One of my favourite facts about myself that I like to tell people is that the first 2 concerts I ever saw were, Seals & Crofts AND Seals & Crofts. First at the Yale Bowl (Anne Murray opened) & then about a year or less later at the New Haven Coliseum (Melissa Manchester opened that one). After the Coliseum show they invited folks to stick around for a discussion about their religion, Bahai. Me & my mom didn't stay. Oh yeah, my 3rd concert ever was the (pre-disco) Bee Gees. They were awesome.
"Summer Breeze" Seals & Crofts.mov
"Summer Breeze" Seals & Crofts.m4v
Buy "Seals & Crofts - Greatest Hits"
Back in the late-80's/early-90's there was a really fun music scene on the Lower East Side based around The Beat Rodeo's Monday night residency at the Ludlow Street Cafe (this is when that was the only bar on Ludlow). This spilled off into several wacky 'theme" shows based on a particular group or songwriter (The Louvin Brothers Tribute opened for the Bobby Fuller Four Tribute, for instance) or some flimsier thread (I remember one that was songs with "Fire " in the title).
Well, Beat Rodeo guitarist Bill Schunk and I were the prime movers in a tribute to PF Sloan (It was Bill's idea- I wasn't that hip to Flip before this). There was a backing band and a whole cast of singers (The Pussywillows, George Usher, Ward Dotson, The World's Famous Bluejays and many more) and I sang a lot of the PF Sloan "Solo" type material (like his "hit" "Sins Of A Family"), as opposed to the tunes he wrote for other people. Even though it was billed as "The Lollipop Train" (An obscure Sloan Track) with no mention of PF Sloan, this guy sussed out what it was and came down with his guitar to play this Jimmy Webb song called PF Sloan AND a tape with a cryptic introduction/message from PF Sloan (or Flip as he's know to his friends). So, Brian Gari videotapes the show and sends a copy to his buddy Flip.
Months later Brian calls me and Bill up to say Flip is in town and wants to meet us. Bill and I meet him at the hotel and sit down to some coffee. After some small talk about his morning's activities (he visited some temple or something on St. Marks that he described as a "place of all religions") he got down to business. He looked right at me and asked, "I was wondering, did you have brain problems as a child?" Our jaws hit the fucking table. What the fuck was he talking about? 'I saw that tape of the gig" he continued, "you got some of those lyrics wrong, those are some very important lyrics". We had actually gotten ahold of a tape of him on cable access in L.A. (I think it was on that Skip E Lowe show) and, believe me, I knew those lyrics better than he did (And they ain't that "important" either). No good deed goes unpunished, indeed.
The Association on the Andy Williams Show
They sing "Cherish" and then let Andy sing "Changes".
The Association on the Andy Williams Show.mov
The Association on the Andy Williams Show.m4v
Buy "Just The Right Sound; The Association Anthology"
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Please come on down to the Lakeside Lounge and see me and my band: Jay Sherman-Godfrey and Chris Erikson on guitars, Nancy Polstein on the drums, Tom "Tater" Andrukevich (of the Zambonis) filling in on bass and "Eddy" Zweiback on percussion. There's no cover. We'll be performing songs from all of my solo CDs.
October 28, 2006 at Lakeside Lounge
162 Avenue B (between 10th & 11th Streets),
New York, New York, NY 10009
Spike Priggen "Hideaway".mp3
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