Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Wonderful World of Trains - #4

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Miniatur Wunderland – Well, this is fabulous. Not only is this the world’s best model train set up, it’s an entire miniature world with trains running through it. This is a must see for anyone with a molecule of kid left in them.



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Big Tiny Little – Tiny Little Train – Woowee! Get ready for some quick fingers and Big Tiny Little tears up the keyboard with this boogie number. A nice little instrumental.



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Night Train – This is off the same album (Movin’ On) It even has a little Batman Theme in it with the guitars, but the theme is all trains. I wonder if there was ever a Bat Train? Tiny could sure whip over those keys, though.



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Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra – Train, Train, Train – On old R&B song. Buddy’s gal is supposed to be on that train and he’s determined to wait at the station until she gets there.



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Frijid Pink – Train Woman – These guys have got the psych organ and fuzz guitar goin’! I’ve liked these guys since I bought their Earth Omen album as a Cheapie. Nice blues/rocker.



They had a minor hit with House of the Rising Sun. Here is a very, very grainy video of them performing it.


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Burns Sisters – Runaway Train – This is a very pretty, country song. It's just a charming song, so I made it part of my train extravaganza.



The Burn Sisters’ site is here:

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Savoy Brown – Hellbound Train – One of the classic train and hellbound songs. It goes on for over 9 minutes, but then if you’re on a hellbound train, you’re in no hurry to get there.  This song is great but it could sure use a better drum sound.



The Miniatur Wunderland website is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

The Wonderful World of Trains - #3

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Miniatur Wunderland – Well, this is fabulous. Not only is this the world’s best model train set up, it’s an entire miniature world with trains running through it. This is a must see for anyone with a molecule of kid left in them.



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Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running – I know I said I wouldn’t put any obvious train songs in but you can’t escape your youth and this was a huge song for me. Just a great, great pop song from a band that put out a ton of great songs in their day. The Captain and Me is a classic album. Are these guys in The Hall yet? They should be. Thoroughly deserving. Yes, even Michael McDonald should be in there with them. See how open minded I am.



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The Kinks – Last of the Steam Powered Trains – Some nice blues guitar on this (and harmonica). The Kinks aren’t exactly a blues band but Ray was and is a genius. He does a magnificent job. (though the harmonies could be a little less grating) One of the truly great bands.



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Steel River – Southbound Train – I was turned onto this band by David B. He’d been searching for their first album forever and finally found a copy out in Nova Scotia. It think this is off their second album. There’s a bit of Jumpin’ Jack Flash in the guitar riff but it’s still enjoyable.



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Abigail Washburn – Last Train – I really like this singer. I only discovered here a couple of weeks ago. A pretty voice and some pretty tasty banjo playing. You don’t get that with many girls. This is very nice. A definite Sunday morning song.



Here’s a marvelous video by Abigail. Be prepared to fall in love with her.



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Hank Williams – The Log Train – Trains were practically invented so Hank Williams could write songs about them. You can see Hank sitting with a bottle of hooch, sitting around a fire in an oil can, entertaining the hobs with this.



The Miniatur Wunderland website is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

The Wonderful World of Trains - #2

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Miniatur Wunderland – Well, this is fabulous. Not only is this the world’s best model train set up, it’s an entire miniature world with trains running through it. This is a must see for anyone with a molecule of kid left in them.



This great video inspired me to do a train oriented broadcast. (in fact, several) I’ve avoided some of the obvious train songs. (Sorry Mr. Ellington etc.) You can hear those anywhere. I’ve gone for some of my own favorite train songs and some new discoveries. I remember collecting train numbers (trainspotting) as a young boy in England. I’m not quite sure what the purpose is, but I was very proud of my little list of numbers.

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Procol Harum – Whisky Train – This is big time rock with a blues base. This is so of its time, that you can’t help but love it and mourn for those lost days of rock and roll access. Of long guitar solos and drum solos and songs like Whisky Train. Sigh.



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Rachel Loshak – The Train – Found this song on one of my hard drives. It’s a very pretty and sweet song. A totally different view trains. Far less whisky.



Rachel’s Homepage is here:

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Soul Asylum – Runaway Train – This is just one of those great pop songs. These guys had been around awhile by the time this song came out but this was my introduction to them. There next album was very good but people have no ears and it didn’t do that well.



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The Long Ryders – Here Comes That Train Again– There was a spate of stripped down Americana band that came out in the 80’s. The Long Ryders were one of the best of them. And what Americana band worth their salt wouldn’t have a train song. Very nice song. A little country, a little pop and little folk and a little growl.



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Keith Emerson – Honky Tonk Train Blues – Trains and Blues are like ping and pong. They’re practically inseparable. This is rather a light hearted boogie-blues piano piece. Very appealing though, unusually straight forward for Mr. Prog Rock.



The Miniatur Wunderland website is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

The Wonderful World of Trains - #1

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Miniatur Wunderland (Hamburg German) – Well, this is fabulous. Not only is this the world’s best model train set up, it’s an entire miniature world with trains running through it. This is a must see for anyone with a molecule of kid left in them.



This great video inspired me to do a train oriented broadcast. (in fact, several) I’ve avoided some of the obvious train songs. (Sorry Mr. Ellington etc.) You can hear those anywhere. I’ve gone for some of my own favorite train songs and some new discoveries. I remember collecting train numbers (trainspotting) as a young boy in England. I’m not quite sure what the purpose is, but I was very proud of my little list of numbers.

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Roger Miller – Old Toy Trains – This seemed like the perfect song to start my train tribute. Fits rather neatly with the video, don’t you think? I’ve always considered Roger Miller a bit of an overrated songwriter. While this is no Dang Me or King of the Road, it’s pleasant enough and…it’s about toy trains!



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Doris Day – Choo Choo Train Che Che Foo - Doris is one of my all time favorite singers. This is a bit silly but it’s catchy and well sung. Doris has a new album out. Most of the tracks date back to the 70’s, but Doris is always worth a listen.



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The Cure – Jumping Someone Else's Train - Songs don’t come much better than this one. This has always been a favorite, from the time I used to listen to it back on CFNY. (The Spirit of Radio) Robert Smith can sure write a great pop song, when he puts his mind to it.



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Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream Of Trains - Speaking of people who can write wonderful pop songs…Robyn Hitchcock is a master of the genre. This is the title track from an early solo album. He’s been going at it now for about 40 years. It’s a crime he isn’t in the Hall of Fame. Talent should count for more than sales. Sales are there own reward…aren’t they?



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Tom Waits – Downtown Train - Here is Tom’s original version of the Rod Stewart hit. Rod did a great job with it but, Mr. Waits is the songwriter and that carries a lot of weight with moi.



Here is the Rod Stewart Version, for those who need the hit.




That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Radio Vickers – Broadcast #33

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Craig Chaquico – Lua Da Mae (from the Follow the Sun album, 2009) – Yes this is the guitarist for Jefferson Starship. Since those days he has ping ponged back and forth between hard rock and New Age. This is a little new age but I still like it. Very tasty guitar. Could I stand a whole album of this?... probably not, but one track, especially one as nice as this, is very welcome.



Craig’s homepage is here:

Craig’s Wiki page is here:

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The Cults – Go Outside (2011) This sounds exactly like one of those songs that could be a big hit. And, it could be. Infectious and very appealing. It is one of those songs that pops out at you, if you were listening to a compilation.

This vital information about The Cults is stolen from the site below:
There's more information on the wrapper of a candy bar than there is on the Internet about Cults. The band's got an un-Googleable name and no MySpace page in sight. They do, however, have a sparse Bandcamp page, where their first 7" is listed for release on December 23, 2012. We have discovered that they are a boy/girl duo, that they live in New York, and that they are both film students. And we know that they have a killer song on that 7" called "Go Outside".



And here’s the official video!


More info about the Cults here:

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Double Fault – Cast Away (from the Rockin’ Machine EP, 2010) A Russian Punk/Ska band. Now there’s a combination you don’t hear everyday! For Russkies, this is pretty good. There’s a lot of fun within this here tune. It caught my attention, anyway.

This is info stolen from the site below
Double Fault band was formed in 2002 by 3 friends, studients of Moscow universities. At the beginning their music was a pop punk with trumpets but later they their music has become more complicated and now the band plays an interesting mix of ska, punk, hardcore with elements of jazz & rock-n-roll.



Here are Double Fault performing Вишневый Мармелад"


Info about Double Fault is here:

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I have two from the pop-gods, Fountains of Wayne. These guys just write very intelligent and catchy songs. It’s a shame that those rare qualities aren’t more appreciated in today’s music scene. History will judge these guys very kindly. It’s a shame that the record buying public is on the wrong side of the big H.

Fountains of Wayne – Richie and Ruben – A funny, bright song with a great tune. For shame America! These guys should be playing stadiums.



Fountains of Wayne – Action Hero – The Waynesters get a little sad here. Pop can be sad. A marvelous melody. This is the kind of stuff that should be filling the charts. Do you hear that Beyonce!



Someone To Love – Very nice pop song and a cute video.


Mexican Wine – A very silly video, indeed.


The Fountain lads homepage is here:

Their Wiki page is here:

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Hattie Noel – Hot Nuts – Now for something that’s old and naughty. No, I’m not talking about Newt Gingrich. This is Hattie Noel singing the oh-so-subtle double entendre song, Hot Nuts. She gets hers from the peanut man.



Hattie’s IMDB page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Radio Vickers – Broadcast #32

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

It’s a bright sunny day and all is right with the world. (well, my world) Don’t you just love days like that? Another mixed bag today. But a fine mixed bag.

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Annis Brander – Oh Foolish Me – Annis has a very pretty voice. Haven’t we all said this at one time or another? A little folk and a little pop and a little sad. This tune is off here Glass People in the Woods album.



More Than Ice Cream – Another song from her 2011 CD. I really like this. It has a slight Russian feel to it but, at its heart, it’s just a really cute pop song with some very tasty playing. Highly recommended.



Here is the video for More Than Icecream – as charming as the song.


Annis’ homepage is here:

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Bombay Bicyle Club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep – This is off their A Different Kind of Fix album. It starts off like a monastic chant but the chiming guitars quickly bring out the song’s pop shimmer. There’s definitely a little Bright Eyes in the singer’s voice. Saying all that, there is a definite, though poppy, chant like quality to this song. Very nice stuff.



Here is their video for Evening/Morning – People with a Panda Bear fetish will really like this.


The Bicycle Club’s homepage is here:

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Brent Cash – It’s Easier Without Her – This is off his How Strange it seems album. There’s something 60’s about the arrangements on this song. From the Herb Alpert trumpet to the harmonies (and even the faux harpsichord) there’s a very pre-70’s vibe going on. See if you can feel the soft breezes from the summer of love while you listen to it.



Brent’s Wiki page is here

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The Butanes featuring Willie Walker – Speaking of retro vibes – there’s plenty of big band and old time blues going on the title track from the Butanes’ Long Time Thing CD.



Here are the Butanes doin’ their Minnesota blues thang, live:


The Butaines homepage is here:

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Chico & the Gypsies – La Bohemia (La Boheme) – This is off a tribute album to Charles Aznavour. So gypsies do French standard type songs. I have to admit, that when I was reading about this venture, I had my doubts but the result is some of Chico & the Gypsies best stuff. There’s just a great feel to these songs. A must for Sunday morning with the paper and a cup of coffee. (Dig the acoustic guitar on this!)



Llevame (Emmenez-Moi) – Another song off the Chantent Charles Aznavour album. It’s just thoroughly enjoyable. All I can really say (because I have no fucking idea what the lyrics are about) is enjoy.



Here is their video for Marina Marina


Chico’s Homepage is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Vinyl Attic - Chris Gantry

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

This is part of my vinyl transfer restoration project. Recordable CD’s have a very short lifespan, as many people have been horrified to discover. I transferred tons of albums, about a decade ago, to my computer and then stored them forever on CD. Or, at least I thought. I’ve been quickly putting them back on my big, new hard drive, before the music on them becomes irretrievable. If you have stuff you like on recordable CD’s, you might want to check them out and back that stuff up!

Well, I’m still digging through my vinyl transfers. It’s amazing. I have albums that I’ve taken all the time to transfer and I don’t even remember doing it. I guess it was 10 to 12 years ago. Gosh, how time do fly!

So today, is an album I do remember transferring. This was probably purchased at Record Surplus, down on Pico. Unfortunately, the actual vinyl album is not accessible at the moment and I can’t get the track list. If anyone out there has it, please send it along.

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Chris Gantry

Vital Chris Gantry information, stolen from here:

Chris Gantry (Christopher Cedzich) was born December 29th, 1942 in Queens, New York. He began his career as a singer/songwriter at age fourteen with a recording contract for Paramount Records. He moved to Nashville in 1963, after three years at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tennessee.

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Chris has written more than 1,000 songs - some of them as collaborations with Nashville's best - Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Shel Silverstein, and Eddie Rabbit. Seventy of his songs were recorded by various artist; Roy Clark, Johnny Cash, Sonny Curtis, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton, Johnny Lee, Reba McEntire, Billy Walker, Garry Pucket and Rhett Akins, including "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife", by Glen Campbell. "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" won three M.M.I awards plus the Millionaire's Award for over two million Performances. It also won the Nashville's Songwriter Award in 1968. Chris recorded five albums for Monument and ABC Dot Records.


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1983-1986; Chris lived in Key West, Florida and won Tennessee William's Playwriting Contest with a collection of one act plays titled "Teeth and Nails". He wrote a collection of published short stories entitled "Father Duck Tales". HE appeared locally in the "Rebel", an evening with James Dean in 1997.


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1995 -2000; Chris wrote for Sony Music and Warner Chapel Music. HE penned songs for Rhett Atkins and the band Yankee Grey. Chris wrote the title cut on their first album entitled "Untamed".


O4 – Allegheny



In 2001 Chris went to work for Faverett Music Group, collaborating with Josh Osborne, a young multi- talented singer/songwriter. Together, they've written a wealth of material of all different musical styles. Presently, Chris is continues to write music with some of today's brightest up and coming stars including Nashville's own Adam Fears. He also ids writing a children's book for a collection of gospel songs called "The Adventures of Captain Jonah". Chris is completing a new children's book entitled, "Up Down the Front Back Door", a collection of abstract poems put to music. Chris has recently made is home in Mulberry, Tennessee where he and his wife own and operate Dreamfields Bed and Breakfast. Chris is available for performances and motivational engagements for youth organizations and churches.


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His newest album, "Next Time I Play Carneige Hall". This is a collection of avert humor dedicated to veteran comedian, Eddie Lawerence, originator of "The Old Philosopher".


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And Now some Videos!

Allegheny – Here he is on the old Johnny Cash show. Pardon the sync on this, it appears to be quite off.



The Orange Man – This is just plain weird.



Here is Chris’ big song – Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.


And here is Glen Campbell Singing it.


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Great Canadian Singles – Drastic Measures

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Having grown up in Canada, I had the fortune to be exposed to a lot of songs that the rest of the world missed out on. Canadian Content Laws have done wonders for Canadian artists, but it’s also done wonders for Canadian music fans. (sorry Libertarians) I’m going to post some artists who put out some pretty fine vinyl in the 70’s. Some of the songs in the series are quite rare.

This goes back the great CFNY and David Marsden. I used to listen to Teddy Bear’s Picnic back in Oshawa. I lived next to the GM plant and on days when the wind was blowing the right way, the smell was staggering. I still worry about any ill effects that I might have been exposed to in the name of cheap cars. It was a great time in music and radio. Well CFNY. CHUM and Q107 were complete shit.
I understand that there is a CD available of this album. You can get it at the below website. This is my own personal copy, transferred with loving care many years ago.

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Info stoelen from this great site:

Drastic Measures contributed to the exploding Toronto alternative music scene in the late '70s and early '80s, that produced a whack of great bands and even a few world famous punk bands - all of which was basically ignored by the willfully backward Canadian "Music Industry".

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DM's personelle changed many times, as our music evolved. The band entertained audiences in its various incarnations ... sometimes as a 4-piece, sometimes as a 5-piece, often including special guests ... at regular venues in Toronto and a few out-of-town places from late 1977 until mid-1985. We recorded two LP records (the 2nd was never issued by a label), were included on several compilations, released two 45 rpms, appeared on TV once and on radio many times - were not photographed enough, made no films, and never toured very far from Toronto. Even in Scarborough they just sat looking at us, scratching their heads. We were called eccentric, esoteric, quirky, and everything else people could think of when they had no idea what we were doing. 

Flowers


BUT we continued to gain an audience on the strength of our songs. Our first LP was printed in a limited edition of 5000 on used vinyl, because CBS weren't sure they could sell it, even though they liked it. They really didn't know what to do with it. To their surprise they had to run a 2nd pressing, and the LP ultimately sold about 7,000 copies across Canada. It wasn't promoted much, but it crept into the hands of several DJs, whose listeners liked us. The music had to sell itself because there was no plan for launching our band into any sort of planned career (and that is still the way of our Record Industry - they don't develop anything, they just put it out and wait to see what happens). 

I Feel Bad



Our relationship with our Producer/Record Company deteriorated for a number of reasons, and we parted ways*. Mark Wright, the engineer from our first LP, contacted us and we embarked on our second one with him producing. After that, I began to produce our recordings and we did a number of sessions in small studios, which I found far more fun and rewarding than being in large cold corporate rooms. We continued to record and perform, and our music continued to evolve and sometimes was very experimental, and each lineup had something amazing to offer. But being where we were and having no industry support, I finally gave up knocking on their doors. I just couldn't bear to hear "I wouldn't know what to do with that", or "that's not what we're looking for", or some useless piece of negative advice, one more time. 

TNT


Why didn't they know what to do with us? Unfortunately for young Canadian musicians, they still don't. Drastic Measures was born in the wrong place. And by the time I was 30, it just seemed far too late to try anymore. But, listening back, I am very proud of our work, and I am vindicated. The music was good and it still is. The execs were wrong and they still are - music today has gone in the Drastic Measures direction. It has not remained pure punk nor has it remained pure disco or pure new wave or pure hard rock. And in the young musicians I'm working with today I have further proof that there is great talent all around me, and that we were right. I am surrounded by a new generation of trained, inspired musicians all creating brand new kinds of music.

Maniacs in Cadillacs


To young, still-dreaming musicians, we were an inspiration (I know because as they got older many came to tell me). Yes you CAN get up there and play real music, you can be creative like they're allowed to be in countries like America and the UK, and you can make something of your own. And the terrain is different now. Many kinds of music have their own markets and there are no rules anymore about how you are supposed to write a song. 

I Need You Now


I like the music being made today. Drastic Measures would have made more sense had we appeared in 2007, rather than 30 years earlier. But anyway, now there's a new generation of creative people taking a run at it, and I'm resolved to give some of them a hand (see the Productions page). 

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* Funny thing about growing up - our producer Keith Elshaw and I are very good friends and always will be. All we can do is look back with regret at the mistakes we all made. There were no wizened artists to guide us. Nobody with real experience was around to tell us how to do things. We all did the best we could, and we were all casualties of not knowing what to do next.

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Romanticon


Jump Off the Lake

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Big Town Boy


See My House


Hotsy Totsy


Again: Click here for the Drastic Measures site, especially if you’d like to order a CD of this terrific album.

PLUS!!!!

Here is the latest Death of the Author Brigade video.

Simple Song


And here’s the latest song by Death of the Author Brigade:

'Boy Next Door' is a bouncy little tune about a girl taking "Being Neighborly" to the next level. Who lives across the lawn from you?