Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lost Stream Gem: "Valley Of The Dolls" (1967)


"Breakdown nearly every day.
Shoulda known
ya couldn't get away."

--> Cheap Trick <--



"Valley Of The Dolls" is a guilty pleasure. A favorite mistake that rewards in spite of itself.

It's a groan-fest frothing with over-the-top acting and show-biz cliches. But I absolutely dug it! Partly because of the look and vibe...but mostly because the actors are so freaking sincere.

Without spoilers, 3 young girls (one very sweet...one very ambitious...one not so talented) get schooled in the shag-nasty ways of show-business circa late 60's New York City.

Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, Patty Duke

Barbara Parkins, I suppose, is the Dorothy on this yellow-brick road. Patty..."a hotdog makes her lose control"...Duke is still a cutie. And Sharon Tate (who we all know from...well, you know) was considered a star on the rise.

I've never been a huge fan of singer, Dionne Warwick, but she was the perfect choice singing the theme. Patty Duke displays her chops on a couple of tunes, as well. All the songs are courtesy of multi-award winning musical genius...Andre Previn.

And when the lights come up and the popcorn is all gone...we're left with the heavy-handed reminder..."there's no place like home."

"On Top Of The World" - Cheap Trick (1978)


You're on top of the world.
On top of the world
and you can't get any higher.
You're on top of the world.
You're on top of the world tonight.

It wasn't easy. It was hard as hell
You didn't get luck in a wishin' well
Never worked so hard, had so much pain
Wouldn't change for anything.
Learned love from a movie screen
He was tough, she was wild at fifteen
Hated school and had no dreams
Wasn't going very far.
Then he got religion and she got a god
It's on her back and it's in his job
And it costs lots of money, honey- oh, no.

Breakdown nearly every day
Shoulda known ya couldn't get away
Got lucky with the girl next door
She was lonely and didn't care
She was young, she was dark, she was fair
Wrapped herself around you with her stare
You'd explode if she would touch you there
Touch you there. Touch you there.
Then he got religion and she got a god
It's on her back and it's in his job
And it costs lots of money, honey- oh, no.
Tonight, tonight. Tonight tonight.
You're on top of the world
On top of the world
and you can't get any higher.
You're on top of the world.
You're on top of the world tonight
(Can you hear me, can you see me)

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lost Book Gem: "Twenty Years After" - Alexandre Dumas (1845)


"Brothers fight or fall
It's man for man
and one for all."
~ Thin Lizzy ~



In the earlier classic, "The Three Musketeers"...the swashbuckling Fab Four (D'Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, & Aramis) were reveling in the thralls of Musketeer-mania.

But now, "Twenty Years After" finds our beloved swordsmen thrusting their poniards in conflicting directions. 
They're still like brothers, sure...but they're also different men with different interests, personal and political.  



It's a confusing time in France.  Tense civil unrest has the country divided and the guys are smack dab in the middle.  


Someone from their past is bent on inflicting some vicious sword-spanking revenge.  And a slimy adviser to the throne is manipulating their Queen like a pawn on a Parcheesi board.
  
All of which finds the Musketeers with their butts against the bowl.

At nearly 800 pages, Alexandre Dumas weaves a suspenseful tale of 
adventure with plenty of action making "Twenty Years After" worth ever page...and almost shares equal footing with its better known prequel.

"Fight Or Fall"  -  Thin Lizzy / Jailbreak (1976)


Brothers here I stand
Spread my wings and take command
The sky he justly planned
The boy become a man

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brothers if you hear
Raise your flags and make it clear
There is more to fear
If we wait for another year

After all this time
I tell-a tell-a myself that I'm
Just passing through time

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brothers fight or fall
It's man for man and one for all
No more can we crawl
Brothers, brothers hear the call

After all this time
I tell myself that I'm
Not just wasting time
Oh you know I'm not that way inclined

Brother brother
Brother brother
Brother fight or fall
It's man for man and one for all
Brother brother
Brother brother
What you want?

We gotta fight for one another!

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Lost Gem: "Hot Summer Day" - It's A Beautiful Day (1969)


"And they told me that I looked a fool And I said I'd let that go."~ It's A Beautiful Day ~
A band often forgotten when discussing the San Francisco hippie headspin...It's A Beautiful Day made some wonderful moments of frock trippage.

However, IABD had a slightly more prog vibe going on. 

David Laflamme's unique electric violin and harmonica play and singing partner, Patti Santos' vocal harmonies created a haunting experience that blended smoothly like a Jefferson Airplane/Moody Blues milkshake.

Life-partner Linda Laflamme's lava lamp organ riffs are magical and mysterious giving arrangements a smart, edgier ride. 

Listening to classic rock radio, one would think "White Bird" was all It's A Beautiful Day ever did.   It wasn't.  
Explore, my babies, explore.

Lost Gem:-->  "Hot Summer Day"...A dreamy coffee shop mind-hang.  Gorgeous harmonica and violin nicely weave around smoldering vocals.  
Has a cool Marty Balin/Grace Slick dynamic happening...(except they don't hate each others guts). 
Sounds good.  Tastes great!  Repeat!

Have you heard this gem?


Hot summer day carry me alongOh, hot summer day please carry me alongHot summer day carry me alongTo its end where I begin
Long summer dream sliding round my mind
Those long summer dreams are leaving me behindHot summer day carry me alongTo its end where I begin
Circling like a river over brightly colored stones
Breaking up my soul and taking part of me homeLeaving the other half to tumble all aloneLove, love, where did you go?
Hot summer day carry me alongTo its end where I beginThose long summer dreamsStill spinning round my mindAnd they end where they begin
And I want to grab that river
And stop the love that's dyingBecause I know that somewhereDeep inside my soul you're still lyingWaiting to awaken and shake that river's flowLove, love, where did you go?
They told me that the sun turned greenI said I didn't knowAnd they told me that the moon turned blueAnd I said it didn't showAnd they told me that I looked a foolAnd I said I'd let that goBut when they told me that our love was deadI had to turn and go
Oh love, love, love, love
Love, where did you go?
Hot summer day carry me alongTo its end where I beginLong summer dreams sliding round my mindAnd they end where they begin
Circling like a river over brightly colored stones
Breaking up my soul and taking part of me homeLeaving the other half to tumble all aloneLove, love, where did you go?
Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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