Sunday, July 18, 2021

Pop Pics: Lana Turner and Lex Barker



Pop Diary: 1971; Everything's Gonna Be Okay; Alter Ego

What I'm watching, hearing, reading, etc.


1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. The assemblage of period clips here and the absence of talking head interviews interrupting them all is the plus of this look-back at when, according to the series' thesis, the Sixties became the Seventies. The minus is the jumbled, unfocused narrative and detours—such as an inordinate amount of time spent recounting PBS' early reality TV series, "An American Family'—that take us away from the musicians and their works. Still, it's worth a look if just for the performance footage alone, featuring the Stones (both Sly and Rolling), the Laurel Canyon crew, Marvin, Aretha and much more. Also, while there's no denying David Bowie's impact in the U.K. during this period, I think the series overstates his overall influence; it took the U.S. several more years to catch on to him. He only cracked the upper reaches of the American charts in 1975. 


Everything's Gonna Be Okay. You'd think it'd be impossible for Australian comic to top "Please Like Me," but here he is back again with another tremendously profound, hilarious and human series, which places him as an older step-brother care for two teen step-sisters, one of whom is autistic, after his father dies. There's nothing cheesy for feel-good about the situations or interactions in this comedy. It's very real: People being snide, petty, funny and loving—generally all a once.


Alter Ego #170. The newest issue of Roy Thomas' fanzine takes a deep dive into the career and influence of Jack Kirby—territory generally left to TwoMorrows' sister mag, The Jack Kirby Collector. There's a look at Kirby's role in the creation and look of Iron Man, Kirby's contributions to 1960s fanzines, the artist's horror comics work and an examination of Stan Lee's comments about collaborating with Kirby. Thomas, who had a sometimes uneasy relationship with the King (he was parodied as Stan's sycophant in Kirby's Mister Miracle series, where Lee way portrayed as the self-aggrandizing con-man, Funky Flashman) discusses his mixed feelings candidly while coming to the same conclusion as most of us: Kirby was the best of the best and the Marvel Universe as we know it wouldn't have been here without him.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Coming up: "Think I’m Going Weird: Original Artefacts From The British Psychedelic Scene 1966-68"

Out Oct. 29.

Details:

Grapefruit’s landmark 100th release.

A definitive overview of the British psychedelic scene, an epic five-CD/book set that includes more than 50 minutes of previously unreleased music from the halcyon period 1966-68.

Including the major acts of the era (The Who, Traffic, Small Faces, The Move, Procol Harum, Incredible String Band, Family, Crazy World of Arthur Brown etc), ‘Think I’m Going Weird: Original Artefacts From The British Psychedelic Scene 1966-68’ features many bands who also played London’s underground dungeons during the Summer Of Love.

Featuring studio demos from the likes of Tintern Abbey, The Soft Machine, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, Genesis, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, Dantalian’s Chariot and others plus numerous cult 45s (July, Caleb, Vamp, Blossom Toes, Sweet Feeling, etc) and fascinating album cuts from such scene stalwarts as Tomorrow, Fairport Convention, Kaleidoscope, The Deviants and Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera.

Perhaps most enticingly of all, the collection includes a number of hitherto-unknown recordings by bands who are only now gaining their first public exposure including Eyes Of Blond, Tinsel Arcade, Crystal Ship (whose contribution features lyrics from Pete Brown) and the semi-mythical 117, such a legendary name from the era’s handbills and posters that they even had a UK psych fanzine named after them in the ‘90s.

A dazzling feat of licensing and research, ‘Think I’m Going Weird…’ comes in a 60-page A5 book format with 25,000-word track-by-track annotation with some extraordinary and rare photos and memorabilia.

DISC ONE:

1 THINK I'M GOING WEIRD - Art

2 MY CLOWN (single mix) - July

3 THE VIEW – Gary Walker & The Rain

4 UTTERLY SIMPLE - Traffic

5 A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION - Caleb

6 LIKE THE SUN, LIKE THE FIRE – Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

7 LAZY OLD SUN (alternative version, stereo) – The Kinks

8 PLASTIC DAFFODILS – Atlanta Roots

9 PSYCHEDELIA – Ron Geesin

10 DREAM STARTS – Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

11 TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE IN ME - Strawbs

12 FUNNIEST GIG – Manfred Mann

13 SUNNY CELLOPHANE SKIES – The Status Quo

14 MRS GRUNDY – Plastic Penny

15 BUFFALO BILLYCAN - Apple

16 CHARLES BROWN – Sweet Feeling

17 ROSIE CAN'T FLY - Sleepy

18 I KNOW, SHE BELIEVES – The Picadilly Line

19 THE LOBSTER – Fairport Convention

20 YELLOW BRICK ROAD – The Mindbenders

21 THE STORY OF DAVID – Granny's Intentions

22 THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - Icarus

23 IS ANYBODY HOME? - The Mirage

24 WHY – Eyes Of Blond*

*previously unreleased


DISC TWO:


1 WORLD WAR III – Dantalian's Chariot

2 SEE THROUGH WINDOWS - Family

3 SALAD DAYS (ARE HERE AGAIN) – Procol Harum

4 THE TRUTH IS PLAIN TO SEE - Freedom

5 SUN SING – Force Four

6 MR SMALL THE WATCH REPAIRER MAN - Kaleidoscope

7 IMAGE BLOWN OUT - Genesis

8 LIFE IS JUST BEGINNING – The Creation

9 TAKING OUT TIME – The Spencer Davis Group

10 THAT MAN – Small Faces

11 YOU'RE HAUNTING ME – The Hi-Fis

12 MRS GILLESPIE'S REFRIGERATOR - Sands

13 PLEASE RETURN - Rust

14 LAST MINUTE – The Nashville Teens 15 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER – The Alan Bown!

16 THE TOUCHABLES (ALL OF US) - Nirvana

17 HALLIFORD HOUSE – The Virgin Sleep

18 CATHERINE'S WHEEL – Denny Laine

19 GIRL IN THE MIRROR – Christopher Colt

20 ELEVATOR (single mix) - Grapefruit

21 WORLD IN MY HEAD – Mike Stuart Span

22 UFO – Neo Maya

23 THE LAUGHING MAN – John Carter & Russ Alquist

24 FLOATIN' - Vamp

25 LIFE DOES NOT SEEM WHAT IT SEEMS – Tinsel Arcade*

26 SCENE OF THE LEMON QUEEN – One Step Beyond*

*previously unreleased


DISC THREE:


1 HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO – The Yardbirds

2 HAVE SOME MORE TEA – The Smoke

3 WALK UPON THE WATER – The Move

4 JABBERWOCK – Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup

5 THE MAD HATTER'S SONG – The Incredible String Band

6 SHOPLIFTERS – Ivor Cutler Trio

7 LOOK OUT THERE'S A MONSTER COMING – The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

8 SARA, CRAZY CHILD (extended German 45 version) – John's Children

9 BEYOND THE RISING SUN – Tyrannosaurus Rex

10 HEY GIRL - JP Sunshine

11 MR SUNSHINE (film version) – Barclay James Harvest

12 TICK TOCK - Shyster

13 CHEADLE HEATH DELUSIONS – Felius Andromeda

14 THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF TIMOTHY CHASE - Tomorrow

15 THE BIRTHDAY – The Idle Race

16 HOW CAN WE HANG ON TO A DREAM? - The Moody Blues

17 YES IS A PLEASANT COUNTRY - Circus

18 SUMMER SUN SHINES – The Fresh Windows

19 THE BLUE MAN RUNS AWAY – Crystal Ship*

20 WHAT'S HAPPENING? - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

21 MOTHER'S MAGAZINE – Mother's Pride*

22 FLYING MACHINE - Turquoise

23 IN THE PARK – The Cortinas

24 HUNG UP ON A DREAM – The Zombies

25 WE ARE THE MOLES PART 1 – The Moles

26 WE ARE THE MOLES PART 2 – The Moles

*previously unreleased


DISC FOUR:


1 ARMENIA CITY IN THE SKY – The Who

2 FREDEREEK HERNANDO – One In A Million

3 FLOWERMAN – The Syn

4 I CAN HEAR COLOURS – The Motives

5 GREEN – The Lion & The Fish

6 I'M SO LOW (aka JET- PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPH) – The Soft Machine

7 JEANETTA – Mabel Greer's Toyshop

8 COME OVER STRANGER - Canto

9 CHILDREN OF THE SUN (demo version) – The Misunderstood

10 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME – St. Valentine's Day Massacre

11 (I'M SO) SAD – The Magic Mixture

12 YOU'VE GOTTA HAVE LOVE BABE – The Graham Bond Organisation

13 RUMBLE OF MERSEY SQUARE SOUTH – Wimple Winch

14 COSMIC TRIP – Third Ear Band

15 I BRING THE SUN – John Bryant

16 POLICE IS HERE – A New Generation

17 SPICKS AND SPECKS – The Bee Gees

18 DEATH OF THE SEASIDE – The Human Instinct

19 BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER – Friday's Chyld*

20 CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE – Jason Crest

21 TOYMAKER'S SHOP - Louise

22 PLASTIC AEROPLANE – Medium Rare*

23 VENUSIAN MOONSHINE (live at Middle Earth) - 117*

*previously unreleased


DISC FIVE:


1 PATH THROUGH THE FOREST – The Factory

2 FREEDOM FOR YOU – The Attack

3 WALKING THROUGH MY DREAMS – Pretty Things

4 DON'T GO 'WAY LITTLE GIRL – The Shame

5 MY PRAYER – Tintern Abbey*

6 PHANTOM I – Jade Hexagram

7 COVER GIRL – Perfumed Garden

8 ROSE COLOURED GLASSES – The Tickle

9 AMY PEATE – The Orange Bicycle

10 DREAM IN MY MIND – Rupert's People

11 SPIDER – Downliners Sect

12 WHAT ON EARTH (single mix) – Blossom Toes

13 BUILDING UP A DREAM – The End

14 THE CAT – The Merseys

15 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW – Mandrake Paddle Steamer

16 WATERWAYS (demo version) – East Of Eden

17 WHICH WAY – The Sorrows

18 BUN – The Deviants

19 ANOTHER VINCENT VAN GOGH – The 23rd Turnoff

20 SMILE AT THE SAD SUN - Champagne*

21 TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES – The Zany Woodruff Operation*

22 SITTING ON A BLUNESTONE – Tales Of Justine 

23 BRAIN – The Action

*previously unreleased

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Hot Trax '71: The Who, CCR, Bill Withers and more!

New songs entering the charts, 50 years ago this week.

Listen to the Hot Trax '71 playlist on Spotify.

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Creedence Clearwater Revival  - Sweet Hitch-Hiker

Bread - Mother Freedom

Rare Earth - I Just Want to Celebrate

Buddy Miles (and the Freedom Express) - Them Changes

Audience - Indian Summer

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Steppenwolf - Ride With Me

The Glass Bottle - I Ain't Got Time Anymore

Rod Stewart - Reason to Believe/Maggie May

Sonny James with the Southern Gentlemen - Bright Lights, Big City