I burst out laughing the first time I saw this on TV, the end, and stil laugh every time I see it.
I knew as soon as I heard the first clip below who had been a big influence on this South African band formed in 1999 under the name Saron Gas. Their first major label release was in 2002 with Disclaimer. It was apparent to me the grunge sound of nineties Seattle, specifically Alice In Chains, were a favorite of the band. Especially in that first clip, singer Shaun Morgan sounds very much like Alice vocalist Jerry Cantrell
A western motif here:
The movie A HARD DAY’S NIGHT would seem an unlikely candidate for novelization. Most of the movie involved them playing music or being chased by hordes of teenage girls(boy did I want to be a Beatle back then). There wasn’t much of a plot to hang a novel on, but author John Burke managed a reasonable effort here, concentrating on Paul’s grandfather more so than the movie seemed to(it’s been a number of years since I saw the movie so I may be wrong). He’s something of a curmudgeon, a bit of a conman, certainly a rogue.
There’s also a reference to Raymond Chandler in one bit of dialogue. That may have been there though. At that point in my young life, fourteen, I’d never even heard of Chandler. let alone read any of his work.
The book will probably not be enjoyed by anyone out of my generation(these young kids think of them as old fogies), but I enjoyed this trip back to my much younger days.
For real forgotten books, drop in on Patti Abbott over at PATTINASE on Fridays.
The Allman Brothers are one of the seminal southern blues/rock bands and have had a past of ups and downs that involved loss and conflicts. Founding member Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Berry Oakley died in late 1972 from another motorcycle accident. Personality differences and drugs did the rest for a number of years. Gregg Allman was persona non grata for many years for testifying against a friend of the band because of federal drug charges against him.
They still work today with three original members and other musicians.
DREAMS is a four CD boxed set covering their career. All permutations of the band and some solo work. Unless otherwise attributed, all songs were released as by The Allman Brothers band
Shape of things – The Allman Joys
Spoonful – The Allman Joys
Crossroads – The Allman Joys
Cast Off All My Fears – Hour Glass
Down In Texas – Hour Glass
Ain’t No Good To Cry – Hour Glass
BB King Medley – Hour Glass
Morning Dew – The 31st of February
God rest His Soul – The 31st of February
I Feel Free – The Second Coming
She Has Funny Cars – The Second Coming
Goin’ Down Slow – Duane Allman
Don’t Want You No More
It’s Not My Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Hoochie Coochie Man
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town
One More Ride
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Drunken Hearted Boy
You Don’t Love Me/Soul Serenade
Ain’t Wasting Time No More
Midnight Rider – Gregg Allman
One Way Out
Long Time Gone – Dickie Betts
Don’t Lose What You Never Had
Come And Go Blues – The Gregg Allman Band
Bougainvillea – Dickie Betts & Great Southern
Can You Fool – Gregg Allman & Woman
Good Time Feeling – Dickie Betts & Great Southern
Can’t Take It With You
Just Ain’t Easy
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Things You Used To Do
Nancy – Dickie Betts
Rain – Gregg Allman
I’m No Angel – The Gregg Allman Band
Demons – The Gregg Allan Band
Duane’s Tune – The Dickie Betts Band
It’s a fine set if one likes the band.
Here’s my two favorite numbers, perhaps the best known Brothers/Gregg Allman songs. At least for me.
I remember when I first bought this album. A vinyl copy, audiocassettes were still going strong and CDs, if they were around then, were this new thing that was still a bit high-priced. One description of this set of songs was that it was Led Zeppelin turned upside down and played backwards. I lent the record to a friend to make a recording and he told me his wife asked if that was a new Led Zeppelin. When he said no, she asked if it was a new Robert Plant.
Against all odds, it worked. Lenny Wolf was the singer and his voice did at times bear a resemblance to Plant. They were suddenly all the rage on MTV and radio. Then their second album came out and it was just as bad as this one was good. I lost interest then and was surprised to learn a few years ago, the band was still making music and putting out CDs. Have no idea how the music sounds and mostly it was Lenny Wolf with a revolving cast of musicians. None of the alignment of this album, with the exception of Wolf, plays with the band and hasn’t in many years.
This first album was their bestselling and most critically reviewed to date. Maybe that says something.
The line-up of songs is, as follows:
1: LIVING OUT OF TOUCH
2: PUSHIN’ HARD
3: WHAT LOVE CAN BE
5: THE SHUFFLE
6: GET IT ON
7: NOW FOREVER AFTER
9: LOVING YOU
10: SHOUT IT OUT
A great set of tunes. Here are my favorites off the album
FOREIGNER was a favorite band back in the day. There was always a revolving membership that featured mostly songwriters Mick Jones. lead guitarist, and Lou Gramm, vocalist(what a voice). The pair had a falling out in 1990 and Gramm left the band for a couple of years. Relationship patched up, they continued. then it happened again in 2003 and the split seems permanent. Not heard the new singer, but he can’t be as good.
I managed to see them three times live, twice headlining In Greensboro, NC , once co-headlining with Ted Nugent at an outdoor event in Charlotte with Black Oak Arkansas and Mother’s Finest opening the show. It was about an eight hour event. And a damn good time.
They had some pop hits that really rocked and Gram had that distinctive voice that made a band stand out. Those were the days.