ROCKTOBER Episode 1: Worn Down Piano.

I watched a documentary last night on BBC 4, titled “How pop song works”. Apparently the perfect time for a pop song is 3 minutes. That is probably why I am not the biggest fan of pop music, although I have to admit I liked all the ones they mentioned in the documentary.

I tend to love songs that go on a bit, If it is less then 5 minutes, it is not worth listening to in my opinion. However I do contradict myself sometimes.

Worn Down Piano by the American band ‘The Mark & Clark Band’ is more then 8 minutes long, but at no stage does it get boring.

The song (duration 8:10) is about a piano that is being bid for at an auction. It starts in 6/8 time and changes to 4/4 time at the beginning of the piano solo.

The song reached sixth place in the Dutch Top 40.Since 2000, “Worn Down Piano” has consistently been in the Top 2000, a popular Dutch year-end list, peaking at number 59 in the 2002 edition.

Without further ado

sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worn_Down_Piano

Elvis Presley, King of Rock N Roll-Robert Johnson. King of the Blues: RIP.

August 16 is not a good day in Music History. On August 16,1938, legendary Blues musician Robert Johnson died at the age of 27. Making him of the first members of the elusive club of 27.

Johnson’s death was not reported publicly. Almost 30 years later, Gayle Dean Wardlow, a Mississippi-based musicologist researching Johnson’s life, found Johnson’s death certificate, which listed only the date and location, with no official cause of death. No formal autopsy had been done. Instead, a pro forma examination was done to file the death certificate, and no immediate cause of death was determined. It is likely he had congenital syphilis and it was suspected later by medical professionals that this may have been a contributing factor in his death. Although rumour has it thet he sold this soul to the Devil, in order to become the best Blues guitarist to ever walk the earth.

39 years later fate would strike the King of Rock N Roll.On the evening of Tuesday, August 16, 1977, Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour. That afternoon, Ginger Alden discovered him in an unresponsive state on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion. According to her eyewitness account, “Elvis looked as if his entire body had completely frozen in a seated position while using the toilet and then had fallen forward, in that fixed position, directly in front of it. … It was clear that, from the time whatever hit him to the moment he had landed on the floor, Elvis hadn’t moved.” Attempts to revive him failed, and he was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old.

While an autopsy, undertaken the same day Presley died, was still in progress, Memphis medical examiner Jerry Francisco announced that the immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Asked if drugs were involved, he declared that “drugs played no role in Presley’s death”, but we now know that drugs had played a major part in his death.

Both men changed the music scene forever. The were both Kings in their genre. Tow genres that soo often intertwined. If Rock N Roll and Blues were human beings they would have been brothers.

Finishing up with the music that made them so famous.

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Epic Rock-Episode 9:The Beatles-Revolution

“Revolution” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. Three versions of the song were recorded and released in 1968, all during sessions for the Beatles’ self-titled double album, also known as “the White Album”: a slow, bluesy arrangement (titled “Revolution 1”) that would make the final cut for the LP; an abstract sound collage (titled “Revolution 9”) that originated as the latter part of “Revolution 1” and appears on the same album; and the faster, hard rock version similar to “Revolution 1”, released as the B-side of “Hey Jude”. Although the single version was issued first, it was recorded several weeks after “Revolution 1”, as a remake specifically intended for release as a single.

[Intro]
Aah!

[Verse 1]
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We’d all love to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We’d all love to change the world
[Pre-Chorus 1]
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out

[Chorus]
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright?
(Don’t you know it’s gonna be) Alright
(Don’t you know it’s gonna be) Alright

[Verse 2]
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
(Oh, shooby-doo-wah, oh, shooby-doo-wah)
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re all doing what we can
(Oh, shooby-doo-wah, oh, shooby-doo-wah)

[Pre-Chorus 2]
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell you is, brother, you have to wait

[Chorus]
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright?
(Don’t you know it’s gonna be) Alright
(Don’t you know it’s gonna be) Alright
[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all love to change your head
(Shooby-doo-wah, oh, shooby-doo-wah)
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You better free your mind instead
(Shooby-doo-wah, oh, shooby-doo-wah)

[Pre-Chorus 3]
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

[Chorus]
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright
Alright
Alright

[Outro]
Alright, alright
Alright, alright
Alright, alright
Alright, alright!

sources

https://genius.com/The-beatles-revolution-lyrics

Queen at Live Aid

Today marks the 37th anniversary of the Live Aid concerts.

Live Aid was a benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, as well as a music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise further funds for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia, a movement that started with the release of the successful charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in December 1984. Billed as the “global jukebox”, Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, attended by about 72,000 people and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, US, attended by 89,484 people.

The one act that stood out during the concert was Queen, their performance in Live Aid is akin to Elvis’s comeback special. As with Elvis in the Comeback special, Queen’s career was basically rebooted at the Live Aid concert.

Queen didn’t open or close the Live Aid show. They performed just before 7pm, uncharacteristically in daylight, bookended by gigantic acts like U2, Elton John and David Bowie.

Past their peak and still suffering from the catastrophe of a misadvised run of shows in apartheid South Africa the previous year, Queen was not expected to be in the limelight. Especially Freddie Mercury had been the focus of disparaging coverage and rumors in the press, about his sexuality.

Despite all the pessimism , Queen did shine and it is still seen as one of the best music performance ever, although the set only lasted only 21 minutes, it remained in musical history to this date and will remain there for a long time.

Queen were immediately preceded at Wembley by the comedians Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith – who were dressed as policemen and joked about receiving a complaint about the noise “from a woman in Belgium.” They introduced “the next combo” as “Her Majesty… Queen.”

A truly charismatic Mercury, who looked full of confidence, jogged out on to a vast stage whose top was adorned with a banner saying “Feed The World.” Mercury, sporting his trademark mustache and wearing white jeans, a white tank top, and with a studded band around his right bicep, began by sitting at the piano and playing a short, inspired version of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

During “Radio Ga Ga” he got up and strutted around the stage, using the microphone and stand as a prop, and getting the fired-up crowd to join in with the chorus. The next few moments were remarkable, as Mercury led the 72,000 spectators in some spine-tingling vocal improvisation, as they sang along to “ay-oh.” His final, wonderful vocal was dubbed “the note heard around the world.”

This is the full session of Queen at Live Aid, sit back and enjoy.

sources

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2018/11/opinions/queen-live-aid-cnnphotos/

Epic Rock-Episode 6:Faith no More-Epic

Mike Patton joined Faith No More in 1989 and wrote the song’s enigmatic lyrics, which constantly allude to “it,” without ever explaining what “it” is.

The bridge simply consists of the band shouting, “It’s it,” while Patton responds with, “What is it?” (The word “epic” is never mentioned in the lyrics.

Patton gave some insight on the song’s meaning when he told Circus magazine in 1990: “It was about sexual frustration. Sex and lack of sex.”

Later in the interview, the topic of masturbation comes up, and Patton says: “Most people don’t like to talk about it. I’m here to tell ya, I love it. That’s kinda of what Epic’s really about.”

“Epic”

Can you feel it, see it, hear it today?
If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway
You will never understand it, ’cause it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass
It’s so cool, it’s so hip, it’s alright
It’s so groovy, it’s outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it, so sweet
But it makes no difference ’cause it knocks you off your feet

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s crying, bleeding, lying on the floor
So you lay down on it and you do it some more
You’ve got to share it, so you dare it
Then you bare it and you tear it

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s alive, afraid, a lie, a sin
It’s magic, it’s tragic, it’s a loss, it’s a win
It’s dark, it’s moist, it’s a bitter pain
It’s sad, it happened, and it’s a shame

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it?

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it!

Writer(s): Bill David Gould, James Blanco Martin, Michael Patton, Michael Andrew Bordin, Roddy Bottum
AZLyrics F Faith No More Lyrics

Undercover-Episode2:I love Rock N Roll

Who doesn’t know the Rock classic “I love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett. Released in 1982. it sparked my lifelong love affair with Rock music. However, it may not be a widely known fact but the song had already been released in 1976, by the British Rock band Arrows.

I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine
I knew he must a been about seventeen
The beat was goin’ strong
Playin’ my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
“That don’t matter”, he said, “’cause it’s all the same”
I said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
And next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
Said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
And we’ll be movin’ on
And singin’ that same old song
Yeah, with me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker

Happy Birthday Ian Dury

Ian Robins Dury was born in Harrow, West London on 12th May, 1942. His mother, Margaret “Peggy” Walker, was a health visitor and his father, William “Bill” Dury, was a bus driver and chauffeur. Married in 1939, his parents separated after the end of the Second World War and Ian and his mother relocated to Cranham in Essex to live with Peggy’s two sisters Elisabeth and Mary, and Ian’s cousins Martin and Lucy.

At the age of seven, he contracted polio during the 1949 polio epidemic. In 1964 he studied art at the Royal College of Art under British artist Peter Blake, and from 1967 he taught art at various colleges in the south of UK.

He rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was the lead singer of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and before that of Kilburn and the High Roads.

Dury was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1996 and underwent surgery, but tumours were later found in his liver, and he was told that his condition was terminal. Upon learning of his illness.

In 1998, his death was incorrectly announced on XFM radio by Bob Geldof, possibly due to hoax information from a listener. He did eventually die of metastatic colorectal cancer on 27 March 2000, aged 57.

Happy Birthday Ian, I hope you are having a great party in Rock Heaven.

In 1984 he also appeared in the video of Roger Daltrey’s ‘Walking in my sleep’

Stairway to Heaven vs Highway to Hell

Stairway to Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven
There’s a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
You know
There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
That’s you
And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter
Remember laughter?
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah…
And it makes me wonder
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, that’s what it is
To be a rock and not to roll, oh yeah
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Robert Plant / James Patrick Page
Stairway to Heaven lyrics © Flames Of Albion Music, Inc.

Highway To Hell

Livin’ easy
Lovin’ free
Season ticket on a one way ride
Askin’ nothin’
Leave me be
Takin’ everythin’ in my stride
Don’t need reason
Don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothin’ that I’d rather do
Goin’ down
Party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs
Speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel
Gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me around
Hey satan
Payin’ my dues
Playin’ in a rockin’ band
Hey mumma
Look at me
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell)
And I’m goin’ down
All the way
I’m on the highway to hell
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Angus Mckinnon Young / Malcolm Mitchell Young / Ronald Belford Scott
Highway To Hell lyrics © J. Albert And Son Pty Ltd.

The 1st Rock N Roll song.

When you think of the first Rock N Roll stars, you think of the names of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and Chuck Berry. Yet none of these rock giants could claim that they recorded the first Rock N Roll hit.

That honor actually goes to Ike Turner.

“Rocket 88” was first recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 1951. The recording was credited to “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, who were actually Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm. The single reached number-one on the Billboard R&B chart.

In 1951, Ike Turner walked into Sam Phillips’ studio in Memphis and, along with his band, helped create a sound that still echoes through history like thunder across the sky. The original song they recorded, Rocket 88, may well have been the first rock ‘n’ roll record, and in the years that followed, innumerable music reference sources, from The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (“frequently cited as the first rock & roll record”) to the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (“widely considered the first rock and roll record”), have backed up that title.

In 1991, after a great deal of debate, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized this as the first rock and roll song ever recorded. Turner was in jail at the time for cocaine possession, so his daughter accepted the award.

The song was a hymn of praise to the joys of the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 automobile which had recently been introduced, and was based on the 1947 song “Cadillac Boogie” by Jimmy Liggins. It was also preceded and influenced by Pete Johnson’s “Rocket 88 Boogie” Parts 1 and 2, an instrumental, originally recorded for the Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records label in 1949.

Turner wasn’t the lead vocalist on Rocket 88 — his saxophone player, Jackie Brenston was — and the record was released under Brenston’s name. Exactly who wrote the song, Brenston or Turner along with the band, is a matter of dispute (Turner has said his name was left off because he had another record coming out). The only thing that’s certain is that it took many people to create the song, including the canny, visionary producer Phillips.

Time published this review of the record:

“Rocket 88 was brash and it was sexy; it took elements of the blues, hammered them with rhythm and attitude and electric guitar, and reimagined black music into something new. If the blues seemed to give voice to old wisdom, this new music seemed full of youthful notions. If the blues was about squeezing cathartic joy out of the bad times, this new music was about letting the good times roll. If the blues was about earthly troubles, the rock that Turner’s crew created seemed to shout that the sky was now the limit.”

It is a pity that Ike Turner is now mainly remembered as Tian Turner’s abusive husband. But I suppose sometimes you have to separate the art from the person .

sources

http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,661084,00.html

https://stacker.com/stories/4280/100-iconic-moments-music-history

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/ike-turner/rocket-88

ROCKTOBER-Paranoid

Say what you want about Ozzy Osbourne, but he did perform and sing some truly classic Rock songs.

He was still a teenager when he joined Black Sabbath and was only 22 when they recorded ‘Paranoid’.

As the title suggests, this song is about a man who is paranoid. The driving guitar and bass create a nervous energy to go along with Ozzy Osbourne’s desperate vocal. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyric, explained the song’s meaning to Mojo magazine June 2013: “Basically, it’s just about depression, because I didn’t really know the difference between depression and paranoia. It’s a drug thing; when you’re smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can’t relate to people. There’s that crossover between the paranoia you get when you’re smoking dope and the depression afterwards.”

Although this was the first Black Sabbath-penned single, the band’s debut single was actually a cover of Crow’s “Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me” a few months before the “Paranoid” release. “Paranoid” was much more successful. It was released six months after their self-titled first album and had a huge impact in their native UK, going to #4 and becoming one of their signature songs.

It is the first single from their second album with the same title, while the B-side is the song “The Wizard”. It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The group never charted again in the UK Top 10, but that wasn’t a problem since album and ticket sales more than made up for it. Many UK rock bands, including Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, put little emphasis on singles.

sources

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/black-sabbath/paranoid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_(Black_Sabbath_song)