Friday Open Thread | 60′s Rock & Roll Hits

Roy OrbisonRoy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including “Only the Lonely“, “Crying“, and “Oh, Pretty Woman“. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch‘s film Blue Velvet (1986) revived his career.

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#Ferguson: Shocking mistake in #DarrenWilson grand jury

Lawrence O’Donnell uncovers a shocking mistake in the Darren Wilson Grand Jury

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Ferguson: No more votes for Claire McCaskill and Jay Nixon

It’s been hard for me to gather my thoughts. But, our newest Ferguson post was old and getting full of replies.

It’s hard because it’s difficult to put into words the level of rage that I feel.

I keep on going back to the following pictures:

michael browns father

michael browns mothers

michaels browns mother 2

These were the pictures that were on my mind as I went to sleep.

That pain.
The unimaginable pain that their child isn’t even worth a trial.
Not worth a trial.

The entire proceedings were a farce. An absolute farce. From beginning to end.

These White folks have been so used to killing Black people and being unchallenged by it, that they are actually offended that they are being challenged.

I have one that believes in voting, and I still believe in voting.

But, sometimes, people have made themselves unworthy of the vote.

Claire McCaskill and Jay Nixon are two such people.

Black folks have never been folks going for the unicorn. We’ve never had the luxury of finding the ‘perfect candidates’. We’ve never been on that tip.

But, when you get from your supposed allies is utter bullshyt, one must make a stand.

Who the phuck cares if the alternative is a Republican, when, in the basest of cases, your ”allies’ can’t stand for basic right?

Your ‘ allies’ can’t affirm your humanity.

Your ‘ allies’ can’t affirm your rights as a citizen.

And make no mistake, Claire McCaskill and Jay Nixon didn’t absolutely NOTHING to stand for the basic rights and humanity of Michael Brown and his parents. If they want to get elected further, they should do it without BLACK VOTES. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON for any Black person to ever vote for them period.

 

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Wednesday Open Thread | 60′s Rock & Roll Hits

rick-derringer-far-left-with-the-mccoysThe McCoys were a rock group that started in Union City, Indiana, in 1962. There are best known for their hitHang on Sloopy“.

The original members, all from Union City, were guitarist Richard Zehringer (later known as Rick Derringer), his brother Randy on drums, and bassist Dennis Kelly. This first line-up was known as “The Rick Z Combo”, and later known as “Rick and the Raiders”. When Kelly left for college, the Zehringers were joined by bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, saxophonist Sean Michaels, and keyboardist Ronnie Brandon.[1] This was the line-up that took the name of “The McCoys”. Brandon left the group in 1965 and was replaced by Bobby Peterson on keyboards.

One of their best-known songs is “Hang On Sloopy“, which was #1 in the United States in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio. It also is the unofficial fight song of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and can heard being played at many Ohio State athletic events by the OSU bands.

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Tuesday Open Thread | 60′s Rock & Roll Hits

Chubby Checker 26Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans, October 3, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard‘s R&B hit “The Twist“. In September 2008 “The Twist” topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958, an honor it maintained for an August 2013 update of the list.[1] He also popularized the Limbo Rock and its trademark limbo dance, as well as various dance styles such as the fly.

Checker is the only recording artist to place five albums in the Top 12 all at once. The performer has often claimed to have personally changed the way we dance to the beat of music, as when he told Billboard, “Anyplace on the planet, when someone has a song that has a beat, they’re on the floor dancing apart to the beat.

And before Chubby Checker, it wasn’t here.” Clay Cole agreed: “Chubby Checker has never been properly acknowledged for one major contribution to pop culture—Chubby and the Twist got adults out and onto the dance floor for the very first time. Before the Twist dance phenomenon, grownups did not dance to teenage music.”

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Monday Open Thread | 60’s Rock & Roll Hits

The Sonics 3The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating in the early 1960s. Among the Sonics’ contemporaries were the Kingsmen, the Wailers, the Dynamics, the Regents, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they’ve been named as inspirations by Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, The Fall, and other major artists.

They played a mixture of garage rock standards (“Louie, Louie”, “Have Love, Will Travel”), early rock and roll (“Jenny, Jenny”, “Skinny Minnie”) and original compositions such as “Strychnine”, “Psycho”, and “The Witch”, all based upon simple chord sequences, played hard and fast.

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