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  1. They were HUGE in the 70s and 80s: Ten Top 10 albums (including 4 No. 1s) Over 400 weeks on the album charts Ten Top 10 singles (including a No. 1 with John Lennon's "Jealous Guy") Didn't they take off in the States at all? Martin =================================================== Got to be good looking 'cos he's so hard to see...
  2. We can beg to differ on the Bee Gees - I am more intrigued by what you mean by "the homophobic, racist 'Disco Sucks' movement of the 70s." I was into Punk at the time (which also had its share of right wing fascist homophobes (e.g. Skrewdriver), so a lot of that disco pap passed me by. So, what was this homophobic/racist "Disco Sucks" movement? [P.S. Without wishing to digress or contradict myself, I thought Chic were pretty good - especially "Le Freak"] Martin ============================================ Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease...
  3. Its funny, because I also thought this was going to be about The Cult! And, I guess they were a cult band. [And pretty good they were too.] From the original list, well Roxy Music were too popular (over here) to be a cult band. But I'd definitely plump for The Pixies anyway. It might be simply because, when they were around (end-80s/beginning 90s), there was very little else happening. Also, because they were a huge influence on other bands, and a spin off was The Breeders, who were also . Martin ==================================== Life is one long mystery my friend, so live o
  4. No, sorry Sammy. He wasn't laughing at anyone. It was just meant to represent me laughing because I think its funny that people think Phil Collins is a good/great drummer. Give me a drum kit and I could do better than Phil anyday - and I've never touched a drum kit in my life! I think all the really good drummers have been listed and now, when we get to Phil Collins, I feel we're just scraping the barrell a bit. The thing is, if people LIKE him as a drummer, that's fine. I have no problem with that, because it's all a matter of taste what people like. But when he is mentioned as a "gr
  5. About the ears? I thought they looked pretty cute! About the gun? - You know, - whatever. About being 27? - More spooky weirdness - I ALSO have been 27! :sleepy:
  6. 27, you say? [You don't look it from your pic! OK...Just stay indoors and lock doors and windows. Don't take any illegal substances and ...swear that you don't have a gun. And you'll be fine! =================================== There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be...
  7. Kurt swore that he didn't have a gun. It just goes to show, you can never trust a rock star to tell the truth.
  8. 27? So was Brian Jones....and - for the freaks - that was also the age that Paul McCartney supposedly died at in the "Paul Is Dead" 'mystery'. Methinks we're onto something... [...or maybe just ON something!... ::] ...Spoooooooky! ======================================== And when the cupboard's bare, I'll still find something there...
  9. Even if all recreational drugs were legalised, there's no telling what they could do to you.....a lot depends on your state of mind and your body chemistry. If you do ANY drugs, you have know that you can control it...and that's the problem! If something like acid or ecstacy gets into your brain, it can react in a variety of ways...and sometimes its good and sometimes its just not funny at all! Also, the long-term effcts of taking drugs over a prolonged period will leave you with the same number of brain cells as a mushroom! Great people who have died from drugs...I've got a feeling that
  10. There is loads of evidence to suggest Paul is dead. Just listen to all of his output since 1970! Only kidding. I love Paul. I am not aware that there are any songs on "Abbey Road" that say he's dead (but I've never played it backwards, so I wouldn't really know). "Abbey Road" was just the 'bearfoot' thing on the cover. Apparently, if you play "Revolution #9" backwards, it says "Turn me on dead man" and at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever", John Lennon says "I buried Paul" (except that, actually, he says "cranberry sauce"...although.... WHY??? The Beatles had lots of backwa
  11. My all-time favourite songs that never made the charts (or barely scaped the charts) are: "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. [Never a hit in the UK, although a US No. 1] "A Salty Dog" by Procol Harum [No. 44] "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" by The Electric Prunes [49] "Get Me To The World On Time" by The Electric Prunes [42] "Drink The Elixir" by Salad [66] "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding [46] "Temporary Secretary" - Paul McCartney [didn't chart at all; the best thing he did post-Beatles!] The are zillions of others, of course. But they're my faves
  12. Highly recommended are Muse. They have had three albums out: "Showbiz", "Origin Of Symmetry" and "Absolution" (plus also the double, "Hullabloo", but that was a collection of B-side and a live album). They are all really great albums - Some hard hitting rock, interspersed with some spine-tingling melodies. They are my favourite band of the decade (so they therefore join: The Beatles - 60s Sex Pistols - 70s Stone Roses - 80s Radiohead - 90s so you can see where I'm coming from). I was also extremely impressed with Wilco's "Yanke Hotel Foxtrot" once it grew on me. I haven't heard
  13. In addition to "Her Majesty" [The Beatles], the three shortest tracks in my collection are all by Paul McCartney. Skinflint! 1. "Oobu Joobu Part 1: (Some Folks Say Oobu)" 0:25 2. "Soggy Noodle" 0:29 3. "Oobu Joobu Part 1: Oobu Joobu Main Theme/Fun Packed Show" 0:38. [it takes longer to type the name of the track than it does to play it from start to finish!]
  14. Whether these are one hit wonders is open to debate, depending what country you're in, but here goes (from my British perspective): 60s - "96 Tears" - ? & The Mysterians 70s - "I Can't Stand The Rain" - Ann Peebles 80s - "Echo Beach" - Martha & The Muffins 90s - "A Nanny In Manhattan" - The Lilys 00s - "Soldier Girl" - Polyphonic Spree [i think they might've had one other minor hit...and the decade is still young...] My favourite no-hit wonder is Jefferson Airplane: "White Rabbit", an amazing record which was totally ignored here in the UK. Martin
  15. Good Singers: Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding Good Bands: Nirvana Pixies The Breeders Radiohead Muse Stone Roses ...many of the above as listed by other people, but avoid Yes! [Also, if anyone suggests Genesis, ignore it!] It won't do you any good at all!
  16. 1. I think, at the time, a lot of people might have thought the ending of "Hey Jude" was too long, but if you were to chop 2 minutes off it now, it would end all-too-soon. 2. If you chop 8 mins and 6 secs off "Hey Jude", it will be minus 57 seconds long! But I think you knew that!
  17. I hate it when an 'otherwise good song' is murdered by a female vocalist who thinks she can sing. The obvious examples are Whitney Houston's ear-shatteringly awful version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and Mariah Carey's painful cover of Nilsson's [well... Ham & Evans'] "Without You". There are some notes in Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" that made my dog howl. It is honestly the only record I have had to switch off the radio for for because I couldn't stand it when she (almost) hit those notes. P.S. I think the kazoo in "Crosstown Traffic" is fab!
  18. Ringo Starr was voted by his peers (other drummers) as the best drummer (behind Buddy Rich) in a poll some time ago. This was post-Beatlemania. It was based on his ability to drum in a variety of styles. I agree with this. Most of the drummers listed above can do long, boring solos (not Ringo's speciality), or just thrash around track after track. Listen to The Beatles' records and compare the drumming on the following: "Roll Over Beethoven" "Ticket To Ride" "I'm Down" "Rain" "Tomorrow Never Knows" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "A Day In The Life" "Revolution" "Mother Nature's So
  19. Artists I have actually met (and chatted to): 1. Lulu [at her Abbey Road Christmas Party in 1969] - she was really sweet 2. John something-or-other [from Mungo Jerry] [1973] - he used to bank with the Bank I used to work for. He left his car keys behind and I had to go chasing after him. 3. Steve Craddock [from Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller's backing band] [1995] - I was wearing a Beatles' T-shirt and Steve asked me if I liked The Beatles....derr . This was in a lift in a hotel in Madrid. 4. Dave Rowntree [drummer with Blur] [1996] - I was watching the (football) World Cup qualifyin
  20. Carl/Sara, Can I just say how impressed I am with the way you have dealt with this. I have never visited a site like this before where the moderators are really actively involved, actually listen to 'the people', and take the required action. So.."thank YOU". If I spot any others, I'll drop you an e-mail rather than doing it through this forum, but I have also enjoyed the experience of exchanging views about this, so the whole this has been positive. [Also thought it was funny/ironic that "Dick" got [bleeped] (in the Music Discussion about Lennon/McCartney) even though used perfectly
  21. Oh...I just realised that I didn't respond to the "Lennon/McCartney" songwriting credit. The songs on the first album ["Please Please Me", as opposed to whatever was released in the States later on] were actually credited to McCartney/Lennon. Then there seems to have been some discussion when deciding on subsequently recorded original material. They clearly saw themselves as future "Rogers & Hammerstein" and, if you look at it, "Rogers" has the same number of syllables as "Lennon" and "Hammerstein" has the same number of syllables as "McCartney". So it sounds better that way round. Ho
  22. Hi Mike, Thanks for your comments. I?m glad someone agrees with me! The whole story of The Beatles - especially the period when they were disintegrating - is a really interesting area. My take on the 'split' is that, post-touring and post-Epstein there was only ever going to be one outcome. The Beatles grew up, they formed strong relationships with their women and...well...their priorities changed. Not only that, but the evidence suggests that both Lennon and Harrison were 'savvy' enough to see that the band had run its course. McCartney hadn't realised that and wanted to keep t
  23. OK....I feel a bit of support for my views now, so I can calm down a bit! The song with the insulting comments about Yoko is under "Yesterday". It seems to come about because the song's composer [McCartney] wants the credit changed from Lennon/McCartney to McCartney/Lennon. The comment about the composer credit is relevant to the song. The attack on Yoko is completely unnecessary and unwarranted. Also, when researching "Get Back" yesterday, I noticed another nasty, pointless comment aimed in Yoko's direction: "[Yoko] is the most useless person that ever existed". Apart from being able
  24. Am I banging my head against a brick wall here? There is absolutely nothing wrong with posting opinions. My point has been in relation to the factual accuracy of the postings made, the relevance of the postings made and the personal attacks made on artists which have nothing to do with the song, per se. [see my post about the insulting comments made about Yoko Ono at the beginning of this.] All this serves to do is devalue the site and the actual facts that are posted. The note at the top of the Songfacts page for each song says: "You can leave comments about the SONG at the bottom of
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