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Interesting rock facts

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by kevoz, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Pants

    Pants Tele-Meister

    Jan 12, 2011
    There's a Pete interview floating around where he explains it was actually Daltrey who did the brunt of the damage, not Moon... apparently he was right in front of a PA speaker when Daltrey let out a particularly blood curdling shriek ... yikes...

  2. bendingtens

    bendingtens Tele-Holic

    Jan 30, 2007
    Los Angeles
    For 4 years I had the distinct pleasure of working with Paul Shaffer on his radio show, "Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock." Here are some of the stories Paul did:

    After being hassled by the IRS to pay back taxes, Blood Sweat and Tears guitarist Mike Bloomfield scored some quick cash by scoring two porn films— “Hot ****s” and “Rampaging Dental Assistants”, which is also known as “Gums of Novocaine.”

    1/8/1974, John Lennon goes to LAʼs Troubadour club to catch a set by soul singer Ann Peebles. Before entering, John sticks a Kotex sanitary pad to his forehead. When a waitress gives him a dirty look, John says, “Do you know who I am?” The waitress responds, “Yes, youʼre some A-hole with a Kotex on your head.”

    December 31st, 1965. Three months after forming, the Doors play one of their first shows at a friendʼs house. Jim Morrison is so nervous he performs with his back to the crowd. When they request the song “Satisfaction”, Jim says, “Do I look like a jukebox?” Then he throws a quarter in the air, catches it in his mouth and swallows it.

    12/31/66, Jimi Hendrix spends New Yearʼs eve at Margaret Reddingʼs house in Kent, England. Margaret is bassist Noel Reddingʼs mother. Itʼs a cold night—Jimi is underdressed. He politely asks Margaret, “Will you let me stand next to your fire place?” But to get there, Jimi had to move over Rover, her German Shepherd.

    Pete Townshend wrote “Baba O’Riley” about his spiritual guru, Indian mystic Meher Baba. In his early years, Baba used to beat his head against a stone to “maintain contact with the physical world.” So you can see the appeal,

    July 18th, 1981. Motley Crue’s manager starts fining the band to “make them more professional.” He charges them 10 dollars if they’re late, 20 dollars if they’re drunk, and a week’s salary if they commit any violent acts. Days later, Nikki Sixx hits a man with a bottle, Vince Neil passes out drunk under a car, and Tommy Lee leaves a woman handcuffed to his bed.

    Art Garfunkel has been friends with Jack Nicholson since they appeared in a movie together in ’71. In fact, Nicholson always had a guest room at his house available for Art called “The Garfunkel Suite.” But now, Jack uses the room to hold his art collection, so there is no room for the real Art.

    10/11/1969. Grand Funk Railroad releases their debut album, “On Time.” Critics hate it, and it doesnʼt get airplay. But Grand Funk develop a huge concert following. In fact, Grand Funkʼs manager gave the one piece of advice for concerts: “Play like your a-hole is on fire.” By the way, thatʼs the same advice Laurence Welk gave to his accordion player.

    July 15th, 1989. Pink Floyd perform a free show on a floating barge in the ancient city of Venice. During the show, fans pass out in St. Marks Square, urinate on Renaissance-era statues, and leave behind over 300 tons of trash....which had to be picked up by the Italian army. The event was such a mess that the entire Venice city council resigned in embarrassment.

    July 7th, 2006. Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett passes away. You know, Sid spent most of his adult life living at home with his mother. Another one-time resident of the same exact house: Junichiro Koizumi, who later became the Prime Minister of Japan.

    Glen Frey has a long-running feud with Neil Young. After Glen appeared in a Pepsi commercial, Neil called Glen a “sell out.” Glen responded, saying, “What’s worse, taking a million dollars from Pepsi, or releasing 17 albums that sound like demos and taking the public’s money?”

    October 9th, 1997. Keith Richards attacks Elton John in the magazine “Entertainment Weekly.” ʻCourse Elton is number one with “Candle In the Wind ʼ97”, a tribute to Princess Diana. Keith says that Eltonʼs only talent is “writing songs for dead blondes.”

    And a few more miscellaneous facts:

    Former Kiss Guitarist Vinnie Vincent was a staff songwriter for the TV show "Joanie Loves Chachi."

    Don McClean bought a tombstone for a mummified one-legged hobo.

    Springsteen declined an invitation to Live Aid because he didn't think it was going to be a big deal.

    Jim Morrison's college roommate was later the judge in the Terri Schiavo case.

    The broken glass sounds in "Breaking the Law" were things from Ringo Starr's fridge.

    Joe Cocker came up with the idea to do "With a Little Help from My Friends" as a waltz while sitting on his parent's toilet.

    Greg Lake wrote ELP's "Lucky Man" when he was 12.

    Stevie Nicks nearly quit Fleetwood Mac when she learned that “Tusk” was Mick Fleetwoodʼs slang for male genitalia.

    The heroin that killed Janis Joplin was extra strong. Over that weekend, 8 people died from the same batch.


    I could post a million of these things. But check out Paul's show - it's syndicated around the country, and is a free podcast here:

    Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock

  3. dwlb

    dwlb Tele-Holic

    Aug 18, 2010
    Walsh also gave Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon his first '60 Les Paul, which got him into the thinner necks of the post-50s models. He'd previously been playing '58s.

  4. dwlb

    dwlb Tele-Holic

    Aug 18, 2010
    He also did music for commercials during the 1990s. I remember getting tapes from his Mutato Music studio with music for 7-Eleven commercials. Mothersbaugh generally hand-drew a bunch of cartoons in magic marker all over the tape boxes.

  5. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 12, 2003
    Glamorous NoHo
    I believe Elton responded by calling Keith an "arthritic monkey."

  6. Drubbing

    Drubbing Friend of Leo's

    Spinal Tap was not a documentary.

    Tony iommi plays the lightest strings he can find. Before options were available, he was known to use banjo strings.

    I own the same model of headphones that Waters and Co used when recording DSOTM. I inherited mine from my dad, but they're still available today.

  7. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Jan 23, 2007
    Chuck Berry

  8. Thorby Bislam

    Thorby Bislam Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2011
    North Yorkshire
    Somebody mentioned Eden Kane, real name: Richard Sarstedt. He was one of three anglo-indian brothers (the sub-continental India) who had hit records in UK. Richard with, Well, I ask You, Peter with, Where Do You Go To My Lovely? and Robin with, My Resistance Is Low.

  9. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2004
    Mick Jagger thought highly of Margaret Thatcher

    Dusty Hill of ZZ Top was shot by a gf in the 70's

    Los Lobos claims that Paul Simon totally ripped off their song uncredited when they
    guested on "Graceland"

    Prince is so short you can fit him in a pedal board and still have room for his wardrobe :)

    Although Murry Wilson was particularly abusive to Brian, he still bought Brian a piano AND an organ for Brian's basement
    musical analysis and composing.

    Rumor is Dire Straits early on had MK playing on 8's

    Frustrated and off the musical radar in the mid-late 70's John Fogerty built a cabin himself in the wild woods.

    In the late 70's Bob Dylan had a home built in Malibu that took yrs to complete, as more areas were added
    here and there giving it a cluttered cobbled 2gether look

    In a tour of the US in the 60s one night in Dallas Jeff Beck became so angry at the overheating of his
    Vox AC 30 that he threw it out of the club's window, but it dangled from the electrical chord!!

    The Last Waltz is messaged, highly edited and overdubbed in the actual performances.
    Very artistic as a movie but far from keeping it 'real'

    Neil Diamond had a fencing scholarship to NYU!


  10. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Apr 16, 2007
    North Bushey, England.
    That was me, but I didn't mention Robin (real name Clive) as the post was more about dear old Rusty Springboard.

  11. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2004
    Edie Brickell's (Ms PAUL SIMON TO YOU!) dad was a professional bowler

    REM did a wonderful job using lyrics we all wondered, 'what the hey?' like in "Stand,"
    "It's the End of the World As We Know It" and "Man On the Moon" etc. Many artists have done that (Beatles!) but REM.. made it an art!

    Larry Knechtel did the iconic piano part on S&G's "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

    Steve Wonder was a very early user of Mr. Kurzwell's keyboards, and was a continual soundboard for its improvements and expansions.
    SW also had his Hohner Clavinette modded to give it that FUNKY tone heard in "Superstition" (sorry Jeff Beck!)

    The jaw harp sound in the Band's "Cripple Creek" is Garth Hudson using the Clavinette to a great
    funky effect!


  12. StuR

    StuR Banned

    Jun 19, 2013
    NW England, UK
    Eddie Floyd is the whistler on Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay.

  13. fuzzbender

    fuzzbender Former Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    'The "harpsichord" in the Beatles' In My Life is actually a speeded-up piano. Lennon and McCartney asked George Martin if he could provide a baroque middle-eight, but the producer found that he couldn't play the piano piece to the required tempo. Speeding the tape up solved the problem, and resulted in the harpsichordy tone.'

  14. rockabilly96

    rockabilly96 Tele-Meister

    Jun 11, 2012
    You Know My Name was the B side of Let it Be. What a great single...

  15. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 12, 2003
    Glamorous NoHo
    Don't know if it was the same guy, but Motley Crue and Bon Jovi manager Doc McGhee is a convicted drug smuggler.

  16. mickeydean

    mickeydean Friend of Leo's

    May 29, 2008
    I have learned so much from this thread! Like the importance of being absolutely right about absolutely everything even though if it's on the Internet it must be true!

  17. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2004
    Ed Sanders of the Fugs wrote a 'street' perspective in the 70's of the Manson killings, with
    much more relevant/new info than Bugliosi's definitive account.

    To this day it still creeps me out.


  18. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Connie Francis' version of Louie Louie was banned in 73 countries because it was too salacious.

  19. jetlennon

    jetlennon Tele-Meister

    Oct 22, 2012
    The verve doesn't recieve any money from bittersweet symphony (their greatest hit) because they were sued by allen klein. Because it has a sample of the stones the last time. The stones were ok with it but not mr klein...

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