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Oct. 24, 2005, at Entertainment Weekly's website is an article called "Remember The Raspberries? They're Back": http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2005/10/the_great_power.html


"Remember the Raspberries? They're back!"

by Chris Willman

The great power-pop band the Raspberries is currently out playing together for the first time in more than 30 years. (I was thinking that might be some kind of a record for a gap between tours, till I remembered that Cream is getting back together for the first time since the '60s.) At one point in an otherwise explosively wonderful show at L.A.’s House of Blues on Friday, I began to worry that we might see the Raspberries break up again right on stage. Introducing “I Can Remember,†from the quartet’s first album in 1972, Eric Carmen said, “Wally and I wrote this together on the phone. He had some lyrics and I had some lyrics, and whaddya know, they fit together!†Countered guitarist Wally Bryson, briefly resurrecting an old beef, “I think I had the lyrics and SOME music… Oh, s---, here we go again!†Would this real-time credits dispute end in an alley fight, like the band’s last gig in 1975 had?

Fortunately, any such old flare-ups aside, these four guys seem committed to burying the hatchets that kept fans waiting an unconscionable three decades. And the fact that all four members are not only alive but in fighting trim is rare indeed; think of fellow power-pop legends like Big Star, which now blends half of the original lineup with half of the Posies, or Badfinger, who had yet another member pass on this month. The miracle reconcilation means most attendees were getting their first-ever live renditions of “Tonight†and “Go All the Way,†which should both go on anybody’s short list of The Most Perfect Rock Singles Ever -- the former, in particular, is as if Paul McCartney fronted a particularly horny incarnation of the Who. Jim Bonfanti still hits those tom-toms like Keith Moon, belying the group’s then-wimpy image. Between songs, Carmen tried to explain where their reputation went off-track, explaining that they wanted to create short, mostly solo-less songs as a reaction to bloated prog-rock. (No wonder they were a model -- of sorts -- for fellow prog-haters the Sex Pistols, whose Steve Jones regularly plays the group on his L.A. radio show.) “We thought that we were being radical,†Carmen told the audience, “but FM radio thought we were being reactionary.â€

Three decades hence, can we just settle on heavenly?


I suspect the writer has "I Can Remember" confused with "Don't Want To Say Goodbye"...

Don smile

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