Saturday, October 30, 2010

Heavy Manners: Politics & Pleasure

Heavy Manners: Have you heard of this band?  They were a Chicago group.  On Disturbing Records label, this record came out in 1982.  It was recorded up at Red Label Recording Co., up in Winnetka, IL.  The members were Kate Fagan, Frankie Hill, Mitch Kohlhagen, Shel Lustig, and Jim Robinson.  I was at a party last weekend and a great guy - Jack - walked into the kitchen with a tall stack of records for me!  This was in the pile and Jack told me a bit about the band.  Thanks Jack!  Apparently - these guys were Chicago's first Ska band.  I found another blog and this was posted about this band:  "Throughout the early 80's Heavy Manners built a huge cult following in Chicago and the Midwest opening shows for a who's who of 80's bands including The English Beat, The Clash, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, The Ramones, The Go Gos, Grace Jones and Peter Tosh among others. The band's live shows were so legendary, that a gig they played with Tosh during a sold out show at Chicago's famed Aragon Ballroom nearly changed their fortunes. The reggae superstar was so impressed by their live performance and the quality of the band's songwriting that he offered to produce a recording session with them. Studio sessions were soon set up in Chicago and Tosh flew in from Jamaica to produce along with his guitarist Donald Kinsey and his engineer Dennis Thompson."  For more see:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Three Dog Night: Featured Artist on Liner Notes

The music of Three Dog Night is featured today on Radio Dave's Liner Notes radio show.  Radio Dave is a great friend (hey - he gives me old records!) and his weekly show is broadcast live on WSLR, LPFM 96.5, "Sarasota’s Community Radio Station."  To listen on your computer, the station recommends the WinAmp player, download free  So I am posting two Three Dog Night records today.  Above is either Cyan or ________ (a litte help please).  And below is It Ain't Easy, from 1970.

From WSLR's home page, Dave tells us...Three Dog Night had 22 Billboard Charted hits between 1969 and 1975 as one of the top superstar acts of that time period, and you’ll hear them all on the Roctober 27 edition of Liner Notes with Radio Dave. 11AM to 1PM (EST) on WSLR-LPFM.  In addition to Three Dog Night’s complete hit discography, Radio Dave also will tell the seldom heard tales behind the music as he does on every “Liner Notes” program.  For instance, there is the Three Dog Night connection with the hit television cartoon show, The Flintstones, and then how the Three Dog Night recycled a depression-era hit originally recorded in 1933 by famed big band leader Ted Lewis and turned it into a rock and roll classic as their first Top 30 hit in 1969…..Radio Dave dug deep into his “groove yard” (which has more 33s, 45s, 78s, wax cylinders, CDs, and MP3 downloads than you do) so you can hear that original version along with the Three Dog Night re-make. And of course, while most everyone knows how Three Dog Night got their name, there is a little known story behind that story because of the Three Dog Night’s special connection with the Beach Boys…..tune in to find out all about that……and much, much more!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Darkness on the Edge of Town: Guest Post by Doug McCoy - a Boss Superfan!

Guest Post by Doug McCoy:  How do you follow a monumental, career-changing album like Born to Run? With one of the most powerful albums of all time: Darkness on the Edge of Town.  A gritty reality check about the real lives and experiences of working class Americans, Darkness is a vivid and emotional exploration of the human experience and the darker side of American working class reality. The songs are of a common theme, arranged in a meaningful order for a unique and powerful cultural message. This is  not an album to pick apart on iTunes and experience one song at a time out of context. To understand the title track, start over in the Badlands and make your way to the Darkness that is on the Edge of Town.  In the wake of BTR, this was a return to [and continuation of] what Springsteen does best. The ultimate musical story teller.  BTR was an anthem of hope and love, here Bruce paints a portrait of blue collar/working class America at the end of the industrial revolution. The legacy of Darkness may be the fact that the three most popular Springsteen concert "anthems" which have become the mainstays of every Springsteen concert come from this album: Badlands, The Promised Land, and Prove it All Night.  The secondary theme here, is the one thing in our American history that is always connected with the blue collar/working class man: the of owing and driving an American-made automobile and the connection that man has with his car.

Blogger's Note.  Thanks Doug - a great (and passionate!) job.  I expected nothing less from you.  I picked this record and asked Doug to guest post because "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town" will be on HBO next month.  It is a 90-minute documentary that is part of the three-CD, three-DVD reissue of Springsteen’s classic 1978 album, which comes out November 16, 2010.