Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Remo Four

I first came across the Remo Four in the mid-1990s during my 6-year spell at HMV #852 in Coquitlam Centre. It may have been through their connection to George Harrison and his 1968 Wonderwall Music soundtrack (which they played on) or through a back issue of Record Collector or MOJO magazine or maybe even a regular customer named Rolf who owned a record store in Germany back in the 1970s and hipped me to TONS of incredible music (and even dubbed Beat Club VHS tape compilations way before Youtube made such material accessible at one's fingertips, thanks again Rolf!!!). Any which way, the Remo Four resonated w/ me deeply back then as a young pseudo-mod and still do today as an old pseudo-hippie... Originally from Liverpool, the group were known for their live fortitude and found themselves tearing it up in Hamburg at the same Reeperbahn clubs as the Beatles and many other 1960s UK and American greats. They played tough jazz, R&B, and beat music with ultimate feeling and soul. Here's a couple vids to check the technique...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I like to write in the morning when it's raining outside. When the words are flowing, I feel as if I'm in synchronicity with the precipitation falling from the sky. I'm thinking about my day, the past, and what's to come—all at the same time—but I'm about to hit the pavement. I've been jogging for a while now and today, even though it's pouring, will be no exception. It clears my head, strengthens my body, and enriches my soul. I know that I will get soaking wet, but that's just fine. It's only a little water in the grand scheme of life. You see, we need it to g-r-O-W!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Would You Believe

There Are Too Many of Us

I listened to Blur a LOT in the 1990s, A LOT!!! In fact,  listened to them so much that I couldn't bear the sound of Damon Albarn's voice for much of the 2000s. It became so grating to me that I missed out on Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, and whatever else Albarn and co. were doing musically at the time (bar the Albarn's involvement w/ the crucial Honest Jon's record label)... Overkill? Changing tastes? Drummer Dave Rowntree's appalling treatment of Nardwuar? I have no fucking clue. That being said, it's nice to hear Blur return w/ such strong material in 2015 that is true to the band's original spirit, but doesn't cash in on mere nostalgia or pander to current trends. Any which way, my ears are open again! I am listening. PEACE