Adventures of an Analog Man in the Digital Universe, with a little help from my friends and relations.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

In honor of John Mayall's 72nd(!) Birthday, my Top Five:

1. Room To Move
2. Don't Waste My Time
3. Little Girl
4. Dream With Me
5. Me and My Children

Birthday Bonuses:

1. Denny Doherty - Monday, Monday
2. Felix Cavaliere - Groovin'


I would include Hideway, All Your Love, Steppin' Out.


I left out Hideaway and Steppin' Out because they were Covers. I highly agree with All Your Love, it was my No. 6.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

In honor of Randy Newman's 62nd Birthday, My Top Five:

1. Anything from Sail Away
2. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
3. Davey The Fat Boy (As cruel as it gets: "I think we can persuade him to do his famous Fat Boy dance for you")
4. Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues (Every Blues Cliché with the tape "running out" like in the old blues recordings)
5. Mama Told Me Not To Come


1-Political Science 2-It's Money that Matters 3-Louisiana 1927 4-I Love LA 5-Rednecks

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Johnny, 99 + 5

In conjunction with the New York Guitar Festival, my amateur musician's club is sponsoring a Springsteen Nebraska Song Contest, Thursday, evening, December 1 at The Bitter End. There are about 20 contestants, composed of solos, duos and bands each performing one song from Nebraska. I'm in a band on bass performing "Johnny 99" with a Tex-Mex flavor. We should go on sometime after 8 PM. Admission is free.

The John or Johnny 5:
1.Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
2.John I'm Only Dancing- David Bowie
3.That's What John Said-The Motors
4-Johnny Strikes Up The Band-Warren Zevon
5-Abraham, Martin and John-Dion

I dug your Top 5 although I've only heard the Motors' song once and don't remember it. I would use many of yours but here is an Alternate (not necessarily Favorite) Top 5:

1. Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead (Lori) (A Favorite)
2. John The Revelator (Traditional)
3. John The Baptist (Holy John) - Blood, Sweat and Tears (Great song by Al Kooper, attached)
4. Johnny Too Bad - Various Artists (I don't remember whose version I've heard)
5. Licorice John - Procol Harum


Thursday, November 24, 2005


We might have done this before, nonetheless, the sentiment is the same.


1-Thank You Girl - The Beatles
2-Thank You-Led Zeppelin
3-Thank You Girl - John Hiatt
4-Thank You for being a friend-Andrew Gold
5-I Thank You - Sam and Dave

We might have. My list would be similar to yours except substitute Thanks by the James Gang for John Hiatt and Thank You by Gentle Giant for Andrew Gold. I also attach my favorite Thanksgiving Day called Home Again by Batdorf and Rodney (you may remember it as the song which always opened Pete Fornatele's Thanksgiving Day show). By the way, Ray Davies is coming out with an album entitled Thanksgiving Day. Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I was just about to add I Thank You when I saw that you already had it. But I'll stay with it anyway

1) Thank You Girl - Beatles
2) I Thank You - Sam and Dave
3) I Thank the Lord for the Night Time - Neil Diamond
4) Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver: not one of my favorite songs, but I associate it with good times.
5) Sunny - Bobby Hebb: true, "thank" is not in the title, but it's used a lot in the song.
6) Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself: Sly and the Family Stone
7) Thank God for the Bomb - Ozzy Osborne

And my all time favorite song:
Donke Shoen: Wayne Newton


Monday, November 21, 2005

Mrs. Robinson you're asking me for the best marriage of Dramatic Films with Rock n' Roll or RnB music ? And what would Mr. Robinson say if he found out that I already gave you my Top Five Jesse Colin Young Recordings on his birthday of November 22nd ?

Dramatic Films with Great Rock or RnB music
1-The Graduate

2-American Graffiti

3-Good Fellas

4-Cooley High



1. The Graduate

2. American Graffitti

3. To Sir, With Love

4. That'll Be The Day (Great British Film with The late Adam Faith, Ringo and David Essex, a precursor to David Essex's "Stardust".)

5. Blackboard Jungle

I agree with American Grafitti. It was a good movie in its own right, but the music was not only great, but an essential part of the movie. The music wasn't just pasted on. Without the music, there wouldn't have been the cruising, and without the cruising, where would the 50's and early 60's be?

The Simon and Garfunkel songs really worked well for Mrs. Robinson, so that is another great one.

The Big Chill was a decent movie, and it had some great music. But I got the feeling that the music was pasted on to lift a movie that just wasn't quite good enough. Yes, the music was meant to show that these people were still living in the past, but it still didn't make it within the context of the movie. Still, it was a great score.

The Committments had a great bunch of songs too.

I don't think you can call it drama, but nothing can touch A Hard Day's Night. But if you want drama, then Let It Be. The drama was unintentional, but it was there, watching the greatest rock band crack up and go to hell, even as they made some great music.

I don't recall the songs, but I seem to remember that Good Morning Saigon had some good songs.

Of course some of those movies just took great songs and added them to the movie. The songs for Saturday Night Fever were mainly written for the movie, or at least most of them became famous with the movie. Disco is hardly my favorite music. In fact, 3/4 could make me puke. But I did like some of it, and Saturday Night Fever was the standard for Disco.


Also, how about "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help"? Though I'm not sure that they qualify as dramatic movies. Also all the Elvis movies -- "Viva LasVegas" and "Blue Hawaii". Bob Dylan also starred in a drama which wasn'ttoo good a couple of years ago called "Masked and Anonymous" which was notvery good -- a lot of his music in that one.

I would add the movie "Purple Rain" to the list -- although its merits as adramatic film are certainly debatable.


I Am Sam, from Jim.

hi ira,
aren't you missing these:
Who'll Stop the Rain? 1974
High Fidelity 1999
24 Hour Party People 2003
Blow Up 1966
Apocalypse Now 1979
Boogie Nights 2000


In honor of the under-rated Jesse Colin Young's Birthday, my Top Five Favorites:

1. Get Together (My favorite version)
2. Light Shine
3. Sunlight
4. Darkness, Darkness
5. Ridgetop


Sunday, November 20, 2005

Masters Po and Joe

Grasshopper, Grasshopper, Fun veiten nart men leiten; fun der noent, zich alain, The Smoker You Get ,The Player You Drink or something like that. Anyway, may I remind you to include Funk 49 in your Top Five.

In honor of Joe Walsh's 58th Birthday, My Top Five:

1. Walk Away
2. Anything fron Rides Again - James Gang
3. Indian Summer
4. Life's Been Good To Me So Far
5. Rocky Mountain Way

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Looked up your blog today... need to expand your themes a little? Hardly any Tales to Astonish, let alone anything of Suspense... Hello, this is Captain America calling, catch me know I'm falling...

Friday, November 18, 2005

GP, Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Graham Parker, one of Nonkinsense's Top Five Recording Artists / Performers / Songwriters of all time. Thank you DK for the GP entry.

In honor of Graham Parker's 55th Birthday (I am making the exception for two great covers [2.and 5.]),

1. Anything from Squeezing Out Sparks
2. Hold Back The Night
3. Don't Ask Me Questions
4. Back To Schooldays
5. I Want You Back (Alive)


1.Heat Treatment
2.Don't Ask Me Questions
3.Discovering Japan
4.Blue Highway
5.Between you and me


Add these to the list:

That’s What They All Say
Between You and Me
Temporary Beauty
Gypsy Blood
Fools Gold

GP turns 55 today. Ezra Lincoln’s 137th was yesterday. Pass out the hats and hooters.
Buddy Lions

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Never a Tull moment ('till now)

Safe to say , we never did a Tull Top Five ?

2.Cross Eyed Mary
3.Locomotive Breath
4.New Day Yesterday
5.Thick as a Brick

1. Wind Up
2. Aqualung
3. Locomotive Breath
4. Teacher
5. Sweet Dream

1. Anything from Stand Up
2. Won'drin' Again
3. Singin' All Day
4. To Cry You A Song
5. My God

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

What A Blast

What a Blast! The Blasters at BB Kings, New York City, November 14, 2005.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

ELO Kiddies

You would think we would have done a a Top Five Favorite ELO song list ? 1-Can't Get It Out of My Head 2-Eldorado 3-Showdown 4-Evil Woman 5-Ma Belle

I believe not. By the way, the Britsh re-release of ELO II (I just have the American Relase) has Roy Wood and a track with Marc Bolan! ELO Top Five:

1. 10538 Overture
2. Ah, Look At Me Now
3. Can't Get It Out of My Head (Cut and Paste)
4. Anything from Eldorado
5. Wild West Hero

Top 5 favorite ELO. Not easy but here are some of my favorites

Evil Woman
Strange Magic
Can't Get It Out of My Head
Do Ya
Living Thing
So Fine
Sweet Talking Woman
Mr. Blue Sky
Telephone Line
Don't Bring Me Down
Shine a Little Love
Calling America

Here is a strange thing. Mr. Blue Sky was used very prominently in the coming attractions for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but I don't think it was played in the movie itself. I could be wrong, but I saw the movie twice and I don't recall it being played, though it was definitely played through the coming attractions.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day

In honor of my mother and father here are my Top Ten for Veterans' Day. I don't mean Anchors Aweigh, Over There or God Bless America:

1. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Bing Crosby (If only in my dreams.)
2. Der Fuerher's Face - Spike Jones
3. Foreign Policy - Buckinghams (Attached)
4. Universal Soldier - Buffy St. Marie (Lori)
5. Waist Deep In The Big Muddy - Pete Seeger (Lori)
6. Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Pete Seeger (Lori)
7. Jimmy Newman - Tom Paxton
8. Talking Vietnam Pot-Luck Blues -Tom Paxton (L&D)
9. Luang Prabang - Patrick Sky ("Mourn your dead Land of the Free, if you want to be a hero follow me"...)
10. Flowers Of Evil- Mountain

Dennis, The Chosen One and a Two ?

A friend of mine in Maine sent this to me. He doesn't recall the occasion, but it seems to be something from the mid 70's. Actually, I think it was at another friend's graduation from optometry school.

Peace, Love and all that other good shit,


Thursday, November 10, 2005

"We're holding our own"

Thank you drumming57 for this contribution:

At the time it was launched in 1958, the 729-foot long, 75-foot wide freighter S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest ship to ply the Great Lakes. On November 10, 1975 the Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin carrying 26,000 tons of iron ore pellets, bound for Detroit. Though the day was bright, in her path lay a terrible storm with 60 MPH winds and waves in excess of 15 feet. As the storm built, her experienced Captain Ernest McSorley bore north across Lake Superior, seeking the relative shelter of the Canadian shore and Whitefish Bay.Luck was not with the ship or the crew. The radar system and its backup failed. The storm took out the power to Whitefish Point's light and radio beacon. Though the light was brought back on line, the radio beacon was not. The Arthur M. Anderson, another ship within 10 miles of the Fitzgerald, received reports that the ship was listing to the starboard and of other structural damages to the vessel. At 7:10 PM, Captain McSorley delivered what was to be his final message:"We're holding our own."The Arthur M. Anderson lost the Fitzgerald's image on its radar screensat 7:25 PM. The ship and crew of 29 men, sank to the bottom of Lake Superior.The tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald is remembered through Gordon Lightfoot's ballad "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald", which appears on the album "Summertime Dream" and numerous other compilation

The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Summertime Dream) 6:28
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee' The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead When the skies of November turn gloomy With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty. That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed When the gales of November came early. The ship was the pride of the American side Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most With a crew and good captain well seasoned Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms When they left fully loaded for Cleveland And later that night when the ship's bell rang Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound And a wave broke over the railing And every man knew, as the captain did too,T'was the witch of November come stealin'. The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait When the Gales of November came slashin'.When afternoon came it was freezin' rainIn the face of a hurricane west wind.
When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'.Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya. At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in, he saidFellas, it's been good t'know ya The captain wired in he had water comin' in And the good ship and crew was in peril.And later that night when his lights went outta sight Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Does any one know where the love of God goes When the waves turn the minutes to hours? The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.They might have split up or they might have capsized;May have broke deep and took water. And all that remains is the faces and the namesOf the wives and the sons and the daughters.
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;The islands and bays are for sportsmen.And farther below Lake Ontario Takes in what Lake Erie can send her, And the iron boats go as the mariners all know With the Gales of November remembered.
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral.The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine timesFor each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald. The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down Of the big lake they call 'Gitche Gumee'.Superior, they said, never gives up her dead When the gales of November come early!

Gordon Lightfoot was my Father's favorite singer. In honor of Gordon Lightfoot's Birthday, 11/17, My Top Five:

1. Don Quixote
2. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
3. Old Dan's Records
4. Early Morning Rain (Lori)
5. If You Could Read My Mind


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Still singing the Song of Praise.

Roy Wood was 59 yesterday. If I thought about it, I could put together a Top 59 but here are my Top Ten Favorites:

1. Anything from 'SHAZAM'
2. Blackberry Way
3. I Can Hear The Grass Grow
4. It Wasn't My Idea To Dance
5. Mist On A Monday Morning
6. Forever
7. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
8. When Gran'ma Play The Banjo
9. Earthrise
10.The Premium Bond Theme

I'm going to make it easier on myself and do a Top Five, Roy Wood solo material list:

1. Song of Praise
2. The Rain Came Down on Everything
3. Back on the Road Again
4. Nancy Sing Me a Song
5. When Grandma plays the Banjo


and this message frome Bun E

The MoveMessage From The CountryHarvest/EMI [UK]
Folks, it just doesn't get much better than this. For the newbies: The Move were a Birmingham, England pop band who morphed into The Electric Light Orchestra after Jeff Lynne joined in the late '60s. This album, and its bonus tracks, perfectly sum up that era—kinda like The Beatles meet prog rock, with a dash of heavy metal thrown in for good measure. This is the music that led into ELO's excess of pomp and over-orchestration in the late '70s. But there's none of that here! The abundance of reed instruments (oboe, bassoon, etc.) hasn't seemed to age a bit in the 34 years since Message's original release. Or maybe,it's because the songs and performances are uniformaly top notch. Unlike most reissues, this stuff hasn't aged. Whatever the reason, score this disc, it's mandatory. If you wanna hear "Do Ya" done proper, buy this. If you wanna hear where Cheap Trick latched onto "California Man," buy this. If you wanna hear where The Travelling Wilburys come from, buy this. Just buy it, it's great. I love it.
—Bun E. Carlos

Sunday, November 06, 2005

All that other groovy stuff is over and done with, I'm going after that Springsteen Nebraska Song Contest...Johnny Bravo is now Johnny 99.

JOHNNY 99 from Nebraska. words and music by Bruce Springsteen. INTRO: B F# B (B) Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month (F# )Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none (B) He came home too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and wine (F# ) (B) He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call him Johnny 99.

I'm going to win that Springsteen Nebraska song contest Alice and take you to Atlantic City and that Mansion on the Hill so you can use that e-mail everybody is talking about on the Internet. And then with the money left over I can get you that new ice-box and telephone you're always buggin' me about.