8-13-12 Misc. Calendar
Singer Don Ho born 1930; The Undertones’ Feargal Sharkey born 1958; on 8-12-72 Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” was No. 1 in England. On 8-12-72 “20 Fantastic Hits” Various Artist LP was No. 1 in England; on 8-13-77 Yes “Going For The One” LP (with tri-fold cover) was No. 1 in England; on 8-12-78 The Stranglers “Walk On By” 45 charts at No. 21 in England.
From today’s calendar…
I own a few LP’s by Don Ho; I got my mom some cassettes (or CD’s?) of a few Don Ho album. I saw his restaurant in Honolulu, but didn’t eat there.
I never particularly liked the Undertones, despite John Peel’s insistence. I believe my entire collection is tracks on samplers…and eventually I added the fist CD issue of “Cher O’Bowlies”, their original ‘best of’. I do not own any vinyl by the Undertones.
Alice Cooper is an artist I went back-and-forth with. I wanted to like A.C., due to the Zappa connection, but that didn’t pan out. I remember seeing them on TV in the early 70’s, and really digging it – hence my favorite being “Love It To Death” in 2012. A short while ago, I got new Japanese re-mastered SHM-CD version of their first 4 x Warner Brothers albums, as little paper album cover CD’s. Packaging is perfectly replicated, and the mastering sounds pretty good!
I certainly didn’t do this Yes album at the time, I was much more interested in European music by then. When I got the guilties about selling off too many LP’s, I did go for this one, as an LP (my CD is the first re-mastering, not a bonus tracks vers.) – and the tri-fold LP packaging is impressive, even if the music is less than impressive. This over-indulgence in packaging MUST be one of the things that punk rock / new wave were ‘against’!
And finally, the dear old Stranglers! Love ‘em! It was always amusing that they gave away a 45 with the original long version of this song, then decided to issue an edited version of it and it charted. The free 45 came in “Black & White”, their 3rd album. I really got on board by ’79, with “The Raven”.
I duly saw them live at the Whisky A-Go-Go; perhaps the sole time I ever saw the band on a stage, as they did not frequent the west coast of the U.S.! I totally stayed with them until Hugh Cornwell left, in 1990. And I’ve been lucky enough to see Hugh Cornwell play live a few times, here in Los Angeles. I really rather enjoyed “Hooverdam”, his last studio solo album.
Added bonus to the “Walk On By” hit single: George Melly! (“Old Codger”)