Yesterday, the music world lost one of its great songwriters, not just of the Brill Building era (although he certainly qualifies in that particular category) but of all time. Gerry Goffin was 75, but over the course of three-quarters of a century, he collaborated with numerous writers – among them Barry Goldberg, Barry Mann, Michael Masser, Russ Titelman, and, of course, Carole King, to whom he was married from 1959 to 1968 – and composed more hit singles than most people even realize.
If you’re a regular visitor to our website, then you know that we generally offer an installment of our Digital Roundup column on Wednesdays, but you’re caught us on a slow week: we’ve only got a single item joining our digital catalog. As such, we’re bypassing the column in favor of shining a solo spotlight on this item, but to our way of thinking, it more than deserves the individual attention, given that this one release actually includes 11 – count ‘em – 11 albums.
When the news broke last week that British comedian Rik Mayall had passed away, we here at Rhino instantly did more or less exactly the same thing that everyone else did: we started running through our favorite quotes from The Young Ones. (It’s probably no surprise that “Dear Mr. Echo” came up, given that we went out of our way to cite it in our “happy birthday” post to Ian McCulloch.) After that, though, we started running through some of our other favorite Mayall moments, and while we can’t quite recall if it came about before Bottom or after Drop Dead Fred, but you can bet that it didn’t take long for us to bring up Bad News.
Americans who came of age in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and watched MTV religiously on Sunday evenings will be familiar with a series called The Comic Strip Presents…, which featured not only Mayall and a few of his Young Ones cohorts but also Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Probably best described as a comedy anthology series, for lack of a better phrase, The Comic Strip Presents… featured numerous different tales over the course of its run, but it’s easily arguable that none of them made quite as much impact as the story of the fictional heavy metal band known as Bad News.
On Thursday, June 12, the world of music lost one of its most unique voices: Jimmy Scott, who died of cardiac arrest while asleep at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We’re taking a brief respite from our usual recitation of birthdays, anniversaries, and unabashed product plugs to draw your attention to a project which revolves around the Flamin’ Groovies, a band that, yes, is a part of our catalog, which means that, yes, technically we are still plugging our product, but we’d be excited about this project even if they didn’t have ties to Rhino. Granted, we might not post about it, but, look, why are we wasting time debating semantics when we could be filling you in about a Kickstarter campaign to help out with The Incredible Flamin’ Groovies, a documentary about the life and times of the band?
What’s that? You say you’re not familiar with the Flamin’ Groovies or why they’re so incredible? Well, if that doesn’t confirm the need for this documentary, we don’t know what does, but having made that salient point, if you’ve ever seen the movie Clueless or listened to its soundtrack, then you’re already familiar with one of the band’s most famous songs, albeit as performed by Cracker.
Is this ringing any bells yet? If not, here’s a clip of the Groovies performing the song in question: