Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 11/29/02, Concert For George

I just never get enough of this performance. It's huge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two For Tuesday: Sammy Davis Jr. & Be Bop Deluxe

Sammy Davis Jr . was often referred to as the "most talented man in show business." I had no issue with that moniker based only on his song and dance. Now this. Can I be the only one who has never seen Sammy behind a drum kit? This really surprised me.

(h/t Geno)

"Heaven'y Homes" is my favorite tune off of my favorite Be Bop Deluxe record, "Sunburst Finish." Here it is coupled with the hit single, "Ships In The Night." I don't say enough about this band, but the few times I have, I don't recall much feedback one way or the other. For those who are unfamiliar, Bill Nelson is a guitar god and this band was the perfect mix of accessible prog, glam-pop and rock and roll. And again, Nelson's guitar work is worth some time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Skeletons: Where Have They Been All My Life?

Here's what All Music's Stephen Thomas Erlewine has to say:

The Skeletons never gained widespread recognition, yet they had a small cult of dedicated followers who made them a modestly popular roots-rock bands in the late '80s and '90s. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the Skeletons formed in 1979 as a touring band assembled by Steve Forbert. Following the tour, they decided to stay together, releasing their own records when they weren't touring either as their own entity or as a supporting group. In 1987 they released their first American album, Rockin' Bones. Over the next 10 years, they remained busy, particularly backing artists like Syd Straw and Dave Alvin, yet only released three other albums -- In the Flesh! (1988), Waiting (1992) and Nothin' to Lose (1997). 

I've been trying to sell this record for a year. Good price. It's even on orange vinyl. No bites.

Over the weekend, as I prepped for an upcoming record show, I looked at it again. This time I noticed the drummer was Bobby Lloyd Hicks, a fave when he sits in with NRBQ.  Upon further inspection, I noticed they were managed by my good friend Rich Nesin.

Time for a spin. Right?

DAMN! This record is killing me. Why didn't I get the memo?

"No longer for sale!"
 -Worst record dealer ever

Check out their covers of Sonny & Cher up top and The Easybeats below, as well as The Skeletons original "Watch What You Say," all from the 1992 release "Waiting."

Oh, and why not...

...the always stunning, always killer...Syd Straw, backed guessed it...THE SKELETONS!

And Bobby Lloyd Hicks? You kick ass. Drummers take note. I did, and that's why we have a Skeletons post today.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Songs Of The Week 6.0: 9/6-9/12

Coming Soon- Queen
Eminence Front- The Who
Whenever You're On My Mind (Demo)- Marshall Crenshaw
No Time- The Move
We're For The Dark- Badfinger
I'd Rather Go Blind- Rod Stewart
Evening Blue- Traffic


Fun, Especially If You Love The Record...And I Do

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Muscle Shoals Inspired "WEEKEND MIX"

A revelation for me during the Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder of Roger Hawkins and David Hood's participation on Traffic's "Shoot Out At Fantasy Factory" LP. Although, truth be told, I'm not sure I ever knew that information, as "Shoot Out" isn't my usual go-to Traffic record. But I did go to it yesterday for the first time in ages and was pleasantly surprised by how solid it is, hence today's "Song Of The Day."

The film also inspired the Weekend Mix.

This collection of tunes has only a smattering of Muscle Shoals productions, but you'll get the idea...I hope.

I'd like to give a shout out to my old band, the Cool Jerks. Without these guys, I might not have ever discovered Gorgeous George, Ironing Board Sam, Lou Courtney, Big John Hamilton, Cal Wayman, Jimmy Lewis and The Mighty Hannibal, all of whom are represented here with some of my favorite soul singles of all time.

One more bit of tid from the movie:

There's a scene where Aretha is brought into Fame Studios after being dropped by Columbia Records. She sits at the piano and begins to play "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" for the band and Rick Hall, the producer. I can't recall the exact quotes, but more than one person referred to it as crap. Keyboardist Spooner Oldham thinks about it, starts playing the same thing with a slightly different feel and the rest his history...according to the movie.

Included on the mix, is a demo of "I Never Loved A Man." I assume it's that same demo which was referred to as crap. Man! It is NOT crap.

Hope ya dig it.