• Driving Songs for my new Car

    26 Oct 2008, 08:12 by GazaG

  • Captain Yonder – Good-Bye, Woland! (Strange Midge)

    1 May 2007, 19:28 by jcshepard

    From the first riff, Captain Yonder’s new album Good-Bye, Woland struck me as different. Which is nothing different. The Captain’s first album I heard, Mad Country Love Songs was very different, odd in a backwoods sea shanty sort of way. The Captain’s next, eponymous album was also different, still gothic, a bit more refined and focused, an eight-song poem on a theme of love, death and insanity. Odd in a northwoods maritime sort of way.

    With Woland, released today (1 May 07), the Captain is firing up the party barge on all the alt.folk, retro-country, roots rock Americana cylinders. Frontman Ryan Pfeiffer was crafted a soundtrack to a movie not yet made, an essay in song and verse. The legendary Captain of myth and muse is less seen and more heard this time around, as Pfeiffer and cellist Esme Schwall claim their own place with confidence at the helm. Maybe it’s Pfeiffer’s Minnesota digs, or the Tucson recording studio, or just the requisite number of years of blood, sweet, and vibraphones…
  • January 10th: On this Day

    10 Jan 2007, 07:52 by tenderbranson69

    2005, Spencer Dryden, drummer with Jefferson Airplane died of cancer at his home in California aged 66. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.

    2001, Bryan Gregory founding member of The Cramps died after suffering a heart attack.

    1976, Blues artist Howlin Wolf, (Chester Burnett), died in hospital of cancer aged 66.

    1976, CW McCall went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Convoy', it made No.2 in the UK. CW McCall was in fact an advertising agent whose real name was Bill Fries.

    1965, Born on this day, Joey Santiago, guitar, The Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single 'Velouria').

    1964, Born on this day, Brad Roberts, vocals, guitar, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single 'MMM MMM MMM MMM').

    1958, Born on this day, Shawn Colvin, Singer songwriter, (1995 UK No.40 single with Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'One Cool Remove').

    1958, Jerry Lee Lewis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Great Balls Of Fire'.

    1955, Born on this day, Luci Martin, vocals, Chic, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Le Freak').
  • Oh I wonder, what's a one-hit wonder?

    9 Sep 2005, 19:57 by Pirate45

    I received a message from a member today and part of the discussion was about "one-hit wonders." This is only one instance of what seems to be a spate of discussions I've been involved in as of late about "one-hit wonders".

    I was recently involved in a debate on a forum about what a one-hit wonder actually is. One of the posters suggested that a band was a one-hit wonder if they had only "one good hit."

    Okay, what is "one good hit?" One that you like? One that rose to some pre-defined level on the chart? One that got a lot of airplay? Obviously, this leaves the whole thing open to interpretation.

    The poster continued to argue that getting only one hit into the Top-10 was the criteria. Following some debate he agreed that getting one song into the Top-20 was the criteria.

    This makes no sense.

    In my opinion, going by the numbers, there is only one way to define the term. And that is to say that an artist or group had only one hit that appeared on the Top-40.