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Needless Music

I never liked Cher. Not even remotely. I don’t find her vibrato pleasing, and her strange accent (She sings words like “morning” as “mawnin’ “) seems like a needless affect. Her best records were the ones she made in the early 70’s on Kapp with Snuff Garrett at the board. After that she just went crazy. I never found her sexy either. Her emaciated frame decked out in the latest garish Bob Mackie abortion. She didn’t understand the compelling possibilities of leaving something, ANYTHING to the imagination.

Here she is being produced with Phil Spector:

Here she is singing “Mr Soul”, produced by Jimmy Webb.

How fucked up did Greg Allman have to be in the 70’s to think that Cher as a wife was a good idea? This fucked up:

I always thought that the fact that she allowed their duet to be billed as “Allman and Woman” spoke to her willingness to do anything at all to stay relevant, even at the cost of her integrity.  To glom onto any trend or personality or style, no matter how vacant and tired. Occasionally she struck gold. But anyone who’s been chasing trends as long as she has will catch up to one now and again.

Anyhow, here’s some more shit. No one reads these so it doesn’t matter. I think they’re funny.

 

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Maybe 999 dances.

Written by the same guy who wrote one of my favorite R&B tunes.

The Beatles, as you know, performed some ferocious covers of obscure R&B tunes when they were earning their stripes in some of the shittiest bars/clubs in the world. One of their contemporaries didn’t fare too badly with the same strategy:

Damn. Mike Smith was a singer.

I love love love this blog, “Rockaeology“. The guy goes deep, and it’s always fascinating. Check it out.

As women everywhere are having their reproductive rights threatened by a powerful, well-financed minority, it reminds me of what John Lennon said all those years ago. “Woman IS the nigger of the world.”  The same erosion of rights affected freed slaves, and immigrants throughout history in this, the land of the free. It took guts to put a song like that on an ex-Beatle record, but no one ever said he didn’t have guts. Wait, did I?

This SAME backing band, Elephant’s Memory, included a female vocalist on their first record, and had a song featured in one of my favorite films, Midnight Cowboy.

So check out that blog. There’s a quote on it from one of the guys who wrote “867-5309 (Jenny)” that has recently become rather prescient in my own life:

“There was always a dagger in someone’s hand, and it was usually a friend’s hand…Sometimes, it’s your best buddy”…

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