5.31.2010

MAJOR FRANK R MAKI KIA JUNE 22 1971


Part of the reason I posted about Vietnam was to see if some of the Army kids I used to know might show up here. Today a friend from our Army life did stop by and leave a note on RK. We really appreciate the visit and hope all is well with your family as well. Thank you Bob!

To:
retrokimmer@gmail.com
Bob Evans has left a new comment on your post "Vietnam 1968-1971":

Kim, Our families were close back then as my Dad and yours served together. My son and daughter are visiting the wall this evening and are going to find your dad's name. My dad speaks so well about your dad to this day. Please give our best to your mom and sister from our family.




Award of The Silver Star

For gallantry in action: Major Maki distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 20 - 22 June 1971 while serving as Senior Advisor to the 1st Battalion, 2d Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam at Fire Support Base Fuller in Quang Tri Province.

Major Maki heroically participated in the defenses of Fire Support Base Fuller by accompanying and assisting his Vietnamese counterpart against the North Vietnamese Army thrust. After more than two continuous days of intensive direct and indirect fire and ground attacks, the NVA managed to breech the defenses.

Major Maki then directed many tactical air strikes and aerial rocket artillery against the enemy. During this time he continued to reappraise the tactical situation, adjust supporting fires and coordinate medical aid to the wounded Vietnamese soldiers.

Though he had been sixty hours without rest, he continued to assist his counterparts up until the moment he was mortally wounded by an enemy artillery round. His extraordinary example of leadership and valiant courage radiated throughout the Fire Support Base and inspired the Vietnamese to repulse the enemy attack. Major Maki's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

MEMORIAL DAY 2010

5.30.2010

1961 THE FIRST VIDEO GAME IS INVENTED: SPACEWAR


I didn't even know this.... the first video game was invented in 1961! Arpanet the first version of the internet wasn't invented yet but someone had the foresight into the future of a billion dollar form of entertainment almost thirty years before the masses tuned in to the personal home computer. Here is the story of Spacewar.

By Mary Bellis

If I hadn't done it, someone would've done something equally exciting if not better in the next six months. I just happened to get there first." - Steve Russell nickname "Slug"

It was in 1962 when a young computer programmer from MIT, Steve Russell fueled with inspiration from the writings of E. E. "Doc" Smith*, led the team that created the first computer game. It took the team about 200 man-hours to write the first version of Spacewar.



Steve Russell wrote Spacewar on a PDP-1, an early DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) interactive mini computer which used a cathode-ray tube type display and keyboard input. The computer was a donation to MIT from DEC, who hoped MIT's think tank would be able to do something remarkable with their product. A computer game called Spacewar was the last thing DEC expected who later provided the game as a diagnostic program for their customers. Russell never profited from Spacewars.


5.29.2010

EASY RIDER STAR DENNIS HOPPER DEAD AT 74



Dennis Hopper May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010 RIP

Handsome charismatic scene stealer and Hollywood outlaw, Dennis Hopper has died today from cancer at 74. We have grown up watching him in some our favorite retro films like Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, EdTV and many more (see list HERE). He was perceived as dangerous but yet something was quite lovable about him as well. Married then divorced and always controversial, Dennis Hopper was a fantastic American Actor.


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died on Saturday from complications of prostate cancer, a friend of the actor said. Hopper was 74. The hard-living screen star died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. PDT (1515 GMT), surrounded by family and friends, the friend, Alex Hitz, told Reuters.


In a wildly varied career spanning more than 50 years, Hopper appeared alongside his mentor James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" in the 1950s and played maniacs in such films as "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed." He received two Oscar nominations -- for writing "Easy Rider" (with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern), and for a rare heartwarming turn as an alcoholic high-school basketball coach in the 1986 drama "Hoosiers."


"Easy Rider," regarded is one of the greatest films of American cinema, helped usher in a new era in which the old Hollywood guard was forced to cede power to young filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. The low-budget blockbuster, originally conceived by Fonda, introduced mainstream moviegoers to pot-smoking, cocaine-dealing, long-haired bikers.
"We'd gone through the whole '60s and nobody had made a film about anybody smoking grass without going out and killing a bunch of nurses,"


Hopper told Entertainment Weekly in 2005. "I wanted 'Easy Rider' to be a time capsule for people about that period." Hopper and Fonda were joined on screen by a then-unknown Jack Nicholson as an alcoholic lawyer, but it was not a harmonious set. Hopper clashed violently with everyone and Fonda later described him as a "little fascist freak." Their friendship was destroyed.
Hopper fell ill last September.

He continued working almost to the very end, both on his cable TV series "Crash" and on a book showcasing his photography. But his final months were also consumed by a bitter divorce battle with his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy.
Indeed, his private life was never dull. His marriages included an eight-day union in 1970 with Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, who later told Vanity Fair that she was subjected to "excruciating" treatment. Hopper is survived by four children.

RONNIE BIGGS BRITAIN'S 1963 GREAT TRAIN ROBBER DIED



Investigators

The Great Train Robbery in Britain was an enormous story in 1963. I found this great site that tells the whole story of How the Great Train Robbery Worked. A very interesting story. The robbers did a fine job planning the heist but didn't plan their escape very well! Except for Ronnie Biggs they were all captured quite speedily.


Ronnie Biggs with his Wanted Poster

LONDON (AFP) – Ronnie Biggs, notorious for his role in Britain's 1963 Great Train Robbery and his 35 years as a celebrity fugitive, was admitted to hospital with chest pains Saturday. The ailing 80-year-old was to undergo tests at Barnet General Hospital in north London, his son Michael Biggs said. "He had pain in his chest this morning, he's conscious but he's in a lot of pain," he said. Biggs, who was released from custody last August, lives in a care home in Barnet. 

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.

A series of strokes has left Biggs bedridden and unable to speak, eat unaided or walk. He was in hospital with pneumonia when he was freed. "My daughter was born in the last few weeks so he's been in good spirits celebrating that," Michael Biggs said. The infamous Great Train Robbery saw a 15-strong gang hold up a Glasgow to London mail train and make off with 2.6 million pounds, a huge sum at the time, at a railway bridge north of London.

Biggs played a minor role in the hold-up but was jailed for 30 years in 1964. After 15 months, he escaped by scaling a prison wall and leaping on to the roof of a furniture van.
Biggs' three decades on the run took him to France, Spain and then Australia, but he settled in Brazil, where he flaunted his freedom by frequently being pictured in British newspapers partying. He nevertheless handed himself over to British authorities in 2001 amid a blaze of publicity and was sent to jail to serve out the rest of his sentence.

2.6 million pounds YIKES

How the London Times Reported the story...



SUMMER 1963 WAS ALREADY pretty newsy. Nelson Mandela had been charged with treason, Martin Luther King had had his dream, General de Gaulle had said “non”, Dr Beeching had proposed to prune the railways, the War Minister had denied sleeping with a classy tart, and the Beatles had released their first LP.

Then, one morning in August, we learned of a fabulous heist, which in its planning and sheer audacity still captures the imagination 45 years later — not least because the story is not yet over. Full Story HERE

They were playing Monopoly with real money up until they robbed the train. Fingerprints on the game and a ketchup bottle led police to the criminals. Cool photo of old British Monopoly game.

5.28.2010

SEAN FORBES D-PAN NETWORK AND JOHNNY BEE BADANJEK


Gene Krupa and Johnny Bee


Johnny Bee emailed me tonight and I am always happy to hear from the BEE.... Bee turned me on to Sean Forbes a young rapper of unusual talent from Detroit.

From BEE:

Hi Kimmer, thanks for helping out. A lot of people are checking out your blogs. Sean Forbes has a new C.D. coming out on the label that launched Eminen.


CNN International just interviewed Sean and that will be shown all over the world. His site is "Deafandloud.com" Drew and Mike are interviewing Sean and he talks about me giving him drum lessons. This kid's gonna be smoking. I appreciate it. Thanks, Bee



D-PAN's Sean Forbes on CNN from D-PAN Productions on Vimeo.

From Sean's Dad...

Kim, thanks for the awesome exposure for Sean on your web site.

If you go on you tube and enter Sean Forbes,and scroll down,there is a piece from last week on tv with the Bass Brothers and Sean which was originated in Detroit and is being shown across the U.S. It talks about his signing a contract with the Bass Brothers. And Fox did a great job with it.

Thanks, and I'm glad Johnny send you this..............Scott Forbes (Seans Dad)

Here is the video Scott and we are happy to help your very talented and star powered son!

5.27.2010

RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS : TIMELESS SOUL AND INSPIRATION



The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They recorded from 1963 through 1975, and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their beautifully blended vocals were sometimes dubbed "blue-eyed soul".
 
Medley and Hatfield both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinctive duet sound and also to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful bass, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring tenor.

They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called The Paramours. At the end of one particular performance, a Marine in the audience shouted, "That was righteous, brothers!" Prompting the pair to adopt the name when they embarked on a career as a duo.



Their first major hit single was "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" in 1965. Produced by Phil Spector, the record is often cited as one of the peak expressions of Spector's Wall of Sound production techniques. It was one of the most successful pop singles of its time, despite exceeding the then standard length for radio play. Indeed, according to BMI, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" remains the most played song in radio history, estimated to have been broadcast more than eight million times. Spector used Cher as a backup singer on this and other recordings.


The Righteous Brothers had several other Spector-produced hit singles in 1965, including "Just Once in My Life", "Ebb Tide" and "Unchained Melody". However, the singers did not get along well with Spector personally and their contract was sold on to Verve/MGM Records in 1965. Their next release in 1966, "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" was a Phil Spector sound-alike song, produced by Bill Medley, who was able to fully simulate the Spector style of production. 

It was written by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann who had co-written "Loving Feeling" with Spector. Medley also used the same arranger, Jack Nitzsche. It quickly became their second #1 US hit, staying
on the top for three weeks.

  
 
 Bobby Hatfield was found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 5, 2003, half an hour before he was due to perform a concert with Bill Medley at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. The cause of his death was attributed to cocaine and not simply, as first suspected, heart failure, according to the autopsy report...

THE DETROIT WHEELS 1965



I am very proud and lucky to know two of these talents above and have the joy of hearing their music continue to this day. Jimmy McCarty's guitar is still blistering and bluesy and BEE still kicks out those big beats... smiling all the while...

My favorite and the first 45 record I ever bought was.....

RANDY CALIFORNIA AND SPIRIT





Randy California and Spirit were one of the most influential bands of my life. My gang of teenage buddies played Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus' Nature's Way until the needles were dull on our turntables. The entire album which included Mr. Skin and Dr. Sardonicus was a classic psychedelic underground album. We danced around for hours and hours and playing these videos took me right back to the time when all that mattered was our music....and dancing..

TRAFFIC:PAPER SUN



Some of the very best music I grew up listening to came from Britain via the band TRAFFIC.

Traffic was a successful group that followed its own individual course through the rock music scene of the late '60s and early '70s. Beginning in the psychedelic year of 1967 and influenced by the Beatles, the band early on turned out eclectic pop singles in its native Great Britain, though by the end of its first year of existence it had developed a pop-rock hybrid tied to its unusual instrumentation:


At a time when electric guitars ruled rock, Traffic emphasized Steve Winwood's organ and the reed instruments played by Chris Wood, especially flute. After Dave Mason, who had provided the band with an alternate folk-pop sound, departed for good, Traffic leaned toward extended songs that gave its players room to improvise in a jazz-like manner, even as the rhythms maintained a rock structure. Full Bio HERE



5.26.2010

THE ONE THE ONLY: DENIZ TEK



My post for today is for the ICEMAN Dr. Deniz Tek... His vast careers in the military, medicine, art, and rock n roll are well known.




Deniz Tek singer, guitarist and songwriter founder of Radio Birdman. Deniz Tek is a trained ex-Navy flight surgeon and aviator. He currently splits his time working in ER departments in hospitals in NSW, Australia & Montana and tours between continents.

5.21.2010

DAVE WAKELING AND THE ENGLISH BEAT! A BIT OF A CRUSH NOW ACTUALLY....


(C) Dan Sultana

Retro:Kimmer meets Dave Wakeling of The English Beat (so cute)


Kimmer and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat

Retro: Kimmer was invited to cover The English Beat show in Ferndale MI last night and our specifications were a 20 minute interview and no flash photos for the first three songs. A bit tough as I like to video a few songs to share with my readers. But I did do live video with Dave and I alone which was a lot of fun! Watch them he is so charming and fun.

Hatter with a big Beat Fan! Nice Tour bus for the band!

Grabbed my Detroit Rock n Roll Icon driver buddy Stanley T. Madhatter and asked my pal expert photographer Dan Sultana to come out and shoot stills with me (aqs he is much better...) Dan and I had both sides of the stage covered but the lighting is so bad in these clubs. Why don't these clubs turn off those colored lights until after the third song then use them? Or let us use flash......


The traffic was rush hour and my jeep was just about to over heat but we got there and just as I walked up to the back door of The Magic Bag, the door opens and it's DAVE! Sweet! I said, Dave!, I am Kimmer and I am here to interview you and shoot your show. He had no idea that I interview on video and not taped for writing it later like a music reviewer might do.

I explained the impact blog promotion had now for entertainers and virtually any project you need and international audience to see. Dave grasped that concept quickly and we went into the theater to find a light place to film. We found a table right by the front window, perfect!

Bit of a chat part 1


When I first started some research I wanted to know about the famous "Tear Drop" guitar that Dave plays. so I called my client and guitar HERO Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman to find out the details behind this guitar.

Of course Deniz knew the guitar was a Vox Mark III Teardrop. (He knows them all) Deniz told me that Brian Jones first made it famous using it with the Stones in 1965. Deniz said Vox has a release of them now see them HERE Brian Jones and Teardrop   p Dave and I talked off camera about his guitars and he told me that he gave his original to the Rock Hall of Fame and he plays a newer one that is customized to his specs.

The English Beat Equipment photo: (C) Dan Sultana
2 Vox Mark III's (Teardrops) and a red Fender Telecaster

One of my favorite songs of all time is Can't Get Used to Losing You and though Andy Williams does the beautiful smooth 60's original Dave does the most gorgeous and very romantic version of that song and with a faster hipper ska beat.

5.18.2010

THE ENGLISH BEAT: AT THE MAGIC BAG THURSDAY NIGHT!





May 20
THE ENGLISH BEAT
with 1592
Doors 8 p.m.
$20.00

Kimmer is headed out to Funky Ferndale to meet the marvelous Dave Wakeling of the famous ska band The English Beat! We can't wait they are so much fun! I missed them by one day when they played Second Chance in Ann Arbor years ago and now I get to finally interview Dave, shoot their show and DANCE!

Everyone who reads RK knows what a huge British import fan I am. All Brit stuff appeals to me. The Beat is big FUN!

Dave Wakeling!

So stayed tuned my friends and Friday I'll have Dave and The English Beat story ready to run! I am sooooo EXCITED! Here is one of my favorite songs of The Beat! Dave has such a gorgeous voice and hot band! I am bringing a surprise gift for Dave too from The Second Chance in Ann Arbor where the Beat played and rocked everyone into a dancing frenzy!



Hailing from Birmingham England, The English Beat is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of their 1980 debut album I Just Can't Stop It, which spawned the hits"Tears of a Clown", "Mirror In the Bathroom", "Best Friend", "Twist & Crawl", and "Too Nice to Talk To". As a major part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late 70s and early 80s, alongside their stablemates The Specials, Madness, and The Selector, the musical juggernaut that is Dave Wakeling hasn't lost any momentum in songwriting.

His brand of "Punky Reggae Party", the English Beat's hybrid was a delightful blend of Toots and the Maytals, the Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks, The Four Tops and Van Morrison.


They have toured internationally with The Clash, Talking Heads, The Police, and REM among many others and has had prime soundtrack placement in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Grosse Pointe Blank.

Billboard Story on the English Beat HERE

New songs such as "The Love You Give Lasts Forever", "How Can You Stand There" and "Said We Would Never Die" are quickly becoming fan favorites and will soon be released in 2010. "I have plans to record this year," Dave explains. "Some great new demos done, and now I'm just figuring out how to put the recording and touring schedule together. Expect releases to begin by Summer!"

Find THE ENGLISH BEAT!
myspace.com/officialbeatspace
twitter.com/EnglishBeatFans
facebook.com/EnglishBeatFans
Official Press Release

Rey Roldan
Reybee, Inc.
(201) 223-9078
rey@reybee.com

5.16.2010

AWESOME RADIO BIRDMAN VIDEO! TV EYE 1977



A Deniz Tek fan showed me this video and I loved it.


Cute girl dancing in the tee shirt is singer Angie Pepper!

5.13.2010

GREAT HISTORY OF DESTROY ALL MONSTERS!

Niagara photo: Sue Rynski


DESTROY ALL MONSTERS created unorthodox music inspired by The Stooges, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, the Velvet Underground and Sci-Fi B movies.


ROME.- Hungry for Death, an exhibition of ephemera culled from the archive of Destroy All Monsters (DAM), an influential Michigan artist collective/band that included Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw, and others will be presented by the DEPART Foundation, NERO Magazine and the American Academy in Rome May 13-June 10, 2010.


DAM created unorthodox music inspired by The Stooges, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, the Velvet Underground and Sci-Fi B movies. The exhibition celebrates DAM’s vision and outsider beliefs and conveys the influences that drove DAM’s artistic expression by presenting posters, flyers, photographs, blueprints, drawings, banners, magazines, and records produced in the 1970s and additional material produced for their reunion in 1996. Hungry for Death is curated by James Hoff and Cary Loren.

Niagara and DAM former drummer Rob King
photo: Retro: Kimmer 2009

In the spring of 2011 in Rome, the DEPART Foundation will present California Dreaming, an exhibition about the contemporary Californian art scene curated by Michael Ned Holte and Aram Moshayed. Hungry for Death is a prelude to this upcoming exhibition because it features two of the most prominent representatives of the contemporary Californian art scene – Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw.

left to right: Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara- photo by Karen Haaglund

Destroy All Monsters
Formed at a house party in 1973, Destroy All Monsters played their first gig at a comic book convention—where they were asked to leave after ten minutes—using prepared guitars, a drum machine, tape loops, and various other instruments.


Operating in this capacity through 1976, the band's music was accompanied by performances and films as well as a magazine of the same name (which Cary Loren edited through 1979), consisting mostly of collages and prints inspired by sci-fi movies, underground music, political subcultures, and iconic elements of 60s counterculture as it had filtered through to the collective's hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michael Davis Niagara Ron Asheton and Rob King

After the departure of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw in 1976, Rom Asheton (The Stooges) and Michael Davis (MC5) and Rob King joined the band and Destroy All Monsters entered a second, punk phase that met with popular success with singles such as Bored/You’re Gonna Die. In 1995, the original members staged a reunion tour, and since then have appeared in various exhibitions and music festivals.


Among the exhibitions in which Destroy All Monsters have been included are: "Theater Without Theater", MOCBA, Barcelona, Spain, (2007); "Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967", MCA Chicago (2007); "Exhibition and archives" at the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France, (2006); and "Art>Music (rock, pop, techno)" at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2001).


At the invitation of Ben Schot and Ronald Corneilson for the "I Rip You, You Rip Me" festival and seminar at the Boijman's Museum in Rotterdam, DAM began work on the installation and film known as "Strange Früt: Rock Apochrypha an investigation of Detroit culture". This exhibition was shown and completed in 2000 at COCA (Center on Contemporary Art) in Seattle, WA., and in 2001 at the DAM Collective: Artists Take On Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts.


This work was also selected for inclusion in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of Art in NYC. In 2006, the "Strange Früt" exhibition and the bands archives traveled to the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France.


Destroy All Monsters performed at the "All Tomorrow's Parties" festivals in Los Angeles as guest artists of Sonic Youth, and in London, UK as guest artists selected by Jake and Dinos Chapman. With the invitation of Ben Schot and Ronald Corneilson for the "I Rip You, You Rip Me" festival and seminar at the Boijman's Museum in Rotterdam, DAM began work on the installation and film known as Strange Früt: Rock Apochrypha an investigation of Detroit culture.


This exhibition was shown and completed in 2000 at COCA (Center on Contemporary Art) in Seattle, WA, and in 2001 at the Detroit Institute of Arts: DAM Collective: Artists Take On Detroit. This work was also selected for inclusion in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of Art in NYC. In 2006, the "Strange Früt" exhibition and the band’s archive traveled to the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France.

Very cool....

5.11.2010

Dee-Troit Danny P : The Boyfriend Meets Iggy Pop



After some of the usual antics like pounding his chest with the mike after it was swung around until the cord was wrapped around his neck, it was time for Iggy to get up close and personal with the audience. We had seen this before.



Showlist for Eastown

JUNE 6 /FRIDAY: Eastown Theater Lineup
MC5,
Illinois Speed Press,
The Stooges

At Detroit’s Eastown Theater just off the stage was the orchestra pit with a steel rail protecting it to insure that no one could fall in. Iggy would use this as a prop to climb down off stage wrapping himself around the rail, knees popping out of torn up jeans, legs and crotch exposing the ever present vibrant red underwear.


Iggy and the Stooges 1969

On this particular night young Jimmy feeling extra frisky left the rail and was wading his way through the tightly packed crowd sitting on the wet sticky floor. The crowd opened up and made way for the singer. The boys in the audience weren’t quite sure what to make of this guy, you didn’t want to get to0 close, but for sure the girls knew what it was about.

He had to step over the heads of some of these young innocents still sitting on the floor and as he did he gave a little pelvic thrust flipping his red package of rock roll love drug while his eyes remained fixed up and out at some distant spot.

On this night there was one girl’s boyfriend, probably some close to the edge greaser from the east side, that didn’t quite appreciate this raging animal getting so close to his date. He stood up, challenging the rock-n-roller to back down, back down or there was sure to be trouble. The kids were curling up and moving out of the way.

Arching his back assuming this cobra like pose the Stooge was ready, bare chested, torn jeans, dog collar, it was a showdown, there could be a rumble right here in The Eastown.

It was 1969 OK, all across the USA, all the peace love and brotherhood being celebrated at the time was coming down to this, a mating challenge. The boyfriend wasn’t going to back down. He stood up, the spot light was on him, on stage the band is still playing but every one is watching this confrontation.

The two men soon become engaged in this cryptic mojo of hand signals, one like a magician depicting a puff of smoke as if I will make you disappear, the other a shooing of a bothersome fly. This was not going to be a physical battle this became some tribal ceremonial display of prowess.

Iggy gave the boyfriend his top of the cranium flip top hand salute, the boyfriend got closer, chest to chest. Finally Iggy brought both arms up and right in front of their two faces simulated a breaking in two, something like a Indian chief breaking a handful of arrows, the breaking of a treaty, letting it go, letting it loose.

It was clear this was one Street Walking Cheetah a boyfriend had better be sure he could go all the way with, one way or the other. And that was it, by some simple sign language and pantomime the confrontation was over, the band never missed a beat, Iggy turned, shook his ass and moved on back to the stage.

This audience was now charged, this was excitement, this is raw energy, this was very, very strange and different, this was a challenge, this was rock-n-roll on a June night in Detroit. Iggy Stooge shaking it down like a future member of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.


Thanks Danny great story from someone who was really there! xxoo RK

THE LAST OF THE BADMEN BLOG



THE LAST OF THE BADMEN BLOG


Super human Godoy twins blog for one of their bands that I collaborate with. I just saw Steve drum last night and thought I would share one of my favorite Deniz Tek/Radio Birdman songs the Badmen cover with monster drummer Steve in action! Go visit their blog you won't believe how talented these guys are. Musicians, Pro-Skateboarders and Tattoo Artists as well. It must be in their DNA! Nice guitar riffs by Deniz too! They are all great!


I just love the drum opening and this whole song!

STEVE GODOY AND THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS


THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS
Gary Lammin Steve Godoy and Marty Stacey



Two of my blog clients are the Godoy twins Steve and Art. These guys are absolutely bionic and talented in so many ways. They are musicians Steve drums and Art guitar (boy are they ever), Pro skateboarders and tattoo artists. Steve lives in Santa Monica and Art (Funhouse Tattooing) is in Vancouver Canada. I usually chat with Art. But it turned out that his brother Steve was playing with The Bermondsey Joyriders at the Corktown Tavern in Detroit.

See them on MYSPACE


Deniz Tek and Steve's twin brother Art really wanted me to go down and meet Steve so Kimmer and the Hatter took off to Detroit again! All three of these guys are my blogger clients. Believe it or not I am still up! Must have been that music and coney dog!


Steve Hatter Gary and Marty

We had to sit through a band before my guys went on and their drummer was pretty good and I said so to Steve. He laughed and told me he was going to make him look like a 6 year old and I'll be damned if he didn't do JUST THAT. Man did Steve beat the tar out of that kit!






After the show we took the boys in the band to the Holiday Inn and after they checked in we took them on a landmark tour of Detroit. We ate at Lafayette Coney Island, saw the big new buildings, saw the old train station but best of all...


I had such a great time! Haven't had that much fun since the 80's! Can't wait to meet Art and see the brothers play music together! Hanging with Steve made me want to go get a tattoo of the Radio Birdman symbol! But a tiny one...



Here is a little silly video to end the fun night with the band and Madhatter!


Thanks guys for the show and the CD and tee shirt! Oh I almost forgot! Look what I got for my collection... YAY!


Thanks Steve you were so charming!

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