central Jersey coast. I can't imagine having it any other way.

    So let me finish with a Garden State benediction. Rise up my fellow New Jerseyans, for we are all members of a confused but noble race. We, of the state that will never get any respect. We, who bear the coolness of the forever uncool. The chip on our shoulders of those with forever something to prove. And even with this wonderful Hall of Fame, we know that there's another bad Jersey joke coming just around the corner.

    But fear not. This is not our curse. It is our blessing. For this is what imbues us with our fighting spirit. That we may salute the world forever with the Jersey state bird, and that the fumes from our great northern industrial area to the ocean breezes of Cape May fill us with the raw hunger, the naked ambition and the desire not just to do our best, but to stick it in your face. Theory of relativity anybody? How about some electric light with your day? Or maybe a spin to the moon and back? And that is why our fellow Americans in the other 49 states know, when the announcer says "and now in this corner, from New Jersey...." they better keep their hands up and their heads down, because when that bell rings, we're coming out swinging.

    God Bless the Garden State.

  5. Thanks for your reviews. Out of that group, I only saw the Bond movie (loved it), and Rachel Getting Married. You're right, Anne Hathaway can act. But I hated the movie. Other friends of mine saw it and loved it.

  6. I'm glad a few of you mentioned Cheap Trick. Of all of the acts mentioned that should be in (and I agree with most), Cheap Trick is just about the only one still pumping out great new original music (like the CD "Rockford") and with their original line up.

    Regarding the Monkees - yes, they had some catchy songs, but IMO, they were four guys on a TV show about a band. How many records did they sell after the show went off the air?

    I do have a question - why is Elvis Costello and the Attractions in, but Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band not in (just Bruce himself)?

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