Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad This is not exactly the “Footstompin’ Music” that Grand Funk Railroad were known for in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But once they lost the Railroad in their name and came under the aegis of Todd Rundgren and Jimmy Ienner, […]

Too old to rock’n’roll? Not so fast….

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He was too old to Rock’n’Roll but he was too young to die. – Ian Anderson The idea for this column came to me whilst perusing the local concert listings. I spotted upcoming shows for Jefferson Starship, with Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, as well as “Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam”. Most folks’ initial reaction to […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #97 – America: “I Need You” b/w “Riverside” – Warner Bros. 7580

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #97 – America: “I Need You” b/w “Riverside” – Warner Bros. 7580 Like most of my contemporaries, the first time I heard the group America it was from their chart-topping single “A Horse With No Name” as it came pouring out of the AM […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Take A Giant Step” by Taj Mahal

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There is no rhyme or reason as to how I come up with the songs I choose to write about every day. They usually spring out of something I’ve been listening to or something I’ve read. So, if you regularly follow this column, you’ll get a pretty good idea of some of the stuff I […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Just A Song Before I Go” by Crosby, Stills & Nash

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The release of 1977’s “CSN” album signaled a comeback for the trio during a time when like-minded artists like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, America and many others of that ilk were seeing their biggest successes. The airwaves were chock full of mellow singer-songwriter rock, and the group’s now-matured hippie idealism put […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Love (Can Make You Happy)” by Mercy

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This slice of easy listening splendor hit the number two slot on the Billboard charts in 1969. At the time Mercy consisted of artists signed to the small Sundi Record label from Florida, and centered around member Jack Sigler, Jr. Once the song began to take off on the charts, Sundi rush-released an album with […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Summer Highland Falls” by Billy Joel

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I revisited the “Turnstiles” album by Billy Joel today. It was the first time I’ve given the record a spin in at least a decade and it fit me like a glove. I often marvel at how music has the power to bring you right back to what you were doing when you first experienced […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Me And The Wind” by XTC

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They were a band with two very distinct songwriters…Colin Moulding wrote some of their biggest early hits (“Making Plans For Nigel,” “Life Begins At The Hop”) that were typified by stop-start rhythms, big drums and infectious melodies, while Andy Partridge was the guy who was responsible for some of their prettiest, most pastoral recordings (“Summer’s […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silver Train” by The Rolling Stones

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“Goats Head Soup” is one of the most maligned albums in the Rolling Stones’ catalog, and I’ve never really understood why. Certainly, its proximity as the follow up to the mighty “Exile On Main Street” has something to do with it, however “Exile” was not well received upon its release either. But while “Exile” has […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath – Lollapalooza Recap – Day 1

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The Black Sabbath that headlined the first day of Lollapalooza wasn’t your grandparent’s Black Sabbath…well, actually ¾ of it was…and they had all of the power and command of the stage like it was 1971 all over again. Sabbath blew all of the other acts I saw out of the water today, and it was […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath

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OK, so I am a little more than intrigued about the prospect of seeing Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza tomorrow night. I was never a huge fan of the group, although I have become a fan of the group and their legacy over the years…even if it is with a hint of serious sarcasm thrown in. Howver, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Wind Up Working In A Gas Station” by Frank Zappa

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In 1976, the year that the album “Zoot Allures” was released, Frank Zappa was tied up in legal issues. His manager, Herb Cohen, began renting Zappa’s studio out while Zappa toured and allegedly pocketed the money for himself. This led to Cohen making off with tapes for a proposed Zappa three LP set called “Lather” […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Thank You Girl” by The Beatles

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Pretty good song…I think this band has a future…

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Funtime” by Iggy Pop (from the Song Of The Day archive – October 27, 2010)

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“FUN! We want some! We want some!” Words to live by from the Iggster with an assist from David Bowie. Bowie came along to offer a little career rehab for Iggy whilst meanwhile rehabbing his own addictions of the time. “The Idiot” was recorded at their getaway retreat… in Hansa, Germany, and was sandwiched in […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Red Tide” by Foxboro Hot Tubs

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“The only difference between Green Day and Foxboro Hot Tubs is that we are the same band,” said Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong when queried about the band and their 2008 “debut” album called “Stop, Drop and Roll.” The Hot Tubs started out as an excuse for Green Day to get together, drink […]