F.G.S.F.O.Y. # 4

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There were two basic waves of music in the early 80’s. There was glam / metal, such as Ratt and Motley Crue, and there was New Wave, the Human League or B-52’s, or even U2. Musicians, at least the ones I knew, tended to fall into the glam camp, as the perception was that the musicianship in the former was just so much better than the latter. Or, to put it bluntly, the New Wavers were pussys! Here in the states, New Wave was considered watered-down punk, which, with the exception of the Ramones, didn’t get much respect to begin with. Of course being older, and wiser, we find that we over looked some pretty spectacular New Wave talents, if we just would have paid attention – Thomas Dolby, Elvis Costello, the Dave Stewarts (one from the Eurythmics, and one an avant guard keyboard player and contemporary of TD) Elliot Eason of the Cars, etc. etc. One New Wave artist we didn’t overlook was Billy Idol! How could you! The guy was everywhere! With the release of his first album, which featured “Dancing With Myself”, and the strange and dark “White Wedding” he had firmly established himself as a New Waver. But he was different. There was an edge to this guy! And his guitar player sounded pretty cool….

And then he released the “Rebel Yell” album and self titled single…. Holy Crap! This Guy’s a ROCKER! And then, in an instant, everyone seemed to know the name of the guitarist too! Steve Stevens blew the doors off the expectations of what a New Wave musician was! Idol and Stevens bridged the gap between Glam and New Wave. Here is “Rebel Yell” in all its glory.

PS. I always found the video annoying. It’s as if the execs at the record company had someone throw something together in a hurry and at minimal cost. It shows. I mean, come on! Where are the zombies or floating heads?????

I’m No Bassist… THIS GUY’S A BASSIST!!!!!!

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Abe Laboriel!

Favorite Guitar Solo Found On Youtube, # 3

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Just one name says it all – PRINCE! At 3:30 in. The guy is freakishly amazing!

Love one of the comments left on the page. Blackboab2004 wrote:

if you watch closely around the 5 min mark…you can see tom petty giving signs to prince to go for it…..then shaking his head in disbelief….george harrison’s son just looks amazed ….yes prince is a showman but i believe the rolling stones magazine editor was at the show and prince was left off their greatest guitarists list so thats why prince walked off stage at the end…it was a f**k you to him and the following issue had prince as the most underrated? guitarist in the world…

Have no idea if that Rolling Stone reference is true or not, but it does make the video all the more fun!

Youtube Bonus Round…. Many Solo’s

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Favorite Guitar Solos Found On Youtube #2 (From the “Cliff, You want it? You got it!” files)

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My San Diego / RareForm guitarist Cliff suggested this artist. From Trevor Rabin: “Something To Hold On To!”. Me and a college friend used to talk about how disgusting it was to see musicians who have the complete package – great voice, mad virtuosic talents, is a master behind the mixing board,… oh, and has great looks to boot! Trev was on top of our “must hate because he’s too good” list (as was yesterdays featured artist Steve Lukather). Wonderful technique. His tone sparkles with fun and enthusiasm. The South African native has a very unique style and train of thought when it comes to phrasing. He simply fun to listen to!

Like another fine musician / producer named Trevor (Horn, also a YES alum) Rabin is known for throwing the kitchen sink into recordings. At 2:13 in, I swear he threw the “computer start-up beep” into the mix. I could be wrong, but it sure sounds like it.

Favorite Guitar Solos Found On YouTube. # 1

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Here’s one! I’ve always loved this because it’s short and sweet, and it’s performed by one of my all time favorite guitarists, Toto’s Steve Lukather. Members of Toto played on most of the album. Lukather, along with Toto keyboard player David Paich and, just for a moment, drummer Jeff Porcaro appear in the video. Luke’s tone is wonderfully beefy and full, and the solo is a perfect eight measure charmer.

1985 – A Great Year For Music!

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Yesterday, I noted that Nancy Wilson and Cameron Crowe were separating after twenty years of marriage, and coupled my post with the Phil Collins song “Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore”. That song was featured on the HUGE PC album “No Jacket Required” which came out in 1985. Just by coincidence, I’m learning to play the guitar bits for “Why Worry” from Dire Straits “Brothers In Arms” album, which yes, also came out in 1985. So I started to wonder, what else came out in 1985. Well, I got to tell you, it’s a pretty damned good list. Here are the top albums of that year (personal faves are bold):

1 BORN IN THE U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
2 LIKE A VIRGIN – Madonna (Sire)
3 NO JACKET REQUIRED – Phil Collins (Atlantic)
4 SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR – Tears For Fears (Mercury)

5 MAKE IT BIG – Wham! (Columbia)
6 RECKLESS – Bryan Adams (A&M)
7 BROTHERS IN ARMS – Dire Straits (Warner Bros.)
8 AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY – Prince & The Revolution (Paisley Park)

9 PRIVATE DANCER – Tina Turner (Capitol)
10 CENTERFIELD – John Fogerty (Warner Bros.)
11 BEVERLY HILLS COP – Original Soundtrack (MCA)
12 THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES – Sting (A&M)
13 WHITNEY HOUSTON (Arista)
14 AGENT PROVOCATEUR – Foreigner (Atlantic)
15 CHICAGO 17 (Warner Bros.)
16 DIAMOND LIFE – Sade (Portrait)
17 SCARECROW – John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)
18 THE POWER STATION (Capitol)
19 PURPLE RAIN – Prince & The Revolution (Warner Bros.)

20 WE ARE THE WORLD – USA For Africa (Columbia)

Look at the names in the first 20 alone – Sting, Dire Straits, Prince (twice), Madonna, Sade, Fogerty (who would get sued for sounding like himself), Power Station, Foreigner, Mellencamp (in the transition years while ditching the “Cougar” moniker), Chicago, Bryan Adams…. That’s a heavy first twenty! Read more »

Strange Headline: Zucchini-Wielding Woman Frightens Bear

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That tag was on NPR. I can just imagine the imagery.

NBC has this variation: Good Gourd! Woman Stops Bear With Zucchini

That’s actually pretty funny.

If a zucchini works against bears, I wonder what a watermelon would ward off?

Well, That’ll Teach You!

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…Or probably not. But I do love the headline, from MSNBC:

U. of Ill. denies William Ayers emeritus status over book dedication to Bobby Kennedy’s killer
Late presidential candidate’s son, Christopher Kennedy, is chairman of college’s trustees

Is Ayers fifteen minutes up yet?

Gov. Chris Christie – The Eric Clapton of Politics!

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He just can’t seem to hit a wrong note!

Even though his name sounds more like a dessert company than a politician…. I have to admit I have a serious man-crush on Chris CHristie!

OK… I have to admit that the dessertish name only adds to the man-crush!!!

PS. I’m really sucking at that “giving up politics” pledge.