Dance Macabre

Dance Macabre

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Steely Dan and Can

Pro-Rock gets a bad rap. And deservedly so. Most of it was laughably bloated, pompous, stoner-fart attempts to graft a middle-brow idea of high culture where it has no business being. That is on jazz-influenced hard rock. There was good reason why the not only the angry anarchists of Punk but also the reactionary revisionists of Neo-Rockabilly , Neo-Garage and Cow-Punk despised Prog-Rock so much. However not all of it was crap. Pink Floyd had some genuinely good, even great music. Then there were a few Prog-Rockers that even many punks had to agree were pretty cool. King Crimson for example, and FM. Then there were the German variety called Kraut Rock which was somehow less pretentious than the British version leading to bands like Can and Faust.

Holger Czukay, co-founder of Can with whom he played who played guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and horn, starting in 1968 died at age 79. He would alo record many solo albums and record with David Sylvian, The Edge, and PIL bassist Jah Wobble.

CAN ~ "PAPER HOUSE";


The term Prog Rock isn't usually used for American band Steely Dan, that tern normally being reserved for British and Canadian bands however it's hard to know what else to call Steely Dan with their slick Jazz influenced take on 1970's pop. Walter Becker, guitarist and bassist for Steely Dan also died this week aged 67.

STEELY DAN ~ "DO IT AGAIN";


STEELY DAN ~ "REELING IN THE YEARS";


After Steely Dan broke up in the early eighties Becker surprised some by returning to pkay with British New Wave band China Crisis.

CHINA CRISIS ~ "KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE";


CHINA CRISIS ~ "BLACK MAN RAY";


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Few Canadian Rockers

Goldie McJohn ~ 72 ~ Keyboardist with 1960's Toronto bands Steppenwolf, The Sparrow & the Myna Birds

THE MYNA BIRDS ~ "IT'S MY TIME";


THE SPARROW ~ "GOING TO CALIFORNIA";


STEPPENWOLF ~ "BORN TO BE WILD";


STEPPENWOLF ~ "MAGIC CARPET RIDE";


Bobby Taylor ~ 83 ~ Singer w/1960's Canadian R&B group Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

BOBBY TAYLOR & THE VANCOUVERS ~ "I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE";


BOBBY TAYLOR & THE VANCOUVERS ~ "TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS";


Kenny Shields ~ 69 ~ Singer w/Canadian 1970's & 80's rock band Streetheart ("Under My Thumb", "Hollywood", "One More Time", "What Kind Of Love Is This")

STREETHEART ~ "HOLLYWOOD";


STREETHEART ~ "UNDER MY THUMB";


Skip Prokob; Toronto drummer with 1960's Garage-Psyche band The Paupers and 1970's Prog Rock band Lighthouse, later a DJ at CFMY and other stations.

THE PAUPERS ~ "THINK I CARE";


THE PAUPERS ~ "THE MAGIC PEOPLE";



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Some Figures From The Avant Garde

Erkki Kurenniemi ~ 75 ~ Finnish electronic musician, composer & instrument inventor from the 1960's onward

ERKKI KURENNIEMI ~ "ELECTRONICS IN THE WORLD OF TOMORROW";


ERKKI KURENNIEMI ~ "SAHARAN UNI I";


ERKKI KURENNIEMI ~ "KELLO 12.12";


Elisabeth Chojnacka ~ 77 ~ Polish harpsichordist w/The Xenakis Ensemble

IANNIS XENAKIS ~ "A LILE DE LA GOREE";


IANNIS XENAKIS ~ "IKHOOR";

Friday, 26 May 2017

Some Figures From Punk & New Wave

Chris Cornell ~ 52 ~ Singer with Seattle Grunge Stars Soundgarden as well as Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave

SOUNDGARDEN ~ "JESUS CHRIST POSE";


SOUNDGARDEN ~ "SPOONMAN";


SOUNDGARDEN ~ "RUSTY CAGE";


SOUNDGARDEN ~ "BLACK HOLE SUN";


TEMPLE OF THE DOG ~ "HUNGER STRIKE";


CHRIS CORNELL ~ "NOTHING COMPARES 2 U";


Saxa ~ 87 ~ Jamaican-born saxophonist with British 1980's Ska band The English Beat (AKA The Beat);

THE ENGLISH BEAT ~ "MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM";


THE ENGLISH BEAT ~ "TEARS OF A CLOWN";



THE ENGLISH BEAT ~ "SAVE IT FOR LATER";


THE ENGLISH BEAT ~ "I CONFESS";


Kevin Stanton ~ 61 ~ Guitarist w/ New Zealand 1980's New Wave Band Mi-Sex

MI SEX ~ "COMPUTER GAMES";


MI SEX ~ "BLUE DAY";


MI SEX ~ "BUT YOU DON'T KNOW";


George Reiff ~ 56 ~ Austin bassist w/Joe King Carrasco, Charlie Sexton, Joe Walsh

JOE KING CARRASCO ~ "96 TEARS";


JOE KING CARRASCO ~ "PARTY TIME";


JOE KING CARRASCO ~ "BUANA";


JOE KING CARRASCO ~ "EL MOVER";


Dave Rosser ~ Guitarist w/American Indie band The Afghan Whigs;

THE AFGHAN WHIGS ~ "ALGIERS";


THE AFGHAN WHIGS ~ "COME SEE ABOUT ME";


Simon Holmes ~ 54 ~ Singer/guitarist w/Australian 1980's Indie-Pop band The Hummingbirds

THE HUMMINGBIRDS ~ "WORD GETS AROUND";


THE HUMMINGBIRDS ~ "ALIMONY";


Keith Mitchell ~ Drummer w/American Indie-Pop band Mazzy Star

MAZZY STAR ~ "FADE INTO YOU";


MAZZY STAR ~ "CALIFORNIA";


C'el Revuelta ~ Bassist with Los Angeles Hardcore band Black Flag

BLACK FLAG ~ "RISE ABOVE";


BLACK FLAG ~ "NERVOUS BREAKDOWN";

Some Jazz & Blues Guys

Bill Dowdy ~ 84 ~ American jazz drummer (The Three Sounds) and w/Lester Young, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Anita O'Day, Bucky Pizzarelli

THE THREE SOUNDS ~ "NOW'S THE TIME";


Tom McClung ~ 60 ~ American jazz pianist and composer w/Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, and Marion Brown

ARCHIE SHEPP ~ "CRY ME A RIVER";


Casey Jones ~ 77 ~ American blues drummer w/ Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters. Lou Rawls, Otis Rush and Johnny Winter

MUDDY WATERS ~ "LONG DISTANCE PHONECALL";


Melvin "Deacon" Jones ~ 73 ~ Chicago based blues and R&B keyboard player from the 1960's onward w/Baby Huey & Babysitters (w/Johnny Ross & Jimmy Ramey) and Curtis Mayfield, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop, Lester Chambers, Albert Collins, Pappo, and Buddy Miles

BABY HUEY & THE BABYSITTERS ~ "HARD TIMES";


Dave Pell ~ 92 ~ American Big Band Jazz saxophonist w/Bob Crosby, Tony Pastor, Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Art Pepper, John Williams, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa. Also producer w/ Gerry Lewis & The Playboys

BOB CROSBY;



TONY PASTOR ~ "MARGIE";


Mickey Roker ~ 84 ~ American jazz drummer w/Modern Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Duke Pearson, Tommy Flanagan, Ella Fitzgerald, Zoot Sims, Horace Silver, Junior Mance, Sarah Vaughan, Milt Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Jones

MODERN JAZZ QUARTET;


Phil Cohran ~ 90 ~ American jazz trumpeter w/Sun Ra, Jay McShann, Earth, Wind & Fire

SUN RA ARKESTRA ~ "SHADOW WORLD";


Geri Allen ~ 60 ~ American Jazz pianist and composer w/Ornette Coleman, Charley Haden, Paul Motian
GERI ALLEN ~ "LUSH LIFE";


Larry Elgart ~ 95 ~ American Big Band sax player and band leader from the 1950's & 60's, brother of bandleader Les Elgart. Played with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Red Novaro, hits with "Bandstand Swing" (also the theme for "American Bandstand", had a comeback hit in 1982 with "Hooked On Swing"

LES & LARRY ELGART ~ "BLUES IN THE NIGHT";


Bea Wain ~ 100 ~ American Big Band singer from the 1940's & 50's w/Artie Shaw, Larry Clinton & Fred Waring


John Abercrombie ~ 72 ~ American jazz guitarist w/Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker

ABERCROMBIE, DEJOHNETTE & HOLLAND ~ "HOMECOMING";

Monday, 24 April 2017

Some 1950's & 60's Figures

Bob Wootton ~ 75 ~ American country guitarist (Johnny Cash, Tennessee Three)

JOHNNY CASH & THE TENNESSEE THREE ~ "I WALK THE LINE";


THE TENNESSEE THREE;


Sonny Burgess ~ 88 ~ American 1950's Rockabilly singer/guitarist for Sun Records w/hits "Red Headed Woman", "Sadie's Back In Town" & "We Wanna Boogie"

SONNY BURGESS & THE BLASTERS ~ "RED HEADED WOMAN";


SONNY BURGESS & THE BLASTERS ~ "SADIES BACK IN TOWN";


Bruce Langhorne ~ 78 ~ American folk guitarist w/ Bob Dylan ("Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Outlaw Blues") and film scorer (The Hired Hand), inspiration for "Mr. Tambourine Man"

BOB DYLAN ~ "SUBTERRANEAN HOME SICK BLUES";


Alan Henderson ~ 72 ~ Northern Irish bassist Bassist w/1960's Irish band Van Morrison & Them ("Gloria", "It's All Over Now")

THEM ~ "MYSTIC EYES" & "GLORIA";


THEM ~ "BABY PLEASE DON'T GO";


THEM ~ "HERE COMES THE NIGHT";


Glen Campbell ~ 81 ~ American Pop-Country singer ("Rhinestone Cowboy", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix") and session player w/The Monkees and Beach Boys

GLEN CAMPBELL & PHIL BAUGH ~ "GUITAR BOOGIE";


GLEN CAMPBELL & ROY CLARK ~ "GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY";


THE MONKEES ~ "SWEET YOUNG THING";


THE MONKEES ~ "VALERI";


Sylvia Moy ~ 78 ~ Motown songwriter for Stevie Wonder ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)", "I Was Made to Love Her", "My Cherie Amour") and record producer

STEVIE WONDER ~ "UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT)";


Bill Dowdy ~ 84 ~ American jazz drummer (The Three Sounds) and w/Lester Young, Lester Young, Stanley Turrentine, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Anita O'Day, Bucky Pizzarelli

THE THREE SOUNDS ~ "NOW'S THE TIME";


Joy Byers ~ 82 ~ American 1960's pop songwriter for Elvis Presley ("It Hurts Me", "C'Mon Everybody")

ELVIS PRESLEY ~ "IT HURTS ME";


ELVIS PRESLEY ~ "C'MON EVERYBODY";


Kai Ray ~ 1950's Rockabilly Guy;

KAI RAY ~ "I WANT SOME OF THAT";


KAI RAY ~ "TRASHMAN'S BLUES";


Kayton Roberts, 83, American steel guitarist w/Hanks Snow, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skag Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis and Alison Krauss,

HANK SNOW ~ "I'M MOVING ON";


HANK SNOW ~ "I DON'T HURT ANYMORE";




Monday, 3 April 2017

Some Figures From Early European R&R



Björn Thelin ~ 74 ~ Bassist w/Swedish 1960's Surf Band The Spotnicks

THE SPOTNICKS ~ "ROCKET MAN";


THE SPOTNICKS ~ "THUNDERNEST";


Franz Jarnach ~ 72 ~ Keyboardist for 1960's German Beat band Die Rattles

DIE RATTLES ~ "COME ON & SING";
Jerzy Kossela ~ 74 ~ Guitarist and vocalist with 1960's Polish rock bands Niebiesko-Czarni (The Blue Blacks)and Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars)

CZERWONE GITARY ~ "ANNA MARIA";


Sven-Erik Magnusson ~ 74 ~ Swedish musician from 1960's Pop band Sven-Ingvars

SVEN-INGVARS ~ "MIN GITARR";