About: Arthur Brown

Crazy World of Arthur Brown

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The Rev. Arthur Brown, born Arthur Wilton in Whitby, Yorkshire on 24 June 1942, is a British rock and roll singer known for his flamboyant, theatrical style and significant influence on shock rockers such as Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson.

Brown attended London University and Reading University and studied philosophy and law, but was also interested in taking advantage of his large vocal range of several octaves.

First coming to public awareness in the late 1960s, Brown quickly became known for his outlandish performances, which included setting his head on fire (actually a burning helmet) and performances in the nude. His debut album, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968) was a surprise hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The album included Pete Townshend as producer, and featured a major hit single entitled “Fire” (not to be confused with many later songs of the same title). His group was also called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and included Carl Palmer (later of Emerson, Lake and Palmer) on drums and Vincent Crane (later of Atomic Rooster) on keyboards.

While on tour in the United States, Brown put on such outrageous stage shows that he was banned from performing in the country – the only musical artist to ever earn that particular distinction.

Though Brown never managed to release another recording as commercially successful as “Fire”, he did release three noteworthy albums as Kingdom Come in the early 1970s. (Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come should not be confused with the hard rock/glam band of the same name from the 1980s.) The Kingdom Come albums featured a wild mix of progressive rock and demented theatrics, including Brown’s simulated crucifixion. Kingdom Come often performed in full costume with makeup, and photos of Brown from this period clearly show him sporting a distinctive eye makeup scheme that Alice Cooper borrowed. The third and final Kingdom Come album, Journey, is noteworthy for being one of the first (if not the first) rock albums to feature a drum machine.

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About: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Faith Healer: An Introduction

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Alex Harvey (February 5, 1935 – February 4, 1982) was a Scottish rock and roll performer. With his Sensational Alex Harvey Band, he built a strong reputation as a live performer during the 1970s glam rock era.

Harvey was born in Glasgow. His musical roots were in Dixieland jazz and skiffle music, which enjoyed considerable popularity in England and Scotland during the late 1950s. During this period, he won a competition that sought “Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele”. Alex Harvey was literally the “last of the teenage idols,” a distinction he made much of during his subsequent career – practically worshipped by his fans.

In 1959, Harvey formed “Alex Harvey’s Soul Band,” and recorded blues and rock and roll material, to modest success. In 1966, Harvey found more success as a member of the cast in London production of the musical Hair.

In 1972, Harvey formed the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, composed of himself, guitarist Zal Cleminson, Bassist Chris Glen, and cousins Ted and Hugh McKenna on Drums and Keyboards respectively. All four were former members of a progressive rock band called Tear Gas. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band or SAHB as they were often known gave Harvey his greatest successes, both musical and sales. Harvey’s skiffle background led him to include unusual material for the period in his sets, including old pop songs and Broadway musical material. His live act also usually featured a tale of “Vambo”, an urban superhero who was the subject of some of his more energetic numbers. His performances were more substantial than the usual rock musicians of the time combining a musical and verbal flare with both humour and sincerity and his songs often contained messages and morals. The concept albums “The Impossible Dream” and “Tomorrow Belongs To Me” rival even the Beatles and The Rolling Stones late 60s albums for richness of texture.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band scored chart hits in Britain with the single Delilah, a remake of the Tom Jones hit, and also with “The Boston Tea Party”.

Harvey died of a heart attack in Zeebrugge, Belgium, the day before his 47th birthday.

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About: Jeannie C. Riley

Harper Valley PTA: The Very Best of Jeannie C. Riley

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Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson on October 19, 1945 in Anson, Texas) to Oscar and Nora Stephenson is an American country and gospel music singer.

Jeannie C. RileyShe is known for her major 1968 hit “Harper Valley PTA” that made her the first ever female singer to have a song go to No. 1 on both the country and pop music charts. Written by Tom T. Hall, the song was released on the Plantation Records label. At the time, the lyrics were seen as risqué with “attitude” and the attractive Riley was marketed as a sex symbol dressed in an evocative tight mini-skirt and leather Go-Go boots.

She became a much talked about overnight sensation, and the song earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and the Country Music Association “Single of the Year” award. The song itself was a phenomenon that led to a 1978 motion picture and the 1981 “Harper Valley PTA” television show.

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Meme: Top Five On Friday – Week 56

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– Top Five On Friday – Week 56

Top 5 “Classic Rock” Bands (and your favorite song by each if you feel so disposed)

Well, my entire collection (i.m.o.) IS described as “classical rock” so, I’m not even going to try to suppose that a list of only 5 can do justice to this topic … so .. I’ve decided to just list 5 “Classic Rock” Bands with cool LIVE songs for your perusal.

So, In No Particular Order .. here are my choices…

(As Before .. if you want copies of these for your perusal, give me a shout)
hart (at) PetLvr (dot) com

When: Live – 1973 – Made in Japan

Song: Ain’t Nobody But Me
When: November 1979 – Live – Paris

Song: Beat Crazy
When: Live – 1980/86

When: Live – Hindenburg Bootleg June 30, 1989, Frankfurt Germany

Song: Courage
When: ? Live in Montreal (/’94 or /’96) ?

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About: Mediaeval Baebes


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The Mediaeval Baebes is an English ensemble of female musicians founded by Miranda Sex Garden member Katharine Blake in the 1990s, featuring some of her MSG cohorts as well as other friends who share her love of medieval music. The lineup often rotates from album to album, and ranges from 8 to 12 members.

The Baebes’s first album, Salva Nos (1997), shot straight to No 2 in the classical charts, a silver disc. Subsequent albums include Worldes Blysse (which went straight to No 1), Undrentide, (co-produced by John Cale) The Rose, and the holiday-themed album Mistletoe & Wine.

Their latest album, Mirabilis (2005), was launched at a concert and party in London, August 2005.

Each album features traditional medieval songs and poetry set to music, all arranged by Blake specifially for the ensemble. They sing in a variety of languages, including Latin; Middle English, French, and Italian; Russian; Welsh; Irish Gaelic; modern English and the nearly extinct Cornish. Their vocals are backed by medieval instruments, played by the singers or fellow musicians. One of the group’s founding musicians, Dorothy Carter, died of a stroke in 2003 at the age of 68. In addition to playing autoharp, hurdy gurdy, and dulcimer with the group, she performed the lead vocals on So Spricht Das Leben (Worldes Blysse) and L’Amour de Moi (The Rose).

The Baebes’s musical pieces run the gamut from extremely traditional, such as their version of The Coventry Carol on Salva Nos, to songs that feel traditional but are much more modern, such as their rendition of Summerisle, a song written for Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult film Wicker Man. John Cale added non-medieval instruments, including saxophone and electric guitar, to some of the arrangements on Undrentide.

Early music through classical cum rock: Vanessa-Mae, Twelve Girls Band, Eric Levy.

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About: Shakira

Shakira - Live and Off the Record (with Audio CD)

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Shakira was born to a mother of Spanish and Italian descent & an American-born father of Lebanese heritage. Shakira is also fluent in many languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and French.

She is a devout Roman Catholic.

Shakira began writing and composing music at the age of nine. One of the first songs she had written was “Tus Gafas Oscuras”, and its lyrical message revolved around her father and his grief over a son who had passed away due to a car accident. At the age of ten, Shakira applied for her school choir, but she was rejected because her voice had been noted as “too strong.” Friends teased her by saying she sounded like a goat. Shakira was deeply hurt and considered giving up on singing, but instead of that she started looking for other singing opportunities. She decided to compete in a weekly television singing competition for children, Vivan Los Niños. Shakira won the contest.

Between the ages of ten to thirteen, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla, and became a local celebrity. At that time she met local theatre producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with Shakira and helped to make her known outside Barranquilla. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Ariza happened to be sitting next to Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas. Vargas agreed to hold an audition for Shakira, which took place a few weeks later in a hotel lobby. Vargas was impressed and returned to the Sony office and gave Shakira’s cassette to the song and artist director, but he was not excited at all, and thought Shakira was “a lost cause.”

Vargas was convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up a surprise audition in Bogotá. He tricked the Sony Colombia executives to this bar, and around midnight he announced he had a suprise: Shakira. She sang three songs, and her performance was a hit. Shakira was subsequently signed to write and record three albums.

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About: Queen

Greatest Hits

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Queen is a British rock band which came to popularity during the mid-1970s, and has amassed an enormous worldwide fanbase that continues to exist to this day. They have sold an estimated 300 million records around the world and, in their home country of Britain, remain second only to The Beatles in terms of collectibility. They were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

Though often panned by critics, especially in the US, in recent years the group’s critical stock has increased considerably: they have generally become recognized as pioneers of heavy metal, glam rock, progressive rock and stadium rock and been cited as influential to the sound of later artists (see “Influence on Modern Music” later in the article), and in 2001 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The band also paved the way for the commercial music video, having promoted their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody with a conceptual promo released worldwide, considered by many to be the first true music video.

Their band’s crest (pictured) was designed by Freddie Mercury and includes the zodiac signs of all four members surrounding a Phoenix – two lions, to represent two Leos, a crab for Cancer and fairies representing Virgo.

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Meme: Random Ten – Week 40

From: The Music Memoirs

Random Ten – Week 40

10 songs that sum up your weekend…or were on your weekend playlist…and one picture that relates back. (oh, and if you feel like it, tell us why you picked the songs you did)

In No Particular Order

Well, I had B-52’s and Pink Floyd in my “musicmatch” all weekend on random play. I have more Pink Floyd online at the moment, so I didn’t have to upload anything for this challenge. Ask if you want them. hart (at) PetLvr (dot) com

1) Nile Song

2) Astonomy Domine

3) Remember A Day

4) Crumbling Land

5) Take It Back

6) Keep Talking

7) Money (Live)

8) Us And Them (Live)

9) Wish You Were Here (Live)

10) Interstellar Overdrive

The Picture that best describes my weekend


I’ve been watching and debating what to post in the http://CurlingBlog.com … it’s a busy weekend in Canadian Curling!

(1) 118th Manitoba Curling Association (MCA) Annual Men’s Bonspiel throughout Manitoba

(2) 2006 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors … in Thunder Bay, Ontario

>> Trying to sort it out .. Naturally, I was listening to B-52’s and Pink Floyd in my MusicMatch while I was searching the ‘net for news and updates…

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About: Chantal Kreviazuk

What If It All Means Something

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Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter of rock and pop music. Kreviazuk was born on May 18, 1974, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is a classically trained pianist. Her first album Under These Rocks and Stones was released in 1997 and won praise from critics and music lovers alike. In 1998 Kreviazuk scored her first international hit with a cover of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” from the soundtrack to the blockbuster film Armageddon. “In This Life,” a searing romantic track from 2002’s What If It All Means Something, was her next major international hit.

In December of 1999 she married the lead singer of Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida. On January 16, 2004, their son, Rowan, was born. Their second child, a boy named Lucca Jon, was born on June 3, 2005.

In 2003, Kreviazuk and Maida collaborated on a number of tracks with Avril Lavigne for Lavigne’s second album Under My Skin, during which time Lavigne moved into their Malibu home. Kreviazuk and Maida also contributed songs to Kelly Clarkson’s 2004 album Breakway. Kreviazuk and Maida have also been enlisted as producers on third season American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo’s first album. Other notable writing credits to Kreviazuk’s name include being one of six people to pen Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl.”

Kreviazuk announced via her blog in August 2005 that she was writing and recording her fourth album in her home studio with husband Raine Maida acting as producer. The album is expected for release early 2006.

Kreviazuk’s song “Time” was played in the credits of the Brittany Murphy/Dakota Fanning movie, “Uptown Girls”, as well as the MTV reality show, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” in the episode titled ‘The End of The Beginning’.

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About: Stealers Wheel

Stealers Wheel

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Stealers Wheel (Correctly spelled without an apostrophe in front of the “s”) was a British folk/rock band formed in Paisley, Scotland in 1972 by former school friends Joe Egan (born 1944) and Gerry Rafferty (born 1947).

In the beginning of the 70s the band was considered as the British version of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and, after two unsuccessful singles, came to worldwide fame with their hit “Stuck in the Middle With You”. The track in the style of Bob Dylan and the Beatles reached the top ten of the single charts in Great Britain and the US in 1973 – number 6 in the USA, number 8 in UK – and sold over one million copies on a worldwide basis. Some years later a dance version was a UK Top 10 hit for Louise; the music video for this version of the song drew heavily upon the new reputation it had following its appearance in Reservoir Dogs, though obviously in a sanitised way. The first two albums were produced by the well-known Leiber & Stoller, the last because of disagreements and managerial problems by Mentor Williams. All three had particularly striking, slightly surrealist sleeve designs by artist John Patrick Byrne.

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