Meme: Top Five On Friday – Week 60

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– Top Five On Friday – Week 60

Top 5 “British” Bands and a song by each

Whenever I hear the phrase “British Rock Music” or anything close (like ‘British Bands’) .. I can only think of two groups …. The Beatles .. and The Jeff Beck Group … The Beatles, while there are lots of pick in my library, I thought I would start with Jeff Beck … If you are not up to date with who Jeff Beck is .. (and no, that’s a different ‘Beck’ that does Loser and Two Turntables and a Microphone) .. he is associated with Yardbirds (Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page) The Jeff Beck Group (Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Nicky Hopkins) .. and many solo efforts on his own and for others! I started a thread about Jeff Beck .. HERE

Anyway … For this meme, I loaded up my Musicmatch with Jeff Beck songs and picked all of my songs while listening to his music. I have deleted the last Meme’s picks from my server, and have included these songs for your listening enjoyment until the next Meme!

Here are my choices…

1 . Jeff Beck – Constipated Duck

2. Led Zeppelin – Thank You

3. Genesis – The Battle of Epping Forest

4. The Kinks – Come Dancing

5. Oasis – Helter Skelter (Beatles Cover song, Japanese hit version)

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About: Jeff Beck

Blow by Blow

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Geoffery Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England) is a rock guitarist who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. Beck never attained the commercial visibility that some of his contemporaries did. However, he has gained widespread critical acclaim, especially in the guitar playing community. What is more, his lack of visibility allowed him to remain on the cutting edge, rather than being pigeon-holed into a certain style. He is noted as a musician who has mastered many genres, including blues rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion. Most recently, he has absorbed the influence of techno, creating a groundbreaking blend of heavy guitar rock and electronica. Steve Vai has paid tribute to Beck, stating that, “the two best electric guitarists are Jeff Beck and Allan Holdsworth.”

Like many rock musicians in the early 1960s, he began his career working as a session guitarist. In 1965, Beck joined The Yardbirds (after Eric Clapton had left the group for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers). It was during his tenure with The Yardbirds that they recorded most of their hits. In 1966, he shared the dual-lead guitar role with Jimmy Page. Time with The Yardbirds was short; Beck left after 18 months, partly for health reasons.

The following year, Beck formed a new band, The Jeff Beck Group, which featured him on lead guitar, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Mick Waller on drums. The group produced two albums, Truth in 1968 and Beck-Ola the following year. These two albums are highly acclaimed, and are considered by some to be the earliest precursors to heavy metal, predating the initial Led Zeppelin albums. Owing to friction within the band, Stewart and Wood left the group in 1969 to replace Steve Marriott in the The Small Faces (this new lineup, joining Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones would shorten their name to just “The Faces”). Wood later joined The Rolling Stones.

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About: Genesis


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Genesis are a British rock band, formed in 1967.

The band is widely known for two distinctly different musical phases. Early on in their career, their complex song structures, elaborate instrumentation, and theatrical live shows made them one of the most revered bands of the 1970s progressive rock movement. In the 1980s and beyond, their music took a distinct turn towards pop, becoming considerably more hook-oriented and more accessible to the musical mainstream. This second period considerably increased their worldwide commercial success and publicity as well.

Most notable members are Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, both of whom achieved additional success as solo artists and in further venues.

After three decades of activity, Genesis have been on indefinite hiatus since 1998, though they did reunite to re-record a single song in 1999. Their longevity is only outdone by the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead.

The band’s origin lies in the late 1960s, when founding members Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks were still students at Charterhouse School. Genesis was formed from the merger of two separate school bands — The Garden Wall (Gabriel, Banks) and Anon (Rutherford, Phillips). The original line-up consisted of Peter Gabriel (vocals), Anthony Phillips (guitar), Tony Banks (keyboards), Mike Rutherford (bass), and Chris Stewart (drums).

Genesis recorded its first album, 1969’s From Genesis to Revelation, after striking a deal with Jonathan King, a songwriter and producer who had a hit single at the time called “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”. King supposedly dubbed the band Genesis because it was the first serious band he’d worked with, or the ‘genesis’ of his career.

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Meme: Top Five On Friday – Week 58

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– Top Five On Friday – Week 58

Top 5 “heart_beating.gif ” Songs. (Heart songs, songs with heart in the title…or if ya like the band Heart songs)

Here are my selections. I have placed them on my other server, so they will be deleted by the next Meme entry … Sorry .. I tried to include different stuff, other than the usual HEART songs (which I have a lot of them!) or the popular songs like Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band .. etc .. Although, I do have an interesting Jimi Hendrix version of that song .. Hmmmm

In No Particular Order .. here are my choices…

1) 808 State – “Spanish Heart”
Ex: El

2) Sarah Vaughan – “Broken Hearted Melody”
Golden Hits

3) Holly Cole – “(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night”

4) Moby – “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?”

5) Need New Body – “Show Me Your Heart”

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Changes at

Too many people have been linking to songs on my site and using up my bandwidth. In my attempts to halt this action and prevent people from deliberately stealing the content from my site or using up my bandwidth by linking to files on my site directly on their own sites .. two things have come to my attention:

(1) That it is very hard to completely stop certain individuals determined to “use” others to their advantage


(2) My host server provider has pointed out to me that the inclusion of certain songs on this site potentially violates certain DMCA Copyright Infringement Notifications, which could create issues for me and possible suspension! (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) sets forth the law regarding the use of copyrighted materials on the Internet)

Okay ! So, to solve both problems in the meantime I have removed all the .mp3’s linked to the individual posts up to this date until a better solution is presented and implemented.


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Meme: Random Ten – Week 42

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Random Ten – Week 42

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 was listening to my playlist that I created only from songs that I have downloaded from (Hi Quality Free and Legal MP3 Music) … You probably have never heard of these bands and these songs .. Maybe you have .. I don’t know – There’s a link in the right sidebar – you should go 🙂

PS: I’ve linked only the ones that have already appeared on my sites, I’ll leave the others for future meme or postings 🙂 If curious, give me a shout at .. using our “Contact Page

1) Slackjaw – The Curvature of the Earth

2) The Capital Years – Supper

3) Cat Power – He War

4) Need New Body – Show Me Your Heart

5) Rye Coalition – Communication Breakdance

6) Calexico – Crystal Frontier

7) Pavement – Greenlander

8) The Lively Ones – Surf Rider

9) Royal City – Bad Luck

10) Joaquina – Last of the Cut N Pasters

The Picture that best describes my weekend

I was trying to look at the ‘whole picture’ relating my work schedule, billings, deadlines, etc … Of course, I wasn’t actually looking at THIS calendar, but I found that on the ‘Net … Reminds me of my friend Joe‘s Trivia Blog ..

February 2006 Calendar

Of course, if I were to post my “2nd” pick – it probably would have been the picture of the movie Trailer for GROUNDHOG DAY starring Bill Murray .. Must have seen bits and pieces of that movie around 4 times this past weekend, even though I watched it on Thursday .. 🙂

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About: The Tokens

Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens

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The Tokens were an American male doo-wop vocal group from Brooklyn, New York. They are perhaps best-known for their chart-topping 1961 single “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

The original version of the group was formed in 1955 at Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School. Featuring Neil Sedaka, Hank Medress, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolitin, the group was known as the Linc-Tones. After Rabin was replaced by Jay Siegel in 1956, the Linc-Tones recorded their first single. Two years later, Sedaka and Zolitin left the band; Sedaka would go on to make a name for himself as a popular solo artist during the 1960s and 1970s. By 1960, the classic group lineup was in place, containing Siegel, Medress, and brothers Phil and Mitch Margo. The group renamed itself The Tokens.

In early 1961, The Tokens released a single for Warwick entitled “Tonight I Fell In Love,” which went to #15 on the charts and spurred them to an appearance on American Bandstand. This proved to be a prelude to the unleashing of their signature song for RCA, The Lion Sleeps Tonight (which had earlier been recorded by South African artist Solomon Linda, as well as U.S. doo-wop group The Weavers). Jay Siegel’s characteristic lead vocals made the song rise all the way to #1, where it remained for three weeks.

From 1962 to 1970, the group would put nine more songs in the Top 100, including “I Hear Trumpets Blow” and “Portrait of My Love.” They also began producing for other artists, such as The Chiffons. In 1973, Siegel teamed with the Margo Brothers to form the group Cross-Country; this trio had a minor hit with “In The Midnight Hour.”

Today, Phil and Mitch Margo continue to tour as The Tokens, and Phil’s son Noah serves as the group’s drummer.

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About: Aretha Franklin

Aretha\'s Best

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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an iconic American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. On January 3, 1987 she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many have called her “The Queen Of Soul” and “Lady Soul”. She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the best vocalists ever by such industry publications/media outlets as Rolling Stone and VH1, due to her phenomenal ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with gut wrenching soul (hence the title) and sheer conviction. She has won sixteen competitive Grammys (including an unprecedented twelve for Best female R&B vocal performance) and the state of Michigan has declared her voice to be a natural wonder.

Franklin surprisingly has only had two songs hit the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, “Respect” in the 1960s, and her 1980’s duet with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. However, many of her singles have hit Top 20, Top 10, and Top 5 positions.

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About: Joni Mitchell


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Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada), is a musician and painter. Initially working in Toronto and western Canada, she was associated with the burgeoning folk music scene of the mid-1960s in New York City. Through the 1970s she expanded her horizons, predominantly to Pop music and jazz, to become one of the most highly respected singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. Mitchell is also an accomplished artist; she has, through photography or painting, created the artwork for each of her albums, and has described herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance.”

A painter who had also dabbled in piano, guitar and ukulele since childhood, Mitchell took her surname from a brief marriage to folksinger Chuck Mitchell in 1965. She performed frequently in coffee houses and folk clubs and became well known for her unique style of songwriting and her innovative guitar style. Personal and often self-consciously poetic, her songs were strengthened by her extraordinarily wide-ranging voice (with a range in pitch at one time covering over four octaves) and her unique style of guitar playing, which makes extensive use of alternative tunings. She has been a cigarette smoker since the age of nine, which may explain the unique texture to her voice. This has been especially prominent in her later albums. She claims to have fallen in love with smoking directly upon taking her first puffs, stating that other children in her proximity who were also smoking broke out in fits of coughing. She says it felt right to her from the very beginning.

Around the time when she left her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan she lost her virginity and became pregnant. Unable to raise a child so young in her life, and with no other alternatives, she was forced to give her daughter up for adoption. This remained a private part of her life during the bulk of her early/progressing career. While playing one night in a New York establishment, a young David Crosby witnessed her perform and was immediately struck by her ability and her draw as an artist. He took her under his wing and, as cited by Crosby himself, when making someone aware who had previously been unaware of Mitchell’s allure, he would simply “roll them a joint”, and ask that they enjoy the experience.

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