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  1. Eric: I have heard the Raspberries version of Locomotion/Be My Baby countless times. I also have heard the almost legendary tale how Todd Rundgen was at the Carnegie Hall concert, heard the Berries version and sold Grand Funk on covering the song and the rest is music history. My question is did the Raspberries ever considering covering the tune as a possible single or were you all more concentrated on your own material? Steve-O
  2. Eric, Oh "Master of the Middle 8", besides the "Mother of All Classical Pop Interludes" bridge in "ABM" (long version), what songs of yours have your favorite bridges? And what bridges in other artist's songs do you admire the most? Have we covered this topic before? Recently?
  3. Was this something you came up with in the studio??? Believe it or not, it took me a couple of years before realizing what it was!!! Doops!!! As a musician you would think I would have picked it in the flashiest of flashes... I really like the intro, it sets up the song "just right". bahoo
  4. Hi Eric, this is Valorie's sister from Canada. I was just extremely curious what those barbie dolls on stage that I see you and Dave goofing around with were all about. I see them in some of the photos sitting by Jim's drums. Gonna clue us in or is this a 'private joke' Also I just wanted to say that I was the one who gave your lil girl the Canada Flag jersey..I did not even realize we were sitting behind your children but man o' man were they ever so much fun cute lil ones and so were their two lil friends...soooo funny!!
  5. How did the band first start ?
  6. How did Eric find Wally Bryson for the band ?
  7. Now that you're one of the 'regulars' on EC.com, I have a little quiz for you. The quiz consists of four scenarios, with 3 possible answers to each. Give yourself 1 point for 'A', 2 points for 'B' and 3 points for 'C'. Ready? In the morning: A- You turn on the computer after your coffee to check the message board. B- You turn on the computer before your coffee so you can check the message board while drinking your coffee. C- If you're short on time in the morning, you skip the coffee so you can check in on the message board. Daily: A- You check the message board at least once a day. B- You check in so often you're looking over your shoulder to see if your spouse is watching. C- You leave your spouse waiting in bed so you can check in 'just one more time' before turning in for the night. If you miss a day on the message board: A- You wonder what you have been missing while you were away. B- You not only wonder what you've been missing, but wonder if anybody missed you. C- You develop facial tics. If you have to be away: A- You can't wait to get home and check in on the message board. B- You check it while on vacation. C- You search for 'hot spots' if there is no internet available. Scoring: 5 or less- Life is still fairly normal 6 to 8- Friends and family are starting to wonder. 9 or more- You are as addicted to EC.com as I am! So, how'd you do? Kirk.
  8. Eric, Was "She Remembered", pure fantasy? Did you subject yourself to the surreal experience of a High School Class reunion ?
  9. EC...Love to get your response to this hypothetical question...The phone rings in your house and its Mccartney and he tells you that he just talked to Ringo who said that you had some pretty nice songs...Mac continues to tell you that he went out and picked up all your solo CD's and that he was gonna RANDOMLY pick out a half dozen songs to listen to and that he would call you back to let you know what he thinks...QUESTION... What songs are you hoping he DOSENT randomly listen to(for whatever reason):examples They sound dated... Lyrically/melodically not strong enough... Production/arrangement poor... Vocally disappointing... Song too complex to be appreciated at one random sitting... Sounds like a Paul rip-off... Wouldnt sound good taken out of album context... Not representative of your style... ETC...
  10. Hi Eric Carmen community, I know I'm late to the party here, but I've gotten heavily into Carmen's music (both solo and with the Raspberries) only within the last year or so. Anyway, my point is that only very recently did I discover that Carmen has a biography titled "Marathon Man." Looking on Amazon, it says it was published in 2004, so I figure it's likely long been out of print. It is available for digital purchase, but I'd much prefer to have a physical copy. Searches on Google and eBay have proven to be practically useless, so I'm wondering if anyone on this forum may have a copy they are looking to sell or know of any retailer or distributor I could still buy the book from. I'd really like to learn more about Eric's career, and the limited documentation found online leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks, kyletx500
  11. Here's a voices-only, doo-woppy version of "Make Me Lose Control": What do you think?
  12. Hey Mr. C - After meeting and greeting many of us over the past year (and I think it was so cool how warmly we were greeted time after time)...you might have wondered/been curious about something after you met us. Now that you've had a little downtime (by that I mean not touring)here's a thought: If you had the time to ask any of the boarders any thing on your mind, what do you want to know about us?
  13. Eric - have you ever considered doing a second edition to your book so those of us fans who were a little late in getting here could read it? I'd be really interested!
  14. Eric - just saw a 60 minute piece on photographer Norm Seeff. Do you recall whether he filmed your photo session for your first solo album? Thanks!
  15. Eric- I recently acquired an album by Orchestra 88 on the CAM USA label; all of the songs are from your BRI catalog- done by this orchestra in a variety of styles- jazz, funk, blues, disco, pop, sometimes all in the same song! So far, my favorite is their rendition of Boats Against The Current, with a tenor sax carrying the melody. Do you remember this project? Did you have any input? If so, what? A curious oddity of an album, to say the least! Here's the track listing: Side 1- All By Myself She Did It Never Gonna Fall In Love Again Let's Pretend Boats Against The Current Side 2- Nowhere To Hide Go All The Way Love Is All That Matters I Need You Everything
  16. Eric: I graduated from Brush High School, as did you, but don’t get back to Cleveland all that often anymore (although I did indeed attend the Raspberries reunion shows). But this weekend I was visiting my Mom, and while driving down Gates Mills Boulevard I sensed a tremendous presence of creative energy. Hadn’t ever noticed that before on previous trips…I can only assume this means you in the process of finalizing the release of more excellent music!!! Can’t hardly wait!!!
  17. Hello E.C. I am just curious if you plan on releasing anymore new music in the near future. I know all great artists have songs on tape that didn't make the cut during their recording sessions. I know there are some bootlegs out there, B-side songs, songs that didn't go with the era you were in at the time, etc. Maybe you could use some of these songs for a new CD. I know is isn't great to say but a lot of your fans that have followed you from the early days such as the Raspberries through your solo career are getting up in age. I just love your writing and your voice and would like to hear more of it. "Brand New Year" showed me that you still have it! It is not like you are over the hill. You voice still gives me chills when I hear it (that is a good thing. lol). I enjoy having you and your music in my life. It has certainly got me through some rough times. God bless you and your family and thank you for being here for us.
  18. Hey Eric! I went to see Ron Howard's rock doc on the Beatles' touring years last night. Loved it!! Knowing you to be a huge Beatles fan also, couldn't help wondering if you saw it and what you thought?
  19. Hey Eric, If the answer to my question is in Marathon Man, I haven't read it yet. What inspired you to thread "Boats" with Row, Row, Row Your Boat? I'm wondering if "Boats" was in your mind and then you connected it with "Row Your Boat" In my opinion, it is a perfect song. I think it's brilliant how you took the simple melody of a song with the words gently and merrily and came up with a song where life isn't such a dream. Sousa
  20. Hi EC, Any suggestions how I can inspire my 21yr old Daughter to start playing her piano again ? The only spark I have seen lately from her was when she saw you playing your piano on You Tube. She is very gifted and can play a tune by ear, never had a lesson. Thanks cynthiaalma :^)
  21. Eric: Are you planning on going to the Rock and Roll HOF Induction Ceremony since you live in the area and especially since Ringo is being honored?
  22. My apologies if this has already come up on another thread, but I'm dying to know. Exactly whose idea was the, ahem, controversial album cover to "Tonight You're Mine"? Was the cover foisted upon you by the Powers That Be? Was it a fait accompli before you saw it? Or did everyone think it was a good idea at the time? I see a parallel with Spinal Tap's notorious original cover to "Smell The Glove", the one replaced by the none-more-black version....except yours was actually used. Do tell, Eric
  23. I'm sure this has been discussed before, but maybe worth repeating. Naturally the music is how most artists and groups are judged, but always thought that style of delivery or stage presence was as much a part of the the experience as the music, or at least, added to the enjoyment of it. Like an actor....the script can be great, but only certain actors can make it come alive. There are very few groups or solo artists that have that extra something....that pizazz....that polish....to do that. No question Eric has it. I would venture to say that if you saw a silhouette of Eric, you would know who it was performing. Who else do you think has stage presence?
  24. Eric you've talked about musical artists you enjoy and respect. But I wondered...What are some records that you feel have irreplaceable lead vocals that make these records into "3 or 4 Minute Classics". To all my cyber-buddies I'd love to see some of your picks as well. Please-Let's all list only 3-5 songs so we don't use up songs others may wanna post. "MY STARTER LIST".. 1-"DOO WAH DIDDY"-Paul Jones' vocal MAKES this song! 2"KICKS"-Mark Lindsay kicks ass! 3-"LONG COOL WOMAN"-Allan Clarke is amazing!(And it ain't even my favorite Hollies'song."Bus Stop" is my favorite,but it's more of a group harmony effort IMHO.) 4-"TIME OF THE SEASON"-Colin Blunstone does a pretty good job-Ya Think? Hope to hear from you Eric and all you EC.comers with some of your choices.-Ira.
  25. Rock bassists oftentimes are locked into the root/5th concept. That usually sounds fine..... but unexceptional. There are some bassists who think "out of the box". They almost *force* me to get lost in the brilliance of their basslines. David Wintour is one of those bassists. His work is not aggressively "in your face" like some of rock's most heralded bassists (John Entwistle, Jack Bruce). Wintour is subtle and incredibly melodic (I would consider him to be McCartney-esque). None of his fills scream "look at me". All of his basslines fit the music like a glove. They never fail to serve the music. Fretless bass (when played correctly) gives music a flavor that is more luscious than the traditional fretted bass. I rarely hear fretless bass in rock recordings (it is more of a jazz thing). Wintour's fretless tone is amazing. He makes frequent use of slides that are both subtle & devastating (yes, it is possible to do both at the same time!). Eric - I assume that Wintour was one of Dudgeon's London "sessions guys" that were thrust upon you after you were forced to abandon the use of the orgininal band from the first album. If so, what a stroke of luck to have an obviously mismatched producer bring such a perfectly suited talent to the project. Did you insist that he play fretless? From my perspective, Wintour's fretless work was the cherry on the top of that incredible Boats Against The Current sundae. For what it's worth: Wintour's work on "Heaven Can Wait" is also exceptional. I can't believe that I missed the Boats tour.......
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