Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NEW VIDEOS

I put three more videos up on YouTube yesterday for those of you who like that sort of thing.

MY NIECE'S FOOT "LIKE A VIRGIN"
This is from the band I was in when I first moved to Japan in 1993-94. "Like A Virgin" was one of our most fun songs to play. I brought the song to the group and made up the arrangement. It's not really complex. But it was a challenge to turn a disco number into something that could be played on acoustic guitars. The theme of My Niece's Foot was to be an unplugged rock band and not in any way a folk group even though we didn't have electric instruments or drums. The group was (from left to right on this video) me on bass, Emily Iarocci (vocals), Sam Flemming (guitar), Nick Wilding (guitar, violin). I don't think Sam and Nick ever really liked the banter Emily and I did on stage that much. Originally it had been their band and Emily and I joined and sorta changed things. They got used to it.



MY NIECE'S FOOT "I WALKED AWAY"
From our reunion show in Monterey, California in 1997, this is one of Sam Flemming's songs and I think it's really good and extremely commercial. If Pearl Jam or someone like that had done this song it'd have been all over Top 40 radio. If some guy on American Idol or one of those things did it now it would be a huge smash. Anyone who wants to cover it, write me and I'll give you Sam's contact info. Maybe he'll cut me in on the royalties when it's a number one.



DIMENTIA 13 "MESMERIZED"
Here is another Dimentia 13 song from the Friday Club in Chicago in 1988. Oh the hair! Oh the boots! This is from the second Dimentia 13 LP, "Mirror Mind". At the time I thought this was a hit single. Maybe it would have been in 1966 with somebody else singing. But it was 22 years too late and several semitones too off-key. That's my real hair, but I didn't normally douse it with that much cheap hairspray.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Gawd.. Good Halloween post. #1

anony(mouse) said...

YES!!!

Flor de Nopal Sangha said...

Tres!

AtothaB said...

The crowd looks astonished! ;)

Jack Schitt said...

I see now why you decided to embark on a career as a writer :)

Jinzang said...

Master Gudo Nishijima caught his students arguing over who owned a Madonna CD. He said, "If any of you can say a turning word, I will give you the CD." No one could and Gudo broke the CD into pieces.

That evening Brad Warner visited Master Gudo Nishijima's dojo and heard what had happened. He put on a cone bra and walked out.

"If you had been here," Gudo declared, "you would have saved the Madonna CD."

Anonymous said...

drove past EL Rey on Wilshire on my way home

hey, guys! Roky Erikson this Friday 10/31/08!!

Anonymous said...

Jinzang! Do you remember 'fractured fairytales?'
well yours would be the zen stories version
I LOVE IT

dzj said...

"Master Gudo Nishijima caught his students arguing over who owned a Madonna CD. He said, "If any of you can say a turning word, I will give you the CD." No one could and Gudo broke the CD into pieces.

That evening Brad Warner visited Master Gudo Nishijima's dojo and heard what had happened. He put on a cone bra and walked out.

"If you had been here," Gudo declared, "you would have saved the Madonna CD.""


LOL

Rich said...

Wow! Now I know, if I had stuck with music I could have been a contender.

The second song does have potential. The Dimeted song with studio work could be listenable.

Thanks for the enlightenment experience.

Anonymous said...

what kind of creature is that in the dimentia 13 video? Looks like a monster from an MST 3K episode.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you're related to a virgin, or someone who just feels like one.