PenguinOnTheTelly

PenguinOnTheTelly

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PBS just had a special on Kinks “Village Green Preservation Society”. Maybe 50th Anniversary? Had a song by song breakdown. Great takeaway was how someone said Ray could make you nostalgic for things that probably didn’t happen. Bad side was Dave looked 100 years old and Ray seemed to have trouble talking. Still a great view.
Just gave a listen. Some might hear “racist” sounds, but it could be twisted to crown the Big Bopper as the first human beatbox.
Wow.....Lords didn’t make the Bonus Beats. Here it is.....hopefully https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNUteXmBiG8
“Like A Virgin” , this one led to one of my most unusual nights, musically and otherwise. Tina, from the travel agency next door, stops in one afternoon, summer of ‘85. She knows I have the world’s greatest ticket scalper and wants to see Madonna in a few weeks. Sure, I ask how many tickets and she says “just one”. That wasn’t right, so I said I’d tag along. Concert night comes along and Tina shows up all ready. She was dressed in her best Madonna gear. I was not. Managed to get 5th row floor. Surprised to see an older crowd than I expected. Not many “ tweens” (if that was a term then), no pre-show screaming. Ready for the opening act. So three guys come out with just mics and a dj. It seems they are the Beastie Boys, since they said it about 30 times in the first 5 minutes. Jumping around and flailing their arms, looking like the Bowery Boys (look it up) on crack. But after about 5 minutes, problems started. Mics and music were cutting on and off. Don’t think one guys mic worked at all. But they seemed blissfully unaware. Until the booing started. Sound guys started to come out, changing mics. Worked for a couple of minutes, then more dropouts. More booing. Then the house lights came on. They continued for a minute, then left the stage to sarcastic applause. So we had the Beastie Boys, booed off the stage, after less than 15 minutes. Though not their fault at all. Guaranteed that no one in the arena would have predicted their future! Was worried for Madonna. No worries needed. No sound problems. Nice, tight, professional show. Was shocked at all the songs she did that I knew. I think the only one I didn’t know was “Into The Groove”. That would change. She played the crowd, changed outfits in record time, didn’t miss a beat. You knew you were seeing a superstar. Not much screaming, cause everyone was singing along. “Like A Virgin” was near the end, almost exactly like the VMA performance. I think “Material Girl” was the encore. After the show, I told Tina the night was not over. My scalper tipped me that this same night a local “underground/punk” club was hosting Lords of The New Church. Can’t pass a chance to see kind of a punk supergroup with Stiv Bators. Wasn’t familiar with their music, but always open to different styles. Surprisingly, only a bit more than half full. About 15 minutes in, Tina turned and said, “There sure are a lot of lesbians here”. Sure enough a lot of the dance floor was girls making out and feeling each other up. I was, and to this day, am still perplexed by this. If that wasn’t weird enough, a bit later a song started that I actually knew. They were actually playing “Like A Virgin”. I don’t know if they knew Madonna was in town, and looked around to see if she was there. Don’t know. So I’m in a punk club, watching lesbians dance to Lords of The New Church singing “Like A Virgin”. And that’s the first and last time that sentence will ever be typed. Wonder if there will be a Bonus Beats? It was a truly unique musical night. As we headed down the highway home, Tina said “That full moon is really bright”. I glanced up and it was........then it started moving. Good thing it was close to 1am as I hit the brakes. The few other cars out were pulled on the shoulders and people were out watching this thing move around in the sky. There was lots of yelling and “Are you seeing this?” It was moving up and down, left and right. Then 5 or 6 smaller lights seemed to come out of it and started bobbing and weaving around. Tina asked what it was. I said “I don’t know, but if I start hearing “Like A Virgin” coming out of the sky, I’m jumping the guard rail right into the river”. She said “Just leave me the car keys”. Then it just blinked out. Not sped off. Just gone. The whole thing lasted a bit over 5 minutes. Everyone got back in their cars and took off. No cel phones, no cameras, no viral videos. The next day, I watched every newscast and bought every local paper. Not one story. But we knew what we saw, and it was still a contest if that was the weirdest thing that happened that night.
What about that Paul Anka cover of “Mr. Brightside”?
Could also be the Pulp Fiction of poop music.......Uh oh, a light bulb just went off over “M”’s head.......Talk about....
But then he did trade Bubbles the Chimp for Webster.
Some quick research shows at this time General Hospital reaching about 15 million households. So, at a minimum 22 million viewers. Then add in college campuses. Compare to today’s prime time shows which are a “hit” at 10 million.
One day, something’s gonna come out of the ground under those Tesla coils, probably during Abracadabra.
I’m guessing this is another song white people wont be allowed to sing. Betting there won’t be a Pat Boone cover version.
And for enough money, I will translate any Number One song into Klingon. Free sample - “The Hustle” - “Hlja’ hustle”
On a sad note, RIP to Benny Mardones, who elicited quite a discussion here recently. Gotta give the guy points for once trying to scalp a Roy Orbison concert ticket to Roy Orbison. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/night-singer-benny-mardones-dies-151112546.html
Congrats to Bowie for giving the word “interesting” a new definition - “you racist pile of shit”.
Honestly, with “Truly”, “Still”, “Lady”, Lionel is the master of slow songs too slow to slow dance to. Like trying to slow dance to “Taps”.
“Hold on to 16 as long as you can”.....Geez, all this time I thought it was “60”. Uh oh.
Or as my dad always called him....Perry Coma. On our Sunday dinners at the local Italian restaurant, every time one of his songs came on the jukebox, he would throw his head back and start snoring. Me and my brother would laugh our asses of and my mother wanted to die. Do they still have Italian restaurants?
You know how bad music has become when you start getting nostalgic for songs and bands you never liked in the first place.
Found a cool mix of 50 of these virtual hits in 3 minutes. https://youtu.be/8BdfGD5ZiiA
Every now and then, Donnie Iris would stop into the club I worked at back in the day. The first time, I wrestled with playing “Ah Leah!” and decided it would be kinda creepy. Then Donnie came up and requested it which somehow was even creepier. Then I watched him dance to it which doesn’t have a corresponding word. The end.
I don’t know how easily available the information is, but just as Tom and the crew here teach with the info of songwriters, session players, etc., we should also get into the makers of the videos. Whose idea, writers, directors. Especially at this virtual time. Interesting topic would be if a song like “Physical” would have been Number 1 and for 10 weeks if not for the video.? Did this video and Foreigners pretty basic one keep them from reaching the top spot?