La-La Means I Love You (Digitally Remastered 1997)
Nostalgic w/ every listen. W/ a childhood filled w/ an eclectic and bountiful collection of music, this classic from theDelfonics never gets old. It gives me a harmless and peaceful visual of the golden age of love songs. 1968, innocent love songs begin to share popularity w/ more provocative songs as society transitions to the ultimate hedonist decade (the 70’s). This song embodies a timeless and gracious feeling, becoming one of the smoothest but simplistic love songs in their collection.
On this day in music history: April 20, 1974 - “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on the same date, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on May 4, 1974. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is the biggest hit for the studio collective that serves the house band Philadelphia International Records, and for a number of other “Philly Soul” artists. The song is a track from “Love Is The Message”, the second album by the studio band which at various times contains as many as forty members. The song also features vocals by the female vocal trio The Three Degrees (“When Will I See You Again”, “Dirty Ol’ Man”) featuring Fayette Pinkney, Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday. “TSOP” goes on to achieve worldwide notoriety when it is used as the theme for the hit music show “Soul Train” from 1973 to 1975. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on March 2, 1974, it rockets to the top of the chart seven weeks later. A second version of the song is included on The Three Degrees album “International” which is an extended version of the track used as the “Soul Train Theme”. The single wins a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1975. “TSOP” is later covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners in 1982, issued on the B-side of the UK 12" for “Jackie Wilson Said”, and on the B-side of the 12" for “Come On Eileen” in the US. “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Since a lot of newer fans weren’t around to
experience the mystery of the DD era as it was unfolding, I wanted to
try to describe it so people can understand what it was like to be an
MCR fan in 2010.
A Bizarre Mystery
It all began on September 4th, 2010, when
MCR’s website suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a mysterious transmitter.
No one had any idea this was coming, and no explanation was offered.
You could click the dials to see different screens (test patterns, a
nuclear fallout symbol, etc.), and hear distorted sounds. At one point, fans believed that
they could hear an unreleased MCR song on one of the stations, buried
under static and distortion. Later on, the transmitter started playing mysterious videos that hinted at a post-apocalyptic universe.
long after the transmitter appeared, the DrDeathDefying Twitter account
was discovered after he tweeted a fan. NewsAGoGo and AgentCherriCola
were discovered soon after, with the rest of the accounts coming later.
posted a bizarre mixture of strange pictures, futuristic slang,
references to apocalyptic events, fan interactions, and eerie ramblings.
You could determine a loose background and storyline from the Twitter
accounts, but they were so vague that no one was quite sure what was
going on. All we knew was that the characters seemed to be part of a
nightmarish, post-apocalyptic universe that took place in the near
future. But we had no idea how this related to MCR, or why they’d gone
in this direction for their next album.
The Return of MCR.com
The website did return on September 8th, with a new photo and blog post from
Frank. But the blog post offered no explanation, and the speculation was
far from over. The transmitter was still accessible on a separate page
on MCR’s website. As the Twitter accounts continued to post their
bizarre ramblings, people made connections to everything from movies to
past MCR eras to the supposed “2012 Mayan Apocalypse.” At that point,
their next album could have been about anything.
back at Danger Days now, it’s pretty clear what was going on. But at
the time, we had no idea where this era was heading. Keep in mind that
our only sources of information were the Twitter accounts and the
transmitter–no comics, no music videos, no interviews. The era could
have been about anything. For this reason, fans scrutinized every scrap
of information–pictures, tweets, transmissions–down to the smallest
Dr. Death Defying is part of a group called the Philly Jackals,
likely a gang that either travels around on motorcycles or cars or
both. Whether the group actually comes out of Philadelphia, assuming
Philadelphia (or even the other states) still even exists as we know
them to exist, is debatable.
The name Dr. Death Defying is an alias s/he either adopted or was given upon joining up with the Philly Jackals.
Slaughtermatic Sounds is both their logo and their motto.
The car in the picture Frank posted and the raygun Dr. Death Defying tweeted a picture of belong to him/her.
Which could possibly mean that the Lady referred to in this tweet is said car. It also probably means that last night’s tweet about being low on batteries is also about his car, but that might be a
bit of a stretch. Also? I’m not sure I’d want to get on the Doctor’s
bad side, if this is all correct. Motor gangs are serious business. It
at least casts this tweet in a different light, though, and really makes me wonder if this tweet about nitro is referring to the dangers of drag racing, and if this tweet is about traveling on the open road.
might look strange to fans today, but at the time, no scrap of
information was insignificant. Whole blog posts were written about one
or two tweets. People studied the blank transmitter screen, trying to
see vague shadows or reflections in the image. They traced pictures
posted on Twitter to their original sources, then studied the sources. To fans, it was basically a giant
puzzle–but we had no idea where it was heading, or if there were even a
solution to find.
tried to figure out who ran these Twitter accounts. We know now that
Shaun Simon ran
most of them, with Gerard Way and Jon Rivera handling
DrDeathDefying. But at the time, several fans (including me) just
kind of assumed that the members of MCR ran the accounts. A popular
theory was that Gerard ran DrDeathDefying and Frank ran NewsAGoGo (a few
tweets shared Frank’s typing style.) However, some people did
suspect that Shaun Simon was involved, as the characters tended to tweet
about things that he mentioned on his personal Twitter.
The End of an Era
Eventually the “Art
Weapon“ video was released, and the interviews and music
videos that followed cleared up a lot of the mystery. But the characters
continued to tweet, some of them posting well into 2013. We’re now
familiar with the Danger Days universe, but the hint of mystery and
intrigue still lingers. Many questions were never answered, while some
concepts and ideas were scrapped altogether. Even if we get more content
in the future, parts of DD will always remain a mystery to us–and I
think that’s one reason that it continues to capture people’s
interesting note–thinking back on the transmitter and the Twitter
accounts, it felt like we’d analyzed these pieces of information for
months. But while I was researching this blog post, I realized that
MCR’s website returned after only four days, and "Art Is The Weapon” was released only a few weeks later. I guess the analysis and scrutiny was so in-depth that it seemed to last much longer!
Days N Daze in Philly (8/29/15) at The Sound Hole.
Whitney had bronchitis and all the mics went out so unfortunately their show didn’t go as planned.): but they were still fantastic!!
Check out photos of the other bands, The Stupid Stupid Henchmens, The Damn Long Hairs, Night Gaunts as well as a special appearance by Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew here:
On this day in music history: April 12, 1975 - “Philadelphia Freedom” by The Elton John Band hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, it is the fourth US chart topper for the British pop music superstar. Inspiration for the song comes from Elton’s friend, thirty nine time Grand Slam tennis champion Billie Jean King, who at the time is the lead player and coach of the tennis team The Philadelphia Freedoms. King gives John a custom made Freedoms warm up suit as a gift after attending one of the teams’ matches. Touched by the gesture, Elton tells Billie that he has written a song for her. A lover of the Philly Soul sound, John and his longtime collaborator lyricist Bernie Taupin write a song with that sound and feel that is both dedicated to King and to “The City of Brotherly Love”. The track is recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Nederland, CO (during sessions for “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy”) with members of John’s backing band including Davey Johnstone (guitar), Nigel Olsson (drums) and Dee Murray (bass). Producer Gus Dudgeon hires Gene Page (Barry White, The Jackson 5) to write the songs signature horn and string arrangement. After recording is completed, John meets up with Billie Jean King in Denver while she is playing a tennis match in the city. Elton plays her a rough mix of the finished song, who is delighted by the return gesture. Issued as a stand alone single on February 24, 1975, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on March 8, 1975, it rockets to the top of the chart five weeks later. The single is backed with a live recording of Elton performing “I Saw Her Standing There” with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving Day in 1974, which is Lennon’s last live performance. “Philadelphia Freedom” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
today my friend Alissa had a bachelorette party in Philadelphia
that could be either “ew, stupid bridal shower games” or “ew, bar-crawling with penis jewelry” but Alissa is a great person with great friends who know her well – not tooting my own horn here, her Philly friends did all the planning.
we started the day at a cat cafe, hung out and played games and ate a ton of snacks while having tintype photographs taken, met an 8-week old beagle puppy named Lola, and finished out the night with an incredible dinner of about a billion small plates of fantastic food
Charles drove me there because trying to find parking in Philly sounded like a nightmare, but driving home and then back to Philly in the evening also sounded like a nightmare, so he parked at the train station and went to DC on the Acela instead
I asked my bro Phil for those sweets editing brotips
M8 last night we had some mad banter. We was out with Philly AKA Philinator -3000 AKA Captain Clunge and we were feeling right peckish after doing some
editing tips, when he said “Oi lads who fancies a cheeky Nandos?” and we were like “Philly u ledge that sounds sick let’s smash it!” So we ate an extra-spicy chicken then went out on the lash and Philly necked 10 pints and got hammered. M8 it was sick.
It seemed that authenticity and the natural form of expression wasn’t going to be my forte. In fact, what I found that I was good at doing, and what I really enjoyed the most, was the game of “what if?” What if you combined Brecht-Weill musical drama with rhythm and blues? What happens if you transplant the French chanson with the Philly sound? Will Schoenberg lie comfortably with Little Richard? Can you put haggis and snails on the same plate? Well, no, but some of the ideas did work out very well…. I learned that mixing elements of bad taste with good would often produce the most interesting results…. It wasn’t so much about how I felt about things, but rather, how things around me felt.