With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“These are the days when you wish your bed was already made” March 15, 2009


Well this is it folks the Ides of March, are you scared? Do you even know what the hell they are? Well the term Ides was thought to have meant the day of the Full Moon. The Ides of March (15th March) was made famous in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ as the day on which Caesar was assassinated. If you want more information about those nasty ides click here.

So without further ‘ides do’ and before the usual birthdays and stuff I have another contribution from one more regular reader. This time it’s Karen McP who would like me to mention her mate Martin’s band. They’re called ‘No Drinks On The Dance Floor’ I’ve had a listen to them on MySpace and I think they’re pretty damned good. Click here to go to their MySpace page and let me know what you think of them.

The other day I mentioned Bobby McFerrin and his excellent song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” well I just heard it again in an environment that I hadn’t noticed before. Have you ever watched George A Romero’s ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ Zombie movie? I was watching the DVD last night and there is a great scene where the survivors decide to break into the shopping mall for protection. As they enter the building there is the usual awful electronic muzak playing and the tune is the wonderfully ironic (in this setting anyway) “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. How cool is that? Also I received this picture from Ellen at the Dead Zone group today, how appropriate?

Don't Worry, Be Hippy

Don't Worry, Be Hippy

So onto todays birthdays. Firstly today would have been Arif Mardin’s 77th birthday. He was born in Istanbul and died in New York in 2006. Arif produced some of the greatest acts to appear on the Atlantic label, where he spent 30 years. During his career he produced hits for many artists, these included; Carly Simon, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Bee Gees, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Lulu, Anita Baker, Judy Collins, Phil Collins (no relation), Culture Club, Scritti Politti, Roberta Flack, Hall & Oates, Norah Jones, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Ringo Starr, Dusty Springfield, Average White Band and none other than David Bowie (I bet you never thought I’d get a Bowie reference in that list did you?). After meeting Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie at a concert in Istanbul in 1956 Arif submitted a couple of compositions to Quincy. This changed his life as shortly after he became the first person to receive the Quincy Jones Scholarship at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston. He moved to the US with his wife Latife in 1958. He also won 12 Grammys during his career. So what song should we choose to celebrate what would have been Arif’s birthday? It has to be “Cut The Cake” by the Average White Band. OK fact fans, how many of you know that the Average White Band are in fact from Scotland?

This picture says two things to me 1) Caption Competition - come on readers do your worst and 2) I can't be bothered to think of anything amusing myself!

This picture says two things to me 1) Caption Competition - come on readers do your worst and 2) I can't be bothered to think of anything amusing myself!

The second and final of todays birthdays is that of Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 and +44. He is 37 today. Blink 182 is my son’s all time favourite band, so rest assured there will be yet another plug for his band later in this post! Hoppus plays bass and provides vocals for both Blink and +44. In addition to these talents he has also produced other bands such as New Found Glory and Motion City Soundtrack. These are exciting days for Blink fans with the band now back together following their reconciliation after Travis Barker’ horrific air crash earlier this year. They must be playing the UK surely, how about Reading and Leeds in August, any ideas? Mark was apparently conned out of half a million dollars last year by two people who offered him a deal in the development of automated checkouts for McDonalds. They were right cheating burgers weren’t they? Anyway here is Mark with the other Blink boys in the video for “What’s My Age Again?

Mark knew that the rest of the band were incredibly jealous of his invisible stool

Mark knew that the rest of the band were incredibly jealous of his invisible stool

So onto that shameless plug for my son’s band. They’re called ‘Steal The Smile’ and you just need to click here to go to their MySpace page. Let me know what you think of them too. My son Luke is the guitarist and singer. And remaining with Blink 182 for a moment, Luke met Tom DeLonge after his Angels and Airwaves set at the Reading Festival in August 2007!

On this day in 1986 the Bangles were at number 2 in the UK singles chart with “Manic Monday” The song was actually written by Prince using the pseudonym Christopher Nevermind. In a bizarre twist of fate the song was stalled at number two in the US chart, it was held off the top spot by none other than Prince himself with the classic song “Kiss”. I must confess I really dislike the Tom Jones cover of “Kiss” that he did with the Art Of Noise. What do you think of it? Here are the Bangles with “Manic Monday

This was probably the smallest stage the girls had ever played on, particularly as there was only room for three of them

This was probably the smallest stage the girls had ever played on, particularly as there was only room for three of them

And finally for today on this day in 1992 the Beastie Boys appeared at the Marquee Club in London. The Beasties started life in 1979 as a hardcore punk band called the Young Aborigines. They became a fully fledged rap crew after Rick Rubin signed them to the Def Jam label in the early 80s. They released the classic album ‘Licensed To Ill in 1986′ It became the first rap album to top the Billboard album charts in the US and went on to be the biggest selling rap album of the 80s. Arguably the band are the best white rappers there have ever been. Eminem and his fans may disagree but surely Vanilla Ice and his fan won’t? There is expected to be a new album from the boys later this year, tentatively titled “Tadlock’s Glasses’ To finish todays post here are the Beastie Boys with the rather good “Ch-Check It Out

Surprisingly the Beasties play the game for men with small balls

Surprisingly the Beasties play the game for men with small balls

 

“Ilya Kuryakin ate Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch” February 10, 2009


Today would have been the 80th birthday of Jerry Goldsmith who created the music for some classic TV series (Star Trek, Planet Of The Apes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Dr Kildare and the Waltons “G’night Jerry Boy!”). He died on July 21st 2004 from cancer aged 75. His film scores were nominated 18 times for Oscars, but he only won one, for “The Omen” So I will use this to show the long gone opening sequence to “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” Enjoy!

Jerry conducting

Jerry conducting

It is Roberta Flack’s 72nd birthday. She was born in 1937 in Black Mountain in the US, we just don’t have place names like that in the UK do we? What do we get? Slough, Grimsby and ………. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. How about “is This The Way To Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”anyone?
Thanks to it’s use in the Clint Eastwood movie “Play Misty For Me” Flack’s version of the Ewan MacColl’s song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” became a massive hit in 1972 and remained at the top of the US charts for 6 weeks. It was the longest run at the top of the US charts for a female singer since 1956 (That was “The Wayward Wind” by Gogi Grant). It went on to sell more than 2 million copies. Incidentally fact fans Ewan MacColl is the late great Kirsty MacColl’s Dad. Roberta was also credited as producer of her second album “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (don’t we all?) she used a great pseudonym, Rubina Flake. Roberta with the late great Donny Hathaway

On this day in 1972 David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug (It doesn’t really have the same ring as Carnegie Hall New York does it?) in London on the opening date of the Ziggy Stardust tour. Actually might have been the first official date but I seem to recall that he and the Spiders played a tour warm up gig at Friars in Aylesbury. Incidentally he played Carnegie Hall later that year, it was his first ever New York gig and it was a sell out.
I really wanted to see Mr Bowie on that tour when it came back to the UK in 1973. It would have been my first ever gig too. In fact the gig I might have gone to was to be the final Ziggy show “This is not only the last show of this tour, it’s also the last show we’ll ever do” was what he said that night. Anyway I wasn’t allowed to see Bowie as my Dad said he’s too bloody weird. In the end I did see my first gig later in 1973 it was the Jackson 5. Shortly before my Dad died in 2001 we had a rather amusing conversation about this in the sense of who turned out to be the most weird in the end? Clearly Jacko hands down (but down what exactly?) in my opinion. In the meantime check out The Dame himself singing the Jaques Brel song “My Death” at that last ever Ziggy gig.

Weird? Well maybe my Dad had a point in those days LOL

Weird? Well maybe my Dad had a point in those days LOL

On this day in 1977 The Clash began recording their first album at the CBS studios in London. It took just three weekends to record the 14 tracks, it was released in April that year. It’s probably still my favourite album from the punk period alongside “Never Mind The Bollocks” from the Sex Pistols. Following the albums release they embarked on the short lived “White Riot” tour, which started on 1st May and ended on 29th May. The support bands were the Jam and the Buzzcocks

Good cover, but I prefer the "London Calling" cover personally

Good cover, but I prefer the "London Calling" cover personally

And finally on this day in 1942 Glenn Miller became the first person to be awarded a Gold Disc for 1.2 million sales of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. It was the number one song in the USA 7th December 1941 the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The song has often been the subject of what now seems a very old and tired and widely varied joke (like most of mine I hear you cry!), which makes a play on the lyrics, “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” Rather than those words, the man walking with Roy Rogers says, “Pardon me Roy, is that the cat who chewed your new shoes?”

Glenn Miller conducts at an open air concert

 

 
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