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Sometimes I Just Like to Monkey Around

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1374Rain Forest Cafe, last night

Dennis and I went for a few drinks at the Rain Forest Cafe last night. Much deserved after all the stress of taking care of Billy Cat. (Who is actually improving a little. One day at a time.)

This picture inspired me to share some super cool monkey songs, since there are so many good ones to start off a Sunday.

ENJOY!

Patti Smith – “Space Monkey”

Iggy Pop & James Williamson “Lucky Monkeys”

Cramps “Monkey With Your Tail”

Pixes “Monkey Gone to Heaven”

Beatles “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”

Plasmatics “Monkey Suit”

Rolling Stones “Monkey Man”

Dim Stars “Monkey”

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GG Allin, Dead 20 Years Today

gg-allin1One of the more respectable photos found via Google Search

Twenty years ago today the music world lost a very disturbed individual, GG Allin. He died of an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 36.

GG’s musical career was off to a promising start, temporarily managed by Dead Boys producer Genya Raven and later went off the deep end with his hard core punk shock rock act defecating on stage (he’d take laxatives before his performances).

Here’s an example of his onstage antics:

GG Allin “Bite It You Scum”

I actually like the high energy music, but not the hatred behind it. It’s probably best that GG rest in peace as he could now be out of his misery.

Here’s a  interview:

GG Allin interview

I don’t know much about him because I wasn’t a fan or a follower. But I do remember seeing the following Jane Whitney video when it aired in 1993, filmed shortly before his death. He always reminded me of a punk rock Charlie Manson.

GG Allin on Jane Whitney

According to Wikipedia: At his funeral, Allin’s bloated, discolored corpse was dressed in his black leather jacket and trademark jock strap. He had a bottle of Jim Beam beside him in his casket, per his wishes (openly stated in his self-penned acoustic country ballad, “When I Die”). As part of his brother’s request, the mortician was instructed not to wash the corpse (which smelled strongly of feces), or apply any makeup. Allin’s funeral became a low level party. Friends posed with his corpse, placing drugs and whiskey into his mouth. As the funeral ended, his brother put a pair of headphones on Allin. The headphones were plugged into a portable cassette player, in which was loaded a copy of The Suicide Sessions. Allin was buried in his mother Arleta’s plot beside his grandparents.

And: GG Allin’s grave is frequently vandalized with urine, cigarette butts, feces and alcohol by fans, an act that is greatly discouraged by GG’s mother Arleta.His tombstone has since been removed because of this.

Here’s some video footage of his funeral (note the man with the brown hat and bizarre mustache is GG’s brother): GG Allin funeral

Parquet Courts

parquet courts

I just heard this band today on Sirius and I’m excited!

This song, “Stoned and Starving” has a very yesteryear authenticity, reminding me of early Modern Lovers.

Check it out:

Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

Can’t pinpoint exactly which Modern Lovers song it reminds me of though.

Maybe this one?

Modern Lovers – The Old World

Or maybe another. I’ll figure it out, I always do.

Fab Faux @ Count Basie Theatre, Saturday, June 22, 2013

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

The Fab Faux

Last night Dennis and I went to Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank to see The Fab Faux (http://www.thefabfaux.com) perform The Beatles “White Album” in entirety.

This was part of my birthday gift to Dennis (his birthday was back in January, which is when I gave him the tickets). And this was also special for me because the “White Album” was the first Beatles record I owned — at age 13 or 14. The album was released in 1968, but by the time I discovered it, it was the summer of 1976. Still a time where great music was banged out left and right, and the almost 10-year-old White Album held up to the time.

The double album is a masterpiece with a variety of songs of all styles (which is why it always blows my mind when people say they don’t like the Beatles. How can you…

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Get the Led Out – SOPAC, June 21, 2013

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Get the Led Out(Photo from Get the Led Out Face Book page)

Get the Led Out at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) last night was phenomenal!

The theater only seats about 400 people, and thanks to Billy Childs (bass) for the comp tickets, about seventh row!

This is the article I wrote when I interviewed Billy Childs earlier this month: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/get-the-led-out-will-perform-at-sopac-june-21

Get the Led Out live was truly a mystical experience

and a perfect way to spend the summer solstice.

It never ceases to amaze me, when you see a GOOD live performance, how much better you enjoy and appreciate the music. Now these guys are obviously about THE MUSIC, not just being a cover band that imitates a live show. It took three guitarists to create the Jimmy page studio sound. There was a total of six people in the band, plus a female vocalist helping out on two songs. And…

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Rest in Peace, Slim Whitman

Slim WhitmanSlim Whitman (photo swiped from Google Search)

Rest in peace Slim Whitman, died yesterday age 90.

Rose Marie

From a Jack to a King

Secret Love

Happy Birthday Michael Monroe

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe (photo swiped from Google search)

Happy 51st birthday to Helsinki rocker Michael Monroe, who was lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Hanoi Rocks.

I was thrilled so have seen Hanoi Rocks perform at NYC’s Ritz in 1984 shortly before their drummer Razzle got killed in a massive car crash. Their show was right up there with one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in my entire life.

Since the party lifestyle took Razzle’s life way too soon (Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was driving the vehicle), I was thrilled to hear in a video interview that Michael Monroe always leads a clean, healthy lifestyle and was never into groupies. Good for him!

Here’s a great song from Michael Monroe’s solo effort:

Michael Monroe – “All You Need”

But my heart is with Hanoi Rocks … I love EVERYTHING, but here are some super cool songs:

Tragedy

Don’t You Ever Leave Me Baby

Up Around the Bend (Note: They always showed this video at the Ritz — brings back great memories)

Motorvatin’

Until I Get You

Fashion

My article/interview with Billy Childs (of Britny Fox and Get the Led Out)

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Billy Childs - Britny FoxBilly Childs

Two days ago I had a blast interviewing Billy Childs for an upcoming Get the Led Out show at SOPAC in South Orange. We talked for 1.5 hours — the longest phone interview I ever did in my career!

Enjoy my full article here: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/get-the-led-out-will-perform-at-sopac-june-21

Interesting side note, Billy Childs recorded at House of Music in West Orange, New Jersey, with Britny Fox around the same time as my husband’s ’80s hair band Pharoah recorded there.

Their website, which you can find via my article has some cool videos so you can see them performing. They truly are an amazing band. I look forward to the show later this month!

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Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!!!

Ian HunterIan Hunter at Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, May 1, 2011

(My husband, Dennis took this photo!)

Ian Hunter's GuitarIan Hunter’s guitar

(Dennis took this photo too, we walked on stage after the show)

Maryanne and Steve HolleyMe and Steve Holley (who played with Ian Hunter at Hoboken Music Fest, 2011)

Ian Hunter is 73 today!

Ian Hunter has always been a hit on my home stereo system. I loved him and Mott the Hoople since I was 13.

Two years ago it was so amazing to see him perform live and be so close to the stage at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Here are some of my favorite Ian Hunter songs:

“You Nearly Did Me In” Ian Hunter (Listen to the background vocals, it’s Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May!)

“Irene Wilde” (A gorgeous song, I carried a lyric from this song in my wallet for many years!)

3,000 Miles From Here

And some from his band Mott the Hoople (who performed with Queen in the early days)

All the Young Dudes

Drivin’ Sister Rock & Roll

And here’s “Sweet Jane” from the concert I saw!

Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Celebration XXIV, IZOD

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1002Me in front of the IZOD

SAM_1006My husband Dennis and I enjoying the show

SAM_1030Jay Siegel’s Tokens

SAM_1037Me with Deborah Nader

SAM_1048Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler

I am so grateful to Deborah Nader (http://www.richardnader.com/) giving my husband and I comp tickets to last night’s show!

It was a fabulous night to watch all the stars come out: Jay Black, Gene Chandler, John Kuse & The Excellents, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Duprees, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Tommy Mara & The Crests, Twin Gold and the Whip-Tones (from Whippany, NJ).

I was thrilled to meet Jay Siegel during intermission. The Tokens have a special place in my heart because the year I was born, 1963, their song “The Lion Sleeps Tonite” was a hit, and my favorite hit of that year!

Other highlights of the show were when Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs sang…

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