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  1. CaveGirl

    Rock and Roll Extravaganzas

    So cool, Jimmy! You are the Wolfman Jack of the Forum.
  2. CaveGirl

    Rock and Roll Extravaganzas

    Only the most addicted rock fan could have written the script for TIST, since it morphed legendary tales from the rock annals of misbehaviour and oddities, into a whole back story for the Tapsters. Odd rock deaths as in gardening accidents, or misinterpretation of words like "Dolby" for "Doubly" can only remind one of things like Joan Baez and her massacre of some of the lines in The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". The part about not knowing the difference between the markings for inches as opposed to feet, on the napkin is hilarious. But we feel for the Tap when they hear one of their old songs on the radio, and then the DJ says something like it should be filed under the where are they now category. Though silly and childish, the boys still kind of make you sad at the demise of their career and when we find they are big again in Japan, all ends well. Great movie and one of the funniest! The actual music was well done and the bit about Nigel showing off his guitar collection with the amp that goes to 11, just for that extra push, is legendary. As for Zeppelin, their appropriation of things like Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" for "Trampled Under Foot" is interesting, but most Johnson fans would recognize the original in it. Too bad Johnson was long dead. You make good points about their song attribution to earlier blues records, by people like Willie Dixon and so on. I did love the theremin usage on "Whole Lotta Love" I gotta say, no matter what it was cribbed from. I bet even Clara Rockmore might have enjoyed hearing it played in person. All this talk about Spinal Tap has just made me remember that I own the collectors set of all three articulated figures, that I hope are now so rare I can make big money on them! Of course, Michael St. Hubbins is my favorite and there truly is a thin line between stupid and clever. Thanks, Vautrin!
  3. CaveGirl

    Another Bad Statue

    But without his hubris, Beth they never could have written that hilarious sketch with Shatner on SNL, where he confronted all the Trekkies asking questions and told them they were losers! But you're right, he is full of himself and yet, I really still like him. He's pompous sometimes, annoying and speaks his lines slowly so as not to forget them, and yet I get a big kick out of him. I think ever since I saw him in the Emmy award winning episode on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" called "The Glass Eye" I've been a fan. As for statues, I tend to not care for the exact replica kind which look like they did a mold as in wax figures for Madame Tussaud's in London. A bit of flair, that looks like the work of Kenneth Kendall on James Dean would be nice, or a bit more in the classical Bernini style instead of so typically exact but boring, but I guess that's asking way too much. The one of Don Knotts did look like Don Knotts so I guess that's a good thing.
  4. I kind of like Tony Curtis in "Some Like It Hot". He really is quite attractive but I can't say the same for good old Jack Lemmon. I often wonder if Osgood Fielding the III, had a stigmatism or cataracts. For women pretending to be men, I'll go with Elspeth Dudgeon playing the character of Sir Roderick Femm in James Whale's classic, "The Old Dark House". Your turn...
  5. CaveGirl

    Scads of Cads, Con Men and Scoundrels

    Have seen them all and love them all! Thanks, CigarJoe. It's funny how Clifton Webb was totally believable as being an admirer of Laura, but as great a con man as he was, he should have known better than to leave a weapon in that clock.
  6. CaveGirl

    NickAndNora34's Disney Movie Journey

    Can't wait to read your reviews. Sounds like a fab idea and to do it in chronological order is brilliant!
  7. CaveGirl

    Scads of Cads, Con Men and Scoundrels

    Lovely write-up, TB!
  8. CaveGirl

    Scads of Cads, Con Men and Scoundrels

    He's just the best and who can be more suavely snide and arch as he charms one! I even dig his bro, Tom Conway. Oddly enough, I often think about his suicide note, which said something like "Dear World, I am committing suicide because I am bored" or something to that effect. In his case, I can almost believe that was the reason, but he was never boring in a movie. Thanks, Beth!
  9. I can see that there could be a difference of opinion on such things, Sepia. I'm just going by some reviews in Rolling Stone and in books about the music of Cropper, where it was noted that to the different music reviewers' and writers' minds, Cropper used "power chords". I remember this term was used in that oversize book from Rolling Stone called "The Illustrated History of Rock and Roll" by people like that Creem founder, Dave Marsh and other writers for reviews in Rolling Stone. I believe it was particulary mentioned in Cropper's influence on the music of The Who and Pete Townshend. Sorry I can't give you the page number but the book may still be in print. I had the oversized original publication which is a fabulous book. I can see your point though about there being some discrepancy in the definition of what this meant to other guitar pickers and thanks for posting. I respect your opinion as a musician and enjoyed reading your thoughts. Gee, I wish we'd had this conversation before I met Duane Eddy once at a outdoor concert, and it would be fun to know his opinion too about this topic! I forgot to mention, I also own some albums with titles like "Power Chords-Volume 1" released by Hip-O and other record companies which include Cropper as an artist in hits like "Ninety-Nine and a Half" which he did with Wilson Pickett.
  10. CaveGirl

    Rock and Roll Extravaganzas

    Perhaps I am not making my points clear, Sepia. The difference between the first three albums by Zeppelin and the fourth album, is that those albums were named, with the eponymous moniker "Led Zeppelin" right on the front cover of the album. Sure they only had the original first one and then followed with the numbers "II" and "III" but it still was a conscious choice by Zeppelin to have an official name for the album, using the band name, on the cover and as a listed album for the Billboard charts. The album I am referencing, has not always been called "Zeppelin IV" which is a later development. On the original release of this admittedly fourth album, the band purposely chose to not only have no name of the band on the cover, but no album title either. This caused a problem for the record company, Atlantic who were against the idea to not officially title the album with either the band name or even a number, as the previous albums had been named. Billboard would list albums and the artist names for their charts, and due to at least the idea that the band members had each chosen a symbol, and there were four of them, that started being used by some ranking chart entities to call the album then, "Four Symbols". The fact that later, it started being called "Led Zeppelin IV" was just due to Atlantic records needed some title for their catalogues. To show how much Zeppelin was adamant that the album have no official name, they would not even release the master tapes to the record company till they agreed to release the album with no name on it, no liner notes, no text and not even a catalogue number on the spine. The fact that radio stations might have had no problem with this, is because they could call anything whatever they wanted, unlike Billboard which was used to a proper delineation of an artist name and release album name for their written down charts which were published for the edification of people following such things. Of course, a disk jockey would probably just say "Here's a cut from Zep's latest album..." and no one had a problem with that. "Houses of the Holy" not only had a title as you say, but the outer sleeve band preventing the viewing of some nudity on the cover. T'is true lots of artists have had just eponymously named albums, like "Doris Day" but they always had at least that on the cover and not a total absence of any wording or artist name, like the "Four Symbols" album. Each of the preceding three Zep albums all had the wording "Led Zeppelin" on the cover and that is what makes the fourth album different. It did stir up interest at the time for the reasons why, but later, as you say just became known as the "IV" mostly because people just have to have something to pin on something, to identify it. And of course, it is true that album cuts which were longer than the usually required less than three minute time, were starting to be more popular with artists, and some radio formats then turned to an all album cuts style. Bob Dylan might have started a bit of this with his longer than normal songs, but it was a popular move then. Just to make clear, I am not disputing that now, it is common to call the Four Symbols album, "Led Zeppelin IV" nor am I disputing that such a title was used somewhat later after the initial release of the album just to clarify which album it was chronologically, but that was not what was going on initially during its original release time in 1971, when there was much controversy about why it had no name, and how it could be charted for Billboard if it had no name. That was my point, that it was a master marketing move by Zeppelin and mostly Jimmy Page, who was always smart about such things and how to make Zeppelin stand out amongst its rivals in the music world. Great discussion, thanks for participating, Sepia!
  11. Now a cad in real life might not be the cat's meow, but in films they are devastatingly attractive occasionally. A cad or con man could be a simple Lothario who leaves you high and dry at the altar while absconding with your jewelry, or the scoundrel might drain your bank account all the while he is romancing your sister behind your back. My favorite cad, con man and probable scoundrel is of course, Zachary Scott. Possessing charm galore, a witty sophistication, dancing abilities and a silver tongue, he was able to wine and dine many women in films to the highest levels of distraction, as he did to Mildred Pierce and even that horrid Veda. The real Scott was the scion of a prominent surgeon and went to England to ply his trade in acting, returning to Broadway and stock productions until he was chosen by Warners to play the lead in "The Mask of Dimitrios" to acclaim. His sleek, smooth portrayals of heels carried him admirably throughout his career, in other films like "Flamingo Road" et cetera, due to his intrinsically urbane, upper crust persona which was so apparent in multiple roles, yet when tasked his innate thespian talents also allowed him to give expert replicas of those less fortunate, as in the sharecropper role in Renoir's "The Southerner". If I'm going to be taken to the cleaners, let it be someone as charmingly rogueish* [is that a word?] as Scott! Now it's up to you to name your preferred poison, as in poisonous cad, con man or scoundrel in films and remember, not all of them can be as well-rounded in savoir faire as Scott, so don't even try to outdo his charisma in your choices. * Correction: That should have been "roguish". Sorry about the extra "e".
  12. CaveGirl

    Rock and Roll Extravaganzas

    Oh, lordie! The bits from the Tap movie about how they got their name was hilarious. Wasn't there something about they were first called The Originals but then found out another local group was also called The Originals? You could tell they have plundered all the old stories in teen magazines about how the Stones and Beatles and other groups had first been called the Ferrymen or the High Numbers or whatever. Hilarious!
  13. CaveGirl

    Rock and Roll Extravaganzas

    I don't think "Stairway to Heaven" was sold as a single so it has no Top 40 charting history, Jimmy. It's from the Four Symbols album which also caused problems for Billboard since the album really had no name so it could be listed in the album sales section, hence the usage of the Four Symbols moniker.
  14. CaveGirl


    Yeah, but the guys on Boston Legal didn't usually sing songs to Juanita on their phones, like Barney did.
  15. CaveGirl


    Dang, bring Marty Robbins back from the grave. Now that man had some singing and speaking voice. But of course I'm sure Dargo could also sing "El Paso" for his audition.

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