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Relating to Morrissey on His Birthday … Kinda!


A very happy 56th to dear Morrissey.

Morrissey was a tad inspiring to me when I needed some music to include in my upcoming book, “Love Cats” — available on Amazon by June:

“Love Cats” is a fiction story that takes place during the 1980s and there’s a heavy duty gothic and dark wave soundtrack. You can read all about here:

There’s a scene where lead character Beck Stewart is down in the dumps over his break-up with Janey Peyton and one of the appropriate songs, for him, is “How Soon is Now” by The Smiths (co-written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr).

I don’t think I’ve ever felt that low, but for me, “How Soon is Now” was a favorite nightclub song to dance to in the 1980s. Oh that Marr guitar is so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Morrissey has another song that really speaks to me — in reverse. It’s the song, “We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful” as I’m quite the opposite, I’ll be the one cheering you on!

When my first book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist”(  came out last year, I got a ton of support from friends. And then a ton of flack from fake friends who couldn’t handle little me having a book published. (Oh, the stories I could tell you!)

That is when Morrissey’s song popped into my head … and I related from the opposite end, as I was the one being hated for an accomplishment. And it didn’t feel too good. But then again, they must not feel too good about themselves to behave in such a jealous manner, right?

I’m almost positive Morrissey wrote that song about himself, yet never expected a mere commoner like myself to relate so heavily to it.

But lucky me, I’m not a jealous type and I say to all my friends and family:

Write that book, create that song, find your soul mate, save a puppy or a kitten, get that ring on your finger, hooray for your new car, travel the world, lose 50 pounds, get a new job, get a sassy new look, and a whole lot more!!

I wish you all the blessings because I LOVE IT WHEN MY FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL!

SAM_4811Signing autographs = somewhat successful 🙂

It’s nearly laughable, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha

And now, in closing of my tribute, enjoy something truly beautiful, by Morrissey:

Happy National Saxophone Day!


Happy National Saxophone Day!

The party is here! Here’s some good ones (and to make it extra special, they are all from the 1980s!):


Vicki Sue Robinson

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In honor of Vicki Sue Robinson, who died in 2000 of cancer, today is her birthday.

Here she is performing her greatest hit on The Midnight Special:

Vicki Sue Robinson – “Turn the Beat Around”

And here’s another cool tune from 1982:

Vicki Sue Robinson “Admit It”

Happy Birthday to Some Amazing Ladies!

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Today we have some amazing women to celebrate, in no particular order.

First up, Wendy O. Williams, of Plasmatics fame! Wendy O. died in 1998. She was a total inspiration to me as a teenager. I saw her band many times and got to meet her too. She was super nice.

Here’s a Plasmatics tune and their outrageous stage show:

Plasmatics – Butcher Baby

Today is also the birthday of Gladys Knight.

Here is my favorite song by her:

You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me

It’s also Kylie Minogue’s birthday. I love this piece she did with Nick Cave:

Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave: Where The Wild Roses Grow

It’s also my Mom’s birthday. She really loves this song by the late Mick Karn:

Mick Karn “Sensitive”

Now how’s that for some eclectic musical enjoyment?

Happy Birthday Johnny Lydon (aka Rotten)

Johnny RottenJohnny Rotten (photo swiped from Google)

Happy Birthday to Johnny Lydon!

I never saw the Sex Pistols, but I did see his other band, Public Image Limited.

And I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Lydon, back in the day.

I told this story many times and it’s a very cool story because it was so unexpected.

Christmas Day Night (always something magical about that time, so a few years ago I started hosting parties on that night), 1981, I went with a few friends to see Johnny Thunders perform at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC.

After the show, one of our friends was missing — the guy who drove us in, Steve Miller (from punk band Electric Frankenstein).

Not knowing where to look, we decided it was best to just go back to the car and wait for him.

As we were walking back to the car, we noticed Steve was there and talking to someone. “Who’s that dude?” We all wondered.

As we got closer, one of the guys said, “Holy shit, it’s Lydon!”

I was so young, just turned 18, so I was a nervous teenager about to meet an icon. When we got to the car, I nearly froze.

Johnny Lydon said hello to me first. I just so happened to be wearing a button with his picture on it on my jacket with his famous saying, “Lydon Not Rotten.” I showed him the button.

“God, I’m ugly!” he said.

“No you’re not, you’re cute.”

My friend gave him a lift. And he was so great, talking to a car full of teenagers, answering questions about the Sex Pistols and being so respectful to all of us. I asked him for his autograph but he didn’t feel worthy of giving one. He said, “Here, have a beer instead” and handed me a beer.

When he got out, he wished everyone “Peace and good will.”

What a great person to be so nice to all us youngsters who admired him!

Here is Johnny Lydon’s famous “American Bandstand” appearance where he purposely stopped lip synching and just let the record play. Gotta love the dude! The two songs, “Poptones” and “Careering” are my favorite songs from his band Public Image Limited:

Public Image Limited was so avant garde, nothing like The Sex Pistols punk songs. So buying a Public Image album was a shock, but I loved them just as much, if not more than The Sex Pistols

In addition to the “American Bandstand” stunt, when Public Image Limited performed at the Ritz in NYC, they played behind a screen, causing an uproar with the fans.

And here is the famous “Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” album in its entirety with Johnny Rotten on vocals (I record I got in the $3.99 bin when I was a teen).

Happy Birthday to Tom Keifer!

Tom KeiferTom Keifer (Photo swiped from Google search)

Happy Birthday to Tom Keifer of Cinderella.

I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a couple summers ago when my husband’s (Dennis Lords/bass) band, Pharoah, warmed up for them at Starland Ballroom, New Jersey.

Here’s a great song by Cinderella, “Nobody’s Fool.” Tom’s voice is so gorgeous!

And since I mentioned Pharoah, here’s a video of them (not from the Cinderella show, but around the same time):

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas wrapping

Another one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

I remember the first time I heard it was in a nightclub called Aldo’s in New Jersey. It was the last song played and then the lights went on. Everyone was in a festive mood and some of us were still singing, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” long after the lights went on and the music (and drinks) stopped.

Hooray for the Waitresses for creating some stellar Christmas magic for us new wave fans on the onset of rap music in 1981, hence the clever name “Christmas Wrapping” (rapping).


Christmas Wrapping

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Happy Birthday to Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield was a rock ‘n’ roll heartthrob in the 1970s and had a hit called “Speak to the Sky.”

And he dated Linda Blair.

I wasn’t aware of him until the 1980s. And don’t remember what came first, his hit “Jessie’s Girl” or his role as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Like a million other girls, I thought he was a real cutie.

Of course he was considered a joke to all the “cool” kids. Regardless, I brought his records and watched General Hospital. His music was catchy and he was a great actor.

Then came the day I had the opportunity to see him perform live. The punch line was that this amazing band, Sparks, was his warm-up act! That was probably the most bizarre contrast in musical history since Jimi Hendrix warmed up for The Monkees!

Sparks was the band I really wanted to see, but how could I resist staying to see Rick?!

When I got to the show, it was obvious who the Rick fans were and who the Sparks fans were.

No stranger to going from one extreme to another, I was a fan of both acts — and stayed for both shows, unlike the Sparks fans who fled out of the arena faster than a greased rat’s ass. God forbid anyone should see them sticking around for ‘ole Rick!

And it was a great show.

Now, like 30 years later, every time I hear “Jessie’s Girl” on the radio, I still think: this man was on the same bill as Sparks! and shake my head, laughing.

Rick was recently on an episode of “Hot in Cleveland” playing a Rick Springfield impersonator who got hot women “of a certain age” by telling them he was Rick Springfield. Classic! If you get a chance to catch the episode, I highly recommend it. You’ll laugh your ass off.

Now enjoy a video of Rick in all his glory:

I’ve Done Everything For You

And, for good measure, his “warm-up” act, Sparks (featuring Ron and Russell Mael, the anti-Ricks!)

Sparks on Saturday Night Live doing Mickey Mouse




Happy Birthday Paul Cook

Silly Thing, one of my favorite songs by Paul Cook & Steve Jones:

Silly Thing

Paul Cook is most famous for being a drummer for the Sex Pistols. But he’s been in other great bands too, The Professionals, Chequered Past and the Neurotic Outsiders — all good stuff! Anything the Paul Cook/Steve Jones team has done together is amazing.

Around 1980, I had the opportunity to meet Paul Cook. Well, it wasn’t exactly an “opportunity” — it’s just something that happened. As I mentioned many times before, in the “olden” days, all-ages shows were non-existent. I had followed The Professionals all over NYC when I was 17, going to see so many shows that their bassist recognized me and waved to me from the stage, as I always had a spot right in the front of the stage.. But I couldn’t get into any New Jersey nightclubs because the drinking age was 18 and New Jersey was a lot more strict than NYC (at least back in those days).

So, when they performed at Hitsville, in Passaic, New Jersey, I got the bright idea that if I couldn’t see The Professionals, I would MEET THE PROFESSIONALS!

My sister and I waited outside the back door of Hitsville. She was 14.

We somehow became friends with two of the doormen who worked there. As a station wagon pulled up into the Hitsville parking lot, the doorman said to me, “Maryanne, I’d follow that station wagon if I were you.”

Sure enough, I saw Paul Cook’s animated face looking out the window — and I was thrilled! I was about to meet two of the Sex Pistols!

The entire band was very nice to me and my little sister. And they were so funny.

When I was looking in my purse for a pen for the autographs, I found mascara that said “Professional” on it. I showed it to Steve Jones and he was joking around, trying to write with the mascara.

They signed my Professionals single and Steve Jones even tried to get his manager to get us into the show (but the manager ignored him, which was probably smart because we were underage).

The Professionals hung out with us for some time before they went in to do their show. Very cool guys, indeed! I give any musicians a ton of credit who could be so respectful to teenage girls.

Happy Birthday, Paul Cook — a Sex Pistol who once made two teenage girls very happy!

Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me

Old photo of me, with Tiny Tim, circa late 1980s

This photo was taken of me with Tiny Tim after one of his shows in NYC in the late 1980s. (I don’t remember which night club it was, I’d have to dig out the information from my old paper diaries!)

The legend was phenomenal, playing his ukelele while laying on his back, kicking his legs in the air like a child. It was hilarious!

I had a fabulous time and was honored to see him perform and meet him.

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