November 4, 2005

Welcome To The Way My Brain Works

Hey, get a load of me - it's Friday and I'm actually in the office! Why? No clue. Regardless, here I am. I expect it to be a quiet one. Which means it'll be just about the opposite.

Yesterday, a few of you threw down the gauntlet with respect to my musical quirkyness. Now, before I try to dazzle you with musical brilliance, I feel I have to let you know that there are times where I just need a nudge. I allowed myself no more than a minute or two with a single reference to get pointed in the right direction. Sadly, most of this crap I know off the top of my head. I'm not proud. Just slightly scared.

If you chose not to descend into the depths of useless musical trivia below, I wish you a good Friday.

Dave Matthews Band to Corey Hart
Ahhh, yes. Corey Hart. The dude who wore his sunglasses at night for no obvious reason. Although, he made such crappy music he might have been trying to avoid being recognized. As you might recall, DMB originally worked with producer Steve Lillywhite on the aborted recording sessions that eventually became Busted Stuff. Lillywhite is an accomplished producer having worked with U2, among others. U2 recorded a track for the Rattle and Hum album with B.B. King. King, in turn, has recorded several times with guitarist Eric Clapton including the jointly released Riding With The King. Clapton, inexplicably, played on Corey Hart's first album.

Sum 41 to Megadeth
Ha! Easy. Sum 41, from my understanding, parodied Metallica in a recent video. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was actually a member of Metallica before their debut release.

Rolling Stones to David Gray
Uber-producer Rick Rubin produced Mick Jagger's disasterous album Wandering Spirit. Rubin, once known for producing only rap albums, rose to fame in the rock world by producing some very successful Red Hot Chili Peppers albums. RHCP bassist Flea performed on Allman Brothers band member Warren Haynes' solo project Deep End. Haynes and his band Government Mule are signed to Dave Matthew's ATO records. Which also happens to be David Gray's label.

Violent Femmes to ABBA
Sheesh. This one? Not fun. Especially since I really don't like the Femmes and know virtually nothing about them. The only bit of research I had to do, however, turned up the fact that they performed a T-Rex song, Children of the Revolution, on, I think, their third of fourth album. T-Rex guitarist Marc Bolan performed several times with David Bowie. Guitarists Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, both of King Crimson, often played with Bowie. King Crimson featured drummer Bill Bruford who, it just so happens, took over live drum duties on the 1976/77 Genesis tour when Phil Collins took over vocal duties from the departing Peter Gabriel. Collins produced Abba singer Frida's debut solo album in the early eighties. As a bit of a bonus, Bruford also played with Yes, featuring bassist Chris Squire who also played with Flea on Haynes' Deep End project. So, wow, multiple linkage!

Alabama to Billy Idol
Another tough one and another minute of research on the first link to get me started. For some very strange reason, Alabama provided backing vocals to Lionel Ritchie's Dancing on the Ceiling. Odd, I know. Ritchie has worked with Quincy Jones several times and Jones, in turn, has worked with Phil Collins. Ever get the feeling Phil is everywhere? He is. Phil did some drum and vocal work on Jones' Q's Jook Joint (which I have and it's terrible). Collins played drums on Peter Gabriel's third solo album (although the entire album was recorded without use of cymbals of any kind which had to be frustrating) along side Tony Levin (yes, he's everywhere too). Levin formed an experimental instrumental group called Bozzio Levin Stevens with guitarist Steve Stevens, longtime guitarist for Billy Idol.

Posted by Chris at November 4, 2005 7:28 AM

Wow. That IS scary.

Posted by: angela marie at November 4, 2005 8:02 AM

Where do you have room to put all this knowledge?

Posted by: Michelle at November 4, 2005 8:07 AM

dude. damn.

Posted by: Judy at November 4, 2005 8:09 AM

Have you ever listened to CFNY's History of Music? I think you'd REALLY like it.

Posted by: alektra at November 4, 2005 8:23 AM

Sorry, the whole name is Alan Cross's ongoing history of new music.

Posted by: alektra at November 4, 2005 8:24 AM

dude. that's some scary knowledge.

Posted by: suze at November 4, 2005 8:27 AM

wow. i am super impressed.

Posted by: steph at November 4, 2005 8:29 AM

Geez. I really thought I'd set you up for a fall. You scare me.

So now the real trick is to funnel all of that knowledge into some business venture. LOL

Posted by: HR Mommy at November 4, 2005 8:30 AM

Be very afraid. Have a nice Friday!

Posted by: Kelly M. at November 4, 2005 8:39 AM

Corey Hart was quite the hottie back in the day.

Posted by: Alison at November 4, 2005 8:49 AM

LOL, I love it, degrees of music.

Posted by: Angelia at November 4, 2005 9:18 AM

If only you would use that power for good.

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at November 4, 2005 9:27 AM

that is scary... if you're up to another one: the new pornographers to aerosmith?

Posted by: Denise at November 4, 2005 9:31 AM

Nsync to Led Zeppelin.


I'm home today, as it is my day off. Why am I up at 6:30 on my day off? I have no idea. I'm planning on crawling back into bed.

Posted by: Rhonda at November 4, 2005 9:37 AM

Don't you sometimes wish you had all that brain space free?

Posted by: Fraulein N at November 4, 2005 9:44 AM

Yeah, I dig! Im Feeling Ya!......You Kick Ass! Ever Hear of Tina Schlieske? Tina & The Red Hots? Tina & The b-Sides? She hails from the "sin cities" of Minnesota......I'd like you to work on that one! ;-)

Posted by: Dawn at November 4, 2005 10:02 AM

I am so sucky with that sort of thing....

I got an e-mail from you yesterday that said, "testing." I think that's what it said. I guess I should check my account to see if there's anything else, eh?

When you talk about work you sound so much like my hubby.

Posted by: Lisa B at November 4, 2005 10:20 AM

Wow. I used to think I knew a lot about music, but I'm more than a little frightened by this...particularly the Alabama/Lionel Ritchie connection. That makes my brain hurt.

Surprised you dissed the Mick Jagger album, though. No it's not even close to a Stones album, and it's all over the map, but I think it's a good listen.

Here's another one for you - Tom Waits to Turbonegro

Posted by: CroutonBoy at November 4, 2005 10:28 AM

Wow! You ARE quirky! But in a good way.
Happy Friday. Thank GOD!

Posted by: VJ at November 4, 2005 10:31 AM

There must be a job where they would actually pay you for this. You're a musiclopedia savant!

Posted by: Sheryl at November 4, 2005 10:49 AM

Nothin' better than useless trivia. I call it "brain candy."

Posted by: Ginny at November 4, 2005 10:53 AM

Run! Everyone, run! His head's going to EXPLODE!

Posted by: Karen at November 4, 2005 11:04 AM

Hey, did you know that the songs originally recorded with Steve Lillywhite were leaked onto the internet and were actually, to my recollection, quite different than those that appeared on Busted Stuff.

I have a copy, should you ever be interested.

In fact, I have something stupid like -- 80 CDs worth of live DMB shows. I need to work on getting rid of those somehow. And I hate just to throw them away, but 80 CDS?! Come on. That's excessive.

(I had an obsession, you're scoffing. HA! Did not. I just liked the band. A lot.)

Posted by: Emily at November 4, 2005 11:08 AM

I thought about you and your music knowledge last night at the Paul McCartney concert (since you advised me to look for the drummer, who you had heard was really good-he was good). What you know is impressive. And scary. All at the same time.

No you just need to figure out a way to make money with that knowledge. Then you'd be set.

Posted by: Isabel at November 4, 2005 11:20 AM

Wow, Chris. You just displayed some skills right there.

Posted by: Heather at November 4, 2005 11:31 AM

I obviously don't pay enough attention to music. I only barely recognized some of those names.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at November 4, 2005 11:32 AM

You and my friend Bob scare me. He can rattle that stuff out of his head *snap* like that. The scarier part is that he knows when a lot of people are touring and remembers their set lists from say, the Birchmere in 1987.

Posted by: Sue at November 4, 2005 11:45 AM

An entire album without cymbals? Yikes! (Yes, that's totally the only thing I took away from that.) It's amazingly complex recording an album isn't it? *sigh* If I'm gonna do it, I'd better get my ass in gear.

Posted by: Heather at November 4, 2005 11:45 AM

Oooo - I'm impressed on the Femmes to ABBA one - yes, you are the music trivia god.

Posted by: Heather at November 4, 2005 12:42 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm How about Debbie Gibson to Billy Joel? Or let's go international .... Amalia Rodrigues to Bon Jovi?

I'm trying to throw you crazy couplings to stump you Chris. :)

Hope you're enjoying a Happy Friday.

Posted by: Mala at November 4, 2005 2:46 PM

Using Rubin is sort of like using Christopher Walken in the Bacon game, isn't it? Somewhere there's a link to either of them.....

Posted by: kathy at November 4, 2005 3:35 PM

OK, the fact that you actually know about the Lillywhite Sessions is impressive. (Not to mention your knowledge of ATO Records.)It should be noted, however, that you could have connected them earlier since Lillywhite produced DMB's first three studio albums (Under the Table & Dreaming, Crash & Before These Crowded Streets), so you didn't even need to pull out the pre-Busted Stuff recordings reference. But again, I'm impressed that you did -- so impressed, in fact, that I'm now adding your site to my favorites. (Normally I just click in through your wife's site.)

Posted by: erin at November 4, 2005 4:11 PM

I am choosing not to descend...but I hope you have a great Friday too! :)

Posted by: Emily at November 4, 2005 5:54 PM

Wow. You are frightening.

In a good way, of course.

Posted by: amy at November 4, 2005 5:58 PM

Whoa. That's just scary.

And in a weird way, I'm glad to say I could come up with a one that stumped you, if only for a few seconds.

Posted by: Jen at November 4, 2005 8:36 PM

Didn't Lillywhite work with DMB on their first three major label albums as well? At least on Crash...

Tell me, oh Great and Powerful I don't have to google it...

Posted by: Éireann at November 5, 2005 12:28 AM

That's pretty amazing! And I'll bet ya that Corey Hart wore sunglasses at night to cover up the fact that he was stoned out of his mind, lol.

Posted by: Amber at November 5, 2005 3:11 AM

Whoa... I bow down before one who obviously has more useless (ok, that may be a bit judgemental there) trivia in his head than I do.

I remember having the biggest crush on Corey Hart when I was 14.

This may be far too easy but can you link John Roberts, CBS news White House correspondent and Iggy Pop.


Posted by: Nat at November 5, 2005 1:33 PM

Oohhh...I got one...if I may be so bold as to offer up a "6 Degree" question combining two entertainment genres:

Link these two celebrities: singer Aimee Mann & actress Shirley Maclaine. (I believe there is more than one route to this one).

Posted by: chattygirl at November 5, 2005 5:38 PM

Whoa...passed out there for minute when I read that Clapton played on Corey Hart's album... Why has VH-1 not come calling? Better yet, why haven't you called them? Can't a sole provider (or is it soul provider?) like you use a big, fat wad of CASH?? Seriously, there's no point in loading your hard drive with all that trivia unless you're gettin' some Benjamins for it. (I like Mrs. Cactus' comment.) :)

Posted by: Marilyn at November 5, 2005 8:19 PM