Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cries and Whimpers

A couple of interesting and/or alarming social and cultural notes for a Tuesday.

1. I did a phone interview last week with the producers of what looks like a really interesting (and long overdue, obviously) documentary on power pop gods Big Star.

The particular subject under discussion was the band's legendary performance at the notorious Rock Writers of the World convention in Memphis in early 1973, which I attended despite having been a professional rock critic for approximately four days at that point.

In any case, here's the official website for the documentary; if you putter about over there, you can probably find the review I wrote of Big Star's Radio City for The Magazine Formerly Known as Stereo Review back in the day.

And here's an early trailer.

2. A few days after posting the second of the restored videos by my 70s garage band The Weasels, I received the following e-mail from a young woman in the former USSR. And I swear this is not a joke.
hello Steve!
my name is Angelina, im from Kiev, Ukraine
just saw your blog - http://powerpop.blogspot.com/ and a band named The Weasels wanted to ask if there is a possibility to download their album somewhere?
i really like them, but i have only two songs and that makes me sad please write me back if you have a chance
thank you very much,
Needless to say, I immediately burned and dispatched three Weasels CDs to Angelina's home address. And I can't tell you how hilarious I find it that the alleged music my now geriatric friends and I made for our own amusement in a basement in Teaneck when we were kids will now be listened to by a 20-something in the Ukraine, i.e. a land where my ancestors spent a lot of time trying not to raped by Cossacks.

3. Thanks to real world concerns -- dealing with an ailing mom, a Paris vacation with a certain shady dame, and the whole holiday hoohah upcoming -- it's now obvious that The Floor Models reissue project I've been bugging you about all year will not, realistically, see the light of day until early in 2012.

In the meantime, here's a cut that won't be on the album -- a recently re-discovered four-track home demo (perhaps our earliest, circa 1981) of "Wheel Comes Around."

A vastly more exciting live version will kick off the forthcoming album, but this one -- produced by Beatlemania alumnus David Grahame -- has its charms, particularly the handclaps on the guitar solo.

I should also add that if you haven't been following the Floor Models saga, the entire history of the band can be accessed over at our semi-official website here.


steve simels said...

Note to Steve:

Your ongoing version of Mailer's "Advertisement for Myself" less interesting to readers than hoped.

steves said...

Great transfer from that cassette!

Don't recognize the song at all, though.

steve simels said...

Seriously? The Flo Mos used to open their sets with it for years.

steve simels said...

Steves --

Those Maxell Gold high end cassettes really lived up to their hype, that's for sure. As you can hear from the transfer, this one was in pristine shape after more than three decades of storage under less than ideal circumstances.

Gordy said...

Thanks about the head's up about the Floor Model's delayed release. And about the Big Star doc, whatever, pssht... ;-)

Speaking of, have you heard that those crazies at Oxford Dictionary have dropped "cassette tape" from it's lexicon? BOO!

steve simels said...

I'm just amazed you can still BUY a cassette tape.

Speaking of which, I went to Radio Shack a few months ago, and they still sell -- for a mere twenty bucks -- a very good portable cassette Walkman.

steves said...

"steve simels said...
Seriously? The Flo Mos used to open their sets with it for years."

As Shatner said, "At my age, memory is the second thing to go." :-)

Blue Ash Fan said...

Cool tune, Steve. Let me put it this way: had I heard this back i '81, I definitely would've wanted a copy. I probably would've requested it from my college radio station. You're right about the handclaps. They work nicely.

Great Woody Allen reference, by the way.

dave™© said...

Another trip to Gay Purr-ee?

Make sure to send me one of those postcards - you know, ze kahn men lahk!

Anonymous said...

I can see it now. A joint Weasels/Flo Mos tour, sponsored by .... AARP?