Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monster Bonzo

MOG Post: 10/31/2007
Artist: Bonzo Dog Band
Album: Cornology
Track: Monster Mash (studio)

If you are a Beatle fan then chances are you know of a place called Rutland. If you know those connections (ie Monty Python), then you know The Rutles. It follows then you know of Neil Innes. Where there is Neil there is The Bonzo Dog Band (aka ”..Doo-Dah Band”, ”..Dada Band”, and “The Bonzos”). Formed precisely on September 25th, 1962, they were perhaps best known for being the regular band on the children’s television program, Do Not Adjust Your Set. Satire, parody, zaniness, weird, inventive, or musical; whatever you want to call it, it’s great creative fun.


Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaws. Slide and creep.
But why? What for? How? Who? When! Where did it all begin?
“You don’t know, do you?” asks Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out of the pile of leaves under the Halloween Tree. “You don’t really know!”

—Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

Monday, October 22, 2007

Downy gwlanen covers of kintyre..

MOG Post: 10/22/2007
Artist: Wings
Album: Wild Life
Track: Love Is Strange
1971 Apple Records

--- (Macca 1)

Paul McCartney will always hold a special place with me. Like the rest of the Fabs and their respective post-Fab careers, I’ve “loved them all.” I’ve learned much vicariously through the 4 guys as well. They were good musicians because of solid foundations in listening. Point: listen to what they listen to – perhaps then gain some insight into the stories behind Penny Lane and Abbey Road (or George’s All Things Must Pass or Ringo’s Rotogravure). Early Paul is really good stuff – McCartney and Ram are great albums. With songs like “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” – it’s hard to deny his immortality beyond “Yesterday” and “Let It Be” – his repertoire of iconic love songs is vast. There was a little album that came out right after those two which went unnoticed really. 1971 featured the inception of Paul’s new group, Wings. Outside of Paul, wife Linda, and (former Moody Blues) guitarist Denny Laine, the group would see many changes of members over the 1970s. This first album wasn’t received so well at the time, perhaps because it was recorded practically live and first take (and folks were still jaded from the fresh Fab split). I think it’s a very fun album. I’d spun this particular track many times over before knowing that it was actually a cover of the 1956 hit by Micky & Sylvia. I’m still partial to the Wings version…but I sure like the original now that I’ve found it – thanks to Wings. Without further ‘ado then, here’s Macca, Linda, Denny Laine, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The name “Wings” came from the angels surrounding Stella -Paul’s second child with Linda.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Imagine Peace

MOG Post: 10/9/2007
Artist: John Lennon
Album: Imagine/Give Peace A Chance
Track: Give Peace A Chance

It is always a fine day for PEACE ! Be a part of the happening today and send your positive vibes and prayers. BE the change!
Thank you, Yoko, for your continued vigilance for peace and for all of the love you share with us around the world. :-) Namaste!

If one billion people in the world think peace, we’ll get peace.
You may think: “Well, how are we going to get one billion people in the world to think PEACE ?”
Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.
Power works in mysterious ways.
You don’t have to do much.
Visualise the domino effect and just start thinking PEACE .
Thoughts are infectious.
Send it out.
The message will circulate faster than you think.
It’s time for action.
The action is PEACE .
Spread the WORD .
Spread PEACE .
Remember: A dream we dream together is reality.
So stand up, speak out, and come together.
Imagine all the people living life in peace.