Archive for Gary Pig Gold

GARY PIG GOLD – FOR PETE’S SAKE

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2019 by segarini

Can it really be true that Rolling Stone publisher/magnate Jann S. Wenner has personally conducted a decades-long campaign to bar The Monkees from induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Peter Tork certainly thought so.

“He doesn’t care what the rules are and just operates how he sees fit,” Peter told the New York Post in 2007. “It is an abuse of power. I don’t know whether The Monkees belong in the Hall of Fame, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not in there because of a personal whim.”

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GARY PIG GOLD – “THANK YOU MASKED MAN”: THE WACKY LIFE, AND GRIZZLY POSSIBLE DEATH, OF JIMMY ELLIS (aka ORION ECKLEY DARNELL)

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2019 by segarini

First, there was Elvis. Amen! Then there was Ricky Nelson and Johnny Hallyday. Perhaps even Conrad Birdie.

Of course P. J. Proby could often sing “movie Presley” – and much later surely do “Vegas Elvis” – better than the true specimen, Terry Stafford hit U.S. Number 3 with an o.k. “Suspicion” mind during the very height of Britishmania (personally, I much prefer the 1970 Viv Stanshall / Keith Moon interpretation), and who can even forget Ral “This Is Elvis (sorta)” Donner and possibly even the Dick Clark-approved Ronnie McDowell? There was a real cool guy here in T.O. called Subway Elvis too, but he was always getting thrown in jail.

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GARY PIG GOLD with TEN YOU MAY HAVE MISSED In 2018

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2019 by segarini


Lindsey Buckingham got kicked out of Fleetwood Mac (again), The Monkees made their first-ever Christmas album (!), and I am still waiting for that big Turtles Battle of the Bands Commemorative Special Anniversary Collectors Edition. In the meantime though, I remained happily pigging along beneath headphones to (in strictly Alphabetical order)…
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GARY PIG GOLD Gets SHELL-SHOCKED

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2018 by segarini

The other day I did something I haven’t done in a while. A long, long while. After taking a break to gulp down my standard late-afternoon frothy chocolate shake, a friend decided to drive us spur-of-the-moment clear cross-town to… a record store. Yes, a record store. Remember those?

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GARY PIG GOLD – FRANKIE TEARDROP

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by segarini

Ten so long years ago, a random gathering of some of the best musicians from Canada’s greatest musical berg threw themselves onstage as part of the annual Locke Street Festival. Spearheaded by veteran Hammerhead Tom Wilson, said ad-hoc combo was busy rocking and rolling things all the way up that street as the sun slid down when suddenly, a most familiar figure was spotted nearby.

The lead singer of the one, the only, Teenage Head.

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Gary Pig Gold – TOO TOUGH TO DIE: GOD SAVED DEE DEE RAMONE AND PUNK ROCKERS EVERYWHERE

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2018 by segarini

I just want to walk right out of this world,

coz everybody has a poison heart

(Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey)

Time to go listen to “Wart Hog” again…
(musician-actor-fan Robbie Rist)

His speech was inarticulate;

His songs were not

(Carl Cafarelli, “This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio”)

Dee Dee was the most important musician in the history of punk rock,

and probably the most overlooked

(John Holmstrom, editor/publisher of PUNK Magazine)

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Gary Pig Gold Sez – “A” IS FOR APPLE, “B” IS BIZARRE

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2018 by segarini

As hard as it may seem today to fathom, there was a time, in the not too distant analog past, when starting up a record company required more – much more – than just a domain name and the nearest GarageBand™ software.

Yes, there was a time when starting up a record company required actual brick and mortar (or at least some office space), telephones, pens, pencils, typewriters and reams of 20 lb stationery (plus desks to put them all on and, ideally, a staff of people to use them) …not to mention, in the case of at least one of the two record companies mentioned below, a full Cordon Bleu kitchen staff equipped with a £600-a-month-at-least liquor allowance.

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