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Music History Monday: June 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 29, 2015 10:17am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

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Born on this day: June 29, 1953 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Colin Hay (born Colin James Hay in Kilwinning, Scotland) of Men At Work. Happy 62nd Birthday, Colin!
 


On this day in music history: June 29, 1968A Saucerful Of Secrets, the second studio album by Pink Floyd, is released. Produced by Norman Smith, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in August and October of 1967, and January - April of 1968. The bands' follow-up to their debut, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, is recorded sporadically over a period of eight months, largely because of Syd Barrett's increasing mental instability due to his excessive consumption of psychedelic drugs. Guitarist David Gilmour is brought in to take Barrett's place, becoming a permanent member of the band in March of 1968. The album features songs such as "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and the title track, both of which will become staples of their live performances. The enigmatic cover art for the album is designed by Hipgnosis, making Pink Floyd the first EMI act (besides The Beatles) to have their album covers designed by someone other than EMI's art department). It is the beginning of a four-decade-long association with the graphic design company. A Saucerful Of Secrets will peak at number nine on the UK album chart and will not chart on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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Drac-factor: Ten Recording Artists with Definitive Dracula Appeal

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 19, 2014 11:30pm | Post a Comment
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Halloween approach-eth and the pumpkin-spiced hype is unrelenting. What's more, a new vampire movie hit theaters this Fall -- Dracula Untold, a dark, Marvel-esque origin story starring Welsh hottie Luke Evans as Prince Vlad (the Impaler). While time will only tell if this particular incarnation of the Dracula legend is truly franchisable immortal, it got me thinking about recording artists who could suitably don Dracula's cloak. Stars that possess a kind of timeless magnetism, like Elvis Presley, pictured above -- you just know he'd be down to drink some blood. Or, similarly, stars who naturally exude a kind of Draculaic vibe, sharp-dressed with cheekbones to match. With this in mind, I've come up with a short list of ten living recording artists who possess a definitive undeadliness, or Drac-factor, as I reckon it. So cover your necks or succumb willingly, here come some Drac-tacular candidates for your consideration:
 
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Dave Vanian, lead singer and ever-present member of The Damned, has been serving that undead-and-loving it look since the band began in London in 1976. Vanian, a stage name that stems from a play on the word "Transylvanian", took his patent gothic chic looks to new heights when The Damned appeared as the spooky musical guest on an episode of The Young Ones to perform a song that may or may not be called "Nasty". It is worth noting that The Damned are distinguished as the first British punk band to release a single, an album, have an album hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. That said, if you don't have The Damned's 1977 debut LP Damned Damned Damned in your collection, surely some kind of vinyl vampire is coming for you i.e. I don't know how you can sleep at night. That's a buy or die record, folks.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics

Posted by Rachael McGovern, November 28, 2012 01:10pm | Post a Comment

Dave StewartThe ever-busy producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Dave Stewart visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an episode of What's In My Bag?. I was most familiar with him because of his work in the Eurythmics and his recent project, SuperHeavy, featuring the unlikely combination of Mick Jagger, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, British soul singer Joss Stone, reggae artist Damian Marley and himself. What I didn't know about Stewart was his extensive history producing albums for other artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bryan Ferry and many more. In fact, he won a Brit Award in 1986 for Best Producer.

During our shoot, he told a few stories about his experiences filming with R.L. Burnside for his 1991 documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads; Mick Jagger being "Mick Jagger on stage" even in the recording studio; and the genesis for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

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Behind the Scenes with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 20, 2012 06:33pm | Post a Comment
Dave Stewart shot an episode of What's In My Bag? at Amoeba Hollywood recently. Atlhough he may best be known as half of the Eurythmics, he is an incredibly accomplished producer and songwriter, not to mention being an author and filmmaker on top of all that. The man has worked with legends, from Nelson Mandela (on the 46664 campaign) to Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks and a ton of others. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Stewart also started a band called Super Heavy with Mick Jagger, A.R. Rahman, Damian Marley, and Joss Stone?

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Needless to say, he had a lot of great stories to share with us, including how Mick Jagger can't help but behave like "Mick Jagger on stage," complete with all his signature dance moves, even when he's in the recording booth. Can't wait to see the video when it's finished!

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Music History Monday: June 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 11, 2012 02:20pm | Post a Comment
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On this day in music history: June 11, 1966 - "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and recorded at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood on March 6th - 9th, 1966, the song is originally intended as a "comedy track" parodying the bands' first manager Eric Easton whose former job was working as a theater organist. The song will take on a completely different tone when drummer Charlie Watts changes the basic rhythm and guitarist Brian Jones adds a sitar, giving it its signature sound. Bassist Bill Wyman will also play the bass pedals of an organ with his fists on the track. Released as a stand alone single in the UK, the song will be included on the US release of Aftermath (released on June 20th).


On this day in music history: June 11, 1977 - "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & The Sunshine Band hits # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also peaking at number three on the R&B singles chart on June 4th. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, it is the third single from the bands' fourth studio album Part 3. Casey and Finch will write the song as a tribute to a Miami radio DJ named Robert W. Walker who was instrumental in helping break the bands' first chart topping single "Get Down Tonight." On the LP, "Boogie" is paired together with "Keep It Comin' Love" (issued as the fourth and final single), with the two songs edited so that they segue into each and play as one long continuous song. "I'm Your Boogie Man" will also be covered by White Zombie in 1996 for the soundtrack to The Crow - City Of Angels. The original version is featured in the film Scary Movie and its sequels, the comedy Superbad, as well as the action adventure film Watchmen. "Boogie" will be the fourth of KC & The Sunshine Band's five #1 pop singles in the US.

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