Friday, 8 July 2011
Young man, there's no need to feel down I said young man, pick yourself off the ground I said young man, 'cause you’re in a new town There's no need to be unhappy
Songs You Should Know
“YMCA”, The Village People (1978)
This disco song is now played at sporting events, and is a gay anthem; although it was not originally meant to be according to heterosexual Victor Willis. At face value, it is about his times at the Young Men’s Christian Association when he was young – playing basketball and swimming.
I was taught swimming at the YMCA. After not doing so well when I was 6 years old at the local pool, my Dad decided I was going to learn dammit! So I was given bus fare and a membership card he had purchased for me, and downtown I went by myself. I was scared spit-less. I was 10 years old.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Peter Pumpkinhead came to town spreading wisdom and cash around fed the starving and housed the poor showed the Vatican what gold’s for .
“The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, Ellen Reid of the Crash Test Dummies (1996)
The voice of Brad Roberts is unmistakable. His bass-baritone timbre resonates in songs like “Superman’s Song” and “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”.
The Canadian, ‘Crash Test Dummies’ from Winnipeg, got their name from a suggested by a friend of the bands who was in medical school. Really started as a bit of a joke, Brad played as “Bad Brad Roberts & The St. James Rhythm Pigs” at the Spectrum Cabaret and the Blue Notes Cafe owned by Curtis Riddell. When the name change occurred, Ellen Reid (vocals/keyboards), Ben Darvill (harmonica/mandolin) were permanent members of the ‘Dummies’ and the line later added Robert’s brother Dan (bass), and Mitch Dorge (drums).
Monday, 4 July 2011
The Grand Prize:
The Original punk rock...one of the ‘Rolling Stones’ list of 200 essential albums:
“Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era is a compilation album of American garage rock singles released in the mid- to late 1960s. It was assembled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, later lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group. The original double album was released on LP by Elektra in 1972 with liner notes by Kaye that contained one of the first uses of the term "punk rock". It was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976 and more recently as an expanded four-CD box set in 1998”.
This brand new, sealed, fun compilation includes 91 originals such as: "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night"," Pushin’ too Hard"," Hey Joe", "Incense and Peppermints", "Let it Out", "Laugh Laugh", and many, many more. It comes complete with 4 CD'S, and a 100 page book with essays, a track-by-track review and rare photos.
It is over a $70 value ($CDN) with free shipping.
TO WIN: Starting July 4, 2011, simply make a meaningful comment on any Davo-rama Music blog past or present and you are automatically entered to win. Each comment counts as one 'ticket' in the draw to be held August 20th, 2011. Please put your first name and initial under your comment. I will then post the name of the winner and we can arrange contact info off-line so that I can send the Box set out to you.
(I reserve the right to determine if a comment is ‘meaningful’, but as always am open to a good dialog).
Posted by Davo-rama Music at 20:56
Pick of the Week
“Rumble”, Link Wray and His Ray Men (1958)
Jimmie Page said he was a major influence and studied this innovators guitar riffs. So did Neil Young, Pete Townshend and many others. Raising the bar from Chuck Berry, he took attitude, made his fingers move, which made the strings move on his guitar, and the attitude came out the amplifier - new and alive to the world. Why does this song hit you like it does?