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  1. In case you hadn't heard, there's a new CCR concert doc on Netflix.
  2. "First punk band of the '70s" = first time I've seen them described as such! A bold but enjoyable statement.
  3. In the ongoing quest to catalog every mention of EC in pop culture (or in this case, unpopular culture, since it lasted only one season), I happened to hear a couple of lines referencing him in the TV version of High Fidelity. [I'm on a trial $1.99 subscription to Disney+, bingeing as much of it as I can in one month.] About five minutes into episode seven, the three record store employees name their top five songs about Me Time. Their concept of me time is a bit randy, encompassing titles like "I Touch Myself," "My Ding-a-Ling," "She-Bop," and "Dancing With Myself." Then: Cherise: "All By Myself" by Celine Dion. Simon: First of all that's originally by Eric Carmen, and secondly that's not a song about masturbation. Cherise: Or is it? Simon: I mean I'm pretty sure it's about how she doesn't want to be, all by herself, y'know, anymore. I'll spare you the punch line as it's rather vulgar.
  4. It's hard to tell from that angle, but EC's jacket had some raspberries embroidered on it too. I didn't know the roof pics were taken in London. There have been at least a couple of other color shots in circulation...I think the article comes from Mojo, date unknown.
  5. He left out some of his best material. youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kMcxlfYcHtny4MtIV2GhIGgy_eHkA9c-w
  6. Look at who was playing at Cyrus Erie West in October 1970. Could that be our heroes, misheard and misspelled by the compiler of the listings section?
  7. Was browsing some old threads and noticed this one didn't get a response. I'm not a huge Kiss fan but since I do kinda collect books on New Yawk rock & roll history (not to mention several of Ken's power pop-related tomes) I've had this since it came out. Here's EC's portion. ERIC CARMEN (LEAD VOCALIST/ GUITARIST, RASPBERRIES): Raspberries opened for KISS on December 31, 1974, in Evansville, Illinois. Boy, was that a strange bill. It was originally supposed to be KISS headlining with Iggy Pop opening. The tickets had been sold for weeks with that bill. A week before the show, the mayor of Evansville said he didn’t want Iggy Pop playing there because he was afraid he’d cut himself with glass and dive off the stage into the crowd and they’d be responsible. Suddenly Iggy was off the bill and somehow we were offered the slot and our management took the gig. So we’re sitting in the dressing room and the door opened at some point and in walked all four guys in KISS. They looked seven feet tall and were head to toe in the full KISS regalia: makeup, platform boots, black leather, and chains [laughs]. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I was always a fan of concept in rock and roll. And I’d never seen anything like this. This was very impressive. The crowd was expecting to see Iggy Pop and we walked out there and they were booing and throwing things at us. Our drummer, Michael McBride, got hit in the head with a penny. Our guitar player, Wally Bryson, gave the audience a piece of his mind and went up to the microphone and said, “Fuck you!” But eventually we got them to calm down and made it through without getting killed [laughs] and maybe even won a few people over. I remember going out to the side of the stage to watch KISS perform. They were eight times louder than anybody I’d ever heard. It was just ear-shattering. I remember one of their roadies poured kerosene and Scope mouthwash into a large Dixie cup. I looked at that and wondered, “What the heck could that be for? Kerosene and Scope? Within a couple of minutes, Gene came over to the side of the stage, took a big slug from this Dixie cup, grabbed a two-and-a-half-foot torch, and breathed fire. I was like, “Oh my God, these guys are unbelievable!” I’m for giving it your all in rock and roll [laughs] but I was thinking to myself, “If this is what you’ve got to do to make it in rock and roll, then I quit” [laughs]. I didn’t fault KISS for what they were doing. I was actually kind of jealous that four guys had that kind of commitment to what they were doing that they were willing to do just about anything. I watched their entire show and they were really, really good at what they did. And there was good music to back up the theatrics. Paul was a great frontman and Gene was absolutely frightening up there. After the show was over, I remember talking to Gene and Paul in the hallway. They were both very friendly. Paul said, “We used to play songs like yours with three-part Beatle harmonies, and then this happened” [laughs]. I was happy to learn afterwards that Paul had come to see the Raspberries at Carnegie Hall in 1973 and very flattered when he showed up backstage to see us in LA for our reunion show in 2005. Sharp, Ken; Simmons, Gene; Stanley, Paul. Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) (pp. 298-299). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
  8. A few months back an interview with Dave and Jim was posted on FB--it mentioned that Dave lives in Florida now. (I just watched it again to make sure I wasn't falsely remembering that factoid.)
  9. Yep, I remember studying the male gaze concept in a "Women and the Media" course in college. I never looked up his age before but I was surprised to read that Ienner was in his late 20s in the early '70s. Seemed and appeared quite a bit older.
  10. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees it! All that's missing is the big gaudy cross. In his case I daresay a tasteful chai would've looked swell nestled in that chest hair.
  11. Yeah, I suppose the fella who wrote that list was going by near-fifty-year memory. It was found in a YT comment, on the live rendition of "Be My Baby." Probably didn't have a clipboard with him at the time, like I've occasionally seen some obsessive guys using at shows.
  12. They may have squeezed "On the Beach" in there somewhere too...a review from Cashbox (10/20/73) mentions as such.
  13. I have no idea how old EC's brother's kids are, but I doubt a hypothetical nephew would have been old enough to have a girlfriend in 1988. Besides, didn't Dean Pitchford do the lyrics? Might be a "cool story bro" situation.
  14. Not sure where I copied this from...possibly a youtube comment? Besides "Ticket" it's fairly consistent with other setlists I've heard or seen from around that same time. Numbers 7 to 10 likely would have been done medley-style, short excerpts with transitional interludes in between, leading into a full 8-minute treatment of ICR. 1. Ticket To Ride 2. I Wanna Be With You 3. Let's Pretend 4. Last Dance 5. Ecstasy 6. Tonight 7. I Saw The Light 8. Don't Want To Say Goodbye 9. I Reach For The Light 10. Waiting 11. I Can Remember 12. The Locomotion 13. Be My Baby 14. Making It Easy 15. Money Down 16. Driving Around 17. Go All The Way 18. Roll Over Beethoven (encore)
  15. I like it! EC's haircut in various Boats photos is rather Tom Jones-ish to me.
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