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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here Comes The Sun

This is my favorite version of the song, "Here comes the sun", which was sang by Sandy Farina, in the musical movie, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was in theaters, July 1978.
The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, and Paul Nicholas, were some of the main characters, but
it also had Alice Cooper, and Aerosmith doing their versions of Beatle's songs.
It wasn't a very good movie though, because they didn't let them speak. The persons in charge of the movie, decided that the Bee Gees, and Peter Frampton, didn't have enough acting experience. I feel that they made the wrong decision with that choice, because most movie goers also like to have some kind of dialogue, in musical movies. Kind of like, when the Grease movie came out, which was totally cool because there was dialogue, as well as singing, so that it didn't end up being a lame movie, like Sgt Pepper's - Bee Gee version, turned out to be.

Did you like this movie or hate it? I was luke warm when I saw it, so I would have to say that I liked it, and hated it, at the same time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


The song 'Imagine', sang by John Lennon, is a favorite song of mine because it is a song about living in a peaceful world, without wars, and nothing else to fight about.
It is also a song, which helps to make me feel a calmness inside, whenever I sit down and listen to it.

Do you believe that the world will ever be peaceful?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sister Golden Hair

When the band 'America' became popular in the mid to late 70's, I liked 4 or 5 of their songs. I felt like I could relate to the song "Sister Golden Hair", because of my blond hair. Keeping in mind that I was 14 going on 15, at the time that this song was being played on the radio.
I hope that their are more people out there, who just plain liked this song, even if it didn't have anything to do with the color of their hair.

What is your favorite song from this band?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Maggie May

This is my favorite song, from Rod Stewart. I think that it is a very cool classic, because I never get tired of hearing it. It never loses its meaning, and the music is timeless.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Theme Song For The True Party Animals

This song is definitely a theme song, for the true Party animals, of the world, which was a hit in the mid 70's, from a band named, Boston.
There were a couple of popular partying places, in my home town, where a small town girl could go to hang out, and drink alcohol, because some of her friends turned 18, a few years before she did, and could buy it for her.
Anyways, enough said, now enjoy the video.

Are you a true party animal?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pop Muzik Was The Beginning Of The Wave 80's Sound

I liked this song, when I first heard it, because it was different from the usual 70's sounding songs. Robin Scott (British), wrote this song as a summing up, of the different styles of pop music, from over a few decades, which were the 50's, 60's, & 70's.
It was, in my opinion, the beginning of the New Wave sound, which stood out more, during the 80's, with mostly European bands, on the American billboard charts, although there were also a few American bands, who sounded retro, which was a lot like the New Wave sound from the UK.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One Of My Favorite Heart Songs

I remember when I first heard this song, I was going through some emotional things, which involved, not getting along very well, with my mom.
I know that when daughters hit a certain age, they will try to assert their independence, toward their mom or their dad, which in my case ended up being toward my mom, because my dad had not been a part of my life, at that time, since he had decided that it would be better for him to move to another state, where a lot of his family lived, back when I was 4 years old.
This song was comforting to me, whenever I heard it play, and I am sure that it had a hand, in helping me to realize, that I would probably be better off, if I lived somewhere else, say a different state maybe, when I turned 18, in about a few years ......

Were you a fan of the band Heart? If so, what was your favorite song, or songs from them?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

This song was one of Sugar Loaf's top 10 hits. It rose to #9, on the U.S. billboard charts, in 1975.
When I was a teenager, I looked forward to Sundays, because that was when, Casey Kasem's top 40, would air, on our local A.M. radio station, WPDM, which finally acquired an F.M. station, about a year or two, before I went into the Army, and left my home town, for good.
I can't remember, what year it was, when my older brother won the contest from that radio station, where the prize was the top 40 show, which was on a double record album. I use to play it, when he was working at the library, unknown to him, until now.
Incidentally, I am not lucky. I never win anything of significance. Oh well, no matter. I am lucky in love, although I had to wait for it. Yes, good things come to those who wait, or who learn the hard way, like I did. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.
Sometimes, I would have 3 or 4, of my friends at my house, when the top 100, would be on the radio, and we would try to guess, what that weeks #1 song would be. The rule being that you had to guess it, before it got below a certain number.
This video is from a rock show, which consisted of band members from the 70's, who are singing, their top 10, hit songs. I was hoping to find a video, with the original band members singing it live, but unfortunately, I don't think there was a live performance, that was put on film, of that. If I am lucky enough to find it, in the future, I will definitely post it, for you to view.
Fingers crossed, everyone :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sweet Emotion

The first time that I heard this song, when it came out in 1975, I really liked it a lot. The music sounded twangy and soothing. I also thought that the lead singer, looked kind of hot, which is pretty sad, because he is something like 13 years older than me, but I didn't care about the age thing back then, so I hung up a poster of him, on my bedroom wall, along with all the other posters of, other hot looking front men, from other rock bands. I also had a few posters of actors, who I thought were hot looking at that time, which were, Willie Aames and Matt Dillon.
It took me a while to find this full length live video from 1978, so I hope that you will take the time to watch it. I did notice, however, that Steven Tyler, was a bit out of it here and there, but I do understand, that he was dabbling in some killer drugs back then, but aside from that, the song still is cool.

Where you a fan of Aerosmith back in the mid 70's, or are you a fan, from when they made a come back, in the mid 80's, with a new album, after he did the detox thing?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Listen To The Music

When I was a teen, I would set up my record player, out on our front porch, and I would play a bunch of 45's sometimes, while me and my friends, would be hanging out, at my house. This song was played quite often, because we thought that it was worth playing.
We also thought that the name of this band was cool too.

What is your favorite song, by the Doobie Brothers?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Roll With The Changes

During the time, when this song played on the radio for the first time, I was a year away from my 18th birthday, and I was trying to think of a way to escape the small town, that I was forced to live in, when I was a child, who started out, living in a city.
I decided that this song, was kind of like my theme song, for getting out of the stix, and going into the unknown, never again returning, to live in my small home town.
I now live in a city, not the same city, that I started out in, but this city is way cooler, because I live close to the beach, and the weather is mostly warm here, compared to living up north, where the weather is extremely cold, during the winter months. Cold enough, that the town built a skating rink for us, to enjoy for at least, 4 to 5 months, out of the year.
In case you are wondering, I did try to ice skate, but my ankles, weren't made for that sport, so needless to say, I was no Dorothy Hamill, but I did, however master, a cool way of coming to a stop, when I did attempt to skate. I would just head for the closest wall ......... Yeah I know, T.M.I.
It's true, blonds really do have more fun.

Did you have a particular song, that you picked as a theme song, for a crucial life changing moment, in your life? If so, then what song & why?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Making Plans For Nigel

When I first heard this song on chez (shay) 106, I really liked it a lot. So much so, that I almost named my first child Nigel, but my sensible dad (RIP) told me, that there would be, no way in hell, he would want to have a grandson named Nigel, so of course, I changed my mind, and I ended up naming him Matthew.

Needless to say my son is glad that my dad intervened. He likes the other name a lot better.

I never saw the video, for this song, until I found it on the net for this blog, so I haven't really formed any kind of opinion about it. I did however, think that the song was about a crazy person living in a mental institution. It looks like I got that right :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Blinded By The Light

When this song started playing on the radio, I would listen to it and think, what is the meaning of this song? The song made no sense to me. I wondered, what he was really singing about. Anyways, I ended up liking this song, because the music sounded cool.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light

Does anyone know, what he is singing about?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Brain Damage And the Floyd

I became a fan of Pink Floyd's, when I was 16. My best friend's sister had the album "Dark Side Of The Moon", so of course, we could only play it, when she wasn't home, and hope that, we wouldn't leave any (new) scratches on the album.
One of the songs on that album, "Brain Damage", was totally out there, but I thought that it was one of the coolest songs on that album. Even if you aren't a total fan of Pink Floyd, I hope that you will watch this video, just for the entertainment value.

Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Second Hand News. A Song Inspired By A Break Up

I was lucky enough to have the 'Rumors' album because I had gotten it as a xmas present from one of my teenage crushes, who in return, received a bottle of Harvey's Bristol Cream from me. I know, wild huh? Especially, since I was only 15 1/2, at that time, but with all that aside, I played this album a lot, and this song was one of my favorite songs on that album.

The song, "Second Hand News," was inspired by the break up of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The video footage is a bit off because it was filmed in 1978 with a camera, that is the total opposite of our digital cameras. 

Regardless of the video timing being off be sure to watch this video all the way to the end, so that you can hear what Stevie says about Lindsey. It kind of sounds like what she says is sad, but her words also have a touch of sweetness.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On The Road To Shambala

I am not, what you call, a very religious person, although I do try to live my life peacefully, like a buddhist, but when I first heard the song, 'Shambala" sang by, The Three Dog Night, it hit the right vibe with me.
First of all, it is a song about peace, second of all, these guys really sound good, when they sing together. They knew all about harmonizing, like I know, since I did like 4 years of chorus, when I was in school, starting with elementary chorus, up to my freshman year in high school. Because of the fact that I started smoking around the time, when I was a freshman, I couldn't continue staying in chorus, because I went from a soprano to an alto, and everybody knows that the altos get all the shitty parts of the songs to sing, and I was having none of that!!
I hope that you will take the time to listen to this really cool song, even if you aren't very religious, because you definitely need to check out those bell bottom pants, that the guys are wearing. I know that some of you, probably had a pair or two, of those pants to wear, even if you weren't into disco music.
Of course, there had to be bell bottoms, so that you could look cool, when you were disco dancing ... not!! I remember wearing them one time, when I was about to ride a 10 speed bike, and I had to tuck them inside my socks, and hope that they would'nt come back out, till the bike ride was over, With all that said, I have a question for you to answer in the comment section:

Were you a fan of The Three Dog Night?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Could Have Been A Lady

This song is one of April Wine's finest. I would play this record, and grab anything that sort of resembled a microphone, since I didn't have a real one, and I would start singing and dancing to it. Keeping in mind that I was a young teen at the time, when I was doing that, 13 or 14, if my mind serves me correctly. Not in 1972 though, more like 1974 or 75.

If you have been keeping up with my blogs, you probably figured out that this record, was also in with the bunch of records that my brother got from his friend, who owned a ceramic shop.

This video is a live performance, from 1972. It took me a while to find it, but here it is, in all its glory, for your viewing and listening pleasure. Be sure to watch it in HD.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Breakfast In America

The band SuperTramp, was a band that you could love or hate. I chose to love it. Their music sounded a bit orchestrated, and a little bit more theatrical, but not enough to sound like some of Queen's music. I found that to be a cool combination of those two different styles of music.
If you ever get the chance, do a search for interviews with
Roger Hodgson, I suggest that you make time to do that, if you care to find out, what the true meaning of his songs are. Sometimes, I would like to know, and sometimes, I would rather think, that my interpretation of a song, would be the truer meaning of the song.
The song 'Breakfast In America', was a song that I liked to sing along to, whenever I heard it play on the radio. I took it as being a song about a guy, who is in a relationship, with an American girl, who didn't let him have enough sex. What do you think that song was about? Leave a comment, I would love to know if any of you thought the same thing, as I did.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The rocking side of the Eagles

My oldest brother was, and still is, a big fan of the Eagles. He had friends in high school, who formed a band, which played a lot of their songs.
I have to admit, I don't like all of their songs. Some of them sound like country music, and i'm just not into that kind of music. I like songs that rock.
Rocky Mountain Way, is a song that rocks. I am sure that you will agree, when you play this video.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Live concert on tv

I remember watching this concert on tv, with my best friend Chris, at her house, when I was 16. They had one of those floor model 27 inch colored televisions that were built with wood around them, to make them look fancier, than just a plain looking smaller table top model.
And now, the flat screen tv rules, especially if it is one of those Plasm flat screen tv's, which you can hang up on the wall like a picture frame. Just look how far we have come with our television technology, within the past 30 something years.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another unscensored song from the 70's

This band may not have been from America, but they were a totally rocking Scottish band, and this song was cool, because it actually played on the radio, uncensored.
I use to listen to a Canadian FM radio station, chez (Shay) 106, I stand corrected, when I was a teenager, and that is where I heard this song play, without any bleeps, bells, or whistles.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Immigrant song totally rocked

While most of the teen age girls were listening to the softer side of rock, I was rocking out to the Immigrant song, which was on the Led Zeppelin III album. I didn't hear this song play until I was somewhere around 14 years old, but the album was released in October 5th, 1970.
Yet again, another cool 45 record, found amongst the piles and piles of 45's that my older brother, was lucky enough to receive, from that ceramic guy.
Here is a live video, which is from 1972.

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (Official Music Video).

And now for a little bit of humor for your enjoyment. I was laughing so hard when I first watched it.

I dare you to leave me a comment about this video. An Elvis impersonator doing a Led Zeppelin song .... Classic.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Everythings going to be alright now

This song is one of those songs with cool vocals and cool music. I remember when I first heard it on a 45.
My older brother was lucky enough to make friends with a local ceramics shop owner, who decided to give him a bunch of 45's, and when I say a bunch, I mean stacks and stacks.
This record was played a lot by me. I don't know about you, but I think that my generation was one of the best, when it came to 70's rock music, when compared with 60's rock music.
I hope that I am not starting a generational rock music argument here, but I stand by my thoughts about it. Yes, I know there were some note worthy rock bands in the 60's, but when the 70's rolled in, with the exception of disco, the rock music was unique, bold, and just plain rockin'.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The yellow see thru 45

I was 11 years old, when my older brother got the 45 record of the Grand Funk (Railroad) song, "Were an American band", and it wasn't your every day average looking 45, It was yellow and see threw. The original single was released on gold transparent vinyl. Tragically it didn't survive.
Today I wonder how many people actually got to own one of those yellow 45's. I am sure that more people owned the album instead. I am not completely sure what the song on the B side was, but for some reason, I keep thinking that it was, "Walk like a man", not to be confused with Frankie Valli's "Walk like a man" song. Grand funk's song was way more rocking.
I know that you will enjoy this video as much as I did, when I first watched it.

Please leave a comment, and let me know if you owned one of those yellow 45's, or if perhaps, you knew someone who did.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dirty Deeds

There was a certain coolness, which you could feel, when you were hanging out with your friends, and listening to this kind of music. This song came out in 1976, when I was going to start my freshman year of high school. I wore my hair long, and I was usually wearing a tight t-shirt and tight blue jeans. What can I say, that was the style in the 70's, especially if you hung out with the party crowd.
Here is a rare version of 'Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap' with Bon Scott. I think that he had a much better voice than Brian Johnson, who was hired to take the place of Scott, after he had died. Johnson's voice has a deeper screechier sound than Scott's voice had. I like the Bon Scott version better.
I am including both versions of this song, so that you can hear the difference
between the two of them, and then you can choose the version that you like better.

I hope that you will let me know, which version you chose, by leaving me a comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Is this song cool or what?

When the first Steve Miller Band album came out, me and my friends played it to death. When I heard the song Swing town, I was hooked. Later on I talked to another friend, who had went to a concert to see them, and he said that he ended up walking out. Apparently the Steve Miller Band only sounded good on the album.
I know that there are probably more bands out there that have the same problem, but they must have better sound guys to help them to compensate for this problem.

Anyways, the video that I chose is the recording from the studio and not a live performance, because when I listened to the live recording, it really did suck!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Am I the only one who liked this song when first heard?

I recently found this video on the net and I was like, "Oh wow, I haven't heard this song in a long time."
My family moved into the town of South Colton, when I was going on 12 years old. I made new friends, and we listened to a lot of records, while we were hanging out together. This is one of the records that I played a lot, because at that age, I found this song to be pretty cool sounding, and the guy's vocals sounded kind of cool too.
With that said, I hope that someone out there, will also be happy to hear this song again.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

At camp with my mom's side of the family

This song came on the radio when I was at the family owned camp, back on the hill, behind my grandmother's house, by the river. I was sitting outside in a lawn chair listening to the radio looking out toward the Raquette River when this cool Queen song came on the radio, and I was like WOW ... what a cool voice this guy has. It put me in a state of awe. From that point on, I have never heard a singing voice that could top Freddie Mercury's voice ... and yes, I did cry my eyes out when I heard the news that he died. I hope that you enjoy this song as much as I do whenever I hear it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Can you believe that this song wasn't censored back in 1979?

When I was still living in upstate New York, when I was 17, a song came on the radio that sounded pretty cool and about three quarters of the way through the song the lead singer, Deborah Harry, sings, "soon turned out to be a pain in the ass."
I don't know if the radio stations didn't know what she said or they played it anyways because they thought that no one would know what she had actually said.
This is the video for the song " Heart of glass"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I was a fan of the original styx band

The song 'Lady' from the band Styx was the reason that I became a fan of their music ... except for the song 'Mr. Roboto' , which was a little to whacky sounding for me to get in to it. Anyways, with all that aside, I found that the song 'lady' to be on the cool side of the scale because it was a pretty rocking sounding love song.
I was saddened by the fact that the band eventually broke up. This video is from a reunion concert that didn't keep the band together after the reunion concert was over.
The rumor is that Tommy Shaw actually broke up the band because he claimed that Styx wasn't rocking enough for him, although when he joined the band 'Damn Yankees' , that band wasn't very rocking either, so you know that he left the band because of another reason, which had something to do with Dennis De Young being the leader of the band and not Tommy. Sometimes egos do get in the way, so I am going to agree with this reason instead of the other reason for the band's break up.
I hope that you will enjoy this live version of 'Lady' because the original band members sound pretty awesome when they sing together.