1) Foolin’ by Def Lepard
2) My Generation by The Who
3) Changes by David Bowie
4) Jive Talkin’ by The Bee Gees
5) My Sharona by The Knack
6) Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx
7) Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
8) Benny and the Jets by Elton John
9) Sussido by Phil Collins
10) Lola by The Kinks
11) You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
(FYI-I didn’t create this list on my own) Check this out:
"Of these songs, Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet is unique in more than one way. First, it ranks as the first song with stuttering vocals to reach the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching that plateau in early November 1974. However, few realize the interesting story behind the song. The Canadian group was led by Randy Bachman, and featured his brothers Robbie and Tim, as well as Fred Turner. The band’s first manager was another Bachman brother, Gary."
"The song was never intended to be released with stuttering vocals. Randy sang the stuttering vocals to poke fun at his brother Gary, who had recently stepped down as the band’s manager. It was done with the intention that it would be given to Gary and no one else. Randy Bachman once said of the situation, “He stuttered. We thought, just for fun…. We’d take this song and I’d stutter and we’d send it to him. He’ll have the only copy in the world of this song by BTO.”
"However, their record company, Mercury Records, felt that their soon-to-be released album Not Fragile lacked a potential hit song and asked if the band had any leftover songs. Randy told the record executives, “We have this one song, but it’s a joke. I’m laughing at the end. I sang it on the first take. It’s sharp, it’s flat, I’m stuttering to do this thing for my brother.” He agreed to include the song on the album only if he could re-record the vocals. The record company hated the second version with the non-stuttering vocals and insisted that the stuttering version be released, much to the chagrin of Randy. It became the band’s only chart-topper."
"You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet ranks as not only the first song with stuttering vocals to hit number one, but also the first with stuttering vocals to actually be written about a real person who stutters."
This is exactly how I hear many of the black gospel drummers of today. Just a little too much at times…but EXCITING!!! LOL.
The funny thing is, I recently have been playing church gigs. Not black gospel but worship music. It is basically rock music with a spiritual message. I actually dig it because it is more of where I came from musically - groove, pocket, rock, etc. I just can’t wrap my head around the constant 16th notes I hear from these young guys nowadays. To me, it really sounds just as obnoxious as this guy.
1998 - playing with my rock/metal band EvilTwins opening up for Creed.
In the year of the surprise album (Beyonce, U2) comes the nicest one of all: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, will drop her first new album in many years on September 30th courtesy of Clive Davis. Seems impossible but even as we speak Aretha has finished her vocals, Babyface and a few others are working with Clive to finish the mixes, the album art is done and pr whiz Theola Borden at RCA-Arista is revving up the media.
Aretha make a historic appearance on David Letterman on September 29th to announce the album. And she will sing the lead single, which will blow your minds. I heard it today. Aretha has recorded her own spectacular version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Yes, that “Rolling in the Deep.” And with all respect to Adele, which Aretha gives, this version of the song is jaw dropping. It swings and rocks.
Adele, mind you, is learning about this right here. None of the writers or singers whom Aretha has covered got advance word.
They will know it when Aretha hits the Today show October 3rd. In between, on October 1st, she and Clive appear in a Q&A at the 92nd St. Y that is going to be jammed with media. It’s already sold out.
The album is called, tentatively, “Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas.” It’s a tribute to ten different women, with Aretha re-interpreting their songs. Babyface and Andre 3000 are among the producers. Clive is executive producers. They all came up with the songs together.
The tracks are completely brilliant, and a breath of fresh freaking air. If you thought Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, and Barbra Streisand were going to be Grammy favorites, add Aretha to that mix, and stand back.
Right now, Clive and the team are speeding toward a 9/30 release to make the Grammy deadline. If nothing else, it will go digital that day. Physical CDs will follow immediately.
So many things to say here: the long fruitful collaboration between Aretha and Clive is summed up in this stunning collection. Plus, the Queen of Soul has never sounded better. Her unique and imaginative phrasing breathes new life into songs she always wanted to record, and has sometimes sung in concert. Davis’s passion for the music, and for Aretha’s career, is not only unabated, it’s more fervent than ever.
The song choices, curated by Clive, Aretha and Babyface, include “Teach Me Tonight,” which Phoebe Snow re-popularized in the 70s, Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Alicia Keys’s “No One,” Barbra Streisand’s classic “People,” Whitney Houston’s (and Chaka Khan’s) “I’m Every Woman, as well as a cover of a Supremes hit, Etta James’s “At Last,” Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” and Sinead O’Connor’s “No One Compares 2 U.”
The songs have been recharted and rearranged, re-orchestrated in some really cool ways. This isn’t just a “covers album.” It’s our premiere singer recording songs she’s loved and hasn’t had a chance to do. It’s important for that and so many reasons. Plus, we get to hear a lot of Aretha playing the piano, which is always a treat.
I am floored. I was invited up to Sony today by Clive, who said: “I want to play you some of Aretha Franklin’s new tracks.” I thought they were for an album in the future, like February. He’s 82, and is playing the music so loud you can hear it down 35 floors and across the street at the Hickey Freeman store. He’s also playing Jennifer Hudson’s new album, and showing me videos for the Whitney Houston live DVD coming November 11th. I’m asking to turn the volume down! This is what the music biz used to be like. You say Amazing, but you have no idea.
My bet: radio will be blaring the new “Rolling in the Deep” the minute it breaks as if it were a new song. Very, very clever.
For U2 and Apple, a Shrewd Marketing Partnership
From left, Timothy D. Cook, the Apple C.E.O., with the Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 on Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. Credit Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press
U2 may be giving a new album away, but it is still getting paid.
As part of what Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, called “the largest album release of all time,” the company released U2’s new “Songs of Innocence” free through iTunes on Tuesday, just after the band performed a new song, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” at the close of Apple’s product announcement event in Cupertino, Calif.
For what Apple said were up to 500 million customers in 119 countries, “Songs of Innocence” simply appeared in their iTunes accounts on Tuesday afternoon. But the deal that led to that release was carefully negotiated between U2 and some of the most powerful entities in music, including Apple; Universal, the band’s label; and Guy Oseary, U2’s new manager. Mr. Oseary works in the management division of Live Nation Entertainment, the global concert conglomerate.
To release U2’s album free, Apple paid the band and Universal an unspecified fee as a blanket royalty and committed to a marketing campaign for the band worth up to $100 million, according to several people briefed on the deal. That marketing will include a global television campaign, the first piece of which was a commercial that was shown during the event.
Bono, U2’s lead singer, alluded to the deal himself at Apple’s event. After the band performed, he and Mr. Cook playfully negotiated over how the album could be released through iTunes “in five seconds.” Mr. Cook said it could if the album was given away free.
“But first you would have to pay for it,” Bono said, “because we’re not going in for the free music around here.”
Mr. Oseary, who took over management of the band less than a year ago, stressed in a phone interview after the event that the music still had value even though it was being given away.
“This is a gift from Apple to their customers,” Mr. Oseary said. “They bought it and they are giving it away.”
Apple and U2 have had a close association going back at least a decade, when Apple introduced a U2-themed iPod, and the promotion on Tuesday seemed to bring benefits to both parties. Although U2’s album deal seemed to have little to do with the new iPhone and smartwatch that Apple introduced, its appearance closed the event with celebrity power and also underscored Apple’s continuing importance to the music industry.
And for U2 and its label, the deal satisfies what has become a requirement for any major album release in an era of diminished sales: a big, attention-grabbing media event to advertise the album and create online conversations. Through the deal, U2 is also effectively advertising its back catalog, an increasingly important piece of U2’s business. The band’s last release, “No Line on the Horizon,” from 2009, sold just 1.1 million copies.
“Songs of Innocence” will remain free through iTunes until Oct. 14, when Universal will begin selling the album at stores and begin to make it available through streaming services like Spotify.
The Holy Trinity of black bands in the 70’s: Earth Wind And Fire, The Ohio Players and P-Funk. Three totally original bands that just about EVERY band wanted to emulate in one way or another. The all ruled the 70’s. I miss human beings playing together to entertain one another in music made by black folk. There are few, if any bands left. Sad….but hey, I’m good. The best music in every genre has already been created. I have plenty of music yet to hear from all genres. For now, I’m going back to junior high. Check this out: