Bits and Pieces – American Birthday Edition.

As always, one should always celebrate the holidays accordingly with the official holiday carol of Electric Comic Book. As always, please enjoy!

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers – “The Monster Mash” by ElectricComicBook

Now, onto the news. After the jump: The Kinks hit the big screen, Bowie reissues an album in a BIG way, and Ringo Starr gets honored!

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait to Direct Kinks’ Concept Album Movie.

Comedian-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait (known for his trademark harsh-raspy voice) has announced a musical-movie based on the Kinks concept album Schoolboys in Disgrace. Ray Davies himself will be an executive on the project, and plans to re-record the album once a cast is set. When asked why this particular album to bring to the big screen, Goldthwait said “Schoolboys in Disgrace is a story that any kid who has felt that they are not being treated fairly can relate to, all set to some of the greatest rock songs you’ll ever hear.” He goes on to say it’s counter-programing to the saccharine “High School Music” type of show directed toward kids by being far more ‘realistic.’

The Kinks 1976 concept album Schoolboys in Disgrace tells the story of a young boy, known for pulling pranks, who is punished before the entire school by the headmaster and, upon growing up, vows his vengeance on the “establishment.” Though, many critics do not feel there is an actual storyline to follow, but a collection of loosely related vignettes. But hey, what “concept album” isn’t?
Voice of Reason: Well, Tommy isn’t.

Thank you, Voice of Reason.

Bowie’s Station to Station to Receive Deluxe Reissue.

Since 2003’s Reality, David Bowie has been inactive in terms of touring as well as recording new material. However, sometime later this year, his 1976 album Station to Station will be remastered and reissued alongside a full live concert from the Nassau Coliseum Arena.

While this album does not clearly fit the aesthetic of what this blog is about (though, no shame in including all kinds of outsider and avant-garde music), I am quite excited about the line-up of the live discs included. The full album consists of the following:

CD 1: Station To Station:
1. “Station To Station”
2. “Golden Years”
3. “Word On A Wing”
4. “TVC15”
5. “Stay”
6. “Wild Is The Wind”

CDs 2 & 3: Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 (Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY. March 23rd, 1976):
1. “Station To Station”
2. “Suffragette City”
3. “Fame”
4. “Word On A Wing”
5. “Stay”
6. “Waiting For The Man”
7. “Queen Bitch”

Nassau Coliseum concert (continued):
1. “Life On Mars?”
2. “Five Years”
3. “Panic In Detroit”
4. “Changes”
5. “TVC15”
6. “Diamond Dogs”
7. “Rebel Rebel”
8. “The Jean Genie”

Additionally, the album will include the original album art work, a digital download coupon for both the album and a 13-minute remix of “Panic in Detroit” and a 24-page booklet, featuring an essay by Cameron Crowe, unreleased photographs, and materials from the Bowie Fan Club and Press Kit.

Like I said, the album is transitional from his trashy glam-rock era to his blue-eyed (plastic) soul era, but that is a package to be excited about. Check out more at Rolling Stone.com

Ringo Starr’s ’64 Drum to be Featured in Art Exhibit.

Honoring the drummer’s 70th birthday on July 7th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will exhibit Ringo Starr’s drum kit, starting on his birthday, remaining until the end of the year. The gold-plated drum was given to the Beatles drummer by the Ludwig drum company in 1964.

Additionally, Ringo will be the focus of the first episode of the second season of PBS series “Live from the Artists Den,” featuring a live performance from the museum. The episode will air during the week of his birthday (so check local listings).

Jeez, what’s with all the British rock news?! I thought this was July 4th! To honor the occasion, I offer to you a special July 4th track!

Off of the Sundazed retrospective on Chicago’s Quill Records, We’re Gonna Change the World, ladies and gentlemen, for your dining and listening pleasure, The Exterminators single “Declaration of Independence, ’65.”

“Declaration of Independence ’65” – The Exterminators by ElectricComicBook

Happy Birthday, America!

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