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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.

 

GABBA GABBA HEY!

 

Influence

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTTwcCVajAc

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY0MSuyaKMk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s3iJRREv2A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ZD4_FL0ms

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

clash-sacramento-combat-rock-poster
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!

Cocaine Parody OOT

by Macker ( 19 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Healthcare, Humor, Music, OOT, Russia, Satire, Ukraine at April 7th, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Eric Clapton’s Classic Hit lends itself very well to Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, as he turns it into the latest Parody. Courtesy of The People’s Cube:

Here is the mp3. The lyrics are below:

The world says get out. But, Putin says.. no doubt, Ukraine.
Obama frowns, but Putin’s getting down in Ukraine.
He don’t buy, or stand by, or say why; Ukraine.

Obama talked tough but, Putin called his bluff Ukraine.
When the day is done Putin won; Ukraine.
BO lied by the side watch Vlad ride – in Ukraine.

He sanctioned some guys hoping to turn the tide: Ukraine.
Don’t forget this fact, Putin won’t give it back; Ukraine.
Let’s talk gays, women’s raise, ACA – ignoring Ukraine
BO’s weak, Putin streaked moved his fleet – to Ukraine.

Remember to stop snorting in laughter for a few moments…and proceed directly into The Overnight Open Thread!

Israelis finally get some satisfaction as Rolling Stones confirm concert date

by Speranza ( 3 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Israel, Music at March 25th, 2014 - 9:51 am

The sound  you just heard was Roger Waters jumping out a window.

by David Brinn and Niv Ellis

After months – even years – of speculation, Israelis can finally get some satisfaction. The Rolling Stones are officially booked to perform on June 4 at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv.

Nobody was more satisfied than promoter Shuki Weiss, who announced the long-coveted show Tuesday morning in Tel Aviv. The announcement  came days after the suicide of  vocalist Mick Jagger’s partner, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, which forced the cancellation of seven Stones’  Australian and New Zealand shows as part of their ’14 on Fire’ tour.

“This is a historic and very meaningful visit,” said Weiss. “In these days when we hear calls for boycotts from around the world, it’s not taken for granted that a band of this magnitude will come to Israel.”

Despite the tragedy, the Stones have retained plans to continue the tour in Europe during May and June. The Tel Aviv show marks the tour’s seventh confirmed date, including festival appearances at Holland’s Pinkpop Festival on June 7 and Belgium’s TW Classic Festival on June 28.

“I love festivals in the summertime and can’t wait for the tour to get to Europe,” iconic vocalist Mick Jagger said in a press statement issued before Scott’s death.

His guitar-playing partner Keith Richards added: “Let’s keep this show on the road… the band is in top form so I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe.”

Tel Aviv promoter Weiss has been involved with many of the top international performances of recent years including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Depeche Mode and Metallical. He beat out other potential suitors for the Stones’ services, estimated at $6 million, including Gad Oron and Marcel Avraham. He’s been after the Stones, however, for most of his career.

“The longest negotiation I ever conducted is coming to an end,” he said. He first reached out to the band in 1988, for Israel’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

The Stones emerged alongside The Beatles in the early 1960s to become one of the most successful groups in rock & roll history with hits ranging from “Satisfaction” in 1965 to “Honky Tonk Women” in 1969 and “Miss You” in 1978. Since their acclaimed 1981 album Tattoo You, the band has not been very impressive in the studio, occasionally showing flashes of their old form like on 1988′s Steel Wheels, but generally relying on its potent live show chock full of decades-old classics to fill  stadiums and arenas around the world.

After a few years of inactivity, the band returned with vengeance at the end of 2012 for their 50th anniversary, and toured extensively throughout 2013. The ’14 on Fire’ tour was launched on February 21 in Abu Dhabi and continued through Japan and China before landing in Australia last week.  Before the first show on March 19 in Perth, Jagger was informed of Scott’s death and the band cancelled the remaining shows on the tour.

The Stones’ Tel Aviv show will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about in Israel’s history, rivaling high-profile visits in recent years by Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Tickets go on sale March 27, but Pelephone customers can get tickets immediately through their carrier’s website, and get a 100 shekel discount. Shuki Weiss is also giving away a free ticket to one lucky fan who posts a photo on his Facebook wall.

Lawn tickets sell for NIS 695, Golden Ring for NIS 1,790, and VIP tickets–which will include seats–for NIS 2,850.

The Best of The Midnight Special (1977)

by Speranza ( 143 Comments › )
Filed under Music at March 20th, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Tonight’s lineup:

Manfred Mann Earth Band: Blinded By The Light
Heart: Crazy On You
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
Dave Mason: We Just Disagree
Sanford & Townsend: Smoke From A Distant Fire
Thelma Houston: Don’t Leave Me This Way
Bread: Make It With You
Andy Gibb: I Just Want To Be Your Everything
The Emotions: Best Of My Love
Johnny Rivers: Slow Dancing
Bonnie Rait: Runaway
Leo Sayer: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Van Morrison: Domino
Lou Rawls: You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
Marilyn Mccoo & Billy Davis Jr.: You Don’t Have To Be A Star