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I've been curious to know what kind of music/artists Eric's fans listen to when they're not listening to Eric's music. It would be interesting to see if there are some similarities in taste in music beyond EC. I love a lot of 70s and some 80s-era rock and pop music. I've also discovered I really enjoy Lindsey Buckingham's stuff within Fleetwood Mac and solo (his 1992 album is a delight). If I have only the radio, I have to confess that as much as I used to hate country music, I've been listening to it lately since much of what else is on the radio is so repelling. Let me know what you're listening to! Thanks!

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I've got a varied taste in music. Among my current faves: Kyle Vincent (the Eric Carmen of the new millenium), Venice (the Eagles of the new millenium), anything by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, CSN&Y. That's just a short list to keep this thread rolling.

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Here's my quick list: The Beatles, Rubinoos, Jellyfish, Queen, Ian Hunter, ENuff Z'Nuff, Piper, Kyle Vincent, Cheap Trick, The Merrymakers, Greenberry Woods ... oh, and that brand new album from 18-year-old Michelle Branch who writes songs, plays guitar and sings ... a powerpopper for today if there ever was one! --Bernie

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Kyle Vincent is from San Francisco, and comes as close to EC as I've ever heard anyone come in the last 10 years. His voice is great, and he writes fantastic Pop songs. He's released three cd's - all excellent. Check out his website (www.kylevincent.com) if you want further info. Now I want to know who Michelle Branch is?

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That Kyle Vincent CD is excellent! The song called "Arianne" is usually played where i'm working at Elder-Beerman in Midland, Michigan. I also heard the song on Cruise 102.1 FM in Bad Axe, Michigan. Also worth picking up is World Party "Egyptology" which has a song called "She's The One" which sounds like the group "Oasis". Also worth picking up is a CD called Jim Peterik & World Stage that came out in 2000. The Ides Of March singer & keyboardist for the group Survivor has lots of special guests on that CD including members of Cheap Trick, Dennis De Young of Styx & others. One of my favorite songs on the CD is a song called "Diamonds For Stones" in which Jim duets with Cathy Richardson. It's one of my favorite song on the CD. Any other suggestions? Matt

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Ok try not to laugh. I know one that has a wider taste in music than I do. I discovered music in the early to mid 70's. My early favorites were Elton John and Uriah Heep. I was a big fan of Manilow when he struck it big. I can go from listening to Alice Cooper to the Partridge Family. Even though I loved "All By Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again", I did't discover the Raspberries until about 1981. That of course led me to the rest of Eric's solo material. Let me rank my top 5 artists in order. 1. The Beatles 2. Elton John 3. Eric Carmen / Raspberries 4. Survivor 5. Billy Joel I have just recently discovered Enuff Z'Nuff, and you can be certain that I will be checking out Kyle Vincent and Michelle Branch soon.

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Whether it's soft ballads or hard rock, the common denominator here seems to be melodius artists. Kyle Vincents "Arianne" is as fine as they come. I've heard him cover the Raspberries, and that too, was delightful.

Bernie, did you read the same bit that I did where Clive Davis was talking about Michelle Branch? Kind of reminded me of the way he talked of Eric when he first signed him. Eric was going to be Clive's giant slayer, and Clive put him in pretty good company when he mentioned Eric along with Paul McCartney and Elton John in the same sentence! Kirk.

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Kyle's follow-up album, "Wow and Flutter" from 1999 was also excellent. He's got the ballad-style down pat, and his uptempo songs like "Ariane", "I Used to Love the Girl", and "She's Top 40" are topnotch. I've got an album of outtakes from him where he covers "On the Beach." He should have a new release out this year.

Here's another name for you: Chris von Sneidern. His mid-1990's release, "Big White Lies" was named by Goldmine magazine as the #1 Power Pop album of all-time. Quite the compliment but worth it all the way. And if you're wondering whether or not Chris is a fan of Eric's, he even thanks Eric on the "Big White Lies" CD.

Regards, Marvin

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In my case, I like hard rock very much. Especially I'm a big KISS fan. I listen Gunsn'Roses, Queen, Mr. Big, Soundgarden, but also Barry Manilow, Billy Joel.

I don't like Japanese singers.(I don't know why.) Maybe I can more concentrate on the melody and use my imagination in case of English songs.

Oh!I almost forgot about Cheap Trick. I like their music, too. When Eric came to Japan with Tom Petersson, Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer and Duan Hitchings, I went to see the show. It was great.

By the way, is Janey Clewer's "Call Me Romantic" CD available in the U.S. too? I bought it in order to check the song "Only Time Will Tell" which is recorded with Eric and I like it, too.

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Kazumi-- I bought that Janey Clewer CD right when it came out. This was a good year (or so) before WINTER DREAMS was released and at that point was the first time I had heard Eric's voice on something new for nearly a decade! As far as I know, the CD is no longer in print and was never available on a U.S. label. --Bernie

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I hadn't heard that Clive was talking about Michele Branch. I do know that many of the heavyweights in the industry are supporting her because she's such an anomoly ... i.e. not just a sexy girl with a producer ... she actually writes all of her songs, plays an instrument and has talent. In fact, I did read that she just recently performed at her first concert in New York City and three other major female songwriters came to the club to show their support: Madonna, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette. --Bernie

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If I had a radio station it would play: Eric Carmen, John Miles, Alan Parsons Project, OMD, Moody Blues, Jann Arden (canadian singer with biting lyrics and incredible hooks), Three Dog Night, Burton Cummings & The Guess Who, Abba (plus about a thousand one hit wonders, like Sugar Baby Love, The Promise (by When In Rome), NaNaHeyHey, etc). Wanna tune in? Dave

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This is a great thread. So many artists have been mentioned that I haven't heard of. I have never been able to duplicate the thrill that I had discovering the Raspberries and Eric so accidentally. I don't know how many artists whose CD's I have purchased were in hopes of such a discovery. With all of these artists mentioned here, maybe it will happen again. At least to fill the void until Eric has something new on the shelves.

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Also worth picking up is a CD called Jim Peterik & World Stage that came out in 2000. The Ides Of March singer & keyboardist for the group Survivor has lots of special guests on that CD including members of Cheap Trick, Dennis De Young of Styx & others. One of my favorite songs on the CD is a song called "Diamonds For Stones" in which Jim duets with Cathy Richardson. Matt

So glad to see another Jim Peterik fan out there. I really like how he is always involved with some kind of charity/benefit concerts. Have you been to a World Stage concert? There have been 4, and I was lucky to catch 2 shows. Talk about an all star jam. Incredible! The last W.S show everyone in the theatre received a new W.S. cd, it has 2 songs on it. It was free, a gift from Jim to his fans. Very generous. His song with Cathy Richardson Diamonds for Stones, is great. They sing it at the W.S. shows. That song also appears on the very brand new "One Less Tear" cd (for cancer research). This is another all star jam that he is involved with. So happy that his song "Vehicle" is featured in the GM commercials. Yipee! Hope you catch the next W.S. show. wink
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I guess I listen to several bands out of Chicago. I love all our old 60's bands that are still around in one form or another. In the summer just about every weekend we are out catching our favs: The Buckinghams,The Ides of March,The Cryan' Shames, New Colony Six, Off Broadway (80's) American English (Beatles). It's fun ! laugh

I listen alot to Journey, Survivor, Styx, Boston, Hugo, The Guess who, Burton Cummings, America, Def Leppard, Night Ranger. Looking forward to a new band called Mecca, with Joe Vana he is good, and Fergie Frederickson (Toto). My second favorite singer/songwriter, next to Eric of course, is Kevin Chalfant (The Storm, VU, Two Fires). There is a really beautiful song on his solo cd called "Love Changes Everything" If you love ballads you would love this song. It reminds me of a song that Eric would sing. I will look into some of the artists mentioned here that everyone listens to. I love music smile

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Bernie, wish I could remember where I read it, but Clive was comparing Michelle to Stevie Wonder and somebody just as talented -- pretty good company there, also.

Anybody near the west coast should check out Poptopia. It goes on for several nights at different Hollywood clubs simultaneously -- it's really hard to pick where to go on any given night. I'm a little predjudiced, but I thought Scott Mccarl's set (especially when Wally joined him on stage) from a couple of years ago was great. In fact, I'm sure Kyle Vincent was in the audience that night, as were a bunch of us 'berrie fans. Kirk

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Hi, everyone. Just to add my "old" listening habits to the list -- used to listen to Beach Boys, Beatles and Elton John. Also Barbra Streisand. Now, besides all the classical music I constantly listen to, I listen almost exclusively to Eric/Raspberries. My life is pretty hectic right now, taking care of my Mother, who has Alzheimers, in our home, and Eric/Raspberries music just calms me down like nothing else can. To paraphrase an old Elton John tune, it reminds me "how wonderful life is while" ... Eric/Raspberries music is "in the world." --Darlene

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