Filed under: Little Boy Blues
Even by The Black Album standards, “Public Service Announcement (Interlude)” is monstrous. Situated all the way back at Track 10, Just Blaze constructed Jigga’s arena rap anthem using large swaths of “Seed Of Love” by Chicago psych rock band, Little Boy Blues.
After a handful of successful singles, Fontana Records commissioned In The Woodland Of Weir in 1968. On cover, Little Boy Blues posed among articles that relate to song titles, just out of view from the highway that skirted the Skokie Lagoons.
As The Black Album had alleged, In the Woodland Of Weir was in fact Little Boy Blues’s final album. If they’d produced a resurrection LP a la Kingdom Come, it would have no doubt begun with the unreleased “Nothing Left To Say,” which itself seems ripe for a Just Blaze production. Slapped on the B-side of Numero’s ode to Little Boy Blues is the reworked album cut, “Mr. Tripp Wouldn’t Listen,” featuring 17-year-old Frank Biner, an R&B vocalist who bolted at session’s end to pursue a career in California. Housed in a gorgeous pic sleeve, this 7-inch provides an encore for Little Boy Blues fans who want more.
P.S. Guitarist Peter Pollack wound up in Morning After, featured in the Eccentric Soul Omnibus.
Filed under: Way Out
Cleveland Scene reporter Chris Parker sat down recently with Way Out VP Bill Branch at an area Wendy’s to get his take on Way Out’s legacy and renaissance. Way Out utility man Lou Ragland and the Numero Group’s Jon Kirby also contributed to this report. In addition, Cleveland Scene compiled a Top 5 of favorite Way Out cuts (with commentary). All in all a great article for those who might be feeling timid about this captivating 3LP collection.
Purchase: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label
Lewis Connection alum and Purple Snow honoree Pierre Lewis has held down many piano benches in his day. But it is his gig with the Commodores that has been putting the most mileage on his passport lately. Below are just a handful of the far-flung stages that the Commodores have lugged Lewis on most recently. With Festival Season in high gear, keep you eyes peeled for the Commodores at festivals and fairs in YOUR city. Because you’d hate to miss an opportunity to get your Purple Snow or Lewis Connection or 94 East autographed by this globetrotter.
UPDATE: According to Pierre, the last picture was from Vienna, France. We regret the omission.
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Considered a cold case by Numero standards, the band at the center of 2013’s “Punk Break on a Funk Tape” mystery has been identified! Using the crowd-sourcing platform that is the “Twin Cities Music Scene ’70’s-’80’s” page on Facebook, a Minneapolis native named Dave Chisholm chimed in with the answer to our riddle:
Ha! I can answer this, I helped record it with Bob at the church on 28th. “A Sacred Version” was the name of the band (a project really). Caleb Palmiter playing a right handed guitar left handed and these two weird English guys who were around for a year or so, Bob and Steve. Steve did not play anything, he was a Malcolm Mclaren wanna be. Bob (Vox) was a pure and dangerous sociopath. How funny to see it turn up in a Quiet Storm graveyard.
Ivan Daniel had the second best perspective on this project:
Steve Mattacott and Bob Beard from Plymouth. (uk). They came over to visit Theresa Downing and I and stayed on causing trouble. Yeah, Dave. Bobby was a bit of a psycho. real “sexy beast” fellow. They were old school skinheads who then decided they were the “punk elite” (no shit, their term!!) Ha!!
Thanks again Minneapolis!
For more tall tales and rebel pop permutations from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, check out Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound On 2CDs or 4LPs from Numero Group
Filed under: Medusa
“Colorado’s News Leader” recently caught up with born-again headbangers Gary and Donna Brown, known in the Numero universe as 2/5ths of Medusa. Profiled for the NBC affiliate’s “Story Tellers” series, this segment follows the Broomfield couple down Memory Lane, into the practice space, and onto the stage of The Toad Tavern in Littleton for their first performance in 40 years. With Medusa’s original members scattered about the country, the majority of the members in this Colorado incarnation are new recruits, culled mostly from Craig’s List. With some gentle wordplay and a few well-placed puns, “Couple Brings Their 70’s Band Back to Life” [sic] is an enjoyable interest piece for Medusa devotees.
Benjamin Wright was inducted into the Numero Group catalog by way of his stellar arrangements for Arrow Brown and his role in the Twinight/Brunswick wrecking crew, Pieces of Peace, and not to mention arrangements for Rokk. But that is simply fodder for the first page of Wright’s expansive resume. So far as iceberg tips go, you can’t list a more compelling body of arrangements than Jeff “Chairman” Mao did in his written intro to his recent interview with Wright: “Michael Jackson‘s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Rock With You,’ and Earth Wind & Fire‘s ‘Boogie Wonderland’ – and even Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Mirrors’ and Andre 3000‘s Sinatra-style dolo endeavor, ‘The Love Below (Intro).’ Check out Benjamin Wright’s fireside chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio for some stellar story telling.
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Due to the ice chunks that remain afloat in Lake Michigan, Chicago’s current weather profile is on par to provide the most idyllic climate in Pitchfork history. Will you be in attendance? The Numero Group will be in their same old spot, selling the same great titles, plus a trove of new arrivals that won’t be on sale until their sanctioned sales dates. Among these sneak peaks are: Solaris, Bulbous Creation, Music From The Mountain Provinces, Little Boy Blues, Nikki Sudden’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the usual array of dingers and detritus. Please stop by and say hello.
The Pitchfork Festival: Union Park, Chicago. July 18th, 19th, and 20th.