THE ELM TREASON NEWSLETTER NUMBER 81
NOVEMBER 4, 2022
– CONSISTENCY! We have kept the “Groovy Noodles” archive updated to include last week’s issue. (Aren’t you proud of us?) Wonders will never cease.
– Also (more good news), our Facebook group “The Uptown Q” now has 240 members! Look out Beatles! We’re only 38 Million-Billion fans behind you now!
– PRETTY COOL – We will be having a deliciously MASSIVE Black Friday thing happening soon. A few new apparel items as well as chunky savings on any Elm Treason stuff you may not have. Stay tuned!
– A comprehensive Elm Treason website (as we alluded to earlier) is in full production. It will be amazing when completed. Early next year is the time frame for that. It will be located at elmtreason.com
– John Mellencamp has a collection of paintings and assemblages on display at the New York Academy of Art now until Nov. 15. Admission is free.
– Speaking of Mellencamp, he has publicly shared a previously-unreleased track from the upcoming extended version of his 1985 album “Scarecrow” called “Smart Guys” in the form of a lyric video.
– Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro died this past week after an accidental fall at his home. He was 63.
– Bob Dylan’s latest book “The Philosophy of Modern Song” comes out this coming week. In it, he writes about more than 60 tracks written and recordedd by other artists – spanning vibes from Dean Martin to The Clash. THink of it almost as a Masterclass from Dylan on songwriting.
– If you dig both Steve Perry and holiday music, you won’t want to miss this… He has a new holiday tune called “Maybe This Year.”
– Speaking of Journey (in a derivative way), the band is releasing an album and DVD of their 2021 Lollapalooza appearance called (cleverly enough) “Live in Concert at Lollapalooza” on December 9th.
– Iggy Pop has a new tune called “Frenzy” that features Duff McKagan and Chad Smith. It will appear on Iggy’s yet-to-be-named forthcoming new album.
– Motley Crue announced that they will be replacing guitarist Mick Mars with John 5.
Your Input: Yuletide Tunes
We were going to wait to bring this one up…but each year, the season seems to expand backwards a bit further, so we’re asking it now.
Are you a Christmas Music person?
If so, when is a good time to start in with the Yuletide songs? This year, we started seeing Christmas commercials four weeks before Halloween. Too early? Way too early?
If you’re not a Christmas music person, let us know about it.
Let it fly. Hold nothing back. The comments section is all yours!
Birthdays This Past Week
Some birthdays we did not mention on our Facebook page…
Timothy B Schmit, bassist for Poco and the Eagles, was 75 last Sunday.
U2 drummer Larry Mullen turned 61 on Monday.
Pop and country singer-songwriter KD Lang turned 61 on Wednesday
Happy 62nd birthday to Joey BellaDonna, lead vocalist for Anthrax. (Last Sunday)
Celebrating her 83rd birthday last Sunday was Grace Slick, best known as lead singer for Jefferson Airplane.
Gavin Rossdale, Bush frontman, had his 57th birthday last Sunday.
Denny Laine, founding member of the Moody Blues and a member of Wings, celebrated his 78th birthday last Saturday.
Country Music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley turned 50 last Friday.
Singer, Musician and Actor Stuart Leslie Goddard, better known as Adam Ant, turned 68 on Thursday.
Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard, had his 59th birthday on Tuesday.
Words Mean Things
We got a HUGE kick out of this. Whether you play or not, we think you’ll find this damn funny.
Some of our favorite bands with FOOD names…
Groovy Noodles Extra: From the Pen of Bobby Steel
Maybe classical music doesn’t instantly pop into your mind when you think of Elm Treason, but there is a connection.
This week, from the Elm Treason “Deep Dive” files, Bobby Steel clarifies the connection between the Treason vibe and that of the all-time masters.
Check it out —> HERE <—-
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
From the early days – railroad track jammin’ – Lehigh Valley, PA – Summer, 2015
ONE GREEN PEA ON A WHITE BACKGROUND … AND WHY NOT?
17 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds’ famous wax museum.
17 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band plays “Paranoid” at the ceremony and Ozzy moons the crowd, feeling that they aren’t rocking hard enough.
18 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Terry Knight, original manager and producer for Grand Funk Railroad, is murdered by his teenage daughter’s boyfriend, Donald A. Fair. Knight, age 61, was stabbed to death when he tried to breakup an argument over Fair’s drug use.
25 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Bill Berry leaves R.E.M. after 17 years as drummer to tend a hay farm in Georgia. He occasionally joins his old band for reunion gigs, but mostly stays out of the limelight.
26 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Axl Rose announces that Slash is no longer a member of Guns N’ Roses. Slash forms Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver, while Axl keeps GnR going with a variety of new faces.
38 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Less than two years after its release, the RIAA certifies Michael Jackson’s Thriller album with sales of 20 million copies in America, introducing a new designation, “Double Diamond.” It isn’t until 1994 when another album gets the Double Diamond designation, and that’s a greatest hits package: Eagles – Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975.
39 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart when it eclipses Johnny’s Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis with 491 weeks. Dark Side remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total.
54 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
ose Feliciano’s unique rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which he performed on acoustic guitar before Game 5 of the World Series on October 7, enters the Hot 100 at #89, making it the first version of the US National Anthem to chart (it peaks at #50).
102 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
It’s a serious problem
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I like Christmas Music but not the Traditional Hymns. Lonely This Christmas by Mud is my favourite closely followed by Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin Stevens
So, you’re NOT a traditional Christmas music lover.
Appreciate your response very very much.
No I do not like Christmas music. I have a client who wants to listen to the all Christmas music radio station starting November 1st. We’ve come to a compromise of every other week. 😳
Man, that would send my little red choo-choo chug-chug-chugging ’round the bend to a derailment.
Not a big Christmas music fan except for the week leading up to, and including, Christmas day. The day after Christmas it’s time to pack it in. My favorite Christmas song is Bob Seger’s Little Drummer Boy followed by (in no particular order) The Pretenders 2000 Miles, The Kinks Father Christmas, Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas, Coldplay Christmas Lights, Imelda May Kentish Town Waltz, Sara Barielles Winter Song, and The Chieftains The Bells of Dublin (whole album).
I love that song Kentish Town Waltz
Very nice playlist, Ron.
After Christmas – Christmas music is done for me. LOL. We keep the decorations up until the first weekend in January.
Only when played in December.
Let Halloween be Halloween.
Afford Thanksgiving its own space.
Then, and only then, hit the Yuletide Super-highway.
The day after Thanksgiving. No sooner.
Take a big AMEN out of petty cash, Leo.
Love Christmas music but not until after Thanksgiving!
Bowie & Bing singing Little Drummer Boy is my favorite. Also love Pentatonix & Ringo’s Christmas album
Yes, that seems to be the consensus among those who dig Christmas music…. AFTER Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving and when it is snowing in December.
There you go, Alvin!
After Thanksgiving is perfect for the start of the Yuletide season.
For me, Christmas starts after Thanksgiving. I love Christmas music in December only! I enjoy all my holidays in their own time!
I hate that we can’t have one holiday without another crowding in on it. I blame commercialism and greed.
I am a BIG Thanksgiving guy.
It bothers me that it has been almost completely obliterated by a reverse encroaching Christmas.
Let each holiday BREATHE!!!!!!!!!
Day after Thanksgiving is good….
Iam not into the whole anyone can put a Christmas album out bullshit, but some singers really touch me with their Christmas albums…. Northern Lights by Gretchen Peters any song sung by Emmylou…. love Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins singing Little Drummer Boy and Dinah Washinton singing Silent Night old school…
Love the specificity of your response, Ellen.
Thank you so much!
I dig old school Christmas music very much.
I’ll listen to classical Christmas music like
JS Bach Christmas Oratorio
JS Bach: Magnificat
Rimsky-Korsakov : Christmas Eve Suite
Poulenc: Four Motets for Christmastime
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
The commercial Christmas stuff in small doses.
I dig the Burl Ives stuff because reminds me of my childhood.
I dig Burl Ives, too. Lots of memories tied to that man. 🙂
I enjoy listening to Christmas music throughout the month of December – including the week between Christmas and New Year. Favorite sacred Christmas song is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Favorite secular song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Also like Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24 by TSO.
I think most people I’ve talked to are cool with Christmas music in December. For many, it sets the mood and helps usher in the spirit of the season.
Nice selections, Katie.
Do you have a favorite rendition of HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS?
My favorite versions are Frank Sinatra and The Pretenders.
I used to work as a church organist/pianist. I played O Come, O Come, Emmanuel all through Advent. some of the sacred favorites I used to play were Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Joy to the World, and of course Silent Night with the lights out at midnight, candles lit. Beautiful scene. Great memories.
Bobby, I love sacred Christmas music. I like all the ones you listed plus Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, Angel Gabriel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, I could go on…
I would not consider myself a Christmas music person, and I do my best to “tune” it out until after Thanksgiving. As a collector of particular artists, I used to exclude any Christmas albums they may have released. Now I take more of a completist stance and will snap them up.
I also appreciate the original “seasonal” songs that songwriters are able to come up with. Some of these songs resonate more than the umpteenth cover of “White Christmas”. I also enjoy the creativity of making a holiday album that is not really a Christmas album (for instance, Kate Bush’s “50 Words for Snow” and the Empty Pockets “Snow Days”).
As a collector and a follower of musicians, now all I can think of the time of year they record the songs. I find it amazing that they are able to inject the Christmas spirit while recording in the middle of summer.
my dad is a bing crosby white cristmas guy (don’t speak or he will start it again) i like my sinatra, and pretend to hate most others (but might or might not sing along while shopping)