All posts tagged: Wings

British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour Adds Shows, Peter Asher

The incredibly popular 50th Anniversary British Invasion Tour that circulated along the East and West Coasts last fall is returning for another go-round this spring. Featuring hitmakers from across the pond including Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Denny Laine, Mike Pender of the Searchers, and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies/Swinging Blue Jeans, this leg will also add Peter Asher as emcee and sixth headliner. So far, dates span the East Coast and the Midwest, hitting areas and venues bypassed last fall. Those who caught the tour can attest that it’s truly one for the ages, with a lineup unlike any in history. To say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event is a severe understatement; it’s simply unmissable, plain and simple. Not only is this a veritable who’s who of one of the most important movements in music history, but each and every artist is still in top form, making the whole show a non-stop, high-energy extravaganza. As if I haven’t hammered the point home enough, if you skip this one, you’ll be sorry. The full list of dates …


CD REVIEW: Paul McCartney & Wings, “Venus & Mars”, “Wings At The Speed Of Sound” (reissues)

That much of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles efforts have been unavailable for so long remains something of a mystery to me.  His output with Wings and his solo albums during the Columbia Records years (1979 to 1984) were issued briefly in the early ’90’s and then gone.  You had to do a lot of footwork and pay a fair amount to somehow get hard copies.  However, since his signing with Hear Music a few years ago, he’s re-released a fair portion of his classics – with deluxe packages, bonus tracks and enticements than any self-respecting fan of McCartney would want to have. Now comes the re-appearance of two of his biggest hits with Wings – 1975’s opus Venus And Mars and 1976’s Wings At The Speed Of Sound.  Coming off the astounding worldwide success with Band On The Run (1973), the first thing Macca did was re-tool the Wings lineup, bringing in ex-Thunderclap Newman guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton (soon to be quickly replaced, in turn, by New York drummer Joe English).  The debut …


10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE! Nevertheless, because horror movies are eternally popular, Hollywood remakes the biggest ones, as they would any genre of film. However, horror movies also boast extremely devoted and defensive cult bases, so time will tell if this weekend’s Evil Dead reboot is as good as Sam Raimi’s original 1981 classic, despite Sam Raimi’s seal of approval and active involvement. Here then are 10 more notable horror remakes. Friday the 13th (2009) There was once a rumor that they were going to eventually make 13 Friday the 13th movies. But after sending camp drowning victim/supernatural hockey mask-wearing murderer Jason Vorhees to space, hell, and Freddy Krueger, the franchise ran out of steam at 11 movies. So in 2009 they rebooted the franchise by remaking the original 1980 film, set at the proven horror setting of a summer camp full of …

Here’s Something Else!: What if Denny Laine had fronted Wings?

Denny Laine — Fab, one time removed? — will forever be the other guy in Wings, the Paul McCartney-led 1970s successor band to the Beatles. Even if that belies Laine’s important earlier contributions to the Moody Blues (“Go Now,” a Wings concert staple), his occasional takeout moment with Paul’s band (in particular on 1978’s London Town), a batch of interesting songs that never made those Wings projects, and his own (admittedly sporadic) solo efforts.

Mix Six: Rock ‘n’ Roll Disco Party!

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Whenever I fill in at Ted’s desk here at the Mix Six, I like to have a good time. Case in point, this week’s flashback to the late 70’s and early 80’s. I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Disco? Really?” Truth is, many venerable rock acts, most of them English, saw dance music as a way to reach a new audience. This was especially true for some rock acts whose success came in the early 70’s. While many disco songs are scoffed at, I present to you six durable tracks that many of you may have shaken your grove thing to back in the day.  Several of these selections are still staples on mainstream/classic rock stations. The irony of that last statement is that those same stations decried the disco movement and applauded the downfall of the genre (perpetuated, no doubt, by  Disco Demolition Night at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago back in 1979). Ted put together an excellent mix that recalls the bygone days of radio when …

Lost in the ’80s: Paul McCartney, “So Bad”

Oh, some things just write themselves, don’t they? I kid, I kid. “So Bad” is an overlooked little gem from the Paul catalog, released in the States as the follow-up to “Say Say Say,” his megahit duet with Michael Jackson. (Sorry to put that one in your head. Let’s get back to today’s subject, shall we?) “So Bad” (download) was taken from Paul’s Pipes of Peace LP (1983), which was mostly made up of leftover tracks from his previous effort, Tug of War (1982). As a result, it shares many traits with Tug, such as producer George Martin and some studio drummer named Ringo, of all things. Oh yeah, and Linda’s on it. Surprise! Okay, sorry again. That’s two cheap shots in one post about a song I actually quite like. I must be grumpy. The video for “So Bad” is sort of melancholy in light of Linda’s passing. She did the photography for all the posed shots surrounding the band, and that little freeze-frame of Mrs. McCartney winking and smiling near the end of …

Phagz on 45: Episode Four

Our new(ish) weekly feature on Popdose rolls on, as John C. Hughes and the world’s foremost Belinda Carlisle impersonator, a.k.a. his buddy Matty (or “Bearlinda,” if you prefer), knock back even more drinks and review some singles, homo style. This week your rainbeaux duo take a listen to songs by the Hives, Paul McCartney, the Escape Club, and She Wants Revenge while discussing Cathy Goddamn Dennis, the Three Men and a Baby boy, and Koko the hand-signing gorilla. Enjoy, and as always, MP3s of the songs are below so you can follow along at home.

The Hives — “Giddy Up!” (download) Paul McCartney & Wings — “Mull of Kintyre” (download) The Escape Club — “Call It Poison” (download) She Wants Revenge — “Written in Blood” (download)

Dw. Dunphy On… Cover Songs — Why and Why Not

Some people are just flat-out smart-asses. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be at times, mind you, but a good smart-ass pulls it off with a modicum of grace and might give you a chuckle for it. In the music world, there are relatively few of the latter. Instead of a wink and a nod, they just about knock you unconscious and then ask if “you saw that.” You can tell one from the other by their choices in the realm of cover songs. A word of note to anyone who is not a music nerd accidentally finding themselves at this site: a cover song is when an artist records another artist’s song, hence covering it. The term ‘remake’ fits as well. The term ‘smart-ass’, at least relative to this article, refers to those who decide to go all hipster and record something that bears no relevance, charm or wit toward their own sensibility. I’m thinking of Madonna’s cover of “American Pie” or that godawful A Perfect Circle CD where the songs weren’t just …