In the deserted warehouse section of Lower New Haven there is a sparking-bright new quintet destined to dominate the international airwaves. Rehearsing diligently, TV Neats was first plotted then fabricated by Ricky Rondo, formerly the leader of Hot Bodies. Ricky spent the fall of 1980 producing some local demos, searching for the perfect combination of looks, vocals, and creativity. He approached guitarist and vocalist of the Ex-Cerpts, Michael Priggen and lead singer/keyboard player of The Kids, Ms. Robyn Ouiba to form TV Neats. Bassist Chipper Anderson, a former local musician was called from Hollywood, as he fit right into TV Neats musical attitude.
The band then immediately picked four songs and recorded them in a few short weeks. The entire group has developed in an incredibly rapid fashion, all members agreeing in attitude and direction, not unlike many other hit machines. If local response is any clue (Was I) Dreamin' Again has the possibility of being a colossal midsummer smash for 1981. "Give Me More" shows a moody and structured style while "Shadows" and "Runnin' Round" are as pop as can be and dance city all the way. The gems just keep coming. TV Neats entire set is worthy of any major labels interest: All differ in style but maintain a consistency in sound while being thoroughly recognizable after just one taste.
TV Neats has the hits. TV Neats has the image. TV Neats would like to be on your record label so they can infect the ears of the young record buying public with their contagious style of pop with a twist.
p-e fronning at Martin Klasch says "Do yourself a favor and brows through Eric Sturdevant's photosets on Flickr. They are great. Start with this one: Old Children's Books. Also visit his blog Fun All Around." And he's right. As usual. Hey, isn't that kid on the right flipping the bird with both hands?
Baghdad Photo Scandal
"On March 28th 2006, Howard Kaloogian's campaign website contained a photograph which he claims to have recently taken in downtown Baghdad. It was accompanied by the description: "We took this photo of downtown Baghdad while we were in Iraq. Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be. But, each day the news media finds any violence occurring in the country and screams and shouts about it - in part because many journalists are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism."
Upon further analysis by members of a discussion forum on Democratic Underground, it was found that this photo was actually a fake photo of Baghdad, because it was most likely taken in Istanbul, Turkey. Many inconsistencies, including the following, were found: Many signs are written in Turkish, but none in Arabic, Women are seen wearing revealing (western) clothes, Taxi cabs are similar to those seen in Istanbul, Uniquely Turkish traffic signs are present, Signs of businesses based solely in Turkey are present."
And he claims he took this photo himself in Baghdad. Are these people fucking idiots or do they think everyone else is? I'm not going to ever take anything a Republican says at face value ever again. If you are a non-lying Republican, you should really think about calling yourself something else, 'cause let's face it, "Republican" is now synonymous with "Liar". This would be a HUGE story if there were some Democrats involved. But, as we all know, it's okay if you're a Republican.
More links from Talking Points Memo, Busted!, Kaloogian's Website Bamboozlement & In For A Dime In For A Dollar. And from Editor & Publisher: Congressional Candidate Slams Press Coverage of Iraq--With Bogus Photo
I'm very shocked and saddened by the death (in NYC of all places) of Nikki Sudden, half of one of my favourite duos of all time, The Jacobites. On my recent covers LP "Stars After Stars After Stars" I covered not one, but two songs originally recorded by them. And the cover art featured a handwritten and autographed Jacobites set list from a re-union show I went to in London back in 1994 (I rode a bicycle from Battersea to Islington in the rain to see them). I was actually in email contact with Nikki (and Jacobites partner Dave Kusworth) around the time of the record's release and was so happy that they liked my versions of their songs. My sincerest condolences to all of Nikki's friends and family. Nikki's brother Epic Soundtracks, another brilliant songwriter, passed away a few years ago as well.
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