Archive for June, 2016

Rear View Mirror #25: Blue’s Theme

From the 1966 Roger Corman film “The Wild Angels”, this rocking instrumental was Davie Allen and the Arrows biggest hit — cracking the 1op 40 in 1967.

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June 30, 2016 at 7:32 am 1 comment

Rear View Mirror #24: Shape of Things to Come

Okay Geezers — do you remember Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin — the “Yippies”? One of Jerry Rubin’s catch phrases was “Don’t trust anyone over thirty”.

Do you remember that in 1968, the movie “Wild in the Streets” told the story of Max Flatow, a precocious, social miscreant who runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world’s most popular entertainer. When a congressman uses Frost as a political ploy to gain the youth vote in his run for the Senate, Frost wills himself into the system, gaining new rights for the young. Eventually, Frost wins the presidency and issues an edict: everyone over 30 is required to live in “paradise camps” where they are forced to ingest LSD.

“Shape of Things to Come” was a single from the film, originally credited to the fictional “Max Frost and the Troopers”. Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, it peaked at #22 on the US charts in 1968. There is also an instrumental version by Davie Allen and the Arrows.

 

June 29, 2016 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #23: Waikiki Wipe Out

“Wipe Out” by the Surfaris probably defines surf rock for most people. I’ve never recorded it before because I never had any ideas for it besides a literal cover version. Today I thought of this approach — replacing the original tom-tom drum riff with a more Polynesian style rhythm.

June 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #22: No Exit

It’s been several years since I wrote a new, original surf-rock tune. This seemed a good time.

June 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #21: Unchained Melody

“Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.It has since become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. The title is the result of the music serving as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained. In 1955, three versions of the song (Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, Roy Hamilton) charted in the Billboard Top 10 in the United States. Ten years later the Righteous Brothers version topped out at #4. There is also a version by Duane Eddy.

 

 

June 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #20: Trambone

“Trambone” was a track on Chet Atkins’ 1962 album “Back Home”. It went on to become one of his signature tunes. Duane Eddy covered it as well.

June 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Rear View Mirror #19: Dominique

If you were around in 1964, you definitely remember this tune — although I bet you haven’t heard it in a while. It sat at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. The artist was Jeanne Decker. In French-speaking countries she was known as “Soeur Sourire” (Sister Smile). In English-speaking countries she was known as “The Singing Nun”.

June 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

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