Archive for 1977

JAIMIE VERNON – THE STRANGE ANIMAL RETURNETH

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2016 by segarini

Jaimie Vernon_Viletones Through a generous offering by not one, but two friends (thanks Stacey and Danielle!), my wife and I got to see the solo return of Canadian singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lawrence “But You Can Call Me Larry” Gowan this past week at the Empire Theatre in Belleville to a sold out crowd.

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Gary Pig Gold Most Fondly Remembers Our Pal Joey

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by segarini

 

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Late one night in very late 1976, a singer acquaintance of mine burst into the (condemned) house I was then sharing with the neighbourhood bar band, shouting “You will never believe what I just saw in Toronto tonight! These four guys with Brian Jones haircuts wearing drainpipe Levis, singing all these really fast, short songs. Lots of ’em, too! And the best part? NO GUITAR SOLOS!”

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Cameron Carpenter – Rock’n’Roll Rewind – No More Pistols, No Ramones, We Just Want The Viletones

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2015 by segarini

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As children and teenagers across Canada head back to school next week, we will wrap up the series of high school rock writing I attempted. In retrospect it was pretty rough. It seems we started a secondary newsletter entitled “Grinning Nihilism” where we went underground for what looks like exactly one issue. I imagine we were denied access to the school’s mimeograph machine once an astute teacher read the obscenity laced “underground newspaper”.  As none of us wrote under our real names, detentions seemed to be avoided.

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Segarini: When Radio and Records Ruled the World Part 12: From Funky Town to Punky Town: The Great Disco Backlash.

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2012 by segarini

Part 11 can be found here

In 1975 radio and the record companies were experiencing an almost mystical amount of musical innovation and genre-bending creativity, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the mid ‘60’s. British Rock, Southern Rock, Pop, Soul, Dance, and Country all had a piece of the action, records were flying off the shelves, and radio was the focal point of teen attention, local music scenes, and pop culture in general. Musically it was a watershed year in many ways, and personally, it was the beginning of a short, but intense period in my musical career that began with a new band that, in Montreal at least, could do no wrong.

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