Segarini: The BobChart – Week 8

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedThis week’s BobChart is all about Summer and Respect. I didn’t plan it that way, but that’s how it turned out.

It is also made up almost entirely of older tracks and guilty pleasures along with a couple of new items that caught my interest while searching out the latest releases and hoping there was something I liked that I could pass on to you. I know a lot of you are into rock and I do what I can to find that which fits my criteria (great song, great performance, fun or thought provoking) and am thrilled when there is a new Rival Sons track, another local breakthrough, or a band that is completely new to me.

We try not to tip songs that are getting plenty of respect and word of mouth from other reliable blogs and media outlets, and we also avoid tipping something that we feel is not as good as some folks think it is.

I guess what I am trying to say is, this Chart is from the heart. It is personal and it has no “Best Before” date, no particular genre focus, and doesn’t care if you are on a Major Label or an Indie start-up headquartered in your parent’s den. Just be great, entertaining, and/or engaging.

Okay, here we go…you rockers may spend some time gritting your teeth this week, but don’t worry…there is some stuff for you here, just be patient.

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Don Henley – Boys of Summer

I know, I know…I can hear a bunch of you already; “I HATE THE EAGLES!” ringing from the rafters, caroming off your Dio and Sabbath posters and ending up shattering the window next to your speakers when you crank up the new Led Zeppelin CDs remastered by Jimmy Page. I feel your pain, but like it or not, Henley is a killer drummer and a better singer and songwriter. It’s not his fault your girlfriend or wife prefers him to the drum solo in Moby Dick. Fact is, there is room for ALL good music if you have an open mind…it’s just a shame most radio stations don’t reflect that the way they used to. *sigh*

Anyway…this popped into my head earlier this week because of how much disrespect is aimed at Henley and his music…and because I love this song and found myself humming it when I was trying to figure out if a can of Vienna sausages and a half a bag of potato chips and an energy drink would make for a healthy breakfast. I will admit that Don can make almost anything sound melancholy and/or depressing, but he STILL manages to hook me damn near every time.

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Seals and Croft – Summer Breeze

Remembering Boys of Summer led me to these guys for the first time in years. Back in 1972, The Wackers were booked on an NBC Saturday morning television show called “Take a Giant Step” which was actually written and run by a staff of young kids from 9 to 14 years old. They had an Alien Overlord ( a 30-something who probably lost the coin toss at a production meeting) but, having sat in on a couple of the meetings these kids had for our episode of their show, I can attest to the fact that NBC had indeed, given the keys to these little freakishly bright children.

I was particularly excited about doing this show live from NBCs 30 Rockefeller plaza studios because A: We would get to meet Astronaut Ed Swickert (who was literally the most spaced out person I have ever met) and B: We were doing the show with these gentlemen. Imagine my disappointment when they turned up via video tape instead of in person. Still pissed off about that, actually….

Seals and Croft – Diamond Girl

Summer Breeze still gives me the warm and fuzzies…and so does this one. Couldn’t play one without the other.

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Diesel – Sausalito Summer Nights

The expression “One Hit Wonder” really applies in the case of Diesel and this earworm of a record they created. There are 2 versions of the video here because I care about your feelings…I really do…no seriously…I care…about your feelings. One is just a bunch of great shots that compliment the lyrics of the song. The other one is just a whole bunch of quick clips of scantily glad, unbelievably hot California Beach Bunnies. I am not here to judge you….

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Clover – Chicken Funk

If you’re done yelling “I HATE THE EAGLES!” down a can of Budwiser, take a deep breath, and let me hear “HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS SUCK!” There…feel better?

Huey is another Uber-talent who gets no respect. Was it all the huge hits? The remarkable band? The classic good looks? Whatever the case, Huey deserves your love and respect.

Why?

Because Huey is AWESOME!

Nevermind that he grew up stepping over his mother’s friends Jack Kérouac, Alan Ginsberg, and other Icons of the beat generation, who regularly fell asleep on the Lewis’s living room floor, Just listen to him play with his first band, who went on to back Elvis Costello on his legendary first album, “My Aim is True”.

Huey Lewis and the News – I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)

…and Huey knows good songs and writers as well as the next guy. He was much more than his rather large amount of hit singles.

Huey Lewis and the News – Little Bitty Pretty One

Huey not only knows the history of the music he loves…he and The News can reproduce it!

Huey Lewis – Huey Plays the Harmonica

Oh yeah…Huey ain’t a bad harp player….

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Johnny V – Gotta Get Back to My Squeeze

We lost a Toronto mainstay and one of the few people who saw the promise of Queen Street and the music it began to inspire and worked tirelessly to make sure the seeds grew to create a lasting scene and legacy both in fashion and music, societal change and the merging of art and the street. Losing Steven Davey reminded me of another loss, and like Steven Johnny helped educate many of us to unsung musicians and a history of music unknown to most. He was also an incredible singer, songwriter, and musician. I would have loved to have heard him play with the likes of Henley and Lewis, as well as the blues greats John loved. This was recorded in a Calgary bar, live on 2 track, with no overdubs or studio tricks. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em….

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Bruce Hornsby and the Range – The Way it Is

Hornsby just sort of fits into this for some reason. Was there ever a song this perfect? Still chilling after all these years.

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So, anything current, Bob? Anything?

Various Artists – The Top 20 Summer Songs of 2014 according to Some Guy

If you are afraid to tune your radio to the current music being offered over the air, let me save you the trouble. Here are the biggest singles right now as of June 7th, 2014. There are a couple of surprises here…I just don’t know if they’re good surprises or bad surprises. What do you think?

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Psy with Snoop Dog – Hangover

I have a very soft spot in my heart (or maybe it’s my head) for a genre called K-Pop. South Korea’s answer to the American Idol school of Choreographed Cuties for Mass Consumption.

Psy falls into this category the same way as Bulldog puppies, drooling, butt-ugly, low to the ground, flatulent, furballs, are deemed huggable/adorable by Dog People.

Be that as it may, “Gangnam Style” still ends up on my monitor occasionally because it is so much damn fun. When it comes to K-Pop, the video is as important as the music…they work together. To not watch a K-Pop song is to pick up a baby while you’re blindfolded…you just don’t experience the whole moment.

This is Psy’s latest. He has Snoop dog as his wingman and once again, an infectious song and an engaging video. This shit is fun, Baby!

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Girls’ Generation – Beep Beep

Far and away, the most popular form of K-Pop are the Girl Groups…there is even a monthly chart that countdowns the 40 most popular ones! On the surface, how this works is everything I hate about the similar situation in American Pop music, but there are some differences that Amy and Bob SnowDaymake me accept K-Pop instead of rejecting it out-of-hand.

For one thing, these groups are like boxes of kittens. They are all adorable. They also manage to bring innocence to the sexy. Watching these kids reminds me of my Daughter when she was 10 or 11 years old and taking dance lessons. We spent hours in the kitchen one day rehearsing her Michael Jackson-ish routine for her first recital. I couldn’t stop grinning (or catch my breath…trying to do the steps with her was a mistake). Somehow, the K-Pop people have avoided turning these girls/young women into poster children for damaged little bundles of low self-esteem.

Not only are the songs infectious as hell, but the videos are colourful, fun, and sexy without being lewd or smarmy, a trick American female vocalists seem incapable of accomplishing. There is a complete lack of skank in any of the videos I have seen over the past few years…can you hear me, Miley?

Here’s how it works…and this doesn’t mention the Government support and all the other things that help these kids achieve careers and financial security.

From Wikipedia:

The larger management agencies in South Korea offer binding contracts to children starting from age 9 to 10. Trainees live together in a tightly regulated environment and spend many hours a day learning music, choreography, foreign languages and communication techniques with fans and journalists. This “robotic” system of training is often criticized by Western media outlets. In 2012, the cost of training a single member from SM Entertainment’s nine-member band Girls’ Generation averaged US$3 million.

This group is in their second year dominating the charts over there…and call this a guilty pleasure if you must, but I like seeing and hearing this kind of music without feeling like I am some kind of lecherous old man…can you hear me, Miley? Rihanna? Nikki? Ga Ga?

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A–Pink – NoNoNo

The chorus of this song reminds me of Rick Astley’s “Never Going to Give You Up”, and that’s a good thing. This is a GREAT pop song.

Wouldn’t you rather have your kids watching these instead of Twerking for Dollars?

Minor points to Avril Levigne for at least TRYING to get this….

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And Finally….

94.9 The Rock Doug Elliott’s Pick of the Week

Secret Broadcast – More Than Friends

Okay, my Rocker Brothers and Sisters, after all those gooey sweet treats, it’s time to cleanse the palate (open a beer) and hear some new music you will like.

I am proud of the fact the DBAWIS and The Bobcast has given early exposure to Rival Sons, Courage My Love, Jordan John, Xprime, Stacey Kaniuk, Black Dog Ballroom, Blackberry Smoke, and these guys, among others. First heard them at Cherry Cola’s (where else?) and this latest track and vid just kicks ass in sooo many ways.

Thank you, Doug Elliot and 94.9 The Rock.

Secret Broadcast recently filmed a music video featuring the band performing at a Cat Birthday Party. All of the cats and kittens in the video are recent rescue cats from Toronto Cat Rescue.

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Segarini’s regular column appears here every Friday whenever he can finish one in time.

Contact us at dbawis@rogers.com

DBAWIS ButtonBob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, and continues to write music, make music, and record.

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