Monday, September 29, 2014
Guest blogger Lyn Price is back with her third YouTubeStars post! Lyn is a talented singer who is here to review awesome Music Videos from the 1960s! Read what Lyn says about The Tokens, The Dave Clark 5, and The 13th Floor Elevators.
Classic 1960s Music!
THE TOKENS - Swing 1964
This band is from the early 60's and had one spectacular hit - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which was used in "The Lion King". They are from Brooklyn, New York and fit in with the Doo Wop scene. They started out in high school. There was some reshuffling of members and name changes, but the core band stuck together and found two great musicians, one was about 13 years old. Vocally, he was a first tenor and his brother a baritone. The lead singer was Jay Siegel (from 1956 to 1973). There was a lot of excitement around this band - Brooklyn Doo Wop was a great time and place to be.
In 1961, the Tokens released a single for Warwick Records entitled "Tonight I Fell in Love" which scored #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and led them to American Bandstand. After that, more recording opportunities opened up for them. After the TV appearance, they had more offers on the table. Their hit single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" sold more than one million copies. The band were awarded gold discs.
From 1962 to 1970, the Tokens released nine more songs that scored the Top 100. One of them was "Swing". No one could stay off the dance floor and the video featured here shows baby boomers are still dancing to it.
Beginning in 1963, the Tokens began serving as record producers for other artists, such as the Girl Groups and Randy & The Rainbows. It was called B.T. Puppy Records. In 1972, one of the Tokens (Jay Siegel) did background vocals for a re-recording of Lion Sleeps Tonight with Robert John as the lead vocalist.
The Tokens reunited during 1975 for occasional weeks as singing regulars on the Adam Wade hosted game show/Musical Chairs and in 1978 recorded a song for ABC's Schoolhouse Rock named "A Victim of Gravity".
Afterwards there was more reshuffling and the 2 brothers, Mitch and Philip Margo continue to perform with new members. In the year 2000 they reunited with Jay Siegel, one of the original members. They did a stint on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51. The Tokens were then Siegel, Reid and Eddy Rezzonico. Rezzonico replaced Richie Grasso during the 1990's.
Brooklyn, New York Doo Wop was bluesy, romantic and special. The Tokens colored the skies with their version of Doo Wop.
THE DAVE CLARK 5 - Try Too Hard
When the Dave Clark 5 arrived on US soil, fans shifted their undying love for the Beatles - to the Dave Clark 5. This fashionable group of 5 musicians appeared on the Ed Sullivan show 18 times, more than any UK Rock group.
The Dave Clark 5 were from Tottenham, London, England. They formed in 1958 under the name, the Dave Clark Quintet. After some reshuffling - with new members replacing other members, the band became the Dave Clark 5 or DC5 in 1962. Dave Clark played drums and was the leader of the group. The band's huge hit, "Glad All Over" knocked the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand" right off the charts. The DC5 appeared to be more popular in the USA than their native UK. But between 1967 and 1970, the group had a "renaissance" in the UK, receiving notice from the rock music community.
In March 2008, the Dave Clark 5 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The DC5 had to their credit - 17 records in the top 40 of the US Billboard chart and 12 top 40 hits between 1964 and 1967. There was a film, "Catch Us If You Can". The song featured here is "Try Too Hard" but it didn't do what it should have in the USA - but in Europe the song was very popular.
The Dave Clark 5 will always be remembered as a feature attraction in the British Invasion. These 5 fashionable young men, all good musicians, would be the object of adoration by record buying fans. Their loyal fans were sad when the group disbanded in late 1970. Their great rock hits, recorded on Columbia (EMI Records), Epic (USA) and Capitol (Canada) will continue to amaze British Invasion fans. This was a group of great Pop Rock hits - and they will forever rock the music world.
THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - You're Gonna Miss Me, Original Mono
The 13th Floor Elevators were an American Texas based band, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band existed from 1965 to 1969. During their career they made 4 LP records and 7 45's for the International Artists record label. Credited with being one of the first psychedelic bands in Rock n' Roll history, according to the 2005 documentary, "You're Gonna Miss Me", Tommy Hall was credited with the term "psychedelic rock" although a few other artists used the term to describe their music before the 13th Floor Elevators. Contemporary influences are Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Peter Allim (Big Brother & The Holding Company) and Chris Gerniottis (Zakary Thaks).
The Elevators 45 Debut, "You're Gonna Miss Me" reached national Billboard #55 in 1966, and is featured on the 1972 compilation "NUGGETS: ORIGINAL ARTIFACTS FROM THE FIRST PSYCHEDELIC ERA (1965-1968), which is considered vital in the history of Garage Rock and the development of Punk Rock. In January, 1966, the band went to Houston to record 2 songs. One of them was "You're Gonna Miss Me". The two songs were ready for 45 release. Besides the Texas Tour in Spring 1966 they also appeared on live TV to perform on teen dance shows. As the band's musical future took hold, their "touring map" added more locations. The Elevators were very popular outside Texas - especially Miami, Detroit and the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1967, they returned to Texas. They released a 45 rpm called "Levitation" and they continued live performances in Texas cities. They did a gig at the Fillmore while in San Francisco, and a place called The Avalon.
In November 1967, the band's second album hit the stores. The psychedelic masterwork with the opening track "Slip Inside This House" - critics and fans alike rate this album as their finest work.
There were some heavy problems that the band's line up had to deal with. Arguing among the members over topics such as LSD use and it's effect on the audience became a frequent occurrence. Sometimes the band had to perform without the lead singer.
The very last 13th Floor Elevators record was released by International Artists and was a reissue of the "You're Gonna Miss Me" 45 rpm. The last concert was in April 1968. Drug arrests and hospitalizations were the downfall of the band, as well as mismanagement and arguments over drug use and money. However, despite the band's problems, the original leader Roky Erikson returned to music in the 1990's. With the help of a close relative, he hooked up with a lawyer who helped him get sorted out with royalties.
Two of the band's members were continuously debating the issue with LSD. Disputes, poor management, bickering over the use of suggestive drug related lyrics and an overzealous advocacy of LSD "leading" to a higher state - as a result these two members were not credited on the album's sleeve notes. Despite long, hard efforts in the studio, and resources utilized and the studio's legendary status, "Easter Everywhere" did not get the sales hoped for and was never reprinted.
Despite all the issues, the 13th Floor Elevators remained a powerful presence on the Texas Rock music scene. The Elevators were apart from the bands at that time - they had a unique sound. But as time went on, the problems still had their presence and the live shows lost their original energy. Much of this was due to an unstable member lineup.
The 13th Floor Elevators have been covered by many bands and nearly all the covers were a tribute to these wonderful musicians whose music would be loved and considered by other more mainstream acts. In the 1990's, ZZ Top, and R.E.M. would be among the music admirers of the Elevators. Many other musicians were influenced by their music.
The 13th Floor Elevators shone like gold in the Nuggets Collection and their track, "You're Gonna Miss Me" will go down in Rock n' Roll history.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Long time guest blogger, Diana (attractive picture at left), is here to review 4 videos from Super Popular YouTube Star Jenna Mourey, Jenna Marbles! Read what Diana says about this woman who has been making funny and creative skit comedy videos for over 4 years now. Jenna Marbles is very popular, sitting right between female pop singers Rihanna and Katy Perry on the YouTube Top 100 Chart, and Diana will tell you why so many people love Jenna Marbles!
Joined Feb 16, 2010
Jenna Mourey is a young youtube comedian star born September 15 in Rochester, NY, who then Later moved to Boston, MA for collage. She went to Suffolk University where she received a BS in Psychology and she also has a masters in Sport Psychology and Counseling. Now she is living in what I like to call Youtube country, Oh you don't know where that is? Well like DUH it's Los Angeles, California.
I thought it would be nice to get to know Jenna by doing an old video first, then one somewhere in the middle and then a newer one. What do you think? Lets watch her grow as a youtuber together! I must warn you, Jenna Marbles is not meant for children or tweens. I would suggest 17+ for watching her videos.
Ok, lets start with one of Jenna's first ever videos, the one that made her want to start making videos and others laugh. Not many people know this but, it's called How to trick people into thinking you're good looking. Its her 7th video listed, but the first one she posted on her friends Dave's blog page. Barstoolsports.com. She loved it so much she wanted to start making more videos. So she started on her own website her friend made for her, Stoollala.com. It was more of a blogging site and although she still blogs here http://jennamarblesblog.com/ her passion is making videos and I for one am glad she has kept doing it. This video alone has 58,748,877 views... YOU GO JENNA MARBLES.
Next, lets go to a video made 2 years later or two years ago, how ever you would like to say it. Oh Hey, it was posted on my birthday so its got to be good!!!
Ok, now I can't say that this is what I do as a morning routine, but it's hella funny and maybe I would have a brighter day if I did?? I can't say I look down when I go to the bathroom and talk about how dapper I look, but the challenge of not touching a zit? Well that I have to say is pretty spot on. :)
I am starting to see why she is so popular; who doesn't love beautiful women who can make fun of themselves?
What Girls Do In The Bathroom In The Morning
As kind of a second half to What Girls Do In The Bathroom In The Morning, (warning crude and vulgar behavior and language) we have What Boys Do In The Bathroom In The Morning. I was laughing so hard, I can't say I have ever watched a man's bathroom routine, so to be honest I can't say how close or far off she is :P
What Boys Do In The Bathroom In The Morning
Ok, last I thought I would do her "as of right now" latest video, What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean. Love it. If I was to go all natural, like never wax, I would be so, in her words high fashion, ( In my words dead caterpillars on my forehead look ) But I have gotten them waxed too far apart,(never go to a newbie waxer!) So for 2 weeks I was so "I don't know where I am..." I felt like it too. Is this my face? What happened to my face??
I have had the too thin eyebrows again, tried another newbie waxer hoping cheaper would not hurt me, but do I learn? Noppers. So I guess for 2 weeks I was a VERY picky eater? Well to be honest no matter what my eyebrows look like, I am pretty picky on food!! (SHOULD START ON MY WAXERS NEXT YA THINK???)
What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean
Monday, September 15, 2014
In the Spring of 1970, at Kent State in Ohio, there was a protest going on. Many young people had been drafted and died in the War in Vietnam. President Nixon was supposed to be drawing the war down, but an invasion of nearby Cambodia had recently been announced. Hundreds of students at Kent State were protesting this, and the Governor called in the National Guard to handle the disturbance. on May 4th, 29 guardsmen fired their weapons for 13 seconds, killing 4 unarmed students and injuring 9 others.
On September 15th 2014, it was reported that Urban Outfitters was selling a $129 sweatshirt with the Kent State University emblem that clearly had blood stains on it. https://twitter.com/ExploringBird/timelines/511556609110052864 #KentState was soon trending on Twitter.
For those interested in the flavor of the times, here is a video made for the song "Ohio" which was recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young just weeks after the Kent State Shootings. The video contains pictures of protests of the time. We support all members of the Military! Today, in addition to this Urban Outfitters Kent State incident, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 2 Vietnam War Vets.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Here's a fun well done lip sync video filmed in one take to Taylor Swift's new hit tune "Shake It Off" made by a fraternity and in support of a charity! The guys of Delta Sigma Phi - Beta Mu chapter at Transylvania University in Lexington Kentucky take turns starring in the flick as they move the party from room to room. But it's not just a good time video, it also helps to publicize a campaign in support of Team Torsie at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as they seek to wipe out blood cancer. Check it out, here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/ky/Lexingtn14/TeamTorsie.
And now, the rest of the story! Taylor swift just commented on this video via FaceBook and Google+ saying, "I'm personally inviting all of these guys (and a date!) to a show on tour next year, it's on me. Nailed it, bros!" Wow, how sweet of Taylor Swift! This will bring even more awareness to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!
Now watch the guys as they lip sync and dance to Taylor Swift's new hit song, Shake It Off. It already has a half Million views and I bet it goes over a Million this weekend. SHARE THIS and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Oh, and if you haven't seen the official Taylor Swift video for Shake It Off, you can watch it here.
Monday, September 01, 2014
Could this be the big summer song of 2014? I can't think of another huge hit this summer, other than "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift which I wrote about recently. It's very late in the summer, but Meghan Trainor is hitting BIG right now with her catchy throwback pop tune, "All About That Bass". Take Amy Winehouse's hit "Rehab", add some Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" and a dash of Betty Everett's "Shoop Shoop Song" and stir in a healthy helping of Ringo Starr's "No-No Song" and you have a musical brew that could produce That Bass if shaken And stirred.
Aside from the musical nod to 60s girl groups, "All About That Bass" has a slight edge in the vein of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda which itself references "Baby Got Back". It's been one year since Miley Cyrus twerked at the MTV Video Music Awards, but apparently people are still obsessed with butts. Meghan Trainor is seemingly within a normal healthy weight range but she is not a size two and is fine with that. While standing up for girls and women who some might consider plus sized, she describes the advantages of having a bigger booty. However, she does mention "Skinny bitches" and perhaps thin people are equally capable of realizing their advantages and being happy with that. Whatever body size you are genetically predisposed to, it might be good to strive to be happy with yourself.
Ultimately, perhaps it is wise to consider that maybe Perfection Does Not Exist and rather than compare oneself to a perceived societal norm, energy is better spent on becoming comfortable in one's own skin and trying to be the best one can be - physically, mentally and spiritually. One way to be happy with your body is to move it! Why not get up and dance along to this video! The beat is there and you can copy some of the moves as you watch. After all, this is a summer hit, and summer is all about having fun, so stay calm and keep on dancing!
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