5/28/10

I Do the Rock in the Paradise Garage

In 1979, following his success in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and prior to further success in Hollywood, actor Tim Curry released Fearless, a rock/disco hybrid, and one of a few albums he released during a short lived recording career. Two standout tracks from that album had some inspiration from NYC. The first, "Paradise Garage" was his story of a visit to the legendary club of the same name. Part of the bass line was also a nice bite off of Bill Withers' "Who Is He and What Is He To You?" "...And it goes like this":



The second, and most successful song off of the album, was "I Do the Rock." This was basically an inventory list of hot topics of the time, like the cold war, the middle east, and various rock & movie stars. The Dakota and Interview Magazine received cursory mentions.

5/19/10

New York State

No...it's not a "New York State of Mind" or "Empire State of Mind." It's the soul punk of Frankie Stubbs and Leatherface. I'm not quite sure who or what the specific target of the lyrics is, but I certainly "don't know what I've been fighting for." From their second album, 1990's Fill Your Boots, here's "New York State":

I don't know what you're talking about
I look, but I can't see
It never ceases to amaze
That this what you want to be
In New York State, they dance and date
There's killing and there's rape
In Washington, D.C.
There's music and conspiracy

Take a look around,
What do you see?
Things are much the same
As they've always been
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Just give me more
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Nothing happens anymore
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Just give me more
And I don't wanna be anything like that
He's an American dream
Independent July seventeen-something
He won't walk away from that
He's your hero, skateboards and Bermuda shorts
He won't walk away
Won't drink, won't smoke
He's in control
And in New York State, there's killing and there's rape
And you want all of this?!

I don't know what you're talking about
I look but I can't see
It never ceases to amaze
That this is what you want to be
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Just give me more
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Nothing happens anymore
And I don't know what I've been fighting for
Just give me more
And I don't wanna be anything like that


5/11/10

Up Broadway with Moondog

Moondog's story is long and fascinating. Most well known, perhaps, as the crazy blind dude who dressed like a viking, and hung out around the corner of 52nd Street & 6th Avenue, he really was a composer, musician, poet, and inventor. Before his death in 1999, he managed to record over a dozen albums in his life, and has become renowned as an influence on many contemporary musicians and even DJ's. In "Up Broadway," it's easy to imagine being in his shoes, and hearing what he must have heard while standing around in midtown Manhattan.

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