Monday, May 16, 2016

Sound & Groove, Episode 66: "It'll Forever Be Royal" Part 1

Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller) was the primary songwriting force behind the short-lived but unforgettable NYC new wave band Television. An inventive, original guitarist in a time of heavy distortion and flashy licks, Verlaine also crafted impressive, poetic lyrics and had a kinship with fellow poet/aspiring singer Patti Smith in the mid-70s, as they even dated at one time. Verlaine struck out on his own from Television in 1979 and crafted a series of low-selling but highly magmatic solo releases. One of his songs makes it into this S&G Podcast episode and was covered a year later by the more high-profile, larger audience David Bowie 

This here is the 2nd episode of 2016 for the Sound & Groove Podcast where we explore songs that discuss royalty. That's right, whether it be kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, kingdoms/empires- anything feudal, absolutist and/or medieval; all of it fits the criteria. Could just be the allusion or metaphor the song is built upon or the actual subject matter of the lyrics. This is the 1st of 2 episodes that collect some of my favourites from a variety of artists. Yep, it was only a matter of time before I got onto the monarchy what with all this hoopla over the death of the great Prince. Then in actual royal news, you've got Prince Harry starting his own competition of games for wounded vets or Queen Elizabeth being annoyed by rude Chinese guests! Timing was right.

But anyway, if you haven't been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind and/or it newest home at, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopsis, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 7-10 songs per 45+ minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!

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Track Listing:
1. Cooksferry Queen- Richard Thompson (1999)
2. King Of The New York Streets- Dion (1989)
3. Eleventh Earl Of Mar- Genesis (1977)
4. Big Chief Got A Golden Crown- The Wild Tchopitoulas (1976)
5. Two Princes- Spin Doctors (1992)
6. Marquesa De Sade- David Johansen (1981)
7. Cardboard Empire- The Guess Who (1973) 
8. Kingdom Come- Tom Verlaine (1979) 

Info of note:
Intro- "Controversy" by Prince (1981)
Outro- "Head" by Prince (1980)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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