The Art Of The LP Cover- Playing Cards

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 22, 2012 02:10pm | Post a Comment

Saluting The Early Kinks (1964 - 1966) - The British Band That Could Do No Wrong

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2011 04:24pm | Post a Comment
The Kinks
My friend Scobey swears that the Kinks are the best band of all time -- and he just might be right. In terms of 60's British bands, and ones associated with the so-called British Invasion, they rank among my personal top favorites -- which is why I picked out the six wonderful, circa mid-sixties Kinks music videos below.

Highly influential, with a direct influence heard in countless bands in the years/decades since, The Kinks were formed by North London brothers Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) in 1963. Both men remained with the group up until they officially disbanded in '96.

They had several different other members over the years, but the original sixties Kinks bassist & vocalist was Pete Quaife, while the original drummer (up until '69) was Mick Avory. This is the lineup and Kinks that I love the most and for some reason have been going back and re-listening to and enjoying even more than when I first heard all these songs. The videos below are all Kinks songs from the years 1964 to 1966.

What I love most about the Kinks is how they effortlessly incorporated so many styles yet melded them all into their own distinct sound. Like most of the sixties British bands, they drew directly from American blues (in some songs you can hear the Howlin Wolf influence), but they didn't stop there. Their sound was also r&B, rock n' roll, psychedelia, pop, and even folk and country. But they also mined the British music hall school and of all the British Invasion bands were decidedly the most British in sheer style. Check out the video below for their very British working class, Dickens like "Dead End Street" -- with its dark humor and depressing social observations. Years later Oasis, a band who loved to tap into previous era Brit pop, drew inspiration from from this short Kinks film piece for their "The Importance of Being Idle" music video. Another second wave Brit pop band, Blur, has also cited the Kinks as a major influence.

To Be a Star in Hollywood All You Need is a Sharpie

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2010 05:33pm | Post a Comment
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
To be a star in Hollywood all you really need is a Sharpie pen. And since fame and stardom don't always come a-knockin' on your door, sometimes you just gotta go out there and make it happen yourself -- take control of your own destiny, or stardom, so to speak. This you can do armed with a Sharpie, plus a willingness to commit a minor crime, followed by a quick walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame until you stumble upon one of the blank stars on the sidewalks of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street.

There, spread over a combined 18 blocks, sit approximately two and a half thousand five-pointed terrazzo & brass stars brightly embedded in the Hollywood sidewalk, spaced at every six feet. Many of these stars are blank waiting to be officially filled in with the name of some accomplished entertainment Sharpiefigure, typically a movie, TV, or music person. Sometimes these blank stars get unofficially filled in. That is exactly what "Boris P" with his "M" in a circle symbol recently did on Vine in the block just below Hollywood Blvd, where he got busy with his Sharpie pen -- instantly bypassing the typical hard uphill slog to stardom. And with an estimated ten million visitors annually coming to LA specifically to see The Walk, according to a report by NPO/Plog Research, odds are that "Boris P" is a hell of a lot more well known now than he was before he bought that 99 cent Sharpie.

Administrated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the Hollywood Historic Trust, The Hollywood Walk of Fame very recently celebrated its 50th anniversary which I missed by a few days. Held on Sunday, July 25th, the occasion was celebrated with a day-long festival with tours of iconic Hollywood theaters and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and various other activities including the induction of the late great Louis Prima onto The Walk. I passed his shiny new star -- not too far from Boris P's star.

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Wrong Lyrics Exposed, Part 2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 10, 2008 01:52am | Post a Comment
In my first blog about wrong lyrics exposed, I shared how as a kid I somehow added the name Wilt Chamberlain in The Commodores' song "Easy." I have to think that he was so much in the news at the time that I must have had his name embedded in my head. Even growing up in the Showtime-era Lakers of Magic and Kareem, we still heard about Wilt The Stilt.

Another guy who was in the news a lot during that time was Uganda's dictator Idi Amin. Every day as my father watched the nightly news I heard his name. Maybe that's why when Valen Halen did a cover of the Kinks "You Really Got Me," I thought they were singing: "YOU IDI AMIN!" I thought his name was an insult. To many, I'm sure it was.

Here is former Uganda dictator Idi Amin, taken from the great Barbet Schroeder directed autobiography, General Idi Amin Dada:

Here's Van Halen doing "You Really Got Me":

And for good measure, Here's the O.G. version. It doesn't much sound like Idi Amin on the O.G. version.

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