All-Star Jam

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Aug 242008

Say anything you want. Follow where your mind goes.

I love this song! Sue me.

I’m Gerry Todd and I approved this All-Star Jam.


  23 Responses to “All-Star Jam”

  1. BigSteve

    I like the song too, but one of my pet peeves is when vocalists over-gesturize their performances. Pointing to your chest when you sing heart, pointing to your head when you sing mind, making a line down your cheeks with your fingertips when you sing about tears – I always think it looks really stupid.

    Also, I am so sure that was a marimba on that track. I guess it looks better than a synthesizer in a video.

  2. There was always just something a little too melodramatic about The Furs. Isn’t she pretty in pink? Plus, Meatmen mockery aside, his voice allowed me to stick him in a musical ghetto with Peter Murphy and Leonard Cohen. Then again I was huge into Echo & The Bunnymen, so there’s some hidden logic to my bigotry. Rock Of The 80s made it possible.

    Anyway, that’s where things remained until maybe 5 years ago. I just realized The Fixx was good, so maybe I’ll get to the Furs, maybe I won’t.

  3. sammymaudlin

    I would take, and have actually, the Furs over Echo and the Buttymen and/or The FIXX.

  4. I’ve always liked this song and probably what does it for me is Flo and Eddie’s backing vocals.

  5. i love this song.
    the video?…i don”t know.
    great song though, great band.

  6. Some day I need to examine why Richard Butler stops just short of annoying the crap out of me when so many other singers from that era did. Psychedelic Furs always seemed more comfortably art-punk yet within a pop context than a lot of their contemporaries.

  7. sammymaudlin

    Why does Dylan affect that Roger Ramjet voice on Lay Lady Lay?

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    In case you’ve always wondered what a Daryl Hall/Nick Lowe duet would sound like:

    (See June 15 episode)

  9. sammymaudlin

    Nick Lowe! I was wondering why Dick Van Dyke was singing Cruel To Be Kind. Nick Lowe makes more sense.

  10. hrrundivbakshi


    Hey, Geo — I was listening to NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” as I tooled around town over the weekend. One of the wags on the show was goofing on a Canadian commercial that featured puffins; then they went to a break. The transition music was a song about puffins, and by *God* it sounded just like the girlie from the Knife & Fork Band. Was it?

    Your pal,


  11. hrrundivbakshi


    The tale of “Happy Birthday to You”

    The song, “Happy Birthday to You” is copyright protected until at least 2030.

    The song “Happy Birthday to You” is an example of just how interesting the world of licensing is. Think about this song — it is only 6 notes. Yet it is one of the best known songs in the world. It was written in 1893 by Mildred and Patty Hill and first published with the words, “Good morning to you”.

    The words “Happy Birthday to You” were first seen in print in 1924, although the author is unknown. Copyright was registered in 1934 in a court case involving a musical called “As Thousands Cheer” by Irving Berlin. The Clayton F. Summy Company became the song’s publisher in 1935. Through a series of purchases and acquisitions, the song now belongs to AOL Time Warner. ASCAP represents the song for public performance licensing.

    The copyright to “Happy Birthday to You” should have expired in 1991, but the Copyright Act of 1976 extended it, and the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 extended it again, so the song is protected until 2030 at least.

    “Happy Birthday to You” brings in about $2 million per year in licensing fees according to this article. If you ever hear the song in a movie, TV show or commercial, a licensing fee has been paid. Any manufacturer making a toy that plays the song pays a licensing fee. The manufacturer of any musical card playing the song pays a licensing fee. And so on… This 6-note song is big business!

  12. hey for those few of you who can leave no Brian Wilson/Beach Boys stone unturned (like myself):

  13. hrrundivbakshi


    Tales of “broken promises and outright lies” follow secretive cult leader “Mister Mod”

    Hey, Mod — don’t make paste the rest of this article; it’d be pretty embarrassing for you.

  14. I lost a lot of time and effort in the Hear Factor Scandal. Apparently there was no truth in any of it from the first.

  15. hrrundivbakshi


    At first I was a bit underwhelmed, sensing an overdose of “legendary”-ness forthcoming in ‘tude and delivery. Boy, was I wrong. Once the band warmed up a bit, what I saw was four old dudes who really love playing together, all respect one another, and who know how to f*cking BRING IT.

    Eddie Floyd, for his part, got to show the audience how a real showman works the crowd… and played “Big Bird,” for crying out loud — shit!

    By the end of the show, I was so jazzed I did something I never do — I wedged my way up front to the stage, and gazed at the band like some kind of pathetic schoolboy… and I got to shake “Duck” Dunn’s hand!

    Bottom line, insta-review stylee: if these guys come to your town, go see ’em!

    p.s.: why doesn’t “Time Is Tight” get the respect it deserves? That song is a genuine American symphony!

  16. diskojoe

    HBV, Booker T. & The M.G.’s actually came to my town for a blues festival nearly 10 yrs. ago & they were great. I also got Booker, Steve & Duck to autograph my box set booklet.
    Mad props to “Time Is Tight”.

    Speaking o’ Stax has anyone heard the new Steve Cropper/Felix Calvalere (sic) album?

  17. dbuskirk

    “why doesn’t “Time Is Tight” get the respect it deserves? That song is a genuine American symphony!”

    Amen! Perhaps the death of instrumental pop music has led to such a cultural blind-spot. I’ve played Booker T. & The MGs DJing live though and crowds always get it.

    I once had an early twenty-something kid walk into the 700 Club while I was playing “Time Is Tight”. He walked up later and asked about it. When I told him what it was he replied “That’s the way it’s supposed to sound when you walk into a bar!”

  18. Who’s playing drums for the M.G.s these days? Keltner?

  19. hrrundivbakshi

    Some overplaying monster drummer who’s apparently Al Jackson’s cousin. I was okay with the guy, mad-oughts-chops notwithstanding, until he lost the funky groove in Floyd’s “Raise Your Hand.” That shit doesn’t need updating!

  20. BigSteve

    I bought that Cropper/Cavaliere album on a whim, but I haven’t listened to it yet, because I thought it would be a good opportunity to try my hand at one of those insta-reviews. Maybe I need to hop to it.

  21. Attention Prock enthusiasts: I’ve received word that Glen Campbell will be playing on The Tonight Show this evening, and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Jason Falkner will be part of his backing band. This is said to be the closest we’ll ever get to a Jellyfish reunion.

All-Star Jam

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Jan 232007

All-Star Jam. Do your thang.


  7 Responses to “All-Star Jam”

  1. Haven’t seen so many confused dancers since I saw H.R. beak into a reggae song and people tried gamely to slamdance to it.

  2. Mr. Moderator

    Haven’t seen so many confused dancers since I saw H.R. beak into a reggae song and people tried gamely to slamdance to it.

    The awkward dancing is befitting the 8th Grade School Dance vibe that newcomers and veterans of this new site’s predecessor face, no? As some of you know, the Rock Town Hall where we’re presently gathered is an outgrowth of a private list of the same name. The private group had certain capabilities that we’d grown accustomed to and found useful. Some we’ve carried over here, some not. We’ve got new tricks available to us here, and it’s a matter of learning how they can work for us.

    With the doors thrown open to You, The People, I suspect that some of the backroom conspiratists among the veteran private list members are living in fear…fear of what, in most cases, is beyond me. But that’s cool. You’re here, and that’s what matters.

    Come dancing!

  3. hrrundivbakshi

    Never mind all that, Mr. Moderator! What matters is the incredibly cool “this is a piano” sign Pete Quaife has helpfully hung across the front of his bass. Without that, I would’ve assumed the band was lip-synch’ing… and you know how I feel about that!

  4. Mr. Moderator

    Thanks for clarifying. I was wondering what was going on with that bass of his. I kept thinking it was cut into the shape of a state or something.

    I just posted something at the top of the front page that might ring a bell, my Townsman friend in DC.

  5. hrrundivbakshi

    You mean my man Rory in the banner headline? Most excellent! Still, he makes the geeze-ometer for this site of yours tip even further into the red. Trust me, The Kidz have no clue who Mr. Gallagher was — which is a sad thing. Apart from his music, which I admit is of a definite early 70s blooz-rock stripe long out of fashion, he really did embody a very DIY, bloke-ist, almost punk ‘tude about playing and touring that The Kidz ought to respeck.

  6. Mr. Moderator

    No, I don’t mean Rory, although he’s up there as a clear shout out to you. Remember him on days when I’m duking it out with you. I’m talking about the DIY, bloke-ist mp3 I posted.

    Teach The Kidz well regarding Rory, why don’t you? You KNOW what I’m talking about.

  7. Mr. Moderator

    Re: Johnny Marr Poll
    Interesting vote added to today’s Poll regarding Johnny Marr. This was posted from a “guest,” meaning someone who is not yet registered and is unable to comment until that time, but check it out:

    Your sarcasm in regards to anything Smiths-related isn’t appreciated; the man was guitar god; an eight-armed James Honeyman Scott and it’s too bad that you can’t see it.

    I look forward to the day this person registers and is prepared to further explain this statement and, perhaps, educate me and others who’d been happy to chime in on the sarcastic tone of the poll. Become a Townsman or Townswoman, I say!

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