Happy New Year, mods, rockers, and mockers! I hope you celebrated accordingly on New Year’s Day.
And Christmas and all that jive passed us by, didn’t it? Well, the song above applies still. Hope you all had your respective Happies and Merries, and received some very groovy gifts. (I finally have the expanded Nuggets box set — after years of owning a bunch of these songs through downloads, mix-tapes, and owning the original vinyl Nuggets, I needed this badly, and now look forward to catching up with the other editions as well; if you don’t own it, please look into it if you’re serious about loving music, and to a point, life).
And Now, the News. . .
Royal Mail Honors Vinyl Album Artwork in Stamps.
The Royal Mail, the national postal service of the United Kingdom, has released a set of 10 stamps honoring British rock artists and their more visual contributions to English culture by turning their album covers into stamps. The Head of Stamp Policy for the Royal Mail, Philip Parker, said of the decision “. . . we thought that the old 12-inch vinyl cover is a great work of art. We thought putting them on stamps would be a great way to celebrate this art form.”
Reportedly, the decisions were made after rigorous debate as some obvious choices, such as Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Wall” and “Wish You Were Here,” were considered unacceptable. For “Dark Side,” the stamp was deemed ‘too dark,’ because of it’s all black background, whereas “Wish You Were Here” was rejected due to it’s potentially disturbing image to the public. After submissions were finalized by a panel of stamp and rock album experts, approval was granted by the Queen herself, about whom Parker commented “She’s old but I think she has her finger on the pulse. I wouldn’t be surprised if she knew the majority of the bands.”
The final list of albums turned into stamps includes the Rolling Stones’ “Let it Bleed,” Pink Floyd’s “The Division Bell,” and David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” The complete list can be found here.
Cast in Negotiations for “Yellow Submarine”
After bringing “The Polar Express,” “Beowolf” and “A Christmas Carol” to the big-screen through motion-capture animation, Robert Zemeckis is hoping to breathe new life into another classic, the Beatles’ animated feature “Yellow Submarine.” Working with Disney, Zemeckis has reportedly chosen his cast to play the Fab Four through the same animation style, and includes Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride,” “Saw,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) as George Harrison; Dean Lennox Kelly as John Lennon; Peter Serafinowicz (“Shawn of the Dead,” “Couples’ Retreat,” (and the uncredited voice of Darth Chef in the “South Park” episode of the same name!)), as Paul McCartney; and Adam Campbell (“Epic Movie,” “Date Movie”) as Ringo Starr. However, the actors will not be playing the band during musical performances, which will instead be performed by noted Beatles cover band, the Fab Four. However, the original music by the Beatles will be used in the film.
So suck on that, “Across the Universe.”
Well, that’s all the bits and pieces for now. What will the new year bring in classic and garage rock? Who knows. This year is, thus far, very difficult to sense out. The good news thus far? The Who the Super Bowl and a potential album and tour. The bad news? It’s the halftime show, which is usually lame — because who cares about music during football? Americans and their lack of refinement, that’s what.
The uncertain news thus far? Jack White says the Dead Weather is hard at work on another album — but no word on his other two groups. I didn’t appreciate the first album, but who knows about the next one.
The bad news thus far? That’s all the news I know about for now.