A Battle Of The Bands Will Let One Lucky Winner Be Featured On The Cover Of Rolling Stone Magazine.
My, how things change… in the mid-70s, Dr. Hook had to use every trick on the book to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Today, the magazine itself is launching a contest that will let one lucky band be featured on the cover of its August issue.
This contest is named after one of The Byrds’ most recognizable tunes (“Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star”; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers do it on the live Pack Up The Plantation disc), and it will let one of twelve unknown bands be featured on the cover of the magazine when the time comes. What’s every bit as important, the band that gets this accolade will also get a contract from Atlantic Records. Continue reading →
"Completely Hooked" Is One Of The Many Dr. Hook Compilations Available
Originally known as “Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show”, this band had a truly eclectic career. Their output can be divided in three main groups: 1) Comedy numbers, 2) Disco songs and 3) Ballads. All of these genres are impinged with a country sensibility, and this is one of their many compilations. It was released in 1992, and the 20 songs on offer map out these three genres more than adequately, stopping in each one for long enough without ever going too far.
The comedy numbers are mostly penned by Shel Silverstein, and they are absolutely hysterical. Located mainly at the beginning of the disc, they include “The Millionaire”, “Everybody’s Making It Big But Me” and the popular “Cover Of The Rolling Stone”. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to composing these comedy numbers Silverstein did also come up with many of the band’s ballads, such as the excellent “More Like The Movies” and “A Couple More Years”.
The disco songs included on this compilation are “Walk Right In”, “You Make My Pants Wanna Get Up And Dance” and “Sexy Eyes”. They are entertaining and to-the-point, but I would say that both the ballads and the comedy songs are more endurable. Continue reading →