Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Anarchistic Arachnids Mix

Good Monday to you!  You know it’s Monday whether we like or not, so we best make the most out of it.  Today, we have a nifty little shuffle from the back room of the Ear to the Ground archives.  Hope you dig it!

In a not so rare sign of my age, I find it extremely hard to believe that this song is over 30 years old. Almost 34 years old to be precise.  Sting wrote this song for a prostitute he saw outside of the band’s hotel room in Paris. He named her for the character in Cyrano de Bergerac. It was released as a single in 1978 and then rereleased in 1979.  The b-side was a cool song called Peanuts. Roxanne appeared on Outlandos D’Amour.

The next song in our shuffle is over 40 years old, and man does it hold up well. It’s the opening track on one of the best albums in the history of rock.  Down on the Street from Fun House by The Stooges. The song throbs and squawks and burns. It is a stunning achievement in sonic power and predicts and paves the way for decades worth of punk and post-punk rock bands.
And finally, have an instrumental track from one of the best bands of the 80s. The Plimsouls were part of a power-pop movement, and they recorded one of the best rock songs of the decade, A Million Miles AwayHobo references the surf instrumentals of the 60s with a bit of the jangle that highlighted the Plimsouls’ sound. It is a Bonus Track on the CD release of Everywhere at Once, and you can catch a live version on the recently released Beach Town Confidential: Live at the Golden Bear 1983
Like, here’s A Million Miles Away from the movie, like, Valley Girl-I’m sure…
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Roxanne (Digital Sheet Music) Roxanne (Digital Sheet Music)
“By The Police and Sting. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Pop; Rock. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard – Digital Sheet Music”

The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story
Formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1967, the Stooges are icons of modern rock, influencing the fledgling sounds of punk, heavy metal, and hard core. From the beginning, lead singer and provocateur Iggy Pop (b. James Osterberg) astounded audiences with his outrageous stage performances, accompanied by guitarist Ron Asheton, his drummer brother Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander with their raw and bracing sound. The group disbanded in 1974, but reunited in 2003 to play before a vastly expanded fan base of over 10 million devotees worldwide, and they continue to tour today. In this book, rock photographer Robert Matheu compiles the first ever authorized book about the band, including iconic photographs, classic interviews, and vintage articles and ephemera dating from the band’s breakout performances in Detroit in the late 1960s through their most recent shows in 2009. With new interviews from every significant member of the Stooges, past and present, previously unpublished photography, and a Stooges discography, “The Stooges “is the definitive book about this trailblazing band. “”

Valley Girl (45rpm Single) Frank Zappa Valley Girl (45rpm Single) Frank Zappa
A rarity. “Valley Girl” on both sides.