The Essential Ghoul's Record Shelf
A song-by-song tour through pop music's unexpected fascination with the ghastly and supernatural.
It's uh, kinda cool, actually....
But something happened along the way to breaking up. The pair got together, sans any other auxiliary band members, to select material for a box set. "In doing this," Auer explains, "it was necessary for us to go through piles and piles of old tapes -- we didn't just want to leave it to someone else. So we basically reviewed our entire history together, from the earliest demos to the last thing we ever did, and it was pretty amazing. We had a really good time doing it; we laughed a lot. Ken and I share a kind of a sense of humor, which has gotten us together over the years."
This rekindled friendship led to an agreement to play and record an acoustic show (released on Houston Party records as "Alive Before the Iceberg"), which in turn led to a three-month acoustic "world tour" in the summer and fall of 2000.
WARNING: Geeks only need read this paragraph. Set List: It's Only Divine Right/Graceland/The End of Medicine/Use It (off the new CD, Twin Cinema)/Out from Blown Speakers/The Bleeding Heart Show (also TC)/Jackie/Mass Romantic/Sing Me Spanish Techno (TC)/The Electric Version/Testament to Youth in Verse/Star Bodies (TC)/The Laws Have Changed/Bones of an Idol (TC)/The Body Says No/Twin Cinema (TC)/Fake Headlines/All for Swinging You Around/Slow Descent into Alcoholism. Encore: Miss Teen Wordpower/Execution Day/ a scrap of Springsteen's I'm on Fire/Letter from an Occupant.
The New Pornographers played Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ last night (Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005). I wasn't there. Neither was Neko.
Gopster was there, and they reported:
bad news: kathryn is not neko.
good news: damn good album preview. they played a craplod of songs from their past two albums. ac newman still sounds like ac newman. kurt was awesome. still a great show.
Before Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian took over the production duties for the album East Side Story, Dave Edmunds recorded this version of what would become Squeeze's most famous song with co-writer and regular frontman Glenn Tilbrook on lead vocals. For some reason the band was unhappy with this simple, upbeat recording and went on to record the version that everyone knows with a lite soul arrangement and their keyboard player at the time, Paul Carack, on lead vocals with Tilbrook relegated to singing back up and a shared verse with Costello. I suspect that a lot of Squeeze's eventual commercial failure and general lack of legacy in the critical world stems from this bait-and-switch. It's never a good thing when your biggest hit sounds nothing like the rest of your catalog, especially if said hit hasn't aged very well because cheesy 80s blue eyed soul isn't exactly the hippest genre going.
He raged: “Wankers. Haven’t they got fuck-all better to do? I’d rather be out there getting pissed. I certainly wouldn’t go back after a gig and analyse it. No wonder they’re the biggest band in the world: ‘Oh Edge, the fourth guitar solo wasn’t right tonight’. ‘Oh sorry, Bono’. If that’s what people think rock’n’roll is…”
The rock world's favorite potty-mouthed siblings are at their bickering again: Liam Gallagher stormed off stage during last night's Oasis show in Italy. According to NME.com, the reasons for Liam's abrupt departure were unclear; are they ever? After Liam left during "Champagne Supernova," brother Noel took the helm and played some perennial Oasis classics like "Little by Little" and "Don't Look Back in Anger."
"I don't like the way that somebody suddenly decides that all the bands in England are going to f***kin' play and everybody jumps to attention."
Fountains of Wayne's upcoming release on Virgin Records,
Out-Of-State Plates, is now available for pre-order at
the fountainsofwayne.com official store.
Out-Of-State Plates is a specially-priced ($13.99) 2-CD
collection of non-album tracks and unreleased material
culled from the band's entire career. Included are the
brand new songs "Maureen" and "The Girl I Can't Forget",
as well as numerous covers, home demos, and other
rarities. The CD package also features extensive liner
notes written by FoW's Adam Schlesinger and Chris
Order your copy here:
All pre-orders will be automatically entered in a contest
to win signed CDs and posters from the band. Out-Of-State
Plates will be in stores June 28th, but pre-orders will
be delivered on day of release.
Click here to learn more:
Please check http://www.fountainsofwayne.com often for
upcoming shows and TV appearances in support of
Thanks for your support.
Teenage Fanclub are set to hit up the North American road this summer in support Man-Made, their latest release on Merge Records. The Scots have not ventured into North America too often in their career, last coming ashore in 2001 for a five-city tour. But with a new album comes a new tour, and here they come. Labelmates the Rosebuds will open throughout the tour.
You must listen to "Smells like Teen Spirit," "Jump," "It's my Life," and "Blackhole Sun" as only Paul Anka can do them. This record just came out and for reasons that I am sure Paul Anka did not intend, I love these songs! Just click on the link for the first song and listen to them.
Damn it! Some of these arrangements work! Try the Ankanator's cover of "Wonderwall." Man, I need a drink.
There is no "inventory". CD's are made to order and "one of a kind", not available at any store anywhere.
A Los Angeles-based power pop outfit formed by Paul Collins (ex-Nerves), the Beat recorded its self-titled debut LP after signing to Columbia Records in 1979. Despite good reviews and some regional success, the album failed to make much impact. A second attempt, 1982's The Kids Are the Same (this time credited to Paul Collins' Beat), also failed and effectively broke up the band. However, Collins returned the following year with a harder-rocking lineup including Patti Smith Group drummer Jay Dee Daugherty. Their EP, To Beat or Not to Beat, was again ignored; it proved to be the band's last recording. While it seemed that the Beat's only claim to fame would be forcing the (English) Beat to change its name in the U.S., their albums are now seen as classic examples of power pop. Paul Collins returned to a solo career into the '90s, signing to Wagon Wheel Records.
Veteran hitmakers perform and compete! Based on the popular UK show of the same name, "Hit Me Baby One More Time" tracks down hitmakers from the past and they take the stage in a new competition in which you're the judge! Former Top Ten artists return to perform their trademark hit song along with one of today's current hits. At the end of the night, the live audience votes for their favorites!
Wang Chung, The Knack, Irene Cara, Sophie B. Hawkins, Cameo, Tommy Tutone, Vanilla Ice, The Motels and more!
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- A British children's home immortalized in the Beatles hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" closed on Tuesday after 69 years of looking after Liverpool's disadvantaged youngsters.
The Salvation Army said all the children had left the Strawberry Field home and childcare provision at the Beaconsfield Road site ended today.
No decision has been made on the fate of the home or its iconic wrought iron gates that became well-known to thousands of Beatles fans after the song was released in 1967.
"A few administrative staff will stay on for the short term to wrap everything up over the next couple of months," a spokeswoman for the Christian charity told Reuters.
Lennon used to visit the home as a boy to play with childhood friends in its grounds. He modified the name to make it flow better for the song.
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