Sound Your Funky (Pedophile) Horn, ostensibly at the playground…

“Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles is one of those tunes that puts me right back where I was when I first heard it all those years ago. I really like it.

When you hear “Rock and Roll pt 2” at a sporting event, does your mind immediately take you to the image of Gary Glitter doing this?

Or this? (from Wikipedia)

In November 1997 Glitter was arrested after pornographic images of children were discovered on the hard drive of a Toshiba laptop that he had taken to the Bristol Cribbs Causeway branch of PC World for repair. As a result, he was castigated in both US and UK media over the allegations. Additionally, his appearance in the Spice Girls‘ film Spiceworld The Movie was cut. Nevertheless, a truncated edit of the scene, featuring a version of Glitter’s “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)”, was still included in the film. In the months before his conviction, he thanked audiences for their support at his last show before his trial.

In 1999, Glitter returned to the public eye when he was sentenced to four months imprisonment and listed as a sex offender in the UK following conviction for downloading thousands of items of child pornography.[7]

He was also charged with having sex with an underage girl, Alison Brown, around twenty years earlier, when she was 14 years old. Glitter was acquitted of this charge after it emerged that Brown had sold her story to the News of the World and stood to earn more money from the newspaper on Glitter’s conviction.

Following a rejection by the British public and facing scrutiny from the press following his arrest and conviction, Gary Glitter fled on his yacht to Spain. Upon being discovered there, he set sail again, ultimately travelling to Gibraltar, Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, and Thailand, before settling in Cambodia.

Much less publicized, but equally creepy and even more sad is what happened to me this morning.

See, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Bee Gees, specifically their mid-70’s stuff. Like this, one of my favorite songs of all-time (and videos):

I would totally give Barry Gibb some man loving.

So I’m looking for this song on Pandora, and start a Bee Gees station. It tries to shoehorn some England Dan and John Ford Coley in there, some Commodores, and then a little KC and the Sunshine Band. I like KC, and got to thinking about why, exactly, the two fathers of the band split in the 80’s. It seems to me that they could have kept the hits going for years and years, and Richard Finch was not only a fantastic producer, but one of the best bass players in the funk/pop world. Listen to those records closely, and you’ll hear what I mean.

See, Finch, in the chorus, starts the bass line with the tonic, quickly followed by the major 7th, but the song clearly implies a pentatonic blues scale. Why does he do this? Because the horns on beat 2 assert the tonic so powerfully that he lets them do so without the bass making the groove redundant. The space left by the bass (very loud in the mix) makes the groove all the more potent. Very fucking bold, I say.

So none of the Wikipedia articles mention the reason for the break between Finch and Caset (Harry Casey, or KC–get it?)  The band’s wiki says dryly: “In 1981, the partnership between Finch and Casey came to an acrimonious end.”

Casey’s doesn’t mention the split at all. So I went to Finch’s.

Along with Harry Wayne Casey, he co-wrote 6 #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, but in a 1983 legal agreement, he lost his royalties to the songs he wrote with Casey and receives no money from them.

Then this:

On March 23, 2010, Finch was arrested in Newark, Ohio (Licking County), accused of having sexual contact with a 17 year old male. Police stated that during an interview he admitted to having sexual contact with that teen, and other teens aged 13 to 17. According to Ohio Law, ‘inappropriate sexual contact’ can include any form of touching, to include hugging if the person finds the gesture offensive.

On March 26, Finch’s website was updated stating Michael Connick and Thomas Connick had been retained as Finch’s defense attorneys.

At the bond hearing on April 6, Finch entered a plea of “Not Guilty” on all charges. On August 31st, a trial date was set for October 5th, 2010. Finch has since negotiated a plea deal.

Here’s a link to Finch’s website. I’m all creeped out by the Christian music. it sounds like a song a pastor would sing while fingering some kid’s bummy.

How to feel better? No other way. Here’s a song Casey and Finch produced and played on for the great and underrated Jimmy Bo Horne. Or two. TRY not to move.

Finally, a song lifted from the above. Still, not bad.

Pretty girls.


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