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1  Classic Rock / The 70s / Re: The John Lennon Remasters on: September 28, 2010, 09:40:05 pm
I think the Beatles solo work spoke a lot to the greatness of George Martin, much like the early Chicago records did James William Guercio.

In both cases, I think the producer knew how to create a sound out of compromise, and make it sound brilliant.
2  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: Definitive bands of the 80s on: September 20, 2010, 07:28:59 am
Belinda Carlisle should show up on the list too...

Back in the early part of the last decade I swear all those 80s MTV mall vixens started showing up in Playboy... Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Belinda Carlisle all made appearances, au naturale (with a little help from the airbrush) in Hef's mag within a span of about 3 or 4 years.

Actually, a former (softcore) **** star did become a singer in the 1980s: Samatha Fox

And here's a one hit wonder who got my attention because the band was named after a Star Trek character: T'Pau


And for those who just have to know what character: she was in the episode "Amok Time" in the original series, who was a member of the Vulcan ruling class, who was supposed to officiate at Spock's wedding -which, of course, turns into a fight to the death between Kirk and Spock.
3  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: Definitive bands of the 80s on: September 17, 2010, 02:04:09 pm
A few more:

Human League
Tommy Tutone
Rick Springfield
Van Halen/Van Hagar
4  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / Re: Easy Star All-Stars on: September 17, 2010, 11:05:38 am

Every heard of Dread Zepplin?

It's Elvis + Led Zepplin + a dash of reggie...It's purely ear candy, but I had a few friends who knew my interest in Zepplin back then, so they introduced me to this stuff:

5  Classic Rock / The 80s / Re: Definitive bands of the 80s on: September 17, 2010, 11:00:08 am
You're talking about the decade I went to high school and college, so I've got a lot of memories tied to specific songs Smiley

Flock of Seagulls
The Cure
The Smiths
Talking Heads
Kenny Loggins
Depeche Mode
Information Society
Power Station/Robert Palmer
Duran Duran
Sheena Easton
The Bangles
The Go-Gos
Taylor Dayne
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Stevie B
New Kids on the Block/and that boy band that Gerald Levert, Bobby Brown, etc. all came from
Boyz II Men
Culture Club
Huey Lewis & The News
Def Leppard
Bon Jovi
Poison/Ratt/Guns & Roses/Motley Crew/Whitesnake and the rest of the hair band sound
Tiffany/Debbie Gibson
Cyndi Lauper
Wham!/George Michael
Richard Marx
Lionel Ritchie
David Foster
Night Ranger
The Greg Khin Band
Dire Straits
The Police/Sting
The Cars
The Eurythmics
The The
Don Henley
Glenn Frey (Miami Vice, anyone?)
Phil Collins
Bruce Springsteen
6  In the Ether / Silver Screen / Re: Best/Favorite uses of music in movies on: September 13, 2010, 10:06:58 am
Loved American Grafitti as well... it was the inspiration for Happy Days...

But what about the sequel?  More American Grafitti?

I actually had to look it up, because I didn't remember the film either -and with good reason. The point of the film American Grafitti was to capture director George Lucas' "summers of high school" into one evening in 1962. The flim drew on a lot of Lucas' experinces, and the music provided the soundtrack of his life back then.

That theme struck a chord with a lot of other teenagers of the late 50s and early 60s, hence its popularity. The film also reflected a changing of an era as the sock hop days of the 50s gave way to the more gritty 60s -which is what the second film focused on.

Lucas' weakness has always been characterization, so I'm not surprised that people didn't really flock to the sequel, because the characters weren't so deep that you cared much about them past the original film.

Speaking of the movies set in the early 1960s, who can forget Animal House? Neither "Louie, Louie" nor "Shout!"  were performed by the original artists, but they are iconic within the film. And I can't listen to "What A Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke without picturing John Beluschi going through the lunch line...
7  In the Ether / Silver Screen / Re: Favorite movies about music/musicians on: September 08, 2010, 02:36:10 pm
Wasn't much of a fan of "That Thing You Do"... thought it had a great premise (and I love the title track song), but felt that it was an idea (about what happened to one hit wonders in the 1960s) that really didn't have much of a storyline past the usual "Behind The Music" type of stuff.
8  In the Ether / Silver Screen / Re: Best/Favorite uses of music in movies on: September 08, 2010, 02:33:36 pm
Loved American Grafitti as well... it was the inspiration for Happy Days...
9  In the Ether / Silver Screen / Re: Best/Favorite uses of music in movies on: September 05, 2010, 11:23:28 pm
The Big Chill (1980): Way to bring back the Motown sound along with several other classic 60s tunes...

Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle... in both cases, she uses music as part of the plot (i.e. Tom Hanks' Sleepless character getting ready to date again while "Back In The Saddle" by Gene Autry plays)
10  Beyond the Horizon / Blues / Re: Favorite Blues or Blues/Rock Guitarist on: September 05, 2010, 11:19:02 pm
More country blues:


Hank Jr and Johnny Lee ****, Ray Charles and Dickie Betts:


And not a bad little cover by a blind white guy Smiley

11  Beyond the Horizon / Blues / Re: Favorite Blues or Blues/Rock Guitarist on: August 30, 2010, 09:13:29 pm
Oooh, forgot Robert Cray!

One of my favorite songs (with the Memphis horns!):


And some good old country blues:


And how it sounded originally on Paycheck's album:

12  Beyond the Horizon / Blues / Re: Favorite Blues or Blues/Rock Guitarist on: August 30, 2010, 09:00:56 pm
Buddy Guy!

I must have worn the paint off my CD, "Damn Right I Got The Blues"... and I've seen him a couple of times in small clubs in Baton Rouge:



Jonny Lang doesn't do much for me... and although he's a rock guitarist, I did like Gary Moore's stuff:


I love SRV as well...
13  Beyond the Horizon / Cornucopia / PBS old music specials on: August 26, 2010, 09:55:03 am
Does anybody but me watch these?


One of my favorite shows, "Doo Wop" music:






I just imagine sitting in a '57 Chevy Belair convertible listening to this music... This was my parents' music, but I love it too...
14  Classic Rock / The 70s / Re: What was the best/worst of 1970s music on: August 26, 2010, 09:26:06 am
If the 1950s were the golden age of rock n roll, the 70s were the silver... specifically, from 1970-76.

That's not to disqualify the 60s as a high point in music (the Beatles and Motown, for example obviously disprove that), but rather to point out that the early 70s was a high point in creativity and options...

Back then, there was no "format" for radio stations... instead, if it was good, it went on the air. As a result, a typical 1973 AM radio station would swing from R&B, to country, to rock, to a ballad, to soul, to an oldie, and then something brand new.

Program directors, focus groups, advertisers and so on have now splintered radio (and music listeners) into such segmented audiences, that the commonality of music is hopelessly a thing of the past.

As Perplexio alluded to, it was the era of the singer/songwriter, when Jim Croce could sing about his recovery from a failed relationship to a telephone operator; where Harry Chaplin could express the universal regret of fathers and sons who didn't spend enough time together because of the demands of the world...



It was an era when country, rock and blues once again intertwined in the form of Southern rock, as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band and so on sung about the South or typical "country" themes, with a much harder edge than what country was doing at the time. That sound would forever change country music later in the decade as people like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. created the "outlaw" sound that continues to echo across country music today.

It was an era where some of the best soul music I ever heard became part of my life... Al Wilson's "Show & Tell", the Spinners' "I'll Be Around", Billy Paul's "Me & Mrs. Jones" and so on... Stevie Wonder's album, "Songs In the Key Of Life" with such classics as "I Wish" and "Sir Duke"... Indeed, I used to watch Don Cornellias and Soul Train to see some of my favorite singers of the day



Also the variety shows of the day used to feature quite a few musicians, too...

It was also the era of excess and arena rock, as bands such as KISS and solo musicians such as Alice Cooper began to create a theatrical show as well as sing and play music. It was only a matter time before the rock operas of The Who ("Tommy") Styx and Queen were the next extension.

This is my favorite decade of music...
15  Classic Rock / The 60s / Re: The solo Beach Boys on: August 17, 2010, 12:57:58 pm
'72 Nova? That actually would be a good car... try a Vega instead -those things were rusting on the showroom floor.

I just would like to know whose idea this was:

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