The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

By Steve Newton Remember how you'd set the needle down on the opening track of a new rock album and the first tune would just blow you the funk away? Me too. "(Ain't Nothin' But a) House Party" (Bloodshot, J. Geils Band, 1973) "All the Way From Memphis" (Mott, Mott the Hoople, 1973) "Already Gone" … Continue reading The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

That time Rick Derringer told me that one of the favourite solos he ever played was for Air Supply

By Steve Newton Back in the seventies, Rick Derringer was one of my top rock heroes. I mean, come on, the guy wrote "Still Alive and Well". He played on 1971's Johnny Winter And Live.  He produced the Edgar Winter Group's They Only Come Out at Night (my intro to Ronnie Montrose) in '72. He played … Continue reading That time Rick Derringer told me that one of the favourite solos he ever played was for Air Supply

Smash Mouth’s Greg Camp thinks Steely Dan is “pretty snobby”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 17, 2002 The first time I saw Shrek, on DVD at home, some friends of ours had come over with their six-year-old boy. When the opening credits rolled the kid started getting hyper, bouncing around like it was Christmas morning. It could have been the sight of the … Continue reading Smash Mouth’s Greg Camp thinks Steely Dan is “pretty snobby”

Guitar legend Rick Derringer has soloed for everyone from Alice Cooper to Air Supply

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 22, 1999 By Steve Newton When most people hear the name Rick Derringer, they probably think of his ’70s hit “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”, which typified the randy guitar-boogie of the free-love era. Others may remember him for “Hang On Sloopy”, the 1965 sing-along number Derringer did … Continue reading Guitar legend Rick Derringer has soloed for everyone from Alice Cooper to Air Supply

Pete Yorn recalls scoring Me, Myself & Irene for the Farrelly Brothers

The Farrelly Brothers have garnered a lot of laughs from moviegoers since bursting onto the film scene with 1994's Dumb and Dumber. I always thought that their second Jim Carrey vehicle, 2000's Me, Myself & Irene, was one of their funnier efforts. It also had a wicked soundtrack, composed mainly of Steely Dan tunes performed by … Continue reading Pete Yorn recalls scoring Me, Myself & Irene for the Farrelly Brothers

Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1976

The spirit of '76 will never falter because that's the year Thin Lizzy put out two LPs instead of just one. Albums listed in alphabetical order according to title, otherwise Jailbreak would be right there at the top. I've included three song titles to help you remember how awesome the music was, and one clip to bring it … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1976

Taking my sis to see the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

By Steve Newton It's nice when you can pay somebody back for turning you on to great music when you were a kid. Back in the '70s, my older sister got me into everybody from Steely Dan to Robin Trower to Lynyrd Skynyrd. But I'll always be especially thankful for her getting me into Bob … Continue reading Taking my sis to see the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man