Per Wikipedia – Fernwood 2 Night (or Fernwood Tonight) is a comedic television program that ran from July 1977 – September 1977. It was created by Norman Lear and produced by Alan Thicke as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. It was a parody talk show, hosted by Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) and sidekick/announcer Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard), complete with a stage band, Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers (featuring Frank De Vol as the ironically dour “Happy” Kyne, and Tommy Tedesco as one of the guitarists). Barth was the twin brother of Garth Gimble from Mary Hartman.
One hell of a life. Levon Helm vocalist and drummer of The Band has passed away.
When I first sat down and watched The Last Waltz I remember thinking how fucking amazing the whole show was but especially The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. It may have brought a tear to my eye. The power of the story specifically sung on that night is what stands out. In sport you so often hear that you should leave it all on the field.
This performance is the epitome of that.
I went backwards from The Waltz and devoured The Bands material to were they are now one of my favorite all time bands. I suggest if you are not familiar with their whole catalog then you should do the same.
You will be a better person for sure.
The Band – I Shall Be Released
Bear with me. Today’s DPD really strikes a chord with yours truly. While the staff and I were describing the approach to the write up I was riding an internal rollercoaster of emotions.
First, let me start by saying I loved Nirvana. Still do. I’m not sure they revolutionized the state of rock and roll (as the following obit posits) but they definitely served as a weathervane to help the rest of us truly see which way the rock and roll winds were beginning to blow. Nirvana helped unseat MJ has the popular sounds at the top of the charts. But everything’s cyclical. Change is in the DNA of rock and roll. Elvis and the Beatles revolutionized rock and roll Nirvana just helped establish a vogue. Everyone that came after was just riding the crest.
Nirvana kicked a healthy amount of ass. They had a particular and unique way to articulate teen angst in a manner that not a lot of bands prior to them had. Cobain was a killer song writer. In fact, if you sit down and read through his lyrics he had the rare talent of being more of a poet than a songwriter – and there’s a distinct difference. Poets have a gift of perception and expression, song writers write songs.
But here’s the part that bothers me about Cobain and his legacy. Its well documented he had issues dealing with the fame. He didn’t like the corporatization that comes along with crossing over to mainstream success. In an interview with the NYT Cobain had this to say about his future plans:
“I’m trying it one last time, and if it’s more of a pleasant year for us, then fine, we’ll have a career. But I’m not going to subject myself to being stuck in an apartment building for the next 10 years and being afraid to go out-side of my house. It’s not worth it.”
I get that. He didn’t want the limelight. Fine. But be a goddam man about it. Go out there, kick some ass, make your money, then go home and kick it. Don’t be a goddam whiner and give an entire generation of kids even more of a reason to be lumps on logs.
Like I said I love Nirvana and Cobain in particular. He was a rare talent that doesn’t come along often. I just think he took the easy way out. Is it hard being a rock star? I have no idea. But of seen Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg and I think I’d kill that role. But I do shit that bums me out literally every day. But I push on, have a beer or two at the end of the day and keep passing by open windows like the overwhelming majority of us do.
So, with a heavy heart….Lets get our obit on.
Kurt Cobain, Hesitant Poet Of ‘Grunge Rock,’ Dead at 27
By TIMOTHY EGAN
Published: April 09, 1994
“Nirvana will be remembered for revolutionizing the state of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1990′s, pulling it away from a processed, rather synthetic sound and returning it to something more sincere,” said Michael Azerrad, the author of “Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana,” published last year by Doubleday.
“It’s hard to be a young person nowadays,” said Renae Ely, a 20-year-old college student. Tears were streaming down her cheeks. “He helped open people’s eyes to our struggles.”
Jim Sellars, a 21-year-old nursing assistant, said, “The bond is hard to describe, but he was a lyricist who could feel the way we do.” He said Mr. Cobain was an inspiration. “I’m still in shock, I feel so numb that someone who helped us understand is now dead.”
“As a songwriter, Kurt was really one of the greatest talents of pop music,” said Charles Cross, editor of the Rocket, a Seattle music magazine. “His songs were so emotional and so full of personal pain.” Continue
The thing I like about hip hop music is that it’s distinctly American. When I go abroad its one of the things I cling to. America’s responsible. And that shit is gooooood.
Biggie’s a big part of that. And that shit is hot.
Partially source in Jazz it has a unique raw, easy rhythm that, in my opinion, is unparalleled and hasn’t been replicated since.
The good ones always leave you wanting a little bit more.
Lets do it.
Obituary: Notorious BIG
Last Friday, British record executives and media were treated to an exclusive playback of Notorious B.I.G.’s forthcoming album, Life After Death. On it was a track called “You’re Nobody (‘Til Somebody Kills You)” which the New York rapper dedicated to his rival the late Tupac Shakur who was murdered in Las Vegas in September last year.
Yesterday came the news that Notorious B.I.G. had himself been gunned down as he left a party in California. As in a bad movie, life imitates art and rap repeats itself. Continue