I am going to try something completely different here. I refuse to talk about politics, government, Right/Left, Up/Down, guns, or anything else that tends to divide us. Personally, I an sick of it all, and have been for a while now.
Instead, I want to talk about something that I am sure we all have an interest in — music.
Not any particular style — we all have our tastes, and some of us like almost all kinds of music. I know that I do.
I think it would be fun to have just one thread where we can talk about something without it turning into a war zone.
What is your favorite kind of music? Who are your favorite influences? What particular music would you like to see in the jukebox? What interesting stories or facts do you have about a particular artist or a particular song?
Here, let me prime the pump here for you:
Everyone here has probably heard the Deep Purple song, Smoke on the Water. But how many here know the story behind the song, or how an unfortunate accident this past week has put the story back into the news?
The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on December 4, 1971, Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio – referred to as the “Rolling truck Stones thing” and “the mobile” in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as “the gambling house” in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino’s theater. During the gig a fire broke out: “In the middle of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire. Somebody in the audience had fired a flare gun into the ceiling, at which point the rattan covering started to burn”, as mentioned in the “some stupid with a flare gun” line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment. The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song (credited to bassist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel across the lake. The “Funky Claude” running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.
Funky Claude died on January 9, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland from complications from being in a coma after a skiing accident three days earlier. He was 76.
For extra credit, can anyone tell me what the last recorded song by The Beatles?