Hey! It’s that song from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation!
“Who Are You”, composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who’s 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon’s death in September 1978. Moon died just under a month after its release, and on the cover, he is shown sitting in a chair ironically labelled “Not to be taken away”. Moon had insisted on sitting in the chair with the back to the camera so as to hide his distended stomach, the result of his alcoholism. But I digress…
The lyrics begin with a true incident, courtesy of Pete’s alcoholism. He claims he really did “wake up in a Soho doorway”, and a policeman recognized him and advised him to go home.
Beware of the F-word sung at 2:14 and 4:27 if you’re at work.
The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. The release that blocked it from being their first (and only) #1? The soundtrack to Grease.
Three studio quality demo recordings have become available that were made as part of the process of recording Pink Floyd’s Animals album.
One of my personal favourite albums, “Animals” is a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain, and features blistering guitar from David Gilmour, but everyone is at the top of their game here.
Sheep has the old Raving And Drooling lyrics, Dogs has Waters and Gilmour singing each others lead vocal parts and completely different guitar solos from the finished work. Pigs doesn’t have all the final overdubs but is quite similar to the album version.
Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you’re told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.
(taken from De La’s Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. mixtape, featuring beats by Dilla)
Long the centrepiece for the group at Led Zeppelin concerts, at least through the release of “Whole Lotta Love” from their second album, “Dazed And Confused” was usually played at a slower overall tempo, and gradually extended in duration as a multi-section improvised jam.
Their show at Inglewood, California on March 27, 1975 gave the audience the longest version the band ever played. Grab a coffee, folks, it’s 45 minutes long.
In his 1997 publication Led Zeppelin Live: An Illustrated Exploration of Underground Tapes, Luis Rey dissects the pattern of the song (as it was in 1975) into twelve sections, in order to demonstrate its gradual state of evolution when played live:
Stage 1: Bass intro and wah-wah interludes
Stage 2: Main vocal theme
Stage 3: Fast instrumental and ‘oriental’ riffs
Stage 4: “San Francisco/Achilles Last Stand” or “Woodstock”
Stage 5: Violin bow episode including echo-slapping from the guitar; interlude with Plant’s ‘instrumental voice’; Gustav Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War and return of the rhythm section
Stage 6: Fast guitar solo and battle with Plant
Stage 7: Slower tempo solo and ‘funky’ moods
Stage 8: Violent breaks and call and response interlude
Stage 9: Faster solo in crescendos and occasional break-up tempo
Stage 10: New arrangement of Mars, the Bringer of War (slow and fast versions) and final frenzy
Stage 11: Return to main theme
Stage 12: Coda. Final instrumental and vocal battle inside syncopated rhythms, drum-solo and final explosion
Italian dancer Raffaella Carrà ‘performed’ this Beatles medley on Italian TV in 1978. Since 1961, Carrà has sung and danced on the variety shows of Italian television. In particular, since the early 1970s, they have featured elaborate choreography, mesmerizing elaborate themes, and her uninhibited style. She was the first television figure to show her belly button on camera. This was met with heavy criticism from the Vatican.
It doesn’t matter what The Pope thought, thought. This is the strangest medley of The Beatles you’ll ever see.
In 2013, she became one of the judges of the first season of The Voice of Italy.
YouTube uploader, Dan Cohen, had created something cool on his channel Animated Sheet Music, which is exactly that. It’s fun to listen to this great jazz work as it is to watch the rising and falling notes. This is what these landmark tunes and solos look like when they come to life on paper.
Here’s “So What” by Miles Davis:
Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation”
And John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”
In an interview with Digital Spy, Newman was asked if he sensed that “Love Me Again” had something special about it in the studio. He said, “Yeah. The guy I wrote it with, we turned around and had massive grins on our faces thinking, ‘There’s something good here’. But you just never know how good it is, you know?”
Bono told a story Sunday about the time Nelson Mandela found himself addressing an arena that was only one-tenth full. In the process, he did a Mandela impression for which apologized in advance.
“Please excuse this,” the U2 frontman said. “Every idiot thinks he can do Nelson Mandela.”
Bono (pictured with Mandela in 2002) recounted how he once took part in a concert that was turning into a disaster.
“We’ve done a few things as a band… they don’t all work out very well,” Bono said. “We were part of one called — it’s actually the most memorable title of any event we’ve ever been involved in — it was called ‘Frock and Roll.’ And it was an attempt to marry the worlds of music and fashion for Mr. Mandela’s children’s fund, I think.”
The event was scheduled for a 20,000-seat arena in Barcelona. But because of questions about whether it would really take place, most of the musicians bailed out, and only about 2,000 people showed up. The organizers decided to turn down the lights so that Mandela wouldn’t see how scattered the crowd was when he went onstage to speak, Bono said.
And when Mandela took the stage, he taught a lesson in humility, Bono said.
“He looked out and he just went, ‘It is a dangerous thing to have high expectations. I have such high expectations of the good people of Barcelona.’ …And then he says, ‘I want to tell you, from the bottom of my heart: You have more than exceeded all my expectations. To turn up for an old man like me.’”
Last year Peter Gabriel released a box set reissue of his 1986 classic So. Among the extras was an unfinished track called “Courage” that, upon revisiting, Gabriel and his team decided was worthy of resuscitation. They were right: The new mix of “Courage,” released today as a single with mixing by Tchad Blake and new overdubs from Gabriel and guitarist David Rhodes, is brimming with energy that belies its 27 years in obscurity.
A true ‘lost’ gem, the track ‘Courage’ had never been previously released, or even heard by fans, until the So Box Set release last year. It’s a song that was very much part of the So album recording sessions but was never finished; until now…
Whilst the original version remains exclusive to the So Box Set, this new ‘finished’ version is mixed by Tchad Blake and has new overdubs from Peter and David Rhodes (guitar). It retains all the spirit and charm of the original version but is now heard through the filter of experience that is the intervening 25 years.
“When So drew to a close I didn’t feel the song was delivering in the way I had hoped, so decided not to include it. When we were reviewing all the material from that time, we wanted to take a fresh look at it and get it finished. I always liked the track and very much enjoyed the playing on it, especially the energy of the drums”
– Peter Gabriel
Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” is now tied for Billboard Hot 100′s longest run, as “Radioactive” logs its 76th week on the chart. The sum ties the mark established by Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” in 2008-09. The song has sold 6.6 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Upon the songs’ latest landmark frames this week, here’s an updated look at the 10 longest-charting entries in the Hot 100′s 55-year history:
Weeks, Title, Artist, Peak, Pos., Year
76, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, 2013*
76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, 2008
75, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, 2013*
69, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997
68, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1, 2011
65, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele, No. 1, 2011
65, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, No. 2, 1997
64, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, No. 8, 2007
62, “Ho Hey,” the Lumineers, No. 3, 2012
62, “You and Me,” Lifehouse, No. 5, 2005