Your Friday Five: Under the Radar
A place, where nobody dared to go…
What would Electric Light Orchestra have been without strings? Pretty great, yeah. But not nearly as over-the-top awesome. Holy crap, what about Xanadu? What about my brain? “Don’t Bring Me Down” is playing on repeat in my brain half the time I’m at work.
- “10538 Overture”
- “Fire On High”
It came to my attention this week, that Mike Edwards, the cellist for ELO, had died. I felt a little ashamed that this had flown under my radar. So here are some more musicians that have passed on to that giant Guitar Center in the sky. Most likely, they helped make your iPods a better place to live.
Garry Shider. Also known as “Diaper Man” and “Starchild”, Shider was the guitarist and musical director of Parliament. This is pretty much cooler and way more awesome than anything I and 95% of the world can ever accomplish. The dude played on “Can You Get to That?”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Flash Light”, “One Nation Under a Groove”, and so many more that I almost hyperventilated reciting them to my cat. “Can You Get to That” “Cosmic Slop”
Ben Keith.Ben Keith was not only a session man on Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” (and a mess of other country greats), he has also worked with Todd Rundgren, and was a long time session player and member of almost all of Neil Young’s touring bands. “Heart of Gold
- Hank Cochran. Speaking of “I Fall to Pieces”, Hank wrote it! He was a prolific songwriter for lots of Country greats, like Eddy Arnold and Burl Ives. He hung with Willie Nelson and Eddie Cochran (no relation). “Same Old Hurt” Patsy doing “I Fall To Pieces”
Bill Aucoin.This dude discovered and managed Kiss. Like them or not, it’s hard dispute how fun “Rock n’ Roll All Night” and “Detroit Rock City” are. Dude also managed Billy Idol. What can I say, he liked ’em a little on the ridiculous side. But then, so do I…