We wrote “RADIO” with our old friend Billie Joe 20 years ago in 1993. I got to see Green Day play recently at Fox Theater in Pomona. Amazing show! They killed it! Here’s an acoustic take of “Radio” with The Interrupters backing.
Written by Tim Timebomb, Billie Joe Armstrong, Matt Freeman
In the past we have worked with different sources in Mountain View. It’s been awhile and wanted to give thanks. Helped us keeping going when donations were tough. Today’s spotlight is Ray Douglas Realtor, that’s the business name.
Love Mountain View as a destination, and met some great people there. Check out downtown, it’s a great little spot, has some nice homes and restaurants.
So today’s little sponsor spotlight is Ray Douglas Realtor.
Love listening to this guy, he was one of the great singers. But he can also wail on the trumpet like few others, the picture above is his daughter with the picture of the trumpet in it’s case. Here is an expert from this on nola.com.
During her interview session at the 2015 French Quarter Festival’s “Let Them Talk” series on Sunday (April 12), Lena Prima reminisced extensively about her father, the late trumpeter, bandleader and entertainer Louis Prima. Following her interview in the third floor performance space of the Old U.S. Mint, she made a surprising discovery: Her father’s favorite trumpet from the final years of his career, on display in a glass case.
“I’m just amazed that here it is, first of all,” Prima said, as she examined the horn at the Mint. “I’ve never seen it in here before.”
A singer who performs her dad’s songs as well as her own compositions, Lena moved to New Orleans from Las Vegas in December 2011. She is featured most Friday nights at the Hotel Monteleone. At the French Quarter Festival on Saturday, she performed on the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, which, for her shows there in previous years, was named the Louis Louis Stage, after her father and Louis Armstrong.
Everyone remembers that Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven is the sad story about about his son falling from a high story, “In the Air Tonight” is not about watching someone drown and Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” may or may not be about Warren Beatty. But there are plenty of other less well-documented backstories behind popular songs — like the one that surfaced over the weekend about The Beatles’ “Get Back” starting its life as a dubious satire called “No Pakistanis.” Wisely, the band rewrote the lyrics before releasing the song, but it remains a pretty fascinating piece of history, and our cue to discuss the less-documented stories lurking behind some of the songs in our iTunes collection.
The Flaming Lips — “The Spiderbite Song”
If you watched the excellent Soft Bulletin documentary that premiered on Pitchfork last month, you’ll know that the “spiderbite” in question is one that drummer Stephen Drozd allegedly suffered during the recording of the album. It slowly became clear that he hadn’t been bitten by a spider at all — the marks in question were from shooting heroin, which Drozd was doing an awful lot at the time.
Apparently his ex girlfriend is saying that the song I shot the Sheriff is about him not wanting her to be on the pill. Like the lyric ““Sheriff John Brown always hated me/ For what, I don’t know/ Every time I plant a seed/ He said kill it before it grow.” I doubt it’s about that but ya never know. She said it’s about the doctor prescribing her contraceptive pills.
Clearly, the man himself isn’t around to tell the story behind this song anymore, but his ex-girlfriend surfaced last year, claiming that it is in fact about his displeasure at her being on the contraceptive pill. Apparently the sheriff John Brown of the lyric is an allusion to the doctor prescribing her the pill, which does rather make sense when you look at the lyric: “Sheriff John Brown always hated me/ For what, I don’t know/ Every time I plant a seed/ He said kill it before it grow.”