Daily Archives: September 3, 2009

Thursday Night Music Byte

Tonight we leave Boston and venture across the pond to merry old England. We will remain however in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The obscure band is Rockpile.

Rockpile were a British rock and roll group noted for their strong rockabilly and power pop influences, and as a foundational influence on new wave. The band consisted of Dave Edmunds (vocals, guitar), Nick Lowe (vocals, bass guitar), Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar) and Terry Williams (drums).

Rockpile recorded four albums, though only one (Seconds of Pleasure) was released under the Rockpile banner. Two other albums (Tracks on Wax 4 and Repeat When Necessary) were released as Dave Edmunds solo albums, and one more (Labour of Lust) was released as a Nick Lowe solo album. Scattered Rockpile tracks can also be found on a few other Lowe and Edmunds solo albums. Additionally, Rockpile served as backing group on tracks recorded by Mickey Jupp in 1978 and Carlene Carter in 1980.

The band was more of a touring group than anything else. The reason for this was that the two major members, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe were signed to competing record labels. They toured as a band without records from 1976 through 1980. In that year however, Edmunds record label contract expired and the band could now legally release their own album, the aforementioned Seconds Of Pleasure. Unfortunately, the two began to bicker and the band dissolved in 1981.

The first video clip is Rockpile playing “If Sugar Was As Sweet As You” on American bandstand.

In this second clip, just watch Dave Edmunds burn up the guitar while playing “Sabre Dance.”

Finally, watch Nick Lowe take over the vocals while sporting a too cool “Riddler” jacket on “And So It Goes.”

Palin Will Be Sleepless In Rhode Island

Sarah Palin arrives in Rhode Island

Sarah Palin arrives in Rhode Island

Let’s see, first it was allegedly the Hamptons in Long Island, New York. Then it was some sort of ranch-like spread in Montana. Now it is rumored that Sarah Palin may be moving to Rhode Island. If such is true, there is a sort of symmetry in moving from the largest state to the smallest state.

The Christian Science Monitor reported last week that she would fund the move with approximately $7 million from her book deal and a contract with Fox (see full story here). Maybe she is sort of taking Newt Gingrich’s advise to set up an East Coast abode. But Rhode Island? We know that “Caribou Barbie” does not have much of an education, but does she realize just how Blue a state Rhode Island is? Someone should tell her that Rhode Island has voted for the Democratic Party nominee for President in all but four elections since 1928. Furthermore, in the 2008 election, in which she was a candidate, Rhode Island offered 63% of its votes to Barack Obama/Joe Biden and only 35% to McCain/Palin. If, in fact, she is aware of those statistics, then she is a lot more “mavericky” than we initially believed.

Today’s song parody speaks to a potential Palin move to the Ocean State. In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along.

The Last Resort song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9MBMm7WcOU


(sung to the Eagles song “The Last Resort”)

She’ll move near Providence
The one in Rhode Island
She’ll go there to make her name
And set up her lair
She’ll pack her clothes and creams
Like a refugee
She’ll be a lonely old divorcee

It is an East Coast place, people are stylin’
It sure ain’t a Red gal’s state,
It’s Blue Democrat land
Easterners will gawk and stare
At her double-wide
They just won’t understand
Clothes made from wolf hide

Down in the crowded bars,
They don’t drink moonshine
Buildings both big and tall
Taller than her hair
Palin will pay a price
They’ll bleed her dry
They’ll separate her from her dough
SarahPAC will die

It’s not like Wasilla town
She’ll be a peasant
Without all of her high school crew,
Poor “Caribou”
They’ll take her guns away
And her gunpowder
It’s not the East Coast way
This state is colored Blue

Parenthood here is always planned
That’s how they taught ‘em
Sex education, condom boxes, and Jesus,
People bought ‘em
And we call it paradise
The place to be
We like it just this way, without Sarah P.

Maybe she will change her mind
And stay in Alaska
Doing what those dead fishes do, just “goin’ with the flow”
She can build a neon sign, “Jesus is coming”
Drop her final curtain down
On her beehived mane

It’s all gone bad since she resigned
G.O.P. left her behind
Sarah has no one left to scare
All of her mistakes laid bare

She’ll satisfy her endless needs, and
Justify her bloody deeds
In the name of destiny and in the name
Of God

And you will see Sarah there,
On Sunday morning
She’ll stand up and sing aloud
But Todd won’t be there
You’ll see it in her eyes
They’ll start to cry
She will finally realize
Her life’s gone by