So Not a Ballad!

So Not a Ballad!

It was supposed to be a ballad! “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 50 years ago today (July 13th, 1968). It entered at number-70, but within six weeks was at number-two, where it stayed for three weeks. It was written by Mars Bonfire (a.k.a. Dennis Edmonton, born Dennis McCrohan)…

It’s a Process

It’s a Process

Brian Wilson released his first solo album on this date (July 12th) in 1988. He’s a song writing genius.  Let’s look into his genius songwriting process. The self-titled project opened with the song “Love and Mercy,” which became the title of Wilson’s 2014 movie biography starring Paul Dano and John Cusask. Brian wrote or co-wrote…

He sounds just like himself

He sounds just like himself

It’s well known that “The Old Man Down the Road”  on the album Centerfield in 1984 was the subject of a lawsuit in which Creedence Clearwater Revival’s old label, Fantasy Records, accused John Fogerty of plagiarizing himself. Fogerty won.  Basically because the judge said Fogerty sounds like himself so it’s not plagiarism. Obviously. What’s less…

The “Song” Remains the Same

The “Song” Remains the Same

No matter how many times Robert Plant says he’s not interested in a Led Zeppelin reunion, he still gets asked. Over and Over again. The answer is always the same but always with a different twist. He attended the Silver Clef Awards in London, where he was honored. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Plant…

Eddie Money Again

Eddie Money Again

Eddie Money’s reality series Real Money documents his lives as a rocker and as a family patriarch. He’s pleased that AXS TV just renewed it for a second season. “I wish we would have done it 10 years ago and 10 pounds ago. But people seem to like it, you know. Well, you know, the…

Beavis and Butthead were right?

Beavis and Butthead were right?

40 years ago today (July 6th, 1978) was long cited as the date former New York City policemen Eddie Mahoney had his name legally changed to Eddie Money. But according to Eddie, he never went through with it. He kept his stage name unofficial out of respect for his father — who, like him, was…

But He Still Likes Them

But He Still Likes Them

Despite his past roles in both The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, Michael McDonald isn’t joining his old bandmates on this summer’s package tour. McDonald, who will soon do his own solo tour, deftly sidesteps a question his lack of participation in “Doobies and Dan.” But he makes it clear that he remains friends with…

He’s Very Mad!

He’s Very Mad!

Stevie Van Zandt, who is on tour in Europe with his band, The Disciples of Soul, had some problems with security at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool Friday. He vented on Twitter, then had a few choice words for those who felt he was being unreasonable. “They insisted on X-raying all 65 of our bags!…