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Off-Topic Discussion / Michael Jackson AMA nominations
« on: October 14, 2009, 08:00:21 PM »
Before I start this, let me just say I like a lot of Michael Jackson's music; Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad being favorite albums and a lot of his other solo work thereafter.  What I don't understand is his being nominated for awards by the AMA (American Music Awards).  For what, dying?  There's been no new material for years and even the greatest hits compilation being considered was released 6 years ago!  Give an artist credit where it's due but this is bull!  What's next, giving Elvis an Academy award?  Jackson will probably win but it's misplaced credit, like the super-ultra-retarded statement that the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock was the first music video!


Not sure if this should be in The Celebrity Obituary thread, so it can be moved if necessary.  

Anyway, here's the news: Senator Kennedy Is Dead At 77

Off-Topic Discussion / Paul McCartney concert at Fenway Park 8/05/09
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:54:38 AM »
Last night I saw the best rock ‘n’ roll concert ever.  Paul McCartney.  He played music from all phases of his career and didn’t disappoint.  I enjoyed hearing live versions of songs from his Flaming Pie and Memory Almost Full albums, especially Dance Tonight because whenever I play that song at home I dance with my 2 year old son Nicholas.  As much as I was enjoying the concert, for at least the first half I was a little choked up, feeling guilty at how much fun I was having without my wife Diana and Nicholas.  I so wish they could’ve been there with me to experience the joy of this great performance and music!  After years of listening to these songs on record, tape, cd, radio and watching music videos and concerts, to see and hear this music I grew up with and love come to life is an experience I will never forget.  It’s almost indescribable.  McCartney is a multi-talented musician and I came away surprised and impressed at how well he plays lead guitar!  That was a definite bonus.  I remember my mom once commenting, while watching a Wings concert on tv, how much fun McCartney has at his live performances.  Last night was no exception.  He talked to and kidded with the audience often and when he mentioned the Red Sox, Green Monster and Ted Williams’ home-run seat the crowd roared!  I’ve seen girls screaming at Elvis Presley and The Beatles in concert footage and for the first time while at a live performance, I heard the loudest scream come from a girl when Paul started singing Hey Jude.  I swear, if we were indoors I think she would’ve blown my eardrums out!  Thanks to my friend Rich for this fantastic opportunity! Below is a list of what I can remember was played last night, not in order.  
Drive My Car
Band On The Run
Dance Tonight
Flaming Pie
Calico Skies
Here Today
My Love
Hey Jude
I Saw Her Standing There
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (reprise)
The End
Paperback Writer
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Get Back
Back In The U.S.S.R.
I’m Down
A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance
Live And Let Die
Only Mama Knows
Day Tripper
The Long And Winding Road
Helter Skelter
Let Me Roll It
Got To Get You Into My Life
Let it Be
I've Got A Feeling
Mrs. Vanderbilt

Off-Topic Discussion / Michael Jackson has passed away
« on: June 25, 2009, 02:13:24 PM »

I don't know if this is a rumor or not, I just heard this and searched the web.  Here's the first link I found related to this news:  Michael Jackson  

I'm turning to my fellow members and the moderators for assistance.  I'd like to post my own Elvis albums reviews to the Elvis Presley Appreciation Thread and would like to include that information in the title.  It's proving to be difficult, as I don't want to alter the title too much without making it too long.

If anybody has any good ideas, please post them for consideration.  Once a decision has been made, I'll inform the moderators so that they can delete this topic in order to save a little space.

Thank you in advance!

Off-Topic Discussion / Coop's Dr. Winston O'Boogie Revue (John Lennon)
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:44:04 PM »


Hold On 
I Found Out 
Working Class Hero 
Well Well Well 
Look At Me 
My Mummy's Dead 

I honestly didn’t expect to review Lennon’s albums but I guess it’s the next logical step after having reviewed McCartney’s: Coop's "Macca" Reviews

I’m not including Lennon’s “experimental” albums with Yoko that took place prior to this because I don’t think they hold any kind of musical value.  I’ve perused the tracklists of those albums and the times for each title and that alone keeps me from bothering.  To be honest, I can’t see the point in having released them, never mind even recording them but that’s just me.  It must be beyond my scope of understanding.   

Ok, onward-ho.  Sadly, I came away not liking this album very much.  I’ve always enjoyed Mother and am familiar with and like Working Class Hero and God; these three are the best of the lot.  At the end of God, I get a kick out of Lennon saying he doesn’t believe in Elvis and The Beatles.  When it comes right down to it, you do have to believe in yourself but it’s always good to have support from friends and family.  That’s what makes life all the more enjoyable, especially when you have children. 

I don’t like Hold On, Love, Well Well Well and My Mummy’s Dead….’nuff said.  The first song I did like from this album that I wasn’t already familiar with is Isolation.  I can’t explain why but I just like it, think it’s cool.  The remainder I think is ok; I Found Out, Remember and Look At Me.

For me, not a good album but a handful of good songs.

Off-Topic Discussion / "Only The Good Die Young"
« on: January 18, 2009, 05:28:13 AM »
I was channel surfing New Year's Eve or Day when I came across The O'Reilly Factor.  Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller were discussing Miller's Top 10 Pinheads Of 2008 list.  What caught my attention was the following exchange:

O'REILLY: Now, do you believe — we discussed this with you a couple of weeks ago. You're a karma guy. You believe what goes around comes around, right?

MILLER: Not all the time. That's why this is so brilliant. It might come around in the next life, but no. Why does Idi Amin live to be 80 and you see only the good men die young? You know, why does a brilliant man like Michael Crichton die younger? So no, I don't think karma always works. But in this case it worked a whole boatload, and I am basting myself in it.

You know, going through the recent notifications regarding Ricardo Montalbahn, Patrick McGoohan, Eartha Kitt and Michael Crichton, I couldn't disagree more with Miller's "only the good men die young" comment.  What about Paul Newman?  John Wayne?  Jimmy Stewart?

I never believed that sentiment, that 'only the good die young'.  It's a slight to those good who do leave us after having lived a long life... even disrespectful.

Eastwood News / Eastwood on the cover of Esquire, Jan. 2009
« on: December 16, 2008, 08:18:23 AM »

Eastwood News / The Essence Of Clint Eastwood (Time magazine article)
« on: December 10, 2008, 10:34:38 AM »

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Pale Rider Trailer Mystery Solved!
« on: November 28, 2008, 06:20:57 PM »
Ok, where's the rest of this trailer?  I remember first seeing it back in 1985 and it started out like this: "In 1976 Warner Brothers brought you the last great American western, Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales.  This year Warner Brothers will be proud to bring you the next great American western...."

I was looking forward to seeing it in it's entirety upon dvd release but was sorely disappointed to find that the beginning was edited!  What in the world for?  Anyway, here's the edited version:

Pale Rider trailer

If anyone has the unedited version please post it here as I'd like to see it again.

footnote:  I bet Paramount Studios & John Wayne fans took umbrage to Warner Brothers statement, as they released The Shootist the same year.  (hmmm, maybe that's the answer) The Outlaw Josey Wales was released on June 30 and The Shootist was released August 11.
Nevertheless, both are great.

Off-Topic Discussion / HAPPY EASTER 2008!
« on: March 22, 2008, 04:46:29 AM »
A bit early, but with the help of The Schofield Kid, I wanted to post this photo of Nicholas asap.


Off-Topic Discussion / Elvis Presley smiley faces
« on: February 07, 2008, 03:04:14 PM »
I need some help here.  I'm looking for Elvis smiley faces, if they exist. 

I'm on an activities committee where I work and someone came up with an idea for colleagues to send electronic thank you messages to show their appreciation.  Of course, I came up with the idea to have "Thank  you.  Thankyouverymuch!" as the header and to top it off I'd like to include an Elvis smiley face.

Can anyone please post anything they can find here for me?  It would be greatly appreciated!   :)

Off-Topic Discussion / The "Mini-CL" Thread
« on: January 12, 2008, 03:37:30 AM »
With CL's permission, I'd like to start another baby-naming thread to help her and her husband decide on a name.   :)

CL, please feel free to ask a moderator to change the title of this thread.  Sorry I wasn't able to come up with something more creative.  :-[

Do you know if you're having a boy or a girl?  I had a tough time deciding on Nicholas, even though it was one of the first names Diana and I chose for a possible name.  I've always loved the name Angela for a girl.  :)

The Dirty Harry Films / Make My Day video clips
« on: November 21, 2007, 04:18:22 PM »

I have an idea.  How about we use this thread to post all of the copy-cat "Make My Day" quotes heard not long after Sudden Impact was released?  I don't have the capability to do this, so I'm relying on my fellow Clint Eastwood fans to assist. 

Remember, Sudden Impact was a huge hit in 1983/1984 and many in the entertainment industry were quoting the famous line.  Even President Reagan!

Below is a list that may help, even including 1 pre-Sudden Impact "Make My Day" quote! 

Gary Swanson as Detective Tom Walsh in 1982’s Vice Squad!

Selma Diamond in tv's "Night Court" (as Bailiff Selma Hacker)

Chevy Chase in "Fletch"

Danny DeVito in "Jewel Of The Nile" ("Go ahead, make my year!")

Michael Keaton in "Beetlejuice" ("Go ahead, make my millenium!")

Sly Stallone in "Cobra" ("Go ahead, I don't shop here.")

Ronald Reagan quoted Clint when referring to taxes. 

Robert DeNiro recently said it in "Showtime". 

The music video by "The Enforcers"

The duet Clint did w/T.G. Sheppard ("Make My Day");  if a music video was made for it I'm hoping someone can find and post it here.


Questions & Answers / Eastwood photos, or avatars
« on: October 20, 2007, 04:09:04 AM »
Wasn't/isn't there a thread in this forum with Eastwood photos and/or avatars?

Thankyaveramuch!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Comedian Joey Bishop dies (from
« on: October 19, 2007, 04:09:49 AM »
Comedian Joey Bishop dies

Joey Bishop was the last surviving member of the Rat Pack.    Bishop performs with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1960                         
He was the group's last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Sinatra in 1998.

Bishop died Wednesday night of multiple causes at his home in Newport Beach, publicist and longtime friend Warren Cowan said Thursday.

The Rat Pack -- originally a social group surrounding Humphrey Bogart -- became a show business sensation in the early 1960s, appearing at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in shows that combined music and comedy in a seemingly chaotic manner.

Reviewers often claimed that Bishop played a minor role, but Sinatra knew otherwise. He termed the comedian "the Hub of the Big Wheel," with Bishop coming up with some of the best one-liners and beginning many jokes with his favorite phrase, "Son of a gun!"

The quintet lived it up whenever members were free of their own commitments. They appeared together in such films as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Sergeants 3" and proudly gave honorary membership to a certain fun-loving politician from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, at whose inauguration gala Bishop served as master of ceremonies.

The Rat Pack faded after Kennedy's assassination, but the late 1990s brought a renaissance, with the group depicted in an HBO movie and portrayed by imitators in Las Vegas and elsewhere. The movie "Ocean's Eleven" was even remade in 2003 with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the lead roles.

Bishop defended his fellow performers' rowdy reputations in a 1998 interview.

"Are we remembered as being drunk and chasing broads?" he asked. "I never saw Frank, Dean, Sammy or Peter drunk during performances. That was only a gag. And do you believe these guys had to chase broads? They had to chase 'em away."

Away from the Rat Pack, Bishop starred in two TV series, both called "The Joey Bishop Show."

The first, an NBC sitcom, got off to a rocky start in 1961. Critical and audience response was generally negative, and the second season brought a change in format. The third season brought a change in network, with the show moving to ABC, but nothing seemed to help and it was canceled in 1965.

In the first series, Bishop played a TV talk show host.

Then, he really became a TV talk show host. His program was started by ABC in 1967 as a challenge to Johnny Carson's immensely popular "The Tonight Show."

Like Carson, Bishop sat behind a desk and bantered with a sidekick, TV newcomer Regis Philbin. But despite an impressive guest list and outrageous stunts, Bishop couldn't dent Carson's ratings, and "The Joey Bishop Show" was canceled after two seasons.

Philbin remembered Bishop fondly.

"It was the thrill of my life to be chosen by Joey as the announcer for his talk show on ABC back in the '60s," he said in a statement. "I learned a lot about the business of making people laugh. He was a master comedian and a great teacher and I will never forget those days or him."

After the talk show's cancellation, Bishop became a familiar guest figure in TV variety shows and as sub for vacationing talk show hosts, filling in for Carson 205 times.

He also played character roles in such movies as "The Naked and the Dead" ("I played both roles"), "Onion-head," "Johnny Cool," "Texas Across the River," "Who's Minding the Mint?" "Valley of the Dolls" and "The Delta Force."

His comedic schooling came from vaudeville, burlesque and nightclubs.

Skipping his last high school semester in Philadelphia, he formed a music and comedy act with two other boys, and they played clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They called themselves the Bishop Brothers, borrowing the name from their driver, Glenn Bishop.

Joseph Abraham Gottlieb would eventually adopt Joey Bishop as his stage name.

When his partners got drafted, Bishop went to work as a single, playing his first solo date in Cleveland at the well-named El Dumpo.

During these early years he developed his style: laid-back drollery, with surprise throwaway lines.

After 3 1/2 years in the Army, Bishop resumed his career in 1945. Within five years he was earning $1,000 a week at New York's Latin Quarter. Sinatra saw him there one night and hired him as opening act.

While most members of the Sinatra entourage treated the great man gingerly, Bishop had no inhibitions. He would tell audiences that the group's leader hadn't ignored him: "He spoke to me backstage; he told me, 'Get out of the way.' "

When Sinatra almost drowned filming a movie scene in Hawaii, Bishop wired him: "I thought you could walk on water."

Born in New York's borough of the Bronx, Bishop was the youngest of five children of two immigrants from Eastern Europe.

When he was 3 months old the family moved to South Philadelphia, where he attended public schools. He recalled being an indifferent student, once remarking, "In kindergarten, I flunked sand pile."

In 1941 Bishop married Sylvia Ruzga and, despite the rigors of a show business career, the marriage survived until her death in 1999.

Bishop, who spent his retirement years on the upscale Lido Isle in Southern California's Newport Bay, is survived by son Larry Bishop; grandchildren Scott and Kirk Bishop; and longtime companion Nora Garabotti.

Off-Topic Discussion / Elvis Presley August 16
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:45:03 AM »
Today is the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing.  Any fans that wish to weigh in here and post thoughts, comments, insight, memories, etc. please do.   :)
*Moderators, please do not move this to the Elvis Presley Appreciation Thread for a bit.  Mucho gracias!   O0

It’s almost hard to believe it’s been 3 decades since The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll “left the building” for the last time.  Below is my 30-year timeline by decade regarding Elvis Presley’s music in my life.  A lot of his recordings, much like The Beatles, are just plain fun to hear no matter how many times I play them.  They are before my time but I’m glad to be able to experience their respective legacies via session and live recordings as well as concert and movie performances.  I can’t explain why, but Elvis’ recordings spoke to me above and beyond those of any other.  They still do and probably always will.  

8/16/77:  Elvis’ death had a major impact on the media and that’s what got my attention, especially an advertisement of a greatest hits album.  All of a sudden, his voice and likeness was everywhere; radio, television, posters, magazines and books.  I was just 10 years old and barely knew who he was.  It was my first experience of an American icon’s passing.  One of my first albums was from the 1968 t.v. special, otherwise known as The Comeback Special.  He was in great form during these recordings and it remains a favorite.  I loved discovering his 1950s recordings with Sun Studios and RCA.  Like many, I consider that era to be his greatest work but don’t disregard his later output at all.  Many of his best recordings came from the 60s and 70s.  

8/16/87:  I laughed at the numerous "sightings" and rumors that Elvis was still alive.  For the most part, he was considered the punch-line of many jokes, wasn't taken seriously and not respected much as an artist.  Well, that's the impression I was getting from various sources including television and radio.  I’d stopped collecting in 1985 and would start up again shortly after hearing a local radio program called Elvis Only on WODS Boston 103.3 FM hosted by Jay Gordon; still a great, fun program to listen to.  This was my source to the latest rarities being released.  A lot of his recordings were as yet unreleased on cd and this was frustrating because that’s the only format I wanted to collect them on.

8/16/97:  I was glad to see his catalog of music being treated far better than in recent years, beginning with the 5-cd set "The King Of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters".  His greatest recordings.  Elvis as an artist was being taken seriously again and his catalog of recordings from here on in would be treated much better.  Many unreleased recordings would be made available to his fans for years to come.  Once again, in 1995, I’d stopped collecting and liquidated all of my possessions save for my car to consolidate my debt.  Later that year I treated myself to a few box-sets and slowly began collecting again.  What sealed my fate was Ernst Jorgensen’s 1997 book, “Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions”.  That was the best source of information for me and I used it as a template to create my own electronic file for recordings released thereafter not included in the book.  In 1990 I took my first of two trips to Memphis to see Graceland with a friend.  When we arrived, it was closed and I had visions of Bruce Springsteen jumping the wall and running up to the front door when he visited in 1975.  I came to my senses and decided not to do the same.  After all, what’s the sense of being potentially banned when Elvis was no longer with us anyway?!

8/16/07:   Before the turn of the century, I’d returned to Graceland with my wife Diana.  My favorite part of Graceland is the massive, impressive collection of gold & platinum awards.  I also loved visiting Sun Studios.  We took side trips to Tupelo to see Elvis’ birthplace and Nashville to see the Grand Old Opry and Nashville’s Studio B.  I was fortunate to see the Virtual Elvis concert 3 times, the first being at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1998 and twice since at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.  With the birth of my son Nicholas, I’ve decided to discontinue collecting.  I'd become a serious collector, but not an unrealistic fan placing Elvis on a pedestal far above all others.  He was a decent human being with great talent and loads of charisma.  The desire to spend any more time, money or effort on my hobby has left me and I’ve sold off all of my collection.  Maybe someday I’ll have Sirius satellite radio, which features an all Elvis station.  That will be more than enough.  Through the years, his music has provided me with countless hours of entertainment and I'll always consider Elvis the greatest rock 'n' roller and my favorite.



Lovely Linda 
That Would Be Something 
Valentine Day 
Every Night 
Hot As Sun/Glasses 
Man We Was Lonely 
Oo You 
Momma Miss America 
Teddy Boy 
Singalong Junk 
Maybe I'm Amazed 
Kreen - Akrore 

I was going to post this in either of two threads, "What you are listening to right now" or "The Beatles Song Survivor Game".  Instead, I decided to start my own.  I just started listening to McCartney's body of work and enjoyed his first album so much that I wanted to share it here.  I know there's a lot of Beatles fans here that may want to weigh in, so this could turn out to be some fun.  So share your comments and opinions, good or bad.  O0

I haven't heard his first solo album in years.    I was pleasantly surprised to hear That Would Be Something and Every Night again, instantly recognizing them from his Unplugged album.     

Lovely Linda is a nice ditty; woulda been nice to hear a longer, fuller version.  I like That Would Be Something so much that I've been humming it to myself all day!  Every Night, like That Would Be Something, is a catchy tune and I like listening to it repeatedly.    Junk reminds me a little of Winter Rose/Love Awake from Wings' Back To The Egg album.  The opening to Man We Was Lonely has a cool sound to it and even though the chorus is near-annoying it's still a good song.  I like the instrumentation more than anything on Oo You.     Teddy Boy is another nice ditty.   Upon first listening to it, I didn't much care for it save for Maybe I'm Amazed and thought the sound quality wasn't very good.  Still, it's the best track on the album.  Wow, 5 instrumentals! Valentine Day, Hot As Sun/Glasses, Momma Miss America, Singalong Junk, Kreen Akrore.  Out of these, I enjoyed Hot As Sun/Glasses the most.  Does anyone know what a "Kreen-Akrore" is?  :-\

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