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“Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair?” September 9, 2017

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Back in June 1972, Colonel Tom Parker the somewhat shady manager of Elvis Presley offered the press a chance to interview his charge for a small fee of just $120,000. No one took up the offer and frankly I’m not surprised.

 

“A startling glance at the future and past” September 7, 2017

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Tom Waits has a song called “The Fall of Troy”, and a post-hardcore band called The Fall of Troy (not sure if they are named after the Tom Waits song) have a song called “Tom Waits.”

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“I heard the warning voice from friends and my relations” September 6, 2017

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When Smokey Robinson wrote “Being With You” he had hoped that with Kim Carnes would record it. But he soon learned when he played it to George Tobin who had been Kim’s producer that the pair no longer worked together. So Smokey recorded the song himself. It got as far as number 2 in the US chart. Ironically it was kept off the number one spot by “Bette Davis Eyes”, sung by Kim Carnes.

 

“People coming, people going, people born to die” September 5, 2017

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Did you know that there was almost a collaboration between rap giants RUN DMC and the King of Pop himself, Wacko Jacko? I didn’t either until now. But during the recording sessions for Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album an idea was mooted, possibly by or via Quincy Jones, for him to record with RUN DMC. The song would have been an anti drug song purportedly called “Crack Kills” which suggests that there might have at least been the germ of an idea ready. I reckon that this partnership might have sounded pretty good. What do you think dear reader?

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Cello, is it me you’re looking for? September 4, 2017


SWITZERLAND. 1960.
During Master Class.
Spanish cellist Pablo CASALS.

Firstly I reckon this is potentially one of the most highbrow posts this blog has seen to date. Catalonian Pablo Casals was a Cellist, Composer and Conductor who lived from 1876 to 1973. He was widely regarded as the best Cellist of the 20th Century. He once played for Queen Victoria and was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 by President Kennedy (although the actual ceremony was presided over by Lyndon B Johnson as it was just a few weeks after Kennedy’s assassination.

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When Casals retired he went to live at the top of a mountain and he would only play for anyone who took the time and trouble to go and climb up it to find him. I can think of quite a few musicians I would like to disappear up a mountain, can you?

 

 

“She ain’t exactly pretty Ain’t exactly small” September 2, 2017

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Did you know that AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young once worked in a bra factory as a sewing-machine mechanic? No? Me neither.

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BrAC/ DC?

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Could you fit a whole lotta Rosie in that?

 

“I don’t belong here, I don’t belong here” September 1, 2017

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The Hollies “The Air That I Breathe” and “Creep” by Radiohead are both great songs right? But have you ever considered how similar they sound? Well Albert Hammond Jr’s (off of the Strokes) father Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood have a co writing credit for “Creep” owing to the similarity between that and “The Air That I Breathe”, particularly the chord progression. How come I didn’t know that until now and now I can hear it every time I listen to either song!

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