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rock music videos of the sixties 1 (introduction)

WAY BACK ON JULY 31, 2014, Bill Tobelman of Good Humor Smile fame (if not fortune) posted a link to a promotional video that the Troggs had made for their single Love Is All Around in 1966 on his Facebook page. He noted that this was “Another cool promo film from these guys.” [Read more] “rock music videos of the sixties 1 (introduction)”

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video did not kill no radio stars (they was already mostly dead anyways)

WAY BACK IN 1979, nerdish singer Trevor Horn and his band Buggles released single titled Video Killed The Radio Star. (It had been recorded earlier by Bruce Woolley and Camera Club.) The song’s theme was promotion of technology while worrying about its effects. This song relates to concerns about mixed attitudes towards 20th century inventions and machines for the media arts. [Read more] “video did not kill no radio stars (they was already mostly dead anyways)”

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a whiter shade of pale in some spectacular ruins

PROCOL HARUM MADE A VIDEO of their worldwide hit A Whiter Shade Of Pale in 1967. It was shot in some spectacular ruins in Witley Court in Worcestershire, England, once one of the great houses of the Midlands, but by then a spectacular ruin devastated by fire thirty years earlier. [Read more] “a whiter shade of pale in some spectacular ruins”

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let’s all hully gully with pussycat a go-go!

SCOPITONE IS A TYPE OF JUKEBOX featuring a musical and visual performance on 16-millimeter film. The first Scopitone films were made in France by Cameca, among them was Serge Gainsbourg’s Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas filmed in 1958. Scopitones spread to West Germany, and went on to appear in bars in England, where the Tornados’ Telstar was a favorite, vying with such local huts as Pussycat A Go-Go! [Read more] “let’s all hully gully with pussycat a go-go!”

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1,661 words on del shannon and his connections to the british invasion

A FEW DAYS AGO, I posted a piece titled “tears are falling and I feel the pain” in which I offered a few words on Del Shannon and the briefest of introductions to his music by including links to YouTube to hear a sampling of his recordings. In the article, I mentioned a “song he wrote and arranged as a nod to the British Invasion: I Go To Pieces, which was an international hit for Peter & Gordon. [Read more] “1,661 words on del shannon and his connections to the british invasion”

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tears are falling and I feel the pain

WE OLDER ROCK FAN—meaning fans of pre-Beatles rock & roll—were surprised back in 1973 when United Artists released a new album by an artist we hadn’t heard from in a while. Del Shannon was being peddled as a One Hit Wonder (“tears are falling and I feel the pain”) on oldies stations.  [Read more] “tears are falling and I feel the pain”

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the return of max frost and the troopers (is this part 6 of the pseudo-psychedelic chad & jeremy essay?)

THIS ARTICLE IS AN ADDITION to the five part essay on the pseudo-psychedelic recordings of Chad & Jeremy from 1967-68. Please read those first and then this will make more sense. A note of interest to the real diehard Chad & Jeremy collectors: the version of Paxton Quigley’s Had The Course that actually appears on the soundtrack album THREE IN THE ATTIC was recorded by session musicians and credited to Max Frost and The Troopers. [Read more] “the return of max frost and the troopers (is this part 6 of the pseudo-psychedelic chad & jeremy essay?)”

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of cabbages and kings, of arks and attics (the pseudo-psychedelic sound of chad & jeremy part 5)

THIS IS THE FIFTH of five articles devoted to the trio of albums and their related singles that Chad & Jeremy released in 1967-1968. OF CABBAGES AND KINGS and THE ARK and the soundtrack to 3 IN THE ATTIC reflect the more ‘pop’-oriented psychedelicism of the English musicians at the time and have long been held in a bit of contempt by older aficionados and collectors of Sixties psych. [Read more] “of cabbages and kings, of arks and attics (the pseudo-psychedelic sound of chad & jeremy part 5)”

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of cabbages and kings, of arks and attics – the pseudo-psychedelic sound of chad & jeremy 1967-1968 (part 4)

THIS IS THE FOURTH of five articles devoted to the trio of albums and their related singles that Chad & Jeremy released in 1967-1968. OF CABBAGES AND KINGS and THE ARK and the soundtrack to 3 IN THE ATTIC reflect the more ‘pop’-oriented psychedelicism of the English musicians at the time and have long been held in a bit of contempt by older aficionados and collectors of Sixties psych. [Read more] “of cabbages and kings, of arks and attics – the pseudo-psychedelic sound of chad & jeremy 1967-1968 (part 4)”