Category: Artist

Our Planet Earth

I am a true misanthrope. I dislike the entire species of Homosapiens. I like certain individuals but, as a species, I despise the entire human race (myself included.) We should give the planet Earth back to the animals. They treat the planet nicely. They deserve it. To add to the problems of giant oil spills into our oceans (as clusters of sea otters claw their eyes out because the oil stings), we have white-collar greed, brutal home invasions, hunger, poverty, murder, etc. We also have fanatical male terrorist SUICIDE BOMBERS to contend with: These crazy-ass, horny fellows believe if they blow themselves up (wearing their groovy suicide-bomb-vests), and take out many innocent bystanders, they will go to their afterlife and get 72 virgins EACH! What if those 72 virgins turn out to be dudes?

This Is Not My Green Shirt

“This Is Not My Green Shirt” is a song I wrote and which appears on The Giddy Statues’ concept album, “NO STARCH” (released 1967). The entire subject matter, of this concept LP, is my wardrobe and dry-cleaning. To my surprise, this song became a single and hit the U.K. charts at #10. A true-life trauma that happened in 1967: The dry-cleaners LOST MY GREEN SHIRT! I have never gotten over this loss. I was, recently, at my psychiatrist and told him about the deep grief I still feel over the loss of my green shirt. He expounded to me about the grieving process, etc. He suggested I continue counseling and to join a support group. “A Support Group for people who have lost clothes?” I responded. “OK, I’ll give it a go.”

Cheers to “HONEY” LANTREE of THE HONEYCOMBS: The First Female Rock Drummer

In the 50s and 60s being male or female governed which musical options individuals had. That is, if you were a male, you could do almost anything musical: guitarist or drummer, bandleader or producer. If you were female, you could be a singer, but even then the contexts had limits. Very few women in this milieu achieved success as drummers, keyboard players or bass players. But one individual female comes to mind. And, of all instruments, she played drums! I can only imagine the passion for pop/rock this woman had. A passion so true, gender didn’t matter; she ventured into a music world where men ruled that industry.

Which Bass Player Did Paul McCartney Idolize?

Paul McCartney is certainly the most innovative, melodic, bass playing genius on the planet. Give a listen to the bass lines of “Lovely Rita, “Penny Lane” just to name a few songs in the large recorded catalogue of The Beatles. But which bassist did Paul McCartney idolize and try to emulate? “The biggest influence on my bass playing was JAMES JAMERSON, who played on many of my favorite Motown releases”, says Paul. Paul had been studying, listening to the bass playing on Motown recordings, and had long been complaining that the bass on Beatle records wasn’t as loud or full as the bass on American records. So, Paul switched from his signature Hofner violin “Beatle” bass to a beefier Rickenbacker – but still not as good as what they were hearing on those American records. Inspiration struck Beatle engineer, Geoff Emerick: “Some microphones are in fact simply loudspeakers wired in reverse, why not try using a loudspeaker as a microphone?” Emerick wired a speaker up that way. To Geoff and Paul’s delight, the idea of using a speaker as a microphone worked pretty well! It was first used on “Paperback Writer.” Paul loved the sound.

SKIN HEAD GIRL

Taylor Swift recorded my new country song, “SKIN HEAD GIRL”, and then refused to shave her head for the video. Young pop stars must learn to commit to their craft. Fortunately my agent, Mr. Andrew Marks, received a call from Lady Gaga who wishes to record my song, “OVERT GIRL IN THE HORN-RIMMED GLASSES”. Lady Gaga conveyed she has no qualms about wearing horn-rimmed glasses in the video.