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"Week Of 4 'Billy's," Billy Vera, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, Billy Ocean
On the week ending on January 17, 1987 Gregory Abbott topped the charts with 'Shake You Down'. But there was something else notable as well. This very week was unique in that there were FOUR artists with the first name 'Billy' on the American Top 40 chart. At #5 was 'At This Moment' by BILLY VERA and The Beaters and it was rising up. At #17 was 'Love Is Forever' by BILLY OCEAN and it had slipped down a notch. At #28 was 'This Is The Time' by BILLY JOEL and it was climbing the chart. And at # 35 was 'To Be A Lover' by BILLY IDOL which peaked at #6 a few weeks prior. That's The Week Of Four 'Billy's - Vera, Ocean, Joel and Idol. Vera's song would soon become his only #1 hit. Billy Idol would score his only #1 later that year with 'Mony Mony' (famous for that UNIQUE chant that people added to it). The other 2 'Billy's had already had topped the chart before and would again later in the decade.
Billy Eugene
"Souvenir for 'Surrender'," Cheap Trick
We all know that guitarist Rick Neilson does some notorious, sometimes kooky stuff during a Cheap Trick concert. Every show has a few songs you can count on them playing and 'Surrender' is one of them. When Robin Zander sings, 'Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year? / Every time I got to thinking, where'd they disappear? / When I woke up, mom and dad are rolling on the couch. / Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my KISS records out'. then Rick tosses a souvenir to the audience and of course people try to catch it just like they do Rick's guitar picks. Well, it's not a KISS record but it's a Cheap Trick LP outer cover (no LP or jacket inside) and it is sealed. Glued into the LP cover's perimeter are guitar picks from the band and the designs on them are all different. Rick tosses this item at every show during this song. Last night I saw the band play again and after their show I ran into the lucky couple who caught the item Rick tossed. It was just as described here - the album featured was the 1979 classic 'At Budokan' and the copy was SIGNED by the band members! This was the first time I actually saw one of these special souvenirs and that's because I happened to run into the lucky couple who caught the valuable collector's item. Lucky bastards ; )
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 5X!
"'Dance Into the Light' album," Phil Collins
Nearly all Phil Collins albums (and some on CDs he's done in Genesis and maybe even Brand X) have drum machines. Phil is a multi-rhythm man - he likes to program a rhythm on a drum machine then top that off with HIS OWN playing on electric drums and of course his trademark SLAMMING on the acoustic drums. On this 1996 CD he does his usual drumming style of course but with heavier emphasize on eastern African rhythm techniques (and it gets frenetic, man!), A disclaimer in the liner notes states one clear thing: Phil literally plays ALL the beats HIMSELF here. It says, 'There's no drum machine on this one!'. Drumming scholars ought to listen to this CD and they'll see that Phil is one of the greatest drummers of all time.
Sussudio's Boyfriend
"'No Jacket Required' album," Phil Collins
The liner notes of this classic Diamond-seller lists all the instruments played in the album and by whom. That also includes 'The Odd Keyboard' but the liner notes doesn't say what is. Anyway, at the bottom it tells you what it isn't. It says, 'There is no Fairlight on this record'. So if the album doesn't feature a Fairlight CMI synthesizer then WHAT kind of synthesizers are being used, and where and for what? Your guess.
Sussudio's Boyfriend
"Release Me," Def Leppard
Def Leppard has put out their box set CD Collection Volume One, which collects all their 80s albums and their 1979 debut EP AND a bonus live CD together. On top of that there is a rarities disc of B-sides, single edits, remixes and more. One of those rarities is a B-side to the hit 'Rocket' (a cover of Englebert Humperdinck's 1967 hit 'Release Me') that was recorded by the band with a guitar tech at the vocals and this was issued out not under the Def Leppard name but as by 'Stumpus Maximus and the Good Ol' Boys'. Strange enough, that song itself went to #6 on the pop charts in Greece. Anyway, I was playing this CD in my car and my stereo was telling the song title and artist on the display (every track was listed as being by 'Def Leppard' until this song came on) and then my stereo indicated that the track was 'Release Me' by 'Stumpus Maximus and the Good Ol' Boys'! The liner notes state that this song was done as a prank and a backstage gimmick by the band and let me tell you, folks - it's AWFUL. Absolutely horrid. I love Def Leppard and I've seen them live twice but this recording - yeeeccchhh!!!
Too Much Beer Can Make You Do Dumb Things
"Ohio State Chant," Bryan Ferry
I saw Bryan Ferry in concert last year. He was sitting down at his synth, telling us how good it was to be back in Columbus, it having been years since he last played in that city. He led of the Ohio State University football chant by saying, 'O-H!' and the audience of course replied, 'I-O!'. Amazing. This guy is a Briton, so who told him about Ohio State University football? What-a-guy. He's got CLASS.
I Love Foxy Roxy Music!
"50 year + Anniversary tour," Rolling Stones
In 2012 the Rolling Stones kicked off their 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour and IT HASN'T REALLY STOPPED. They've been touring almost constantly, in legs. I caught them in 2015 on the Zip Code leg. Right now they are playing in Ireland and will be touring Europe this summer and fall. They've also been releasing 2 CD / 1 DVD sets of several shows out the yinyang, including the show in Havana that the Cuban government allowed them to do. They've also dropped a few new songs on the way and put out the covers album 'Blue and Lonesome' which took 3 days to record! And they've been touring on and on and on - they keep on rolling, rolling, rolling,...
I Got Stoned at Ohio State University 2X
"Salute to Ohio State University," Rolling Stones
I saw the Rolling Stones for the second time at Ohio Stadium in late May 2015. They actually surprised EVERYONE in the audience (including me - an OSU alumnus) with their cover of 'Hang On Sloopy' which is the OSU football team's fight song. Later on, Mick did the Ohio State cheer by yelling 'O-H!' and the crowd yelled back 'I-O!' in response. Later on, ever the master of ceremonies that he is, Sir Mick fired off a chant with 'M-I!' and the crowd booed! Was Mick trying to spell his name 'MICK' or was it the name of OSU's main football rival 'MICHIGAN' as in Michigan University? BTW, the opening act for that evening was Kid Rock and he's from the state of Michigan!
I Got Stoned at Ohio State University 2X
"'Planet Earth' album," Prince
The cover of the CD uses an optical illusion. you can see Prince himself pondering over planet Earth (in a red-tinted outer space) and if you hold the CD casing package, the image shifts to the 'Love Symbol' he released albums under from 1993-2000,
Astronaut of Love
"'Planet Earth' album," Prince
The 'Planet Earth' does NOT list the track names anywhere on the CD or the digipack. You have to go to the Internet to find the track listing yourself.
Astronaut of Love
"Guitar Pose Inspirations," Roxy Music
We all know about how Roxy Music is an inspiration for punk, new wave, alternative and indy rock in so many ways . The center gatefold spread of their 1972 self-titled debut shows all the band members holding various guitars. Front man Bryan Ferry looks like a glam rock 23rd century Elvis and the other band members were also glammed up and dressed in various exotic costumes. There have been similar album art tributes by bands inspired by Roxy. For instance, for the 1980 Cars album 'Panorama' there's a similar inner spread picture of the Cars holding various guitars. In the 2004 Duran Duran album 'Astronaut' the Fab Five members also pose for a 2-page spread in the CD booklet. They are all holding various model guitars too. The Cars and Duran Duran and many other bands are inspired by Roxy Music and this is one clear way they've shown it!
I Love Foxy Roxy Music!
"Guitarist's comical persona," Cheap Trick
First time I saw this band guitarist Rick Neilson wore a sweater adorned with skulls and a ballcap. He talked about how they were going to play a lot of hits that night, and he commented about popular music in 1989. He praised Aerosmith, INXS, AC/DC...and then he quipped that this 'Tiffany and Debby Gibson should be taken to the fucking K-mart for a full refund!'. Cheers erupted. He continued, 'cause that's some really BAD SHIT!'. He pulled his cap down and glared comically to more audience cheering. He glared and then opined some more, 'It's BAAAAAD SHIT! And we're here to deliver some solid rock'n'roll for you tonight'. And did they EVER!
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"tossing guitar picks into crowd," Cheap Trick
Guitarist Rick Neilson often flicks guitar picks into the crowd while he plays his guitars. He also scoops into a bucket and chucks more picks into the audience, making people scramble to catch them for souvenirs. The picks always are decorated in some fashion. I got 2 picks from the band from different shows and they're never the same design twice.
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"Strange guitars! ," Cheap Trick
Guitarist Rick Neilson has some unique guitars. One double-neck has the body built to resemble himself (the necks are his 'legs'). He has an 8-neck guitar that he plays usually just for the song 'Surrender'. Needless to say, it's bulky, massive and difficult! He plays other strange guitars too.
I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"12-string bass guitar," Cheap Trick
Bassist Tom Peterson has a custom-designed bass guitar that features 3 thinner strings bunched close together instead of the usual 4 thick strings. He came my way at the edge of the stage and held it out and I ran my fingers down on the strings. Yowch!
I've Seen Cheap trick Live 4X!
"Smithereens 11 album," Smithereens
I've seen the Smithereens play twice and got to meet them too. I asked guitarist Jim Babjak how the album 'Smithereens 11' got it's name. He said it's based on the Frank Sinatra/Sammy Davis Jr./Dean Martin movie 'Oceans 11' from 1960. The album cover art is based on the paperback book adaption of that flick, with appropriate alterations made. He told me all this himself.
RIP Pat Dinizio
"Rat Race," Phil Collins
he starred in the MIAMI VICE episode "Phil the Shill" and he wrote a song for the closing credits of that episode that has the line, "Life is a rat race, rat race, rat race....". It's not available on any Phil album and you won't hear it anywhere else.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Looking Back, Going Forward Again," Phil Collins
UPDATE - Phil has been doing some voice-overs for movies and such and he is currently touring the UK. All he's really doing is sitting down and singing his hits but it's good to see him back in action again.
Turn It On, Turn It On Again
"Pink Floyd record label, after the band," Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd performed one last time at the Live 8 benefit in 2005. Dave Gilmour, Rick Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason had settled all differences from the past and went out in a blaze of glory. The next year Pink Floyd disbanded. The members have played with each other in their various solo ventures, and Dave and Roger have played gigs together to benefit Palestinian war children. Rick died of lung cancer. Roger, Dave, Nick have stood up together to protest Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip and they have worked in the studio to remaster the whole PF catalog. They also have been releasing some compilations and live recordings. All these albums have new pictures and art inside. Now they are being released on a new label - PINK FLOYD RECORDS. A band self-titled record label, folks. Don't bands usually do that while they're active and together? Rolling Stones records, Grateful Dead records, Cheap Trick records, Apple records (Beatles), Face Value records (Phil Collins) anyone?
Pink Crane
"Fan names," NKOTB
We know about extreme Grateful Dead fans being called DEAD HEADS. Well there are also HIP HEADS for the Tragically Hip, HEEP HEADS for Uriah Heep, DICK HEADS for Dick Dale (honest!), PARROT HEADS are for Jimmy Buffett and big time fans of New Kids On the Block are (* drumroll *) BLOCK HEADS!
New Kids Suck Suck Suck

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