What’s Poppin’: Thursday, August 3rd, 2020

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More Brushes With Greatness: In 1996, I went to the VMAs at Radio City Music Hall -that was back in my drinking days and I was pretty buzzed and eventually somewhat bored, so I went to the bar and standing with her back to the mirrored windows was as tall and gorgeous a woman as you will ever see. I recognized her, of course, and I myself am probably 8 inches shorter than she is. Plus a nobody. But, with the aid of a mountain of rum and coke, I went up and asked if I could buy her a drink. She pointed to the glass of wine she was holding and then, slowly but surely her smile widened into a grin, and then she began laughing and laughing. It was Cindy Crawford, one of the top models at that moment (and most others). Oh well, to quote Gilbert And Sullivan: “nothing ventured, nothing found, it’s love that makes the world go round” (” know it’s “in for a penny, in for a pound, but I prefer my rewrite)…  And look, if I didn’t take my shot at the age of 39, when would I?

Absentee Balloting: Yes, I requested mine, even though I don’t believe it makes the slightest bit of difference to the end result, if any man deserves every available vote it is anyone not named Trump.

Must Buy Box Set: Sure, you can get the sampler on streaming services, but this is a case where you would be better off buying the boxset from London. 1979 was a better year than the prior (New Wave and Post-Punk was electrifying), still 1978: The Year The UK Turned Day-Glo is more than worthy with dozens of bands I, for one, have never heard of before, plus dozen of bands I have heard of before…

Best Year For Music Ever: 1979…

Death By Misadventure In The Age Of Pandemic: Over and over again I hear of friends and the famous who have died due to overdosing. I have zero doubt that if I was still drinking I would never have made it, the vicious circle would be more and more vicious, the roundelay of drunk and hungover would have caught up and killed me. Time would have fallen even further out of sync, I couldn’t have worked on rock nyc or my job in advertising and in the end I wouldn’t have been able to stop until I was dead. When I hear about Justin Townes Earle, I can just see the spiral, the boredom and the falling off, and the shooting up and the shouting down: with nothing to stop him, not even his wife and daughter (he wasn’t with them when he died), I absolutely know what happened, I can feel his loss in my bones. It is my loss. It is all addicts loss in the one time above all they need to be sober.

Overdoses: Drug overdoses increased 17% during coronavirus shutdowns, data shows. This is from Newsy: “Using data submitted from thousands of agencies nationwide, researchers at University of Baltimore report a 17% increase in drug overdoses after widespread shutdowns due to the coronavirus. Myra Mathis, an addiction psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said: “Individuals are more likely to have an overdose if they’re using alone. There’s no one to intervene with life-saving medication. And as we’ve seen in prior periods in American history, there’s been a correlation between economic difficulties and increased risk in increased rates of drug use and drug overdose deaths.” Read more here and quit hard drugs at least for now.

Back On Electric Avenue: Eddy Grant joins a brace of musician  that includes the estate of Leonard Cohen, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young in telling President Trump that he can not use their music.

Speaking Of Which: I was considering doing a post about Third Reich songs, they all sound like Beer Hall singalongs, talentless when compared to UK and US WW I and II songs, really quite painful… Thank God, I’d have hated to have to figure out what they were singing about…

In Lebanon: my second favorite Middle Eastern (after Imm Kalthoum), Fairuz, meets the President of France…

Heavy Rotation: “This Is Fairuz ” and the Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu from 2011…

On The Cover Of the Rolling Stone: The Beatles break-up. I haven’t read it yet, but it sure seems to me it is something no baby boomer need write about, leave the Beatles to Generation X and the Millennials…

Another Bay City Roller Dies: The second bassist the band had, he lasted 1976-1977, Ian Mitchell, has died at the age of 62.

Toots Hibbert: Within a week of releasing his completely masterful Got To Be Tough, we woke to the news that Toots is in a medically induced coma, Covid-19 apparently. But the man is tough and as far as a live show he is bucketlist for me…

Trump To New York: Drop Dead, Again. Cuomo reacts to Trump’s illegal attempt to defund New York: “He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” the Democrat said, all but threatening the commander in chief. He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him. It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City,. President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he’s been elected. I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him, always. He was dismissed as a clown in New York City, those who know him best, like him least. He was disrespected in New York City. Nobody took him seriously and he was just a tabloid cartoon. His sister, a former federal judge, is disgraced by him.”

 

 

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