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what do mick jagger and lawrence bray have in common?

THIS IS PART 2 of three ar­ti­cles on Around Town and their single Out Of Con­trol. This one hopes to an­swer the age-old ques­tion, “What do Mick Jagger and Lawrence Bray have in common?” But first, some back­ground: while re­searching some­thing else, I came across the ad for the MP3 down­load on Amazon (above) and, lo and be­hold, no one had yet sub­mitted a re­view. So, shooting for the role of Around Town’s #1 Amer­ican Booster, I sub­mitted this re­view:

“This is only my second re­view for Amazon, the first being an at­tempt to clear up so many of the non­sense sur­rounding the Rolling Stones’ THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST album. So here I am in the 21st cen­tury telling you all to give Around Town’s new single Out Of Con­trol a listen or ten.

I hate the term retro: if a com­poser today were able to write new quar­tets that harkened back to late Haydn or Mozart, would he/she be sad­dled with the being retro or would they be ap­pre­ci­ated for being a ge­nius car­rying on a tra­di­tion that should never have been aban­doned? (Ac­tu­ally, that ques­tion is not as rhetor­ical as I had hoped …)

The song is Stonesy, the bass is Mc­Cart­neyesque, the lead singer sounds like Tom Petty (which means we can hear a little Dylan Lennon McGuinn and even Jagger), there is an elec­tric sitar, Stax horns, and the req­ui­site backing har­monies. And if the music doesn’t get you, check out their video, a pseudo-psychedelic/op-art af­fair with the grooviest dancers since Hul­la­balloo!

With music like this I could’ve tripped out easy but in­stead I did a ’60s style in­ter­view with the lead singer, Lawrence Bray.

The re­view above also in­cluded a link to YouTube to the of­fi­cial Out Of Con­trol video. As you can see, I am not above plug­ging my­self and my web­site and even my other Amazon record re­view. Amazon re­jected this re­view and in­cluded a link to their list of rules gov­erning product re­views.


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This is the image that you will find on Amazon should you want to pay for a down­load of Out Of Con­trol. Frankly, it’s rather retro/cheesy-bordering-on-kitsch. Hey, if there is any chance of a 45 with pic­ture sleeve, do NOT use this image. Use the video: a pic­ture of the group on the font of the sleeve and the dancers on the back.

Amazon rejected my review!!!

So I slimmed the rules, thought that I un­der­stood them, and sub­mitted the re­view a second time, but without the link to my web­site. I did in­clude a ref­er­ence to that site by title (Rather Rare Records), and still in­cluded the link to YouTube of the of­fi­cial Out Of Con­trol video.

Amazon re­jected this re­view and in­cluded a link to the same list of rules gov­erning product re­views. So, I elim­i­nated the link to the YouTube video, made a few ed­i­to­rial al­ter­ations, and sub­mitted the re­view a third time …

“This is only my second re­view for Amazon, the first being an at­tempt to clear up so many of the non­sense sur­rounding the Rolling Stones’ THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST album. So here I am in the 21st cen­tury telling you all to give Around Town’s new single Out Of Con­trol a listen or ten.

You might hear someone refer to this recording or even this group as being retro. I hate the term retro: if a com­poser today were able to write new quar­tets that harkened back to late Haydn or Mozart, would he/she be sad­dled with the being retro or would they be ap­pre­ci­ated for being a ge­nius car­rying on a tra­di­tion that should never have been aban­doned? (Ac­tu­ally, that ques­tion is not as rhetor­ical as I had hoped …)

Around Town is NOT retro, but this track is rife with aural al­lu­sions. The song is Stonesy, the bass is Mc­Cart­neyesque, the lead singer sounds like Tom Petty (which means we can hear a little Dylan Lennon McGuinn and even Jagger), there is an elec­tric sitar, Stax horns, and the req­ui­site backing har­monies. And if the music doesn’t get you, check out their video, a pseudo-psychedelic/op-art af­fair with the grooviest dancers since Hul­la­balloo!

In a macabre bit of irony (in that Out Of Con­trol is a joyous slab of rock), this track has been picked up and is being used in the sound­track for the new mo­tion pic­ture House Of Manson. This is a sup­pos­edly nitty-gritty look at the life and times of Charles Manson, con­victed mas­ter­mind of the “Tate/La Bianca” mas­sacres of 1969.


House Of Manson aka “MANSON” - Of­fi­cial Full Trailer

The actor chosen to play Charlie in House Of Manson is Ryan Kiser, whose on­line photos would in­di­cate that he is a wee bit too whole­some looking to cap­ture the so­ciopatho­log­ical de­meanor of Manson. But how would I know, as I haven’t seen the movie?!? Here’s hoping that the bril­liant Out Of Con­trol is not somehow tar­nished by as­so­ci­a­tion …

Fi­nally, for more in­for­ma­tion, please read the piece that I wrote on lead singer Lawrence Bray on my Rather Rare Records site. There I sug­gested that Around Town se­ri­ously con­siders is­suing this as a 45 RPM SINGLE with a PICTURE SLEEVE as soon as pos­sible! All new bands need the pres­tige of seeing their cre­ation on vinyl, and records are a lot more fun to col­lect than down­loads.”

Amazon ac­cepted this re­view and in­cluded a link to the same list of rules gov­erning product re­views. It now sits proudly as the first and only re­view of Around Town’s Out Of Con­trol MP3 down­load on Amazon—which at 89¢ is a steal!!!

PS: The an­swer to the ques­tion posed in the title of this ar­ticle (“What do Mick Jagger and Lawrence Bray have in common?”) is that I re­viewed records by both their bands on Amazon. I know, no big deal …

 

 

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