R.I.P. Ginger Baker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gze0PxDKgQ

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/06/arts/music/ginger-baker-dead.html

Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With Cream, Is Dead at 80

October 6, 2019

Ginger Baker, who helped redefine the role of the drums in rock and became a superstar in the process, died on Sunday in a hospital in southeastern England. He was 80.

His family confirmed his death in a post on his official Twitter account.

Mr. Baker drew worldwide attention for his approach to the drums, as sophisticated as it was forceful, when he teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the bassist Jack Bruce in the hugely successful British band Cream in 1966.

Keith Moon of the Who was more uninhibited; John Bonham of Led Zeppelin — a band formed in 1968, the year Cream broke up — was slicker. But Mr. Baker brought a new level of artistry to his instrument, and he was the first rock drummer to be prominently featured as a soloist and to become a star in his own right. Mr. Clapton praised him as “a fully formed musician” whose “musical capabilities are the full spectrum.”

Both as a member of the ensemble and as a soloist, Mr. Baker captivated audiences and earned the respect of his fellow percussionists with playing that was, as Neil Peart, the drummer with the band Rush, once said, “extrovert, primal and inventive.” Mr. Baker, Mr. Peart added, “set the bar for what rock drumming could be.”

But Mr. Baker, who got his start in jazz combos and cited the likes of Max Roach and Elvin Jones as influences, bristled when the word “rock” was applied to his playing. “I’m a jazz drummer,” he told the British newspaper The Telegraph in 2013. “You have to swing. There are hardly any rock drummers I know who can do that.”

Mr. Baker’s appearance behind the drum kit — flaming red hair, flailing arms, eyes bulging with enthusiasm or shut tight in concentration — made an indelible impression. So, unfortunately, did his well-publicized drug problems and his volatile personality.

Mr. Baker, who by his own count quit heroin 29 times, was candid about his drug and alcohol abuse in his autobiography, “Hellraiser,” published in Britain in 2009.

He recalled driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco while on tour with the band Blind Faith in 1969 and being more amused than surprised when he heard a report on the radio that he had died from a heroin overdose.

Of a later tour, he wrote, “In 1983-84, I formed the Ginger Baker Trio with guitarist John Simms and bassist Ian Macdonald and we did a tour that included Malta, Spain and Germany; but I can’t remember anything about it due to the fact that I was drinking so heavily.”

He was also, by all accounts, not a very likable man. Journalists who interviewed him tended to find him uncooperative at best, confrontational at worst. The hostility between Mr. Baker and Mr. Bruce, which sometimes led to onstage altercations, was the stuff of rock legend. The 2012 documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker” — the title is taken from a sign outside the house in South Africa where he was living at the time — begins with footage of Mr. Baker physically attacking the film’s director, Jay Bulger.

“If they’ve got a problem with me, come and see me and punch me on the nose,”Mr. Baker says in that film. “I ain’t going to sue you; I’m going to hit you back.”

But if he was difficult to deal with, his talent was impossible to ignore. As A. O. Scott of The New York Times noted in his review of “Beware of Mr. Baker,” Mr. Baker’s music was ultimately “the only reason anyone should take an interest in him.”

Peter Edward Baker — he became known as Ginger during childhood because of his red hair — was born on Aug. 19, 1939, in the Lewisham area of southeast London, to Frederick and Ruby (Bayldon) Baker. His father, a bricklayer, was killed in action during World War II.

Drawn to the drums at an early age, Mr. Baker talked his way into a job with a traditional-jazz combo when he was 16 despite his lack of professional experience. Before long, he was well established on the London jazz scene. He also had a heroin habit that would dog him for decades.

In 1962 Mr. Baker joined Blues Incorporated, one of the earliest British rhythm-and-blues bands, beginning his contentious but musically rewarding association with Mr. Bruce. When the organist and saxophonist Graham Bond left that band in 1964 to form his own group, the Graham Bond Organisation, Mr. Baker and Mr. Bruce went with him.

Two years later they teamed with Mr. Clapton, whose work with the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers had made him one of Britain’s most celebrated guitarists, to form Cream.

Performing a repertoire that mixed original compositions with radical reinterpretations of old blues songs, Cream was an instant sensation. Within two years, the band went from nightclubs to stadiums and released four albums, whose total sales were estimated at 35 million. But in 1968, at the height of its success, Cream disbanded.

One reason for the breakup was the continuing animosity between Mr. Baker and Mr. Bruce. Another, Mr. Baker later said, was the extreme volume at which Mr. Clapton and Mr. Bruce played.

“For the first 18 months it was great,” he said in 2013. “But things got too bloody big and too bloody loud. They kept piling these huge Marshall speakers one on top of another. That’s why my hearing’s wrecked.”

Mr. Baker’s next band was, on paper, even bigger than Cream: Blind Faith, in which he and Mr. Clapton joined forces with the singer, keyboardist and guitarist Steve Winwood, known for his work with the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic. (The less famous Ric Grech was the bassist.) Hopes were high, but Blind Faith imploded after one album and one tour, the victim of excessive hype and conflicting egos.

Following the similarly brief life of his next band, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, a jazz-rock outfit with a saxophone section, Mr. Baker led a peripatetic life and stayed largely out of the spotlight.

He spent much of the 1970s in Lagos, Nigeria, where he built a recording studio and became immersed in African music, performing and recording with the singer, songwriter and political activist Fela Kuti. He also developed a love for polo that over the years would prove almost as costly as his drug habit: He drove himself into debt more than once buying and importing polo ponies.

In the ensuing decades he was in and out of various bands, ranging from the hard-rock group Masters of Reality to a jazz trio in which his high-profile sidemen were the guitarist Bill Frisell and the bassist Charlie Haden. He was also in and out of financial trouble and moved frequently, living in England, Italy, Los Angeles and South Africa, where he settled in 1999 and stayed until returning to England in 2012.

Mr. Baker and the other members of Cream were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The band reunited for concerts in London and New York in 2005 and received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2006.

Whatever hope there might have been for another reunion ended when Jack Bruce died in 2014.

Mr. Baker was married four times. He is survived by his wife, Kudzai Baker, a nurse from Zimbabwe with whom he lived in Kent, England, and three children: Nettie Baker, who has written several books about her relationship with him; Leda Baker, a business analyst; and Kofi Baker, a drummer. All were born in the 1960s during Mr. Baker’s first marriage, to the artist Liz Finch.

In 2013, although he had serious health problems, Mr. Baker toured and recorded with a quartet whimsically named the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion. Interviewed that year on the BBC television program “Newsnight,” he claimed to have “lost everything six or seven times in my life” and suggested that the motivation for his return to music was more financial than artistic.

“I thought I’d retired,” he said. “Managed to sort of outlive my pension, as it were, so I had to go back to work.”

Asked in that same interview how he would like to be remembered, he paused for a moment and then gave a one-word answer:

“Drummer.”

October 6, 2019. Tags: , , . Music. Leave a comment.

Eddie Money confirms that his 1982 radio and MTV hit “Shakin'” includes one of George Carlin’s seven dirty words

In 1982, Eddie Money had a hit on the radio and MTV with his song “Shakin’.”

Today, most online sources cite one of the song’s lyrics as:

We did some shakin’ ’til the end of the night.

But long before the internet existed, I knew that the words were something else.

And Money recently verified to Rolling Stone magazine what I had known all along. Here’s an excerpt from their recent interview of him. (The bolding is from the original.)

In “Shakin’,” there’s an ostensibly “misheard” lyric where you sing “Her tits were shakin’,” but come on, you were definitely saying that, right?

You know what? Nobody noticed it and [my manager] Bill Graham was so, so pissed off at me because he said that could’ve been a Top Five single, and “you and your sophomoric fucking bullshit, now I can’t get it on the radio.” But when I talked to people, they go, “I loved it when you said that! Wow!”

You didn’t make a clean radio version?

No, there was never a radio version because nobody caught it til the end. Yeah, I said it and I thought it was funny, but in the long run I wish I wouldn’t have said it because that record probably would’ve went double platinum. But I thought it was funny. You know how it is, you know?

To get a song with “tits” in it played on the radio? I don’t.

I was high. I didn’t give a shit. I said it. Who cares?

Here’s the video of the song. Skip to 1:02 for the relevant part:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tcD_dVcXE4

August 29, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

Movie trailer for “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” – release date September 6, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDMYAsu5PvI

August 6, 2019. Tags: , , , , . Movies, Music. Leave a comment.

Linda Ronstadt – When Will I Be Loved

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYGK3GvgaII

August 2, 2019. Tags: , , . Music. Leave a comment.

How to Fake Mad Piano Skill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzMOp6-lzoA

July 9, 2019. Tags: , . Humor, Music. Leave a comment.

Chuck Berry vs Bruce Springsteen, Two Visions of America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMdfi46TmXM

April 22, 2019. Tags: , , , . Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

The Beaches perform “Turn Me Loose” by Loverboy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L10-nI9rkks

 

December 1, 2018. Tags: , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJtfD8ZyW0

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August 16, 2018. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin / Cover by Yoyoka, 8 year old

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91pz1E8pAOY

 

July 2, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

Audio recording outtake shows Casey Kasem getting angry and using profanity

In this 79 second recording, Casey Kasem gets upset in response to his coworkers’ repeated refusal to honor his request to not schedule sad long distance dedications directly after an upbeat song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDYK2H0ldbo

This has got to be the most appropriate and justified use of profanity that I’ve ever heard.  Casey was really moved by the death of that dog, and his point about the dedication being preceded by an uptempo song is excellent.

Here’s the dead dog dedication as it was actually broadcast on American Top 40 on September 14, 1985. Skip to 26:19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEG9pP8NGx0

 

April 7, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Animals, Music. Leave a comment.

The Beatles sing about Star Wars

The Beatles perform their critically acclaimed album Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans.

The first two videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYD3QtyEGGM

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhFyX1IkjAM

Complete playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8s6sSjUyaxUk3mCUqiNuJiMNxs9QdthO

 

January 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Humor, Movies, Music, Science fiction, Star Wars. Leave a comment.

Stevie Wonder kneels while performing national anthem

I admire Stevie Wonder for being clever enough to come up with an idea that appeals to both sides.

This is just totally beautiful and awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mi-MbiZlQY

 

October 31, 2017. Tags: , , , . Music, Sports. 2 comments.

Dog sings and plays piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6nhSDAKRj8

 

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , , . Animals, Humor, Music. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Tom Petty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K3QqNiuHsU

 

October 3, 2017. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Fyre Festival scammer Ja Rule says his scam is “NOT A SCAM” and that his scam is “NOT MY FAULT”

A recent scam carried out by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule was falsely sold as a music festival.

Customers, who paid as much as $250,000 each, were told that they would be staying in “modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes” and that they would be served gourmet celebrity chef meals.

Instead of getting those accommodations, they ended up staying in disaster relief tents with dirt floors and port-a-potties.

And this is the food they were served:


After this scam was exposed by the media, Ja Rule tweeted the following image:


May 3, 2017. Tags: , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge cover Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” – Riverdale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lspw0yvHlg

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Music, Television. Leave a comment.

I recently listened to all eight of ABBA’s albums for the first time. Here are my 31 favorite songs.

I recently listened to all eight of ABBA’s albums for the first time. Here are my 31 favorite songs. I am listing these in chronological order:

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March 29, 2017. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Chuck Berry

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March 19, 2017. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Poll: Which song do you think is better, Beyoncé’s “Formation” or Andra Day’s “Rise Up”?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwgr_IMeEgA

February 22, 2017. Tags: , , , . Music, Polls. 3 comments.

Boléro

Title: Boléro

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Valery Gergiev

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODeNHRtVNO4

 

 

January 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Music. 2 comments.

Silent Night by Chewbacca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd79mpzBnJ4

December 22, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Holidays, Humor, Music, Star Wars. Leave a comment.

Daryl Hall has a message for critics crying cultural appropriation: “Shut the f*ck up”

Way to go Daryl!

From an interview with Daryl Hall from Salon:

Daryl Hall has a message for critics crying cultural appropriation: “Shut the f*ck up”

May 12, 2016

Salon: One of the current debates is over “cultural appropriation” – The idea that white people should not appropriate the culture of ethnic and racial minorities. I know that you don’t like the term “blue eyed soul.” Have you followed this conversation?

Daryl: Are you trying to say that I don’t own the style of music that I grew up with and sing? I grew up with this music. It is not about being black or white. That is the most naïve attitude I’ve ever heard in my life. That is so far in the past, I hope, for everyone’s sake. It isn’t even an issue to discuss. The music that you listened to when you grew up is your music. It has nothing to do with “cultural appropriation.”

Salon: I agree with you entirely, because…

Daryl: I’m glad that you do, because anyone who says that should shut the fuck up.

Salon: Well, this entire critique is coming back…

Daryl: I’m sorry to hear it. Who is making these critiques? Who do they write for? What are their credentials to give an opinion like that? Who are they?

Salon: Much of it is academic.

Daryl: Well, then they should go back to school. Academia? Now, there’s a hotbed of idiocy.

Salon: Anyone who knows about music, about culture in general, understands that everything is much more natural. Everything is a mixture.

Daryl: We live in America. That’s our entire culture. Our culture is a blend. It isn’t split up into groups. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool – worse than a fool – a dangerous fool.

Salon: I also know that you don’t like the term “blue eyed soul”…

Daryl: No, and it is for this very reason. There is no color to soul. Soul music comes from the heart. It was generated out of the church, and it became secular gospel.

Salon: Ray Charles made that same point. He said the only difference between gospel and soul is that in one genre he sings to God, and in another, he sings to a woman.

Daryl: That’s right. That’s exactly it.

May 15, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Music, Racism. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

Thanks for all the great music.

R.I.P.

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_PRINCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-04-21-13-32-53

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

April 21, 2016

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.

The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.” The title song from “1999” includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”

The Minneapolis native, born Prince Rogers Nelson, stood just 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and seemed to summon the most original and compelling sounds at will, whether playing guitar in a flamboyant style that openly drew upon Jimi Hendrix, switching his vocals from a nasally scream to an erotic falsetto or turning out album after album of stunningly original material. Among his other notable releases: “Sign O’ the Times,” ”Graffiti Bridge” and “The Black Album.”

He was also fiercely protective of his independence, battling his record company over control of his material and even his name. Prince once wrote “slave” on his face in protest of not owning his work and famously battled and then departed his label, Warner Bros., before returning a few years ago.

“What’s happening now is the position that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Prince told the AP in 2014. “I was just trying to get here.”

The same year, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame, which hailed him as a musical and social trailblazer.

“He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the Eighties,” reads the Hall’s dedication. “Prince made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative.”

Rarely lacking in confidence, Price effortlessly absorbed the music of others and made it sound like Prince, whether the James Brown guitar riff on “Kiss” or the Beatle-esque, psychedelic pop of “Raspberry Beret.”

He also proved a source of hits for others, from Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to Cyndi Lauper’s “When You Were Mine.” He also wrote “Manic Monday” for the Bangles

Prince had been touring and recording right up until his death, releasing four albums in the last 18 months, including two on the Tidal streaming service last year. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix of his hits like “Purple Rain” or “Little Red Corvette” and some B-sides from his extensive library.

Prince debuted the intimate format at his Paisley Park studios in January, treating fans to a performance that was personal and was both playful and emotional at times.

The musician had seemed to be shedding his reclusive reputation. He hosted several late-night jam sessions where he serenaded Madonna, celebrated the Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA championship and showcased his latest protege, singer Judith Hill.

Ever surprising, he announced on stage in New York City last month that he was writing his memoir. “The Beautiful Ones” was expected to be released in the fall of 2017 by publishing house Spiegel & Grau. The publishing house has not yet commented on status of book, but a press release about the memoir says: “Prince will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work.” It says the book will include stories about Prince’s music and “the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination.”

A small group of fans quickly gathered in the rain Thursday outside his music studio, Paisley Park, where Prince’s gold records are on the walls and the purple motorcycle he rode in his 1984 breakout movie, “Purple Rain,” is on display. The white building surrounded by a fence is in Chanhassen, about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Steven Scott, 32, of Eden Prairie, said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince’s dance party. He called Prince “a beautiful person” whose message was that people should love one another.

“He brought people together for the right reasons,” Scott said.

April 21, 2016. Tags: . Music. Leave a comment.

Whoa! Check out Billy Joel’s heavy metal album from 1970!

In 1970, Billy Joel was the lead singer and organ player of a heavy metal band called Attila. The only other member of the band was a guy named Jon Small who played the drums. Both band members wrote songs for the band.

Here is their only album, titled Attila, from 1970. You can read more about the group at their wikipedia article.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7s8PHnCTGI

 

April 8, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

YouTube has a complete, peak period Go-Go’s concert from 1981

I own the DVD of their 2001 Central Park concert, and I like it a lot.

But I absolutely love this 1981 concert from a Los Angeles high school. It was released on laserdisc and VHS, but not on DVD.

Skip to 2:37 for the beginning of the concert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN-Pq5QCIy4

 

March 15, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , . Music. Leave a comment.

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