Archive for November 2012

Manson Christ and Other “Art”

November 29, 2012

During vinyl night, I photographed other things besides album covers.

Hello, My Name is Karl Rove 

 

 

Girl Skeleton Rides Mannequin

 

Manson Christ

Vinyl Night IV at Little Fish

November 28, 2012

Last night at Little Fish – Huge Pond, I played another round of vinyl on the old record player.

For new readers, Little Fish is located in Sanford, Florida. That’s a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

The Man by Barry White

Released in 1978, this cool soul and disco mix contains the hit single “Your Sweetness is My Weakness”.  A personal favorite is the disco jam “Look At Her”.

The album also contains a sexy cover version of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”, which became a UK hit

Simply Red later covered the song “It’s Only Love Doing Its Thing”. The title was shortened to “It’s Only Love.” In Italy, Simply Red’s version reached number one in 1989. Also, 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” contains a sample of Barry White’s version.

I Want You by Marvin Gaye

Released in 1976, the soul and funk album contains the hit singles “I Want You (Vocal)” and “After The Dance”.  In 1991, jazz group Fourplay released a cover of “After The Dance (Vocal)” featuring singer El DeBarge.

My personal favorite on Marvin Gaye’s album is “After The Dance (Instrumental)”.  I play this song during other DJ gigs.

Some folks may recognize the album’s artwork by the late Ernie Barnes. A redesigned version of the album’s art shows during the opening credits of 1970s sitcom Good Times.

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Released in 1977, the pop-rock album contains four, definitely, recognizable hits: “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun”.

When I played it, a bar patron told me this was one of his favorite albums.

In 2006, house music group Deep Dish remade “Dreams” featuring Stevie Nicks, the songs original writer and singer.

Gap Band IV  by The Gap Band

Released in 1982, this funky mofo contains the hits “Early in the Morning”, “Outstanding” and “You Dropped a Bomb On Me”.

One of my friends always request “Outstanding” during my gigs at Peacock Room in Orlando. On that request, I play an extended version of the song.

Faith by George Michael

Released in 1987, this bad boy contains seven freakin’ hits: “I Want Your Sex”, “Hard Day”, “Faith”, “Father Figure”, “One More Try”, “Monkey” and “Kissing a Fool”.

Truth be known, I played this album as a joke.  I did not expect the positive response I received from it.  One guy related to the days of playing the cassette version over and over.  After the jazzy “Kissing a Fool” ended, one drunk guy clapped.

Listening to it, my mind flashbacked to the reason I bought the album.  “Hard Day” constantly played on the radio as I drove to community college in the mornings.  Liking the song is why I bought the album.

Ready for the World by Ready for the World

Released in 1985, the album contains the funky hits “Digital Display” and “Oh Sheila”.

In a previous blog, I talked about how folks say my high school photo resembles the lead singer.

A personal favorite is “I’m the One Who Loves You”.  I had a mad crush on a girl who rode my school bus.  (She ain’t cute no more.)  Thinking about her, I played this song over and over on my Walkman.

Can’t Slow Down by Lionel Richie

Released in 1983, it contains the hits “All Night Long (All Night)”, “Penny Lover”, “Running with the Night”, “Hello” and the country song “Stuck On You”.

A cool soul album it is.  Yet, I got some personal beef.  I’m a Prince fan. During the 1985 American Music Awards, this album kept beating Prince’s Purple Rain.

As usual, most of my information comes from Wikipedia.

More and more people are beginning to appreciate the vinyl nights.

Yet, here’s something I feel needs expressing.  Many say vinyl sounds better than MP3.  That’s bullshit, nothing but the imagination of nostalgia freaks.  After the huge advancements in digital photography, these types would constantly yap and yap about the beauty of film, even after film becomes obsolete.

Still, despite the scratches and crackles you hear, I still enjoy playing vinyl.

Blog Views from Other Countries

November 26, 2012

As of February 25, WordPress has displayed  blog view visits by country.

Just for fun, I decided to list the top ten countries viewing my blogs.

10. Turkey

9. Mexico

8. Indonesia

7. Australia

6. France

5. Germany

4. India

3. Canada

2. United Kingdom

1. United States


Of course I get more blog visits from Americans.  America is my home.  Still, I enjoyed traveling to the other countries :).

Another Tuesday Night Vinyl

November 21, 2012

Last night at Little Fish-Huge Pond, it was another night of playing vinyl. After me posting the announcement on Facebook, a friend assumed I was doing the two turntables bit. Nope, I was playing whole albums on an old stereo.

For the new readers, Little Fish is located in Sanford, Florida. That’s a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

Saturday Night Fever.

Released in 1977, the double album is the sound track to the same named film starring John Travolta. First, the mostly disco album contains five hits by the Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “You Should Be Dancing” and “Jive Talkin'”. “Jive Talkin” was previously released in 1975. “You Should Be Dancing” was previously released in 1976. “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love” became hits after the albums release.

The album also contains the hits “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman, “A Fifth Beethoven” by Walter Murphy, “Boogie Shoes” by KC and Sunshine Band, “K-Jee” by MFSB and “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps. “If I Can’t Have You” and “Boogie Shoes” became hits after the album’s release. “Disco Inferno” was previously released in 1976. “A Fifth of Beethoven” was previously released in 1976. “K-Jee” was previously released in 1971.

Greatest Hitsby The Jackson Five.

Released in 1971, the album contains the well-known soul hits “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “I’ll Be There”.

Jam on Revenge by Newcleus.

Released in 1984, some people may recognize the electro-funk song “Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)”, a tune released in 1983. Yet, most may recognize Newcleus’ most famous hit “Jam On It”. The album also contains another electro-funk hit “Computer Age (Push The Button)”.

Rapture by Anita Baker.

Released in 1986. Because it made her a household name, some may assume this was Anita Baker’s first album. Actually, this gem mixed with jazz and soul is her second album. It contains these hits: “Sweet Love”, “Caught Up in the Rapture”, “Same Ol’ Love” and “No One in the World”.

Street Songs by Rick James.

Released in 1981, the punk-funk masterpiece contains the hit singles “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”. Listening to it again, I realized there was more to this album than I previously thought. After hearing songs about life in the ghetto and police brutality, I definitely see why he called the album Street Songs.

Controversy by Prince.

Released in 1981, this punk-funk mofo contains the hits “Controversy”, “Let’s Work” and “Do Me, Baby”. “Do Me, Baby” actually became a hit when covered by Meli’sa Morgan and was released in 1986.

Being that Prince is my favorite musician, listening to this very vinyl album took me back to the years when I constantly played it over and over. For over twenty years, I hadn’t listened to it. It felt good listening to it tonight.

Overall, I think most people enjoy the album listening. Some of us especially enjoyed listening to the record crackle in between songs.

One small irritant does appear. This involved the young folks. The idea is to listen to whole albums. Yet, some people asked for singles I definitely didn’t have.

Yet, overall, I’m beginning to enjoy the vinyl nights more and more.

The Party at Peacock Room

November 18, 2012

 

Last Friday, another Happy Hour gig at Peacock Room happened.

For new readers, Peacock Room is located in Orlando, Florida.

First, I shall tell what happened earlier during the evening.  In the beginning, I played a mixture of 80s and 70s.

Then, two young ladies approached me.

“Um…I like the music you’re playing,” one said, sounding like a typical, annoying, air head. “But…um…this request is going to be a stretch for you.  This is…um…going to be out of your range.”

“If it’s out my range,” I started. “Why are you asking me in the first place?”

She remained silent for a few moments.

I was being a dick on purpose.  I don’t mind requests.  Yet, I hate folks asking me for requests outside the genre I’m currently playing, especially when they don’t tip.

“Because…um…she’s going to dance to it,” the young lady said as she nodded to her friend.

By now, many of you may think I was talking to a white young lady.   Nope, the young lady possessed olive skin, suggesting she might be a Latina.

“What’s the song?” I asked.

“Wobble,” she said.

“I have it,” I answered.

“You’re going to play it next?”

“Yea.”

As for asking me if I’m going to play it next, I hate that kind of shit too, especially when they don’t tip.

True to the young lady’s word, they danced when I played “Wobble” by Vic.

After my Happy Hour, The Party happened, an event involving three DJs.

 

Casey Van Buren.

 

DJ Mo: I didn’t know it at the time.  Tonight was his birthday.

 

It was her birthday too.

 

Cub. Not only a good DJ, but a damned good sound man, too.

 

Next week, after my happy hour, Bad Santa and the Angry Elves will be playing.  After seeing them and blogging about them before, I’m excited.

Vinyl Night at Little Fish

November 15, 2012

Last Tuesday, after reading prose in Orlando, I drove to Sanford for my DJ gig at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

That night, I spun records on an old stereo system.

David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

Released in 1969, the album’s original name is David Bowie.  Also, it was released under the name Man of Worlds/Man of Music.  Due to the album’s laid-back sound, you can classify this as stoner rock, music to smoke weed to.

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. 

Released in 1971, the album contains the hits “What’s Going On”,  “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”.  This masterpiece soul album contains songs relating to what was going on at the time: the Vietnam War, protests, drugs, etc.

Queen’s Jazz.

Released in 1978, this rock album contains the songs “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race”.   As for “Bicycle Race”, it has been said the word “bicycle” is in reference to bi-sexual, the actual lifestyle of late, lead singer Freddie Mercury.  Whatever his lifestyle, “Fat Bottomed Girls” is still one of my favorite songs.

The Jackson’s Triumph.

Released in 1980, this soul classic contains four hits: “Can You Feel It”, “Lovely One”, “This Place Hotel” and “Walk Right Now”.  Instead of the US, “Walk Right Now” actually became a hit in the UK.  The younger folks in the bar really loved this album.

On the back of Triumph, there’s the picture of a peacock.

As writing praises the animal’s colorful feathers, these exotic species are a damned pest here in Florida.  Not only do they love to multiply, they also make loud annoying noises.

Kraftwerk’s Electric Cafe.

Released in 1986, the album contains the electro-jams “Musique Non-Stop” and “The Telephone Call”.

I’ll be honest with  you.  When this album came out, it sounded outdated.  Because break-dancers rocked to it, I always saw Kraftwerk’s music as break-dance music.  So, when this album was released, the break-dance craze had ended.

Still, Electric Cafe  has always been one of my favorite albums.

The album’s working title was actually Techno Pop.  In 2009, it was re-released under that name.

Parliament’s Mothership Connection.

Released in 1975, this album of pure funk contains three well-known songs: “P Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)”, “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” and “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)”.  Yet, my personal favorite is “Handcuffs”.

Back in the 80s, a white friend gave me this album.  The reason?  Being a rock fan, he told me the album sounded “too black”.

Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns featuring Maceo Parker’s A Blow for Me, a Toot to You.

The last album of the evening, and still rolling on the p-funk vibe.

Released in 1977, the album contains “Up for the Down Stroke”.

The song “Four Play” was released as a single.  Yet, because of its name, it didn’t receive airplay.  As soon as I heard it in the 90s, I recognized it right away as the song Digital Underground’s “Packet Man” sampled from.

I think people enjoyed the funk and soul albums the most.  So, I’ll probably bring more of those in next week.

Most of my record information came from Wikipedia.

Normally, I don’t include photos of my drive home.  Yet, I feel the need to include this photo.

Classic vinyl and a foggy night.  I guess I had a nice evening.

There Will Be Words: Orlando Prose Readings

November 14, 2012

Last night, the automobile and I cruised to Downtown Orlando’s ReUrban Think.  There J.Bradley hosted There Will Be Words, a monthly event involving prose reading.

Tonight, I avoided using flash photography.

J. Bradley: The host recently got in a moped accident.

E.R. Jess: A damned good writer and a damned good graphic designer.

During intermission, Pat Green asked for donations.  Pat Green is ReUrban Think’s program director.

Me: I read r-rated animal stories.

Photo by E.R. Jess

A performance piece by Ashley Inguanta.  I don’t think this photo does her justice.  Yet, I was happy not using flash worked.