Johnny Polonsky first hit the music scene with an LP released by American Recordings in 1996 on which he produced, recorded and performed everything himself. More recently he's been a touring musician in other peoples bands (Pete Yorn, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Dixie Chicks).
Now he's doing a RocketHub fund-raiser to get his new record out on vinyl. His description of the music: "3 parts Gary Numan 2 parts David Lynch 1 part Depeche Mode Add a pinch of Nine Inch Nails Sprinkle liberally with Prince" is very accurate. There's a bunch of interesting premiums including the art print seen at left. Link.
I've known guitarist Stephen Ulrich since the late 70's when he played guitar in a New Haven based instrumental ska and reggae band call "Skunkadelique" and have always loved his guitar style. He played a few gigs in my band some years ago and played parts, off the top of his head, that ended up becoming permanent parts of the arrangements.
He's since gone on to much success in composing for movies and TV, including HBO's "Bored To Death" and several PBS American Masters episodes. Link.
Now his band Big Lazy (formerly Lazy Boy) have a Kickstarter going to fund a new CD. Link.
"We are extremely excited to return to the studio and make the new album so many of our fans have asked about. This campaign is how you can make sure that happens. For the past year I’ve enjoyed countless hours writing for this fifth album. I’ve renivented the band with Yuval Lion on drums and Andrew Hall playing bass and we’ve further refined Big Lazy’s sound - stripped down highway twang and raunchy crime jazz - in a Brooklyn basement. We will record the album at Vibromonk Studio in an industrial loft in Brooklyn. This is the same time tested environment where all the Big Lazy albums were made. We have a classic approach to making records where we inhabit a recording studio for two weeks getting our hands dirty and capturing raw performances with a focused and collaborative approach. We’ve been performing the new material in NYC clubs for the past year. Big Lazy is now a finely tuned machine and ready to record! If you’ve been to our shows you know we capture the essence of this live experience in our studio work." Link.
Sorry for the lack of 45's during the last few weeks; I was out on tour and simply didn't have time!
Today's entry is downright ridiculous, but also happens to be one of the most spot-on John Lennon/ Beatles spoofs that it fooled fans for years.
This song appeared on many 1970's Beatles bootleg LP's as a "long lost track" and my oh my does it ever sound like "Magical Mystery Tour" era John Lennon (perhaps if he had completely forgotten how to write a song?). I really do dig it though, and it took me a LONG time to find the original 45 (the Beatle boot LP's that I have it on all have a badly botched edited version, and a pirate 45 that I found about 8 years ago is pressed off center). Hell, even Yoko Ono applied for a copyright for the song when she discovered it among Lennon's possesions! John was a Beatles collector himself in his later years, and I'm sure he got a kick out of this track being thought of as his own. In fact, when John guest DJ'ed on KHJ Los Angeles in 1974, one of the bootleggers himself (John Wizardo) called in and asked John if it was him on 'Have You Heard The Word'. At first JL was thrown for a loop and mentioned (Beatles) track 'The Word', but then realized that he heard it on a bootleg and said it was a great imitation.
The real story is as that in 1969 Bee Gee Barry Gibb signed a duo known as Tin Tin (Steve Kipner and Steve Groves) to his production company. Their first session together was for their original track 'Have You Heard The Word?" In celebration, Gibb brought in a bottle of Johnny Walker and the boys got too blitzed to be serious, resulting in the vocals we hear here that were added to the backing track recorded pre-inebriation. All intended to ape the fab four, down to the hilarious spoken tag (stick with it til the end, it's worth it). The track was not intended for release, but made it out on a single in the UK in 1970. Word traveled fast that this was a secret Beatle release and VOILA a legend is born!