Sunday, March 19, 2006



i play drums. not too badly either...i can do an excellent Mod-era Keith Moon, a convincing Charlie Watts and a better-than-expected-for-a-whiteboy Al Jackson, too. i grew up in Clevo listening to AM radio, and realized early i was a drummer. the problem was that after badgering my parents for a drum set (Slingerland with calf heads and a stoopid rare confetti wrap), it was pretty evident that i sucked. i would bang along with the radio, just butchering every tune the DJ played. but one day, KYW played He's A Rebel, and i matched the drummer's boom-ba-boom-blap perfectly. epiphany! then a few weeks later, i won a dance contest at middle school doing some spastic shambling movement to Surfer's Stomp. my prize was a Beach Boys Surfin' Safari LP.

what these things all have in common is that the drummer on all these tunes (and the album) was the same guy - Hal Blaine of the amazing Wrecking Crew. now flash forward to last Tuesday - i just got on a plane leaving LA and there's this geezer in my friggin' seat. "28A?" "No, man 28C." no problem, we work it out...and when we introduce ourselves - it's Hal Blaine. i get four hours of anecdotes and dirty jokes, and among other things learned that:

- the session musicians
nicknamed Sonny Bono "Sonny Bonehead"
- playing on all the Rat Pack recordings was one big party (i'm shocked)
- John Denver was everyone's favorite gig 'cause he was a genine nice guy
- Brian Wilson's Smile was "less than genius...shit, actually"

you wuddah been proud of me - i never asked him which model sticks he uses.

NP: "Da Doo Ron Ron"

PEEVE DE JOUR: 50 cycle hum in all my audio signal paths...


Blogger CBeezwax said...

blogger sux

1:11 PM  
Blogger mr blur said...

Hey CB,
Interesting bunch of links.

3:36 PM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

just getting started. how are you feeling?


3:53 PM  
Blogger danielvb said...

yo chris,

start postin' them pitchers of yer "museum" audio stuff.


5:00 PM  
Blogger Barba Yiorgi said...

Hey Mister Butler,
What a tease! You got 4 hours of anecdotes from the guy?-When you get a chance, post more Blaine ramblings!Puhleeez
Sonny Bonehead! An apt epithet for a guy whose perfidy gave undeserving great-grandchildren of copyright holders a license to steal from the public for decades!
(I refer to The Sonny Bono Act that extends the life of copyrights for, like, 70or so more years after the "intellectual creator" croaks!)
Thanks for this blog, your brainwaves are always welcome.
GS aka your Barba

11:46 AM  
Blogger mr blur said...

Hey CB,
easy on the dayglo colour combinations! I had to look at the source code to see what it was of Brian Wilson's that was "shit" (up until then my guess was "sand pit")

12:35 PM  
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3:31 PM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

Scraps - that's the most BRILLIANT profile i've ever read!


6:58 PM  

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