The Man Comes Around—-Johnny Cash

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The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City. First active from 1965 to 1973, their best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although never commercially successful while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s.

The Velvet Underground were managed by Andy Warhol and were the house band at his studio the Factory and for his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.

Their 1967 debut album, titled The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated) was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003.In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band #19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

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A VERY RARE recording of Johnny Cash singing his hit, “Five Feet High And Rising"….in German. Listen and enjoy!

September by Earth, Wind & Fire as covered by Pomplamoose

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The Plimsouls——“A Million Miles Away”

The Plimsouls achieved its greatest notoriety in 1983 when the “New Wave” release “A Million Miles Away" was included on Valley Girl’s motion picture soundtrack and became a minor hit. The band, which also appeared on camera in the movie (Valley Girl), performing the song and parts of two others, quickly re-recorded the song for inclusion on a second album, "Everywhere At Once", but broke up shortly after.

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Watusi Rodeo by Guadalcanal Diary.

I dare say that this the best song EVER about rodeos of any sort.

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Red Rockers were largely and unjustly ignored by radio and left undiscovered by the general public. They had a minor hit with “China" in 1983.

The song’s music video, which was popular on early MTV during its run, was shot in New Orleans (the band’s hometown) doubling as a Shanghai-esque Chinese city.

China" was included on Rhino Records’ new wave compilation album series, Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80’s.

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The Producers were a New Wave and power pop band from Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s.

The band released two albums for the Portrait label, The Producers (1981) and You Make the Heat (1982). The Producers became a regional favorite in the southeastern United States. They toured extensively opening for larger acts such as Cheap Trick, and The Motels. “She Sheila” from their second album was a popular MTV video.

They headlined MTV’s New Year’s Rockin Eve in 1982.

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In 1980, Donny Iris’ first album, Back on the Streets, was released on the small Cleveland, Ohio-based Midwest Records. With the track “Ah! Leah!" receiving airplay in Boston, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, MCA Records took notice and quickly signed Iris to a five album deal and re-released the album nationally.

The first single “Ah! Leah!” peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1981 and became one of the most frequently played AOR tracks of the year.

On a Side Note: I have always thought that Donny Iris and Eugene Levy looked like each other, you know, nerdy cool.

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The Connells are an American band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They play a guitar-oriented, melodic, power pop style of rock music with introspective lyrics that reflect the American South.

Guitarist Mike Connell formed the band in 1984 along with his brother David Connell on bass, Doug MacMillan on vocals, and future filmmaker John Schultz on drums. This initial four-person line-up was quickly supplemented by the addition of George Huntley on second guitar, keyboards, and vocals. Around the same time, former Johnny Quest drummer Peele Wimberley replaced Schultz, finalizing the “classic” line-up of the band.

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GG Allin was born Jesus Christ Allin. His older brother was unable to pronounce “Jesus” properly and kept calling him “Jeje”, which became “GG”. His mother, changed GG’s legal name to Kevin Michael Allin on March 2, 1962 during his first year of schooling.

GG Allin is perhaps best remembered for his notorious live hard-core punk performances which typically featured transgressive acts, such as Allin defecating and urinating onstage, rolling in feces and often consuming excrement, performing naked, committing self-injury, and attacking audience members.

Although more notorious for his stage antics than for his music, he recorded prolifically, not only in the punk rock genre, but also in spoken word, country, and more traditional-style rock.

His extremely politically incorrect lyrics, which often covered subjects such as misogyny, pedophilia and racism, polarized listeners and created varied opinions of him within the highly politicized punk community. Though he had a devoted cult following, Allin’s music was often poorly recorded and produced, and received mostly negative reviews from critics. However, his status as a cult figure is such that a number of established artists have covered his songs; among them are Faith No More, CKY, the 69 Eyes, Beck, The Lemonheads, Dum Dum Girls, Chemical People.

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fIREHOSE (yes, that’s how the band spelled their name) was formed in the spring of 1986 shortly after the untimely death of D. Boon brought an end to Mike Watt and George Hurley’s previous band, Minutemen.

Over the course of 7.5 years, fIREHOSE developed their own musical identity apart from the Minutemen while still maintaining the same dynamic synthesis of punk, funk and free jazz. They toured non-stop and consistently played to packed audiences. All in all, fIREHOSE played 980 gigs, released five full-length albums and two EPs before disbanding in 1994.

Build Your Own Cigar Box Resonator

I’ve always wanted to create my own instrument, you know; build my own guitar, design my own bass, re-build a piano to my specs but I lacked the time, tools and talent for woodworking so I put the idea in the back of my mind in the “one of these days…” department of my brain.

I came across an interesting link a few months ago, on how to build your own cigar box guitar. The website is here:

I decided to take my cigar box guitar a level higher. I thought to myself why not a cigar box resonator? (i.e. also known as a dobro) and went out and for a few bucks bought a few things:

1.) cigar box $4.00 (I actually bought 5 of them at $4.00 each but I’m only adding up the cost for THIS resonator)

2.) Stick of Poplar wood 3 feet by 2” X 1.5”. Cost= $2.16

3.) 3 Gibson guitar tuning heads: $15.00

4.) 3 metal plates $5.23

Total cost: $26.39 (under $30.00) Total project time: About 4 hours (not including 24 hour dry time)

Below are the steps that I took in creating the cigar box resonator, some of the pictures didn’t come out very good, but you get the idea of what went into building it:

Get a box for the body and a stick for the neck

Sand down the neck, drill 3 holes for the guitar headstock tuners

Cut a hole in the box for the neck to be placed in.

Place the neck in the body.

Use clamps to grip down, I used some Gorilla glue to seat the neck to the body and let it dry overnight.

Make sure to let it dry overnight to seat the neck in the body

Since this is a RESONATOR, I decided to cut three holes in my cigar box for the resonator plates. The holes aren’t pretty, but that’s okay, because they’ll be covered up by the plates. I also sanded down the cigar box.

I whittled the neck down and re-sanded it so the tuners would fit snugly.

I stained the whole project

I created a bridge and nut out of scrap wood, sanded and stained it.

I put the tuners on, the bridge and nut in place and….

then I put the resonators in and strung it up…..

….Finished!!!! Project complete!

I’m sure that I MIGHT be playing this out every once in a while once I get the structure and progressions and tunings right, it might take me a lil’ while, so don’t expect to see me out slinging this thing at every show until I get it down pat.

Okay, now the BIG question is….how does it sound? Well to find out, I created a sample that you can listen to by clicking below. BUT be forewarned, before clicking on the track…..REMEMBER that this is a very basic THREE (3) STRINGED homemade instrument and my first one at that and that I still don’t really know how to play it and need to fiddle around with it before I learn all the tunings and keys. In other words, listen to it with a very open mind. It’s a very rough test run and recording of my first cigar box resonator.

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I woke up with this song going through head and figured I’d post it.

Pure Imagination" is a song from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley specifically for the movie and does not appear in the original book by Roald Dahl or the 2005 film adaptation by Tim Burton.

It was sung by Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka).