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Posts from October 2014

World's Worst iPod: Oliver "Jean"

The same guy who sang "Good Morning Starshine" had a number 2 hit with the song "Jean" in 1969. The song came from a movie called The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie about a headstrong teacher in a private school.

The song really has nothing to do with any of that and features some pretty over-sweet lyrics by the poet Rod McKuen (not to be confused with Roddy McDowell).

Kitty has fond memories of this song because it reminds her of her Aunt Jean, who actually gave her the 45 of this song back in the day, probably because she hated it.

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World's Worst iPod: LeBlanc & Carr "Falling"

LeBlanc and Carr were Lenny LeBlanc and Pete Carr, two Muscle Shoals studio musicians who hit the top 40 in 1978 with their hit "Falling."  It made it up to #13 on the charts and was perfect for clumsy teenage slow dancing!

Musically, these guys were no slouches. Carr was a great music producer, manning the dials on "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" by Paul Simon and "Against the Wind" by Bob Seger, and contributing to other recordings by every one from Barbra Streisand to Wilson Pickett. He also played guitar in Gregg Allman's band "Hour Glass" back in the 1960's.

LeBlanc played bass and sang background vocals on songs from Etta James, Hank Williams, Jr., and even Roy Orbison.

Kitty find it hard to believe that more people weren't interested in hearing the song in its entirety. It sways!

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Kitty's night in a haunted house

Before Friday, my only experience with a haunted house, commercial or otherwise, was at the Recreation Department in Stevens Point when I was a teenager, and as I remember I was FREAKED out.

So I was a little nervous when Jonathan and I were asked to be part of the scare team at Wisconsin Scaryland, a Hollywood quality haunted house located on Highway M and 113. Somehow, I mustered up enough courage to go through with it, and joined the other actors that were doing the scaring.

I can't tell you exactly what my job was because I don't want to give away any of Scaryland's secrets. But I will tell you I startled the living daylights out of a lot of people! I feel kinda bad because a teenage girl had an asthma attack in the room I was stationed in!  The pros at Wisconsin Scaryland got her out of the building quickly, and she was okay.

I never thought I would say this, but I would like to go back and try it again sometime!
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World's Worst iPod: El DeBarge "Who's Johnny"

A lot of people seemed to have fond memories of this questionable song from 1986. "Who's Johnny" was the first solo hit for the guy named El DeBarge, and it went to number 3 on the charts.

Some of you might remember it from the movie "Short Circuit."

Enjoy all the cheesy 80s goodness!

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Finally, recognition of Stevie Ray Vaughan by the Rock Hall

The new list of nomines for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is out, and finally they give a nod to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The Rock Hall has passed Stevie by for the more than ten years that he's been eligible, causing me and other blues fans much irritation. One of the criteria the Rock Hall uses for induction is the contribution they made to rock and roll. I believe he's responsible for the resurgence of blues rock in the early 80s and 90s, and his influence on guitar players continues to this day. (How many Stevie Ray Vaughn-a-be's have you seen?)

Others on the list of nominees this time around:Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., the Smiths, Loud Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvellettes, the Spinners, War, and Bill Withers.

Sting is already in as a member of the Police, and Lou Reed as a member of the Velvet Underground, but their inclusion as solo artists is ineveitable. Green Day should make it in as well without any problem.

While I see no real problem with this list, I am still waiting for recognition for some deserving folks including Warren Zevon, Al Kooper, and Gram Parsons.

One of the inductees will be chosen by fan vote. You can make your feelings known here.

The list of inductees will be announced in December, and the ceremony will happen in the spring at the Rock Hall in Cleveland.
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You might want to see "Once" twice

I had the opportunity to go see "Once" at Overture Hall last night, and I guess the two word summary of my review could be "weirdly awesome."

The story isn't too complicated, which is good because I sometimes had a hard time understanding the dialogue because of the Irish and Czech accents that were used, but I got enough to be able to follow along.

According to the Overture Center's website, "Once" "tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs."

I loved the mirror filled set, the staging and the seemless way they went from one scene to another. And of course the music!  It was fantastic--with the actors performing their instruments live on stage.

I had never seen the movie, but now I feel I should go rent it so I can make some comparisons.

"Once" runs through Sunday at Overture Center. Ticket info here.

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World's Worst iPod: Stonebolt "I Will Still Love You"

It seems Kitty was all alone in the Canadian wilderness with her love for the 1978 hit "I Will Still Love You" by Stonebolt.

It only made it up to #29, so it seems a lot of folks didn't have the fond memories of the song that she did. With amazing lyrics like "when the moon disappears forever, and the sun shines electric blue, I will still love you," you would think somebody would have wanted to hear it in its entirety.

Here's the video for those of you among what we assume is the silent majority.

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World's Worst iPod: Neil Diamond "Yesterday's Songs"

Even Neil Diamond fans didn't seem to want to throw their support behind this one. "Yesterday's Songs" with its cheesy backup singers may be the most cliche song the guy does!

It made it up to #11 on the charts in 1981/82 and was #1 on the station your mom listened to (adult contemporary).

We tried to find a video of Neil performing it live, with no luck. Maybe even he doesn't like this song anymore.

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