Tuesday, April 23, 2024

April top 40 Richie Havens, THE IDEA OF YOU, Bonnie Raitt's Green Light, Brian Epstein's Cellar Full of Noise, Pet Clark Satch Kerans Music,


If you loved when Johnny Thunders and David Johansen rocked together, "Chantel Changed Their Name" is for you.  George Hall on lead guitar, Glenn Rogers on drums, Brad Hallen from Pastiche, Ministry, Aimee Mann, Roomful of Blues and more Bio | Brad Hallen bolster this great composition from Satch Kerans.   Right from the street, Rock n Roll that rocked the Rat and local Boston and North Shore clubs for ages is here in all it's glory.  


Satch Kerans Music 

Chantel Changed Their Name

Review by Joe Viglione for Rob Fraboni Projects

Green Light by Bonnie Raitt - produced by Rob Fraboni - is a lost diamond that needs
to be heard again.  "Keep This Heart in Mind" is three minutes and twenty-seconds of 
one of those potential hits that Clive Davis keeps looking to reactivate.  Truly, Barry Manilow
or Rod Stewart could take this and get rocking again, it's superb.

The drum sound on "River of Tears" kicks things open.  Keep in mind that Fraboni's work
on the 1986 soundtrack to the film Good to Go, Fraboni's kick drum was sampled relentlessly,
probably in the record books. This almost 5 minute tune drives, as does the first track,
and the reggae-ish track 3, "Can't Get Enough" (of your love, but not the Bad Company tune.)
This has a variation on a familiar blues riff, straight out of Ian Dury and the Blockheads "Sex and Drugs
and Rock 'n' Roll,"  not as crass as Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music,"
actually far more authentic, crossing genres between blues and dancehall,
with Bonnie's vocal in total control. 

A truly great cover is of the 1967 Equal's performance of "Baby Come Back" - don't get it confused
with Player's tune of the same name (a decade later, 1977)...Bonnie's declaration - and that great
riff, as memorable in 1981/1982 from Fraboni's stomping grounds, Shangri-La Studios, Malibu, CA 
It is given that California feel more than the pop soul of the original, bringing it back to the future.
"Talk To Me" does a revision of the riff made famous by Ian Dury in the aforementioned "Can't Get
Enough," switching to a rocking R & B, with the drums again making their mark.


3:39  "The One That Got Away" has nice touches of reverb on the guitar and a refreshing sound with touches of the Ventures in this song that utilizes elements of pop, country and rock. Would make for a nice film soundtrack, especially - of course - a Western.  From A Western Love Story.

Paul Davidson - Bass, Background Vocals & Samples
Adam Cote - Drums, Percussion & Background Vocals
Steve Haidaichuk - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin & Synth             



40)The Searchers

Britain’s oldest pop band The Searchers remember Merseybeat, The Beatles and an abrasive John Lennon (msn.com)

“By the end of it, we finished on an epic night in Liverpool at the Philharmonic and it was probably the best night we’ve had of our careers,” Allen said. “We were on such a high.”

Allen joined the band in 1964 after meeting The Searchers in Hamburg, at the newly opened Star-Club. At the time, he was playing with Cliff Bennett and the Rabble Rousers; his visit to Hamburg coincided with The Beatles’ final residency at the Star-Club.

“We’d heard all about them, even though they weren’t anyone at the time – they’d had a tiny hit with ‘Love Me Do’,” Allen said. “But there was a lot of talk about them in the clubs, so you knew they were something special.”

Pictured: MikePender, JohnMcNally, Frank Allen and John Blunt (drums) in 1966 (Supplied)© Provided by The Independent

Recalling an encounter with John Lennon backstage at the club, shortly before they were due to fly home, Allen said he introduced himself and said he was looking forward to the Fab Four’s new record.

“He looked at me like a snake before it eats a rabbit,” Allen recalled.

Lennon apparently told Allen that his harmonies were “f***ing ridiculous”, leaving Allen to work out whether he’d been insulted or if it was “Liverpool humour”.

The Searchers meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 1981 at the Royal Variety Show (Supplied)© Provided by The Independent

Later, Allen ran into May Pang, Yoko Ono’s former secretary with whom Lennon had an 18-month relationship, in 2008.

He theorised that Lennon, despite “all his bravado and agression”, was “as insecure as anyone else” and just “wanted to get the boot in before anyone else had the chance to”.

“May said, ‘You’ve hit the nail on the head,’” he remembered. “That’s exactly what John was like.”

Cover art for The Searchers’ ‘Ultimate Collection' (Supplied)© Provided by The Independent

Asked about the secret to The Searchers’ longevity, he said it was down to being “being a part of one of the most important periods in pop history”.

“If you made it during that period, people are never gonna forget you,” he said. “We’ve influenced so many American names, from The Byrds to Tom Petty, Marshall Krenshaw, Bruce Springsteen. We’ve had our time in the sun.” 

The Searchers are on tour until 13 June and are playing across England, Wales and Scotland. Tickets are available now.


May Top 40 Mare Winningham, Planet of the Apes, Andy Mendelson

  Happy Birthday Mare! Years ago Mare Winningham and her husband saw me at the Paradise Theater in Boston, a club I booked for many years....