Daily Archives: June 1, 2010

Tuesday Night Music Byte

The J. Geils Band circa 1972

As anybody who reads this blog already knows, one of my favorite bands is the J. Geils Band. Some of you newcomers however, might not know too much about these guys. So, here we go…

The J. Geils Band (pronounced “Guiles”) is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts . The band played R&B-influenced blues-rock in the 1970s before moving towards a more pop-influenced sound in the 1980s. Since their initial break-up in 1983, the band has reunited several times.

The band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s, with singer and guitarist John Geils, bassistMagic Dick). Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harmonica player Richard Salwitz (stage name

The band formed under the name ‘Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels’, while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967, the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. They became the J. Geils Blues Band, later dropping the word, “Blues” from the band name. The following year, former fan Seth Justman joined as an organist. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970.

Although living in Boston, the band had always considered Detroit their second home because of their enormous popularity there. Two of their three live albums were recorded in Detroit at various venues. The third live album was recorded in Detroit and Boston.

The J. Geils Band first received FM radio airplay with the live single “First I Look at the Purse”, then had several hit singles in the 1970s, the most successful of which were a cover version of The Showstoppers’ “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty” (1973) and “Musta Got Lost” (1974). Later in the 1970s, the band signed with EMI America Records.

On August 17, 1971, at a show in the Boston Common, The Allman Brothers Band named The J. Geils Band as their favorite local band. Both bands later played the last show at the Fillmore East, before it closed. After their initial commercial successes the group seemed destined to be nothing more than a party band, until the release of Monkey Island (1977), followed by Sanctuary (1978).

In 2004, Geils produced the album Nail It! for Massachusetts-based blues/rock group The Installers (Francesca Records #1011). He has also been known to appear on stage with The Installers occasionally.

On May 22, 2006, the six original members had a surprise reunion, at bassist Danny Klein’s 60th birthday party at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Magic Dick recently contributed his harmonica playing and some vocals as part of a live recording called Command Performance by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and others. Since 2007, he has toured as part of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue on different Blues Cruises, and again on land-based shows. Peter Wolf toured with Kid Rock during the first half of 2008, and is finishing up on a new solo cd.

On February 19, 2009, the band reunited once again to perform the opening concert at the new House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Lansdowne St. in Boston, (formerly the location of The Avalon, The Axis, The Embassy, and The Modern) with longtime associate Marty Richards filling in for original drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. Subsequently they played two shows on April 24 and 25 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater (formerly State Theater). They also did a a second show on Landsdowne St. April 28. No tour is planned, however the J. Geils Band will be performing along with one of Boston’s other great bands, Aerosmith this August at historic Fenway Park.

Please enjoy this video clip from 1981 featuring the J. Geils Band performing “Land Of A Thousand Dances“.

Scott Brown Triggers Tea-Bagger Tirade

Scott Brown discusses his Financial Reform vote in his office.

Scott Brown, America’s newest and nudist Republican Senator is under fire. Not from his critics, but from his former supporters. As we predicted here on the Blast-Off a week ago, it did not take long for Brown to feel the backlash from his most recent vote. That vote, you might recall, took place a week ago  when Brown sided with Senate Democrats and cast the 60th vote to end any Republican filibuster of the Democrats’ Financial Reform bill. Now Republicans, Tea-Baggers and right wing talk shows far and wide are taking Brown to task for his lack of party loyalty.

When Brown was elected in January in a special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat left vacant from the death of Ted Kennedy, his admirers nation-wide hailed him as “the” new voice for the conservative cause. He was swept into office via a boatload of out of state Tea Party monetary support. Indeed, Tea-Baggers were touting him as the “Next One”. Brown was the poster child of the Tea Party and was being groomed as a potential 2012 Presidential candidate. But then something funny happened on the way to the King’s coronation. Scott Brown started voting with the Democrats and distancing himself from the Tea-Baggers.

Scott Brown campaigned on the promise that he would not be the “60th vote in favor of the Democrats’ Health Care Reform bill, but the 41st vote against it”. He never got the chance to cast that vote as the Senate simply elected to accept the House’s bill and thereafter, it became law. The Brown effect was consequently zero. In fact, Brown’s first Senate vote was cast in favor of a Democrat jobs bill that was vehemently opposed by the Republicans. Adding insult to injury for the Tea-Baggers, Brown next shunned a disastrous Sarah Palin Tea Party rally on Boston Common in April. He essentially signaled that he no longer wanted to be associated with the violent, racist Tea-Baggers and their de-facto queen. The final insult was his vote to move forward with debate on the Financial Reform bill.

Now the Boston Globe reports that Brown’s former supporters have repudiated him through a flurry of blog posts, editorials, and Facebook messages.

“His career as a senator of the people lasted slightly longer than the shelf life of milk,’’ said Shelby Blakely, executive director of New Patriot Journal, the media arm of the Tea Party Patriots, which includes various Tea Party groups around the country. “The general mood of the Tea Party is, ‘We put you in, and we’ll take you out in 2012.’ This is not something we will forget.’’

Americans for Limited Government wrote an online editorial called “A Lamentation of Scott Brown’’ and some of Brown’s former supporters posted blistering comments on his Facebook page. Such as, “Scott Brown is a turncoat and I am ashamed that I did so much campaigning on his behalf,’’ and (my personal favorite) “I am hereby officially un-liking you.’’

Here are some fun unedited reader comments from Saturday’s Boston Globe:

  • “The snakes true colores are showing. One term is to much, the head of the snake has to be reconize.”
  • “My, my, they bought a pig in a poke and now have buyer’s remorse! What fools. They helped sell Massachusetts an empty suit and complain that what they were selling was a fraud. Martha, the last laugh is yours!”
  • “Tea Party members – as stupid as they pretend to be.”
  • “What a fraud…What a hypocrite…He should drop the R and just become the MA version of Arlen Specter.”
  • “Brown campaigned on out of control spending/govt..yet what has he done since he got there…
  • Was 1 of a few Republicans to join all the Dems to pass:
    1) Jobs Bill #2 ( 16 Billion pork)
    2) Unemployment extension from 1 to 2 years
    3) Govt takeover of the finanical industry and more govt
    agencies with “Financial Reform”..”
  • “What a fraud…What a hypocrite…He should drop the R and just become the MA version of Arlen Specter.”
  • “The truck will be back in MA in 2012.”
  • “Teabaggers should know you can’t trust a republican.”
  • “He voted for a jobs bill and financial reform. Tea Bags don’t like this?”
  • “The state might as well have a Democrat in the seat and it will be much easier now for that to happen in 2012.”
  • “Listening to the cantankerous tea baggers sputter and fume over Brown is the best political entertainment I’ve had since Bush fell off the Segway. Keep it up!”
  • “Scott, you have lost my vote in the next election.”
  • “Thank you, reactionaries, for working so hard to elect the man who helped Democrats pass finance reform. In fact, why don’t you write Brown a nice big fat check right now, so he can help us pass even more ambitious reform!”
  • “Another joins the RINO club.”
  • “Brown must’ve been a Closet Lefty all along.”
  • “18 months removed from the worst financial crises in decades and people are upset this guy voted for financial reform? what planet am i on?”
  • “That’s not all that Brown did. He supports McCains bills to regulate vitamins and supplements more heavily and to allow the government to decide that you’re a terrorist and hold you indefinitely. He endorsed the RINO McCain in his re-election for Senate. He also supports a bill that allows the State Department to decide that you are a terrorist and strip you of your citizenship in violation of the 5th and 6th Amendments. This guy is independently anti-American.”
  • “Scott Brown…. You have failed me…..41st Senator…. HaHaHa…..Guess you are the Dems 60th after all…Too Bad.”

Turn out the lights Scott, because the Tea Party’s over for you.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody. Please enjoy!

I’M DOWN (ON SCOTT BROWN)

(sung to the Beatles song “I’m Down”)

Scott’s tellin’ lies thinking I can’t see
That nude guy is so blind he can’t see
I’m down (I’m really down)
I’m down (Down on Scott Brown)
I’m down (I’m really down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

We’ll all sing when he’s voted away
Brown’s short fling will be over in days
I’m down (I’m really down)
I’m down (Down on Scott Brown)
I’m down (I’m really down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

Once he’s dethroned, he’ll be all by himself
Scott will moan: “They wanted someone else!”
I’m down (I’m really down)
Let’s vote him down (Vote down Scott Brown)
Scott Brown (He’s goin’ down)
Watch as I laugh at that nude Scott Brown
(Watch as I laugh) When we vote him down

(Wow! Scott’s goin’ down!)

Whoo, baaby!

Oh Scott, you’re soon going down (He’s goin’ down)
I guess your down (He’s really down)
We’re down on Scott Brown (He’s goin’ down)
Scott! Brown! (He’s goin’ down)
Let’s hang him upside down
Oh yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh, yeh, he’s down (He’s really down)
Scott baby you’re down (He’s really down)
Let’s hang him upside down (Let’s watch him frown)
Ooh, that Brown (He’s such a clown)
Scott baby you’re down, yeh
Scott baby you’re down, yeh
Scottie, you’re down (You’re really down)
Scott baby you’re down (You’re goin’ down)
Oh, Scottie, Scottie, Scottie! (You’re goin’ down)
Oh, Scottie you’re down (You’re goin’ down)
You’re down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down,  yeh, whoa!!!

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