Relive punk’s 70’s heyday: check out the trailer for ‘CBGB’


It’s one of the most famous music venues of all time. New York City’s CBGB served as the launching pad for some biggest names in punk and new wave including Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith just to name a few. The film takes a comedic look at the history of the club and features Alan Rickman in the role of Hilly Cristal who ran the club from 1973 until 2006 when it closed. Also appearing in the film are Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki as record exec Terry Ork.

The film opens October 11th. The soundtrack will be available in multiple formats including pink vinyl.

Here’s the track listing for he soundtrack:

Life During Wartime” – Talking Heads
Kick Out the Jams (Uncensored Version)” – MC5
Chatterbox” – New York Dolls
Careful” – Television
Blank Generation” – Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Slow Death” – Flamin’ Groovies
I Can’t Stand It” – The Velvet Underground
Out of Control” – Wayne County and the Electric Chairs
Psychotic Reaction” – The Count Five
All For the Love of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Live)” – Tuff Darts
All By Myself” – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
California Sun” (Original Demo) – The Dictators
Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth” – Dead Boys
I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” – Joey Ramone
Get Outta My Way” – The Laughing Dogs
Sunday Girl” (2013 Version) – Blondie
I Wanna Be Your Dog” – The Stooges
Sonic Reducer” – Dead Boys
Roxanne” – The Police
“Birds and the Bees” – Hilly Kristal


The “Arrrggh! I had to take the car today and am stuck in rush hour traffic” shuffle report


Had a late afternoon appointment that required taking the car to work today which meant a long drive in rush hour traffic. At least I had the tunes.

1. Neither One of Us–Gladys Knight & The Pips (Greatest Hits)
2. You’re Kind–Paul Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years)
3. Mr. Jones–Talking Heads (Naked)
4. Wheels of Fortune–The Doobie Brothers (The Very Best Of) [Love the Doobs in the summertime]
5. Loose Ends–Bruce Springsteen (Tracks)
6. Best of My Love–The Eagles (The Very Best Of)
7. Peace On Earth–U2 (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
8. Detroit Breakdown–The J. Geils Band (Anthology) [Awesome live act. Here’s hoping they tour again.]
9. Rocket–Def Leppard (Rock Of Ages) [Hair band alert!]
10. Think It Over–Buddy Holly & The Crickets (From The Original Master Tapes)
11. Think Too Much (a)–Paul Simon (Hearts & Bones)*

*Extra track today, ’cause that’s how many songs I listened to until I reached my destination.

The Morning Commute Shuffle Report


Here just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod on the way into work this morning. Click on the song titles to have a listen:

1. Baba O’Riley—The Who (Live At Royal Albert Hall)
2. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) —R.E.M.—(Reckoning)
3. Take Five—Dave Brubeck Quartet—(Time Out)
4. Stay Up Late—Talking Heads (Little Creatures)
5. Would You Like To Dance—Joan Armatrading (What’s Inside)
6. See You—Foo Fighters (The Colour and The Shape)
7. Blue Café—The Style Council (Cafe Bleu)
8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five—Paul McCartney (Band on The Run)
9. Man Machine—Robbie Williams (The Ego Has Landed)
10. What Love Can Do—Bruce Springsteen (Working On A Dream)

The 4 O’Clock Shuffle Report


Here just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod at around 4:00 p.m. today (in shuffle mode, of course).

1. Reno–Bruce Springsteen (Devils & Dust) (The most R-rated song he’s ever recorded; definitely not for the kiddies)

2. Incident at Neshabur–Santana (Abraxas)

3. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination–Gladys Knight & The Pips (Greatest Hits) (Love them Pips!)

4. Baby’s In Black–The Beatles (Beatles For Sale)

5. Road To Nowhere–Talking Heads (Little Creatures) (Great music video)

6. The Heart of Life–John Mayer (Continuum)

7. I Choose To Sing The Blues–Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (I Don’t Want To Go Home)

8. Hole In My Life–The Police (Outlandos d’Amour)

9. Is There Any Love In Your Heart–Lenny Kravitz (Are You Gonna Go My Way)

10. I Can’t Stop–Al Green (I Can’t Stop) (How can anyone not like Al Green?)

“Hello Cleveland!”

Concert%20CrowdAs much as I enjoy listening to, discussing and sharing music, I’ve always felt that there’s nothing like seeing your favourite artist in concert for the first, second or in the case of Bruce Springsteen, the 10th time. There’s the thrill when you first find out your fave is coming to town, the anticipation of waiting for the tickets to go on sale, and then… the utter disappointment when you get screwed by Ticketmaster when the website says ‘sold out’ at 10:01. But, if you are fortunate enough to score those prime seats, the memories of a great (or bad) show stick with you forever.

Geek that I am, I’ve kept (almost) all of my ticket stubs, going back to 1977. I thought I’d use this blog as a good opportunity to share some of those concert memories with you, and I’d like to hear about yours. I won’t necessarily focus on the best shows I’ve seen; in fact the bad ones are sometimes more fun to write about.

So while the collection of stubs goes back to ’77, the first concert I ever went to was actually in the summer of 1976. My uncle took my older brothers and me to see Joe Cocker. (Ironically, I saw Joe Cocker again in the ‘90’s and I don’t have the stub for that one either.) I remember that I only knew one song, “You Are So Beautiful”, which was a hit single at the time.  Otherwise, I was pretty bored but I would chalk that up to age. I’m sure my uncle and my brothers (who were 17 and 19 at the time) enjoyed it. I would compare it to me dragging one of my kids today to see someone like John Hiatt. I would love it. My kids? Not so much. However, once Joe Cocker released his “Greatest Hits” album the following year I became a big fan of his, and still am today. Guess I matured.

Last week Joe turned 65 and he will be touring throughout the summer. Below is a live clip from 2002 filmed at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert. Check out the backing band, which includes Brian May from Queen on guitar and Phil Collins on drums.

Next time I’ll talk about the concert associated with the oldest ticket stub in my collection. The date was July 12, 1977. The band? I’ll give you a hint: They may be from New York, but they’re partial to Detroit…Rock City.

“The Shuffle Report”

Here just for fun are the last 10 songs I’ve listened to in shuffle mode on my iPod at the time I wrote today’s post (no editing):

1. Spanish Dancer–Steve Winwood (Arc of A Diver)*

2. Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)–Grand Funk Railroad (Grand Funk Hits)

3. Satisfy My Soul–Bob Marley (Legend)**

4. Burning Down The House–Talking Heads (Stop Making Sense–Live)

5. Celebration Day–Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin III)

6. You’re So Fine–Little Walter (His Best)

7. Every Night and Every Day–Cheap Trick (Rockford)

8. You Got Another Thing Comin’–Judas Priest (The Essential Judas Priest)

9. Freedom For The Stallion–Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint (The River In Reverse)

10. Goodbye Girl–Squeeze (Singles, 45’s and Under)

* One of my favourite album covers of all-time. Great artwork.

**The first compact disc I ever purchased, back in 1988.