Alright...this is a great idea and it will give me content for 6 straight days. I managed to find a fairly clean copy of the vinyl of "Concert for Bangladesh" (alright....it starts with a few pops...but you KNOW you miss hearing those!). Before Live Aid, before concerts for the People of Kampuchea, before Live 8, after Woodstock....George Harrison had an idea to help the people of Bangladesh, and get his rich talented friends to help out. Thus was born Concert for Bangladesh...a mix of modern and traditional music. This is the OG of benefit concerts. Musicians realizing what power they have over the listening public. I'll be spreading the 6 sides out over the next 6 days.
Alright....this was a chance opportunity. Once again, that KROQ-loving "friend" called me up and told me that U2 was on KROQ with their Westwood One Zoo show. This is rare in that no one else seems to have it up online for you to hear....but you can find the CDs that were sent to radio stations by Westwood One. These are for sale for hundreds of dollars. Thanks to me, your Rare, Unreleased, and Hard to find guide, you can hear it in all its commercial-free (edited out by me) glory.
uh...if you're having problems reading it, click the button on your mouse (that's the thing atached to your computer that points to things on the screen) when the pointer goes over the words "Are you a Grandpa" below the picture. This will take you to a bigger picture. Put on your glasses so you can see everything.
A little more "punky" (with the presence of punk clowns, The Dickies). please note "U.K." in front of Squeeze's name. Guess there was an American Squeeze that laid claim to the name...but Difford & Tilbrook apparently prevailed, as the "U.K." had ben subsequently dropped. It was the same thing with The Beat...but the "English" stuck.
Alright...let's harken back to a day...skinny ties, pogoing, safety pins through cheeks, spiky hair, and crop tops. These were the New Wavers...a less aggressive, more mainstream version of the rebelliousness of punk rock. All was a response to the staleness that the music industry had become. Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Doobie Bothers, Eagles....Music had become stale and needed some excitement again. Punk...and later New Wave, were the shot in the arm it needed.
Of course, anywhere there's a movement, there's money to be made. New Wave was this movement. Because New Wave was a fashion focussed movement, the fashion industry started cashing in with flourescent colors, polka dots, zig zags, and funky typestyle.
The music industry too, started changing. This was a time when Joe Jackson, Squeeze, and The Police were considered "edgy"...not fodder for Star 98.7 or elevators like today.
What follows is Side 1 of "No Wave"..a collection of new wave songs.
Side 1: 1. UK Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours 2. The Police - Roxanne 3. Joe Jackson - Got The Time 4. Klark Kent - Don't Care 5. The Secret - I'm Alive 6. The Stranglers - Bring On The Nubiles
Alright....the fact that I even have this kind of outs me as listening to KROQ at one point in my life. Well..a friend of a friend called me up and told me to listen...yeah, that's it. So I captured this on tape, and have it now for the world to hear the genius that is (was) Jeff Buckley. I was kind of wanting to save this for an "anniversary" date, like his birthday or drowning...but instead decided just to put it out there (I have more stuff I can save for that).
This is a candid, incredible interview with acoustic performance..and listen for the trippy Doors "cover".
Oh..what she asks him when its starting is what kind of music they play. Some guy had called her up and asked for "That Jeff Buckley song"
Alright rare music fans...this is a treat you may never hear (or at least own), and may never see (through the usual retail channels). I had a bar mitzvah gift certificate (so I was 13) for the local music shop (remember those?) This actually was a shop that sold instruments, and stocked a few bins of albums. I took guitar lessons from this shop. I had the same instructor that Tom Dumont (later of No Doubt) had. I was Tom's guitar partner in guitar class and was impressed with his advanced skills on guitar. He recommended the instructor. 4 sessions later, I threw in the towel learning only the opening bars to "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin.
Anyhow...like I said, I had a gift certificate for the music store (so I was 13 at the time). I had been a "classic rock" guy, sometimes "top 40" because that was all I knew. I had been introduced to punk through my friend Magid in English class (the teacher thought him, Scott, and I were listening to lessons on the class tape payer/headphones...little did she know we were listening to Adam & The Ants (yes....Adam was considered "punk"), Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Germs, and Sex Pistols (come to think of it, he was going to sell me a "Great Rock N' Roll Swindle" vinyl, but I passed it up) on tapes his older "punker" brother made us). Also, my brother used to turn me on to music, and he had a lot of new vinyl, like The Clash, Devo, and Oingo Boingo. Being the younger brother, I was always trying to "one up" him. My passion for music, and learning new music, began. I started reading all the music magazines learning everything about everything. While Rolling Stone was talking about this "scary" new punk movement (treating it like anti-music), Creem was introducing us to all the bands, while Circus just stuck to the hair bands. BAM was also a good source for music information, though they also had a lot of hair bands (they used to have an ad for Motley Crue's first, independent, album...and used to tout how it sold 5,000 copies! 6,000! 7,000!....)
So...remember the gift certificate? Well, I used it to buy "Urgh! a Music War". I knew some of the "marquee" bands (I was friends with this girl that introduced me to the Police in class, much like Magid turned me on to punk, and I knew Boingo, X, Wall Of Voodoo, and Devo). I figured, I knew enough of the bands that I assumed the ones I didn't know would soon become favorites.
Well...as it turned out, the album became a favorite of mine. I enjoyed having something that not many people knew about. There was a movie made, and it was released on video. But, according to wikipedia, it never will be released on DVD because the electronic rights are tied up in the failed Selectavision format.
The CD also has been lost in rights nightmare hell.
There is a GREAT Urgh! fan website here. A DVD and CD are offered (of course, of questionable legality). Over the next four days, i'll play the 4 "sides" of the album...or at least what made it digitally.