Blazing Cat Fur
Yoko we will have with us always.
Life is not fair.
Not spending her whole life with a loony lefty counts for something, doesn’t it? 😉
Sad – she was mistreated, but always acted with dignity. John Lennon was left to hold the bag.
I’ve never quite understood why Yoko.
Linda McCartney despite her vegan streak could at least passably play keyboards and she was easy on the eyes.
John was a mentally weak individual and Yoko is an accomplished manipulator who knew all of John’s buttons.
It’s all coming back.
The shooting, the candle light vigils.
And the radio playing the fuck out of Double Fantasy.
The Red and Blue double albums of the Beatles Greatest Hits were my nursery rhymes when I was a little kid.
The other three Beatles’ solo projects were far superior to anything Lennon did in the seventies.
I remember all of that, and at the time wishing it had been Yoko instead. That feeling has never left me either.
And if not instead then at least also.
Anyone remember her grotesque attempt to make her talentless hack kid Sean (in)famous with a few stupid music videos that had heavy rotation on MTV but never went anywhere because they sucked?
She did it on TWO albums; the whore.
“Season of Glass”
“It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)”
I’m doing a total Horshack over here.
Oh, oh, oh! Mr. Kotter!
“It’s Alright (I See Rainbows)”?!?
Oh God. She just… Oh God.
He had his mother’s talent, that’s for sure. This wasn’t even the worst of it, but it’s what I can find now.
Payola meets vanity publishing.
Sean Lennon has become a very talented composer of film soundtracks, among other things. He is far and away more talented than you suggest, and way more talented than his father.
I just looked at everything he’s done, and NO he’s not that talented.
He is where he is solely because of his name.
Glad to hear you “looked” at his soundtrack work. I’m impressed. You might be, too, if you LISTENED to his soundtrack work. Just a suggestion.
It took me about five minutes to make, what I feel, is an informed decision on Sean Lennon’s Hackiness.
We can agree to disagree if you like. I can live with that.
However, your claim that he is more talented than his old man is somewhat beyond the pale.
You are right, we will have to agree to disagree about Sean. And we definitely must agree to disagree about John Lennon, one of the most overrated songwriters of all time. BTW, Paul McCartney truly is a genius. 😉
Hi, my name is Justin Trudeau and I approve of this message.
God left Yoko here to punish us for our sins.
Thankfully he also gave us the Cocteau Twins.
That’s a dubious trade.
Are you sure you didn’t mean the “Thompson Twins”?
New Wave band fight, NOW, NOW, NOW!
I saw the Thompson Twins in 1983 at the Winnipeg Arena.
They were the opening act for The Police on the Synchronicity Tour.
Who the fuck are these poseurs?
I was still letting go of my New Wave prejudice.
Strangely we spent a lot more time listening to the T-Twins album that summer than Synchronicity.
If You Were Here was in Sixteen Candles.
(Just youtubed it. Fucking goosebumps.)
Elisabeth Fraser has a voice that could charm a man off the space station.
From the moon.
She was the featured vocalist on Teardrop by Massive Attack which is also the theme song of the TV drama House.
I’ll have to listen to more of the Cocteau Twins, and let you know. I don’t hate them, I just know little of them other than they had a few famous song that I just can’t remember right now.
Maybe this video will work in your country, it doesn’t in mine.
Hey, did you ever like Galaxie 500?
No, I never heard of them.
From what I have discovered, a lot of these New Wave groups were terribly regional.
SoCal and NYC had a good cross section, but we missed a bunch too.
Tell me if this downloads for you. You MIGHT have to wait 60-seconds before the download starts, but the choices for anonymous file uploading aren’t all that good.
If this doesn’t work, tell me, and then send the Cat Man your e-mail addy and tell him to pass it along to me and I’ll hook you up directly.
Any lurkers out there can feel free to grab this too.
It’s an over the air taping of an L.A. New Wave radio station (KROQ) from July 25, 1982.
Galaxie 500 were a college band from Boston.
They formed in ’88 or ’89 and released three really indie records in the face of the hair metal wave before Nirvana struck and wiped everybody out.
Oh my fucking God!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boy Meets Girl by Haircut 100 is what you come out of the chute with?!
Electricity by OMD.
You gotta be fucking kidding me!
They played this on the radio in the United States?
I had to crawl over broken glass to buy this record and then tape it so I could play it in my car.
It was a magical time, that’s for sure!
Imagine a radio that only plays songs you like, and that was KROQ/91-X in the 1980’s.
Here is some 91X, almost as good quality as the KROQ stuff.
Because of problems with the radio signal getting over the mountains of the valley, we could only listen to 91X when we went to Zuma beach.
We actually liked 91X a little better, but it was just unlistenable (too much static) unless you were within a few miles of the coast.
Ahhh… that brings back memories of rubbing suntan lotion on friend’s younger sister’s back.
Cara D, if you are out there, I have never forgotten you. 🙂
Sorry for the delay, I had to go talk to my buddy at the beer store.
Followed by the Clash.
Fuck me ragged!
No biggie, I’m just glad that there is someone else out there that appreciates these as well as I do.
Here is a “lost” classic, and when I say “lost” I really mean it. This song was played on the radio a lot for several months on KROQ at the end of ’84 and the beginning of ’85, but never appeared on any record.
It was Polyrock’s “Warm & Dry”. It only existed as a “live” bootleg.
Anyways, one thing lead to another (with nothing happening), and the master dub that KROQ was playing over the air finally wore out and they stopped playing it.
It was finally released on a VERY poorly mastered and very limited release cassette tape (maybe they ran off a thousand?).
Anyway, I was able to get a pristine copy of the tape, and by misadjusting MY own tape player, and then running it through a lot of serious de-noising on my computer, I was able to mostly bring it back to slightly better than OTA quality.
The Specials Gangsters.
I was working in a kitchen, fuck! what was his name?
Tim Tan gave me this tape and said you’ll like it.
And then I was Two Tone for a solid year.
Whenever I say This one is for all the bouncers. Big, big, monkey man.
Nobody gets it.
Except once in a while and then I’ve got a new friend.
Remember this by “Bad Manners”?
Rests chin on curled fist.
No, the only Bad Manners song I ever heard was Nee, Nee, Nee, Na, Na, Na, Noo, Noo.
Did you mean this?
link doesn’t work
but I think you meant this:
Mine was Jugg’s Revenge.
What about Suggs?
We got the beat!
Not even on secretary radio!
And the Jam comes next.
Surrender to you and your beaches while I was looking for Joy Division records in a second hand store downtown when it was zero degrees.
Still, good times for me and better times for you.
We had know idea you had it so good.
To tell you the truth, we didn’t know we had it as well as we did either, until we didn’t have it anymore.
Some of my best memories was racing to the beach, while cutting school during lunch. If I drove fast enough, we could get there, get some sun in, and be back at school so when it got out, Suzanne’s mom would see her walk out the front, and be none the wiser as to why her daughter was slightly sunburned and smelled like a Pina Colada. 🙂
I wished I still had my first car!
Mine was a Datsun 510 that I bought from my parents for $350.
You should have asked for a ’79 924!
They were not THAT expensive It was one of those cars that looked more expensive than they were.
“Dad, if you don’t get me this car, you will have ugly grand children!”
Yes, I really did say that.
I remember seeing those on the road.
They’d never last the winter here.
You are probably right. That car never saw snow in it’s life.
I am far from having my own grand children.
The Cure on KROQ twenty five years ago?
The cure was on KROQ over thirty years ago!
The first Cure song I ever heard.
The Cure – Jumping Someone Else’s Train
Followed closely by the Primary in maybe 1980 or 1981?
Best Cure song is Just Like Heaven.
“…show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream” she said
“The one that makes me laugh” she said
And threw her arms around my neck”
Great lyrics, but not quite my favorite Cure song, but good enough. 🙂
RX-7 you can’t fit two kids in that back seat.
KROQ played Never Stop by
Echo and the Bunnymen.
They covered almost the entire Album of “Songs to Learn and Sing”. ‘Do it clean’ got a lot of airplay even.
That pisses me off.
That wasn’t an RX-7, but if you were desperate (unlike an RX-7), you could fill all the seats and then some. The most I ever had in that car was five girls plus myself. Their ride home from a party never showed.
I take it ya liked it?
OK, hang on for another one, then I’ll move over to some 91-X material from the same era.
Sound quality is pretty good, too.
Meet Duran Duran in person at Canoga Park?
Know what though, I bought that bumper sticker and put it on my ’67 Chevelle.
Yeah, that was the weird part of living here in the early 1980’s.
All of these famous bands (to us but not yet the mainstream) were appearing at rinky-dink record stores all over the San Fernando Valley.
Concerts? More than you could go to and they were begging for bodies to fill out the venues.
In 1983 my friends and I all grabbed ‘season passes’ to Six Flags Magic Mountain (maybe $35-$40 for unlimited entry for an entire year) and we pretty much saw everybody we cared to, but in hind sight, we still didn’t see enough.
We saw lots of Oingo Boingo and The Sparks and a lot that I have forgotten.
“This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
OK, I’ll make good on that and give you “Genius of Love” by the Tom Tom Club.
“What you gonna do when you get out of jail?”
“I’m gonna have some fun”
Genius of Love
Thanks. There’s some sort of drug you need to take before you can really properly appreciate this, though, right?
Only the massive amounts of serotonin your brain produced when you were 17 or 18 that seemed to make EVERYTHING awesome.
Now I just listen to it while I’m in the shower.
It’s the only logical explanation…
I’m thinking of embarking on a solo trip around the world in a small boat without radio contact when Bob Dylan dies. That should take a few months, right? It’ll be better than putting up with the orgy of boomer self-worship that the rest of you are going to have to endure.
The problem with Dylan is that who he really is and what boomers see are two different things.
The boomers are still going to San Francisco with flowers in their hair.
But, Dylan is a Travelling Wilbury who said you gotta serve somebody.
That was true of Lennon too. The least convincing hippy/peacenik ever. I can only attribute it to the drugs. My impression is that his defining emotion was anger.
Here’s a post I did in the Before Time. Very few things make me “LOL”, but this really did: https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/2014/08/08/this-is-funny-magical-misery-tour/
Thank you ‘Mamba.
That’s like peeking into a petri dish of an active Ebola culture.
Lennon and McCartney together were 100X anything they were apart.
Definitely before my time, but here’s the other song I know from National Lampoon’s Radio Diner album from 1972. Also pitch-perfect brilliant.
OMG! What a horror you have evoked. I hadn’t thought of this possibility. I expect to outlive Dylan.
Catamaran for two?
The only Lennon solo number I liked was “Whatever Gets You Through the Night,” because it has a good beat. Everything else he did was inferior stuff, especially the horrid “Imagine.”
That’s one of the episodes of WKRP that makes me cringe.
If I haven’t misremembered, the station is being threatened by a Christian sponsor who wants to pull their ads because they play “Imagine”.
“Imagine” made me puke the day it was released. I have always loathed that song for its overarching hypocrisy.
I like Jealous Guy.
Here’s a good “jealous guy” song.
Sometimes I can’t help being a one upper.
Still my favourite R.E.M. song.
I submit that “Imagine” has perpetrated more evil on this planet than “Horst Wessel Lied” ever thought of doing.
I want to expand on your perceptive remark about Yoko being an “accomplished manipulator”. My wife (Japanese) has a Japanese friend, also living in Toronto, who lived in London in the 1960’s-1970’s. She knew very well Yoko Ono and she still receives occasionally letters from her (I have a sample) – they are handwritten on quality paper with a letterhead saying simply “Yoko” and a drawing of the Dakota Building at the bottom.
Anyway, that lady was telling us that the usual myth about how John and Yoko met is not true. You know – when he accidentally walked into a gallery hosting her exhibition and saw that large ladder underneath a magnifying glass hanging from the ceiling and a note urging you to use it to read the word “Yes” written on the ceiling. John was so impressed by it, etc. etc. The truth was that she chased Lennon for years trying to get more prominent position in London’s art scene. She was a mediocre conceptual “artist” who before meeting John supported herself by mooching money from her family – her father was a very rich banker. The same lady was also telling us that Yoko’s family was devastated by her antics and many family friends offered their support to help them get over the embarrassment of having such a weird daughter. Today Yoko is the same wacko, only richer.
Dear God, I so love confirmation!
Thank you Blogwrath for that little peak behind the curtain (or vignette of horror).
Thank you for that!
Why whatever do you mean? Yoko is an accomplished musical artist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9tqHLmPDUk
You know I’m not gonna watch that, right?
I’d sooner listen to Aerosmith, the vaudeville band.
I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
Somehow this situation reminds me of my friends telling me that the umbrella would work if I jumped off the roof.
Go on. Kick the football.
I read Peanuts when I was a kid.
I used to wish that he would just once kick her in the head instead.
To me this is Love In An Elevator and almost everything else that is Aerosmith.
If it makes you feel better, this is how Steven Tyler looks now: http://ll-media.tmz.com/2011/10/27/102711-steven-still.jpg
As the first commenter on that video wrote: Chapman shot the wrong fucking person that day.
It must have been hard for her, not being able to play violin or piano. You know what I mean.
Let us cleanse our ears with this:
Sadly, Cynthia Lennon was badly used by her husband.
May she rest in peace.
PS – sorry, but someone seems to have edited out Yoko’s yodeling. (I wonder why). If interested, maybe you can find a copy of this with that in, though I’ll understand if you don’t. 🙂
It is there at 1:20.
The look on his face at 1:20 is priceless.
Total what the fuck was that.
Or maybe it reminded him of what he heard when ogling women through peepholes in motel walls. Chuck Berry was/is an arrogant prick and a pervert.
Yes, from what I have read that is true about Chuck Berry.
However, in the rarified atmosphere of arrogant pricks like Lennon and Berry, not even he deserved the disrespect he got from that woman.
And worse for John for bringing her on.
There are two, as I know from a copy I have on my other computer (about 900 miles away right now), and they are much more noticeable. I just assumed they would be in this. I listened to another, and it didn’t have them, either, at least not in their full glory.
How could John Lennon give up on Cynthia Lennon to take up with Yoko Dildo is a mystery to us aged rockers. Only gawd knows.
In my best Craig Ferguson voice: “I KNOW!”