Nick Lowe

The promo video for Nick Lowe’s “Cruel To Be Kind” in 1979 which features footage of his wedding to his first wife Carlene Carter.  It was filmed at the Tropicana Motel in West Hollywood, and Dave Edmunds is the limo driver! (the drum kit was borrowed)

The Cranberries

We know that lead singer Dolores O’Riordan was preparing to finish their latest album when she unfortunately passed away in January, 2018.  The band had enough vocals to complete the songs, which they did and their last album was released in April.

There are several songs on it that are haunting, but for this to be your last song is stunning:

She left behind three kids, ages 12, 16, and 20.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/cranberries-in-the-end-review-819134/

Ain’t it strange
When everything you wanted
Was nothing that you wanted
In the end
Ain’t it strange
When everything you dreamt of
Was nothing that you dreamt of
In the end
Take my house, take the car, take the clothes
But you can’t take the spirit, take the spirit, take the spirit
But you can’t
Ain’t it strange
When everything you wanted
Was nothing that you wanted
In the end
Ain’t it strange
When everything you dreamt of
Was nothing that you dreamt of
In the end
Take my house, take the car, take the clothes
But you can’t take the spirit, take the spirit, take the spirit
But you can’t
Take the spirit, take the spirit, take the spirit
Ain’t it strange
When everything you wanted
Was nothing that you wanted
In the end

Dr. John, RIP

I wanted to clear out those last two videos to make room for Dr. John, who passed away on June 6th at age 77. From wiki:

As a young man Rebennack was interested in New Orleans voodoo, and in Los Angeles he developed the idea of the Dr. John persona for his old friend Ronnie Barron, based on the life of Dr. John, a Senegalese prince, a medicinal and spiritual healer who came to New Orleans from Haiti. This free man of color lived on Bayou Road and claimed to have 15 wives and over 50 children. He kept an assortment of snakes and lizards, along with embalmed scorpions and animal and human skulls, and sold gris-gris, voodoo amulets that protected the wearer from harm.

Rebennack decided to produce a record and a stage show based on this concept, with Dr. John serving as an emblem of New Orleans heritage. Although initially the plan was for Barron to front the act assuming the identity of “Dr. John”, while Rebbenack worked behind the scenes as Dr. John’s writer/musician/arranger/producer, this didn’t come to pass. Barron dropped out of the project, and Rebennack took over the role (and identity) of Dr. John. Gris-Gris became the name of Dr. John’s debut album, released in January 1968, representing his own form of “voodoo medicine”.

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