October 30, 2008
I’m tired of Black people bitching, White people whining, and members of the NRA shooting their mouths off about what the Presidential election has turned into!
As Americans, none of us can afford to drop the ball, much less drop the torch. It’s time that we add up what we’ve learned about the candidates. Here are a few things you might not know, that can help you make up your mind when it’s time to vote.
Did you know that Republican Vice-Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin was planning to take 30 members of the press on an Eskimo hunting party, until it was discovered that they wouldn’t be hunting with Eskimos, but for Eskimos!
Are you aware that Democratic Vice-Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is a silent partner in a travel agency that is selling out excursion tickets to the South Seas for the time period that he predicted Obama would be tested by the world?
Did you know that John McCain Enterprises, who not only owns the controling interest in Viagra, but also a chain of mortuaries, has copyrighted the slogan, “We’ve Got You Coming and Going.”?
After so many pro-McCain comments were made by Democrat Joe Biden, it’s not surprising that Barack Obama called up President George W. Bush, for an endorsement, promising him a spot on Mount Rushmore. The only problem is, he promised the same spot to Bill Clinton!
Did you hear that Independent Party Presidential hopeful, and “Bad Girl Gone Good”, Paris Hilton, goes down in history as the first person to withdraw early from a race to star in a TV movie, “The Mother Teresa Story”.
After a rousing version of “There’s No Bama Like O-bama, Like No Bama I Know!”, Secretary of State-to-be Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic party’s victory dance, just days before the election! Click on Hillary to activate!
John McCain has promised “Joe The Plumber”, a cabinet position, if he becomes President. He will be in charge of flushing out Socialists, non-believers, and fixing leaks to the press. “Joe”, still smarting from the treatment he received from the media, says he’s also not adverse to , “kicking a little ass, if he has to!”
In an unprecedented move, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain, admitted that they made a secret agreement In the event that the Presidential race is too close to call, they’ll have a dance-off!
Then In the true spirit of bi-partisanship, the candidates issued a joint statement “STAND UP AND BE COUNTED, OR TURN AROUND AND BE MOUNTED!” . So vote early…and vote often!
“IF IT’S ON THE INTERNET, IT’S GOTTA’ BE TRUE!”
Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
October 28, 2008
“Freddy Kruger, Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper were all customers at Genghis Cohen, the Hollywood restaurant I named and hosted, which is why I kept a sharpened chopstick on me at all times! It was really a trip to walk in at night to start my shift and see Anthony Perkins (“Psycho”) at one table, his eyes darting around the room, and Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger), at another, smiling about the fortune in his cookie.
My friend Allan Rinde, who owned Genghis, had a strict rule that one customer could never be seated in a booth, which was meant for three or more people. This rule, of course, went out the window whenever Peter Boyle (“Young Frankenstein”) came in by himself . Even though he was married to one of our friends, this didn’t give him any special privilages…it was the look of madness in his eye! One night Allan, walked in and saw Peter sitting in a booth, by himself. He got pissed off at me and asked me to move him to smaller table. I told Allan I was going on a break, so he went over to tell Peter himself. He came back told me that it was “okay, this one time” and asked if I ever noticed that strange look in his eye. I smiled and said, “yes”
Christopher Walken (“The Dead Zone”), was another customer who could sit wherever he wanted. I knew he could kill me with one blow, and eat me for dinner if he so desired, but he was a good guy!
We had our share of the “Scream Queens” come in, Barbara Shelly (“Dracula, Prince Of Darkness”, “Village Of The Damned”), Barbara Crampton (“Re-Animator”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“Witches Of Eastwick”, “What Lies Beneath”), and Jobeth Williams, who starred in “Poltergeist”.
I remember seeing “Poltergeist”, a few years back at a cineplex with a racially mixed audience. When JoBeth Williams’ character goes back into the house she knows is possesed to take a shower, almost the entire audiences screams, “DON”T GO BACK…DON’T GO BACK ” punctuated by a shrill “YOU STUPID BITCH!” from a nine or ten year old little blonde girl, sitting with her stoner parents.
A few years later, when JoBeth Williams became a regular customer, I asked her a personal question. “WHY DID YOU GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE?” “Because it said so in the script.”, she replied matter of factly. Since then I’ve used that line, whenever anyone asks, “Why’d you do something so stupid?” or “How could you act so ridiculous?” “Because it said so in the script!” No one ever laughs, but I don’t expect them to.
Director Tim Burton (“Nightmare Before Christmas”, came in quite a bit and so did Johnny Depp, whom he directed in “Edward Scissorhands”. The first night I met Johnny, we talked about music. Then I asked “Can I see the tattoo?”
The tattoo I was talking about was a hot topic in all the tabloids. When Johnny broke up with Wynonna Ryder, he altered a tattoo he had on his arm that said “Wynonna Forever” to say “Wino Forever”. When he rolled up his sleeve and showed me, I knew he was cool!
It was about this time that I had begun working with 3- dimensional acrylic fabric paint to create a new look for myself. I started enhancing old Hawaiian Shirts with 3-dimensional acrylic paint…which patrons bought right off my back! It wasn’t long before I had a profitable little sideline. Inspired by our “horrific” clientele, I started painting Monsters and ghouls on the back of denim and leather jackets.
Soon I had all sorts of people buying my clothes including, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr., J.D. Nicholas of the Commodores, Pam Tillis, Patti Dahlstrom, Sammy Davis, Jr. James Caan, Val Garay, Steve Cropper and Luthor VanDross. When I started using glow-in-the-dark paint on my creations, I would dim the lights then go into the kitchen and get a blast of flourescent light. I’d walk back into the restaurant, hand out fortune cookies and sell the glowing jacket right off my back!”
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NOW HERE ARE THE TOP 25 HALLOWEEN MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME including…“The Monster Mash”, “Unchained Melody’ from Ghost”, “Disturbia” UNEDITED, UNCENSORED Rhianna, The Addams Family theme, “Time Warp” from “Rocky Horror Show”, “I Put A Spell On You” Screaming Jay Hawkins, “Halloween theme” John Carpenter, Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER” 14 minute version! ..MORE!http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/the-top-halloween-music-videos/
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October 20, 2008
LEVI STUBBS 6/6/36 – 9/17/08
Here are of 10 of the late Levi Stubbs’ best videos with the 4 Tops! He was a remarkable singer, but I don’t have to tell you that. If you grew up in the ’60s and ’70s you had to be living in a cave, not to have heard “Baby, I Need Your Lovin” or “(Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) I Can’t Help Myself”. I can go on and on…but videos are worth a thousand words!
Here’s Levi and the Four Tops and “Baby, I Need Your Lovin” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQEhuylZmg
And now , “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaegh_the-four-tops-i-cant-help-myself and a rare live version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyvLmNNtsKc
A rare color 1966 clip of, “It’s The Same Old Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x55tMpAHuI8
A medley, “Walk Away Renee”/”Standing In The Shadows Of Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9B1msRZyBQ
“Ain’t No Woman Like The One I’ve Got” from “The Midnight Special” http://video.aol.com/video-detail/aint-no-woman-like-the-one-i-got/32846807/?icid=VIDURVMUS03
“When She Was My Girl” video of actual recording session! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejg-22i4VYQ
A rare 1966 color clip of, “Reach Out I’ll Be There” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x14b2m_four-tops-reach-out-ill-be-there_music
Thank you, Levi Stubbs, for all that you’ve given the world! R.I.P. Rock In Perpetuity!
Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
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October 18, 2008
I grew up listening toTop 40 music, where I could hear Pop, R&B, Country and oldies side by side. Today, to get that kind of diversity from one place is impossible , so now I must get my music from many different sources.
I’ve made a list of TOP TEN “OLDIES” AND NEW MUSIC WEBSITES!, which I hope you enjoy. Here they are in no particular order.
Spectropop… One of the main reasons I joined Spectropop, was the appreciation, by its members, of the well-crafted Pop song, the kind that dominated the Top 40 charts in the 1960s. The site is full of information and entertainment that has brought me back dozens of times this year! I personally want to thank Mick Patrick for helping to create and maintain one of the best interactive music sites on the web. http://spectropop.com
Here’s the last interview producer, Hank Medress (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, “He’s So Fine”, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”) did before he passed away, which ran first on Spectropop. http://www.spectropop.com/HankMedress/index.htm
Coverville…Creator and host, Brian Ibbott, is one of the most consistent podcasters around. His twice weekly show spotlights new covers of older songs, never cease to amaze me! This week is his 516th show (all of which are downloadable). Make sure to check out the archives http://coverville.com
Kent Kotal, has put together quite a remarkable website…I’ll let him describe it, “If you’re tired of the same old 200 oldies being drummed into your head over and over and over and over again…then GET ON THE LIST!!! Forgotten Hits is a free online oldies music newsletter that allows oldies music fans the opportunity to share their memories right alongside those of the deejays, who keep this music alive, as well as many of the great artists who created this great music in the first place.”
SCOTT SHANNON TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL
My pal from the past, Scott Shannon, not only is the top “Oldies” DJ in America, with over a million listeners, but he’s become a champion of an era of music that is being systematically eliminated on radio. The pursuit of younger listeners by advertisers, is resulting in part of our musical history being all but wiped out. Check out Scott’s website. http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/html/what.html
MTV is the pioneer in pop videos where you can see videos on line from early in the morning…until a little later in the morning. They are a bit heavy on puke-inducing alleged reality shows like “The Hills”, and the search for a new best friend by Paris Hilton, but you still can keep up with the latest hits as well as the drama on “Making The Band”. http://www.mtv.com/
Three of my MTV video favorites this week are from David Archuleta “Crush” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?artist=3080429&vid=278040
NEW EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce and her latest “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518071&vid=288236
UNEDITED! UNCENSORED! Britney Spears, “Womanizer”, http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518072&vid=288244
VH1 is the equivalent of an MOR or Adult Contemporary station with very little rap, and a better quality of pop songs. They have some the coarsest shows on reality TV like “I Love Money”, “Rock Of Love” and “Charm School”. They probably have shows like “What’s Your STD?”, and “Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy” waiting in the wings. They also routinely have music specials that are pretty good, but my favorite show is the Top 20 video countdown. Check it out. http://www.vh1.com/
My VH1 faves this week are, NEW! “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce, “What About Now? by Daughtry, “Single” by New Kids On The Block, and NEW! Katy Perry Video, “Hot And Cold”. On the left hand side of the VH1 Homepage, you can click onto the titles you’d like to see.
BET…The Black Entertainment network is a bit rap heavy, but diverse within the Genre. It’s also one of the few places where you can see the latest R&B videos. One of my favorite shows is “106th street And Park”, with its Top Ten Countdown hosted by the foxy, Rocsi and some guy. The site also archives favorite old videos of current chartmakers like Usher, Ciara, and TI, which has given me a new perspective on enigmatic artists like Tupac Shakur. Click http://bet.com go to videos…music and check it out.
CMT…Country Music Television plays the best country videos. I haven’t been able to get it here the desert, for a year, so I can’t recommend any thing new. http://cmt.com
OVER 50 MUSIC. COM
My longtime friend songwriter/ producer musician, Art Munson has put together a website that features music and articles of interest to our generation. He also is writing about his firsthand experiences as a musician, playing with Dick Dale as one of the Deltones, working on sessions with Glenn Campbell, and producing the Blossoms. I can’t wait to hear some of his stories about playing on Phil Spector and Righteous Brothers sessions, or when he played with Jimi Hendrix.
RONNIE ALLEN OLDIES ARCHIVES
My Spectropop pal, Ronnie Allen, internet DJ, has put 65 of his best interviews online with the stars, and the people behind the scenes, who shaped the music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Ronnie Allen is located at the Jersey Girls Sing site, and if you click onto the marquee with his name on it, you’ll see a list of his archives, which include rare interviews with Bob Crewe and Roy Orbison.
LAURA PINTOS OLDIES CONNECTION
Laura calls her remarkable site, “the one-stop-shopping place to catch up with all your favorite actively touring artists from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. We cover the light pop music, ot the culture, not the politics, not TV, or the movies…just Rock&Roll! Click onto http://lpintop.tripod.com/oldiesconnection/
If you have more sites that I should write about, please leave the info below in the comments section along with a url of the site..
Thanks and regards, Artie http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
See what Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan were talking about when they mentioned our feature “If It’s On The Internet It’s Gotta Be True!” on their EMMY award winning show “30 Rock” last season! Here’s the latest installment. http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/1842/
After being mentioned a dozen times by Obama and McCain, in the final Presidential debate, Joe the Plumber has signed a million dollar endorsement deal with Procter and Gamble, for a yet to be disclosed product.
America’s hottest TV show, “Dancing With The Stars”, started off the night with a bang, then everybody came out and danced! The surprise of the night came when Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, took Republican VP Candidate Sarah Palin for a spin around the floor.
EXCLUSIVE! JUST IN! Here’s the hilarious video of John McCain roasting Barack Obama at the Al Smith Dinner in Washington.
Now here’s an equally hilarious video of Barack Obama, roasting John McCain at the same dinner. http://www.viralvideochart.com/youtube/obama_roasts_mccain_at_al_smith_dinner?id=v5SWQJWm6Tg
If they didn’t have this Presidential thing to worry about, they could team up and become the new Abbott and Costello!
“Tweenie Princess”, Miley Cyrus wears a purity ring, which means she’ll remain a virgin until she gets married. To insure that promise, her father Billy Ray has beefed up security.
In a yard sale, that America held to pay for the $700,000,000 bailout, Oprah Winfrey, bought the letter “O” for a billion dollars! She’ll receive a royalty each time her letter is used in a word, which will also be donated to “the cause”.
Ten Time Grammy award winner, Kanye West, had an audience with the Pope, but left in a huff when the Pontiff refused to kiss his ring!
Last week, Russia’s Prime Minister Putin was given a two and a half month old tiger cub for his 57th birthday. When he arrived at JFK this morning, Katie Couric, asked how his little friend was. He smiled and said, “Delicious!”
EXPOSED! OBAMA-McCAIN SECRET AGREEMENT! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/exposed-obama-mccain-secret-pact/
October 13, 2008
October 11, 2008
The public has spoken, and the media has listened! This week five songs in the top 20 videos are by the winners or runners up of “American Idol”, the biggest TV show in America, and “Pop Idol”, its counterpart in the U.K.
Finally, real artists who can really sing without the help of effects and digital enhancement, who rely on good well-crafted commercial songs!
Among all these singers, one really stands out, singer/songwriter Chris Daughtry, a finalist on “American Idol” 2006. He’s got the potential of being the biggest artist of this decade. He’s the “Real Deal” as so many critics have called him. He not only make great rock records that reek with integrity, but also uses his music to make powerful statments. Here’s his latest #1, and his thought provoking “What About Now? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9
Now here’s Jordin Sparks, 2007 “American Idol”, winner and “One Step At A Time”, with over 5,000,000 views! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzyys6kW8yg
Next we have 2008 runner-up David Archuleta, with over 2,000,000 views on his video “Crush”. His excellent choice of material and original delivery assures him a long successful career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yff9nCctMkg
Here’s Leona Lewis, winner of UKs’ “Pop Idol” in 2007, who has a second #1 hit the UNEDITED, UNCENSORED video of “Better In Time” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skc5bnKj-50
Jennifer Hudson, Academy Award Winner for “Dreamgirls”and 3rd season “American Idol” finalist, has one of the best new singles out, “Spotlight” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ojza4LcC-4
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October 10, 2008
People ask me where do I find the incredible music videos I put in my articles. I tell them it’s easy and now I want to show you how I do it…for free! I also include over 150 URLs to the greatest videos on the internet, that you can enjoy over and over again, at least until they shut the amazing archives down.
A few years ago, during the Christmas season, I noticed the lack of new shows celebrating the holidays. and remembered how many great choices I had when I was a kid. There was the original “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in stop motion, A jerky “Frosty The Snowman”, which made me shiver with delight, as well as perrenial TV Specials like “Ahmal and the Night Visitors”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, which I always looked forward to.
Over the past few years, when I look for these Christmas shows to be broadcast over regular TV, I’m disappointed on a regular basis. I hoped cable TV would provide me with some Christmas cheer, but all that I could find were Christmas Horror Flicks like, “Silent Night, Bloody Night”, and “Christmas Evil”, where Santa Slays everyone before the last reel.
Then someone suggested, that I look for my favorites on the internet and after a little experimentation, I found that I could locate just about anything that’s ever been filmed, taped or recorded. It’s just about how to go about it.
First I Googled…Rudolf the rednosed reindeer video, and found thousands of choices. I knew the late Johnny Marks, the composer of “Rudolf”, who once told me that dozens of little films had been made based on his classic song, but only a few had been shown in the US. I narrowed my quest by googling…Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer, original video, Gene Autry…and in a matter of seconds, I had the video I was looking for. I had patience and kept going deeper into the thousands of pages that were offered, until I found what I wanted.
When I was putting up a video tribute to Elvis, I wanted to include things that people weren’t familiar with. Not only the clips from early TV shows, but outakes, screen tests and home movies. just by Googling…Elvis Video outakes, films and TV, I eventually found everything I wanted. Just be patient…and keep adding additional key words for google to look for.
I started out by making a Top Ten List, which evolved into a Top 20 list (that actually totals 25), that include Elvis’ first TV appearance, various screen tests. The extensive collection, has been praised around the world by friends and fans of Elvis, which I’m very proud of!
When I started to look for videos to go along with my forthcoming book, ” I Did It For A Song”, about my years in the music business, I didn’t expect to find many. To my amazement I found 130 already, and I’m still looking.
When my friend, songwriter, Mark Barkan (“She’s A Fool”, “The Writing On The Wall”) asked me to help him find some videos on one of his songs, “Pretty Flamingo”, I not only found Manfred Mann’s original black and white video from the ’60s, but Rod Stewart’s ’70s cover, but a live version by Bruce Springsteen, which Mark didn’t even know about.
How can a regular person not in the Music Business make use of music videos on the net? What about creating a video sound track of your life or one for your loved one?
I got so excited, about all the music videos available, that I made and posted on my blog lists for holidays and special occasions.
Regards, Artie Wayne On The Web http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
Copyright 2008 by Artie Wayne
Here are several collections, I hope you’ll enjoy and be inspired by.
THE TOP 25 GREATEST ELVIS PRESLEY MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME! They’re all here videos from rare early TV Shows, Screen Tests, Movies and TV shows. with personal remembrances from DJ Scott Shannon, Bobbi Cowan, and Eddie Hodges. http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/top-20-elvis-music-videos-of-all-time/
THE TOP, THE BEST, AND GREATEST CHRISTMAS VIDEOS OF ALL TIME! They’re all here, Bing, Elvis, Rudolf, EXCLUSIVE JOSH GROBAN FROM NOEL!, NEW ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, SINGING REINDEER AND “WHITE CHRISTMAS”, Nat “King”Cole, Chipmunks, Jingle Cats, Neil Diamond, Band-Aid, EXCLUSIVE UNEDITED CHRIS BROWN “THIS CHRISTMAS”, Ashley Tisdale, Enya, Carpenters, Brenda Lee, Beach Boys, Sponge Bob, Perry Como, Alvin and the Chipmunks and so much more! HOURS AND HOURS OF FAMILY FUN with the original Christmas music clips and new Christmas Video animations! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-christmas-music-videos/
NOOKIES TOP CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH VIDEOS! includes Adam Sandler’s “HANUKKAH SONG”, the Full Original Version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Burl Ives stop motion original “Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer”, JUST ADDED JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, N SYNC, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TOBY KEITH AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/12/22/nookies-top-holiday-video-picks/
TOP SUMMER CLASSIC OLDIE VIDEOS! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/top-summer-classic-oldie-videos/ includes Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, Rascals, Drifters, Lovin’Spoonful, Sly and the Family Stone, Katerina and the Waves, Tokens, Brian Hyland, Shangri-las, Alan Jackson and MORE!
ARTIE”S NEW HOT SUMMER MUSIC VIDEOS! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/arties-hot-summer-music-videos/ No Rap, No Crap, Good Songs Are Back! UNEDITED “I KISSED A GIRL!”, New Kids On The Block, Kid Rock, UNCENSORED Mariah, Usher, David Cooke, NEW TITLES EVERY FRIDAY! Leona Lewis, Duffy, Maroon 5, Rhianna. and MORE!
THE TOP, THE BEST, AND THE GREATEST PATRIOTIC MUSIC VIDEOS!http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-patriotic-music-videos/ Includes Elvis, Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Fess Parker, James Brown, Johnny Horton, Springsteen, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Neil Diamond, The Marine Corp Band, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
October 9, 2008
If you’re a singer older than Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers, you’re considered “demographically challenged”, but if you take a look at the videos of the artists who are making it to the top of the charts these days…that might be about to change!
Back in 1966, I briefly represented Neil Diamond, when I was a songplugger for April-Blackwood music. Neil was not only prolific, but all of his lyrics were consistently deep and his music, always commercial. I looked forward to him coming in to sing and play live, and familiarize me with the songs he had in the catalog. You can imagine how I felt when I returned to my office, after I had open heart surgery, and found a memo on my desk saying, Neil Diamond’s current contract is about to expire and the company will have to pay him an additional $50 a week, if they want to keep him. The memo goes on to say that this is something they refuse to do, since Neil is still a few grand in the red on his old contract!
That’s when I see RED! I storm, or more accurately limp into the executive offices. Although I’m grateful that CBS paid for my operation, I start to feel I’m making a mistake by working here, when I have to fight to get a pittance for Neil Diamond, songwriter who I think is worth millions! When my pleas fall on deaf ears, and that’s when I coin the phrase, “This Sucks!” and leave CBS forever!
In the meantime, Neil hasn’t done badly for himself, he’s sold over 100,000,000 LPs and CDs and earlier this year had the #1 CD with “Home Before Dark”. Here’s one of the best songs from that collection. “If I Don’t See You Again” http://music.barnesandnoble.com/flash/vdo.asp?VDpubID=443458
James Taylor just released an album called, “Covers”, which includes “Not Fade Away”, “Hound Dog”, and “Wichita Lineman. Usually, when a writer of his caliber does an album of other people’s songs, it means he’s run out of his own. In Taylor’s case some of his best recordings have been covers like “How Sweet It Is”, “Mockingbird” and “You’ve Got A Friend” Here’s a seven minute clip on the making of “Covers” http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1757901/james_taylor_covers_epk/
BRAND NEW! As relevant as the recent releases by the aforementioned artists Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”, “Rock And Roll Heaven”) has written, sung, and produced the finest album of his career. I worked with him at Warner Brothers Music, when The Warner Raiders and I got hundreds, yes hundreds of covers on his highly commercial songs. Although I knew he was immensely talented, I never expected him to develop into the writer and artist he is today. Here is the title track and first hit from Alan O’Day’s new CD, “I Hear Voices” “I could write pages about what I heard, but a song is worth a thousand words!”
Here’s Alan O’Day and “I Hear Voices” If this video is disabled please click http://www.vimeo.com/1969065
Congratulations Madonna on hitting the big 50! Your latest album, “Hard Candy”, is as hip and hot as your first. Here’s my favorite cut with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. “Four Minutes To Save The World” http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=k5-BJY00nHI
BEHIND THE SCENES! The last time I talked to Brian Wilson, was when I was running Irving/Almo Music, in the mid-seventies, and he gave me permission to change some of the lyrics of “Good Vibrations” to fit the Troggs. “I love the clothes you almost wear and the way the sunlight plays upon your hair”. Brian always had a good sense of humor, which shows in this clip in a cab outside the Abby Road Studios, where he cut his latest album. Here is the iBlack Cab session and “Lucky Old Sun” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2008/sep/18/brian.wilson.black.cab.sessions
I never was a big fan of Randy Newman, although I helped get a few covers on “Sail Away” (Ray Charles, Bobby Darin). My friend publicist, Bobbi Cowan, turned me on to Randy’s latest album, along with her rave review!
“As with most of Randy Newman’s albums, you can’t pick out a couple of cuts, and say they are the best…The title cut “Harps & Angels” is wonderful… Next he’s got a real heartbreaker, a ballad called “Losing You.” There’s more, but this is why we need to listen to albums, not just to cuts and downloaded singles…nobody does it like Randy Newman. Here’s “Losing You”…and the story behind the song. http://nonesuch.com/media/videos/randy-newman-the-unforgettable-inspiration-behind-losing-you
Here are The Eagles who are even better than they were when I represented their publishing in the early ‘70s. They had a #1 CD and a smash world-wide tour. Here’s my favorite “How Long”
The unlikely pairing of “Snoop Dog” and Willie Nelson gives us “Buy My Medicine” http://www.clevver.com/music/video/206064/snoop-dogg-my-medicine-fwillie-nelson.php
I became friendly with Jackson Browne, just before his first album came out. I was so impressed with his writing, that I got Michael Jackson to cover “Doctor My Eyes”, which went Top 10 in the UK. What always amazed me about Jackson is he would change lyrics constantly, from the time he’d write a new song to the time he’d demo it, record and finally perform it. I don’t know if he does that these days, but he still knows how to touch out the rebel spirit in me! From new CD, “The Drums Of War”, Jackson Browne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc-i98oNQ5Y
Here’s George Strait and “Troubadour”, from the #1 album of the same name. http://www.cmt.com/videos/george-strait/264107/troubadour.jhtml
HOORAY! It’s been 16 years since the New Kids on the Block, broke up. Now they’re back with a vengeance! They ruled the summer with “Summertime”, now they’re going back to the top with “Single”, from their new CD “The Block” featuring Ne-Yo
The unlikely pairing of “Snoop Dog” and Willie Nelson gives us “Buy My Medicine” http://www.clevver.com/music/video/206064/snoop-dogg-my-medicine-fwillie-nelson.php
It won’t be long before we see a whole bunch more of hits coming from so-called “demographically challenged artists”. Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dwight Twilley, Prince, Ron Dante, Tommy James, Bruce Springsteen, Al Kooper, are all waiting in the wings, and even Tom Jones is putting out a new CD after a 16 year absence!
Whether you or a friend is in “Comeback Mode” or a “demographically challenged” newcomer, “defying the odds”, just send us a video from your CD (which has been released in the past six months) and a bio. Everything will be watched, many will be considered, but only a few will make it to Artie Wayne on the Web Demographically Challenged Singers Part 2 coming in May!
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