Filed under: America, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: 50's, 68' comeback special, Elvis Presley
Creat a little sandwich by spreading peanut butter on the wafers.. then put banana slice in between. Dip it in batter and deep fry it following these instructions.
There are really only 2 periods I love of Elvis. 54′-56′ Elvis and 68 comeback special Elvis. The rest is just fluff or deep fried fat with bad sunglasses.
’68 Comeback Elvis
’68 Elvis formed the basis for how I wanted my backing group to be. It was loosey goosey, colored with inside jokes, and filled with plenty of fun. When I first started playing shows in Dallas, I played acoustic guitar with one drummer, forcing him to only use a snare with brushes.. no drumkit allowed! Eventually I added more members to the group resulting in The All-Nighters. If you have ever been to my live shows.. you can see that we try our best to capture the essence of the ’68 comeback special.
Filed under: 60's, britain, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: 60's, Beatles, British Invasion, Mccartney, Songs
I wish I had songs I could give away…. unfortunately I can’t churn them out like the Beatles factory did. Some of the songs they wrote for others were pretty craptastic.. but suprisingly many of these tunes became huge hits! Then there are the songs that maybe the Beatles shouldn’t have given away. I obviously love the Mccartney tracks more, but his are definitely the stronger songs.
Funny Beatles factoid; when Paul would play World Without Love, as he sang the lyric “please lock me away”, John would always be quick to respond “ok”. Classic John.
World Without Love (Peter & Gordon)
Step Inside Love (demo w/cilla black)
Come And Get It (Badfinger)
SUPER ADDED BONUS!
Paul wanted to give this song to Frank Sinatra but ol’ Blue eyes thought that the song was a joke and reportedly said “Is this guy trying to have me?”. Frank is pretty dumb cus this song could have been a Sinatra classic.
Filed under: America, britain, britpop, britpop songs, indie, Music, polara, pop, rialto, rocknroll, space, supernaturals
First things first…SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I know I have neglected this blog for a over a month. I was out on tour and the blog itself had some technical issues I had to fix. But all of these things have been resolved and we are back on track! yay!
I just wanted to post today on a few bands that you may or may not have heard of from the hey day of the mid-90’s britpop era. 97′ was the great and final year of britpop before it really died, and there were many bands that snuck in and said goodbye before you really knew who they were. While the U.S was busy with watered down versions of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam bands, the Uk was busy with watered down versions of Oasis, Blur, and Pulp.
The first of these was Rialto. They completely sound like if Oasis and Pulp were mashed together to make James Bond theme music. The next is The Supernaturals (For some reason it seems like there were a million “super” bands in the 90’s). This band in particular was written off by the british press but they really write some amazing pop tunes and had quite a few hits. Then there is Space.. you probably remember them from the Austin Powers soundtrack. And finally, the band Polara isn’t british but I feel their sound fit well enough in that genre. Surprisingly all of these groups are still around in one way or another. Just go to wikipedia to find out what they are up to. I am too lazy today for links.. haha.
Rialto “When We’re Together”
Space “You And Me Against The World”
The Supernaturals “The Day Before Yesterdays Man”
Prior to the internet era, The Apples (In Stereo) seemed like mythic pop Gods to many aspiring musicians. What you knew about the band was completely built around Fanzine articles and college radio play. I used to lay awake in my dorm room dreaming about riding a bus out to Colorado to join the Elephant Six and have Rob of the apples produce my albums. This was the first band that made me realize what record production was all about.
Their first album Fun Trick Noisemaker was a startling debut of Velvet Underground heroin guitars mixed with Beach Boys melodies and themes. What was really amazing was that this band recorded it all on a four track. Now a days, do-it-yourself albums are the norm with computers making everyone think they are the next Rick Rubin.. but back in the early 90’s, no band I ever heard of was doing this. They owned their own studio, produced all their own records, ran their own label, and played on their friends albums. The best part was.. they actually sold lots of albums!
As the nineties were coming to a close, and the new millenium began, the Apples topped the college charts with every album that they released. They still have some of their early dirty psych sound, but they have become more polished, using advanced recording gear, and writing songs that are more sophisticated and precise.
Here in order of the first four albums they put out, are my favorite tunes:
Green Machine Haley (b-side demo)About Your Fame The Bird That You Can’t See
I wanted to throw out some tracks from one of my favorite Brit-Pop bands, Super Furry Animals. Signed to Creation (the greatest label evah) in the early 90’s, SFA released some of the most drug-induced, psychedelic pop/punk, electro whatever records on the planet. They are a band that is constantly innovating and changing with the times, but still drawing from the past for melodic, hook driven songs.Their first release, Fuzzy Logic, has less experimentation than more recent albums, but for some reason I still believe that this one is their best (Rings Around the World being a close second). So get fuzzed and sing along.. especially on the last song (for now and ever) which sounds like a missing link to the ending of GREASE, if it were made today.
Something For The WeekendHometown UnicornFor Now And Ever
Filed under: 70's, America, britain, Flash Gordon, Music, Queen, rocknroll, soundtrack
I will spare everyone by not putting the Flash Gordon theme on here. You all have heard it…. and if you haven’t, well then there is no hope for you. Instead, I wanted to privy you to some of the other tracks from this movie because they kick so much ass that no jedi or trekkie soundtrack can even come close. It was hard picking the songs I wanted to share. Queen really followed the perfect rule for films by creating musical themes with certain characters or events.
What is surprising is Queen rocks out so hard in the classic Queen style, yet the songs totally fit the futuristic feel of the movie. Listen to “Battle Theme”. Brian May’s lead guitars sound like they flew in straight from planet Mars (that rhymed..teehee!). The next up is Ming’s theme. Totally evil, totally huge, and very memorable. Then lastly I chose The Wedding March. Starts out very standard Queen with the lead guitar noodlies. Then the song turns to the dark-side just to remind you that the wedding is for the crazed universal Hitler-esque Ming the Merciless. Awesome. Enjoy :)
Filed under: 1, 70's, America, Emitt, Mccartney, Music, Paul, Rhodes, rocknroll
There isn’t much I can add to how great Emitt Rhodes is. I discovered him while in the middle of recording my album “Let’s Be Poor Together” and it couldn’t have happened at a more appropriate time. His production sense greatly influenced the sound of my album and helped me define what I was looking for in myself as a musician.
Anyhoo,Click Here Now and get the amazing, yet sad story of this man.
Live Till You Die You Should Be AshamedEver Find Yourself Running