Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: "We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!" Documentary

by Kevin Quinn, Music-News.com

After years of plugging, gigging, slogging and epitomising Malcolm Gladwell’s ’10,000 hours’ outliers’ hypothesis’ the ‘break’ happens.

A chronological origin story based ostensibly around stoic founder and ‘pragmatist’ JJ. French and the extravagant banshee Dee Snider prodigious archive footage captures the essence of the early days, the film telling the story of a band full of belief yet bedevilled by misfortune. What doesn’t kill ya …

Snider’s writing chops (plus girlfriend Suzette’s eye for ‘style’) soon became an obsession-objective to ‘obliterate French’ (‘I was maniacal, malicious … and I did it!’) and be accepted on level terms. This pseudo-fratricide driving the band on.

Despite packing in up to 5000 fans a night they were still without a deal. A major gig at the Palladium embodied their chance at last. Tragedy #1: guitarist Ojeda suffered a seizure, gig postponed. A rearranged gig attracted scant interest apart from Epic Records who demanded a private show at 11.00 a.m. only for him to leave early without covering the costs leaving the band out of pocket.

Tragedy #2: In 1981 the US drinking age changed, shutting many fans out meaning less bookings. Tragedy #3: Hamburg’s X Records signed them only for the boss to have a heart attack on the plane back. No dice.

However, ‘Oi-boy’ Gary Bushell at Sounds championed the band seeing parallels between their angry, foul-mouthed working class attitude-laden anthems and the febrile societal tension in the UK. Joe Dolce they weren’t. Signing to Martin Hooker’s UK punk label Secret Records, they recorded debut Under The Blade (produced by UFO’s Pete Way) in Britain which saw Atlantic Records sniff round then … Tragedy #4: Hooker’s business partner ran off with the finances.

Despite ‘angel on Earth’ Lemmy introducing them at festivals the band still got pelted with human excrement and peaches, Snider offering to meet the haters personally. No one took him up on it.

The memorable appearance on The Tube, helped by bringing estranged Motorheaders Lemmy and Fast Eddie on stage, saw Atlantic relent with the band going on to shift more than a million copies of 1984's Stay Hungry album. Ten years to be an overnight success.

Andrew Horn’s film is expertly made, even if you’re not a fan of the band this is an exhilarating and entertaining story of resilience, sheer hard work, devout fandom, record-label greed and (finally) the break.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall Give the Gift of Free Tuition For All Music Students at Los Angeles City College

by VVN Music

Herb Alpert has had one of the most successful careers of the last fifty years between his own hit recordings and his record label, A&M Records.

Alpert established the Herb Alpert Foundation in the mid-80's after realizing that he had been "blessed beyond his dreams" in his life and career. The foundation was established to provide funding to charitable organizations and institutions that allow young adults to reach their full potential.

On Thursday morning, it was announced that Alpert's latest grant through the foundation would be a $10.1 million donation to Los Angeles City College to allow them to provide full scholarships to all music majors at the school along with needed instruments. In attendance at the announcement were Alpert, his wife Lani Hall, Los Angeles city officials and the entire music faculty from the school.

Los Angles City College provides post-Secondary education to 40% of the area residents who go on to higher education, including three-times as many Latino and four-times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined.

Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Los Angeles City College Foundation, said "The vast majority of our students are from underserved communities and faced with enormous financial challenges as they strive to attain their academic and career goals. This generous gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation allows these talented students to focus on their studies while pursuing their individual pathways towards successful careers in the music industry."

He added "It’s the largest gift to an individual community college in the history of Southern California and it’s the second-largest gift in the history of the state."

Alpert said "LACC is a gem of an institution. The biggest motivation was helping kids who don’t have the financial energy to go to a major college. At LACC, they’ve nurtured thousands of dedicated students every year. My brother went there. My ex-partner [record producer] Lou Adler went there. I’ve visited the school. It’s alive. It’s kickin’."

 


R.E.M.'s "Out of Time" To Be Issued in 4-CD & 3-LP Editions

by VVN Music

R.E.M.'s biggest album, Out of Time, is about to get the deluxe reissue treatment on November 18 via Concord/Bicycle Music.

Released in 1991, Out of Time was one of only two studio albums from the band to top the U.S. charts (Monster did it again in 1994), also hitting number 1 in Canada, the U.K. Austria and the Netherlands. It went four-times Platinum in the U.S., five-times in Britain and two-times in Australia.

The album propelled the band from a cult-like following to international success on the success of the singles Losing My Religion (1991 / #4 / #1 Alternative / #1 Mainstream Rock) and Shiny Happy People (1991 / #10 / #3 Alternative / #8 Mainstream Rock). At the 1991 Grammys, Losing My Religion won for Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal and Music Video, Short Form while the album won for Alternative Music Performance. Losing My Religion was also nominated for Record and Song of the Year and the album for Album of the Year, losing all three major categories to Natalie Cole.

The four-CD set includes the original album on Disc 1 and nineteen demos on Disc 2. The third disc is a performance by the band on Mountain Stage while Disc 4 is a Blu-Ray with the album in Hi-Res Stereo and Hi-Res 5.1 Surround Sound along with eight music videos and an eighteen minute Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

A two-CD edition contains just discs 1 and 2 from the deluxe set while the 3-vinyl LP version has the original album and two records of demos.

All versions have liner notes by Annie Zaleski, including interviews with all four band members and producers Scott Litt and John Keane.

The track lists:

4-CD Set

Disc 1 (Out of Time)

  • Radio Song
  • Losing My Religion
  • Low
  • Near Wild Heaven
  • Endgame
  • Shiny Happy People
  • Belong
  • Half A World Away
  • Texarkana
  • Country Feedback
  • Me In Honey
Disc 2 (Out of Time Demos)
  • Losing My Religion 1 (demo)
  • Near Wild Heaven 1 (demo)
  • Shiny Happy People 1 (demo)
  • Texarkana 1 (demo)
  • Untitled Demo 2
  • Radio – Acoustic (Radio Song 1 demo)
  • Near Wild Heaven 2 (demo)
  • Shiny Happy People 2 (demo)
  • Slow Sad Rocker (Endgame demo)
  • Radio – Band (Radio Song 3 demo)
  • Losing My Religion 2 (demo)
  • Belong (demo)
  • Blackbirds (Half A World Away demo)
  • Texarkana (demo)
  • Country Feedback (demo)
  • Me On Keyboard (Me In Honey demo)
  • Low (demo)
  • 40 Sec. (40 Second Song demo)
  • Fretless 1 (demo)
Disc 3 (Live at Mountain Stage)
  • Introduction
  • World Leader Pretend
  • Radio Song
  • Fall On Me
  • It’s the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  • Half A World Away
  • Belong
  • Love Is All Around
  • Losing My Religion
  • Dallas
  • Radio Song
  • Disturbance At The Heron House
  • Low
  • Sawn Swan H
  • Pop Song 89
Disc 4 (Blu-Ray)
  • Out Of Time – Hi-Res Stereo
  • Out Of Time – Hi-Res 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Music Videos
    • Radio Song
    • Losing My Religion
    • Low
    • Near Wild Heaven 
    • Shiny Happy People
    • Belong
    • Half A World Away
    • Country Feedback
  • Time Piece (18-min EPK)

3-LP Set 

LP 1 (Out of Time)
  • Side 1 (Time Side)
    • Radio Song
    • Losing My Religion
    • Low
    • Near Wild Heaven
    • Endgame
  • Side 2 (Memory Side)
    • Shiny Happy People
    • Belong
    • Half A World Away
    • Texarkana
    • Country Feedback
    • Me In Honey
LP 2 (Out of Time Demos)
  • Side 1
    • Losing My Religion 1 (demo)
    • Near Wild Heaven 1 (demo)
    • Shiny Happy People 1 (demo)
    • Texarkana 1 (demo)
    • Untitled Demo 2
  • Side 2
    • Radio – Acoustic (Radio Song 1 demo)
    • Near Wild Heaven 2 (demo)
    • Shiny Happy People 2 (demo)
    • Slow Sad Rocker (Endgame demo)
LP 3 (Out of Time Demos)
  • Side 1
    • Radio – Band (Radio Song 3 demo)
    • Losing My Religion 2 (demo)
    • Belong (demo)
    • Blackbirds (Half A World Away demo)
    • Texarkana (demo)
  • Side 2
    • Country Feedback (demo)
    • Me On Keyboard (Me In Honey demo)
    • Low (demo)
    • 40 Sec. (40 Second Song demo)
    • Fretless 1 (demo)

Expanded Version of Otis Redding's "Dictionary of Soul" & Six-CD "Live at the Whiskey a Go Go: The Complete Recordings"

by VVN Music

Fans of Otis Redding are about to get a couple of major releases.

On October 7, Rhino will release Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul. Originally released in 1966, the album has been expanded with both mono and stereo versions of the set and bonus tracks.

Dictionary of Soul was Redding's fifth and final studio album before his death. Side 1 of the original album was cover songs of such standards as Tennessee Waltz, Sweet Lorene and Try a Little Tenderness, the Beatles' Day Tripper and Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) written by Steve Cropper and Redding.  Side two was all Redding originals except for a cover of Chuck Willis' You're Still My Baby.

The two-CD release of the album includes a mono version of the set along with five bonus tracks. Disc 2 is the album in stereo with three additional songs.

For the three-disc vinyl LP, there is one disc with the original album in mono and the other in stereo. A third 7" single contains Try a Little Tenderness and I'm Sick Y'all.

The track list:

Disc 1 (Original Album in Mono plus bonus tracks)
  • Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  • I’m Sick Y’all
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Sweet Lorene
  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • Day Tripper
  • My Lover’s Prayer
  • She Put The Hurt On Me
  • Ton Of Joy
  • You’re Still My Baby
  • Hawg For You
  • Love Have Mercy
  • Don’t Mess With Cupid (Mono) (Bonus Track)
  • Trick Or Treat (Mono) (Bonus Track)
  • Loving By The Pound (Mono) (Bonus Track)
  • You Left The Water Running (Mono) (Bonus Track)
  • Try A Little Tenderness (Take 1, Stereo) (Bonus Track)
Disc 2 (Original Album in Stereo plus bonus tracks)
  • Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  • I’m Sick Y’all
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Sweet Lorene
  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • Day Tripper
  • My Lover’s Prayer
  • She Put The Hurt On Me
  • Ton Of Joy
  • You’re Still My Baby
  • Hawg For You
  • Love Have Mercy
  • Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (Stereo) (Bonus Track)
  • Day Tripper (Stereo) (Bonus Track)
  • Try A Little Tenderness (Live) (Stereo) (Bonus Track)
Then, on October 21, Stax will release Live at the Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings.

In Person at the Whiskey a Go Go was released in October 1968 with ten tracks from a series of shows in April 1966 at the L.A. landmark.

Redding performed a total of seven shows from April 8 to April 10 and, for the first time, every song from every set is being released on the new set. Remixed and remastered from the original four-track tapes, the album not only recreates the original sets but also, for the first time, includes all of the between songs banter.

Also included in the package is a poster and new liner notes by DJ Lynell George and co-producer Bill Bentley.

The track list:

Disc 1 (Friday, April 8, 1966)
  • Set 1
    • Introduction
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • Pain in My Heart
    • Good To Me
    • Just One More Day
    • Mr. Pitiful
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  • Set 2
    • I’m Depending on You
    • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
    • Good to Me
    • Security
    • Respect
Disc 2 (Friday, April 8, 1966)
  • Set 2 (cont.)
    • Just One More Day
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    • Any Ole Way
    • These Arms of Mine
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • Pain in My Heart
    • Good to Me
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Disc 3 (Saturday, April 9, 1966)
  • Set 1
    • Introduction
    • Mr. Pitiful
    • Good to Me
    • Respect
    • Just One More Day
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • Ole Man Trouble
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Disc 4 (Saturday, April 9, 1966)
  • Set 2
    • Introduction
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    • Any Ole Way
    • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
    • I’m Depending on You
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Set 3
    • Introduction
    • Security
    • Just One More Day
    • These Arms of Mine
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • Chained and Bound
    • Respect
Disc 5 (Sunday, April 10, 1966)
  • Set 1
    • Introduction
    • I’m Depending on You
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    • Chained and Bound
    • Just One More Day
    • Any Ole Way
    • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Disc 6 (Sunday, April 10, 1966)
  • Set 2
    • Introduction
    • Destiny
    • Security
    • Good to Me
    • Respect
    • Chained and Bound
    • Mr. Pitiful
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
    • Ole Man Trouble
    • I Can’t Turn You Loose
    • A Hard Day’s Night
    • These Arms of Mine
    • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
    • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Todd Rundgren to Be Artist in Residence at Notre Dame

by VVN Music

Todd Rundgren is going to be a teacher, performer, community organizer and tribute presenter over the ten days that he's an Artist in Residence at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN.

Between September 22 and October 1, Todd will teach a number of classes, perform with student bands, work with both teachers and students in the South Bend/Mishawaka community, organize used instruments for donation to students in need and present The Singring Award from Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Foundation to university alumnus Bill Hurd.

Rundgren said of his new temporary job "I’ve never been to Notre Dame’s campus, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a chance to hang out with really smart young kids, and find out what they’re thinking, which has an influence on me, actually."

Ted Mandell, associate professional specialist in FTT, said "Todd Rundgren’s body of work epitomizes to our students, specifically in Arts and Letters, what we want them to become: artistic game changers on a global level, compassionate toward others and faithful to their core values and beliefs. To learn from one of the music industry’s great creative visionaries of the past 50 years is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. They might not realize it now, but their parents sure do."


Liam Gallagher Signs With Warner Brothers For Debut Solo Album

by VVN Music and Music-News.com Newsdesk

In the past, Liam Gallagher has said that he wouldn't release a solo album because "I'm not a c**t."

Liam was asked to join the group Rain in 1991. Changing their name to Oasis, they soon added Liam's older brother Noel to the lineup and, with their album Definitely Maybe, became one of the biggest artists to come out of England in years.

Liam and Noel were constantly at odds and the band finally broke up in 2009 with Liam going on to form the band Beady Eye. The group released two albums, both of which went top 3 in the U.K.

It was in January that Gallagher officially ruled out any solo work with a Tweet containing the rationalization above.


Fast forward to today with the announcement that Liam has signed with Warner Brothers records and will release his first solo album next year.

Warner Brothers' Phil Christie said "Liam’s one of the all-time greats - brilliant, distinctive, controversial and captivating. The album he’s currently recording is big, bold and heartfelt, and it feels important and culturally relevant. Such a strong return for one of the UK’s most loved artists."

Gallagher said in a press release "Very excited to be signing to the mighty Warner Brothers; looking forward to making some super sweet sounds. Keep the faith!"

However, he confirmed his solo career much more bluntly to fans via Twitter:

Even last week, an interview was published by Q magazine with Liam where, among many subjects, he discussed new music, claiming it was not a solo record.

Via Music-News.com:

Liam speaks exclusively to Q magazine this month about his return to music, his emotional past few years, his thoughts on politics, throwing stones at Jamie Oliver’s window and of course, his brother Noel. Liam really didn’t hold back in what could be his most explosive interview yet.

The New Liam

Liam on the last few years… These last few years have been emotional. Eye-opening. Mind-bending. But emotional.

Liam on his girlfriend… Debbie saved me. No bullsh*t. Debbie swooped me up as I was falling, she just said, ‘Stop being a dickhead.’ She got me out of the house, introduced me to all kinds of people outside my world, got me doing new things. I’ve lived in London a long time, but I only really knew Hampstead. She took me to new places. I’ve been to Dalston, man.

Liam on his new fitness regime… I run around seven miles every day, leaving about 5am. Unless I’ve been out on the sauce, then I’m getting in at 5am. Normally, though, seven miles.

Liam on climbing trees… Climb the odd tree too. Climbed one the other day. I was running on the Heath and I thought, ‘That looks like a nice tree, I’m going to climb that f*cking tree.’ Climbed it and sat there with my hood up for about 10 minutes.

Liam on waking up Jamie Oliver… It’s like Stella Street, round here: Jamie Oliver lives up the road. I got told off for throwing stones at his windows p*ssed-up, asking him to chuck down some bacon rolls.

Liam on becoming friends with his milkman… He’s f*cking top, he gave me a pint of lactose-free milk for nothing the other day.

Talking about Noel Gallagher
When Noel loses his fame… Nobody will really understand what it’s like to leave the bubble unless you’ve been in the bubble. When our kid falls out of the bubble he will fall hard. That big machine around him. The itinerary. Noel Gallagher’s life is all mapped out for him from the moment he wakes up.

Liam on laying off Noel… Oh, I know. I know. Lots of people say I need to chill out about Noel. Not until they stop Twitter. That c*nt will always get it from me.

Liam on Noel hitting back… He slagged me off when we were in the same band! He’d do his interview, I’d come in to do mine and they’d go, ‘He doesn’t like you, does he?’ I’d be saying how great he was. He still has pops. He needs to know that I ain’t going away.

Liam on Oasis splitting… I was more disappointed that Oasis split up. I wonder if he was. I’ve never heard him say he was disappointed about Oasis. No, he’s got what he wanted.

Liam on Tweeting about Noel… Well, yeah. I’ve heard they really annoy him. Someone told me the other week that the only thing that does his nut in are my tweets. Good. They will carry on and they will get bigger and better

Liam on reuniting with Noel…. Do you think I want to be in a band with that c*nt? He says, ‘Liam has to change.’ Get to f*ck. So I just tweet when he drops the ball because I will not let him get away with murder.

Noel was quoted as saying Oasis wouldn’t get back together “not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it”

Liam’s thoughts on this quote… It doesn’t hurt me mate, doesn’t hurt me. If the guy doesn’t want me back in our band then I don’t want to either. I don’t want to be in a band with someone who doesn’t want me.

Liam on Noel’s celebrity friends… Whatever next? Robbie Williams turning up on his next record? I’d have to send the police round. Put it this way, Noel lives in a £17million house. That changes you, I reckon. You have appropriate furniture, appropriate kitchens, appropriate red wine that Bono’s recommended. And Damon Albarn becomes your mate. Fair dos, but not for me.

Liam on missing Noel… I miss the Noel in the film, that’s the Noel I know. And I do love him. I don’t sit at home crying into a picture of him, though, and I’m sure he doesn’t of me either. But I’m an energy and I bet he misses that energy.

Current affairs
Liam on Politics… I am partial to Prime Minister’s Questions though. I’m not bothered about politics, Theresa May and that other c*nt can get on with it

The boring music of today
Liam on retiring… No, it’s f*cking sh*t. It’s boring without me, isn’t it? On my game I will roast anyone. Anyone. Whether it’s interviews, photoshoots, on record or on that f*cking stage. And there are a lot of people getting away with murder on that stage from my generation.

New music
Liam on his new songs… We’ve demoed some songs and it’s sounding…I am not embarking on a solo ‘career’. Everyone should know that. There are just 10, 11 songs I’ve written that are eligible to be recorded. They’ve got flair, attitude, the melodies are sick and the words are f*cking funny.

Liam on when they will be released… We’ll record them this year and release it next year. It’ll shock people. It’s a record written by me, that’s got all the right ingredients and sounds well tasty. You won’t be scratching your chin. It’s not Pink Floyd and it ain’t Radiohead. It’s chin-out music.

Liam on his influences… Music isn’t influenced by music, I don’t think. It’s influenced by life. To have good music you have to have an interesting, varied life. Sh*t music comes from boring lives. The reason why so much music is boring, no matter how many bells and whistles and strobes they stick on it, is because they have boring lives. My wonky life over the last few years is going to make for better music.

Prince's Paisley Park to Be Opened as Tourist Attraction

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound this autumn when the late music icon's home is opened to the public.

Bremer Bank officials, who were appointed special administrators for Prince's estate following his death in April, have announced the gates to the singer's private estate and production complex will open for daily public tours from October 6.

The decision was made by Prince's family, in conjunction with the Bremer Bank bosses.

Confirming the news, the late star's sister Tyka Nelson says, "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on.

"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place."

Visitors will get a guided tour of Paisley Park's main floor, which features Prince's recording and mixing studios.

Prince's body was found slumped in an elevator inside the Paisley Park compound just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death was ruled an accidental overdose of powerful painkiller Fentanyl, according to the late legend's official autopsy findings.

Reports suggest he was taking the pills in an effort to cope with the pain of an ongoing hip issue.

The Purple Rain hitmaker staged a party for fans at Paisley Park just days before he died. Guests who attended the bash claimed Prince seemed pale, gaunt and exhausted.




Elton John, Robbie Williams to Play London's Apple Music Festival

by VVN Music

Elton John and Robbie Williams are among the artists set for this year's Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse.

This is the tenth anniversary of the festival that will also include performances by The 1975, Alicia Keys, Onerepublic, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Britney Spears, Michael Buble and Chance the Rapper. All shows are broadcast around the world via Apple's various programs including special apps for iOS and Android.

Oliver Schusser, Apple's VP of International Content, said "Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans. This year’s Apple Music Festival builds on that incredible legacy and we couldn’t be more excited to have another amazing lineup to celebrate our 10th birthday."

The official lineup:
  • 09/18 - Elton John
  • 09/19 - The 1975
  • 09/20 - Alicia Keys
  • 09/21 - Onerepublic
  • 09/23 - Calvin Harris
  • 09/25 - Robbie Williams
  • 09/26 - Bastille
  • 09/27 - Britney Spears
  • 09/28 - Michael Buble
  • 09/30 - Chance the Rapper


Almanac: August 25, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Leonard Berstein (d. 1990)
  • 1927 - Monty Matthews (Jordanaires) 
  • 1928 - Jerry Rivers (Hank William's Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1996)
  • 1933 - Wayne Shorter (Weather Report) (83)
  • 1942 - Walter Williams (O'Jays) (74)
  • 1947 - Keith Tippett (King Crimson) (69)
  • 1949 - Gene Simmons (KISS) (67)
  • 1949 - Henry Paul (Outlaws, BlackHawk) (67)
  • 1950 - Willie DeVille (d. 2009)
  • 1951 - Rob Halford (Judas Priest) (65)
  • 1951 - James Warren (Korgis) (65)
  • 1952 - Geoff Downes (Buggles, Yes, Asia) (64)
  • 1954 - Elvis Costello (62)
  • 1954 - Martin Jourard (Motels) (62)
  • 1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus (55)
  • 1962 - Vivian Campbell (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Def Leppard) (54)
  • 1963 - Candida Doyle (Pulp) (53)
  • 1963 - Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) (53)
  • 1965 - Nigel Durham (Saxon) (51)
  • 1965 - Mia Zapata (Gits) (d. 1993)
  • 1966 - Terminator X (born Norman Rogers) (Public Enemy) (50)
  • 1966 - Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X, Black Country Communion) (50)
  • 1967 - Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) (49)
  • 1968 - Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian) (48)
  • 1968 - Spider One (born Michael Cummings) (Powerman 5000) (48)
  • 1969 - Luke Scott (Babybird) (47)
  • 1970 - Jo Dee Messina (46)
  • 1983 - James Righton (Klaxons) (33)
  • 1987 - Amy MacDonald (29)
  • 1988 - Alexandra Burke (28)
Deaths
  • 1979 - Stan Kenton - Stroke (67)
  • 1995 - Doug Stegmeyer (bassist for Billy Joel) - Suicide (43)
  • 1999 - Rob Fisher (Naked Eyes) - Cancer (42)
  • 2000 - Jack Nitzsche (arranger, producer, songwriter) - Cardiac arrest (63)
  • 2001 - Aaliyah - Plane crash (22)
  • 2006 - Lou Wills (Warner Brothers executive)
On This Day
  • 1956 - George Jones joined the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. 
  • 1967 - Brian Wilson performed with the Beach Boys for the first time in two years at a show in Honolulu, HI.
  • 1970 - The Electric Ladyland studios in New York opened.
  • 1970 - Elton John played live for the first time in the U.S. at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, opening for David Ackles.
  • 1970 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their live debut in Plymouth, England.
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin performed live for the last time at the Las Vegas Hilton.
  • 1973 - Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers broke his leg in a car accident.
  • 1993 - Snoop Dogg was indicted for his involvement in the murder of a member of the By Yerself gang, posting the $1 million bail. He was acquitted three years later.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant taped their MTV Unplugged special in London.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Buffett crashed his plane off Nantucket, MA, swimming back to shore.
  • 1999 - Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was arrested for inciting a riot in Las Vegas when he tells the crowd to go out and turn over some cars.
  • 1999 - Whitney Houston was sued for $100,000 by the city of Concord, CA after she cancelled a show due to illness.
  • 1999 - Lionel Richie plays a show in front of the Sphynx in Egypt. 
  • 2003 - Jag, a children's book written by LeAnn Rimes and her husband Dean Sheremet, was published.
  • 2005 - Slash and Duff, formerly of Guns N' Roses, sued Axl Rose for naming himself sole holder of the copyrights of the band's works.
  • 2006 - Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton was forced to sit out the first part of the band's Route of All Evil Tour to undergo treatment for throat cancer. 
  • 2007 - Chuck Wicks made his Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2009 - Country singer Jack Ingram set a record for most interviews in 24 hours by doing 215 five-minute interviews with radio stations. 
Marriages
  • 1941 - Billie Holiday and Jimmy Monroe
  • 1946 - Rex Allen and Bonita Linder
  • 2007 - Willa Ford and Mike Modano
Divorces
  • 1994 - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
Released
  • 1973 - Ramblin' Man - Allman Brothers (single)
  • 1975 - Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1976 - Boston - Boston
  • 1979 - Cars - Gary Numan (single)
  • 1982 - What Time Is It? - Time 
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Little Star - Elegants (1 week)
  • 1962 - Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1 week)
  • 1973 - Brother Louie - Stories (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - My Sharona - Knack (6 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1973 - Chicago VI - Chicago (2 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2007 - Underground Kingz - UGK (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett (13 weeks)
  • 1958 - Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton (1 week)
  • 1962 - The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr. (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Jerk Out - Time (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter (2 weeks)
  • 1958 - Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Everybody's Had the Blues - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band (1 week)
  • 1984 - Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Apache - Shadows (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - Young Love - Donny Osmond (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - Crossroads - Blazin' Squad (1 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums

  • 1956 - Songs For Swingin' Lovers - Frank Sinatra (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2002 - Imagine - Eva Cassidy (1 week)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alice Cooper Cuts New Version of "Elected"; Announce's Candidacy For President

via Press Release

Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric - the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be Elected.

His classic 1972 hit is once again an anthem for modern times and when it all boils down to it – a long flowing mane of (real) hair beats Bernie/The Donald/Hillary styles hands down. And he's released a new single of Elected for this campaign, available here at iTunes, Spotify and other online sites.

But it's not all about debonair good looks and long flowing locks -- Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join "The Wild Party."


Alice Cooper has spent countless nights on the road; many troubled hours worrying about the course of our great nations. Not afraid of controversy or springing into action, Alice Cooper plans to channel every ounce of energy (including his Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire campaign appearances/concerts (click on the links for his schedule), his syndicated radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper," and his daily round of golf, of course) towards solving the world's problems. He is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.

So, if you're looking for a candidate with a platform that matters, vote Alice Cooper, the man with the plan to tackle the hot button, contentious and provocative issues on the minds of the real America and Britain:
  • Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC
  • A snake in every pot
  • No more pencils, no more books
  • Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore
  • Rename Big Ben "Big Lemmy"
  • Groucho Marx on the $50 bill
  • Peter Sellers on the £20 note
  • Cupholders required for every airplane seat
  • Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres
  • Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day
These "troubled times" call for a "troubled mind" indeed. These "troubled times" call for Alice Cooper.

Said Alice, "Why NOT me? I have t shirts to sell." Yes, there's campaign merchandise available here!


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