|Ayaka, Miura, Sachiko Fujimori|
Friday, September 30, 2016
|Syuri, Monique Adriane Azevedo|
Album:Master Serie Vol. 1
Alain Bashung started out in the 60s. But he became one of France's most popular pop singers in the 80s. Vertige L'Amour was his only number one single but his albums sold very well. He is unknown outside French speaking countries. He was born Dec. 1, 1947 in Paris. After his mother remarried, he was sent to live with his stepfather's parents and they didn't speak French. He got into music when he was given a harmonica. Bashung moved back to Paris in 1959. He was a big Buddy Holly fan. He studied accounting for a while. Then he dropped out of school and formed a band. It was a cover band. For a while he worked as a house arranger for RCA. He wasn't having much luck trying to record his own music until he got together with lyricist Boris Bergman in 1977. Bashung signed with Barclay Records and he released an album in 1979. His breakthrough hit Gaby Oh Gaby reached #2 on the French charts in 1980. And this was followed by Vertige L'Amour which topped the charts. And so did Bashung's 1981 album Pizza. Soon after he split with Bergman. But they would reunite after Bashung's next couple of albums didn't do well. Bashung liked to alternate pop albums with darker music and sometimes it hurt his album sales. His 1991 album Osez Josephine gave him his greatest success since Vertige L'Amour. This time Bashung was able to sustain his success and he was one of France's biggest stars in the 90s. He started acting as well. Bashung's success continued until he was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died on Mar. 14, 2009 at age 61. This comp is a good intro to his music. Today Alain Bashung is considered a rock music legend in France. Here's the video for Vertige L'Amour by Alain Bashung.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Here's the match video of Asuka vs Liv Morgan from last night's episode of NXT. I am posting all of Asuka's matches for her fans who don't have the WWE Network. Liv Morgan has been with the WWE for a couple of years. Her real name is Gionna Daddio and she is from Paramus, NJ. The WWE has her listed as 5'4" 125lb but she looks smaller. She was a competitive cheerleader before signing with the WWE. They gave Liv a couple of wins on TV and then she challenged Asuka. Asuka's entrance is longer than the match. After no selling Liv's offense, Asuka puts her in an armbar and it's over. Why did they do that? Well, they shot a video of Liv having her shoulder examined in the trainer's room (BTW, it was the wrong shoulder) and the Aussies Billie Kay and Peyton Royce mocked her. Don't be surprised if Asuka takes Liv under her wing and they tag up to beat up the Aussies. Enjoy the video!
Liv Morgan vs. Asuka by therackattackvideos
Liv Morgan vs. Asuka by therackattackvideos
|Kailin Curran, Jamie Moyle|
Song:Wake Me Up
The success of Avicii (pronounced A-Vee-Chee) shows what the music business has become. This guy started out remixing in his bedroom and posting the tracks on the internet. Now he's had a worldwide smash hit with Wake Me Up and everybody wants to work with him. He was born Tim Bergling Sept. 8, 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden. As I said, he started out posting remixes on the internet and some of those records were successful in Europe. He signed with Universal and the 2011 single Levels was his first chart single in North America. Then he recorded Sunshine with David Guetta and that was nominated for a Grammy. So finally Avicii recorded the album True in 2013. The single Wake Me Up reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped charts everywhere else. The record features soul singer Aloe Blacc and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. Avicii released his second album Stories in 2015. It didn't do as well as the first album. It makes me think that Wake Me Up was a bit of a fluke. Right now he's working on a new album. Avicii retired from performing in July citing health concerns. My guess is he has had his one big hit and with each album giving diminishing returns, Avicii will return to producing for others which is probably all he wanted to do in the first place. Here's the video for Wake Me Up by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Song:Memo From Turner
Album:The Very Best Of Mick Jagger
Of course everyone knows Mick Jagger as lead singer of The Rolling Stones. But he has recorded occasional solo projects. Memo From Turner was Jagger's very first solo recording for the 1968 film Performance. Jagger has been involved in film production for many years and he still is today. He was born July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. He met Keith Richards in school and they have been together ever since as leaders of The Rolling Stones. Jagger started getting into films in the late 60s. His first film was Performance which was produced in 1968 and released in 1970. Apparently director Nicolas Roeg convinced Warner Bros. that he was making a light hearted romp a la A Hard Day's Night and they weren't very happy when the film was much darker. Also The Rolling Stones were supposed to record the soundtrack but Jagger and Richards weren't getting along at the time. So instead Los Angeles session musician Jack Nitzsche composed the score and it was conducted by Randy Newman. Jagger performed Memo From Turner and other songs on the soundtrack were performed by Merry Clayton and Buffy Saine-Marie. Ry Cooder and Lowell George are among the musicians who appear on the album. And yes, that is Cooder playing guitar on Memo From Turner. It wasn't a new song. The Rolling Stones recorded it in 1968 but it wasn't released. Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi of Traffic recorded it but it wasn't released. Jagger's recording of Memo From Turner was released as a single from the Performance soundtrack. That's not available on CD but Memo From Turner is on this Jagger comp from Rhino. Over the years, Jagger has recorded five solo albums. But he's never had a solo hit single probably because he doesn't care to promote himself as a solo artist. He has scored hits with The Jacksons (State Of Shock) and David Bowie (Dancing in the Streets). Because The Rolling Stones are still active, he doesn't need a solo outlet very much. Jagger is still involved with films mostly as a producer. He was behind the now cancelled HBO series Vinyl. That was a show with a lot of potential that just didn't deliver. Here's Mick Jagger performing Memo From Turner in the 1968 film Performance.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Here's the match video of Kanako Murata vs Kyra Batara from Sunday's RIZIN show. There were three women's matches on this show but I thought the other two were a waste of time. The interest in RIZIN is mostly PRIDE nostalgia because it's owned by the same guy. So he does a lot of the same gimmicky stuff. Of course the problem is it's hard to take them seriously. The thing I like about Murata is she's not a gimmick. She's a highly decorated amateur wrestler. Kanako was recruited to RIZIN by multiple time Olympic gold medal wrestler Saori Yoshida. She works for RIZIN. So Kanako agreed to go into MMA because Yoshida is her idol. She made her debut on the April RIZIN show and she also won over Maia Stevenson on a King of the Cage show in California. She's the daughter of legendary trainer Joe Stevenson. And he also trains Kyra Batara. She normally fights for Combate Americas and they think she's a big star. So I thought it was a big risk to send her to Japan to fight Kanako who has looked great so far. And the fight went as I expected. One of the flaws of RIZIN is using a ring instead of a cage. Again that is the PRIDE influence. Several times during this match it looked like Kyra was trying to get out of the ring. Obviously she's used to a cage. Kanako won easily by unanimous decision. Afterwards, she challenged Rin Nakai to a match. She explained that Rin is the best fighter in Japan and she wants to fight the best. But Rin fights at a different weight class and Rin works for PANCRASE. So it's not happening. Most of the other female fighters in Japan work for DEEP JEWELS. So I expect RIZIN to continue to bring over gaijin fighters to fight Kanako. But she is already frustrated with the competition level. At some point, something has to give. The other two women's fights were gimmick fights. Brazilian heavyweight BJJ whiz Gabi Garcia easily beat football player Destanie Yarbrough. Finding opponents for Gabi won't get any easier. And SHOOT BOXING "it" girl RENA easily beat Miyu Yamamoto using a submission she might have used in SHOOT BOXING. Miyu was debuting at age 42 and her son fought on the show. Until RENA quits SHOOT BOXING, it's hard to take her seriously as an MMA fighter. She has a SHOOT BOXING match coming up in November. There are rumours that she might quit SB at that time. If that happens, that changes things. So you can watch the gimmick matches on Youtube. But I think Kanako Murata has potential and I hope RIZIN doesn't waste that potential. Enjoy the video.
Song:Don't Pull Your Love
Album:The Hit List: 24 hot 100 American Chartbusters of the 1970s
Though it was not their highest chart placing, the 1971 top five hit Don't Pull Your Love is the most memorable song recorded by the pop trio Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. It's still popular on oldies radio stations. The formation of this group came out of the studio group The T-Bones who scored a hit with No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) in 1965. Liberty Records producer Joe Saraceno wanted to turn The T-Bones into a touring band. He asked Judd Hamilton to do this and he got his brother Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds to be The T-Bones. None of them were on the record. Those were studio musicians. They did this and when it ended in 1970, Dan Hamilton, Carollo and Reynolds formed a new band. They called themselves Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds and they signed with Dunhill Records producer Steve Barri. He was behind The Grass Roots and Three Dog Night was also on Dunhill. So they are looking to duplicate that success. Reynolds wrote most of the songs on their 1970 debut album and Hamilton was usually the lead singer. Don't Pull Your Love was written by the veteran songwriting team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Don't Pull Your Love reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Subsequent singles did not do well. They recorded two albums for Dunhill. Reynolds left in 1972 and a studio musician played on the second album. Then they added drummer Alan Dennison. They signed with Playboy Records but had to keep the old group name. They topped the charts with Fallin' In Love in 1975. There is no Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds comp available on CD. But you can get Don't Pull Your Love on this Ace Records various artists comp. After one more album as Hamilton, Joe Frank & Dennison, they split up for good. Dan Hamilton continued to write songs. He died in 1994. Here's Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds performing Don't Pull Your Love on Solid Gold 1988.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Song:Que Le Den Candela
Album:Por Encima Del Nivel
The best way to describe Los Van Van is they are a contemporary version of a traditional Cuban dance band. Cuban dance bands were very popular in the US in the 50s. Of course this all changed when Castro took over and Cuban music was not heard until cultural exchange loosened up. So Los Van Van didn't become popular outside Cuba until the 90s. they were formed in 1969 by bassist Juan Formell. He was previously musical director of Elio Reve's Orquestra Reve. Formell believed he could attract younger listeners by incorporating rock music to traditional Cuban dance music. This style of music became known as songo. In Los Van Van's early days, Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso was Formell's main collaborator. They wrote and arranged most of the songs. Percussionist Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana added key rhythmic elements when he joined Los Van Van in 1970. Then in 1974 Pedro Calvo became lead singer for the next twenty years. Later on Formell added trombones, strings and contemporary elements like synthesizers and drum machines. In the 90s, Los Van Van became more popular internationally as their CDs were more readily available. And they began to tour internationally. Que Le Den Candela is from the 1992 album Azucar which was released in the US in 1994. It's a cover of a song recorded in 1955 by La Sonora Matancera. You can get the song on this budget comp which is part of a series of Cuban music essentials. Juan Formell died on May 2, 2014. After an album was released posthumously, it appears that Los Van Van is over. But their music is still around and it is recommended to Cuban music fans. Here's Los Van Van performing Que Le Den Candela at the 1998 Stuttgart Jazz Festival in Germany.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Here's the match video of Cris Cyborg vs Lina Lansberg from last night's UFC show in Brasilia, Brazil. The fight was at a 140lb catchweight. Lina is from Sweden. She's a kickboxer turned MMA fighter similar to Joanna Jedrzejczyk or Valentina Shevchenko but she's much older than those two. She also normally fights at 135. So after this sacrificial lamb stint, she will go direct to the 135lb roster. The fight went as expected but Lina somehow made it out of the first round despite zero offense. It's almost like Cyborg was playing around until pounding her into the mat for the round two win. So the big question is what is the UFC going to do with Cyborg. I don't think they will change anything. They will do these catchweight bouts in Brazil because she's a draw there. When the contract is over, that's it. I know there is fan sentiment to make concessions to Cyborg because of her weight cut. But remember she cuts from 170lb. Her weight cut has always been difficult. That's not new but now fans got to see it and they feel sorry for her. But plenty of fighters have tough weight cuts. What many of them do is they don't put on as much weight when they aren't fighting. Maybe the cut would be easier if she started at 155. Weighing 170 is her choice. Remember when she signed this contract it was with the promise that she would try to cut to 135. This suggestion was not new. Before her drug suspension, Scott Coker of Strikeforce asked her to drop to 135 and she said she would. He ran out of opponents for her. When the UFC was getting into women's MMA, she again promised to drop to 135. The UFC even sent nutritionist Mike Dolce to help her. But she changed management and new manager Tito Ortiz decided to use his animosity towards UFC president Dana White to ruin Cyborg's career. So he claimed that dropping to 135 was unhealthy. Recently Cyborg's current nutritionist George Lockhart admitted that if she dropped to 135 she would lose her competitive advantage. So the health claims were never true. I believe that if she had remained with her previous management in Brazil, Cyborg would have already fought several times at 135. So remember you're only getting one side of the story and there are a lot of supposedly objective people with very short memories. There is also this lamebrained idea that if the UFC started a 145lb division, all kinds of great fighters would come out of the woodwork. "If you build it, they will come." Unfortunately, all of the decent 145lb fighters are under contract to Bellator. So I expect the UFC to continue to ask 135lb fighters to move up to 140 for one fight and pay them a premium. So Dana White, back up that Brinks truck to Germaine De Randamie's house because I want her to fight Cris Cyborg. Enjoy the video!
Album:The Best Of The Seldom Scene
The Seldom Scene is an excellent bluegrass group that has been around since the 70s. They may have been the first bluegrass group to cover contemporary songs in the bluegrass style. The Seldom Scene are from Bethesda, MD. They started out jamming at banjo player Ben Eldridge's house. other members were John Starling on guitar and vocals, Mike Auldridge on dobro and vocals, Tom Grey on bass and John Duffey on mandolin and vocals. He was a member of The Country Gentlemen. At first they were a part time band playing once a week. But they got a record deal with Rebel Records and they began touring nationally. This cover of the John Prine classic Paradise is from the 1973 album Act II. This comp covers their Rebel recordings. John Starling left in 1978 and was replaced by Phil Rosenthal. The Seldom Scene moved to Sugar Hill and they recorded for them for many years. There were several personnel changes in the late 80s. by the 90s, the only original members were Duffey and Auldridge. Then Duffey died in 1996 and Auldridge left. Ben Eldridge currently leads The Seldom Scene and they released a new CD on Smithsonian Folkways in 2014. Other members are Lou Reid on mandolin, Dudley Connell on guitar, Ronnie Simpkins on bass and Fred Travers on dobro. Reid was a member in the 80s. The Seldom Scene continue to perform as they did in the 70s and they are worth checking out. Here's the Seldom Scene performing Paradise on the PBS series Jubilee at the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass at Kentucky Horse Park.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
|Photo by Esther Lin|
Song:Don't Make Me Wait For Love
Album:Ultimate Kenny G
Like a lot of smooth jazz artists, sax player Kenny G uses plenty of guest vocalists to cross over to the R&B market. The 1986 single Don't Make Me Wait For Love features former Tower Of Power lead singer Lenny Williams. After Williams left tower Of Power, he had some success mostly on the R&B charts recording for ABC Records and then MCA. By the time Williams recorded Don't Make Me Wait For Love, Williams had left MCA and he was recording for smaller labels. He still had a strong following in the R&B community. Producer Narada Michael Walden brought Williams in to record the vocal for Don't Make Me Wait For Love on Kenny G's 1986 breakthrough album Duotones. Walden wrote the song with Preston Glass and Walter Afanasieff from Kenny's band. Walden believed that Williams could help Kenny G cross over to R&B. This was the first single from Duotones. It reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on the R&B Singles chart. Of course Songbird was Kenny G's next single and that was his breakthrough into the mainstream. You can get Don't Make Me Wait For love on the budget comp Ultimate Kenny G. It's not available on a Lenny Williams album. And in 1989 when Kenny G Live was released, Michael Bolton was the guest singer on this song. Here's the video for Don't Make Me Wait For Love by Kenny G featuring Lenny Williams.