Here's an MP3 of The Bedazzled Radio Hour with Spike Priggen #8 - The La's . Lots of great b-sides and outtakes along with the best songs from their one (and only) great album. "Like" The Bedazzled Radio Hour on FaceBook.
While the crop of old school sounds that have popped back into consciousness within the past ten or so years may be looked at as a revival or comeback, only a fool would say that soul music had EVER gone away. Music has always been the center of my existence, and I remember back in the late 70's/ early '80's, TV commercials were full of reworked soul tunes (remember that floor cleaner using Robert Parker's 'Barefootin'?), and it's impossible to go anywhere in the world without [...]
Some of you Rock Fans may have heard of Alan Merrill (... "The Face of '69"! Just like Peter Frampton was "the Face of '68", does that ring a bell? ) : If not, here's for reminders : The son of two jazz musicians, singer Helen Merrill , and saxophone/clarinet player [...]
By 1968, the hits had all but dried up for Tottenham's Dave Clark Five. With a run of massive hits recorded between '64-'65, this group was considered STRONG competetion for the Beatles, and many teen magazines speculated the Beatlemania was gonna wane and the Dave Clark Five would come out on top of the world. While history tells a far different tale, the DC5 released many fabulous records, well past the heyday of the British Invasion. Buried on the b-side of a track that must have seemed like a relic from a bygone era (the downright putrid "Red [...]
I was inspired to write this post, as tomorrow evening the Cyril Jordan- Chris Wilson version of The Flamin' Groovies are gonna be playing the tiny Elbo Room club in San Francisco (their ONLY US show, as a matter of fact). This gig sold out immediately, and you best BELIEVE I'm gonna be there. I've had the pleasure of seeing Cyril & Roy Loney recreate the warped insanity of the Flamingo / Teenage Head era, but have never had the chance to see Cyril and power pop vocalist [...]
It's the age-old question: "The Beatles or The Stones?". A lot of people like 'em both, but most everybody who's a fan of 1960s Pop-Rock music seems to have a preference for one or the other. Music Video collector Spike Priggen (of the Scopitones.com & Bedazzled.tv blogs) will present a program of musical films by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones that compare and contrast their musical, song-writing and sartorial styles, year-by-year, trend-by-trend, from "mop-tops" to psychedelia. The show will be a mix of live concert & television footage, mimed promotional clips, [...]
Since there are severa l fine bios that tell the tale of The Zombies quite well (the box set Zombie Heaven is essential stuff with a fabulous booklet/ history), I'll spare the history here and just present these amazing 45 sides for your listening pleasure. The Zombies' first two US singles became massive smashes in '64-'65 ("She's Not There" and "Tell Her No") and the group's moody, organ-driven sound charted far higher in the US than their English home. Organist Rod Argent penned both of these [...]
"Here's MC5 filmed live on the campus of Wayne State University in Michigan and aired on hometown TV show "Detroit Tubeworks" in 1970 doing their biggest hit "Kick Out The Jams." We found the master tapes of over 11 hours from this legendary show which had been stored in a basement in Michigan. Other great guests we found on this underground show from 1968-1973 include MC5, Ted Nugent, Phil Ochs, Commander Cody, Captain Beefheart, Earth, Wind & Fire, Humble Pie, Fleetwood Mac featuring Peter Green and Joe Cocker. Also part of this archive is a 45-minute unseen [...]
"This clip is a fully edited composite of very rare footage of the Hollies recording "On A Carousel" in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1967. This was cut from a 20-minute piece which features each of the band members recording their individual parts on that historic day, when in the next studio the Beatles were recording pieces of "Penny Lane"."
MP3: Bedazzled! Radio Hour #6 - Game Theory 1983-1987 The Bedazzled Radio Hour FaceBook page
Everybody raves about how Playboy Dutronc is the greatest French sixties artist in terms of international Garage-rock with his killer guitar riffs and sarcastic but accurate lyrics and how Antoine is the greatest 60's Punk long haired dude with his backing Problems and Protest songs (while he really was more considered a Novelty in homeland...), Ronnie Bird being the real King of Le Frenche Beat incidentally, BUT... in terms of melody, composition and on a purely Musical level, only Polnareff rivals with the best Anglo artists (and the rest of the world! ), he's truly the King of French Pop! [...]
With jangling guitars, playful ta mbourines and lush harmomies in tow, folk rock sounds find favor year round, but the folk-rock vibe sounds especially splendid as the world wakes up from hibernation and all is in bloom again. These four sides are unrelated other than in their overall vibe; after recent tragic events I just wanna focus on the GOOD things in life, and this music has an exceptional healing power. If it was just for one song ("Needles & Pins") that is one of THE definitive folk rock statements, Jackie [...]
Happy Birthday to Dudley Moore. Brilliant comedian (along with partner Peter Cook) and the star and music composer of the great 60s film Bedazzled , from which we got our name (and logo). He passed away March 27, 2002. Would have been 78 today. I play his Bedazzled theme music every week on my radio show The Bedazzled Radio Hour with Spike Priggen on WGXC 90.7 FM.
This is a real bummer. I can't say we were good friends, but I was a big fan and we did hang out a few times. I'll never forget the first time I saw/heard of Game Theory, it was at a place in Lincoln Nebraska called The Drum Stick, fried chicken joint by day, rock venue by night. I was a roadie for Beat Rodeo and they were the opening band that night and I pretty much ended up roadie-ing for them that night as well (I remember it having something to do with me having a crush on the [...]
A lot of self-proclaimed Rock Historians writers and commercials like to brag about and market how Monterey was the first International POP Festival, how it was an ideal of Peace, Love and Flowers embodying the themes of Sunshine California as a focal point for the counterculture and generally regarded as one of the beginnings of the " Summer of Love " in 1967, blah, blah, blah... two years before Woodstock, a model for all Pop Festivals to come, etc. Well, that's not true. There were others before... only less star-system and showbizzy [...]
Everybody into the Sixties Garage subculture has heard of scenes from other parts of the world : "Transworld Beat", it's been tagged by collectors (including the Far-East... ). But, while most are familiar with Japanese G.S., Rare Groove Djs having sampled the "Shadow Music" sounds of Thaïland and beginning to crate-dig the still mostly uncharted sounds of "Off-Beat Cha, Cha", a Hong Kong speciality, and Dutch Beat experts already digested the "Indo-rock" instrumental sounds of migrating groups from far-off Indonesia, the Heavy-Psych guitar sounds of the late 60's/ early 70's underground Korean scene being now recognised by the hip cognescenti... [...]