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Mr. Toot

by Husky Lover ( 141 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Music at May 13th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Here;s a break from the typical Democrats are evil and Republicans will save humanity thread. The Norwegian group Ylvis of The fox fame had a hysterical video called Mr. Toot.

This video was hysterical.

Here was their breakout hit from 2013 the Fox.

These guys are a trip.

Friday In Studio Open and OOT

by coldwarrior ( 29 Comments › )
Filed under Music at April 10th, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Dorian is going back into the studio next week, let’s wish him luck!


Hey, little update for ya’ll… I am now officially scheduled to go into the studio a 11am Sunday the 19th to begin recording my new CD.

This will be the first song I record…


“Play It All Night Long” OOT

by The Osprey ( 46 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at August 24th, 2014 - 1:04 am

“Sweet Home Alabama, play that dead band’s song. Turn them speakers up full blast, play it all night long.”

Warren said play it all night long, and we will, here on the Overnight Open Thread.


Apples and Oranges

by Bunk X ( 247 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT, Open thread at August 2nd, 2014 - 11:55 pm


One of the most successful groups in popular music, they began playing R&B in the early to mid-1960s. The name of the band (and members) changed several times, but eventually settled on “The Pink Floyd Sound,” taken from the names of two blues musicians, Pinkney “Pink” Anderson and Floyd “Dipper Boy” Council (click each name for links to recordings on the Utoobage). Dick Clark introduced “The Pink Floyd” on American Bandstand in 1967, their first appearance in the U.S. Here’s the lineup (with ages) at the time of the filming:

Roger Waters – bass, vocals, songwriter (24)
Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals, songwriter (21)
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals (24)
Nick Mason – percussion (23)

Pink Floyd had my attention from “Ummagumma” through “Wish You Were Here,” but they began to lose me when their style began drifting too far into the mainstream pop radio culture of the late 70s: the overbearing and over-produced arena-art-rock years.

Remember that “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” was performed live on stage,with “lyrics” in English, just like The Overnight Open Thread.

P.S. The Dub Side Of The Moon is awesome.

RIP Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

by Bunk X ( 102 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at July 19th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas. Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.


RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips hellalotta fun.

Let’s turn up the volume and put the pedal to the metal for this Saturday Night Edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: After scheduling this I see that Coldwarrior beat me to it, so consider this a continuation.]

R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tommy Ramone

by Bunk X ( 112 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at July 13th, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Tommy Ramone RIP 2014

Another punk bit the big one.

Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever.  The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.

Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.

That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot.  Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.

Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”

And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.


And yes, this is The Overnight Open Thread.

RIP, Tommy.

by coldwarrior ( 24 Comments › )
Filed under Music, Open thread at July 13th, 2014 - 8:00 am

It’s a sad day.

Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest in 1949, Ramone emigrated to America in 1957. He grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, where he began playing music with John Cummings (a.k.a. Johnny Ramone) while he was in high school. The two formed a garage band called the Tangerine Puppets before Tommy moved on to study recording engineering, finding work at the famed Record Plant studios.

In 1974, Erdelyi and Cummings joined together with two fellow Forest Hills compatriots, singer Jeffrey Hyman (Joey) and bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee), and began playing simple, rapid-fire punk under a common surname. The band found a home and an audience at New York’s CBGB and released their debut album, Ramones, in 1976. “Our music is an answer to the early Seventies when artsy people with big egos would do vocal harmonies and play long guitar, solos and get called geniuses,” Tommy, who was the main writer on many of the band’s early hits, told Rolling Stone in a feature on the Ramones that year. “That was bullshit. We play rock & roll. We don’t do solos. Our only harmonics are in the overtones from the guitar chords.”



Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

July 12, 2014, 9:47 AM EST
By KRISTEN de GROOT , Associated Press Writer

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that Ramone died on Friday. Frey didn’t have additional details. Ramone was 65.

Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.

The band influenced a generation of rockers, and their hit songs “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Clad in leather jackets and long black mops of hair, the group of motley misfits started out in legendary New York clubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, where they blasted their rapid-fire songs.

Since its debut album in 1976, the band struggled for commercial success, but they left a formidable imprint on the rock genre. Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including bands such as Green Day and Nirvana.

Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Springsteen wrote “Hungry Heart” for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single.

The Ramones’ best-known songs reflected their twisted teen years in Queens: “Beat on the Brat,” ”Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” ”Teenage Lobotomy,” ”Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.”

The Ramones disbanded in 1996 after a tour that followed their final studio album, “Adios Amigos.” A live farewell tour album, “We’re Outta Here!”, was released in 1997.

Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.





Johnny Ramone in concert, 1977

The Ramones had a broad and lasting influence on the development of popular music. Music historian Jon Savage writes of their debut album that “it remains one of the few records that changed pop forever.”[107] As described by Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, “The band’s first four albums set the blueprint for punk, especially American punk and hardcore, for the next two decades.”[108] Trouser Press’s Robbins and Isler similarly write that the Ramones “not only spearheaded the original new wave/punk movement, but also drew the blueprint for subsequent hardcore punk bands”.[99] Punk journalist Phil Strongman writes, “In purely musical terms, The Ramones, in attempting to re-create the excitement of pre-Dolby rock, were to cast a huge shadow—they had fused a blueprint for much of the indie future.”[22] Writing for Slate in 2001, Douglas Wolk described the Ramones as “easily the most influential group of the last 30 years.”[109]

The Ramones’ debut album had an outsized effect relative to its modest sales. According to Generation X bassist Tony James, “Everybody went up three gears the day they got that first Ramones album. Punk rock—that rama-lama super fast stuff—is totally down to the Ramones. Bands were just playing in an MC5 groove until then.”[110] The Ramones’ two July 1976 shows, like their debut album, are seen as having a significant impact on the style of many of the newly formed British punk acts—as one observer put it, “instantly nearly every band speeded up”.[111] The Ramones’ first British concert, at London’s Roundhouse concert hall, was held on 4 July 1976, the United States Bicentennial. The Sex Pistols were playing in Sheffield that evening, supported by the Clash, making their public debut. The next night, members of both bands attended the Ramones’ gig at the Dingwall’s club. Ramones manager Danny Fields recalls a conversation between Johnny Ramone and Clash bassist Paul Simonon (which he mislocates at the Roundhouse): “Johnny asked him, ‘What do you do? Are you in a band?’ Paul said, ‘Well, we just rehearse. We call ourselves the Clash but we’re not good enough.’ Johnny said, ‘Wait till you see us—we stink, we’re lousy, we can’t play. Just get out there and do it.'”[112] Another band whose members saw the Ramones perform, the Damned, played their first show two days later. The central fanzine of the early UK punk scene, Sniffin’ Glue, was named after the song “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”, which appeared on the debut LP.[113]

Ramones concerts and recordings influenced many musicians central to the development of California punk as well, including Greg Ginn of Black Flag,[114] Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys,[115] Al Jourgensen of Ministry,[116] Mike Ness of Social Distortion,[117] Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion,[118] and members of the Descendents.[119] Canada’s first major punk scenes—in Toronto and in British Columbia‘s Victoria and Vancouver—were also heavily influenced by the Ramones.[37][120] In the late 1970s, many bands emerged with musical styles deeply indebted to the band’s. There were the Lurkers from England,[121] the Undertones from Ireland,[122] Teenage Head from Canada,[123] and the Zeros[124] and the Dickies[125] from southern California. The seminal hardcore band Bad Brains took its name from a Ramones song.[126] The Riverdales emulated the sound of the Ramones throughout their career.[127] Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong named his son Joey in homage to Joey Ramone, and drummer Tré Cool named his daughter Ramona.[128]

The Ramones also influenced musicians associated with other genres, such as heavy metal. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has described the importance of Johnny’s rapid-fire guitar playing style to his own musical development.[129] Motörhead lead singer Lemmy, a friend of the Ramones since the late 1970s, mixed the band’s “Go Home Ann” in 1985. The members of Motörhead later composed the song “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” as a tribute, and Lemmy performed at the final Ramones concert in 1996.[130] In the realm of alternative rock, the song “53rd and 3rd” lent its name to a British indie pop label cofounded by Stephen Pastel of the Scottish band the Pastels. Evan Dando of the Lemonheads,[131] Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters,[113] Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam[132] (who introduced the band members at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction) and the Strokes[133] are among the many alternative rock and metal musicians who have credited the Ramones with inspiring them.[134]

Tribute albums

In April 2009, Spin writer Mark Prindle observed that the Ramones had to date “inspired a jaw-dropping 48 (at least!) full-length tribute records.”[135] The first Ramones tribute album featuring multiple performers was released in 1991: Gabba Gabba Hey: A Tribute to the Ramones includes tracks by such acts as the Flesh Eaters, L7, Mojo Nixon, and Bad Religion.[134] In 2001, Dee Dee made a guest appearance on one track of Ramones Maniacs, a multi-artist cover of the entire Ramones Mania compilation album. The Song Ramones the Same, which came out the following year, includes performances by the Dictators, who were part of the early New York punk scene, and Wayne Kramer, guitarist for the influential protopunk band MC5. We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones, released in 2003, features performers such as Green Day, Metallica, Kiss, the Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Rob Zombie (who also did the album cover artwork).[136]

Open Thread: #Caturday, July 5, 2014 … gets ridiculously sentimental

by 1389AD ( 43 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Music, Open thread at July 5th, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Songify This – CAN’T HUG EVERY CAT (now on iTunes) — a song about loving cats


Published on Jul 7, 2011 by schmoyoho
Single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cant-hug-every-cat-feat.-cara/id532326257

Overcome by her love of cats, Debbie the Online Dater conjures an interspecies love song, danceable by all creatures.

Download SONGIFY, the app to songify your life!: http://bit.ly/songify
or on Android: http://bit.ly/YTGBSongifyAndroid

ORIGINAL online dating bio VIDEO:

Cara Hartmann’s (she plays Debbie) site/merch! – http://carahartmann.spreadshirt.com/

Gregory Brothers links:
YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/autotunethenews
Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/gregorybrothers
Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/gregorybrothers
Webs! http://www.thegregorybrothers.com

————– other cats —————
puppet cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixjb5KtRUxI
guitar cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0IQCeof8BI
drummin cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JwvrD7gykg
synth cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrxmCjfJG98
sliding cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gppbrYIcR80
stroller cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlsICpxd1Io
necktie cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAsoTjNgPcM
nyan cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 [also here and here]
dj kitty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQnForWPm78
keyboard cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J—aiyznGQ
conga cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc15pnQ6uz0 (sorry, video marked private)
bongo cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BbvfcYuDk
dancing cats:

A Brief History of Punk Rock in the Cold War

by Bunk X ( 48 Comments › )
Filed under Cold War, History, Military, Music, Politics at June 12th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

While perusing email today, I received a newsletter from USNI (United States Naval Institute). One of the links caught my attention due to the odd pairing of topics, and that it was posted on the USNI website made it even stranger.

A Brief History of Punk Rock in the Cold War” by Daniel Trombly was not what I expected it to be. Trombly doesn’t focus on the pre-Sex Pistols years of punk  in relation to the Cold War, but instead discusses later punk bands (with Utoobage examples) and their varied responses to global events. The groups he cites are not limited to the U.S. and the U.K. – some are as far away as Brazil and Peru – and he puts their songs in context with Cold War history.

“Punk rock is no stranger [to] violent politics. From decrying statist militarism to embracing revolutionary upheaval to reveling in the nihilistic specter of nuclear war, the genre has a lot to say about conflict.

“Name any war, police action, popular unrest, and there’s a good chance somebody sang, shouted, screamed or spat about it to a crowd.

“The scale of irregular violence surrounding the better known clashes between Cold War superpowers is staggering. U.K. post-punk band Gang of Four memorialized the omnipresence of irregular conflicts in the 1979 song 5.45, emphatically declaring: “guerrilla war struggle is a new entertainment.” Many of their contemporaries seemed to agree.

“The list below is far from comprehensive (you could write a dissertation about Vietnam’s role in American punk rock) but it reflects a cross-section of the geography and strategy of the Cold War’s irregular conflicts.” [link]

If you’re interested in the Cold War, a punk rock aficionado, or both, it’s an interesting essay. Gabba Gabba Hey.


House Of The Rising Sun OOT

by Macker ( 146 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Music, OOT, Open thread at June 5th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

But not just any cover version…this one’s done by 7-foot-tall Musical Tesla Coils! Not to mention it’s mesmerizing to say the least.

All I can say is WOW! Time for The Overnight Open Thread!