Category Archives: Music

The Handsomest Man in Rock & Roll – Bryan Gregory

Bryan Gregory (Gregory Beckerleg, February 20, 1951 – January 10, 2001)  Bryan Gregory was an interesting guy. Standing not much more than 5’6″ in heals and hair Bryan made a splash on stage w/ his poka dot Flying Vee, black and white hair and an ever present cigarette. His career was spotty to say the least, Bryan helped form the first version of punkabilly killers, The Cramps in NYC in 76. He played guitaron their first 2 LPs, Gravest Hits and Songs the Lord Taught Us. Bryan left the band unexpectedly in Cleveland in 1980 (along w/ all the bands gear and only van). In 1980 he formed horror shock band BEAST – that lasted ’til 83 and then – Poof! What happened to Bryan? Rumors of Satanism, heroin overdose, porno stardom. No one knew what happened to Bryan, when in fact no one was looking all that hard. Truth is always much more boring than fiction and Bryan was no exception. Turns out he was running an adult book shop in Sarasota Fla. He was a zombie in George Romeros’ Day of the Dead, drew a bit and designed some jewelry. I prefer the Satanism story. He eventually made up w/ the rest of The Cramps apologizing for stealing all their shit and was living the high life of a Florida Man when he suddenly passed away from multiple system failure at the age of 49 on Jan. 10 – no one saw it coming. Bryan was cool, not a great musician, but he was cool. I loved his look and stage presence and best of all a story that sounded great and evil and mysterious but turned out to be a bit mundane and sad – though sitting in the sand in Fla. designing jewelry and drinking Mai Tais doesn’t sound all that bad.

 

 

From Left: Nick Knox, Bryan, Poison Ivy Rorsarch, Lux Interior

 

 

Cramps early promo photo

 

 

David Johansen of the New York Dolls and Bryan

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The Cramps Invade Britain, Die – Flyer

 

 

After The Cramps – Bryans’ band BEAST. Bryan in horns and leotard w/ weird penis type

 

Beast single – Love in a Dying World

Iggy’s 70 today. Happy Birthday Man!

James Newell Osterberg, Jr – Born April 21, 1947

James Osterberg High School photo – Ann Arbor MI 1964

You wear it well – Iggy at 70

Francoise Hardy – Queen of Ye-Ye and more

Françoise Madeleine Hardy found immediate success with her first song “Tous les garcons et les filles”. As a leading figure of the Ye-Ye movement (naive pop songs sung mostly by beautiful young women. The named is derived from “yeah-yeah” popularized by The Beatles), Hardy “found herself at the very forefront of the French music scene”, and became “France’s most exportable female singing star”, recording in various languages, appearing in several movies and touring throughout Europe. With her natural beauty and charm, Francoise began modeling as well – becoming a French fashion icon as well as pop star. As the Ye-Ye movement lost steam, Francoise changed her approach, singing ‘grown-up’ songs, working w/ songwriters like Leonard Cohan and Serge Gainsbourg. She would go on to record many more LPs, collaborating w/ Blur in 1994 and Malcolm McClaren as well as Iggy Pop. Her music has been used in a ton of movies – most recently Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom (The female lead (Suzy) calls The Ye-Ye Girls From Paris (1962) her “favorite record album”, and it is the only album she packs when preparing to run away from home). And DAMN! if she’s not still gorgeous at 70.

With Mick Jagger

With Brian Jones

With Salvatore Dali

 

Francoise at 70

How ’bout a Little Love

We all know there’s deeper, darker more important events happening right now – and goddamn that orange turd, but here’s a bit of rock n roll love to get you through the day. Stay strong, love when you can and keep laughing. Let’s start with Bowie and Iman (who would be barred from entering the US today).

David Bowie, Iman and her Somali parents

David Bowie, Iman and her Somali parents

 

John & Yoko married at the rock of gibraltar

John & Yoko married at the rock of gibraltar

 

Robert and Mary Smith and the rest of The Cure

Robert and Mary Smith and the rest of The Cure

 

Johnny and June Carter Cash

Johnny and June Carter Cash

 

Marilyn Manson & Dita Von Teese (Dita Von Manson?)

Marilyn Manson & Dita Von Teese (Dita Von Manson?)

 

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

 

Mick & Bianca Jagger - looking disinterested

Mick & Bianca Jagger – looking disinterested

 

Bono & Ali

Bono & Ali

 

Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13 year old cousin/wife, Myra

Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13 year old cousin/wife, Myra

 

George Harrison & Patti Boyd

George Harrison & Patti Boyd

 

Tommy Lee & Heather Locklear

Tommy Lee & Heather Locklear

 

Elvis & Priscilla Presley

Elvis & Priscilla Presley

 

Bob Geldolph & Paula Yates. The wedding party is best man David Bowie as well as Duran Duran, & Spandau Ballet

Bob Geldolph & Paula Yates. The wedding party – best man David Bowie as well as Duran Duran, & Spandau Ballet

 

Buddy & Maria Elena Holly

Buddy & Maria Elena Holly

 

Eddy Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli

Eddy Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli (they look about 12)

 

Gregg Allman & Cher

Gregg Allman & Cher

 

Ringo & Barbara Bach & some other people

Ringo & Barbara Bach & some other people

 

Sebastian Bach & Suzzane Le. *For $300 you could attend this wedding at a casino

Sebastian Bach & Suzzane Le. *For $300 you could attend this wedding at a casino

 

Twiggy Ramiriz & Laney Chantel

Twiggy Ramiriz & Laney Chantel

 

The Beckhams - David & Victoria (beautiful crown there Posh).

The Beckhams – David & Victoria (sweet crown there Posh).

Roxy Music – The First Five

Roxy Music has always been about style. Formed in 1971 from a bunch of art school dropouts (Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzenera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Brian Eno, et al) they would record 5 great albums back to back. The band looked sharp in space glam gear (later it would be expensive suits) and played a mix of rock, glam, psych, frak-out and pop that would, though not as highly regarded in the US, be in direct competition w/ David Bowie in the early 70’s. For the cover art of their first 5 LPs they chose women, (not band photos) to illustrate their style and their 1940’s mindset. Each had one of the 70’s hottest models on a beautiful gatefold sleeve, (with the band photograph inside). 1974’s Country Life saw a small break from form with 2 nearly nude models posed amongst some pine trees. Most of the copies got through uncensored but the US censored copy is hilarious (just the trees). Some were also delivered as the nude cover w/ an opaque green cellophane outer sleeve. Below are the original covers along w/ a few outtakes. Enjoy the covers then go buy the music. BTW Siren has the big hit “Love Is A Drug”.

The Original

The 1st – Self Titled

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LP 2 - For Your Pleasure

LP 2 – For Your Pleasure

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The 3rd - Stranded

The 3rd – Stranded

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The 4th - Country Life

The 4th – Country Life

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Censored US version

Censored US version

The 5th - Siren

The 5th – Siren

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Iggy’s Keyboard Player 1977

David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met at NYC hotspot, Max’s Kansas City, in 1971, while Bowie was on tour with his album The Man Who Sold the World. The then-largely unknown Iggy made a deep impression on Bowie, (and was part of the inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona). Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed under the weight of Pops drug addiction and general bad behaviour. Returning to California, Pop would check himself into a mental institution in an attempt to overcome his heroin addiction. Bowie remained one of his few friends and visitors. In 1976 riding a wave of hits Bowie toured his most recent album Station to Station bringing Iggy along for the ride. The pair moved into an apartment in West Berlin, (over an auto parts shop) where Bowie would began the first of his Berlin trilogy of albums – LOW, and also collaborating on writing and recording Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. In 1977, Iggy Pop finally went on a 30-date world tour as a solo act.  His backup band included David on keyboards and backing vocals. Bowie remained truly in the background behind the keys. No costumes or stage show, Bowie wore bell bottom turned up jeans, flannel shirt and cap. It was meant to be Iggy’s show not the more famous Bowies’. That year the two also collaborated on Pop’s second album, Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s long-awaited critical and commercial success, (with the title song eventually appearing in tons of commercials and films, most notably the opening for the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting). Iggy and Bowie would remain friends for the rest of Bowies’ life.


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