Archive for Cheap Trick

JAIMIE VERNON – CLEVER HAS A NAME: JAMES CLARK INSTITUTE

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

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We’re in an interesting transitional period with music. Not the industry part that I’ve frequently beaten up and kicked to the curb time and time again. No, I’m talking about musical direction. I had hoped upon hope that post-9/11 the singer-songwriter would make a massive mainstream comeback to usher in the silver age of thinking man’s music. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. The simpletons in charge of what we listen to doubled down on the stupid with the vacant tap dancing and lip-syncing of nubile females, effeminate boy bands and reality stars-turned-prime-time-embarrassments. ‘American Idol’ was the new A & R department for the future of music.

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JAIMIE VERNON – POP GOES THE WORLD

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2015 by segarini

Jaimie Vernon_Viletones For the last 15 to 20 years the idea of pop music – like the good old guitar/piano driven stuff we grew up with on the CHUM Top 30 and Billboard Top40 charts – has been Verboten and buried like a forgotten dog bone in the backyard. Like some nerdist guilty pleasure there’s been a counter movement which has dubbed itself the keepers of Power Pop though its supporters can never agree on the definition of the term.

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JAIMIE VERNON – HEY, NINETEEN

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2015 by segarini

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As you read this my wife Sharon Vernon and I have just celebrated our 19th anniversary. We went to Cleveland to see two of her favourite bands – the American act Red Wanting Blue and Canadian rock darling The Trews who I introduced her to (musically) in 2003 after seeing them in a club in Halifax during the ECMA’s. We’ve done a lot of that on our anniversaries – going to see live acts. That includes Lighthouse on our 17th and Ian Mitchell of the Bay City Rollers (see story below).

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Cameron Carpenter: Rock’n’Roll Rewind – A Cheap Trick Encore

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2015 by segarini

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This week we rewind to August 1979. The New Music Magazine is celebrating its first anniversary (it would not celebrate a second) and once again I was hanging around with Cheap Trick.

“Well we made it. One year after the fact, The New Music is still here. Some things, like the price, have changed, but for those of you who were with us at the beginning, things are still the same; you’re getting a full-colour rock magazine delivered to your doorstep every month for free. Anyway, there is a point to be made.

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Cameron Carpenter – Rock’n’Roll Rewind – I Want You To Read Me, I Need You To Read Me

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2015 by segarini

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This week we rewind to June 8, 1978. If I am not mistaken this was the first story I was ever paid for (and looking back they paid far too much). It appeared in the debut issue of The New Music Magazine which arrived in mailboxes across the country in August of 1978. It was produced by the CHUM radio chain and I was fortunate to write in every issue.

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JAIMIE VERNON – THE POWER OF POP

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by segarini

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This week Paul Revere of 1960s pop band Paul Revere & The Raiders passed away at the age of 76. He and his band were one of the second generation of pop stars who took the post-Elvis world by storm on the back of Beatlemania.

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JAIMIE VERNON – 50 YEAR CONFLUENCE

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2014 by segarini

72971_10151385368241355_2050420389_nAs the media has been very cognizant of pointing out all week, Sunday, February 9th marks the 50th Anniversary of the night the Beatles stepped on stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan and destroyed America – one sobbing, hormone filled teenager at a time. It was a typical scenario that had become de rigueur to Rock and Roll dating back to the Elvis Presley hip swivel and even Frank Sinatra simmering blue-eyed allure before him. The media and parents alike were quick to write these four Liverpool lads off as yet another passing adolescent fad. But they were so wrong.

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