THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BAND-A Degradation Theory

"...my music is perfect, you could go back to Beethoven and s***, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got." -Kanye West Since the Second Industrial Age began in the late 19th century, human civilization has been continuously shaped and reshaped by notable advancements in technology. With every relevant invention or improved method of production, merchants scurried for the latest competitive edge while their customers rushed the market in search of Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE (Chase The Sample Super-Mix)

Wooooooooo, this is fun!  When it comes to music, I love taking a concept as far as it can go, so the 'Room To Breathe (Chase the Sample Super-Mix)' is a perfect example of my arguably unhealthy obsession with developing a good theme to its full conclusion.  In the past, it was 'Meatshake' or 'Einstein Buys a Monkey' but in 2016, I came up with the idea of singling out an element from my Read more

ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP

I am very pleased to announce that Unique Records will be releasing my first ever solo album 'ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP'.  This record contains ten, high-velocity, Hip-Hop tracks for listeners who enjoy intricate, action-packed rhyming skill showcased over fresh loops and funky drums.  Lyrically, I pushed myself as far as I could go with regard to style, pace and feel and the result, in my untrustworthy opinion, is a seriously cool collection of Read more

BEFORE GAYE VS. THICKE, THERE WAS FANTASY VS. FOGERTY

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John Fogerty performing in 1970

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Fogerty doing an imitation of himself in 1984

From 1968 to 1971, John Fogerty took Creedence Clearwater Revival to the top of the Rock’N’Roll world scoring ten consecutive top-5 hits, many of which featured B-sides tracks that also charted.  All but one of those hits (Suzy Q was a cover) were written and arranged by Fogerty who also held down lead vocals and guitar.  As CCR’s popularity grew, John Fogerty’s prominence became a divisive issue within the group and the other members (Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty-John’s older brother) argued for greater influence in the band’s future direction.  So cantankerous was the situation that Creedence eventually split at the height of their fame and never worked together again. Usually, band breakups are ugly but this one became particularly acrimonious when Cook and Clifford (Tom Fogerty died in 1990) sided with the group’s former label ‘Fantasy Records’ when the company took John Fogerty to court for copyright infringement in 1993.  Extraordinarily, the Fantasy lawsuit actually claimed that John Fogerty’s 1985 solo single ‘Old Man Down the Road’ was a Creedence rip-off which essentially meant that Fogerty had, according to Fantasy, plagiarized himself.  It was as if a teacher accused their student of cheating off his own paper… Read more

1-800-TOM-JONES

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"Hello, Police? Someone stole my trousers!"

“Hello, Police? Someone stole my trousers!”

During the mid-1970’s, Welsh Pop vocalist/Chippendale’s dancer Tom Jones had become so financially successful that he, like many British music celebrities, fled the United Kingdom to avoid a taxation system which deducted up to 98% of all unearned income (recording/publishing royalties) over 20,000 pounds ($70,000 in today’s money); yikes!  While Ringo Starr relocated to Monaco, David Bowie headed for Switzerland and The Rolling Stones exiled in France, Jones went west and settled, like ‘The Fresh Prince’, in upscale Bel Air, California (‘Harold Wilson was up to no good/started taking taxes in my neighborhood’) where he would go on to powerfully impact a young, Carlton banks.  But that’s a different story… Read more

A CRITIQUE OF THE CRITICAL

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I shudder to think what’s on his mind

I once saw a horribly negative album review of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ by a music writer with a forgettable name.  I can still recall that the reviewer was incredibly disappointed by what he felt was a lack of innovation and imagination from an artist with such great potential.  I remember the words “Predictable” and “Cliched” being thrown about and an expressed hope that Michael Jackson would return to the style of his previous LP ‘Off the Wall’.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to dig out this particular article anywhere on the internet (I’m almost certain its author did a hi-tech, CIA-style wipe to remove all traces of his shocking misjudgment of the world’s biggest selling record) but during my search, I found some other doozies that got me thinking about the role of critics… Read more

DO WE WRITE OUR OWN SCRIPT? A Legends Self-fulfilling Prophecies of Doom

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I can’t see a thing

Not long ago, I read ‘Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives’, a collection of teachings from a deceased, Serbian Orthodox monk called Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica.  One of the philosophical concepts Elder Thaddeus put forward was his belief that the very way we think about ourselves, the people we know and the circumstances we face generally directs the outcomes of these relationships and situations. Elder Thaddeus communicated that “Our (lives) depend on the kinds of thoughts we nurture.  If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like”.  If I correctly understand his concept, negative thinking is, somehow, picked up by others even when we try our best to suppress it and, thus, sabotages any opportunity for a good result so, from his point of view, positive mental attitudes are an essential part of healthy and successful living. This brings me to my subject…

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