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calendar   Sunday - December 01, 2013

Sunday Grunge

This was a bit of a surprise for me the first time I heard it, but I’ve grown to really like it. Dig deep in your memory, find your inner rebellious teenager and wake him up. Rock on.

Puddle of Mudd, a grunge band - or is it post-grunge, it’s so hard for us old farts to keep up with the genre explosion - doing one of their signature tunes. NSFW. Seriously, use the ear buds or wait until your parents aren’t home to crank this one on the stereo.

Met a girl, thought she was grand
Fell in love found out first hand
Went well for a week or two
Then it all came unglued

In a trap, tripped, I can’t grip
never thought I’d be the one who would slip
then I started to realize
I was livin’ one big lie

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Friday - October 04, 2013

don’t even try to understand

Flying off the charts. 94 million views in a few days.

hottest video at YouTube.

Makes hardly any sense at all, unless you’re about 2, asking endless questions of your parents, and have worn out your See ‘N Say.

and yet ... it’s really catchy. And really weird. And the scatt dance breaks somehow feel like they escaped from some Japanese anime film.

Very sexy mouse. No actual Furries were harmed in the making of this video.

So strange.


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calendar   Saturday - September 21, 2013

mojo raisin

turn the volume up to about 11

Everybody’s dancing down at the local armory
With a basement full of dynamite and live artillery
Temperature keeps rising, everybody getting high
Come the rocking stroke of midnight, the whole place is gonna fly

(this has NOTHING to do with the tune pasted in above. But ho lee shit, it’s a rocker!)

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2013 at 07:15 PM   
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backfield in motion

boogie woogie weekend

If this can’t get your mojo working, you just might be dead.

Ok, I changed stuff around. While ordinarily I love Diana Krall, and she does a decent version below the fold here, it’s just not as rip snortin’ as it ought to be. This one is.

Sometimes the Blues needs to do more than sing and swing. Sometimes it needs to holla and strut. That in-your-face, dollar-beer-night, sweaty summertime honky-tonk, playing out on the back patio at 1am sound.

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calendar   Monday - September 09, 2013

Better Late Than Never

Stolen from Theo’s, who copied it from somebody else who found it on YouTube.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was last week. Hope everyone had a great time.

I thought this was a very cute, inventive recycle of Shakira’s tune from the 2010 World Cup.

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today’s Jewish world.

Through their videos and live performances, the Fountainheads’ work is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The Fountainheads perform at special events, trips, concerts, weddings, and simchas in Israel, and also tour overseas a few times a year.


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calendar   Sunday - August 18, 2013

women can damn well do whatever they make their minds up to do.


I’d never suggest they can’t do, sometimes I question the why?  Answer of course is cos they may want to.  And they are capable.
However, I never thought the idea of women on ships and soon subs I understand, is a great idea.  You may want to go into an area (if male) that is reserved for women only.  Like, a ladies changing room.  But your wanting to do that doesn’t mean you belong there.  And that’s how I see women aboard naval ships. But I’m not on about that. Just use it as an example of things I either don’t care for (not that it matters) or are not used to.  Things that aren’t a part of my experience or are so new to me that I don’t know how I am to react.

Which brings me to trumpets and other brass instruments.  It just seems so masculine.  I’m not implying that a lady should not do that. It just isn’t a part of my experience and so it’s rather a shock to see a girl with a horn.  All of my influence has been ppl like Bix, Harry James, Bunny Berrigan, Taft Jordan, Roy Eldridge etc. All males.  Never even occurred to me that a girl would want to play a trumpet. 

Anyway, what started all this was a tiny photo on the inside cover of a wkend magazine.  I might not have paid a lot of attention because the photo was like postage stamp size.  A small postage stamp.  But the name.  That caught my attention cos I didn’t believe it could be a name but was possibly an ad of some kind.
But no.  She is from Norway and her name is ....

and in Norwegian it is not pronounced exactly as you see the printed word. So I looked her up and then wondered about other ladies who played that instrument.  Welcome to the 21st century Peiper.



WOW.  Who else?




I do recall however, a band I had thought was just novelty thing from the 30s .  I remember my mother mentioning them but I can’t recall in relation to anything specific.  The group was called Phil Spitalny and his All Girl Orchestra.  Also referred to in places as his Magical Queens.  The radio program was called The Hour of Charm.

And apparently the ladies were doin it in the 1920s.



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calendar   Wednesday - May 08, 2013

The Redneck National Anthem …. all stand please.  Thank You.

Just seems to be my day to be the one being offended by the left and their bullying pc bs. And I see no end to it or them. Not in my lifetime anyway. Damn it that is depressing.

I HATE the pc world we live in and especially those self offended, self appointed guardians of the correct and only way to see and think and speak.

I defy anyone anywhere to show me an example of one ship during the era of slavery, that delivered slaves under the glorious and proud Stars and Bars. Not one.  Those slaves were originally brought to our shores under the flags of many nations including the USA.  So why aren’t all these highly offended negros and their guilty white idiot supporters calling for us to abandon the Stars and Stripes?
Now the word Redneck has to be apologized for also.  Read it all to find out why.

‘Redneck Day’ at Arizona high school causes uproar

An Arizona high school has come under fire from civil rights groups for holding a spoof “Redneck Day” to build team spirit ahead of end-of-year dance.
By Philip Sherwell, New York

The event at Queen Creek High School, near Phoenix, split the school community, upset Black students, angered civil rights activists and unleashed a debate about free speech and racial stereotypes.

The teenage student council, whose plans were approved by school officials, insist that their only intention was to satirise Duck Dynasty, a reality TV show about a family of long-bearded, rural Louisianans who have made millions from their duck-hunting business.

One student however turned up draped in a Confederate flag, an emblem of regional pride in parts of the South but which for many is a racist symbol of slavery and segregation.

School officials said that the student came from another state where the Civil War flag was a more common sight. He was asked to change attire by a teacher and he explained that he had not meant to offend.

In a country where historical reminders of racial divides are still so potent, that did not end the controversy. The term “redneck” is also politically and racially loaded. It is traditionally derogatory slang for poor white farmers, but for some has connotations with bigoted rural conservatives.

Leading the criticism was Ozetta Kirby, a local leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, America’s oldest civil rights organisation, whose grandson attends the school.

“I’m sitting here crying and praying,” Mrs Kirby, a church pastor, told The Arizona Republic. “That can break you down and make you feel at the bottom rung of the whole society, where everybody is being jubilant. No kid should have to go through that. We all know the connotation of ‘redneck’.”

The Queen Creek school board apologised for offence caused by use of the word.



The article reminded me of this song by an old friend who once recorded for RCA.  I have chosen this version because of a memory or two.

This version is NOT the studio recording.  Vernon was playing somewhere here in the UK, in one of the Country Music clubs dotted all over the UK from England to Wales.  American single acts playing gigs here, almost all one nighters and a hell of a grind, and were ALWAYS backed by a British band.  Always.
I used to arrange the booking with Brit agents who then booked the various clubs. 

I got to know Vernon well and he was very kind to me when I was out of work and as they say, in between gigs.  He gave me one of his western hats which I wore with great pride for a long time. Somehow, it got lost among the many moves we made.

You will note the dress among the audience in this video.  Brit fans dressed up this way in lots of clubs, they had fast draw contests firing blanks of course, and this was all in a the day when a gun firing blanks wasn’t a taboo.

Vernon and many acts like him had a very hard time getting air play on American Country radio stations, because they were thought to be, “TOO COUNTRY.”
So anyway ... here’s something that in it’s day was a hit record for Vernon Oxford.


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calendar   Friday - March 15, 2013

Today’s musical selection…

… is Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue. Thought we needed to hear some classical music!


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calendar   Friday - March 08, 2013

Morning Stomp

Odd thought I had on waking - unless you’re Jack Black, it would be pretty tough to politely hum this little ditty in the office elevator. Pretty tough. Easy for Jack because he wouldn’t even try to contain himself. And that’s what this one is all about.
No, it’s ‘put on your big boots and go stomping around’ music. Good and loud, with extra vim and vigor.

I got the Strike Ball last night at Cheap League. Put $15 in my pocket, so that covered the cost of bowling. I didn’t feel up to playing the brackets, so I let that slide. Smart me; Arnie rolled out a 267 and Duke finished up with a 258, so I never would have stood a chance.  On the other hand, I rocked in a smaller way last night, coming in 13 over average with a very steady 579 series; I was only +/- a half dozen points between all three games. I like that. It means I may have found a new plateau.

We played a team full of beginners, so we had to give them a tremendous handicap. 175 pins, which is like an entire extra bowler on their side. My whole team was there, the Text Kids too, and she was actually fairly pleasant when I was all supportive and observational in her direction. He still barely acknowledges my existence. And I outbowled him all over the place. So, sod him. We took games 1 and 2 by a bit more than 100 pins each; my whole team was rolling pretty well. Game 3 Text Girl had to go home early so we had to use her 10 under absentee score, Text Boy threw a 25 under, and my wife was 30 or so under too. I pulled out all the stops and threw the deuce, but just barely with a 203. So with a total of 265 pins heading their way, the newbies beat us by about 68 pins that last game. So we went 5-2, which is still Ok. Had a decent time talking with their team, so it was a good night.

And we took 5 and I threw a 196 average all night and I won $15 in the strike ball. Good enough. Put on your big boots and go stomping around. It’s happy time.

I was just a skinny lad
Never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat Fanny
She was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman you made a fat boy out of me

I’ve been singing with my band
Across the wire across the land
I seen ev’ry blue eyed floozy on the way
But their beauty and their style
Went kind of smooth after a while
Take me to them dirty ladies every time

Oh won’t you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside your red firelight
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round


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calendar   Thursday - December 13, 2012

12-12-12 recap

USA Today did a decent job live-blogging the concert. Follow this link.

Problem is, they only told half the story. Or else I’m just another cranky complainer? Nah, they only told half the story.

a) Springsteen was terrible. Granted, my quick setup only allowed me to port the TV sound through the stereo, but OMG, he sounded awful. Bon Jovi came to his rescue, and we had an “all Jersey” Born To Run closer that wasn’t too bad.

b) Call it what you want, but this was the concert for middle aged white yuppies. And they packed Madison Square Garden in their tens of thousands to see the show. When the camera cut to shots of the audience, there was hardly a face under 35 to been seen, and the place was 100% Caucasian. Hey, who else is going to drop five thousand on a pair of tickets to relive the early 80s?

c) absolute absence of pot smoke. You could see it in the eyes of the middle age Twirl Girls in the audience, buzzed up on “I’m at a concert again!!” but still feeling something was missing. And how culturally sad is this ... concert goers aren’t even allowed to Flic Their Bics anymore ... pianist Alicia Keys inveighed the audience to “hold up their cell phones in tribute” to let the light shine, and 50,000 arms went up, all holding iPhones. White people, huh? We did real fire in my day; remember the first generation Bics with the flame adjuster you could crank over so hard that the lighter would shoot out little flaming balls of butane? Rock on!!

d) It was fun seeing the musical mummies, the dancing pharaohs from the Second Dynasty. Oh, sorry, I meant the Rolling Stones. OMG. Formaldehyde much? But they thundered, and rocked the Garden hard. Way to go. Now somebody force feed Mick a sandwich already please.

e) Eric Clapton has more musical talent than everyone else on the ticket, combined. Including Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and surprise pianist Diana Krall.

f) The Who? No, The Two. Give it up guys, it’s time to retire. The signature roundhouse attacks on the guitar strings lose their appeal when we see your beer belly bouncing off the body of the guitar each time you do one. And when you have to go through 3 shirts to do 7 or 8 tunes because you sweat so much just standing there ... it’s time to put down the microphone. And in light of the reason for this concert - all the people who lost their lives, homes, livelihoods, etc - making your set some kind of memorial to Keith Moon, who died 25 years ago, was rather selfish and egotistical.

g) Hey everybody, let’s talk about Kanye West wearing his leather skirt ... and ignore totally that he’s a talentless, skill-free hack who was barely able to stand up, much less able to offer even slightly coherent lyrics. Don’t say a word that would hold his barnyard grunting in comparison to Clapton’s exquisite guitar work, Bon Jovi’s energy, or even (gak) Springsteen’s lyricism. Nothing to see (or hear) here, move along. You racist. And talk about bombing? With this audience? I was ROFLMAO watching him try to be all Thug and Ghetto and Shit while 60,000 white guys in their early 50s just stood there in motionless slightly embarrassed silence waiting politely for him to leave. LOO. ZER.

h) Adam Sandler. OK, nice try with the quick re-write of your Hallelujah send up. It was even half-way funny and politically biting. But you’re still an amiable doofuss, although you were much funnier than Colbert. And Billy Crystal. OMG, another mummy. Crivens!!

i) Roger Waters doing 4 Pink Floyd songs. OMG. Total 70s throwback. Trippin. I’ll accept Eddie Vedder doing the vocals, since it was way past Roger’s bedtime.

j) Paging Billy Joel. Paging Billy Joel. What the hell? Was he sleeping one off back stage? Or did he just helicopter in from his house in the Hamptons at the last minute, and get hung up by the New York Air Traffic Control. We waited forever for him. And waited. And waited. And waited. And finally turned off the show and went to bed, having already stayed up almost 2 hours later than we usually do. So we missed him by minutes. Oh well.

k) Alicia Keys. :eyeroll:  Sure was great to be able to put a woman, any woman, on the ticket so that the concert wasn’t exclusively Old White Guys, Mostly Brits. But as popular as she may be, as good as she may be, as old as everyone else in the show is ... she was utterly outclassed. Nice try, leesha, but you don’t have the chops to go toe to toe with this bunch.

l) What up with HDTV? Or televised music in general? Hasn’t anyone yet figured out how to plug into the mixing board, instead of getting the sound feed from a couple of Kenner Close ‘n Play Karaoke microphones? HDTV is supposed to be all about the bandwidth, right, including some for the sound track? Yet TV sound continues to suck hind tit, showing almost no improvement since old Sir Paul first walked on stage at the Ed Sullivan Show.

Yeah, I probably missed the best part of the concert. But it really was a show for pre-retirement Baby Boomers, and frankly it just went on past my bedtime. Theirs too; I read that a big chunk of the audience went home around midnight. Hope they raised billions, although all I keep hearing about is the $30+ million raised from ticket sales. What about all those semi-celebrities manning the phone banks? How much scratch did they bring in? It’s not like nobody knows ... even Jerry Lewis’ telethons gave us minute by minute totals, and that was decades ago.


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calendar   Monday - December 10, 2012

All Together Now

a capella group Rockapella performs A Change In My Life


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calendar   Tuesday - December 04, 2012

First Annual Bassoon Solo Post

Good luck trying to locate another famous piece that gives the ancient woodwind called a bassoon any credence. Here’s one; just about the best piece of music ever written:

If you can’t dance or dream to this one ... you’re already dead.


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calendar   Sunday - July 22, 2012

I guess even Germans are brainless these pc days

I am not a fan of this music so I don’t care except for the dumb PC thinking behind it all.

So the guy got a dumb assed Nazi tattoo when he was young. It’s on his chest so who’s going to see it anyway?  There are no bare chested scenes I’m aware of in Wagner or any classical opera I can think of.  But some newspaper prints the story and oh my.  End of the world.

Wagner was no great friend of the Jewish people but then neither were very many people in Europe in his day and after.  Whatcha gonna do?
Boycott every place he ever visited? Oh, we can’t piss by that roadside. Wagner was there 100 yrs ago.

So anyway, this festival which was up and running before the Nazis, but because Hitler was a fan and supported the event, it’s tainted and this fellow withdraws because of a tat on his chest that nobody can see.

I guess you have to read the short article.  Mind numbing stupidity. But hey.  It keeps Hitler and the Nazis alive.  Think about that.

Opera singer with swastika pulls out of German concert at festival with links to Nazism


A Russian opera singer has pulled out as a lead star in this year’s Bayreuth Festival in Germany because it has been revealed he has a Swastika tattoo.

Yevgeny Nikitin said the offensive tattoo was a mistake and something he did when he was a member of a heavy metal band as a teenager.

He said he quit the concert because the German media had drawn attention to it.

The heavily tattooed singer was going to debut in the lead role of a new production of the Flying Dutchman opera on Wednesday but organisers have since confirmed he is no longer taking part.

The festival only features works by 19th Century composer Richard Wagner and has a complicated past with the Nazi regime.

Wagner often expressed anti-Semitic views himself and his daughter-in-law, Winifred Wagner, who headed the festival during the Nazi rule was a strong admirer of Adolf Hitler.

Hitler also regularly attended the festivals during his dictatorship and helped fund it.

‘I was not aware of the extent of the irritation and offence these signs and symbols would cause, particularly in Bayreuth given the context of the festival’s history,’ Nikitin said to the DPA news agency.

‘I had them done in my youth. It was a big mistake and I wish I’d never done it.’

The row over the tattoo, which shows a Swastika on Nikitin’s chest, started when a programme on German TV mentioned them in a report about him on Friday.

The singer chose to pull out of the festival after organisers confronted him, a statement on the festival’s website said.



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calendar   Thursday - July 19, 2012

an unusually satisfying music video for your pleasure.

I do not often post music videos here and when I do, it’s naturally because I believe they are worth the time and a desire to share something unique with folks. As many here may already know, I am not into the more modern tuneless screaming over amplified noise produced by the talentless for the tasteless tone deaf.

I don’t know who the person is who put this video to the old Glen Gray recording of Moonlight Serenade.  I stumbled on it while looking for another tum from the band, and being over the top cat mad, I happened to see this cat and so clicked on it and got this.
I know it’s my opinion, but I found it to be the best video I’ve found at YT.

Lay your eyes and ears on this.

Don’t forget to go FULL screen to watch this.


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