What's your favorite piece of absurd music trivia?

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  1. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas

    The rumor that Frank Zappa was the son of Mr. Green Jeans from the Captain Kangaroo show.
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  2. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Mick Jones of The Clash was a professional soccer player for Leeds Utd (and England) before turning to music, his strike partner Allan Clarke was in The Hollies and fiery midfield maestro Billy Bremner later joined Rockpile ...
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  3. Michael P

    Michael P Forum Resident

    Parma, Ohio
    I'm trying to imagine "21st Century Schizoid Man" sung by Elton John. :yikes:
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  4. Myke

    Myke Listening

    ...or that Nicholas Cage married her, in order to acquire the " ultimate Elvis collectible."
  5. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Ilford, Essex, UK
    No he didn't - this one has already been corrected some pages back.

    And here.

    What if Elton John joined King Crimson? »
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  6. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Avant-garde composer George Antheil and actress Hedy Lamarr invented wi-fi

    No kidding
  7. Ur-goth anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus is based on a bossa nova rhythm. Play it during your next visit to sunny Ipamena Beach.
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  8. adriatikfan

    adriatikfan Forum Resident

    John Peel was present at the press conference where Lee Harvey Oswald was presented to the world as Kennedy's assassin, posing as a reporter for a British newspaper. Ruby was alleged to have also been in the room at the time.

    Best Wishes,
  9. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot Nothin’ feels right but doin’ wrong anymore

    Tryon NC
    it's Hedley
  10. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Frank Zappa gets the credit (or BLAME, depending on your opinion) for creating iTunes!!!
    From "The Real Frank Zappa Book":

    The next document explains the meeting mentioned above at Rothschild Venture Capital, held at a time in
    the long-forgotten past, when CDs weren't even on the market. . .


    Ordinary phonograph record merchandising as it exists today is a stupid
    process which concerns itself essentially with moving pieces of plastic,
    wrapped in pieces of cardboard, from one location to another.

    These objects, in quantity, are heavy and expensive to ship. The
    manufacturing process is complicated and crude. Quality control for the
    stamping of the discs is an exercise in futility. Dissatisfied customers
    routinely return records because they are warped and will not play.
    New digital technology may eventually solve the warpage problem and
    provide the consumer with better quality sound in the form of compact
    discs [CDs]. They are smaller, contain more music and would,
    presumably, cost less to ship. . . but they are much more expensive to buy
    and manufacture. To reproduce them, the consumer needs to purchase a
    digital device to replace his old hi-fi equipment (in the seven-hundreddollar
    price range).

    The bulk of the promotional effort at every record company today is
    expended on 'NEW MATERIAL' . . . the latest and the greatest of
    whatever the cocaine-tweezed rug-munchers decide to inflict on
    everybody this week.

    More often than not, these 'aesthetic decisions' result in mountains of
    useless vinyl/cardboard artifacts which cannot be sold at any price, and
    are therefore returned for disposal and recylcing. These mistakes are

    Put aside momentarily the current method of operation and think what is
    being wasted in terms of GREAT CATALOG ITEMS, squeezed out of
    the marketplace because of limited rack space in retail outlets, and the
    insatiable desire of quota-conscious company reps to fill every available
    slot with this week's new releases.

    Every major record company has vaults full of (and perpetual rights to)
    great recordings by major artists in many categories which might still
    provide enjoyment to music consumers if they were made available in a
    convenient form.


    It is our proposal to take advantage of the positive aspects of a
    negative trend afflicting the record industry today: home taping of
    material released on vinyl.

    First of all, we must realize that the taping of albums is not
    necessarily motivated by consumer 'stinginess.' If a consumer
    makes a home tape from a disc, that copy will probably sound
    better than a commercially manufactured high-speed
    duplication cassette legitimately released by the company.

    We propose to acquire the rights to digitally duplicate THE BEST of every
    record company's difficult-to-move Quality Catalog Items [Q.C.I.],
    store them in a central processing location, and have them accessible by
    phone or cable TV, directly patchable into the user's home taping
    appliances, with the option of direct digital-to-digital transfer to the F-l
    (SONY consumer-level digital tape encoder), Beta Hi-Fi, or ordinary
    analog cassette (requiring the installation of a rentable D-A converter in
    the phone itself. . . the main chip is about twelve dollars).

    All accounting for royalty payments, billing to the consumer, etc., would
    be automatic, built into the software for the system.

    The consumer has the option of subscribing to one or more 'special
    interest category,' charged at a monthly rate, WITHOUT REGARD

    Providing material in such quantity at a reduced cost could actually
    diminish the desire to duplicate and store it, since it would be available
    any time day or night.

    Monthly listings could be provided by catalog, reducing the on-line
    storage requirements of the computer. The entire service would be
    accessed by phone, even if the local reception is via TV cable.

    One advantage of the TV cable is: on those channels where nothing ever
    seems to happen (there's about seventy of them in L.A.), a visualization of
    the original cover art, including song lyrics, technical data, etc., could be
    displayed while the transmission is in progress, giving the project an
    electronic whiff of the original point-of-purchase merchandising built
    into the album when it was 'an album,' since there are many consumers
    who like to fondle & fetish the packaging while the music is being played.
    In this situation, Fondlement & Fetishism Potential [F.F.P.] is
    supplied, without the cost of shipping tons of cardboard around.

    Most of the hardware devices are, even as you read this, available as off-the-
    shelf items, just waiting to be plugged into each other in order to put
    an end to the record business as we now know it.
  11. Captain Groovy

    Captain Groovy Senior Member

    Freedonia, USA
    I thought it was carrots for "Vegetables" - but who knows? Some kind of healthy percussion!

  12. jimtek

    jimtek Forum Resident

    Elizabeth Taylor was the grandmother of "PUNK"! Trouser Press magazine had a cartoon of Believe it or not withTaylor as Cleopatra with the Group the "Wild Ones" that recorded the song "Wild Thing" on an album called "At Arthur's".
  13. Captain Groovy

    Captain Groovy Senior Member

    Freedonia, USA
    Dennis Wilson added a piece of him in the full throws of sexual relations with an unknown woman at the end of The Beach Boys "All I Want to Do", 20/20 1969.

    Now in well mastered HD with nice Dynamic Range, crank it up - right channel - noisy bed springs, too!

  14. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas

    Irving Berlin could neither read nor write music.
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  15. You can also sing the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" to the verses of the "Gilligan's Island Theme".
  16. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    "Pinball Wizard" and "Folsom Prison Blues"
  17. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    You can also hear something like this (obviously not involving Dennis Wilson) deep in the mix of "Rainy Day" by the Rascals.
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  18. Wombat Reynolds

    Wombat Reynolds Jimmy Page stole all my best riffs.

    Atlanta, GA, USA

    no its not, its Hedy. Her story is interesting and rather dramatic and worth a read

    Hedy Lamarr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia »

    its wasnt really "wi-fi" she and her co-inventor created, it was a radio controlled remote torpedo guidance system, and elements and certain principles of it are used in wi-fi.


    Blue Oyster Cult supposedly was given their name by Richard Meltzer, or maybe Sandy Pearlman, who saw drummer Albert Bouchards new Ludwig drums and asked him what the color was and he said "Blue Oyster Pearl".


    Billy Gibbons wife's real name is Gilligan.


    Tony Gilkyson (guitarist for X and Lone Justice) was the son of a folk singer and songwriter, Terry, who wrote "The Bear Neccessities of Life" for Disneys Jungle Book movie.


    Steve Howe once claimed his first band was fired from a club for playing 15 Chuck Berry songs in a row. I cant confirm this but have been told this story many times.


    Abba almost had to change their name when it was discovered that was also the name of a fish cannery/production factory in Sweden. Somehow the group persuaded the factory to allow it.


    Led Zeppelin appeared on an Abba album. In a very small way. Zeppelin decided to record "In thru the Out Door" in Abbas Polar Studios, in part because both Jonesy and Benny Anderson had recently got the giant Yamaha GX-1 keyboard, state of the art at the time. Sounds could be written to patches and stored on little plug-in devices, sort of similar to a flash drive. It made sense for Jones to write his patches and then bring the discs up to Sweden and plug them into Benny's keyboard.

    When Zeppelin wasnt recording, one night Benny went in and played a bit with the keyboard, trying out Jones's sound patches. He told Jones, some of these are great, can I copy them, and Jones said yes, and some of those Zeppelin custom keyboard sounds ended up on Abbas next album, I think it was Super Trouper.


    Carl Palmer toured with a drumset made of solid steel. It sounded incredible but was so heavy, the roadies hated it, and eventually one night it crushed the drum riser. Palmer sold it, I'm not sure how this progressed, but eventually Ringo had it permanently installed in his house.


    Micky Dolenz was on a TV show called Circus Boy as a very young lad. Supposedly he was allowed to fool around on the circus organ here and there and its Mickey who came up with the charismatic B-3 line on I'm a Believer, which was taken from some circus-type theme he learned on the TV show.


    thats enough, I could go on forever with this stupidity. and half of it may well turn out to be lies anyway.
  19. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    My personal favorite!
    The Oscar Mayer song to the tune of The Star Spangled Banner!
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  20. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Does not play well with fascists or southern rock.

    London, England
    Jeff Baxter's post-Steely Dan/Doobies interest in music-related data-compression algorithms and large-capacity storage devices led to his second career as a defence consultant to the Bush administration (and beyond)
  21. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    ...........and "Stairway To Heaven"
  22. Sarah S. The Hendrix Nut

    Sarah S. The Hendrix Nut Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure that was a joke. I got the reference.
  23. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Does not play well with fascists or southern rock.

    London, England
    There is only one artist who has been a) produced by Brian Wilson and b) released a single with Motown.

    Not at the same time though.
  24. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    "Disillusion" by ABBA is the only ABBA song co-written by Agnetha Fältskog (with Björn Ulvaeus).
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  25. Sarah S. The Hendrix Nut

    Sarah S. The Hendrix Nut Well-Known Member

    When Sammy Hagar's family moved to America (long before he was born), their last name was Van Hagar. Somewhere along the way, the Van was dropped.

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