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Middle Aged Dummies - Artist - Round 3 - Artist Selection Deadline is June 23. All Welcome!! (3 Viewers)

Also timely with Myles Goodwyn having left us about six months ago.
Yeah. That was 😢 . After the news I went back and started playing some of the material I hadn't heard in a number of years. Good stuff. Brings back lots of memories.
I see you're from St. Thomas, ON. London Knights fan?
Yeah, I'm a fan. Not a huge one but I go to a game, or two each year. Not to get into too much detail, but my son played a year with them and it left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. Mostly from what happened before he went there (long story), but also never felt that they gave him much of a chance. But he was never going much father anyway so we were super proud that he got that far. They are, obviously, the cream of the crop as far as organizations go. Of course, I can remember when they were at the Ice House and those were some lean years. :)

I will say that my boy played on the team with Evan Bouchard and he had nothing but good things to say about him so I root for Evan. Even though he skates funny and looks half asleep all the time. :lol:
Wow - that's really impressive he got that far. :thumbup:
You've actually heard of St. Thomas, or you googled it to see it's near London?

St. Thomas claim to fame: killing Jumbo the elephant! 🐘 :laugh:
 
**** it, I'm choosing The Tea Party.

Ask yourself "What if Jim Morrison sang for Led Zeppelin, but also had some mid-90s Grunge influences ?" That's the Tea Party.

I honestly dont know how well known they are here or anywhere, but I discovered them sometime in college and still really like a lot of their songs.
I've never heard from them and am looking forward to it. Just so long as it doesn't get too political ;)
 
**** it, I'm choosing The Tea Party.

Ask yourself "What if Jim Morrison sang for Led Zeppelin, but also had some mid-90s Grunge influences ?" That's the Tea Party.

I honestly dont know how well known they are here or anywhere, but I discovered them sometime in college and still really like a lot of their songs.
I've never heard from them and am looking forward to it. Just so long as it doesn't get too political ;)

lead singer.
 
The Beach Boys
While I look forward to doing this, I don't think I'm going to be able to hit the June 23 deadline. Swamped with work and I'm going to be on vacation starting this weekend until June 25. A June 30 or so deadline would be better for me, but I don't want to be the one to hold it up.
 
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The Beach Boys
While I look forward to doing this, I don't think I'm going to be able to hit the June 23 deadline. Swamped with work and I'm going to be on vacation starting this weekend until June 25. A June 30 or so deadline would be better for me, but I don't want to be the one to hold it up.
I thought June 23 was the deadline to declare your artist, which you have done.
 
The Beach Boys
While I look forward to doing this, I don't think I'm going to be able to hit the June 23 deadline. Swamped with work and I'm going to be on vacation starting this weekend until June 25. A June 30 or so deadline would be better for me, but I don't want to be the one to hold it up.
I thought June 23 was the deadline to declare your artist, which you have done.
Ah - my bad. So I guess I'm good. Did we decide on the list submission date above (may have missed it).
 
The Beach Boys
While I look forward to doing this, I don't think I'm going to be able to hit the June 23 deadline. Swamped with work and I'm going to be on vacation starting this weekend until June 25. A June 30 or so deadline would be better for me, but I don't want to be the one to hold it up.
I thought June 23 was the deadline to declare your artist, which you have done.
Ah - my bad. So I guess I'm good. Did we decide on the list submission date above (may have missed it).
A few days ago Zegras said:

I might have to drop from this one, have a lot going on and I'm not sure I'm going to have the time to do the research needed for it. I'll see what I can get done this week and then make a decision
Heaven knows Im REALLY miserable now

Seriously, we have until June 23 to make artist selections.
I didnt even see a deadline for submitting lists yet. Was there one?
Plenty of time at the moment.
I', thinking June 30th for submission
 

Introducing The Sweet

Are you ready Steve? Uh-huh
Andy? Yeah
Mick? Okay
Alright fellas, let's go!

A less exciting story here

Andy Scott was the last member of the classic lineup for the Sweet to join.
Guitarist Mick Stewart left after 4 unsuccessful singles and Andy Scott was successful in the audition process to fill the role. Scott had played with Mike McCartneys, brother of Pauls band Scafford (Lily the Pink). Although Scott did not play on any of the hits.
A half album was recorded, on which the band only provided vocals as the control of Chinn/Chapman was evident. Once the hits started to come, the band were “allowed” to play on recordings resulting in a much beefier sound as Glam took off.

Scott may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he became the brains behind the outfit. Especially once they broke free from Chinny/Chap.
Scott was responsible for remixing Fox on the Run. It had languished on the Desolation Boulevard album under the Chinny/Chap production and were it not for the faith of a music exec who told the band, theres something in this track boys, go and rerecord it. Sometimes they earn their keep.
Scotts production hit all the right spots and the track was released and became a monster hit, enduring through the ages.

With Brian Connolly struggling with his vocals and alcoholism and Mick Tucker, being a drummer, the fate of the band was left in the hands of Steve Priest and more importantly Scott. Scott essentially took over the production of the bands mainly self written material, although the production was listed as “The Sweet”
The peak came when the Scott written and produced Love is Like Oxygen gave the band a final hit and Scott was nominated for the prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting award.

Once Connolly departed, Scott was the force that kept the band going, despite Priest assuming most of the lead vocal work. Following Priests departure a few years later, Scott has kept the band alive touring and recording as Andy Scotts Sweet. Still to this day. As the last surviving member of the band, he has also successfully been great at the business of monetising the band.

All other members of the band seemed to have held grudges against him though until their dying days
 
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Earth, Wind, & Fire came out of Chicago in the late '60s. Shepherded by bandleader/guru/impresario Maurice White, they were one of the most consistent album and singles artists of the 1970s.

White himself was a veteran of the Chicago R&B scene in the 1960s, being a session drummer for Chess on a ton of records. He also had jazz leanings, as did many of the band members. EWF was basically an all-star team - anything your band could do, they could do better. On top of having incredible musicians, they also had one of music's all-time falsetto singers in Philip Bailey. Bailey and/or White carried the vocals on all of their best records.

EWF was big into astrology (hence the band name) and positive thinking. Even the sad songs (there aren't many) seem to be pointing to better things. George Clinton, of course, tried to start a diss-battle with them because he thought they were too straight-laced: "Earth, Hot Air, and No Fire" was scribbled on one of his album covers.

As for their sound.........They weren't as fuzzed out or sloppy as Sly or P-Funk. It was R&B, but with a LOT of jazz-rock fusion and African instrumentation added in along with some rock-y guitars. The vocal arrangements are otherworldly. Their "every note is perfect" sound most reminds me of their contemporary Steely Dan. EWF also didn't have much of a sense of humor on record, sort of like a proto-U2.

EWF's "classic" period was basically from 1974-1980. Most of the songs I have selected will be from that time frame. Many were massive hits still heard today on the radio and in dentist offices around the world. Some are lesser-known album cuts.

I've got my 31 picked (I think), but am still wrestling with order.
 
Earth, Wind, & Fire came out of Chicago in the late '60s. Shepherded by bandleader/guru/impresario Maurice White, they were one of the most consistent album and singles artists of the 1970s.

White himself was a veteran of the Chicago R&B scene in the 1960s, being a session drummer for Chess on a ton of records. He also had jazz leanings, as did many of the band members. EWF was basically an all-star team - anything your band could do, they could do better. On top of having incredible musicians, they also had one of music's all-time falsetto singers in Philip Bailey. Bailey and/or White carried the vocals on all of their best records.

EWF was big into astrology (hence the band name) and positive thinking. Even the sad songs (there aren't many) seem to be pointing to better things. George Clinton, of course, tried to start a diss-battle with them because he thought they were too straight-laced: "Earth, Hot Air, and No Fire" was scribbled on one of his album covers.

As for their sound.........They weren't as fuzzed out or sloppy as Sly or P-Funk. It was R&B, but with a LOT of jazz-rock fusion and African instrumentation added in along with some rock-y guitars. The vocal arrangements are otherworldly. Their "every note is perfect" sound most reminds me of their contemporary Steely Dan. EWF also didn't have much of a sense of humor on record, sort of like a proto-U2.

EWF's "classic" period was basically from 1974-1980. Most of the songs I have selected will be from that time frame. Many were massive hits still heard today on the radio and in dentist offices around the world. Some are lesser-known album cuts.

I've got my 31 picked (I think), but am still wrestling with order.
I did a deep dive into EWF up to 1981 a few years ago. I definitely came out of that thinking they were the R&B Steely Dan. And that I Am (1979) is the R&B Aja.
 
Earth, Wind, & Fire came out of Chicago in the late '60s. Shepherded by bandleader/guru/impresario Maurice White, they were one of the most consistent album and singles artists of the 1970s.

White himself was a veteran of the Chicago R&B scene in the 1960s, being a session drummer for Chess on a ton of records. He also had jazz leanings, as did many of the band members. EWF was basically an all-star team - anything your band could do, they could do better. On top of having incredible musicians, they also had one of music's all-time falsetto singers in Philip Bailey. Bailey and/or White carried the vocals on all of their best records.

EWF was big into astrology (hence the band name) and positive thinking. Even the sad songs (there aren't many) seem to be pointing to better things. George Clinton, of course, tried to start a diss-battle with them because he thought they were too straight-laced: "Earth, Hot Air, and No Fire" was scribbled on one of his album covers.

As for their sound.........They weren't as fuzzed out or sloppy as Sly or P-Funk. It was R&B, but with a LOT of jazz-rock fusion and African instrumentation added in along with some rock-y guitars. The vocal arrangements are otherworldly. Their "every note is perfect" sound most reminds me of their contemporary Steely Dan. EWF also didn't have much of a sense of humor on record, sort of like a proto-U2.

EWF's "classic" period was basically from 1974-1980. Most of the songs I have selected will be from that time frame. Many were massive hits still heard today on the radio and in dentist offices around the world. Some are lesser-known album cuts.

I've got my 31 picked (I think), but am still wrestling with order.
I did a deep dive into EWF up to 1981 a few years ago. I definitely came out of that thinking they were the R&B Steely Dan. And that I Am (1979) is the R&B Aja.
Or, that Aja is Dan's version of Spirit :lol:

I saw your post about Covid. Heal up soon, man.
 
Earth, Wind, & Fire came out of Chicago in the late '60s. Shepherded by bandleader/guru/impresario Maurice White, they were one of the most consistent album and singles artists of the 1970s.

White himself was a veteran of the Chicago R&B scene in the 1960s, being a session drummer for Chess on a ton of records. He also had jazz leanings, as did many of the band members. EWF was basically an all-star team - anything your band could do, they could do better. On top of having incredible musicians, they also had one of music's all-time falsetto singers in Philip Bailey. Bailey and/or White carried the vocals on all of their best records.

EWF was big into astrology (hence the band name) and positive thinking. Even the sad songs (there aren't many) seem to be pointing to better things. George Clinton, of course, tried to start a diss-battle with them because he thought they were too straight-laced: "Earth, Hot Air, and No Fire" was scribbled on one of his album covers.

As for their sound.........They weren't as fuzzed out or sloppy as Sly or P-Funk. It was R&B, but with a LOT of jazz-rock fusion and African instrumentation added in along with some rock-y guitars. The vocal arrangements are otherworldly. Their "every note is perfect" sound most reminds me of their contemporary Steely Dan. EWF also didn't have much of a sense of humor on record, sort of like a proto-U2.

EWF's "classic" period was basically from 1974-1980. Most of the songs I have selected will be from that time frame. Many were massive hits still heard today on the radio and in dentist offices around the world. Some are lesser-known album cuts.

I've got my 31 picked (I think), but am still wrestling with order.
I did a deep dive into EWF up to 1981 a few years ago. I definitely came out of that thinking they were the R&B Steely Dan. And that I Am (1979) is the R&B Aja.
Or, that Aja is Dan's version of Spirit :lol:

I saw your post about Covid. Heal up soon, man.
Thanks.

There definitely could have been some Beatles-Beach Boys style one-upping going on. :laugh:
 
Guys, Ill have the form up on the 19th
Will you please include me in the pm? I won't announce a contribution or confirm participation til we get back from vaca on the 26th, but that way I already have it. Famous last words, but July & Aug may be my first slow-down at work since the middle of MAD #1 last year. Chaos took over late July and my head has been in a vice ever since, but maybe no more!
 
Guys, Ill have the form up on the 19th
Just as FYI, I’m going to be out of country and flying back on the 29th. If the deadline is the 30th, I will see when I can get in. I’ve basically got 31 ready to drop in though and just a matter of getting on a PC.
I'm also out of the country from 6/14 through 7/2 so I probably won't be able to participate in this one. I'll do my best to get a list together and in order before the deadline but I think that's unlikely.
 
Guys, Ill have the form up on the 19th
Just as FYI, I’m going to be out of country and flying back on the 29th. If the deadline is the 30th, I will see when I can get in. I’ve basically got 31 ready to drop in though and just a matter of getting on a PC.
Is there a way to send it to one of us and we put it in if you are nervous about the timeline?
I can definitely do that if someone wants to submit for me. I’ve got a Google doc with some links.
 
Okay, I've been debating on which of a handful of artists to choose. With deadlines set, it's time for me to pick so I can better focus on one during the rest of the month before lists are due. With that my selection is:

Ronnie James Dio

Nothing from his time in Rainbow will appear, since that band was featured in round two. But Elf, the self-titled Dio and other projects are fair game, including his time with Black Sabbath. The debate here was whether to essentially just use Dio (the band), but branching out makes for a stronger list. Though obviously this 100% should NOT prevent or limit any Black Sabbath claim in the future.
 
Okay, I've been debating on which of a handful of artists to choose. With deadlines set, it's time for me to pick so I can better focus on one during the rest of the month before lists are due. With that my selection is:

Ronnie James Dio

Nothing from his time in Rainbow will appear, since that band was featured in round two. But Elf, the self-titled Dio and other projects are fair game, including his time with Black Sabbath. The debate here was whether to essentially just use Dio (the band), but branching out makes for a stronger list. Though obviously this 100% should NOT prevent or limit any Black Sabbath claim in the future.
Was debating between him and Priest so very interested in your list!
 
I picked a good time to highlight Fanny. Many of the best live performances I have heard from them come from their appearances on the German TV show Beat-Club in 1971 and 1972. This year, 11 songs from those performances were released as a live album, which is on Spotify. At least one of those will be the version I will actually put on the playlist, because it is the best performance I have ever heard from them.

 
Going with an artist who released only five albums in their heyday, which I have listened to all the way through once, a handful of times, or not at all. It’s their live performances that I frequently turn to on YouTube. So this will be as much a discovery for me as it is for you all.

Fanny
@KarmaPolice alert: There will be covers on this list. They were d@mn good at them.
Their box set has a 7-song performance from Philadelphia -- appears to be the entire set. 6 of the 7 songs are covers.
 
wow, so just now finished day one of WSOP $1500 RAZZ. Which is 7-card stud lowball. 15 levels, each 40 minutes long.

Ten minutes into Level 14, Our table gets broken, and I get moved to another table with 4,000 chips. That's less than one bet. LOL.

I made it to the end of the night and bagged 111,000 chips. LOL. Some really crazy stuff on several all-ins. We are about 55 players away from being in the money.
 
wow, so just now finished day one of WSOP $1500 RAZZ. Which is 7-card stud lowball. 15 levels, each 40 minutes long.

Ten minutes into Level 14, Our table gets broken, and I get moved to another table with 4,000 chips. That's less than one bet. LOL.

I made it to the end of the night and bagged 111,000 chips. LOL. Some really crazy stuff on several all-ins. We are about 55 players away from being in the money.
380k chips. 54 left. In the money.
 

Introducing The Sweet

Are you ready Steve? Uh-huh
Andy? Yeah
Mick? Okay
Alright fellas, let's go!

Now for the final and funnest member of the Sweet, bassist/vocalist Steve Priest.

Priest joined the band, formed by Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker. Original guitarist Frank Torpey was also on board. Priest originally had a home made bass guitar cause he couldn’t afford to buy one.
After getting through the bubblegum early Chinny Chap songs, Glam came along. The Sweet and Priest were in their element dressing quite effeminately, despite being all hetero. Priest often wore dresses and plastered on the makeup. As a very quiet guy in real life he covered up his shyness by being outrageous

So much so
Priest recalled talking to David Bowie backstage on Top of the Pops: “I was plastering this make-up on, and Bowie's going: 'Oh no, no, no. You've got to be subtle.' Bowie just didn't get it. It isn't supposed to be subtle. I'm supposed to look like an old tart."

Blockbuster was their only number UK #1, but it was there for 5 weeks. They did have 13 weeks at #2 with five separate hits, one of which will not make my list of 31. Anyway, during one of the Blockbuster appearances on the top of the pops TV, a decision was made to dress Priest up in a nazi uniform complete with fake Hitler moustache

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yloz9d_c...p00QCLcBGAs/s1600/steve+priest+uncensored.JPG
Some controversy arose after the band's performance of the hit song "Block Buster!" on the BBC's Top of the Pops on 25 December 1973, for which Priest wore a swastika arm band. He appeared in German military uniform on the 1973 Christmas edition of the show. The song was named after the Allied blockbuster bomb. In 2010 Priest said: "It's amazing how everyone still talks about the Nazi uniform... Good old BBC wardrobe department. People always want to know if I was serious. I mean, a gay Hitler. Hello?!"
Priest, apart from the flamboyant costumes was a key vocalist during most of their hits. Not the lead, which was clearly Brian, but the chip ins during or near the chorus were a massive distinction to other artists and used to great effect

On Fox on the Run
“Foxy on the run”

Hell Raiser
“And that's neat and she took me completely “

Blockbuster
“We just haven't got a clue what to do”

Teenage Rampage
“Imagine the sensation
Of teenage occupation”
And
“Imagine the formation
Of teenage legislation”

The Six Teens
“Julie and Johnnie, now you've made it”
And
“Suzie and Davey, you can make it”

Ballroom Blitz, a much bigger vocal
“Oh, I see a man in the back as a matter of fact
His eyes was as red as the sun
And the girl in the corner that no one ignores
'Cause she thinks she's the passionate one”
And
“And the man in the back is ready to crack
As he raises his hands to the sky
And the girl in the corner is everyone's mourner
She could kill you with a wink of her eye”

Loads more I will highlight as we go on. Once Connolly’s throat injury occurred in 1974, Andy Scott and Priest had to take on some vocals to complete tracks or just sing outright on. Once Connollys voice was shot after the alcoholism and chain smoking took its toll, after the violent attack, Priest was singing lead, including lead on the follow up to Love is Like Oxygen, California Nights. With Connolly gone, Priest was shoved out front and his voice simply wasnt up to lead. A few of those tracks will appear here as they are still good songs, but a better vocalist would have done more with them.

With a new American wife, his second, Priest based himself in the US leading to his departure from the band. His wife was a senior record executive allowing Priest to retreat to a private life raising his daughters. Keeping creativity alive with a few projects during this time, including his autobiography “Are you Ready Steve?” And a CD of poems called “Priests precious Poems”

In 2008 he got the itch to tour and formed Steve Priests Sweet. Agreement was made with Scott that Andy Scotts Sweet would tour UK and Europe, Priests would tour North America. Asia and Australia was an issue however, not helped by Priest volunteering to tour there once Andy Scotts Sweet pulled out. Priest was unaware Scott had been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and the surviving members already frosty relationship took a turn for the worst. Scott survived, but they never met up again. Priest had his health decline and died in June2020 at the age of 72 due to a heart issue.
 
wow, so just now finished day one of WSOP $1500 RAZZ. Which is 7-card stud lowball. 15 levels, each 40 minutes long.

Ten minutes into Level 14, Our table gets broken, and I get moved to another table with 4,000 chips. That's less than one bet. LOL.

I made it to the end of the night and bagged 111,000 chips. LOL. Some really crazy stuff on several all-ins. We are about 55 players away from being in the money.
380k chips. 54 left. In the money.
637k chips. 31 left
 
I'll throw a list together. Going to highlight a Canadian band from my teenage years. They produced a number of hits up here (🇨🇦 ) in the 70's and early 80s. I feel they have been criminally under-rated as far as Canadian bands go. From a time when guitars were the featured instruments. I suspect some of you have not even heard of them, but most will know a few of these at least. This will be a lot of fun (for me, anyway).


April Wine
Passed a record store yesterday, and as is always the case, had to stop in and browse for a few minutes for any dumpster diving opportunities.

To my delight, immediately saw a decent copy of The Nature of the Beast for a cool $1.99. #winningeh
 
I'll throw a list together. Going to highlight a Canadian band from my teenage years. They produced a number of hits up here (🇨🇦 ) in the 70's and early 80s. I feel they have been criminally under-rated as far as Canadian bands go. From a time when guitars were the featured instruments. I suspect some of you have not even heard of them, but most will know a few of these at least. This will be a lot of fun (for me, anyway).


April Wine
Passed a record store yesterday, and as is always the case, had to stop in and browse for a few minutes for any dumpster diving opportunities.

To my delight, immediately saw a decent copy of The Nature of the Beast for a cool $1.99. #winningeh
Did you see Kay?
 

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