The news is slowly circulating about the passing of the legendary Sylvain Sylvain, an original member of the influential New York Dolls at age 69. The musician lost his battle with cancer and we are saddened by the loss. He joins the other members of the band who’ve left before him and leaves singer David Johansen as the last surviving member.
Growing up when I did I’d have to say that The Dolls were way ahead of my own music appreciation and I learned to enjoy what they brought to the table many years after their debut. They were surely influential and were the spark in the careers of bands like KISS who cited how much they learned from watching the band during their heyday. Sylvain’s death follows the news about the passing of bassist Tim Bogert. We send sincere condolences to his family, band mates and worldwide gathering of fans. Thanks for the music Syl, may you Rest In Peace.
There are milestones and then there are milestones of milestones. This, is one of those occurrences my friends. Welcome to the birth of Heavy Metal music because today is the 50th Anniversary of the debut album by the legendary (and now mostly retired) Black Sabbath. That album is their eponymous “Black Sabbath”.
When I first raised a glass to this albums anniversary it was on their 45th of its release and part of me did this with the fact that it was happening on Friday The 13th and the other wondering just how long I was planning on keeping this little website in play. Well, I’m still at it and today is the 50th so I will just work along with some of those five years ago notions, and direct you to that article by saying to click HERE for the fuller overview that I did. I’ll do my best to make a lot of this reflection different from the last one. Continue reading Black Sabbath’s Debut “Black Sabbath”; 50 Years Of Heavy Metal History (1970-2020)→
It was only about “10” days ago when I shared the press release about the Nirvana video “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from their Nevermind album. At the time the video clip was closing in on reaching 1 billion views on YouTube which is super awesome based on just how much content is out there. That notice can be observed HERE in case you missed it. Yesterday, on Christmas Day, this video achieved its one billionth view and has been steadily climbing since. Back in the day one could find this clip being broadcast almost hourly by the famed MTV Channel because back then they regularly played videos more than the Jersey Shore and Housewives Reality Shows that dominate the station nowadays. Please enjoy the video down below for good measure and help keep the numbers climbing.
If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a peaceful vibe and thinking of songs from yesteryear today, it’s probably due to the fact that on this day some 50 years ago that the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” took place up in Bethel NY on Max Yasgur’s farm. Yeah, despite the name, the event was about 45 miles away from the town of Woodstock but that no longer seems to matter. The very well documented affair started out as a pay to enter thing but as the masses began to assemble after lengthy pilgrimages up the highways of New York State they just let anyone who arrived in for free. When it all came down to it there were about 400K in attendance. In honor of the music festivals milestone 50th year, I’ve culled together some topical images and information about who played on what day but left it at that since so much of the logistics and more are easily learned via the official Wiki which is linked down below.
“Warriors……come out to playeeeaye…….Warriors…..come out to playeeeee” – This phrase rings like a bell in the minds of the folks who saw the Paramount Pictures release “The Warriors” which came out on this day in 1979. Though its more common for me to extol the virtues of the music related or geek culture films more than something like this, I couldn’t let today go by without raising a glass to it since its remained a favorite Action/Thriller of a film. I’m not going to overdue my analysis of the plot since that all been done on its Official Wikipedia which will be linked at the close, and instead offer up some recollections that make this a special movie to me. After the poster I’ve lined out the premise and the casting so can you dig it? “Can You Dig It!!!!!!”
The Plot: Cyrus, leader of the Gramercy Riffs, the most powerful gang in New York City, calls a midnight summit of all the city’s gangs, requesting them to send nine unarmed delegates to Van Cortlandt Park. The Warriors, from Coney Island, attend the summit. Cyrus proposes to the assembled crowd a permanent citywide truce and alliance that would allow the gangs to control the city since they outnumber the police by three to one. Most of the gangs applaud his idea, but Luther, leader of the Rogues, shoots Cyrus dead. In the resulting chaos, Luther frames the Warriors’ leader Cleon for the murder, and Cleon is beaten down and most likely killed by the Riffs. Meanwhile, the other Warriors have escaped, unaware that they’ve been implicated in Cyrus’ murder. The Riffs put out a hit on the Warriors through a radio DJ. Swan, the Warriors’ “war chief”, takes charge of the group as they try to make it back home. (thanks Wiki) Continue reading Paramount Pictures “The Warriors” Still Running @ 40 Years (1979-2019)→