Category Archives: Music

Iggy & the Stooges – The Early Days

Back before he was an old leather chew toy Iggy Pop was a vaguely glammy, pill addled kid from Ann Arbor MI. that would bend over backwards – literally, to perform with his band. Formed in 1967 with the Ashton brothers (Ron & Scot) along w/ Dave Alexander, the band would release 2 poorly received LPs before they imploded from massive heroin use and general bad feelings. Iggy would go on to have an extremely long and varied career reforming the Stooges in 2003 with the Asheton brothers and James Williamson. Ron and Scott would pass away in 2009 and 2014 respectively. And yet, Iggy lives on.

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THE 2ND BEST ROCK PHOTO EVER

THE 2ND BEST ROCK PHOTO EVER

 

More Asian 45’s

Asia’s a big place and every boy band from Iran to Pakistan wanted to be the Beatles in the 1960’s. The girls wanted to be Lulu or Nancy Sinatra or any other hot anglo singer. American and British influences are everywhere, in terms of dress, style, band names and song selection. One thing they didn’t emulate so closely was their 45 rpm cover art. It’s all over the place and just plain great.

To Sir with Love - Cecilia Lim

To Sir with Love – Cecilia Lim

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John Yum

John Yam

The Click IV

The Click IV

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Mini Mini – Betty Chung

Nancy Sit

Nancy Sit

Nam Hong

Nam Hong

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Heather Harvey & The Thunderbirds

Heather Harvey & The Thunderbirds

One to Nine - Patrina

One to Nine – Patrina

Off Beat Cha Cha

Off Beat Cha Cha

And it's in STEREOMONO

And it’s in STEREOMONO

Huisein J. Tuah & D'Acrobats

Huisein J. Tuah & D’Acrobats

Lily Chao

Lily Chao

Hey, Hey, Na, Na - Julie and the Emeralds

Hey, Hey, Na, Na – Julie and the Emeralds

Awas Ya - Mahani Mohd & Jasni

Awas Ya – Mahani Mohd & Jasni

The Commandos

A. Ramlie & The Commandos

His Ever Changing Moods – Paul Weller’s Hair

John William Weller (Paul) – Born May 25 1956, Woking, Surrey England.  Paul Weller first came into the public eye in 1976 with the formation of The Jam. Although The Jam emerged at the same time as other punk bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Jam were the odd band out, and being from just outside London rather than the city itself, they were never really part of the tightly-knit punk clique. Nonetheless, it was The Clash who became a leading supporter and took them along as the support act on their White Riot tour of 1977, sealing their fame. Weller would dissolve The Jam after 5 LPs to form the Curtis Mayfield inspired soul band – The Style Council, recording a couple of pretty great albums, closing shop in 1989. From 1991 on it’s been solo work for Paul, releasing critically well received albums every few years.

Now to the Hair. Sporting a good close-cropped punk haircut in the Jam’s early days, Paul quickly evolved to a sweet Mod bowl cut, to a back-combed young Roger Daltry, to a Rod Stewart Peacock with an occasional soul boy look for good measure. And then the current ‘Do’ that he’s rocked for the past 20 years. He calls it the ‘Weller Wig’. Why call it anything else? It’s indescribable. It’s his haircut. Oasis tried it, some of the guys in Blur gave it a shot for a bit. Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane – yep. But no one wears it like the Modfather. May he never go bald.

The Jam - about 1977

The Jam – about 1977

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Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton

Paul Weller, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton

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The Style Council - Paul Weller & Mick Talbot 1983

The Style Council – Paul Weller & Mick Talbot 1983

About 1985

About 1985

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Looking dapper at 56

Looking dapper at 56

 

The Best Song. Ever. – Arguably

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t, need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine

And the answer is; Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.  Released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album Something Else by the Kinks it hit #2 in the UK and top 10 throughout most of the rest of the world. It was composed and produced by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
It tells the story of 2 lovers – Terry and Julie (thought to be Terrance Stamp and Julie Christie) be watched by the narrator/singer as they cross the river Thames

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander, I stay at home at night
But I don’t, feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine.

What makes it the best song. Ever. I have no idea. It’s simple. It’s beautifully sung and written. It’s perfect song. A London FM radio poll in 2004 named this the “Greatest Song About London”. It holds spot #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Musicians Paul Weller and Damon Albarn cite the song as their favourite of all time and music journalist Robert Christgau has called the song “the most beautiful song in the English language”.

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t, need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset, they are in paradise

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Terry and Julie

Terry and Julie

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Waterloo Station

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Waterloo Main Entrance

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Waterloo Sunset

Music: Vintage Asian 45’s

Asia is a big place. China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India, the Phillippines – even Iran and Iraq are considered as West Asia. These 45’s are from all over Asia. You can see the American influence on a number of these. The choice of songs, the style of dress (a lot of Beatles and Stones influence), even the names. Some sound like 50’s Do-Wop; The Melodians, The Emeralds, Some like 60 psyche – Clique Fantastique, or my favorite – The Polar Bear 5.

Evelyn w/ the Siglap 5

Evelyn w/ the Siglap 5

Sakura

Sakura

The Melodians

The Melodians

Johnny Tan

Johnny Tan

Naomi and The Boys

Naomi and The Boys

Julie and the Emeralds

Julie and the Emeralds

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Tony and The Polar Bear 5

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Clique Fantastique

Clique Fantastique

Rocky

Rocky

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Hussain Marican

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Maurice Patton and The Melodians

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Jeffridian and the Siglap 5

Jeffridian and the Siglap 5

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Lam Leng and The Quests

Lam Leng and The Quests

Lolita with The Merry Lads

Lolita with The Merry Lads

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Don’t Hate Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ, also 小野 洋子 Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933 in Tokyo Japan).
It’s time to stop hating poor Yoko. She’s 80 years old, she didn’t break up The Beatles (they hated each other long before Yoko showed up) she still records and performs, has made significant philanthropic contributions to arts, peace, Philippine disaster relief, AIDS and autism outreach programs and dammit, looks pretty good for 80.

Yoko’s history was incredibly interesting well before she came to the worlds attention with her marriage to John Lennon. Surviving the fire bombing of Tokyo in 1945, schooling with the future emperor of Japan, traveling to the US to become a respected Avant Garde artist in New York, performing along side John Cage and the Fluxus group. Recording music and experimental films, she had made quite a name for herself in the New York underground by the mid-sixties.

And then came the Beatles. If you’re over 40 you know all about her. The long haired dragon lady that tempted poor innocent John Lennon away from the Fabs, destroying the best band in the world. That’s the boring (and untrue) part of the story, so we’ll skip it.

Ono has carried on to perform and collaborate with a multitude of talented artists. Most recently she performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Italy, the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, has recorded with Basement Jaxx, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga and Eric Clapton. She also curated the London Meltdown fest in 2013 performing with a new lineup of her Plastic Ono Band (at the age of 80). She continues to be a a tireless peace activist and is currently traveling the world to warn of the dangers of fracking. Lets hope she keeps going strong for years to come – ‘cuz Yoko is cool.

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With son, Sean

With son, Sean

Annie Liebovitz portrait

Annie Liebovitz portrait

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Yoko at 3

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Yoko's book Grapefruit

Yoko’s book Grapefruit

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At Meltdown w/ the new Plastic Ono Band 2013

At Meltdown w/ the new Plastic Ono Band 2013

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