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Trivia To Soothe The Savages

September 19, 2013

It has oft been said that “Music soothes the savage beast.” Interestingly, this oft said quote is in truth a misquote. The original phrase, which was coined by William Congreve in the opening lines of his 1697 play The Mourning Bride, is actually “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” Which makes no sense unless it was indicating their were violent boobie outbreaks in the late 17th century. Regardless of what was abreast...(pause for chuckle) way back when, this little factoid makes one wonder if there are any other tidbits of trivia out there lost amidst the music. OK, maybe it doesn’t, but there are and now you’re gonna hear about them or read something else.

The first music video to air on MTV was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles, however credit for the first actual music video (one that consisted of more than just seeing a band perform) goes to Michael Nesmith (of Monkees fame). In the late 70s Nesmith submitted a show idea called “Pop Clips” to Warner Brothers who took the concept and turned it into MTV. (That was way too long to be a tidbit!). Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn’t play the guitar. (That’s better!)

John Lennon’s eyesight was so poor that he was legally blind without his glasses. Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, Brian Epstein, George Martin, George Best and Billy Preston have all been referred to as The Fifth Beatle. Veteran gangsta rapper Ice-T’s birth name is Tracy Lauren Marrow (So he’s named after two girls and a vegetable?).

The original Village People line-up was recruited via an advertisement that read: ”Macho types wanted: must have moustache.”

The oldest artist to top the UK singles chart was Louis Armstrong (aged 66 years and 10 month) in 1968 with What A Wonderful World.

In case you haven’t noticed these are in no particular order. Nor does the one before correlate with the one preceding or following...well except the blind John Lennon 5th Beatle thing. We’ll shoot for even less consistency as we continue.

Johnny Cash’s estate was approached by an advertising company asking for permission to use Ring Of Fire on an ad for hemorrhoid cream. (Wait, did Louis have hemorrhoids?) Monaco’s orchestra is bigger than its army. Axl Rose used to earn $8 an hour for smoking cigarettes, for a science experiment at California’s UCLA.

Prince played 27 different instruments on his debut album For You. (And he doesn’t smoke).

In an official PR biography, Martial arts actor Steven Segal once claimed to have played guitar with John Lennon? (Did he steal Lennon’s glasses first? Because nobody else saw it either).

The Beastie Boys is an acronym for- Boys Entering Anarchistic Stages Towards Internal Excellence.

Michael Jackson is said to have spent three weeks working on the bass-line for Billie Jean.

According to all known recorded sales data, the harmonica is the world’s bestselling musical instrument.  

Angel And The Snake’s Debbie Harry renamed her band Blondie after Hitler’s German Shepherd, Blondi. The band allegedly toured as Hitler’s Dog but still plays as Blondie to this day. Blondi wasn’t so lucky, she joined Hitler in the bunker and was given a dose of cyanide just before ‘The Führer’ committed suicide. So she named her band after a genocidal maniac’s dog.

Well that had to be the most random wrap-up to such a random article. So let’s close with something a little less disturbing but random non-the-less.

A CD arrived at the House-o-Saw this week from South Jersey. from my friend Jeff X a.k.a. Sparky of the Fool Injectors. A request for review accompanied said CD and so... Initially the Fool Injectors strike as a modern interpretation of classic rock. Then as it plays on there’s something more. An eclectic mix of rock, country, rock-a-billy, rhythm and blues that defies definition and is delectably different in its diversity. Lotta D- words because it was pretty d***ed good. Check it out for yourself at

Next week: Something else!

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya.




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