So, last night, I decided to check out some of the performances from the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions on Youtube. There wasn’t much to see. Too early. There were videos by a band called Middle Brother, however. I had not heard of these gentlemen but curiosity got the better of me and I… Continue
Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) Today I’m posting The Stampeders who put out some… Continue
For whatever reason (I think I’ve probably expounded upon this topic enough) some brilliant songs, despite their obvious brilliance, fail to become hits. Radio Vickers is out to rectify that situation, by giving these songs their day in the sun. Hopefully, people in the U.S. and the other approximately 45 countries that have tuned us in, will see the merit in some of this work and seek to monetarily reward these great artists by purchasing their musical fare. …
I was a late comer to The Fugs. I think I read something about them in a magazine. Hadn’t even really heard of them until I was in L.A. but now I was intrigued. I can remember dragging Judith to Moby Disc and to purchase Fugs albums. They were only available as Italian imports and the…
I was in the late, great Moby Disc one day, scouring the used racks an I came upon an interesting album cover. It was called “Oh Pleasant Hope” and had a sort of psychedelic, quilty cover. And it was only $1.99, so I picked it up. While I was paying for it, and the guy behind… Continue
The year is probably 1975 and I’m buying some albums out of a stack left at the MCVI radio station by Kevin G. I pick three, as I recall. A double live by Grand Funk, One Fine Morning by Lighthouse (see earlier blog) and Slade Alive. Two of these three could not have been better purchases.
When my ears got a hold of the gut blasting pop noise and Noddy Holder’s jet engine of a voice coming out of that Alive album, I was hooked. For years I’ve pestered and prodded my friends in the hopes… Continue
Rock and roll is replete with victims. One of the saddest of those maybe Harry Nilsson. So much talent. So much booze. So many cigarettes. Goodbye.
The first time I ever laid ears on those gorgeous tonsils, I was touring around Europe with my parents. Coconut was on Radio Luxembourg several… Continue
One day, many years ago, my wife called me from the car. She’d been listening to Morning Becomes Eclectic and she’d just heard a song that pricked up her ears. The song was called, “I Will Get You Back”. Judith didn’t know who it was by, but she knew that she liked what she heard. Never one to let… Continue
It’s 1975 and I have 20 dollars, so I’m in a record store. I’m in downtown Oshawa, in Starr Records. What to choose? I’m sure I must have thumbed through the available musical fare for a considerable time. In the end, I decided to purchase (the just released) Physical Graffiti and “On” by Fludd. Of the… Continue
One day, I walk into Starr records in Oshawa. I have a few bucks in my pocket and I’m in a mood for some good songs. I go up to Mike (the sometimes grumpy but very knowledgeable owner) and I ask if he’s got any recommendations. He points me to You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic. In his opinion, it… Continue
It is 1978. I’m living in a horrible little apartment next to the toxic fumes of the GM plant. It’s a pretty shitty area of town. And smelly. I have no real job and no real skills. It was a confusing and perplexing time in my life. On the plus side, my music collection is getting larger by… Continue
My father had convinced me to write to record companies in hopes that I would find employment as a record reviewer. Basically, he’s just searching desperately for anything that would get me off my teenage ass and do something. Since I already spent every available dime on big… Continue
The Murmurs – La De Da – I discovered this song on a compilation CD. In fact, I’ve discovered literally hundreds of great songs on comps over the years. And they used to practically give them away at CD stores. Some of the great comp series where Audio Networks, Certain Damage and Hits…
I hope that Radio Vickers isn’t your first introduction to this great artist. If you are well aware of Mr. Brood’s whacky musical career, then I’m sure the songs below will bring back some very pleasant memories of a special time and place. If you don’t know him any better than you know the Basset… Continue
So I’m down in Dave’s basement with Dave, the other Dave and Paul. They’re holding up this album by a band called Queen with a very dark cover. This is somewhere in 1974 or early 1975. Killer Queen is on the radio and I really like it. D., D. and P. assure me that Killer Queen is okay but sucks compared to this gatefold classic. Once again, they are right. Queen II is a great album, but side two is blisteringly good. I had a habit of falling in love with “a side” in those days. (Side… Continue
Radio Vickers is usually a sparkling musical pool where people can immerse themselves in untold joy and entertainment. It cleanseth the soul like a Nepalese spring rain. Yes, within these electronic pages, lies the music, the wisdom and the wit of the ages, all to be explored and treasured at one’s own… Continue
I’ll try not to rant and rave too much today, but Jesus people! These guys weren’t even that popular in England. (the gold standard of pop and rock and roll taste throughout the universe) City Boy is terrific, rockin’ sextet that, even in their heyday weren’t very popular. Bad, bad music… Continue
My, oh my, she was a good lookin' women in her day! But sometimes, looks aren't enough. You have to sing and dance. Ann-Margret did that. Sometimes you have to act. Ann-Margret did that also. But, as with every star (and even us writers) talent to burn isn't enough. You have to have some asshole giving you bad advice… Continue
"Lullaby for the Working Class
Spare, mellow, almost ambient alt-country band from the late 90s.
I'm almost embarrassed that I'm only discovering them now.
Some loose personnel associations with Bright Eyes.
Boogaloo Omnibus & Girlsoul have lost all their sense & invited me to blast a special birthday set of old 45s with them! With Josh Styles, an innocent bystander, on the bill, too! They call it Discophonic Walk & it’s Friday, May 24, 11PM-4AM @ The Commodore, 366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211. FREE!See More
"It's truly incredible, how his attitude seems to have changed. He PERFORMED with the remaining Monkees, something I swear he said he would never do again after the '80s. It is baffling. As for the meeting, he was so gracious and answered…"
"Harry, I was moved to buy that song based upon your post. And Anna, it is WAY cool to meet Mr. Nesmith. In all of my readings, he was very reclusive and didn't make public appearances...and damn sure didn't reaffirm his former…"
"......hey Eddie....I hope we don't crash cuz (Stan breaks into song...) "I Wanna Go Back!"......you know what I mean pal....I need the plane to "Take Me Home Tonight!" (rim shot.....tip your bartenders..)"
So Mike Nesmith. Yeah. WTF, right? Private, reclusive, mysterious for many years. A couple of years back, he got on Facebook and he posts long, winding tales about himself, his dogs, his home, his past, and a really lovely Mother's Day post last weekend. Photos go up. The whole thing. It's like he disappeared and then came back on his own terms. I didn't know how to take it. I'm a huge Monkees fan, no doubt. And, being a woman/girl of a certain age, I have a favorite and that favorite is Mike.…See More