Musical thoughts

Elton John – Funeral for a Friend

Today’s Quote: “We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.” — Stewart L. Udall

What’s on Bush’s iPod? Joe Levy, Rolling Stone deputy managing editor, notes: “One thing that’s interesting is that the president likes artists who don’t like him.” For instance, he has John Fogerty’s Centerfield but not CCR’s Fortunate Son. (Personally, I think the latter song is much better.) He has a lot of country tunes on his iPod but I’m guessing there’s no Dixie Chicks.

The Osmond Brothers could have been a quasi-kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll band if Mike Curb hadn’t been their producer. Not kick-ass like Aerosmith but definitely a few notches above their bubblegum image.

the-monkees2 Despite the rumors, The Monkees could play. In 1965, Mike Nesmith was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter and Peter Tork was folk singer and guitarist. Mickey Dolenz was an actor but could play the guitar (and eventually learned to play drums, not a great leap really). Davey Jones was a Broadway actor. Being Hollywood, they were hired as actors; any musical ability was a secondary consideration.

The original line up for the band was supposed to be Mike Nesmith on lead guitar, Dolenz on rhythm guitar, and Peter Tork on bass. Davey Jones was to be the drummer but was too short to sit behind the drum kit and still be seen, so he was put in front as the cute one.

Among those who auditioned for The Monkees were Stephen Stills, Harry Nilsson, Paul Williams, and Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night). Yeah, I could see these guys being told they couldn’t play on the albums.

I won’t even consider the Partridge Family and the Jackson Five, although I think the J5 could have really rocked without Michael. Being Michael’s backup band took them in a totally different direction. The Partridge Family reminds me that our love of pre-chewed, homogenized, pre-fabricated entertainment is not necessarily a recent phenomenon.


Author: Rick

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