80’s Teen Movies

Greatness. I thought it was simply because I was a teen in the 80’s that I still managed to enjoy those movies, but I’ve found that people of all ages seem to gravitate towards them.


Real Genius

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Sixteen Candles

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Better Off Dead

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Weird Science

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Revenge of the Nerds

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Teen Wolf

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The Breakfast Club

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I’m sure I’ve missed plenty but those are my favorites off the top of my head. What about you?

You’ve Got To Give Them What They Came For

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One of the baddest underground funk bands ever was SUN, live from Dayton, featuring a hint of all of the greats rolled into a sound all their own.

The vocals were amazing, the band was TIGHT, they could swing, they had latin flavor, they could throw down with horns or without… I mean, they are true legends with very little fanfare.

Check out some outstanding Sun selections in the OhioFungk playlist:

 



 

Ohio Fungk Is Where It’s At

The baddest playlist around….. All OHIO, All FUNGK, ALL ON THE ONE

Ohio Players, Sun, Slave, Bootsy, Heatwave, Dayton, The Isley’s, Junie Morrison, Zapp, Aurra, Faze-O,  Lakeside, Overnight Low, Dazz Band…. if it came from Ohio we will play it.

Give in to the addiction that is youtube…. give in with Pure Ohio Fungk!

 

10 Months Late

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It’s hard to believe that David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie’s surprising death is already 10 months ago.

Days before he passed he promoted a strange tangle of an album called Blackstar, complete with a new band, a new sound, and an ominous video about dying.

Then he died. I couldn’t listen to the album even though I was fascinated by it’s story.

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Our hero knew he had a fatal illness but shared it with almost no one. He hunted the New York nights for inspiration, finding it in Donny McCaslin, the saxophonist that Bowie always wanted to be. McCaslin had a progressive jazz combo that Bowie caught one night and immediately set up a meeting.

Walking into this jazz band’s practice space, Bowie opened up his notebook and proceeded to free jam song ideas and melodies with this band of guys he had never played with, much less met before!

It was all recorded, and it was so magical that it was almost released as the album! Can you imagine, the ultimate improv?


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But business and engineering interests prevailed so they set up recording sessions to properly render their ideas.

Like his previous album The Next Day, this was a secretive project. The result was completed and shipped as Blackstar just two days before he met his demise.

And it has sat on my Pono in hi-resolution for 10 months now.

Too painful to press play and accept that this was Bowie composing very concisely about his pending demise.

I say go for it. I did.

It was amazing. His whole career, his whole artistic essence, facing the end and needing to channel this into music. It’s utterly devastating.

He can do anything. Accepting his ultimate fear leaves him fearless.


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This might be his best album ever. I shit you not. It has no hits or singles. Nothing fashionable. Nothing I can scream out to you in small pieces.

It only is the most perfectly sad moment of music I’ve heard in quite some time.

 

Everybody’s Got A Thang

The firstest and bestest version of the P-Funk Thang as it was forming in 1969.

 

Bernie isn’t there yet, neither is Tiki, Bootsy or Garry. But the Parliaments are out front and a very early version of Funkadelic is just blaring away behind them melding together 3-4 songs and 3-4 pieces of then unreleased songs.

The Parliaments have their dance moves down and their parts all together, no lie!

Eddie Hazel, Tawl Ross, and Billy Bass are forming a pretty nasty string section. The drummer and keyboard player here were soon replaced. George is from another world.

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The Art of Recorded Music

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A canvas. A monitor. A block of clay.

Human imagination is more fertile and expansive than all of them.

Human imagination is where the soundstage of recorded music is rendered.

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Creating sound for a recording takes planning. Even a simple voice over requires quieting the room, writing a script, and a doing a mic level check. Recording a band or larger unit requires extensive planning, both technical in nature and strategic from an artistic sense.

 

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How many sounds are we trying to create? How many instruments, voices, microphones, and additional dubs? How many tracks per song? How many songs per album? These are artistic decisions mixed with lots of technical hum-drum (a million cables).

 

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As the musicians and producer start to craft the songs they are already working on many layers.

The arrangement is one layer, actually each part within the arrangement is a layer. The type and style of sounds emanating from the instruments are another layer.

 

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The feel or tempo of the songs is another layer. The prominence of each instrument in the mix is another layer.

The amount of soloing is another layer. I could go on. Some bands do indeed go on and on!

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My point? There is complexity here that gets painted into the soundstage of the final product. These layers of creation are not only intentionally put there, but fretted over in emotionally draining recording sessions, hour after hour.

There are screaming battles, insults, and hurt feelings as the artist sweats and bleeds for their art.

Pure creativity is buried throughout the mix.

Artists layer the sounds in their heads while recording engineers massage and place those sounds through the recording system.

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The blend of the sounds is critical. Each sound works within, against, and through all other sounds. This is known overall as the mix. It’s a most precious thing.

No medium has more depth than sound. Nothing – NOTHING, including color, mixes like sound.

No other medium works by fully enveloping the participant.

IMAX? IMAX is actually about 20% of your surroundings fixed in space with visible framing. A simple head turn or eye close makes IMAX = no-max.

Sound has no equal. This is why I fight so strongly these days against the lossy crowd, against the phones are fine for music, buy new headphones crowd.

Even my own friends. I have to remind them that reducing our music is reducing our soul and we should be very careful with such things.

 

Good Morning Eddie

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Who’s the finest electric guitarist of all time? It’s a very short list at the very very top.

There’s likely millions of good ones, thousands of amazing ones, and probably 100’s of legends I have heard of.

But then there’s the very top. The completely untouchable, unplayable motherfuggus that just knock people out. Done.

They make other guitar players try harder– or quit. Mic Guitar drop.

Eddie Hazel is one of those guys.


 

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The most genius amongst a pack of them, he blazed through the P-Funk mob from ’67-’82 then battled his addictions outside of music. By 1990 he was starting his comeback stronger than ever. He passed away in 1992 at the young age of 42, a medical prescription error the supposed cause, unfinished music.


 

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There’s lots of tributes out there. This one always gets me. It’s Bootsy’s tribute track just a few short years after Eddie’s passing. Beautiful.


 


 

Why flip the title? Good morning shows the future is bright.

“Good morning Eddie” because I know through music education our youth (and ignorant adults) will know geniuses like Edward Earl Hazel. They will live forever. They will be studied academically, spiritually, and musically. They are the 20th century masters.


 

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Living For The Live

There’s a lot going on in this clip. It’s pretty good.

Ray Charles + Stevie Wonder, doing one of Stevie’s funk songs, with neither of their bands, for an awards show. It looks like the late 80’s with plastic keyboards and big hair but the talent is so great it works out just fine.

Also since Ray’s R&B big band really doesn’t do the early 70’s funk groove that this song was originally cut in, for this era they turned into a disco-tempo gospel style romp. It’s reframes the song nicely.

Imagine if these two ever did a full record together….

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You Touch Me I Hear The Sound of Mandolins

Awesome rendition of this magical song written for a 1957 movie that I personally first heard performed by David Bowie in the 70’s. This is the amazing Nina Simone going way back to 1959:

[I’m having deja vu on this post, I’ll check after posting it if it’s a duplicate. Well it is based on an emotion, so it’s duplicates are valid.]

Damn, Bowie Is Gone

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Is it a hoax? While releasing his latest album, and already receiving amazing reviews, David Bowie, 69, passed last night from unreported cancer.

So many unanswered questions here, like who knew, how they were planning the promotion of the new album and all of that?  The BBC is saying it’s been an 18-month battle.

A great man has fallen. A great artist that forever changed the world entered it as David Jones in Brixton and succumbed 2 days after his 69th birthday, and 2 days after releasing his final album.

Buy that new album Blackstar and buy 5 more Bowie albums why you are at it. You won’t regret it.

Review my previous Bowie moments here.


 

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Power Ballad Power Battle

In the red corner: “Without You” as performed by Harry Nilsson, 1971. A HUGE hook, a HUGE hit.

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Originally composed by Pete Ham & Tom Evans (of the band Badfinger) Nilsson heard their version at a party, hummed it for days, and when he finally figured out who it was he called his manager. “I think I found one” he said, and he was right.

 

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In the blue corner: “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye” as performed by The Raspberries, 1972.

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Playing the role of the underdog it’s Cleveland’s power pop sluggers – The Raspberries. Led by Eric Carmen on piano, guitar and vocals, their debut album had that delicious ‘we can do anything’ vibe, somehow mixing progressive arrangements with piano ballads. It’s hard to pick a single song to go against Nilsson but “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye” packs a wallop,

“Waiting”, and “I Can Remember” also tug at the heart strings.

 

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Decision?  Nilsson in a split decision. The Raspberries scored points on songwriting, ambition, and flexibility, but Harry Nilsson’s voice is just unstoppable on that hook. The most jaded heart will yearn within 5 seconds of that song.