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Flashlite #284 – Goodbye Tommy Ramone, Gerry Goffin, Bobby Womack, Charlie Haden, MiÅ¡a Blam… and Paul Mazursky

Tommy RamoneThis is one devastating month for the world of music. We lost some of the really great ones recently. Tommy Ramone is the most recent one, until now, the only remaining original Ramone, writer of Blitzkrieg Bop and producer of The Replacements Tim. His most recent musical effort was a bluegrass duet Uncle Monk, and one touching song which I recorded live in Cleveland from that era finishes our show. We also review some of my favorite Gerry Goffin and Carole King songs. Goffin passed away and left behind an incredible pioneering work in rock’n’roll lyricism. Bobby Womack, who was born in Cleveland OH by the way, also passed away last month. Rock’n’roll audience probably knows him the best as the author of the Rolling Stones first no.1 hit It’s All Over Now, but he was also a great singer in his own right. The we say goodbye to two great jazz bassists. Charlie Haden was definitely one of the greatest in the world. Incredible list of collaborators will never be surpassed. For instance, we check out his most recent album with Keith Jarrett called The Last Dance. It came just one month before the news came about Haden’s departure. MiÅ¡a Blam is the second bassist that passed away recently. He is not very well known outside of the borders of former Yugoslavia, but back home, he was regarded as the greatest one. And finally we also mention the passing of Paul Mazursky, definitely one of my favorite movie directors.

Laura Nyro – Up on the Roof;
Ramones – Mama’s Boy;
Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop;
Ramones – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend;
The Replacements – Left of the dial;
Redd Kross – Frostep Flake;
The Animals – Don’t Bring Me Down;
The Byrds – Goin’ Back;
Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday;
Little Eva – The Locomotion;
Elektricni Orgazam – Locomotion;
Zafir Hadzimanov – Stari cadjavi voz;
Albert King – The Hunter (Blues Alphabet);
Misa Blam – Insert 12;
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Dance of the Infidels;
Charlie Haden – Oh Shenandoah;
Bobby Womack – If You Don’t Want My Love;
The Valentinos – It’s All Over Now;
Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now;
Faces – Maybe I’m Amazed;
Uncle Monk – Heaven (Live in CLE).

Flashlite #14

Pierced Arrows First 30 minutes of today’s show is very loud and the the other half of the show we mellow down easy with some folksy type of rock… at least if you consider young savage Westerberg strumming his acoustic guitar mellow. We do. So, yes that second block begins with his “protest” song Bad Worker that’s one of the “extras” on the newly re-re-released expanded versions of first four Replacement records. We check them out pretty carefully in today’s episode. The we had also the new Billy Bragg’s double CD which he calls Mr Love and Justice. Steve Wynn recoded an album in Ljubljana, so we check that out as well. In the first half, we have the new band for the former Dead Moon members Fred and Tony. They call it Pierced Arrows. We also check out new records for Wedding Present and The Ettes. Also, I got a chance to shake hands with legendary Tommy Ramone who played a show with his bluegrass duet Uncle Monk in Cleveland. So, the show ends with one of the songs that I recorded on my voice recorder that night. So, yeah – a lot of new stuff today. Dig in.

Mona Lisa Overdrive – It’s Just Too Much;
Dead Moon – Graveyard;
Pierced Arrows – Guns Of Thunder;
The Wedding Present – Happy Birthday;
The Wedding Present – Spider-Man on Hollywood;
The Wedding Present – Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm;
The Ettes – To Arms;
The Replacements – Perfectly Lethal;
The Replacements – Shutup (Demo);
The Replacements – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock;

The Replacements – Bad Worker (Solo Home Demo);
Billy Bragg – The Johnny Carcinogenic Show;
Billy Bragg – The Johnny Carcinogenic Show;
Steve Wynn – Tuesday;
Steve Wynn – Slovenian Rhapsody II;
Richard Buckner – Li’l Wallet Picture;
Paul Kelly – Every Fucking City;
Uncle Monk – Mean To Me.