Sunday, February 12, 2012
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #302
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I CAN’T EXPLAIN JEFFREY
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #302!
– “Tattoo” (Decca) :: Best song title ever!
Van Halen – “Tattoo” (Interscope) :: Best song title ever!
The Beatles – “From Me Tattoo” (Parlophone)
:: Worst song title ever!
SIZZLING REISSUE OF THE WEEK:
The Who – Quadrophenia Maximum: The Director’s Cut: Super Deluxe Edition (Polydor) :: This definitive
four disc edition of the ’Oo’s masterpiece lives up to its exhaustive title by including over two dozen demos
plus a profusely illustrated book written by the album’s big nosed songwriter that’s one hundred English
SIZZLING VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The
Who – Live At The Cow Palace (November 20, 1973) :: When the ’Oo went on their 1973 “whirlwind”
tour of North America to promote Quadrophenia, they weren’t kidding around because within twelve days it was
all over but the drinking.
Luckily, this privately recorded two hour
black and white videotape—a three camera shoot which was “liberated” from promoter Bill Graham’s personal
archive—captures the band’s opening night in San Francisco as they struggle with a dodgy quadraphonic sound system
and a druggy quadriplegic drummer who passes out not once, but twice, after imbibing animal tranquilizers and booze.
Then, with the cameras still rolling, the big nosed guitarist steps up to the microphone and asks
the music question: “Is there a drummer in the house?” At which point teenage audience member Scot Halpin
accepts the offer, is allowed up on stage, and actually sits down behind Keith Moon’s drums. Then things really
SIZZLING BOOK OF THE WEEK: Richie Unterberger
– Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who From Lifehouse To Quadrophenia (Jawbone) :: Even the biggest ’Oo
fan will be impressed by this painstakingly researched digest that comprehensively covers the band’s most prolific post-Thomas
period. I learned more about the ’Oo in the first 25 pages than I did in the last 25 years! Bonus points for quoting
a CREEM Magazine interview that I did with “Old Big Nose” back in 1975 about the ’Oo’s legendary rock
opera Bible One.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK:
Pete Townshend – Live At The Roundhouse (April 14, 1974) :: What makes this audience recording of
Pete’s first ever live solo concert so charming to listen to is the fact that it actually is a solo performance
in that the bulk of the show consists of Pete playing his electric guitar accompanied only by a primitive rhythm generator.
“This next one is a little bit more complicated,” he says prior to playing “Big Boss Man” as he strives
to set the machine to a new preset rhythm. “Fox Trot 2 on the beat box.”
The crowd is a rowdy boisterous lot that results in a lot of banter between the artist and his audience of
hard core fans. “I come from a rough neighbour’ood,” he warns a heckler before launching into an
eclectic selection of songs ranging from Jimmy Reed’s “Goin’ To New York” to Tim Harden’s “If
I Were A Carpenter” and an even more arcane assortment of ’Oo songs ranging from “Tattoo” and “Happy
Jack” to “The Seeker” and “Let’s See Action.”
He even takes a break to spin two demo recordings of “My Generation” and give a prototypical Professor Pete
pontification on how they were made in his home studio. “Note the stutter!” he proudly points out as the first
Bonus points for rewriting “Magic Bus” to include this
new inspirational insecurity verse: “I’m so nervous, I’m sure it shows. Don’t say anything about my
great big nose!”
The Who – Bible One
(Eel Pie) :: Coming soon!
Be seeing you!