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Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout


Imagine Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout #222 and you, I do!

SIZZLING ROCKUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Bill FishmanMy Dinner With Jimi (Rhino Films) :: I’d say that this was the greatest rock ’n’ roll movie ever made — except for the small fact that my name happens to be on the back cover of every copy of Mayor of the Sunset Strip saying the exact same thing. What I can say, however, is that this is the greatest rock ’n’ roll movie ever made about how the Turtles — aka Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan aka Flo & Eddie — hit it big in America with their 1967 Beatle-bashing mega-smash single, "Happy Together," and then went to England where they hung out with George, Ringo, Paul, John, Charlie, Brian, Keith, Bill, Mick, Jim, Frank, Twiggy, Donovan and Hendrix. The screenplay’s penned by Kaylan himself, so you can be sure that the factual accuracy is spot-on, insofar as drug-addled recollections go. It’s a hell of a hoot and one of the essentials for anyone who ever had a rock ’n’ roll heart.

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Ted NugentMotor City Mayhem: The 6,000th Concert (Eagle) :: When I reviewed Love Grenade in Metro Times, I wrote that "the only way Ted could’ve improved this album is if he’d hired Derek St. Holmes to sing half the songs." And when I reviewed Sweden Rocks in this column, I likewise opined that "with any luck, Derek St. Holmes will be back the next time around to keep Nugent’s ego in check." So you can imagine my delight that Ted finally got off Saddam’s golden pot and brought St. Holmes onstage to sing "Hey Baby" and "Stranglehold" for this live twofer (also available as a DVD), which was recorded last year in Detroit during Theodore’s 4th of July milestone 6,000th performance celebration. Even better, if you watch the companion video you can actually see Ted lower his wireless mic to give St. Holmes an unimpeded vocal spotlight. Best of all, they can still sing and play the high notes just like they did back in 1975 on Nugent’s first solo album.

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