B.C. I think you get so much feedback on the novelty disks because many of our patrons kill each other for the chance to sing them. Seriously, most of the people at our shows are not looking to be discovered have average to mediocre voices and are there to have fun. They KNOW they'll get a big response from the novelty stuff even if they don't sing it that well. Many of our regulars will pull out a comedy number if they are having one of those days when they really want a "warm fuzzy" when they sing.
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Speaking of Paul Carrack, did anybody see the notice of the death of "'Paul Young', the lead singer of Mike and the Mechanics"?
Now, that's how USA Today printed it last month. The notice was accompanied by an obituary that described Paul Carrack, including an age of 53, which is about how old Carrack should be - and a good 10 years older than Young. Also listed the hits of the Mechanics, and none of the hits of Young, or the other hits associated with Carrack ("How Long", "Tempted", etc.)
Anyway, I'm still trying to find out which of those great singers passed away.
PS - Stan, don't think I can do what you're asking. I've only got 5 for each, and that's not enough slots for these guys. Sorry - great songs, maybe another next time.
Went to the following site and saw NOTHING listed for either Paul: http://www.dead-or-alive.org/dead.nsf although I was able to determine that Paul Carrack is very much alive and touring in Europe still...that man had fingers in more pies musically than I ever imagined...
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Here's the story from the July 20 National Post. I guess it's not the same Paul Young I, or the local radio station, was thinking of.
Singer with Mike & The Mechanics Previously recorded with Sad Café
Paul Young, who has died aged 53, became the lead singer with Mike & The Mechanics after a decade with Sad Café.
He had to get used to people saying of him "not the Paul Young," since his namesake achieved far wider fame with songs such as Wherever I Lay my Hat (1983).
Paul Young's career with Sad Café was languishing when in 1985 he was asked by Mike Rutherford, the Genesis guitarist, to join a new band. Mr. Rutherford proposed a loose formation that would allow him to play the music that he wanted, when it suited him. With Paul Young as vocalist and Paul Carrack from Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics was launched in 1986 with an album of the same name.
Mr. Young had no great expectations for Mike & The Mechanics; he was only too happy to receive a session fee for his performance on the first record.
Many thought the group too safely in the middle of the road to deserve attention. But a single from the album, Silent Running, became a hit.
When another single, All I Need is a Miracle, taken from the same album, also did well, Paul Young happily joined the group in live performances.
In 1989, Mike & The Mechanics reached No. 2 with Living Years, taken from the album of the same name. The group had gained momentum, and two more albums were released at intervals in the 1990s: Word of Mouth (1991) and Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995).
A compilation album, Mike & The Mechanics Hits (1996), sold a million and a half. Paul Young was planning a European tour with Mike & the Mechanics at the time of his death.
He was born in Manchester on June 17, 1947. As a teenager, he sang with a group called the Toggery Five. But he only attracted notice when he joined Sad Café, which itself had grown out of two earlier Manchester groups, Gyro and Mandala.
One obviously good thing about Sad Café was its name, taken from Carson McCullers' novel The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1951). Paul Young provided vocals, with Ian Wilson and Mike Hehir on guitar; a sax player simply called Lenni; Vic Emerson on keyboards; John Stimpson on bass; and David Irving on drums.
Sad Café put out an album, Fanx Ta-Ra, in 1977; the next year came Misplaced Ideals, which brought them transAtlantic success. The North American release of Misplaced Ideals included items from their earlier album, and a single from it, Run Home Girl, became a hit in North America.
Another single, Every Day Hurts, taken from their third album, Façades (produced by Eric Stewart of 10cc), reached No. 3 in the British charts in October, 1979. Two other singles, Strange Little Girl and My Oh My, got into the Top 40 in 1980, when the band made a sell-out British tour.
Later that year, Sad Café transferred from RCA to Polydor. Though the band continued to record and tour throughout the 1980s, it had passed its peak.
After restoring his fortunes with Mike & The Mechanics, Paul Young continued performing. He had just returned from some live bookings in Switzerland when he collapsed and died at his family house in Manchester of a suspected heart attack.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, and three children.
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"Run Home Girl" by Sad Cafe is one of those songs that kinda slipped through the cracks...great song whose only fault (at least here in the States) was not hitting high enough in the charts...if you can find a copy, pick it up--I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
Paul Young of Sad Cafe and Mike and the Mechanics may not have made it as big as the other Paul Young, but his legacy proves that he had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
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No, Kurt, we already had "The Living Years" slotted as one of Paul Carrack's tunes on the Morrison/Winwood/Carrack 3 Of A Kind. We're just doin' our usual, and spreading the wealth.
Besides, you should know that we're not really capable of moving that fast.
So now, I think I understand - except for that I had no idea there were two Paul Young's who were both vocalists with charted recordings. But I'm relieved that those two other Pauls are still alive.
I guess this means that the Paul Young who sang with M&M has passed away, but not only isn't he the more famous Paul Young (solo star, incredible voice), he also isn't the same M&M lead singer who sang on the band's big international hit songs (since Paul Carrack was the lead singer on those Mike and the Mechanic's hits).
So it would appear that USA Today had the right name, but missed a few minor details in the man's obituary.
Still on the lookout for Funk Vol. 2. Some of my suggestions (if the disc hasn't been decided on yet):
Brick House - Commodores James Brown - Sex Machine Super Freak - Rick James Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang White Horse - Laid Back Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Temptations Let The Music Play - Shannon
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Well, we can't take credit for planning specifically for that far out. The Funk discs have been something I've wanted to get together for awhile. Mostly, these disc ideas are more like random thoughts rattling around in my mind.
Along with discs for Metallica, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Doobie Brothers, INXS, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, David Bowie, Who, Def Leppard, Britney & Christina, R&B Vol. 2, Can't Stop the Hip-Hop (Vol. 2 & 3), Joan Jett/Hole/??, Harry Chapin/Don McLean/Gordon Lightfoot, Martina McBride, all-female Country, Dixie Chicks/Sara Evans/Wilkinsons, Shedaisy/Kinleys....
It isn't a plan, as much as what can we organize, get together and execute. But it's always good to have goals.....
Journey Star disc ships December 14th, which is the same day as the Santana Star.
Also, the Bryan Adams Star and Sting/Police Spotlight.
Lita Ford and/or the Runaways are an obvious choice, and I know there are women out there who remember them, but I don't think there is a widespread demand for their songs. If I could get around the licensing, I would put Chryssie/Pretenders on there in a heartbeat.
Mellencamp: October 26th, along with Hard Rock Hits, Vol. 3, Headbangers, Vol. 8, and Jo Dee Messina Star disc with all new songs from her latest CD (I'm hoping I can finally beat Chartbusters to the punch with this one and Lee Ann Womack on 9/28).
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Unfortunately, other than Heart, Joan Jett, and Pat Benatar, the great hard-rocker chicks in the '70s & '80s were mostly just flashes-in-the-pan. The Runaways and Suzi Quatro weren't mainstream enough, Lita scored a couple of hits (and would definitely be the choice to round out the Jett/Hole disc), Vixen barely got airplay (and weren't all that great anyway), and chicks like Patty Smythe were just a little too pop-oriented to fit that mold. And since the Pretenders are out of the question... :-(
I, personally, would love to see Joan Jett get her own Star Disc, rather than trying to match her up on a "3 of a Kind"...or if you're really set on the "Jett/Hole/???" idea, maybe the 3rd part of the "3 of a Kind" could be one-hit-wonders like Lita...or here's one you might remember: Saraya "Love Has Taken Its Toll" (now that's a song I'd LOVE to have on cd+g!!)...
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Is there a licensing concern with Elvis Costello? Or is it his lack of popularity? I'd like to see a Star Series featuring him. Thanks for Toledo, btw; I debut it Saturday
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As for Kenny Chesney, the song "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" from the CD "Everywhere We Go" is an awesome song. This should have been picked for a single release.
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Don't wanna piddle on your parade, BC. But for beating Chartbusters to the punch for a new country song? In your dreams, baby! CB makes 2 15-song discs a month of new stuff...
Posts: 176 | From: Alliston, Ontario, Canada | Registered: Jun 1999
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Well, strap on your storm gear, Gil, and read a little closer. I said new songs - not new country singles.
The new SC discs for Lee Ann and Jo Dee include their most recent hit songs, "I Hope You Dance" and "That's The Way" (both of which were already released on the SC Country Powerpicks and Spotlights. Hey! SC does new country discs every month, too!).
Other than those hit songs, every other song on both discs has yet to be released as a single! In other words - just what many folks have been asking us for - album cuts. Hopefully, if we guessed correctly, many of these album cuts will be the future singles.
And - in my dreams - maybe I finally got one over on the country boys. I'm sure you can keep me informed as to the results.
Doro Pesch/Warlock may be a bad girl, but do you really think many females who do karaoke have ever heard of her, much less a well-known Doro Pesch song?
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BC; I Should've Been Clear, Sorry. My Comment Was In Reference To "1 HIT WONDERS" As Part Of A "3 OF A KIND". In My Opinion, Doro Is A Stronger Vocalist Than Both Joan & Courtney, And May Possibly Be As Well Known as SARAYA! As For What "Females Who Do Karaoke" Have Heard, That's One For The SC Research Dept. Aren't Song Requests A Matter Of Preference?
BTW If This Is A Popularity Contest, Where Are All The Guns N' Roses Reproductions? How Long On The Charts? I Think Even Females Have Heard Of Them?!?!
Can't Stop the Hip-Hop, Volume 2 Legends of the Blues, Volume 3 Female Country Hits of 2000 Britney & Christina, Volume 2 Soundtrack to Hair Headbangers, Volume 9 Classic Rock Groups: Foreigner, Kansas & Boston Hard Rock Hits, Volume 1 (for the Spot series - various songs previously released compiled from the 3 Star series discs and the Powerpicks of Nov/Dec) And 2 killer 70s & 80s Spots including songs not previously released for karaoke.
Sorry, but don't ask about song titles. I'm wearing my new Xmas muzzle from the marketing police.
I had noticed in the new releases the Female Country Hits of 2000, so naturally, I have to ask. Will there be a Male Country Hits of 2000 disc? Will there be similar discs for other types of music?