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Talking 10cc and How They Came to Be

In the early 70s 10cc was began their musical journey as an alternative rock band, not taken in by commercial debauchery or selling out. Sure it’s cool to speak truth to power, but mamas gotta eat!

Stewart, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Lol Crème realized they had better start writing it single, or they would be back to the factories in short order. After a decade Godley and Crème left the band, with a brief reunion in the late 80s. Believe it or not, all the original members of the band are still alive.
“The Things We Do For Love,” “I’m Not In Love” were the biggest songs from 10cc, making them financially viable along the way.

The biggest falsehood surrounding 10cc is its name. No, it’s not that (we can’t say it, so please Google for more info) rather the name comes from a dream held by Jonathan King as he hovered like an angle over Webley Stadium. It’s a dream Jonathan say he had three times.

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Rumors That ARE True!

“I heard a rumor, they say you have a broken heart” is a lyric from a popular song, but you know how rumors get started. Well, a few of the rumors are true. Check these out!

YES, Charles Manson DID write a song for the Beach Boys. Dennis Wilson let Charlie stay at his mansion for a while, while Charlie was struggling to find his musical voice. Dennis grabbed one of the songs written by Manson, and had the band record it.

It’s a bit unseemly, but Tupac Shakur’s ashes WERE smoked by his friend at his wake. Get this; it was Tupac’s idea.

YES Ozzy did bite off the head of a bat on stage, but he was told just before his first meeting with Columbia Records executive, that it he could be memorable he would be signed. His manager released two doves at the meeting, where Ozzy purposely grabbed one in flight, and bit off its head.

Finally, YES Keith Moon, Mama Cass, AND Harry Nilsson all died in the same apartment. Did you want to book a stay?

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Classics From the 80s

You don’t often think of the 80s as a decade that gave us ‘classic’ songs, but indeed the 80s were both classic and memorable. Here are some of the classics from the 80s.

“Jump” by Van Halen proved the band owned the 80s, regardless of whether you’re a David or Sammy fan. This was an MTV hot rotation video.

“I Love Rock N’ Roll” from Joan Jett is the song that proved the ladies could rock in a male dominated 80s scene, getting her a ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” was actually about the lead singer’s sister, but we didn’t care. This piano driven rock ballad opened the doors for more ballads and lighters in a dark auditorium.

“Little Red Corvette” by the artist formerly known as Prince knocked everyone off their feet. Who was this little rocker from Minneapolis? The album 1999 was light years ahead of its time. Rock comes in all colors, shapes and sizes; Prince broke that ceiling in the 80s.

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Songs That Make You Say Oh Ya!

You’re on the road, the top of the covetable is down, and a great song jumps from your car radio – you reach for the volume and crank it up to 11. Yup, some songs are ‘Feel Good’ or ‘Oh Yea’ songs, and it’s why you love listening to your favorite radio station. Here is a brief list of songs we think make you feel so good…

“Eminence Front” by the Who is a wonderful travel/road trip car song, especially at dusk.

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen reminds you of that girl that jumps on stage at the end of the song. You later find out that the girl in the video was Courteney Cox. It’s a great visual to go with a great song.

“I Guess You’re Just What I Needed” by the Cars is a moving and grooving song for the road, along with “My Best Friend’s Girl.”

“Jackie Blue” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils just reminds you of the good old days, while any song from the “Fool for the City” Foghat LP is good to have on hand in front of a long trip.

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Rockers and Their Books

People often tell famous people “hey you should write a book.” Musicians have often taken the autobiography as a cathartic exercise. Here are a few of our favs…

Nikki Sixx and his “Heroine Diaries” from 2007 is a revealing and depressing account of fame, fortune, and addiction.

‘My Cross to Bear’ by Greg Allman is the detailed story of addiction, the dangers of being a rock star, being Mr. Cher, and how a southern rocker dealt with the death if his brother Duane and close friend Berry Oakley.

We don’t often think of great autobiographies being written by women, but Ronnie Spector (yes the name from convicted murder Phil) comes to mind. Why did she marry this dude? What was it like for a talented female singer of color in the 60s? These are other questions are answered in this book, one well worth reading.

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