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October rambling #2: monotasking

Bob Dylan isn’t the first lyricist to win the Nobel


Christ’s Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries

John Green explains the tax plans of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the differences between Donald Trump’s plans for healthcare in the United States and Hillary Clinton’s proposals

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Otis Williams of the Temptations is 75

The group once known as the Primes did some albums with the trio formerly known as the Primettes.

David, Melvin, Paul, Otis, Eddie
David, Melvin, Paul, Otis, Eddie
There are lots of groups out there that have the name of an old-time group, but with Otis Williams in the Temptations, the link to the original group is sustained.

“Williams was born Otis Miles, Jr. in Texarkana, Texas to Otis Miles and Hazel Louise Williams… While he was still a toddler, his mother married and moved to Detroit, Michigan, leaving the younger Otis Miles to be raised by both of his grandmothers in Texarkana. Hazel Williams moved her son to Detroit when he was ten years old, where he lived with his mother and his stepfather.”

The history of The Temptations is way too complicated to go through here, but Otis was in several groups, honing his craft. The original lineup of group called The Temptations was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams (no relation). Continue reading “Otis Williams of the Temptations is 75”

Music Throwback Saturday: Monster

Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who’s the winner
We can’t pay the cost

monster-steppenwolfI was thinking of what Halloween-themed song I could come up with, but I ended up in a totally different direction, though that back album cover is sufficiently appropriate for All Hallows Eve.

Monster is the title song of Steppenwolf’s 1969 LP that eventually reached #17 on the Billboard charts. The album got mixed reviews for being so overtly political, preachy and pedantic. And it is, though I enjoyed it for that reason.

Actually, that track is listed as three songs: Monster/Suicide/America. Looking at the lyrics, it appears that not much has changed. From the bluesy Suicide section:

‘Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told

Yeah, there’s a monster on the loose
It’s got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin’

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin’ the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can’t understand
We don’t know how to mind our own business
‘Cause the whole world’s got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who’s the winner
We can’t pay the cost

Couldn’t those words have been written last year, rather than nearly a half century ago? I understand John Kay, lead singer of Steppenwolf, and co-writer with Jerry Edmonton, is out there with a new iteration of the group, STILL performing it occasionally.

There was a single version of Monster, which got to #39 in 1970. I always hated the edit. I prefer playing the album, which I still have, and hear the whole 9-minute iteration.

Move Over, the other single from the Monster album, got to #31 in 1969.

Listen to:

Monster/Suicide/America HERE or HERE

Monster/Suicide/America, version from Steppenwolf Live HERE or HERE

Move Over HERE or HERE

Halloween 2016: mysterious ghosts

Statues of His Disembodied Head

Shakespeare 2016-Coin Happy Halloween!

Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter and the Great Fire of London set to be commemorated on new coins in 2016. “Shakespeare’s histories, comedies and tragedies are represented on £2 coins marking 400 years of the Bard’s literary legacy.”

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