Soul Serenade: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

If you look up R&B in the dictionary there should be a picture of today’s record because the record pretty much defines R&B. It is a slab of southern soul sung by a great singer, played by storied musicians, and ...

Exit Lines: “The Spoils”

When you’ve seen a show, and afterwards you obsess about punching its playwright and star in the mouth–well, something has gone wrong. Or, maybe, that’s what its playwright and star wants you to obsess about. He pretty much says as much ...

Suburban Metal Dad #436. “Comics Novels”

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Soul Serenade: B.B. King, ‘Worried Life”

All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King ...

Suburban Metal Dad #435. “Foodie”

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Soul Serenade: Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”

We lost another King last week. While we were still grieving the loss of Ben E. King, the news came that B.B. King had passed away. B.B. was one of those people who seemed as if they were always a ...

No Concessions: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mad Max: Fury Road is, among other positives, a time machine for film critics of a certain age. A few minutes in and I was back in front of HBO circa 1980 watching the original Max Max (1979), probably for the ...

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

When Rare Earth decided to cover “Get Ready” they weren’t fooling around. In fact, their version of the Temptations classic ran to over 21 minutes in length. There was a good reason for this extravagance however. The band simply didn’t ...

Suburban Metal Dad #430. “Flashback III”

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Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “I (Who Have Nothing)”

It’s been almost five years since I last wrote about Ben E. King. At that time I featured an early classic of his solo career, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied).” It was one of the first records I ever ...

No Concessions: “Maggie”

In Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a teenage daughter who’s a zombie. Not the usual, comatose-on-the-couch, waiting-for-a-boy-to-call zombie, but a zombie zombie–a victim of the “necro-ambulatory virus,” which, having ravaged our cities, is burning through the heartland, killing all plant and animal ...

Suburban Metal Dad #429. “Judgment Call”

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Soul Serenade: The 5th Dimension, “One Less Bell To Answer”

When most discerning music fans are asked to name a classic song by composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David, one that perfectly embodies the team’s signature sound, they are inevitably going to choose one of Dionne Warwick’s hits from ...

Soul Serenade: Percy Sledge, “It Tears Me Up”

When word came yesterday that Percy Sledge had died at the age of 74, social media lit up with mentions of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” And why not? Sledge’s 1966 smash was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ...

Soul Serenade: The Cookies, “Chains”

 

The history of the Cookies goes all the way back to Brooklyn in 1954. It was there that Dorothy Jones and her cousin Beulah Robertson got together with Darlene McCrae. Robertson didn’t last long with the group however, and ...

A Fan’s Notes: Brian Wilson, “No Pier Pressure”

There are some people who think that Brian Wilson should be graded on a curve. Personally, I find that insulting, and I suspect that he would too. While artists may be proud of their legacies, the best of them want an ...

Suburban Metal Dad #427. “Metal Easter”

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