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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2006|05:17 am]
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It is a common misconception that Tainted Love was originally done by Soft Cell. However, it was done by Gloria Jones in 1964.

On a related note, Blondie did not do "I Touch Myself". The Divinyls released that in 1991.
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wake up, music_facts! [Mar. 29th, 2006|02:46 pm]
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- The piano Neil Young played on After the Goldrush was later purchased by Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett and used on the album Daisies of the Galaxy.
- Young's hobbies include collecting model trains (he has an extensive "train barn" on his Northern California ranch), collecting and restoring classic automobiles, and attending San Jose Sharks ice hockey games with his son, Ben Young.
- Young's full birth name is reportedly Neil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young. In the opening of the documentary Year of the Horse, Young identifies himself as Neil Percival Young.
- Young owns a 101-foot wooden schooner, built in 1913, the W.N. Ragland, which he named after his grandfather, Bill Ragland.
- Police knocked out one of Young's teeth in the aftermath of one of the notorious Sunset Strip riots of 1967. Comparison of modern concert footage with Buffalo Springfield (the band Young started out in) footage shows that Young has had extensive dental work in the intervening years. In an interview for Jerry Hopkins' book The Rock Story in 1970, Buffalo Springfield manager Dick Davis stated that the beating sent Young to the UCLA neuropsychiatric hospital for some time for tests. He believed that Young's epilepsy was at least partly an outcome of police battery.
- When filming the motion picture The Last Waltz, Young appeared on stage with one nostril clearly filled with cocaine. Bandleader Robbie Robertson later had to pay several thousand dollars for the cocaine to be Rotoscoped out of the film, lest rock audiences be "offended." Robertson called it "the most expensive cocaine I've ever bought." When asked about the incident many years later, Young replied, "I'm not proud of that."
- Young's tour buses operate on biodiesel. He also owns a Hummer that has been modified to operate on the alternative fuel. Said Young about the latter vehicle in the 2005 Time article, "I love it when people yell at me that about the environment... and then I tell them that I'm burning 90% cleaner than them."
- Young wrote the song "Ohio" after David Crosby gave him the Life magazine cover with pictures from the infamous Kent State shootings in 1970.
- He wrote his song "Campaigner" (originally called "Requiem for a President") after sitting on a hotel bed with his (then) young son Zeke watching the news and seeing an emergency bulletin about Pat Nixon who had suffered a stroke. The sight of a sad and beaten Richard Nixon tearily moving through the hospital's revolving doors inspired Young to write the song.

Writer - filmography
- Greendale (2003)
- Solo Trans (1984) (V)
Director - filmography
- Greendale (2003) (as Bernard Shakey)
- Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) (as Bernard Shakey)
- Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
- Journey Through the Past (1974) (as Bernard Shakey)
Actor - filmography
- "Saturday Night Live"
- Episode #31.9 (2005) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #25.18 (2000) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #18.8 (1992) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #15.1 (1989) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Greendale (2003) (as Bernard Shakey) .... Wayne Newton
- Love at Large (1990) .... Rick
- Weld (1990) .... Neil Young
- Freedom (1989) .... Neil Young
- '68 (1988) .... Westy(motorcycle shop
- Made in Heaven (1987) .... Truck driver
- Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) .... Lionel Switch
- "This Is Tom Jones"
- Episode #2.4 (1969) TV Episode
- "Mannix"
- Warning: Live Blueberries (1967) TV Episode (as The Buffalo Springfield)

Sources: Wikipedia (which has a great article on him) and IMDb
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Rolling Stones Rice Krispy commercial [Mar. 13th, 2006|07:53 am]
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[Feeling |hungryhungry]
[Listening to |Big Mama Thornton - Ball 'N' Chain]

Just to remind you that commercialism is nothing new, or else to make you smile, or rock you out for the beginning of the week, or provide a soundtrack to your good breakfast, or to make you scratch your head and go "WTF??," here is a 1964 commercial for Rice Krispies. Recognize the music? You probably do. It's the Rolling Stones, doing a respectable Blues jam that extolls the virtues of Snap, Crackle, and Pop.
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March 12 [Mar. 12th, 2006|09:29 am]
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Today marks the seventh anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin's death.

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XD Irony, much? [Mar. 12th, 2006|01:15 am]
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The first music video played on MTV was Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles.

(source: radio, this morning.)
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(no subject) [Mar. 10th, 2006|03:15 pm]
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[Feeling |disappointeddisappointed]

In 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center released a list of the fifteen "filthiest" songs of modern pop and rock. Here's the "Filthy Fifteen." You can click on each song title for lyrics, except #4, which is difficult to find since Vanity has since been born again into Christian evangelism and renounced her old ways.

Song title
Lyrical content

Darling Nikki
Sex / Masturbation

Sheena Easton
Sugar Walls
[note: this song is pretty effing awesome]

Judas Priest
Eat Me Alive

Strap on Robbie Baby [couldn't find the lyrics]

Mötley Crüe

Let Me Put My Love into You

Twisted Sister
We're Not Gonna Take It
[note: yeah...the lyrics to this one are SOOO explicit!]

Dress You Up

Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)

Def Leppard
High 'n Dry
Drug and Alcohol Use

Mercyful Fate
Into the Coven

Black Sabbath
Drug and Alcohol Use

Mary Jane Girls
In My House


Cyndi Lauper
She Bop
Sex / Masturbation

An interesting article, with blurbs about each song, can be found here.

Source for the list: Wikpedia
Lyrics sources: various
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(no subject) [Mar. 3rd, 2006|06:57 pm]
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Brian Eno composed the original Windows 95 start-up sound. It can be found in Quicktime format here.

Some other facts about the composer/producer/former Roxy Music member.Collapse )
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Today in history [Mar. 1st, 2006|03:52 pm]
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[Listening to |"Miracle Drug" - A.C. Newman]

• Frederic Chopin - 1810
• Glenn Miller (of the Glenn Miller Orchestra) - 1904
• Jerry Fisher (of Blood, Sweat, and Tears) - 1942
• Roger Daltrey (of The Who fame) - 1944
• Bill Leen (of Gin Blossoms! yay for catchy 90s rock!) - 1962

• Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed - 1968
• Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium - 1969
• Charles Manson's album "Lie" is released - 1970
• George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November - 1974
• 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win - 1975
• Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1 - 1975
• Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit MI - 1980
• Julianne Phillips & Bruce Springsteen divorce - 1989
• 36th Grammy Awards: I Will Always Love You, Toni Braxton win - 1994
• 37th Grammy Awards: All I Want to Do, Streets of Philadelphia, Sheryl Crow - 1995
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"Close your eyes and floor it." [Feb. 22nd, 2006|07:34 pm]
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Bob Stinson's funeral was eleven years ago today.
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(no subject) [Feb. 21st, 2006|09:02 am]
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despite being a genetically recessive trait, all four members of the rock band u2 have blue eyes.
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Highway 61 [Feb. 20th, 2006|12:49 pm]
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In reference to a question in the last post: What is so legendary about Highway 61?

Well, apart from obviously being in the title of one of the best albums of all time and one of the best songs of all time (Highway 61 Revisited)...

Blues singer Bessie Smith died in an automobile accident on Highway 61.

Ike Turner's "Delta Cats" drove up Highway 61 to Memphis to record "Rocket 88", one of the first rock and roll records.

Elvis Presley grew up in housing projects along it.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot in a motel on Highway 61.

Bob Dylan was born along a stretch of Highway 61, in Duluth, Minnesota.

Also, the junction of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi is designated as the famous crossroads where — according to legend — Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues.
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Bob Dylan... of course [Feb. 20th, 2006|09:08 am]
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[Listening to |The Zombies - Leave Me Be]

In Bob Dylan's masterpiece, Chronicles, Vol.1, the first part of his autobiography, he entertains Bono, lead singer of U2 as a house-guest. In the course of conversation, Bob suggests a road trip Bono should go on. Up an un-named road from Alexandria "along the river up through Winona, Lake City, Frontenac."

As it turns out, this road is none other than the legendary Highway 61.

Source: New York Times
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2006|01:56 pm]
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[Listening to |"This Must Be the Place" - Talking Heads]

Talking Heads' trademark song "Psycho Killer" was inspired by a phrase used by lead singer David Byrne's art school* friend Barbara Conway. She used the phrase "psycho killer" to describe things she thought were cool. Conway was murdered by a female stalker in the 1980s.

*Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970s along with fellow Talking Heads Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, and Chris Frantz but dropped out after one year.

Source: IMDb
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To begin... [Feb. 16th, 2006|04:45 pm]
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