Klaatu have today’s almost forgotten track

Klaatu have proven themselves to be one of Canada’s true classic rock bands but, when they first came out, nobody was sure who they were…Frank Davies, who owned the record label they were with (Daffodil) released the first album with no member information present, and continued the hidden identity idea for a while, particularly when rumours started that the Canadian band was, in “fact” The Beatles reunited and recording under another name…

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Published on September 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Bert Jansch has today’s almost forgotten track

It’s sad that there are more than a few generations that have never had the chance to be exposed to the artistry of Bert Jansch…the British folk guitarist was an influence on many a superstar, including Jimmy Page, who would take a couple of Bert’s songs and make them his own, as far as the masses are concerned…if you’re familiar with Black Mountain Side by Led Zeppelin, this song, with lyrics added, might sound familiar to you…

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Published on September 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Barry White & Love Unlimited Orchestra have today’s almost forotten track

Not sure how forgotten this is, as I’m sure it remains a mainstay of easy listening radio everywhere, but I chose it today as an example of when an artist who forces me to push the button whenever one of his vocals comes up on the airwaves, has one redeeming track…Barry White, to my ears, is unctuous, overstated and just not for my tastes, with this one exception…

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Published on September 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Ultravox have today’s almost forgotten track

Ultravox, in their original lineup behind vocalist John Foxx, were cutting edge electronica, but when things didn’t result in positive results internationally, they took advantage of the availability of Midge Ure and began to merge their electronics with great pop, resulting in this, their biggest and greatest hit…

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Published on September 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

The Velvet Underground have today’s almost forgotten track

I have always found this song unnerving…as a radio programmer at Top 40 when it came out there was no way it could get to air…as a consumer of great music at home, there was no way I could ignore it…though I knew people who dabbled in the subject matter, I was never, ever, on a path towards anything so self-destructive, and this song aided me in that resolve…but, other than the song’s subject, I’m taking a moment today to suggest that there was probably never a band so influential who sold so few records the first time around as The Velvet Underground…

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Published on September 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Buddy Guy with Jack Bruce and Buddy Miles have today’s almost forgotten track

Some early Buddy Guy today in a clip I’ve never seen before with another Buddy in Miles, and Jack Bruce…Guy had been around for a few years backing others, but was just beginning to emerge as a man who could lead a band, and what a band this is…

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Published on September 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Tom Verlaine – Marquee Moon have today’s almost forgotten track

Back in 1977 I was working as a record retailer, and therefore not necessarily playing a part in the breaking of records as I did in radio…

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Published on September 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

The Leaves have today’s almost forgotten track

If you were asked for the connection between Frank Zappa and Pat Boone do you have any idea what the answer might be? How about Jim Pons? Who? Jim Pons was one of the founders of the band The Leaves, formed out of students from UC Northridge and inspired, equally, by surf bands and The Beatles…when they formed, they were not musicians, but worked hard to learn their instruments until Pat Boone approached them and helped get them a record deal, resulting in this single, and an early version of Hey Joe (arrangement copied by The Byrds), and, eventually, they broke up

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Published on September 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

The Reflections have today’s almost forgotten track

This is one of those songs that, the moment it begins, everyone of a certain age begins to sing along with…one of the catchiest hooks ever recorded, and lyrics that matched what we were learning in literature in school…

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Published on at 8:02 am by Greg Simpson

Arthur Lee & Love have today’s almost forgotten track

This came up in random play this morning and I was reminded that, for the time, which was rife with protest songs, none touched me as strongly as this one…

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Published on September 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson