Daily Archives: August 30, 2009

Sunday Night Music Bites

Like last night, I am going to present you with a song from a Boston bred band from that wonderful summer of 1976. The Modern Lovers actually recorded their album in 1973 but it was not released until 1976. Jonathan Richman was the lead singer/ songwriter/frontman of this pre-punk-prototype-punk band. The first song is entitled Roadrunner but it is more straight rock and roll than proto-punk. I enjoy it because of its numerous Boston lyrical references such as Route 128 and the Stop & Shop supermarket chain. In that regard, it is much like last night’s entry Rock And Roll Band by Boston.

The second song, Pablo Picasso is more indicative of the band’s musical style. As you listen, please notice how strange the sound is in comparison to the other music being played in 1973. I hope you fellow Rocketeers enjoy at least one of these songs.

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 7

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Hello, fellow Rocketeers. Here is this weeks edition of Breaking News and This Just In.

BREAKING NEWS: The G.O.P. is out there spreading false rumors about health care reform once again. Here is the latest bit of absurdity. Voter registration forms, they claim, will be used to identify members of the Republican Party and to then severely ration or outright deny medical services to them. Come on folks, the ranks of the G.O.P. are dwindling quickly enough as the result of natural causes. No further means are required at this time.

THIS JUST IN: The reich wing’s politics of hate continue to flow like (Holy?) water. Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Babtist Church in Tempe, Arizona, said the following of President Barack Obama in a recent sermon, “Nope. I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. When I go to bed tonight, that’s what I’m going to pray. And you say, ‘Are you just saying that?’ No. When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.” And they say that it is the liberals who practice politics of hate.

BREAKING NEWS: Nice gesture of the day. While traveling on the Southeast Expressway in Boston Friday evening I noticed that all of the overhead electronic signs said the following, “Thanks, Ted – From the People of Massachusetts.”

THIS JUST IN: The number of advertisers that have elected to pull all advertising from the Glenn Beck program on Fox News as the result of the host saying that President Barack Obama “is a racist” and, “has a deep seated hatred of white people” has grown. This week, approximately ten more sponsors have joined the exodus including, Applebee’s, Bank of America, Bell & Howell, Direct TV, General Mills, Kraft, Travelers Insurance and Vonage. In total, some forty-six sponsors have fled the show. It is nice to see some corporate responsibility for a change.

BREAKING NEWS: Republican congresswoman, Lynn (no relation, thank you) Jenkins of Kansas, this week told a gathering in her district that the G.O.P. was still searching for “a great white hope” to stop President Barack Obama’s political agenda. You heard correctly, “great white hope.” More racism from the right.

THIS JUST IN: Nice gesture of the day, Part 2. While at the Red Sox game tonight, it was nice to see the sleeve patch worn by all Toronto Blue Jays players which said, “TED”.

BREAKING NEWS: This is not really news, but I am thinking of attending Sarah Palin’s first public appearance after emerging from the nervous hospital, if for no other reason than to throw a shoe at her. Anyone with me?

In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to not only familiarize yourselves with the tune, but to have more fun singing along to the song parody. This particular parody points out most, if not all, of the shortcomings of the Republican Party. Please enjoy.

We Didn’t Start The Fire song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKu2QaytmrM

WE DIDN’T START THE LYING

(sung to the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire””)

Ronald Reagan, Larry Craig, Mark Sanford, Tom Delay
Michelle Malkin, Michele Bachmann, “Goin’ with the flow”

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Howard Baker, lack of vision
Spreading Fear, Acting queer, and ole Sixpack Joe

No icebergs, H-Bomb, “Pay for play”, “Hockey Mom”
Landrieu, Hamid Karzai, and that Michael Savage guy

Ivy tower, Van Flein, Tea-bagger party scene
Party of “No”, Tim Pawlenty, Let’s watch Glenn Beck cry

These are G.O.P. liars
Shy away from learning
Keep our stomachs turning
Burning their cross of fire
We watched them light it
And they can’t deny it

Vitter’s fallin’, Ginny Foxx, Boehner and Inhofe
Mitch McConnell, small umbrella, Talking the talk

Spin Zone, Rent to own, Straight martini, Bank loan
Russian view and Pastor Haggard’s flock

Sex crimes, Grassley, John McCain is “Mavericky”
Lining pockets, health care plan, Giuliani, Limbaugh Land

Barrasso, Fake protest, Tom “The Hammer”, Chambliss
Senate race, Lack of grace, and Melvin Martinez

These are G.O.P. liars
Shy away from learning
Keep our stomachs turning
Burning their cross of fire
We watched them light it
And they can’t deny it

Loaded Glock, SarahPAC, Sam Alito, Johnny Mack
Jindal, Right to die, Tripp’s father is Levi

Pentagon, Border wall, We must deport them all
Bed-wetters, genocide, No assisted suicide


Bush’s folly, Torture, Dick Cheney, Blackwater
Hate groups, Castro, John Ensign and his ‘ho

First Dude, Hannity, Mann Coulter and O’Reilly
Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin’s “Sixpack Joes”

These are G.O.P. liars
Shy away from learning
Keep our stomachs turning
Burning their cross of fire
We watched them light it
And they can’t deny it

Kay Bailey, Muslims, K Street is full of bums
Villains, Pearlman, Iraqi Invasion

Health reform hysteria, Sarah Palin mania
Shameless G-Men, War in Afghanistan

Ron Paul, Airport sex, They don’t want no litmus test
Kneel and pray, Always “nay”, Can’t get married if you’re gay

These are G.O.P. liars
Shy away from learning
Keep our stomachs turning
Burning their cross of fire
We watched them light it
And they can’t deny it

Birth control, Lives of sin, They like folks that have white skin
Buckshot, Dow stock, Loud mouthed chicken-hawks
Takin’ Bacon, Palestine, Palin is no friend of mine
Now they have nukes in Iran, Couldn’t stop the Taliban

Makin’ fortunes, Soldiers die, Did we mention Glenn Beck cried?
Foreign debts, Homeless vets, Exposed by three jets
We voted them out the door, Now they’re just a mouse that roars
Spider holes and unjust wars, I can’t take them anymore.

These are G.O.P. liars
Shy away from learning
Keep our stomachs turning
Burning their cross of fire
We watched them light it
And they can’t deny it
(repeat chorus to fade)

Late Night Music Bite

It is quite late (at least in Boston, anyway) and therefore this post will not indulge you fellow Rockateers with either politics or parody. We will however, get back to that in the morning. Instead, I thought I might entertain you a bit with a little music from my formative years in the mid 1970’s. The summer of 1976 was sort of the time that I began to grow-up. My friends and I had discovered all kinds of new things at the time. I must refrain from detailing most of them just in case I have to go through one of those White House vetting processes. I’m sure you can understand.

But I digress. It was during that free wheeling summer that my musical tastes matured from the Monkees and the Partridge Family to a sound that was a bit more rough and tumble. the Boston music scene was ripe with local home grown talent ranging from rock/blues bands like the J. Geils Band and Aerosmith to the pre-punk-like Modern Lovers to disco acts like Tavares and Donna Summer. Suddenly, a new band started getting some attention because of their completely different sound which was laden with electronics and synths. Their sound was unique but their name was not. The band was called simply Boston and their debut album was entitled simply Boston. They had some huge hits like More Than A Feeling and Foreplay/Long Time which seemed to be on the radio constantly.

The song that I liked best however, was entitled Rock And Roll Band. This particular tune lacked a lot of the band’s signature synthesizer sound but it told the story of how the band hit the big time after having struggled for so long. It was fun to listen to it as a Bostonian because of the local landmarks and such that are referenced therein. The whole album became sort of an audio soundtrack for my summer of 1976. Please enjoy Rock And Roll Band: