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  1. You've now provided me with approximately 3/4 of my personal soundtrack this summer. "Nowhere to Hide" was worth every second of the three months that it puprotedly took you to write it. I finally bought those Raspberries Japanese "Mini-Vinyl" import CD's, and, I gotta tell you, they are RAWK!! It's not just your ballads, with their acrobatic chord structues and and instantly classic melodies-you are a genuine riff factory!! You are a musical genius!!; You have the savior faire!; You make today's indie kids look banal by comparison-all of that is worth more than getting the same tie as you did last year. All I can give you is my gratitude, a wish of "Happy Birthday", and ask that the Raspberries play Louisville.
  2. Damn, I loove "Sunrise." One of but a few songs which instantly makes me happy upon hearing it.
  3. A footnote: It still erks me that I wasn't a hip enough 7 year-old to beg my Mom and grandparents to take me to see the Raspberries play King's Island's Timberwolf Ampitheatre in the summer. That would have been an ultimate memory to carry with me!!
  4. Creepy-funny!! Sort of pares down those hipster personalities to their respective lowest common denominators. You can like both groups, though. In my head, that ancient comparison/conflict is an "Apples-Oranges" proposition. As a grade schooler, I heard the older kids in my neighborhood play both, and it never occurred to me to compare them. In the end, Eric's music ruled the 1970's, while Big Star did that decadent, self-destructive "Big Star Thing", an update on that time-honored Southern practice of "Losing (their) Religion". Big Star and Raspberries, to me, are two different things. Both gooooooooood.
  5. You'll love their show. Very informal; Matthew being very witty between songs, with Susanna sort of occasionally chiming in like the reticient English major she is. However, it is their harmonies which must be experienced in person to be believed!! They make the Everlys sound like the Shaggs by comparison Seriously, there's something special going on when they sing together.
  6. I can't wait to hear either Todd Rundgren cover, and the Big Star and David Gates songs, but I just am skeptical of anyone being able to successfully cover "Go All The Way," even if it is in a duet between one of my favorite singers and one of my favorite songwriters. I'm a fan of Sid and Susie. I love both of these guys; I love Ming Tea; and I bought the first volume as soon as it was released, but I don't think anyone call pull off GATW like the 'berries.
  7. This is awful. I love the Southwest F.O.B. album, and, though I'm not much for Country music, his song "Everything That Glitters" is achingly beautiful, the best rodeo song ever written, in my opinion. So sorry.
  8. Some of us aren't bad people. Some of us don't like greed and unfairness, either.
  9. Oh, no. You have to see this man onstage with nothing but his street clothes and an old Martin D-28. This is a crime. I'll see what I can do. I love going to his shows.
  10. Well, thank you, mamacote and Tony. I'm quite flattered.
  11. A lot of these aren't power pop; they are just great songs. I love any list which includes "She Don't Care About Time" and "I Am the Cosmos."
  12. For me, Greg Brady killed "All By Myself." I was 9 when the song came out, and, a short time thereafter, this new "Brady Bunch Variety Show" comes on the air. On one epsiode, Greg/Barry moves out of the Brady house, singing a cheezeball rendition of "All By Myself" as he decides to come home to Mike and Carol at show's end. Well, I wasn't gonna like any damn song that goofy-fruity Barry Williams was singing, so that was that. Sue me, but I was a kid. The next year, I found myself astounded that David Cassidy's brother could write a song as great as "Hey Deanie." Aaaaaaaaaaaah . . . reckless youth.
  13. Damn!! Now that's a single! No doubt penned by Schlessinger.
  14. Will end up with this one, doubtless. I wish that Shout! Factory or someone would do a compilation CD of Mike Chapman/Nicky Chinn-written songs, so you could have "Little Willy" and "Ballroom Blitz" alongside "Daytona Demon," "48 Crash," "Mickey," "Kiss You All Over," and "Hot Child in the City."
  15. True-The Fender Custom Shop is overpriced. They need to make sure that their everyday, "player" guitars are more playable "out-of-the-box," too.
  16. Well, of course that is possible, Hollies65. You have great taste, and, no doubt, a well-reasoned opinion to support your preference. Obviously, people's tastes vary, even people who are fans of the same artist. However, I was thinking more about that element of music lovers and pundits, such as these writers, who sometimes, for reasons I don't understand, treat "All By Myself" like a musical whippin' boy. I should have made that clear. As for me, all of those songs you mentioned are great, and I personally couldn't pick one over the other. I've been humming "Overnight Sensation" all day today.
  17. Don't you think that "All By Myself" was a gutsy career move? I do. You write that album, and create this song, after you have earned a reputation as the American Steve Marriott, a bona fide "Rocker (I hate that term, except in that "Boogeyin' since I ditched the stroller" sense-that's cool as hell)" So, what do you do for an encore? You wouldn't normally come up with a 7+ minute balladic ode to melancholy and existential estrangement, would you? Brave. Music is subjective, and those writers may say what they will, but, what keeps "All By Myself" from decaying into soporific schmultz is the fact that it's HONEST. It comes from a pathos that is genuine, and expresses it with an eloquent directness. In the original recording, it features not only that amazing guitar break, but a beautiful piano solo from the writer himself. The full-length recording is not a song-it's an event. It's an expression of the dark side of loneliness like no other (I kind of blame the 45 RPM single format for robbing the song of its gravitas and giving it its undeserved reputation, but music is, indeed, a business). As I've said before, the whole album took me through a time when I lost my girl and a lot of friends, and that song contains that spark of recognition that one needs to not feel so alone in that condition. In the final analysis, immitation is the sincerest form of flattery. How many subsequent songwriters made entire careers off of ripping off "All By Myself" poorly and repeatedly? Don't have enough fingers and toes to count them all, do you? I think that when people diss "All By Myself," it's because the honesty and vivid expression thereof makes them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable, and it's easier to deflect that reaction by "toughening up," making fun of, or dismissing, the very thing which provokes it. Anyway, all I can do here is blither, and not express the merits of, "All By Myself" very well. The proof is in the putting. Eric, if he didn't have his intuitive taste and dignity, could pimp bigger than anyone in the rap game, because of that song.
  18. Well-crafted pop music has been dormant since W's. Era, with notable exceptions being the occasional unnoticed "pop single masterpiece" by Curt Newman or Adam Schlessinger. I alyays thought the President himself, after seeing his teeneage photographs and frat boy high school buddies on T.V., probably listened to "stoner music" or "butt rock" as an adolescent, which speculation I find vaguely encouraging.
  19. Steve Lasko was the nicest guy about teaching me how to use his pedal over the phone and email. The JangleBox takes some time to use well, and he's very understanding about that. He's a mensch. I would love to try out a Nash. If he does great Fender replicas, then he could probably make a 12-string that sounds like what Lou Reed used on the first Velvet Underground album, or what Peter Buck used on R.E.M.'s "Murmur." It's indeed a shame that the Fender Custom Shop charges more than a master craftsman who hand builds electric guitars. I don't know about now, but, when it began, Fender Cutom Shop made great instruments.
  20. I started heavily listening to this record after breaking up with the sweetest, most beautiful woman in the world, and it seemed to really fit the lonely, empty way that I felt in the right spots, while giving me the hope I needed in songs like "Sunrise." No one does bittersweet like you. While I'm thinking about it, "Thanks for that album. It got me through a rough patch." I'm an easy sell. I read a lot of Fitzgerald, listen to a lot of Raspberries. However, I'd play that album over the spreakers in the uber-psycheldelic record store where I used to work. I'd just take the customers gibes in stride, and go about selling them the recondite, atonal recordings they wanted (I love that music, too). I'm hoping I converted someone. Even shlocky, ugly noise musicians like myself dig it. That has to signify something about its universality .
  21. With my 660-12, I was not only fortunate enough to walk into a store with one in stock, but I also had two from which to choose. Once you get your hand on that wider neck, it all seems to melt into you and become your "third arm." I had always wanted a 360-12 or a 370-12, but my 660-12 sounded so beautiful and was so inspiring to play, that I never once looked back. It appears to me that the only differences between the Tom Petty Limited Edition and the regular Rickenbacker 660-12 are pickguard graphics and collectiblity designation. I'm not certain, but it seems like the Signature Model came first, then the production model due to subsequent popular demand. Since McGuinn's original was stolen, Wally's is, to my mind, the great classic Ric 12-string, the one to which I have happily fallen asleep listening to through headphones many times. Of course, it wouldn't be as great in anyone else's hands. I don't think many people recognize how rare and unique Wally's touch with this instrument is.
  22. Those are great. I'm a "Ticket to Ride" and "Paperback Writer" kind of guy. Close behind is "Every Little Thing," which I think is the great underrated Beatles song. With Brian Wilson, I'm "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice," with "In My Room" being my close runner-up.
  23. That's true. Brian is amazing. It's an inexplicable quality. He can "stack" tone clusters of human voices in a way no one else can. Sometimes John Rutter comes close, but what Brian does is even more universal. I'm sort of tired, and I don't know if I'm being clear, but Brian Wilson's music surprises, even at the thousandth listen. It's hard to contain in words. It's a je nais sais quoi of both melody and harmony.
  24. Don't you sometimes wonder whether those young people are the exact kind of musicians that the current "music industry," if that actually still exists, seems to avoid? It's either that, or it is that those people are under our nose as we speak, and we haven't "lived" with their music long enough to recognize how durable it is.
  25. Because the "Feel the Power" remark struck me funny, I'll behave. Actually, I was not aware I was "going negative," else I would have refrained. My apologies.
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