Noticed this in the handsome hardcover Complete Peanuts, dating from November 18, 1957: So of course I had to go hunting for the #1 hit on that date. It proved elusive for the U.S., but in England it was Buddy Holly and the Crickets' 'That'll Be the Day,' and I wouldn't be surprised if it… Continue reading Schultz vs. Holly
I love the Internet when it brings me a pretty good deal on the May 25, 1963 issue of Melody Maker. What would you hear if you tuned in to the hit parade that spring week? Well, the Beatles, there’s a shocker. They have ‘From Me to You’ in the #1 spot about six weeks… Continue reading Time Machine: May 1963
I just can't quit you, Desmond T. Doss and Hacksaw Ridge. A bunch of my iPod tracks jumped out and organized themselves into what I call a "mock musical" or "collage musical" - a playlist in the shape of a story. Gospel, swing, bluegrass, hymns, folk, and showtunes. Listen to it here. Enhanced liner notes:… Continue reading Miracle at Hacksaw Ridge: A Collage Musical
It's been the Year of Bowie. Just about a year ago I stood in front of David Bowie and Iman's Manhattan home and thought hey, I should listen to like all of his stuff. And now I've done it - aside from the occasional rough draft, outtake, collaboration, or film appearance, which I'll gladly continue… Continue reading Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens
In a 1937 novel, a modest history writer starts nightmaring that pretty much everyone younger than him - including his own wife and baby - are alien plants designed, from the genes on up, to replace normal stodgy humans like himself. After a long paranoid muse, where he takes every sparkling, wondermaking word or action… Continue reading David Bowie Is Star Begotten
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: The Next Day (2013) Prior Level of Acquaintance: High Three-Word Review: angry, precise, defiant So I was trying to listen to Bowie only in order, but I admit that The Next Day was where I turned the morning after November's presidential election. The combination of shouty and defiant -… Continue reading You Call Yourself a Prophet?
My Crash Course for the Ravers hits Bowie's Big Pause. I get a lot of joy out of the film of the Reality concert, and the nice thing is that it looks like Bowie did too. Unlike many of his earlier concerts, where he cultivated an artistically aloof demeanor, here he bounces around the stage… Continue reading Pug Pug Pug Pug