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“Lola” is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks which details a romantic encounter between a young man and a transvestite he meets in a club in Soho, London.
Released in June 1970, in the UK on the 12th and in the USA on the 28th, the single was taken from the album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One and reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the US. It was ranked 422nd on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and its C-D-E power riff is recognized among the famous riffs of rock.
In the book The Kinks: The Official Biography, Davies says that he was inspired to write this song after the band manager Robert Wace had spent the night dancing with a transvestite. Davies said, “In his apartment, Robert had been dancing with this black woman, and he said, ‘I’m really onto a thing here.’ And it was okay until we left at six in the morning and then I said, ‘Have you seen the stubble?’ He said ‘Yeah,’ but he was too pissed [i.e., drunk] to care, I think. ” In his autobiography, Dave Davies mentions that he came up with the music for what would become Lola. After Dave had shown his brother the music, Ray came up with the lyrics. Dave goes on to claim his brother took all the credit for the song.
The original song recorded in stereo had the word “Coca-Cola” in the lyrics, but because of BBC Radio’s policy against product placement, Ray was forced to make a six thousand mile round-trip flight from New York to London — interrupting the band’s American tour — to change those words to the generic “cherry cola” for the single release.
The success of the single had important ramifications for the band’s career at a critical time, allowing them to negotiate a new contract with RCA Records, construct their own London Studio, and assume more creative and managerial control.
This is one of the two official promo videos for the Rolling Stones’ 1973 single “Angie”. It reached number 5 in the UK singles chart, and number 1 in the US Billboard chart.
The track features on the 1973 album Goats Head Soup, and was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and was produced by Jimmy Miller.
The song features Mick Jagger on lead vocals, Keith Richards on guitar and background vocals, Charlie Watts on drums, Mick Taylor on guitar and backing vocals, Bill Wyman on bass guitar, Nicky Hopkins on piano and strings arranged by Nicky Harrison.
The video was directed by filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who also directed the promo videos “Neighbours”, “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Child Of The Moon”. Lindsay-Hogg also directed promos for the Beatles and the Who.
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Angie, Angie, when will those clouds all disappear? Angie, Angie, where will it lead us from here? With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats You can’t say were satisfied But Angie, Angie, you can’t say we never tried Angie, you’re beautiful, but ain’t it time we said goodbye? Angie, I still love you, remember all those nights we cried? All the dreams we held so close seemed to all go up in smoke Let me whisper in your ear: Angie, Angie, where will it lead us from here? Oh, Angie, don’t you weep, all your kisses still taste sweet I hate that sadness in your eyes But Angie, Angie, ain’t it time we said goodbye? With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats You can’t say were satisfied But Angie, I still love you, baby Everywhere I look I see your eyes There ain’t a woman that comes close to you Come on baby, dry your eyes But Angie, Angie, ain’t it good to be alive? Angie, Angie, they can’t say we never tried
It’s a mystery to me The game commences For the usual fee Plus expenses Confidential information It’s in a diary This is my investigation It’s not a public inquiry
I go checking out the report Digging up the dirt You get to meet all sorts In this line of work Treachery and treason There’s always an excuse for it And when I find the reason I still can’t get used to it
And what have you got at the end of the day ? What have you got to take away ? A bottle of whisky and a new set of lies blinds on the window and a pain behind the eyes
Scarred for life No compensation Private investigations
When the road gets dark And you can no longer see Just let my love throw a spark And have a little faith in me And when the tears you cry Are all you can believe Just give these loving arms a try, baby And have a little faith in me (5x)
And when your secret heart Cannot speak so easily Come here darling, from a whisper start To have a little faith in me And when your backs against the wall Just turn around and you, and you, you will see I will catch you, I will catch your fall, baby Just have a little faith in me And have a little faith in me (4x)
Well, Ive been loving you for such a long time, girl Expecting nothing in return Just for you to have a little faith in me You see time, time is our friend Cause for us, there is no end And all you gotta do, is have a little faith in me I said, I will hold you up, I will hold you up And your love gives me strength enough, so Have a little faith in me I said hey, all you gotta do for me, girl Is have a little bit of faith in me
– “Smoke on the Water” is a song by the British hard rock band Deep Purple. It was first released on their 1972 album Machine Head. In 2004, the song was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Smoke on the Water” at number 12 in its list of the 100 greatest guitar tracks. “Smoke on the Water” is also a song recorded in 1945 by “Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys” and others, addressing the eventual fall of the Axis dictatorships of World War II.
– “Smoke on the Water” is known for and recognizable by its central theme, a four-note “blues scale” melody harmonised in parallel fourths. The riff, played on a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar by Ritchie Blackmore, is later joined by hi-hat and distorted organ, then drums, then electric bass parts before the start of Ian Gillan’s vocal. We all came out to Montreux, on the Lake Geneva shoreline To make records with a mobile, we didn’t have much time
– Jon Lord doubles the guitar part on a Hammond C3 organ played through a distorted Marshall amp, creating a tone very similar to that of the guitar. Blackmore uses two fingers to pluck so the pairs of notes can be played exactly simultaneously, to match the organ’s timing closer. The song order is intro(riff)-verse-chorus-riff-verse-chorus-riff-guitar solo-riff-verse-chorus-riff-organ solo. The first solo is performed on guitar by Ritchie Blackmore, and the second and final solo is performed on an organ by Jon Lord until the song fades out.
– The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on 4 December 1971 Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio—referred to as the “Rolling truck Stones thing” and “the mobile” in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as “the gambling house” in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino’s theatre. In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling, as mentioned in the “some stupid with a flare gun” line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment. The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The “Funky Claude” running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
– Left with an expensive mobile recording unit and no place to record, the band was forced to scout the town for another place to set up. One promising venue (found by Nobs) was a local theatre called The Pavilion, but soon after the band had loaded in and started working/recording, the nearby neighbours took offence at the noise, and the band was only able to lay down backing tracks for one song (based on Blackmore’s riff and temporarily named Title n°1), before the local police shut them down.
– Finally, after about a week of searching, the band rented the nearly-empty Montreux Grand Hotel and converted its hallways and stairwells into a makeshift recording studio, where they laid down most of the tracks for what would become their most commercially successful album, Machine Head. Ironically, the only song from Machine Head not recorded in the Grand Hotel was “Smoke on the Water” itself, which had been recorded during the abortive Pavilion session. The lyrics of “Smoke on the Water” were composed later, and the vocals were recorded in the Grand Hotel. The song is honoured in Montreux by a sculpture along the lake shore (right next to the statue of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury) with the band’s name, the song title, and the riff in musical notes.
– “Smoke on the Water” was included on Machine Head, which was released in early 1972, but was not released as a single until a year later, in May 1973. The band members have said that they did not expect the song to be a hit, but the single reached number 4 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States during the summer of 1973, number 2 on the Canadian RPM charts, and it propelled the album to the top 10. Live performance of the tune, featuring extended interplay between Blackmore’s guitar and Jon Lord’s Hammond organ would become a centerpiece of “Deep Purple’s” live shows, and a version of the song from the live album Made in Japan became a minor hit on its own later on in 1973.
Former Supertramp lead singer and co-founder Roger Hodgson wrote and composed this song by himself. He has talked about how when he composed it he always saw it being played with an orchestra. So, seeing it with an orchestra, we are seeing it the way the composer originally intended it. This epic is on the album “Even in the Quietest Moments.” Autographed CD at http://www.rogerhodgsonstore.com.
Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time. The songs Roger sings that are often referred to as Supertramp songs are songs that Roger wrote and composed alone – that is how he creates music.
Even though Roger and Rick shared writing credit, they each wrote and composed separately with each singing their own respective songs. Roger wrote many of the band’s hits while he was still in his teens, before he even met Rick. When Roger was with Supertramp, he would make a demo of the song and bring it to the band for them to learn their parts. Supertramp as a band never wrote and composed together. There were only two songwriters for the band. Roger composed many of the songs that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim such as Give a Little Bit, Dreamer, Take the Long Way Home, Breakfast in America, School, It’s Raining Again, Fool’s Overture and so many more. Roger still performs all of the classics and also selections from his several solo albums. There’s a Repertoire page on Roger’s site where you can read about his songs and how he composed them. http://bit.ly/1Kfgu0W
Roger is currently on Tour, selling out shows all over the globe. Roger performs his songs in a variety of formats so you can see him at an acoustic show, band show or orchestra. I love them all. Info on http://www.rogerhodgson.com or http://www.facebook.com/rogerhodgson.
“Fool’s Overture had everyone mesmerized. The lyrics, sounds, vibe in the room all was magical. Roger had everyone in his hands. An absolutely amazing performance. So much so that as people were leaving, I overheard many say they are already planning to come back next year.”
“This performance was jaw dropping. It was like turning the clock back 25 years. Roger’s voice was as it was in Supertramp’s heyday.”
Sample Set List from an Orchestra Show – Take the Long Way Home School Lovers in the Wind Hide in Your Shell Easy Does It Sister Moonshine Breakfast in America Along Came Mary A Soapbox Opera The Logical Song Lord is it Mine If Everyone Was Listening Even in the Quietest Moments Only Because of You Babaji Dreamer Fool’s Overture ***** Two of Us Give a Little Bit It’s Raining Again
Authentic signed merch at http://www.RogerHodgsonStore.com Classics Live & Open the Door on iTunes: Classics Live: http://apple.co/1wUGfIk Open the Door: http://apple.co/1GQcRsB This is Roger Hodgson Live at France 2004 Night of the Proms.
The rock classic, recorded at Olympic studios in Barnes and produced by Steve Brown. This was recorded and released as a stand-alone single but it was included on the band’s next album, ‘Love’. Though it spent months in the UK charts, and was one of the best selling tracks of the year, it actually never reached the top ten. It was the last release to feature the original Cult drummer Nigel Preston.
Official video of Lenny Kravitz performing Again from the album Greatest Hits. Buy It Here: http://smarturl.it/1xvbif Directed by Paul Hunter. Like Lenny Kravitz on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lennykravitz Follow Lenny Kravitz on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/lennykravitz Official Website: http://www.lennykravitz.com/ See more videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LennyKravitzVEVO