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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

The James Harman Band

James Harman and Those Dangerous Gentlemen were red hot in the early 1980s when Hollywood Fats and Kid Ramos were playing guitar. Unfortunately, Fats died of a heroin overdose in 1986, but the band carries on! (he starts around the 1:50-min. mark):


Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs

Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs had a residency playing “Blue Mondays” every Monday night at the Cathay de Grande nightclub at the corner of Argyle and Selma in Hollywood, California for three years, and was an important part of the Los Angeles rock scene. Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs concerts often featured guest appearances by such artists as Tom Waits, David Lee Roth, Stevie Ray Vaughan, members of X, The Blasters, The Gun Club, The Circle Jerks, The Plugz, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many more.

D.J. Bonebrake, who appeared on Pigus Drunkus Maximus, was a member of X. The band was saluted in the Van Halen song “Top Jimmy”, and mentioned in “The Call of the Wreckin’ Ball,” on the The Knitters album, Poor Little Critter on the Road and the X album, Live at the Whisky a Go-Go.

Live, Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs usually consisted of Top Jimmy (James Paul Koncek): vocals, Carlos Guitarlos: guitar and vocals, Gil T.: bass and vocals, Dig The Pig: guitar, Joey Morales: drums and either Tom Fabre or Steve Berlin on saxophone. On their only record, Pigus Drunkus Maximus, released in 1987 (Down There Records, distributed by Restless), D.J. Bonebrake and Tony Morales contributed drum parts, while Gene Taylor added piano.

Top Jimmy got his nickname because he at one point worked at a fast-food stand called “Top Taco”, located across the street from the A&M Records studios in Hollywood.  At some point, he got a job working as a roadie for X. At the end of a soundcheck, he sang a version of the Doors “Roadhouse Blues”, which garnered the attention of the band and Doors member Ray Manzarek, and led to Top Jimmy performing an encore version of the song with X and Manzarek, during a May 1980 X show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go.

Koncek died in 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada from liver failure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Jimmy_%26_The_Rhythm_Pigs

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

Pink Floyd

dark side

Let’s quit fooling around and get down to what matters – bands that had a profound influence on our upbringing.  The hallucinogenic era wouldn’t have been the same without these guys.  By the time you get to the 0.50-minute mark, be at full screen, and full volume:

Pink Floyd has a new album coming out on November 10th: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/pink-floyd-releasing-new-album-november-article-1.1949595

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 5 comments

Drive Like Jehu Live

From wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_Like_Jehu

Drive Like Jehu was an American post-hardcore and alternative rock band from San Diego active from 1990 to 1995.

Formed by rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg and lead guitarist John Reis following the breakup of their band Pitchfork, the band’s lineup also included bassist Mike Kennedy and drummer Mark Trombino.

Their music was characterized by multisectioned compositions, interlocking guitar patterns, orchestrated builds and releases, and elliptical melodies that produced a distinctive sound amongst other post-hardcore acts and impacted the evolution of hardcore punk into emo.

On Sunday, DLJ reunited for the first time in 19 years, and played at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion – with Carol Williams, the organist:

http://voiceofsandiego.org/2014/09/02/culture-report-a-surge-of-san-diego-pride-at-spreckels/

Here is their full set:

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

The Who

I saw The Who at the L.A. Sports Arena in 1980 (with Kenney Jones), and my ears rang for at least a week! In 1976 they had set the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest concert ever, measured at 120 decibels from 50 meters away!

http://www.timeout.com/london/music/the-who-break-noise-records-at-the-valley-it-happened-here

They just announced last week that they will be touring in 2015 as part of their 50th anniversary!

http://thewho.com/blog/story/whos-got-the-who/

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-who-reveal-first-dates-of-50th-anniversary-tour-20140630

Here’s one of their best shows, from 1970 when Keith Moon was in fine form:

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held between 26 and 31 August 1970 at East Afton Farm an area on the western side of the Isle of Wight. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time, greater than the attendance of Woodstock.  Although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended. It was organised and promoted by local brothers, Ronnie, Ray and Bill Foulk. Ron Smith was site manager and Rikki Farr acted as compere.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment