Monday, January 31, 2011

Lost Gem: "Joe Public" - The Rutles (1996)


"...Sometimes they call me the great unwashed."
~  The Rutles  ~


The Rutles are actually The Beatles from the Bizarro World.  They simply share their love and respect for The Beatles with pinpoint, needle-nose apple-scruff precision.

Each song is carefully crafted with various sounds, instruments, vocal mannerisms and tricks that have become synonymous with the Fab...BUT absolutely unique in that wickedly tongue-n-cheek Monty Python style.  Something
completely different...but awesomely familiar.


The Rutles

Lost Gem:--> "Joe Public"...has a fantastic arrangement heavily influenced by..."Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Rain".  Don't think...just go with it.  Fab Four Perfection!

Have you heard this gem?


My name is Joe Public - I'm sure you all know me
Sometimes they call me 'the man in the street'
but I don't mind.
I've got my place in society
I've got my feet on the ground
I've got my pride and my prejudices
No one can push me around

My name is Joe Public - I'm sure you all know me
Sometimes they call me 'the proletariat'
but I don't mind.
They know me for my common sense
They know they can't please all of me
They know I can't be fooled - all of the time
I am what I am and I'm happy to be

Joe Public, that's me
Joe Public, that's me
I put my faith in the powers that be
Joe Public - that's me

My name is Joe Public - I'm sure you all know me
Sometimes they call me 'the great unwashed'
but I don't mind.
Sticks and stones may break my bones
but names can never hurt me
I've got my pride and my prejudices
I am what I am and I'm happy to be
Joe Public, that's me.
Joe Public, that's me.
Joe Public, that's me.
Joe Public, that's me
I put my faith in the powers that be.
Joe Public - that's me.


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Casey Chambers
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lost Gem: "Better Days" - Badfinger (1970)


"You give all you want, but you take away what's mine."
~ Badfinger ~


An incredible Power-Pop group...Beatlesque in every way.  Badfinger were forerunners to later bands like...The Raspberries, The Records, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Foreigner...and the list goes on.

They had incredible melodic vision all served with an undercurrent of shadows giving even the most simple songs fresh legs.  (In retrospect, many seemed to be an unconscious cry for help).

Mike Gibbins, Joey Molland, Pete Ham, Tom Evans

Without opening up the public can of worms about lousy management that played no small part in two tragic suicides.  (Peter Ham & Tom Evans)...Badfinger was a band much too talented...to be treated much too unfairly.

Lost Gem:--> "Better Days"...has a funkified shuffle groove with excellent guitar fills from Pete Ham.  The message is clear, really.  Just give me my fair share.

Have you heard this gem?


I'm just a good boy, working hard to get my pay
A little time, a little trouble, a better day
I see no reason as for why it cannot be
A little time, a little trouble, a better day

You bury your head in the things you said, that's fine
But the days go by and you know it's getting dark at nine
You give all you want, but you take away what's mine
We can make it better
Baby, so much better all the time.
Just a good boy
Looking hard to see my way
A little time, a little trouble, a better day.

I see no reason as for why it cannot be
A little time, a little trouble, a better day.

Well, you bury your head in the things you said, that's fine
But the days go by and you know it's getting dark at nine
You give all you want but you take away what's mine
We can make it better
Baby, so much better all the time.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lost Gem: "On The Nickel" - Tom Waits (1980)


"...and even Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel over there."
~ Tom Waits ~



The theatrical singer-songwriter...Tom Waits...was born in California...but his spirit walks the dark, dank backstreets of...Anywhere, USA.

And his spirit haunts lonely dives and desperate times. And his spirit breaks your heart and his spirit mends your heart ...again and again like the constant give and take of the sea.

Waits is a matchhead.  Waits is a featherball.  Waits is...Waits.


Lost Gem:--> "On The Nickel"...rough vocals of Waits...wonderfully contradict this soft gentle ballad of kind warnings to messy haired young boys...&...and the nameless, faceless street rats who called heads instead of tails.

The song (per Waits) is affectionately known as..."A Hobos Lullaby".

Have you heard this gem?


Sticks and stones will break my bones,
But I always will be true, and when
Your mama is dead and gone,
I'll sing this lullaby just for you.
And what becomes of all the little boys,
Who never comb their hair,
Well they're lined up all around the block,
On the nickel over there.

And if you chew tobacco, and wish upon a star,
Well you'll find out where the scarecrows sit,
Just like punchlines between the cars,
And I know a place where a royal flush,
Can never beat a pair, and even Thomas Jefferson,
Is on the nickel over there.

So ring around the rosie, you're sleepin' in the rain,
And you're always late for supper,
And man you let me down again,
I thought I heard a mockingbird, Roosevelt knows where,
Whistling by the graveyard,
On the nickel over there.

So what becomes of all the little boys,
Who run away from home,
Well the world just keeps gettin' bigger,
Once you get out on your own,
But you never know how rich you are.
You haven't got a prayer.
So it's heads you win and tails they lose.
On the nickel over there.


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Casey Chambers
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Lost Gem: "Parasite" - Kiss (1974)


"She thought she knew me...but she didn't know."
~ KISS ~


Everybody knows how successful the NYC band KISS became.

Selling-out concerts. Making movies. TV appearances. Marketing KISS Bobbleheads to KISS Kaskets.

They worked it good. These rich cats are set. And jokes can be made how they never met a marketing idea they didn't like.

But one place where jokes have to be left to the wayside...is in their music. On stage or In studio...NO band worked harder to bleed their love for RnR.

Criss, Simmons, Frehley, Stanley -1974

So jokes be damned...Kiss knew what audiences wanted and gave it to us. They made it fun.

Lost Gem:--> "Parasite"...a standout written by Ace Frehley. The band was young, fearless & hungry. And you can hear it. It's loud...heavy...& riff-nasty.  Simply killer.

Have you heard this gem?


She'll always be there trying to grab a hold.
She thought she knew me, but she didn't know.
That I was sad and wanted her to go.
Parasite lady.
Parasite eyes.
Parasite lady.
No need to cry.

I didn't wanna have to get away.
I told her things I didn't want to say.
I need her and I hope she'll understand.
Parasite lady.
Parasite eyes.
Parasite lady.
No need to cry.


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Casey Chambers
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Lost Gem: "Muddy Water" - Free (1973)


"The first time you deceive her...you've broken her spell."
~ Free ~


In 1973, English rock band...Free...released their last album..."Heartbreaker"...before disbanding.

Paul Kossoff - guitar...Simon Kirke - drums...John "Rabbit" Bundrick - keyboards...and, of course, "The Voice"...lead vocalist - Paul Rodgers.

Free was a solid force that played punched up bluesy rock. Not always crackin' homers...but when the group connected...it was solid.

"All Right Now" was Free's biggest song...making #1 almost everywhere. And one of Classic Rock's most requested songs.

The same year Free broke up (1973)...Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke went on to form Bad Company. So it's no wonder listener's can hear earlier glimpses of "BC" from Free's last offering.

Lost Gem:--> "Muddy Water"...Rodgers gives each word their due and it's vocal candy.  Does he mean what he sings? You tell me.  And wouldn't this fit nicely on any Bad Company album?

Have you heard this gem?


I was born on the muddy water
I didn't know right from wrong
My mom said now look here son
I'll show you how it's done
Take you a woman and treat her right
She'll be by your side every night and day
The first time you deceive her
You've broken her spell
Then I had bad blood
Like a fool I fell where I stood
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.

But I'd rather sleep that say a word
I don't believe a word is heard
The first time I deceived you
I held it inside
Take you a woman and treat her right
She'll be by your side every night and day
The first time you deceive her
You've broken her spell
I held it inside
Like a fool I smiled on my pride
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.
I was walking in the rain with my shoes untied
Tryin' to find a dry place to hide
To hide.
I was walking in the rain.


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