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Marv - Various rumors have had it over the years that Chris Spedding produced and played on "Spunk", the first version of their debut album, which was widely bootlegged, and/or that he also played on "Never Mind The Bollocks".

His actual involvement was in producing some of their early demos, which were finally released in '06 in an import double disk set with "Never Mind" and "Spunk"....and he never played on those or any other Sex Pistols recordings, per Chris himself. The following interesting quote is from his website. This quote also deals with the long-time rumor that the band really couldn't play at all.....

"Spedding explains - I'm quite proud of the Sex Pistols demos, especially when compared to their other later recordings. On my demos you can hear everything quite clearly - the bass and drums are really audible plus you can actually hear what the rhythm and lead guitars are doing.

Part of why they (McLaren and the Pistols) didn't like my demo was that because I like R&B, I highlighted their rhythm tracks with a big bass drum and bass aound, particularly because Matlock had some intensely played bass runs. They wanted a guitar soup. I think that whenever you've got an interesting rhythm section like that, a band sounds like they can actually play, and since that was the whole point of my demo - to prove they could play - that's what I pushed. When you have a guitar soup, which is what the demo they recorded later sounds like, you have to face the fact that someone's trying to cover up the fact that they can't play. And that's what McLaren wanted people to think - that they couldn't play, that was just an idea, a way of making all this anarchy stuff happen.

The only overdubs are the two guitar solos (of course, by Steve Jones). The reason the first note is so long on the 'Problem' solo is that (I was watching his face when he played it) Steve Jones was so surprised at the sound and sustain he got out of my amp that he almost forgot to play!"

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Did you know that the members of The Clarks.... one of my favorite bands met when they attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) during the 1980s?

They done the best cover of "No Matter What."

....and Chad Hurley, founder of YouTube, also graduated from IUP!!

IUP also has one of the best concert venues in western PA!

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The Essex("Easier Said than Done")actually recorded and performed in the early 1960s, away from their regular job---which was the US Navy!

Gene Simmons was originally going to be a rabbi, before deciding to be a rock and roller.

Debby Boone is not only Pat's daughter, but is also the granddaugther of country singer Red Foley(mother's father).

Redd Foxx actually was also a blues singer, as well as being a comedian.

The Rolling Stones' lips/tongue logo was designed by a former classmate of Billy Joel's.

Hungarian rock band Locomotiv GT had Jimmy Miller and Mick Taylor of the Stones play on their debut US released album. Plus, oddly enough, Jack Bruce, playing, of all things, harmonica.

Michael Sembello's "Maniac" was actually intended for a different film, but got sent to the wrong people by mistake. The song was written about a mass murderer, but the people making "Flashdance" liked the song, and the lyrics were changed to fit that movie.

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Re: "Ol'55" - I assume nobody here's actually heard Tom Waits' original version from "Closing Time"??? (If you have, you'll understand his remark about The Eagles' version being too "antiseptic". My guess is, if ole Tom ever heard Iain Matthews' version (although he was spelling his name "Ian" back then), he'd think the same thing about that one, too.)

(The Frey comment, BTW, is typical....that boy's all about dollars and cents! I don't think Waits likes Bruce S's live version of "Jersey Girl" either, but the Boss most likely doesn't care...)

"Closing Time", BTW, is a great, great album...(produced by Jerry Yester, speaking of trivia)...it also has the original "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You" (covered several times) and "Martha" (covered magnificently by Tim Buckley...)

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Hollies65 - I have nothing against the Eagles' version of "Ol' 55" or anyone else's, for that matter. It would really be hard to butcher that song too badly, IMO. On the other hand, compared to the original, the word "antiseptic," not in and of itself a bad word, is pretty apt, I think....

I know someone else who also prefers "Frank's Wild Years," and it's definitely in my top 6-7 TW albums. IMO, it's very hard to beat that 4 year period when he put out that great trilogy of "Swordfishtrombones," "Rain Dogs," & "Frank's Wild Years." (I'm also partial to "Small Change," "Bone Machine" & "Mule Variations".)

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Rod Stewart played harmonica on a song called "My Boy Lollipop"(I think the singer was Millie Small)

.....this was the first-ever recording on Island records....

Marvin Gaye also played drums on some early Motown sessions.

The fuzz guitar part on the Stones' "Satisfaction" was originally intended for a sax.

Crystal Gayle is Loretta Lynn's younger sister.

Keith Moon volunteered to fill in on drums for the Beach Boys, when Dennis Wilson had a hand injury, but was never used.

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While legend has it that Rod Stewart played harmonica on "My Boy Lollipop," there's a consensus that he didn't. It was occasional Dimensions player Pete Hogman who played on the session. Pete apparently looked very much like Rod in appearance so it's likely that Millie Small's manager Chris Blackwell (who also managed Birmingham's Spencer Davis Group) was mistaken in identifying him.

Sources: Jimmy Powell and The 5 Dimensions

Rod Stewart

"My Boy Lollipop" - Wikipedia

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Thanks ScentLady and Hollies65 for clarifying that......and, with the large size of this topic, it's hard to remember(or find)stuff from previous posts.

And come to think of it, I can't think of Rod Stewart playing harmonica on ANYTHING, even his own sessions....but I could be wrong.

Did Carmine Appice(drummer for Vanilla Fudge)co-write "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with Rod?

Huey Lewis' real name is Hugh Cregg.

Several members of the San Francisco 49ers sang backup vocals on Lewis' "Hip to Be Square"

The backup band on Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True" was essentially the News(then known as Clover)without Huey and the sax player.

Jerry Garcia played the pedal steel track on Crosby/Stills/Nash's "Teach Your Children".

Donovan sang backup vocals on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies".

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"Did Carmine Appice(drummer for Vanilla Fudge)co-write "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with Rod?"

Yes he did, with Rod and Duane Hitchings (former member of Cactus w/Carmine, and studio musician for decades)....and da Fudge play it live in their usual inimitable fashion - bludgeoning the sh*t out of it and slowing it down....

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