Freak Power Ticket (Eclectic)
A "wondrous boat ride" exploring rock 'n' roll & other music, the counter cultural, cinema, pop culture, oddities, etc. Buy a ticket, take the ride.
Mon Dec 3rd 2012 11.00am–12.00pm
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Femi Kuti “Stop AIDS” from Femi Kuti: The Definitive Collection MP3 ALBUM (Wrasse Records 2007) —Nigerian music and political legend Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti's father, died of AIDS in 1997.Buy it!
Gill Scott-Heron “Me And The Devil” from I'm New Here MP3 ALBUM (XL Recordings 2010) —The NY poet & musician Gil Scott-Heron died in 2011. A pioneer of spoken word poetry and what became hip hop culture, he had done jail time for drug charges, and admitted to being HIV positive in 2009. He died in 2011.Buy it!
Queen & David Bowie “Under Pressure (Rah Mix) [Remix]” from The Platinum Collection MP3 ALBUM (Hollywood Records, Inc. 2001) —Freddie Mercury was one of the 1st major rockers to die of AIDS, in 1991. This duet was originally recorded with glam icon David Bowie in 1981.Buy it!
Big Audio Dynamite “Stone Thames” from This Is Big Audio Dynamite MP3 ALBUM (Columbia 1985) —BAD was an offshoot of The Clash, featuring guitarist/singer Mick Jones. This 1985 track off their debut LP one of the 1st rock songs about AIDS that I ever heard.Buy it!
Mumps “Crocodile Tears” from Fatal Charm MP3 ALBUM (Eggbert 1995) —Santa Barbaran Lance Loud was a gay icon on the 1st reality TV show AN AMERICAN FAMILY. A professional writer, he performs here with his NY punk band The Mumps. He died in 2001, and his last days were captured in a PBS sequel to AN AMERICAN FAMILY.Buy it!
Sugar “The Slim” from Copper Blue MP3 ALBUM (Rykodisc 1992) —Punk hero Bob Mould (Husker Du) addresses the wasting effects of AIDS (called "the slim" by some) in this 1992 release.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Halloween Parade” from New York CD ALBUM (Warner Bros. 1988) —An unofficial sequel to WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, post-AIDS, from former glam rocker Lou Reed's 1989 solo record.Buy it!
Jimmy Somerville “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” from The Very Best of Bronski Beat & The Communards MP3 ALBUM (London Records 2000) —Disco icon Sylvester, a former member of SF countercultural drag troupe the Cockettes, died of AIDS in 1988. Jimmy Somerville pays tribute to Sylvester in this 1989 solo cover.Buy it!
Neneh Cherry “I've Got You Under My Skin” from Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter MP3 ALBUM (King Cole Inc. 2006) —This standout 1st track on the 1st RED HOT album, from 1990. The Red Hot Foundation has released a series of tribute records since the early 1990s to raise funds for AIDS education & treatment.Buy it!
Spearhead “POSITIVE” from HOME MP3 ALBUM (Capitol Catalog 1994) —A first-person account of getting an HIV test, from Michael Franti's Spearhead's 1994 debut album.Buy it!
Jobriath “I'M A MAN” from Jobriath MP3 ALBUM (Rhino/Elektra www.rhino.com 1973) —Glam rock's fairy, Jobriath didn't toy around with bisexuality. He was rock's 1st openly gay star. The subject of a new documentary film, JOBRIATH AD, Bruce Wayne Campbell died of AIDS in 1983.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “Sexuality” from Don't Try This at Home CD ALBUM (Elektra Records 1991) —Radical folk-rocker Bragg had his biggest hit with a gay-friendly, sex-positive message released in 1991. Featuring co-writer Johnny Marr on lead guitar.Buy it!
The Books “Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez)” from Dark Was The Night MP3 COMP (4AD 1998) —Red Hot's indie benefit from 2009. Well known for paying tribute to important songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Irving Berlin, etc., this track was originally by Nick Drake, who died young. A melancholy theme appropriate for this topic.Buy it!
Angela McCluskey “Love Is Stronger Than Death” from The Things We Do MP3 ALBUM (Angel Records 2004) —The original '93 version was a sort-of hit for The The. Although generally about loss and mourning, their music video implies a direct connection to AIDS. Also, the closing song in the film NOWHERE by New Queer Cinema director Gregg Araki.Buy it!
Liberace “Ciao!” from Cecil B. Demented (Music from the Motion Picture) MP3 ALBUM (rca 2000) —The flamboyant Liberace was, after Rock Hudson, one of the 1st major celebrities to die from AIDS, in 1987.Buy it!
Marcela Morelo “Vamos (Roam)” from Otro Plan MP3 ALBUM (Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A. 2009) —Excerpt. A Spanish language cover of the wistfully optimistic B-52s song, which was off their 1st record after the 1985 death of original guitarist Ricky Wilson. Morelo is an Argentine singer.Buy it!
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