Well, I was saddened to hear that Bob Casale (Bob #2) of Devo died. And, as with our beloved BDI, it was from heart trouble (BDI is, mercifully, still with us). I’ve put one of the coolest Devo videos of all time at the bottom of this post as a tip-of-the-power-dome to Bob. (more…)
Regular readers know of my total obsession with Harry Nilsson these days. A few weeks ago, I had never even heard his name; now all I do is listen to his music. So I wanted to share an album – Aerial Ballet – that I’ve probably listened to ten times already, and I won’t stop until I get tired of it. Give it a spin. It’s astonishing. (more…)
Yes, the Nilsson fixation continues (my family was going to kill me when we were in Manhattan and I kept playing I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City). Listen to the charming tune below; it pretty much kicks the Beatles’ “Good Morning” right out of the stadium.
You’ll have to indulge my Nilsson obsession a bit more tonight. One of his amazing songs is below. And here’s a snippet from his bio, which is oh-so-cool:
Because of the poor financial situation of his family, Nilsson worked from an early age, including a job at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. When the Paramount closed in 1960, Nilsson applied for a job at a bank, falsely stating he was a high school graduate on his application (he only completed ninth grade). He had an aptitude for computers, which were beginning to be employed by banks at the time. He performed so well that the bank retained him after discovering the lie about his education. He worked on bank computers at night, and in the daytime pursued his songwriting and singing career.
A week ago, I had never even heard of Harry Nilsson. Now I’ve become kind of obsessed. His biggest hit is below. I think my brain is heavily wired into the somber tunes of the late 60s and early 70s, so this tune obviously hits the proverbial chord with me. I’m just sharing………because…