Can't Get It Outta My Head








                A Baby Boomer


       Muses on The Music

The Scariest Set List

I give you an early edition of the blog this week, in time for Halloween. Unlike many holidays, there are lots of tunes that have themes or title, or words in their titles, that relate to All Hallows Eve — particularly if you’re kind of flexible in your definition. That’s what I heard on my favorite sat radio channel, Deep Tracks, yesterday. (I could have got a lot more material for this post by waiting for Earle Bailey’s Halloween-themed Daily Bailey Head Trip today, but it’s more fun winging it on your own.) A lot of the Halloween music played then consisted of songs with magic in the title, like “Do You Believe in Magic” (although this wasn’t what you’d expect, the Lovin’ Spoonful version

Rock Hall Also-Rans

Last week, I Mused on the eight 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees — Joan Baez, the Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, the J. Geils Band, Steppenwolf, Joe Tex, Yes and the Zombies — that I might vote for, if I participate in the public balloting. This week, I’ll go over the other 12 who were proposed for induction next year: Bad Brains, Chic, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, Chaka Khan, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur. A few of those were close to making my cut, chief among them the MC5. But it’s kind of like when my first listen to this Detroit-area band, which happened when I was working the graveyard shift cleaning a Madison department store, and my pa

Nominating the Not-So-Famous

Well, it’s that time of year that we await with baited breath. No, not Columbus Day week. I’m talking about the announcement of the coming year’s nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As in previous years — you can look it up in this blog’s archives — some of these “famous” acts left me scratching my head and wondering, “Who the hell are these people?” The list of 2017 nominations, released the morning I write this, consists of 19 solo artists and groups: Bad Brains, Joan Baez, the Cars, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, the J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, Chaka Kahn, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Steppenwolf, Joe Tex, Yes

The Ultimate Geezer Gig

I think I’ve referenced in a previous post what I call the Geezer Tour: Artists and bands from Back in the Day who are still out on the road performing, even though they are well past retirement age — and in some cases, way past their prime. Some of the time they are playing the Casino Circuit, their shows subsidized by, and entertainment for, the mathematically challenged. Often, the acts consist of one or two of the original band members, backed by musicians typically much younger than the music. Perhaps the ultimate Geezer Tour Stop started last weekend, in the neighborhood of Coachella, Calif. (Which already has a multi-weekend music festival in the spring, although readers of this blog

The Slay Ride

Here’s a reverse trivia question for the readers of this blog: Name a song dedicated to a relative of the blogger? OK, there might be more than one answer to that. But to the best of my (admittedly limited) knowledge, the answer is — apropos to where I was on vacation last week. (Full disclosure: I am into genealogy.) That would be Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, parts of Massachusetts where whaling was a way of life a two centuries ago. And the trivia answer is about a whaling venture that did not end well. The song is “Nantucket Sleighride,” from the 1971 album of the same name by Mountain. The album/song name is a reference to the phenomenon experienced by crew members of the whaling ship

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