Dean Clough

November 9, 2022

Portico Darwin: Music, The Origin Story

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS

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I will defer commenting on the mid-term elections until after the dust settles.  Plus, after Monday's Debbie Downer of a blog, we need to lighten it up.

And what the heck could be lighter than me providing - with cover art and links to the music - the first 3 albums I ever owned?  These records were the beginning of what by any definition has been a lifelong obsession with music.

I want to be crystal clear:  I owned each of these albums.   And I want emphasize to the musical snobs out there - people like Günther Strobel, Byron Browne IV, Raymond Michaels, Don Jumanji, Arthur, and especially Hunter Deuce - that I am extra proud to have owned the first two.

The Partridge Family:  Up To Date
1971
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Great album!  But I want to know what the hell Jeremy Gelbwaks did to get tossed as the band's drummer?  I mean there's Peart and Copeland and Moon and Bonham . . . and then there's Gelbwaks. 
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Perhaps those rumored backstage kissy-face shenanigans with bandmate and tambourine virtuoso Suzanne Crough were true? 
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The Osmonds:  Crazy Horses
1972
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You really owe it to yourself to listen to at least the title track.  I GUARANTEE it's not what you're expecting.  In fact, I don't think anyone expected - nor wanted - an album anything like this from the brothers Mormon.

OK:  David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.  And there's this and these pants.  It's '71, '72.   Am I gay?
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Actually, no.  Because my next album was . . .
 
Bachman-Turner Overdrive:  Not Fragile
1974
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I vividly remember Casey Kasem announcing on his American Top 40 radio show on November 9, 1974 that "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" was the #1 song in America.  I also specifically remember being very curious as to how Randy Bachman made his guitar sound like it does on that tune.
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Next?  No, it wasn't Bobby Sherman. 

In fact, next was Ted Nugent and Cat Scratch Fever, followed by bands like AC/DC and Aerosmith.  And then I moved to Boulder, where I became a musical snob myself by listening to hours of Pat Metheny and drinking wine.  Fast forward all of the way to today and Porcupine Tree and there you have it.

OK - I've laid my cards on the table.  What were the first 3 albums that you owned? 

P.S.  Having just listened to Not Fragile as I wrote this, it's actually OK - dare I say Textbook '70s arena rock?  

FROM THE UNWASHED MASSES

Judging by the mausoleum-like silence, I guess the topic of dying and death with dignity should stay buried.
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Thank you to any one that is reading this newsletter.

KLUF

Those that understand the story of the title track will know why this is perfect and a must for today, regardless of the fact it was included in my recent archive of this same band.

Here is Rush with their stellar and certainly Diamond Certified 2112, as a high-resolution FLAC download.
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And maybe it will help to wash the Partridge taste out of your mouth?