John Doe (musician)
John Nommensen Duchac, known professionally as John Doe, is an American singer, actor, poet and bass player. Doe co-founded LA punk band X, his musical performances and compositions span rock, punk and folk music genres. As an actor, he has dozens of television appearances and several movies to his credit, including the role of Jeff Parker in the television series Roswell. In addition to X, Doe performs with the country-folk-punk band the Knitters and has released records as a solo artist. In the early 1980s, he performed on two albums by the Flesh Eaters. Doe moved to Los Angeles, in 1976 met guitar player Billy Zoom through an ad in the local free weekly paper, The Recycler; as a musician with X, Doe has two feature-length concert films, several music videos, an extended performance-and-interview sequence in The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris's seminal documentary about the early-1980s L. A. punk scene. Along with co-writer Exene Cervenka, Doe composed most of the songs recorded by X.
Wild Gift, an album from that band's heyday, was named "Record of the Year" by Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times. With Dave Alvin, he co-wrote two of the songs on the Blasters' 1984 album Hard Line, "Just Another Sunday" and "Little Honey", he wrote "Cyrano de Berger's Back" for the Flesh Eaters LP A Minute to Pray, a Second To Die. Since 1990, Doe has recorded nearly a dozen albums as a soloist or in collaboration with other artists, has contributed tracks to motion pictures. In the 1992 movie The Bodyguard, it is Doe's version of "I Will Always Love You" that plays on the jukebox when Costner's and Houston's characters are dancing, it was released on audio cassette by Warner Bros. in September 1992, but no version is believed to exist on CD. He co-wrote and played on the song "Lobotomy" with Tyler Willman for the eponymous 1998 debut studio album of the band Calm Down Juanita. Doe took part in Todd Haynes's 2007 movie I'm Not There, recording two Bob Dylan covers, "Pressing On" and "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine."
Both recordings were included on the film's soundtrack, the former was prominently featured in the film, with Christian Bale lip-synching Doe's vocals. Doe recorded the song "Unforgiven" in 2007 with Aimee Mann on A Year in the Wilderness, an album which featured Kathleen Edwards, Jill Sobule, Dan Auerbach, he joined with Eddie Vedder on a mix of the song "Golden State" in 2008. "The Meanest Man in the World" by Doe was featured in Season 4 of the television series Friday Night Lights and included on the second soundtrack album. Country Club, featuring Canadian indie rock band The Sadies, covered country classics along with original songs. Doe contributed a cover of "Peggy Sue Got Married" to the 2011 tribute album Rave on Buddy Holly, his latest solo record, The Westerner, was released in 2016. Doe said that it was made in the desert, in Arizona, that the genre is psychedelic soul, he wrote and compiled stories for a book about the LA punk rock scene from 1977 to 1983. The book, Under the Big Black Sun, incorporated the punk ethos of contributions from other musicians that were part of the scene, people like Exene Cervenka, Jack Grisham, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Jane Wiedlin and others who wrote chapters.
Doe wanted it to be a collective recollection, not just one person's perspective of the time. In the 1989 biographical film Great Balls of Fire!, Doe played Jerry Lee Lewis's cousin-turned-father-in-law J. W. Brown, he starred in the 1998 short Lone Greasers. Other movie acting credits include Road House, Vanishing Point, Boogie Nights, The Specials, The Good Girl, Gypsy 83, Wyatt Earp, Border Radio, Pure Country, The Outsiders, Brokedown Palace. Doe has appeared on the television series Law & Order, One Tree Hill, The Wizards of Waverly Place. Doe was born in Illinois, he was married to fellow X member Exene Cervenka between 1980 and 1985. He remarried in 1987 revealing to Adam Carolla in a podcast in September 2011 that he resided in Fairfax, California with his wife Gigi Blair and three daughters. In early 2017, he announced that he would be moving to Texas. See also: X discography, Knitters discography John Doe – official website John Doe – What Would John Doe Do? Blog John Doe on IMDb John Doe at AllMusic John Doe discography at MusicBrainz
Vincent Anthony Guaraldi, born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio, was an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated television adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip, as well as his performances on piano as a member of Cal Tjader's 1950s ensembles and for his own solo career which included the radio hit Cast Your Fate to the Wind. Guaraldi was born in San Francisco's North Beach area, a place that became important to his blossoming musical career, his last name changed to Guaraldi after his mother, divorced his biological father and married Tony Guaraldi, who adopted the boy. His maternal uncle was musician and whistler Muzzy Marcellino, he graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State College, served in the U. S. Army as a cook in the Korean War. Guaraldi's first recording was made in November 1953 with Cal Tjader and was released early in 1954; the 10-inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", "Lullaby of the Leaves".
By 1955, Guaraldi had his own trio with Dean Reilly. He reunited with Tjader in June 1956 and was an integral part of two bands that the vibraphonist assembled; the first band played straight jazz and included Al Torre, Eugene Wright and Luis Kant. The second band was formed in the spring of 1958 and included Al McKibbon, Mongo Santamaría and Willie Bobo. Reed men Paul Horn and Jose "Chombo" Silva were added to the group for certain live performances and recordings. Guaraldi left the group early in 1959 to pursue his own projects full-time, he would have remained a well-respected but minor jazz figure had he not written an original number to fill out his covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luis Bonfá tunes on his 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus. Fantasy Records released "Samba de Orpheus" as a single, trying to catch the building bossa nova wave, but it was destined to sink without a trace when radio DJs began flipping it over and playing the B-side, Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind".
A gentle, likeable tune, it stood out from everything else on the airwaves and became a grass-roots hit. It won the Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. While "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi achieved modest chart success as a single in 1963, a cover version two years by British group Sounds Orchestral cracked the Billboard top 10. Unlike many songwriters who grow weary of their biggest hits, Guaraldi never minded taking requests to play it when he appeared live. "It's like signing the back of a check", he once remarked. Guaraldi recorded an album called Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends with guitarist Bola Sete, Fred Marshall and Jerry Granelli; this began a period of collaboration between Guaraldi and Sete where Guaraldi began experimenting with bossa nova-influenced music as well as with the electric piano. This experimentation may have led to the loss of Fred Marshall, who left the group in 1964 citing "personal differences" after Guaraldi purportedly threw a cup of coffee at Marshall during the 17th Berkeley Jazz Festival.
Shortly after this time, Guaraldi undertook the role of composer and pianist for the Eucharist chorus at the San Francisco Grace Cathedral. Utilizing his Latin influences from his bossa nova days with Bola Sete, Guaraldi composed a number of pieces with waltz tempos and jazz standards and recorded this performance in 1965. Guaraldi appreciated the potential in some of the radio waves' pop tunes of the day. For instance, he recorded his own version of "I'm a Loser", written by John Lennon and a hit for the Beatles. While searching for music to accompany a planned Peanuts television documentary, Lee Mendelson heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi's trio on the radio while traveling in a taxicab. Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, was put in touch with Guaraldi, he proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special, Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job, performing a version of what became "Linus and Lucy" over the phone two weeks later.
The soundtrack was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with drummer Jerry Granelli and bassist Fred Marshall. Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, as well as the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown and the unaired television program of the same name. Guaraldi died at age 47 on February 6, 1976; the evening before, he had dined at Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson's home and was not feeling well, complaining of indigestion-like chest discomfort. The following evening, after concluding the first set at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, with his interpretation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", Guaraldi and drummer Jim Zimmerman returned to the room they were staying in that weekend at the adjacent Red Cottage Inn, to relax before the next set. Zimmerman commented, "He was walking across the room and just collapsed; that was it." His cause of death has been variously described as an aortic aneurysm. Guaraldi had just finished recording the soundtrack for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown earlier that afternoon.
Guaraldi's death was a blow to his colleagues. "It was unexpected", said Mendelson. "The day of his funeral, they played the Charlie Brown music over the sound system in the church. It was not an easy day, it was one of the saddest days of my life. He was up to my house the
California Years is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, released on April 14, 2009, on Sobule's own label, Pinko Records. The album was produced by Don Was and financed by fan donations to Sobule's website jillsnextrecord.com. All songs written by Jill Sobule except where noted. "Palm Springs" – 4:42 "San Francisco" – 4:50 "Nothing to Prove" – 3:09 "Where Is Bobbie Gentry?" – 3:11 "A Good Life" – 3:05 "Sweetheart" – 3:01 "Empty Glass" – 3:10 "League of Failures" – 4:47 "Wendell Lee" – 4:42 "Bloody Valentine" – 3:38 "Mexican Pharmacy" – 2:59 "While You Were Sleeping" – 3:06 "Spiderman" – 3:20 "The Donor Song" – 1:45Three tracks recorded for prospective inclusion on California Years did not make the final cut: "Mom", "The Rapture" and "Gotta Get Me Some". Dave Carpenter - vocals, piano Bill DeMain - guitar Robin Eaton - vocals Mark Goldenberg - vocals, slide guitar, piano Bryan Head - vocals Jim Keltner - drums Greg Leisz - vocals, mandolin Jamie Muhoberac - organ Geoff Pearlman - vocals Benmont Tench - organ Jill Sobule - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Jill Sobule is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl", "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. Her folk-inflected compositions alternate between ironic, story-driven character studies and emotive ballads, a duality reminiscent of such 1970s American songwriters as Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, Loudon Wainwright III, Harry Chapin, Randy Newman. Autobiographical elements, including Sobule's Jewish heritage and her adolescent battles with anorexia and depression occur in Sobule's writing. In 2009, she released an album funded by fan donations, one of the early pioneers of crowdfunding. To date Sobule has released eight studio albums of original songs, four EPs, a greatest hits compilation album. Sobule's output includes original songs available only via the Internet, a cover of Robert Earl Keen's Christmas novelty track "Merry Christmas from the Family," and a version of the late Warren Zevon's "Don't Let Us Get Sick" included on both Sobule's acoustic album and on a posthumous Zevon tribute record.
Sobule's debut album Things Here Are Different was released in 1990. Produced by pop legend Todd Rundgren, the album failed to sell. During this period a follow-up record was produced by British New Wave rocker Joe Jackson but Sobule was dropped from her label and the second record was never released, it was five years. Her 1995 album Jill Sobule established Sobule as part of a short-lived but fruitful mid-90s movement of female singer-songwriters that included such artists as Lisa Loeb, Juliana Hatfield and Alanis Morissette; the album contains Sobule's best-known composition "I Kissed a Girl", a story-song about a lesbian flirtation between two suburban girlfriends which became an unlikely radio success thanks in part to a comedic music video featuring beefcake male model Fabio. "Supermodel" managed to both send up and celebrate American teenage lifestyles, became well known after its inclusion in 1995's hit teen comedy film Clueless. The Jill Sobule album seemed to establish Sobule's commercial prospects, but her third album slowed that momentum while setting what has so far been the musical and production patterns for the rest of her career.
1997's Happy Town featured Sobule's most elaborate pop productions to date and contains songs about an eclectic range of topics including reactionary Christianity, the negative impact of anti-depressant medication on the libido, a track that uses Anne Frank's enforced Nazi-era hibernation as the metaphor for a love song. Though embraced by record reviewers from publications as diverse as The Advocate and Entertainment Weekly, Happy Town sold poorly solidifying Sobule's critical reputation while stalling her commercial momentum; the 2000 record Pink Pearl may be Sobule's most characteristic set. Anchored by the female character studies "Lucy at the Gym", "Claire" and "Mary Kay" about Mary Kay Letourneau, the notorious real-life schoolteacher who became impregnated and imprisoned as the result of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old male student, whom she married when he reached the age of consent. Pink Pearl contains some of Sobule's most directly confessional songwriting the atheist's prayer "Somewhere in New Mexico" and the insomniac's lullaby "Rock Me To Sleep".
Henley contributed a promotional quotation to the ad campaign for the album and selected Sobule to open for him during his solo tour that year. In 2004, Sobule self-released an independent album of demo-quality acoustic tracks entitled The Folk Years 2003–2003. In addition to some of her rarer compositions and several tracks that would receive fuller arrangements on Sobule's next major-label release, Sobule performed offbeat cover versions of such standards as the old Doris Day theme song "Que Sera Sera" and "Sunrise/Sunset" from the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.2004's more elaborately recorded Underdog Victorious was one of the last albums distributed by legendary personal manager and media entrepreneur Danny Goldberg's now-defunct Artemis Records. The liquidation of Artemis Records led Sobule to extend her experiments with online music distribution and to relocate from New York City to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, 1she has continued to write and perform prolifically and to compose original music for television, including for the popular Nickelodeon series Unfabulous.
In mid-January 2008, Sobule launched a website, jillsnextrecord.com, which sought to raise $75,000 through fan donations in order to produce, manufacture and promote an upcoming studio album. In exchange for their donations, Sobule offered her patrons an assortment of gifts with values commensurate with the amount of the donation; these gifts ranged from a free download of the album upon its release to the opportunity to attend a recording session and sing on the record. On March 8, 2008, 53 days after the public launch of the site, Sobule reached her target through donations from over 500 people in 44 U. S. states, the District of Columbia, eleven foreign countries. The subsequent album, California Years, was released on April 14, 2009 on Sobule's own label, Pinko Records. Sobule released "Dottie's Charms" in 2014, in which she put music to lyrics of her friends and favorite authors including David Hajdu, Jonathan Lethem, Vendela Vida, Luc Sante. In 2018, Sobule once again used crowd funding to assist with the production of her next album, "Nostalgia Kills
An extended play record referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well. Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post said, "EPs—originally extended-play'single' releases that are shorter than traditional albums—have long been popular with punk and indie bands." In the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of maximum length and no more than four tracks. EPs were released in various sizes in different eras; the earliest multi-track records, issued around 1919 by Grey Gull Records, were vertically cut 78 rpm discs known as "2-in-1" records. These had finer than usual grooves, like Edison Disc Records.
By 1949, when the 45 rpm single and 331⁄3 rpm LP were competing formats, seven-inch 45 rpm singles had a maximum playing time of only about four minutes per side. As an attempt to compete with the LP introduced in 1948 by rival Columbia, RCA Victor introduced "Extended Play" 45s during 1952, their narrower grooves, achieved by lowering the cutting levels and sound compression optionally, enabled them to hold up to 7.5 minutes per side—but still be played by a standard 45 rpm phonograph. These were 10-inch LPs split onto two seven-inch EPs or 12-inch LPs split onto three seven-inch EPs, either sold separately or together in gatefold covers; this practice became much less common with the advent of triple-speed-available phonographs. Some classical music albums released at the beginning of the LP era were distributed as EP albums—notably, the seven operas that Arturo Toscanini conducted on radio between 1944 and 1954; these opera EPs broadcast on the NBC Radio network and manufactured by RCA, which owned the NBC network were made available both in 45 rpm and 331⁄3 rpm.
In the 1990s, they began appearing on compact discs. RCA had success in the format with their top money earner, Elvis Presley, issuing 28 Elvis EPs between 1956 and 1967, many of which topped the separate Billboard EP chart during its brief existence. During the 1950s, RCA published several EP albums of Walt Disney movies, containing both the story and the songs; these featured the original casts of actors and actresses. Each album contained two seven-inch records, plus a illustrated booklet containing the text of the recording so that children could follow along by reading; some of the titles included Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and what was a recent release, the movie version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, presented in 1954. The recording and publishing of 20,000 was unusual: it did not employ the movie's cast, years a 12 in 33⅓ rpm album, with a nearly identical script, but another different cast, was sold by Disneyland Records in conjunction with the re-release of the movie in 1963.
Because of the popularity of 7" and other formats, SP records became less popular and the production of SPs in Japan was suspended in 1963. In the 1950s and 1960s, EPs were compilations of singles or album samplers and were played at 45 rpm on seven-inch discs, with two songs on each side. Other than those published by RCA, EPs were uncommon in the United States and Canada, but they were sold in the United Kingdom, in some other European countries, during the 1950s and 1960s. Record Retailer printed the first EP chart in 1960; the New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Music Echo and the Record Mirror continued to list EPs on their respective singles charts. The Beatles' Twist and Shout outsold most singles for some weeks in 1963; when the BBC and Record Retailer commissioned the British Market Research Bureau to compile a chart it was restricted to singles and EPs disappeared from the listings. In the Philippines, seven-inch EPs marketed as "mini-LPs" were introduced in 1970, with tracks selected from an album and packaging resembling the album they were taken from.
This mini-LP format became popular in America in the early 1970s for promotional releases, for use in jukeboxes. Stevie Wonder included a bonus four-song EP with his double LP Songs in the Key of Life in 1976. During the 1970s and 1980s, there was less standardization and EPs were made on seven-inch, 10-inch or 12-inch discs running either 331⁄3 or 45 rpm; some novelty EPs used odd shapes and colors, a few of them were picture discs. Alice in Chains was the first band to have an EP reach number one on the Billboard album chart, its EP, Jar of Flies, was released on January 25, 1994. In 2004, Linkin Park and Jay-Z's collaboration EP, Collision Course, was the next to reach the number one spot after Alice in Chains. In 2010, the cast of the television series Glee became the first artist to have two EPs reach number one, with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna on the week of May 8, 2010, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals on the week of June 26, 2010. In 2010, Warner Bros. Records revived the format with their "Six-Pak" offering of six songs on a compact disc.
The first EPs were seven-inch vinyl records with more tracks than a normal single. Although they shared size and speed with singles, they were a recognizably different format than the seven-inch single. Alth
Merry Christmas from the Family
'"Merry Christmas from the Family" is a holiday song written by alternative country artist Robert Earl Keen. It has become popular among the fans within his close following; the song was first recorded for Gringo Honeymoon. A live version appears on his 1996, No. 2 Live Dinner. The popularity of the song led Keen to write a sequel song, "Happy Holidays Y'all", for his 1998 album Walking Distance, to publish a book, Merry Christmas from the Family, in 2001; the original song, the book, the sequel all center around the same cast of characters in Keen's humorous vision of a Texas style Christmas. Growing up in Houston, Robert Earl Keen didn't see snow at Christmas time, he says "I didn't know what a chestnut looked like until I was 30 years old and saw it in a picture book… It was a different kind of Christmas. Every Christmas song I had heard didn't have a lot to do with growing up in Houston where it was most 85 degrees and 95 percent humidity.""Merry Christmas from the Family" describes the Christmas gathering of a dysfunctional Texas family whose merrymaking—which includes drinking alcohol, carving a turkey, watching a televised ball game and smoking cigarettes—seems to be punctuated with Christmas music and the need to run to convenience stores for additional supplies such as fake snow and cigarettes.
Various family members and events are described throughout the verses. No one is sure how to react to a younger sister bringing her Mexican boyfriend to the party, but as soon as he sings "Feliz Navidad" he is welcomed into the fold. Brother Ken arrives with five children from two of his previous marriages. Ken's new wife, chain smokes and "talks all about AA." Extended family appear. Fred and Rita—whose relationship to the narrator appears to have been forgotten—arrive from Harlingen in a motor home, which when plugged in, overloads the electrical system and knocks out the family's Christmas lights; the family waits on the front lawn and joins together in singing "Silent Night" when cousin David flips the breaker that brings the lights back on. Keen calls the song the "Rocky Horror Picture Show of Christmas songs" saying that whether singing before a group of 1000 or 6000 the entire audience sings along, and in particular shouts out the line, "Mix Bloody Marys'cause we all want one."Due to the immense popularity of the song among Robert Earl Keen's fans, as well as its seasonal nature, he had to create restrictions limiting the time of year during which his band will play the song: "Well, it's a real popular song with us, I have nine records out and this song just sort of cropped up and became a real favorite and we get requests for it all year round.
So, I had to create this rule, I call it the'Linen Rule', where we don't play the song as long as you can wear linen. So it makes it fresh for the holiday season. So we start playing it around Labor Day and we play it on through the holidays. It's the big number in December that we close with." –Robert Earl Keen Cover versions of the song have been performed by artist such as Jill Sobule, Rosie O'Donnell with the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry. Montgomery Gentry's version charted at #38 on Hot Country Songs in 2001. Keen's 1998 album, Walking Distance included a sequel, "Happy Holidays Y'all". Keen states, "I vowed when I started writing songs that I'd never write a sequel, but I thought, you know, why not."According to Keen the second song fills in some of the gaps on the characters and brings them a little farther along into their holiday celebration: "The song'Merry Christmas from the Family' is set in the present tense. This song is set in the present tense, but little further in the future—say like after the party when everybody's packing up and leaving on the 26th of December."
I Never Learned to Swim: Jill Sobule 1990–2000
I Never Learned To Swim: Jill Sobule 1990–2000 is a Greatest Hits record released in 2001 by Jill Sobule. The compilation featured a cover of the Laura Nyro song "Stoned Soul Picnic" and two other new tracks: "Big Shoes" and "Smoke Dreams." This record differs from traditional greatest hits compilations in that five of the nine singles Sobule had released at that point were not included. Most notably absent was the hit "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the Alicia Silverstone film Clueless. "Stoned Soul Picnic" – 4:06 "When My Ship Comes In" – 3:39 "Resistance Song" – 2:57 "Houdini's Box" – 4:01 "Claire" – 3:39 "Big Shoes" – 2:43 "Bitter" – 3:22 "Mexican Wrestler" – 4:16 "Margaret" – 3:11 "Heroes" – 2:57 "Karen by Night" – 3:55 "I Kissed a Girl" – 3:11 "Love Is Never Equal" – 3:56 "Pilar ” – 3:21 "Smoke Dreams" – 3:54