The Vulgar Boatmen are an American rock band formed in Gainesville, Florida in the early 1980s by a group of students at the University of Florida, including John Eder and Walter Salas-Humara. In its original configuration the group issued several cassette-only releases, including Women and Boatmen First (1982) and All Bands on Deck (1984). As first Eder and then Salas-Humara [the latter would later found The Silos - K], the group coalesced around Robert Ray, a film studies professor at the university, who became one of the group's two principal songwriters and vocalists, the other being Indiana musician Dale Lawrence, a former student of Ray's who was a veteran of the early punk band the Gizmos.
Though they lived and worked in different states, Ray and Lawrence composed songs by exchanging cassette tapes through the mail. Eventually Lawrence merged his own band, Right to Left, into the Boatmen, who since that time have existed as two distinct performing units.
This recording surfaced just a few years back, and documents Jonathan Richman (19 years old!), Jerry Harrison, David Robinson and Ernie Brooks playing two full sets at the Stonehenge Club in Ipswich, MA, sometime in 1970 or '71, providing an essential glimpse into the early days of this classic band. Early it may be, but the Lovers sound more or less fully formed — the main difference between the arrangements here and the ones that would be recorded is the sometimes extended (and extremely awesome) guitar/organ duels that Harrison and Richman engage in on a few tunes. They sound like their ears may still have been ringing from seeing the Velvets blast the house down at the Boston Tea Party. Also of interest are the otherwise unknown songs (at least to me), "Cambridge Clown" and "I Grew Up In The Suburbs." Both are pretty classic early Richman numbers, and it's fab to hear them here. This is an an 40-year-old audience recording, so the sound ain't perfect, but it is for the most part pretty excellent.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet and Ralph J. Gleason (a syndicated jazz columnist) perform live at the Jazz Casual TV show in 1961.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet is made up of Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Gene Wright.
Ralph J. Gleason interviews Dave on the Jazz Casual show about the future of jazz and the different time signatures that the Dave Brubeck Quartet use. You'll see the Quartet using a 9/8 & 5/4 time
quote:Yes. I don't know too much about him, he was apparently a guitarist in the funk rock vein. I've heard one track by Shuggie (on Bernie Taupin's American Roots Radio Show on Sirius that I'm always raving about on here). I recall liking it OK.
Didn't Johnny O have a Son - Shuggie - who was slated to set the Rock World afire, in the late 60's?