Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Song:The Rum Tum Tugger
Album:Cats: Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording
One of the interesting things about the 1982 Broadway show Cats is that Geffen Records tried to sell the original cast album like a pop record. And that included doing a music video. The music video was for The Rum Tum Tugger starring Terrence Mann. He is identified only in the end credits of the video. Cats was Mann's first big show and he's been on Broadway ever since. He was born July 1, 1951 in Ashland, KY. His mom was a concert pianist. He grew up in Largo, FL and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mann's first Broadway show was Barnum in 1980 and then he was hired for Cats. He met his wife Charlotte d'Amboise while doing Cats. Normally Broadway musical cast albums are sold as an adjunct of the show. Geffen Records tried to go beyond that and did a music video for The Rum Tum Tugger. It worked because it got played on MTV. Of course Mann plays Rum Tum Tugger and that's him without makeup playing the janitor at the beginning of the video. None of the actors are named. So though the video didn't make Mann famous, he's been in plenty of musicals including Les Miserables (Tony nominated), The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family and most recently Tuck Everlasting which had a short run last year. Probably his best known film role was as Ug in the Critters movies. He is a regular on the Netflix series Sense8 which was recently cancelled and will end in 2018. Also he's a professor at Western Carolina University. Here's the video of The Rum Tum Tugger by Terrence Mann.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Song:A Boy Named Sue
Album:Johnny Cash at San Quentin
For everything that Johnny Cash recorded over the years, I bet most would be surprised that A Boy Named Sue was his only top five pop hit. Cash performed the song on Johnny Cash in San Quentin. I'm sure no one was more surprised than Cash that the song was a hit. The big thing about it is that it led to his TV variety show. The Johnny Cash Show has held up very well over the years. Cash had performed in prisons for years and he wanted to record a live album in a prison for a long time. When Columbia assigned Bob Dylan's producer Bob Johnston to Cash, he gave the green light to record in Folsom Prison. The album was so successful they decided to do a sequel at San Quentin. It was recorded Feb. 24, 1969 and filmed by British TV network Granada TV. This is available on DVD. Not surprisingly, the album was a hit. But the big surprise was when A Boy Named Sue became a hit single. It topped the country charts and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. A Boy Named Sue was written by humorist Shel Silverstein, probably best known for the Doctor Hook hit Sylvia's Mother. Silverstein said A Boy Named Sue was a tribute to legendary humorist Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story). I guess Jean is perceived as a girl's name. Silverstein gave the song to Cash at a Guitar Pull where they pass a guitar around and perform songs. His wife June Carter encouraged Cash to perform the song. San Quentin was the first performance of A Boy Named Sue. Cash didn't even know the words. You can see him in the video looking at a piece of paper on the music stand. The success of A Boy Named Sue led to ABC offering Cash his own TV show. The Johnny Cash Show was very successful. Johnny Cash at San Quentin is available as a budget CD. Here's Johnny Cash performing A Boy Named Sue in San Quentin Feb. 24, 1969. This video is not on Youtube.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Song:Sucker For Pain
Album:Suicide Squad: The Album
These days movie producers are looking for a hit soundtrack to go with the movie. This is especially true of a comic book movie like Suicide Squad. What they normally try to do is compile an all star cast for the soundtrack. Steven Price composed the score and you can get that on a separate CD. Atlantic Records had their A&R department compile Suicide Squad: The Album. You'll notice they don't call it a soundtrack. That's because some of the songs on the album aren't in the movie. And some of the songs that are in the movie aren't on the soundtrack album. There is mostly new songs on the album. An album like this has a built in fanbase. But Atlantic and everyone else involved wants to have a hit single. Sucker For Pain was the second single from the album. It reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album topped the Billboard Hot 200 and it was certified Platinum. Mission accomplished. From what I could tell, Sucker For Pain was written by Imagine Dragons and producer Alexander "Alex Da Kid" Grant. They worked together before. At the time Imagine Dragons were taking a break but I guess they couldn't resist a big movie. Lil Wayne is the main rapper on this song so I do recommend it to his fans. And maybe to Wiz Khalifa fans. The other artists contribute very little. Were they necessary? Does it matter? As for the credits, recently I was reading an article on The Guardian about the negotiations that determine credits. It's a little too screwy for me. It can get very complicated. Among others who appear on this CD are Skillrex, Rick Ross, Action Bronson, Eminem and Panic! At the Disco. It's not my cup of tea but obviously plenty of folks bought this CD. Here's the video for Sucker For Pain by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla Sign featuring X Ambassadors.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Song:One Song Glory
Album:The Best Of Rent: Highlights From The Original Cast Album
Though Adam Pascal is a veteran Broadway performer, he is best known for his very first show and that was Rent in 1996. He appeared on Broadway and London, the film version of Rent and the touring cast. He was born Feb. 25, 1970 in The Bronx, NY and he grew up in Woodbury in Long Island. Pascal wanted to be a rock singer and he was in several bands. He's a big Queensryche fan and he does a tribute to them in concert. It was suggested that he should audition for Rent and he won the role of HIV positive musician Roger Davis. One Song Glory is Pascal's big number early in the show and he still performs it in his concerts. Rent was very successful. Pascal went on to appear in the London production, the national touring production and the film. This highlights CD from the Broadway show is available as a budget CD. Pascal has appeared in other Broadway shows like Aida in 2000 as Radames, as The Emcee in the 2003 revival of Cabaret and as Huey Calhoun in the 2011 show Memphis. Most recently he appeared as William Shakespeare in the musical Something Rotten! which was on Broadway but is currently on a national tour. He has been less successful in films and as a recording artist though he has been successful doing concert tours. I think that no matter what he does Adam Pascal will always be known for Rent. Here's Adam Pascal performing One Song Glory at the Huntington Theater in Boston Sept. 2008.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Song:I Want You
Album:20th Century Masters: the Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gato Barbieri
Argentinian sax player Leandro "Gato" Barbieri was an avant garde musician in the 60s. But in the 70s he made a sharp turn to become one of the pioneers of smooth jazz. Of course he didn't know that at the time. But I think A&M Records owner Herb Alpert did. He was born Nov. 28, 1932 in Rosario, Argentina. Charlie Parker was Barbieri's major influence. In the 50s he was in Lalo Shifrin's band. And in the 60s he moved to Italy with his wife (she was Italian) and started playing with guys like Don Cherry. Many fans here would have first heard of Barbieri when he signed with Impulse Records in 1969. And when producer Bob Thiele started Flying Dutchman Records, Barbieri recorded several early 70s albums. The turning point in Barbieri's career was when he composed the score for the 1972 film Last Tango In Paris. That won him a Grammy. That was a huge success. And after a few more albums for Impulse, Herb Alpert signed him to A&M and he produced the 1976 album Caliente!. It was Barbieri's first album for A&M. This was more commercial than anything Barbieri had previously recorded. His cover of the Marvin Gaye classic I Want You was an R&B hit. The strings and horns were arranged and conducted by Jay Chattaway. Musicians were David Taylor, Paul Faulise and Wayne Andre on trombone, Bernie Glow, Marvin Stamm and Randy Brecker on trumpet, Eddy Martinez and Don Grolnick on keyboards, David Spinozza, Eric Gale and Joe Beck on guitar, Gary King on bass, Lenny White on drums and Ralph McDonald on percussion. Carlos Santana guested on one track. Barbieri recorded four successful albums for A&M. This budget comp covers those years. Barbieri recorded for Columbia in the 80s. But he retired after his wife died in 1983. He returned in the late 90s and continued to record and tour until his death on Apr. 2, 2016 at age 83. Here's Gato Barbieri with Frank Ferrucci on piano, Bill Washer on guitar, Chico Rindner on bass, Jean-Francois Fabiano on drums and Guihlerme Franco on percussion performing I Want You at the 1984 Montreal Jazz Festival from the DVD Live In Montreal. I think this is out of print.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Here's the match video of Kairi Sane vs Shayna Baszler. This was the final of the Mae Young Classic. This was broadcast live from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on the WWE Network. From the tournament matches that were taped in July, it looked like the WWE was planning a Four Horsewomen angle probably for The Survivor Series. But it seems that from July to this week, the WWE decided against doing it probably because Ronda Rousey wouldn't agree to do it. There's not much point in doing it without her. The assumption that the WWE was doing that angle led a lot of folks to believe that Shayna would win this match. I disagreed. I didn't think she needed to win to do that angle. Now it seems the plan all along was for Kairi to win the tournament. Shayna got to the final because of the possibility of a Four Horsewomen angle. Her comments before the match played her up as a heel against cute little Kairi. But Kairi turned out to be much tougher than most folks expected. BTW, Kairi wore all new ring gear. Shayna dominated the first part of the match. She worked on Kairi's arm and a kick to the head sent Kairi to the floor. The worm turned after Kairi hit a spear that seemed to hurt Shayna's ribs. I don't think it was a real injury but it helped sell the drama. So when Shayna applied the rear naked choke that beat her other tournament opponents, Kairi elbowed her in the ribs to escape. And you all know that when a wrestler kicks out of her opponent's finisher, that wrestler, in this case Kairi, will win. And of course Kairi won with her flying elbow drop. The match was pretty good. I think it was hurt by time constraints. Kairi gave another great performance playing up the drama mostly using facial expressions. She reminded me a lot of 70s AJW legend Mimi Hagiwara who also was an actor who got into pro wrestling. Hikaru Shida and Yumi Ohka are also actors turned wrestlers. In STARDOM, Kairi was always going to play second fiddle to Io Shirai who taught her a lot of moves including the diving elbow drop. Her ring skills and her dramatic ability stands out in the WWE. I'm sure HHH was very pleased with Kairi's performance. Like Asuka, Kairi knows how to get herself and her opponent over. Neither of them need to be scripted. That is a very valuable attribute. HHH announced that Kairi will be in an NXT Women's Championship match in November in Houston. At last night's NXT tapings, it was announced that it would be a five way match. They are having qualifying matches to determine the participants. One other thing. Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling Erica Wiebe was in attendance. The WWE has been after her for two years. I expect her to be signed very soon. I can't wait to see her. Enjoy the video!
Album:Loc-ed After Dark
Tone-Loc was a very early rap success. He scored two top five pop hits. And Loc-ed After Dark was only the second rap album to top the Billboard Hot 200. But like a lot of rappers, he didn't last. He was born Anthony Terrell Smith Mar. 3, 1966 in Los Angeles. I guess at the time there was some novelty for a rapper with a gravelly voice. Apparently he was a gang member when Delicious Vinyl signed him to a record deal. Wild Thing was the first single from Tone-Loc's debut album Loc-ed After Dark. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second single Funky Cold Medina reached #3. The album was certified 2XPlatinum and it was Delicious Vinyl's first success. Most of the album was produced by Delicious Vinyl owners Matt Dike and Michael Ross. You might think that Wild Thing was based on The Troggs classic. It isn't. Of course the title is a sexual reference. Wild Thing is based on the Van Halen song Jamie's Cryin'. But there was no songwriting credit. Van Halen's management accepted a $5K settlement without consulting the band. Van Halen sued and settled for $180K out of court. Alex Van Halen said they should have got a lot more because the record made millions. Loc-ed After Dark is available as a budget CD. When his 1991 album Cool Hand Loc didn't sell that well, that was it for Tone-Loc. He became an actor and that's what he does today. Not surprisingly, he seems to do a lot of voice work. He still tours but at this point he's a nostalgia act. Here's the video for Wild Thing by Tone-Loc.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Song:La Rue Principale
Album:Les Annees 1992-1995
Les Colocs were very popular in Quebec in the early 90s. Like most Quebecois acts, they were unknown elsewhere. The band ended when group leader Dede Fortin committed suicide in 2000. He was born Nov. 17, 1962 in Saint-Thomas-Didyme, QC. He studied film at Universite de Montreal. He formed Les Colocs in 1990 with Patrick Esposito Di Napoli on harmonica, Mike Sawatzky on guitar, Serge Robert on bass and Jimmy Bourgoing on drums. Their music is folk rock. Fortin's songs address political and cultural issues in Quebec. Fortin wrote a lot of songs about Quebec Sovereignity. Les Colocs signed with BMG Canada. La Rue Principale is from their 1993 debut album Les Colocs. This is probably their most popular album. They suffered a big blow when Di Napoli died of AIDS on Nov. 13, 1994. It doesn't look like they were the same after that. They continued to record and tour Quebec. But Fortin struggled with depression and he committed suicide on May 8, 2000. That ended Les Colocs and BMG released this budget comp in 2001. Here's the video for La Rue Principale by Les Colocs. I know the video looks low quality. It's supposed to look that way.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Song:You & Me
Here's a band to watch. The Hunna released their debut CD in 2016 and they got very positive buzz for their live shows. The Hunna are from Hertfordshire, England. They were formed in 2015. Lead singer Ryan Potter and lead guitarist Dan Dorney met in college. Dorney was already friends with bassist Jermaine Angin. Drummer Jack Metcalfe was added and The Hunna was born. Apparently Hunna is a slang word they use to each other. They signed with High Time Records and they released a couple of singles. Performances at Reading Festival, Leeds Festival and Dot-To-Dot Festival got them a US record deal with the Atlantic label 300 Entertainment. Their debut CD 100 was released Aug. 2016. It was produced by Lana Del Rey producer Tim Larcombe. The album did well and You & Me got some airplay on Alternative Radio. The Hunna have been on tour ever since. They toured with Jimmy Eat World and they were on Live Nation's Advanced Placement tour. The Hunna have been compared favourably to Kings of Leon and Foals. They are worth checking out. Here's the video for You & Me by The Hunna.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
On a Fox Sports Procast that you can watch here, UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk announced that she will defend her title against Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That means there are three title fights on this show. We've known for a while that this match would happen. Only the location and date were in question. And that turned out to be more complicated than you might think. Joanna really wants to fight at MSG just like last year. But how is her PPV points payoff affected by three title matches on the show? Could that cost Joanna a lot of money? The alternative would be to have this fight headline UFC Fight Night 118 Oct. 21 in Gdansk, Poland. Joanna gets to fight in front of her family. So I'm sure she was very conflicted. But when the UFC announced a few days ago that Donald Cerrone vs Darren Till would main event UFC Fight Night 118, that meant Joanna made the decision to fight at MSG. Everyone knows what Joanna will try to do. She may be the best striker in the UFC and she has great takedown defense. And she has tremendous endurance to go five rounds. And I think she has improved since moving to American Top Team and Perfecting Athletes. Rose looked great in her last fight with a submission win over Michelle Waterson. She should be the underdog in this fight. In the past, Rose has been inconsistent and I doubt that she can break Joanna's defense. She might be able to take Joanna down early in the fight. But we saw Claudia Gadelha run out of gas after winning round one and I don't know how Rose prevents that. She's never gone five rounds and Joanna is built for the long haul. That could be the difference in this fight.via @ProCast: @joannamma will fight at UFC 217 to tie @RondaRousey's record for title defenses! But who will she face? pic.twitter.com/529tokkW1V— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 12, 2017
Song:Closer Than Close
Album:Closer Than Close: The Best Of Jean Carne
Jean Carn started out as a jazz singer in the 70s usually working with her sax player husband Doug Carn. After they split, she turned to R&B and had success with Philadelphia International. She also worked with Norman Connors and sang his 1975 hit Valentine Love with Michael Henderson. Jean recorded four albums for Philadelphia International and she had modest success on the R&B charts with songs like Don't Let It Go To Your Head. She also scored with the 1980 duet with Al Johnson I'm Back For More. Then she moved to Motown for the 1982 album Trust Me. As with her final album on PI, Trust Me was produced by Norman Connors. When the album didn't do well, Jean added an "e" to her name on the advice of a numerologist. Then she signed with Atlantic's Omni label and released the 1986 album Closer Than Close. The title song was Jean's only number one R&B hit. Most of the album was produced by sax player Grover Washington Jr. The only other act Washington had produced was the jazz group Pieces Of A Dream. Closer Than Close was written by Fat Larry's Band singers Brandi Wells and Terry Price. Jean recorded two albums for Omni. She's still around but she hasn't recorded much in recent years. This comp from The Right Stuff has all her hits. Here's a video for Closer Than Close by Jean Carne.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Song:Cum On Feel The Noize
Album:Playlist: The Very Best Of Quiet Riot
Quiet Riot's Cum On Feel The Noize topped the charts in 1983. It was their only big hit. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1973 as Mach 1 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni. It was changed to Quiet Riot in 1975. The other other original members were lead singer Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. They got a deal with Columbia in 1977 but their first two albums were only released in Japan. There was bickering between DuBrow and Garni. Garni was replaced by Rudy Sarzo in 1978. Then Rhoads left for Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1979. Sarzo went with him. Not surprisingly, Quiet Riot split up in 1980. DuBrow formed a new band called DuBrow in 1980. After Rhoads 1982 death in a plane crash, Sarzo rejoined DuBrow along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Frankie Banali. They decided to use the name Quiet Riot and producer Spencer Proffer signed them to Columbia. Mental Health was released Mar. 1983. Cum On Feel The Noize reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though DuBrow wrote most of Quiet Riot's songs, Cum On Feel The Noize was written and originally recorded by the British band Slade. It topped the British charts in 1973. Slade was never that popular in North America but they were influential. Quiet Riot's version is a straight cover of the original. I don't think many North American fans were familiar with the original. The album Mental Health was certified 6XPlatinum. After that, Quiet Riot went into a steady decline hastened by DuBrow's claims that Quiet Riot were The Beatles of heavy metal. DuBrow was fired in 1987. Mental Health is available on CD but I suggest this budget comp. Quiet Riot continued and DuBrow returned in 1993 and remained until his 2007 death. Today Frankie Banali leads a version of Quiet Riot. Here's the video for Cum On Feel The Noize by Quiet Riot.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Here's the match video of Sarah Moras vs Ashlee Evans-Smith from last night's UFC show in Edmonton. Sarah is from Kelowna, BC. She was on TUF 18. The last time we saw her was in 2015. She's had some injuries along with money problems. She was forced to return to her job at Canada Post and she ran a Go Fund Me to pay for her training camp. I've always liked her going back to her Invicta days. She needs a win. Ashlee is a collegiate wrestler from California. She just hasn't been impressive in the UFC. Ashlee takes Sarah down and gets side control. But Sarah is able to get back to full guard. And then she starts working on an armbar from the bottom. She gets too close to the fence. But her trainer David Lea tells her to use her legs to push away from the fence. Once she does that, she turns Ashlee over and secures the armbar. It's all over. That's a big win for Sarah Moras. I was hoping she would get a bonus because she could use the money. She said afterwards that she would like to fight in Winnipeg in December. Get on it, Sean Shelby. Enjoy the video!
Here's the match video of Ketlen Vieira vs Sara McMann from last night's UFC show in Edmonton. I guess at this point Sara is the gatekeeper of the Bantamweight division. Obviously she would like to get back in the title picture. Recently she moved to Sacramento to train at Team Alpha Male. Of course she's a strong wrestler but I have never liked her as an MMA fighter. She's not aggressive enough for me. Ketlen trains at Nova Uniao in Brazil. She won her first two UFC fights but I was not impressed with her. Sara is a big step up in competition. Sara won round one 10-9. She took Ketlen down and landed some ground and pound. But she had to be careful because like most Nova Uniao fighters, Ketlen has a strong submission game from her back. In round two, Ketlen wound up on top. It looked like she might just lay on top of Sara. Instead she went for an arm triangle choke. It looked at first like Ketlen was in the wrong position to make it work. But she adjusted and Sara tapped out. That's what you call an upset folks. We'll see if Ketlen will follow that up in her next fight. And I guess Sara is not getting back in the title picture. Enjoy the video!
Here's the match video of Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko from last night's UFC show in Edmonton. So we all know this fight was supposed to happen in July and Amanda pulled out the day of the fight due to sinusitis. And in their previous fight, Amanda won by unanimous decision but she ran out of gas in round three. I have covered Amanda's entire career going back to when she was still in Brazil and she's always been a finisher who lacks endurance. I expected her to come out and try to end the fight early. Instead we got five rounds of light sparring. Amanda said afterwards that she wanted to go five rounds to prove that she could do it. WTF????? Where did this idea come from? I noticed that American Top Team (ATT) coaches Mike Brown and Din Thomas were not in Amanda's corner but ATT owner Conan Silveira was. My guess is this nonsense was his idea and Brown and Thomas didn't agree with it. Are these people that thin skinned to respond to criticism with something like that? It's also very risky because you don't leave things to the judges. They could go the other way. Fortunately for Amanda, Valentina did less than her and that's why Amanda won by split decision. I guess the tipping point was when at the end of round five, Valentina attempted the dreaded headlock takedown and gave up her back. That made me laugh. It was a draw up to that point. I gave Amanda round five and I scored it in her favour 48-47. I would have had no problem with Shevchenko winning because it would have served Amanda and Silveira right for pulling this crap in the first place. Of course Valentina thought she won. She just didn't do enough. All she had to do is be more aggressive and Amanda would have had to change her strategy. But she didn't. So Silveira is mostly to blame but so are the fighters. Dumb, dumb, dumb. So there you have it. It was a terrible fight. Check it out for yourself.
Song:When Doves Cry
Album:The Hits 1
Prince Rogers Nelson probably did more to revolutionize R&B music in the 80s. He toured with a band. But in the studio he seemed to like to do everything himself. Prince was already doing well when the 1984 film and soundtrack Purple Rain blew up. When Doves Cry was his very first number one pop hit. He was born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis. His father was a jazz pianist and his mother was a singer. He started writing songs as a child. His parents separated when he was ten and he went back and forth living with both of them. In high school he was friends with Jimmy Jam and Andre Cymone. He recorded with the band 94 East. At age 17, he recorded demos and a manager and signed with Warner Bros. Prince's first big hit I Wanna Be Your Lover was from his 1979 album Prince. The album was certified Platinum. His next album to do well was the 1982 album 1999 with the top ten hits Little Red Corvette and Delirious. At this point, Prince wanted to be a movie star though he had no acting experience. But Warner Bros. liked the idea. Purple Rain was written and directed by Albert Magnoli. The original script was written by William Blinn but Magnoli rewrote it. Not only was it Prince's film debut but also Magnoli's directing debut. It would turn out to be his only hit film. Of course Prince wrote and performed all the music for Purple Rain. Prince wrote When Doves Cry for a scene in the film. Though he used his band The Revolution on most of the soundtrack, he played all of the instruments on When Doves Cry. The film and soundtrack were a huge success. When Doves Cry was Prince's first number one pop hit followed by Let's Go Crazy which also topped the charts. The soundtrack is available on CD but you can also get When Doves Cry on this comp. Obviously Warners was keen to have Prince make another film. But the 1986 film Under The Cherry Moon bombed. Famed music video director Mary Lambert was supposed to direct. But due to creative differences, Prince directed the film himself. That probably wasn't a good idea but Prince was a control freak. After the film bombed, Prince concentrated more on music until his death on Apr. 21, 2016 at age 57. Here's the video for When Doves Cry by Prince.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Here's the match video of Kairi Sane vs Toni Storm from the semi finals of the Mae Young Classic. These two are very familiar with each other as Toni has worked for STARDOM for the last two years. She's in Japan now. So when this match gets off to a slow start, Lita babbles about how they have never touched each other. She doesn't know what she is talking about. They have wrestled each other a few times. The slow start is because big matches get a lot of time in Japan and the wrestlers usually have a slow build for the first few minutes. So when things pick up, it has a real impact. And that's one of the things that makes this match so great. One thing I really liked was Toni working on Kairi's right arm because that's the arm she uses for the elbow drop. Both of them did really great things in this match. As you may have heard, Kairi suffered a concussion during this match. It happened when Kairi hit a dive from the top rope to the floor and she hit the metal ramp face first. I thought Toni caught her fine I think her landing was miscalculated. Toni probably should have been a little closer to the ring. After the ref checked on her, Kairi got up and continued. For a while, it certainly looked like Toni was going to win. But when Kairi kicked out of Toni's Strong Zero finisher, it meant that Kairi will win. Then Kairi kicks out of Toni's top rope leg drop. After that, Kairi hits a spinning backfist followed by the flying elbow drop for the win. So now Kairi will face Shayna Baszler in the tournament final on Tuesday 10PM on the WWE Network. Shayna is obviously the heel and Kairi is the plucky undersized underdog. I like that they had Toni work on Kairi's arm because I expect Shayna to pick up on that. Who will win? It depends what the WWE wants to do. Shayna doesn't need to win to be involved with the Four Horsewomen angle. And she should be able to keep her heat regardless. Kairi has been the undersized underdog throughout the tournament. They may want to continue that. We'll see what happens. I understand Kairi will have a new robe on Tuesday. And they should start calling her The Pirate Princess. So be sure to watch this Tuesday. Enjoy the video!
Kairi Sane vs. Toni Storm by therackattackvideos
Kairi Sane vs. Toni Storm by therackattackvideos
Here's the match video of Kairi Sane vs Dakota Kai from the quarter finals of the Mae Young Classic. Dakota is 29 years old from New Zealand. She wrestled as Evie until signing with the WWE. She beat Rhea Ripley in round two though I like Rhea better than her. I understand what the WWE likes about her. she has that girl next door look. She's an OK wrestler but I don't think she's great. Apparently the story here is Dakota's right knee is bothering her. This is mentioned several times on commentary which leads me to believe it's a phony injury. The match is OK but not as good as Kairi's other tournament matches. The end of the match comes when Kairi's attempt at a superplex isn't going to work because her legs are outside the ropes. Obviously this was done deliberately so Kairi could be in the tree of woe to set up Dakota's phony baloney double foot stomp finisher. But Kairi lets go of the ropes and Dakota misses and tweaks her knee. Of course this leads to Kairi's flying elbow drop and the finish. I hope this means the WWE will trash Dakota's finisher and find something else for her to use. Kairi moves on to the semi finals. I'll get to that in a minute. Enjoy the video!
Kairi Sane vs. Dakota Kai by therackattackvideos
Kairi Sane vs. Dakota Kai by therackattackvideos
Song:I Am An Excellent Steel Horse
Album:Are We Not Horses?
Novelist Chris Eaton began performing music in the late 90s. Then he turned it into the band Rock Plaza Central performing in Toronto clubs. The 2006 CD Are We Not Horses? generated enough buzz to get them a deal with Yep Roc. The band is currently on hiatus but a return is possible. Eaton was born in Moncton, NB in 1971. He moved to Toronto and he started performing as Rock Plaza Central in 1997. He released the album Quantum Butterass backed by the band People From Earth. For the next few years, Eaton would come to gigs and ask musicians in the audience to join him on stage. In 2003, he turned Rock Plaza Central into a real band with Don Murray, Blake Howard, John Whytock, Scott Maynard and Rob Carson. They released the mostly improvised 2003 CD The World Was Hell To Us and continued to perform in local clubs. Apparently they never rehearsed as Eaton wanted to keep the music fresh. Meanwhile Eaton published his first novel The Inactivist in 2003. The band added violinist Fiona Stewart and had a residency at the Tranzac Club. The 2006 CD Are We Not Horses? is a science fiction concept album about six legged robotic horses. When the album got international critical acclaim, Eaton signed a Canadian distribution deal with Outside Music and in the US with Yep Roc. The band toured and released the 2009 CD ...At The Moment Of Our Most Needing. But with Eaton's writing starting to gain momentum and some of the other members have other gigs, Rock Plaza Central was never meant to be a long term band. They went on hiatus in 2010. Eaton published his third novel Chris Eaton, A Biography in 2013. Rock Plaza Central reunited last month a the Toronto club The Dakota as part of Summerworks 2017. Apparently this was a one off gig but anything is possible in the music business. Here's the video for I Am An Excellent Steel Horse by Rock Plaza Central.
Friday, September 08, 2017
Album:Best Of 2002-12
Marie-Andree Bergeron is known in Quebec as IMA. She has had some success as a singer and actress. She is unknown outside Quebec which is not unusual. She was born May 11, 1978 in Chateauguay, QC but she grew up in Montreal. Her early interest was in theater. She appeared in a couple of films that were made in Montreal including The Bone Collector. She didn't like how acting was going so she decided to try music. She decided to call herself IMA because it was easy to pronounce. Her big break came when she appeared on a tribute album for the late racer Ayrton Senna. She also won a couple of new artist contests in Montreal. This got her a manager and he put her in touch with session bassist Dominique Messier who had worked with Celine Dion. He produced three singles including Baila which was a chart success in Quebec in 2002. It doesn't look like an album was released at the time. But you can get Baila on this budget comp. She did release the album Pardonne-moi Si Je T'aime in 2005 produced by Tino Izzo. Her 2007 album Smile sold well in Quebec. That success may have been because she starred in the Radio Canada TV series Casino. IMA continues to record. She released an album last year and she continues to perform live in Quebec. Here's the video for Baila by IMA.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Here's the match video of Kairi Sane vs Bianca Belair from the Mae Young Classic. Finding full episodes is a problem but not individual matches. And I still plan to post Kairi's matches for joshi fans around the world who don't have the WWE Network. This match was in the second round. Bianca was a track star at the University of Tennessee. She seems to be picking up pro wrestling really well. So what the WWE wanted Kairi to do is make Bianca look really good and Kairi would still win the match. So Bianca got a lot of offense including her now famous hair whip. In the end, Kairi kicked out of a 450 splash, Bianca missed a charge into the corner and hit the ringpost. And the Kairi hit the sliding D followed by a spinning backfist and the top rope elbow drop. Mission accomplished. Kairi wins and Bianca looks like a star. Enjoy the video!
Kairi Sane vs. Bianca Belair by therackattackvideos
Kairi Sane vs. Bianca Belair by therackattackvideos
Album:Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Quartet is a jazz supergroup put together for the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival and the album was released on the festival's label. The band is actually a version of legendary bassist Dave Holland's usual touring band. But because the album is not on Holland's usual label ECM, fans might overlook it. Of course Holland is one of the all time jazz greats best known for his days with Miles Davis in the early 70s. But he's been recording as a leader for ECM since 1972. Sax player Chris Potter records as a leader but he has toured and recorded with Holland for a long time. Drummer Eric Harland is mostly a sideman for Holland and plenty of others. I guess the wild card is Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. From what I can tell, this is the only time Rubalcaba has recorded with Holland. This band played the festival. The show was recorded and released on the Monterey Jazz Festival's label and you can get it as a digital download. The songs all seem to be written for this show. Potter wrote Minotaur but it doesn't appear on any of his albums. And it also looks like this band played some other jazz festivals. The Monterey Quartet was always supposed to be a one shot deal. And because it was branded with the Monterey name, it's easy for fans of the musicians to overlook it. You won't find it in Dave Holland's discography. Not surprisingly, the music is great. Here's The Monterey Quartet performing Minotaur at the 2007 Newport Jazz Festival.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Song:He Takes Me Off His Income Tax
Album:Great Broadway Shows
Virginia De Luce was a 40s pin up girl who became a blond bombshell in the 50s. Her most significant role was in the Broadway show New Faces Of 1952. She also appeared in the 1954 film version and the 1960 TV show. Then she retired and went into real estate. She was born Virginia Wilson Mar. 25, 1921 in San Francisco. She started out as a model and then became a WWII pin up girl. She appeared in a couple of movies like Cover Girl in 1944. But her greatest success was in the Broadway show New Faces Of 1952. Producer Leonard Sillman had done these new performer showcases since the 30s. This show ran for a year on Broadway and then it was turned into a 1954 film with the same cast. Stars include Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostly, Robert Clary, Carol Lawrence and Ronny Graham. There's no story. The show is mostly songs and skits. Virginia is the obligatory blonde bombshell who introduces all the acts. She sings this song He Takes Me Off His Income Tax several times through the show. RCA released an original cast album. You can get it on this 4CD box set of original Broadway shows from Avid Records. It's available at a budget price. Virginia appeared on a few episodes of The Phil Silvers Show and The Jack Paar Tonight Show. After that she moved to Massachusetts and went into real estate. I'm not sure when she died but she is deceased. Here's Virginia De Luce performing He Takes Me Off His Income Tax several times on the 1960 TV show New Faces Of 1952.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Margareth Menezes is a dynamic singer who has had success in Brazil. Here in North America, she is probably best known for Elegibo which appeared on the soundtrack of the 1990 film Wild Orchid. She was born Oct. 13, 1962 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The Bahia region of Brazil has a rich musical tradition and Margareth's music is reflective of that tradition. She started to play in clubs as a teen and she won some local awards. This got her a record deal with Polygram and an album was released in 1987. It was around that time that the producers of Wild Orchid were looking for music for the film. The film starred Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset and Carre Otis and directed by Zalman King who specialized in erotic films. They hired Sire Records and producer Andy Paley to compile the soundtrack. The film was shot in Brazil so they wanted some Brazilian music. Paley called his buddy Talking Heads leader David Byrne as he's a world music expert. He suggested the song Eligibo which was on Margareth's album. She also appears on two other songs. Among those who appear on the soundtrack are Israeli Ofra Haza and Trinidadian David Rudder. This was one of those cases where the soundtrack was better than the film. The film made a few bucks but was universally hated. Island's Mango label combined Margareth's first two albums into 1990's Elegibo. The album topped Billboard's World Music chart. She also toured with Byrne. The Wild Orchid soundtrack is out of print. But the album Elegibo is still available on CD. Mango released two albums and I don't think any of her other albums have been released outside Brazil. Her latest CD was released in 2010. Fans of Brazilian music should check her out. Here's the video for Elegibo by Margareth Menezes. Sorry about the poor video quality. This is what is out there.
Monday, September 04, 2017
Song:Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Album:Midnight, Moonlight & Magic: The Very Best Of Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini is one of the greatest film composers in history. Occasionally his music would chart. He had one number one hit in his entire career. Was it Peter Gunn? I don't think Mancini's recording was ever released as a single. Ray Anthony's version was a top ten hit. Was it Moon River? Mancini's recording reached #11 and of course it is Andy Williams' signature song. Was it The Pink Panther? That reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mancini's only #1 hit was his 1969 recording of A Time For Us or Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet. The unusual thing was Mancini didn't write this song. It was composed for Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota. Rota is a legend to film music fans. He is best known for scoring The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. Though it was unusual for Mancini to record other composers, it was not unprecedented. He was under contract to RCA Records for over twenty years. He recorded all kinds of albums. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet is from the 1969 album A Warm Shade Of Ivory. The album is supposed to feature Mancini's piano stylings with an orchestra and chorus. Most of the songs were written by others including Windmills Of Your Mind and By The Time I Get To Phoenix. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet was released as a single. It started getting airplay on easy listening radio and then it crossed over to pop despite objections from radio station program directors who thought it was too soft. The record topped the Billboard Hot 100 June 1969 and it topped the easy listening chart for two months. I'm sure no one was more surprised than Henry Mancini. You can get it on this budget comp. Mancini's other hit after this was his 1971 recording of Francis Lai's theme from Love Story which reached #13. But for the most part, Mancini returned to scoring film and TV and recording albums for RCA. Any chart success was gravy. Here's a video for Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet by Henry Mancini.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Here's the match video of Marion Reneau vs Talita Bernardo from yesterday's UFC show in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This aired on The Fight Network in Canada and UFC Fight Pass everywhere else. Talita came in on short notice after Germaine De Randamie backed out. I thought the UFC might drop this to the prelims but they didn't. Apparently Marion is the first 40 year old female fighter. Anyone who reads this blog knows I am not a fan of older fighters. I have no problem with elite fighters of any age. Marion has too many flaws to be an elite fighter. One of those flaws almost cost her this fight. She was fortunate that Talita came in on short notice and she didn't have much of a gas tank. Because Talita won round one. Marion's biggest flaw is she gets off to slow starts. This seems to happen in all her fights. Talita took her down. She wasn't able to get a submission and by the end of round one, Talita was out of gas. So I scored round one 10-9 Talita but I knew she was through. We saw Talita's other problem in round two. As good as her BJJ is, Talita's standup is terrible. She can get away with that on the Brazilian regional circuit but not in the UFC. Marion isn't a great striker but she's better than Talita. Marion continued to control the fight in round three before she got a TKO stoppage with six seconds left in the fight. I'd like to see Talita after a full camp. But she needs to improve her striking and her defense or she will have problems. Marion's slow starts are a mental problem. She even acknowledged the problem in her post fight interview. It can be fixed and I'm sure her coach Doug Marshall wants to fix it. She needs to begin fights better if she wants to get anywhere. That's why her age is a problem because it's tough to teach an old dog new tricks and she's had this problem for a while. Marion wants a top ten ranked opponent. But she also said she never turns fights down. I'm sure UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby is well aware of that. Enjoy the video!
Album:Greatest Hits 1970-1978
Black Sabbath are hard rock pioneers and one of the more durable of hard rock bands. But I think even their biggest fans will admit that the band wasn't the same after Ozzy Osbourne left in 1977. War Pigs is from the 1970 classic album Paranoid. The leader of Black Sabbath is guitarist Tony Iommi. After the band Mythology split up, Iommi and drummer Bill Ward formed the Polka Tulk Blues Band in 1968 with singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler. They added two guys and changed the name to Earth. When things weren't working out, Iommi split up the band and briefly joined Jethro Tull. When he didn't like that, he reformed Earth. But there was already a band called Earth. So they named themselves after the 1963 horror film Black Sabbath. The name change was a key thing because it evoked a certain image and the band wrote songs that reflected that. They signed with Philips who put them on Vertigo Records. After Black Sabbath appeared on John Peel's Top Gear radio show, they recorded the 1970 album Black Sabbath and signed with Warner Bros. in the US. Though it was panned by critics, the album reached #23 on the Billboard 200. They returned to the studio and recorded their next album. They wanted to call it War Pigs but Warners changed it to Paranoid. War Pigs turned out to be a very popular song. It mixes the band's usual satanism with anti war sentiment. Warners delayed the release until Jan. 1971 because the first album was still on the charts. Paranoid turned out to be their biggest selling album. And that was without any radio play or hit singles. From there, Black Sabbath continued to be successful until Osbourne left in 1977. He was not very happy and needed a change. He was eventually replaced by former Rainbow lead singer Ronnie James Dio. And I think most Black Sabbath fans would agree they were never the same after that. This Rhino budget comp covers the 70s. Black Sabbath continued for years until Iommi disbanded them for good in Mar. 2017. But it's their 70s albums that were influential on other hard rock bands. Here's Black Sabbath performing War Pigs at the Olympia Theater in Paris Dec. 22, 1970.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Here's the match video of Lauren Mueller vs Kelly Velasco from this week's Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series. This aired on UFC Fight Pass. Just a reminder these fighters are not only fighting each other but competing with the other fighters on the show for a UFC contract. This was the final show of this year's series. Kelly was supposed to fight Aussie Janay Harding. But she pulled out and Lauren came in with a week's notice. Lauren is 25 years old. She trains at Alliance in San Diego. Her record is 3-0. All her fights were for Gladiator Challenge. Kelly is from Oakdale, CA with a 2-1 record. She was supposed to fight at last night's Invicta show. Her husband trains her. Kelly is much taller than Lauren. But I thought Lauren looked in better shape. Her last fight was in July. And she was much quicker than Kelly. I thought Lauren gave a great performance. The only thing she didn't get was a finish. But she did get that UFC contract. I liked her and I look forward to seeing her in the Bantamweight division. Enjoy the fight!
Album:Get Off: The Best Of Foxy
Get Off was a top ten hit in 1978. This was at the end of the disco era. Foxy was the TK Records house band. But they also toured and that's how Get Off was born. The lead singer and guitarist of Foxy was Ish Ledesma. He was born Oct. 2, 1952 in Cuba but her grew up in Miami. Ledesma was a session guitarist at TK Records. That's him playing guitar on Gwen McRae's Rockin' Chair. But he wanted to form a band. And he convinced TK owner Henry Stone to let them record. Foxy's debut album was released in 1976. Other members were Kracker lead singer Carl Driggs, Charlie Murciano on keyboards, Arnold Paseiro on bass, Joe Galdo on drums and Richie Puente on percussion. He is the son of the legendary Tito Puente. All were TK session musicians. Foxy was playing a gig in Ocean City, MD. The band started chanting "Get Off" which of course has sexual overtones. The crowd joined in. But the club owner tried to get them to stop. Instead Ledesma and Driggs wrote Get Off and performed it the next night. They were thrown out of the club. But when Ledesma returned to Miami, he told Stone that Get Off could be a hit. So they recorded it. The background vocals are by the group Wildflower. And Ledesma does a lot of the talk box vocals which were popularized by Peter Frampton. Get Off topped the R&B Singles chart and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their next single Hot Numbers was also a hit. By 1980 disco was starting to fade and Foxy disbanded. You can get all their hits on this comp. Ledesma released a solo album and got into production. He also led OXO who had the hit Whirly Girl in 1983 and Company B who had the hit Fascinated in 1987. He is still active in the Miami studio scene. Here's the video for Get Off by Foxy.
Friday, September 01, 2017
Here's the video for episode 4 of The Mae Young Classic. The first match is Candice LaRae vs Renee Michelle. Candice is 31 years old. I remember seeing her when she was young and she wasn't very good. But she's improved a lot and she has a great babyface charisma. She's married to NXT's Johnny Gargano. Candice has worked all over the world. She isn't under contract but I would love to see her in NXT because she's a strong performer. Renee is 23 years old from Washington. She seems to work a lot for Maryland Championship Wrestling. She had a WWE tryout a few months ago. I wouldn't sign her based on this match. She seems tentative to me. Fortunately Candice more than made up for that. The match was fine and Candice won with her flying neckbreaker. Next is Lacey Evans vs Taynara Conti. You've probably heard about Lacey's military background. Eventually it will make a good story. To date she has been an NXT jobber. Taynara is from Brazil. And again the WWE believes Brazil is an emerging market so they sign local talent. Taynara trained in BJJ and she was supposed to fight MMA a few years ago but the fight was cancelled. She appeared on NXT TV once in a battle royal in May as Taynara Melo. Her real name is Taynara Carvalho. The match was OK. It was a good idea to keep it basic. It was the first time I have seen Lacey win. I could see her getting a push on NXT in the near future. Next is Nicole Savoy vs Reina Gonzales. Nicole is from Sacramento. She is mainly known for her work in SHIMMER. She is just returning from knee surgery. She's wearing a brace on her right knee. They sell her as the queen of suplexes. Reina is from Texas. Her father is Ricky Gonzales and she was trained by Rudy Boy Gonzales. She signed with the WWE last year and she also appeared in the May battle royal. She is a big girl. My impression of this match is Nicole came back too soon and you can see her knee is bothering her. So Reina is winning and Nicole pulls an armbar out of nowhere. The final match is the long awaited debut of Kairi Sane vs Tessa Blanchard. Of course Tessa is a third generation wrestler. She knows Kairi as Tessa has worked for STARDOM. But they never had a match. Kairi has become a tremendous performer. She wasn't very good when she first came to STARDOM through her modelling agency. That's when I first saw her. My only concern about her is she's suffered three concussions including one at these tapings. The crowd reaction to Kairi is similar to Asuka because they've watched her on video and everyone has seen the elbow drop. The match is great. It's the one first round match that you must watch. But Kairi's concussion history bothers me. She's the smallest girl in this tournament but there's no question she's a star. The next four episodes will air next week. Enjoy the video!
p4 ep4 online twenty four preshow preview by thebanehere
p4 ep4 online twenty four preshow preview by thebanehere
If you're a fan of roots music, you will want to check out The Sadies who are not only very versatile performers but they are frequently used as a backup band. They are also a second generation family band. The Sadies are from Toronto led by brothers Dallas and Travis Good. Their dad is Bruce Good who led The Good Brothers with brothers Brian and Larry Good. I saw them live back in the 70s. Other members of The Sadies are Sean Dean on bass and Mike Belitsky on drums. The Sadies were formed in 1994. They have toured extensively with Neko Case and The Mekons. They have also worked with Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip and Bloodshot Records owner Jon Langford. So he gave them a record deal. Pretty Polly is from their 1998 debut album Precious Moments. Pretty Polly is a traditional English folk song that was popularized in bluegrass by Ralph Stanley and The Stanley Brothers. For the most part, The Sadies write their own songs but they also perform traditional folk and country songs. So they are very versatile which is why they are in demand as a backup band and they turn up in places you wouldn't expect. After a few albums for Bloodshot, The Sadies moved to Yep Roc and their latest CD Northern Passages was released in 2017. They also recorded an album with Gord Downie in 2014 and and an album with The Good Brothers in 2013. The Sadies are touring Western Canada in September. Check them out if they are coming your way. Here's The Sadies performing Pretty Polly and Sunset To Dawn in the City TV series The Neighbors Dog.