Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones – 1976

April 8, 2018

Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones 1976Debut single from Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey and Tommy (not forgetting Marky, Richie, Elvis and C.J.), 1976’s Blitzkrieg Bop.

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  • The Ramones formed in New York in 1974.
  • Original members of the band were Jeff Hyman (Joey), John Cummings (Johnny), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee), and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy). The guys all adopted the surname “Ramone” although none of them were related.  Dee Dee was the first to adopt the name having been inspired by Paul McCartney’s use of the pseudonym Paul Ramon during his Silver Beetles days.  Dee Dee then convinced the other members to take on the name and came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones.
  • Like many bands of their genre, the Ramones had little commercial success but are remembered as one of the formative punk bands.
  • In 22 years of playing together—the band split in 1996—The Ramones performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for the life of the band.
  • Over the years, critics have become more convinced of the band’s influence on punk music and rock music in general. Rolling Stone magazine place The Ramones at #26 in their 100 Greatest Artists of all Time list.
  • In 2002, the original four band members, and Marky who replaced Tommy as drummer in 1978, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • By 2008, all four of the band’s original members had died; lead singer Joey Ramone (1951–2001), bass guitarist Dee Dee Ramone (1951–2002), guitarist Johnny Ramone (1948–2004) and drummer Tommy Ramone (1949–2014).

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  • Blitzkrieg Bop was written by Tommy and Dee Dee Ramone and was the debut single for The Ramones.
  • Recorded in January 1976 and released a month later, the song appeared on the album, Ramones.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop failed to make it onto any singles chart throughout the world. Only six Ramones songs ever dented the singles charts anywhere.  The highest ranking being Baby, I Love You, which hit #8 in the UK in 1980.
  • On the Rolling Stone magazine list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Blitzkrieg Bop sits at #92. In 2009, VH1 named the song at #25 on its list of the greatest hard rock songs of all time.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop appears in a number of movies including: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the UK, it is regularly played before home games at St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle United F.C.
  • The song continues to remain popular at sporting events where “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” is sometimes shouted as a rallying cry.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop lyrics.

blitzkrieg bop – the ramones – 1976 – video

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Earache My Eye – Cheech and Chong – 1974

March 25, 2018

Earache My EyeHere’s one out of leftfield – comedians Cheech and Chong’s 1974 song, Earache My Eye, featured in their 1978 movie, Up In Smoke.

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  • Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong are a Grammy Award winning comedy duo. They were especially popular for their films and stand-up routines in the 1960 – 70s.  They parted ways in 1985 but reunited in 2002 and continue to perform to this day.
  • Chong is a Canadian (though he has since become an American citizen); Cheech moved to Canada in the 1960s to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War – it was in Canadian that the pair met and began working together.
  • Alongside their stand-up routine, Cheech and Chong produced a number of comedy films, and released a number of novelty songs and albums – including 1985’s Born in East L.A., based on Bruce Springsteen’s, Born in the USA.
  • Perhaps their best-known movie is Up in Smoke. Released in 1978, it has become a cult classic.
  • Having parted company in 1985, the pair were guests on a 2011 episode of The Simpsons, and have joined for a number of projects since that time.

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  • Earache My Eye is a novelty heavy metal song written by Tommy Chong and Gaye Delorme and recorded by Cheech and Chong – Cheech adopting the persona of a fictitious rock star named Alice Bowie.
  • The song appeared on Cheech and Chong’s fourth comedy album, Cheech and Chong’s Wedding Album (1974) and later appeared in their first movie, Up in Smoke (1978).
  • Earache My Eye spent 13 weeks on the US singles chart.
  • Earache My Eye has been covered by both Soundgarden and Korn (Cheech performing the vocals on the latter), and was sampled on Eminem’s track Untouchable.
  • Earache My Eye lyrics.

earache my eye – cheech and chong -1974 – video

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Tight Rope – Leon Russell – 1972

February 22, 2018

Tight Rope Leon Russell 1972A great song (IMHO) from a man who wrote a heap of them; Leon Russell’s, Tight Rope.

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  • Leon Russell’s real name was Claude Russell Bridges.
  • Born in Oklahoma, in the USofA, Russell began making music with David Gates—later of Bread fame—who was in his high school class. Leon and David recorded together as The Fencemen. Also at the school were Anita Bryant and Elvin Bishop.
  • Leon was only 16 when he moved to Los Angeles and became a session musician and then a touring musician. Over his career he performed and recorded with many of music’s greats including: The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Elton John (he was once Leon’s support act), George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Doris Day, Ray Charles,  the Byrds, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Frank Sinatra, the Band, Bob Dylan, J. J. Cale, B. B. King, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, and the Rolling Stones.
  • In 1970, he began working as a solo artist going on to record 33 albums.
  • Leon was an accomplished songwriter best known for: Delta Lady (recorded by Joe Cocker); This Masquerade (George Benson and at least 75 others), Hummingbird (BB King), A Song for You (The Carpenters and at least 200 other artists), Superstar (The Carpenters), and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones). Many of these songs, he also recorded himself.
  • Leon’s song A Song for You was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • In 2011, Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Leon died in his sleep while recovering from heart surgery, on November 13, 2016.

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  • Tight Rope was written by Leon Russell and released in August 1972.
  • The song was from his album Carney.
  • Tight Rope peaked at #11 on the US singles chart.
  • The B-side of the single featured Leon’s song, This Masquerade, which became a hit for George Benson in 1976.
  • Tight Rope lyrics.

tight rope – leon Russell – 1972 – video

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Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon and War – 1970

February 5, 2018

Spill the wineWhile taking a break in San Fran, back in 1969, Eric Burdon of The Animals fame, joined up with the Californian band, War – Spill the Wine was one of a couple of resulting hits.

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  • Eric Burdon was born in the UK and is best known for being the lead vocalist of The Animals with whom he had hits like, The House of the Rising Sun, Boom Boom, Don’t Let me be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, It’s My Life, and San Franciscan Nights.
  • In 1969, while living in San Francisco, Eric joined Californian band War.
  • A few months later, in April 1970, the album Eric Burdon Declares War was released. It produced two singles, Spill the Wine and Tobacco Road.
  • Later in 1970, a double album, The Black-Man’s Burdon, was released, with the singles, Paint It Black (first recorded by the Rolling Stones) and They Can’t Take Away Our Music.
  • While touring to promote the album, Eric collapsed on the stage due to an asthma attack. War continued touring without him and he commenced his solo career.
  • War’s genesis was in Long Beach, California back in 1962, in a band named The Creators. They then became Nightshift, before morphing into War.
  • War had a number of hit records including, Spill the Wine, The Cisco Kid, Why Can’t We Be Friends?, and Low Rider.
  • Both The Animals and War continue to perform today, though with radically different line-ups than back in the 60’s and 70’s.

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  • Spill the Wine was written by members of the US band, War – apparently inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board.
  • It appeared on the album Eric Burdon Declares War and was released as a single in May 1970.
  • The original recording features a flute solo with a woman speaking Spanish in the background. This was omitted from the final radio version.
  • Spill the Wine was War’s first hit, peaking at #3 in the US. It didn’t make the UK charts.
  • Spill the Wine has featured in the movies, Boogie Nights (1997), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), and Remember the Titans (2000); and the television shows, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dexter and Shameless.
  • The song has been covered by The Isley Brothers and Michael Hutchence; and was used by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band when they opened their 2014 concert in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
  • Spill the Wine lyrics.

spill the wine – eric burdon and war – 1970 – video

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Tom Petty 1950 – 2017

October 3, 2017

Tom petty

One of the true greats of rock music, Tom Petty, has passed away following a heart attack.  After a premature announcement by the LAPD, Tom’s family has now announced that he has gone – truly a rock ‘n’ roll great!

Read Rolling Stone Magazine’s tribute here.


Walter Becker (1950 – 2017)

September 4, 2017

Walter Becker

Walter Becker, legendary guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of Steely Dan passed away on September 3, 2017. 

Steely Dan bandmate, Donald Fagen, issued a memorial letter praising Walter’s talent and remarking that he was,

…smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter… He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny.

 Donald also said,

I intend to keep the music we created together alive.

 Read the full Rolling Stone obituary here.

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Must be Love – James Gang – 1973

August 15, 2017

Must be Love James Gang 1973The band that must hold the record for the number or metamorphoses! The James Gang were active from 1966 to 1977, then in 1991, then in 1996, then in 1998, then in 2001, then from 2005 to 2006, then in 2012. Perhaps their most memorable song was released in 1973 – Must be Love.

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  • The James Gang formed in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. Original members were,
  • Greg Grandillo: guitar, Ronnie Silverman: guitar, Tom Kriss: bass, percussion, vocals, Jimmy Fox: drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals, Phil Giallombardo: keyboards, vocals.
  • The band later featured the guitar skills, first of Joe Walsh of Eagles fame (1968–71, 1991–96, 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2006), then Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple fame (1973–74).
  • Between 1969 and 1976, the band released nine albums and ten singles, having moderate success. Two of their albums went Gold in the US.  None of their singles even cracked the top 50; the closest being Walk Away which peaked at #51 in 1971.

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  • Must be Love first appeared on the James Gang’s sixth album, Bang which was released in September 1973.
  • Co-written by Tommy Bolin, the single, Must be Love peaked at #54 on the US singles chart.
  • Must be Love lyrics.

must be love – james gang – 1973 – video

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