The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The 12 Discs of Christmas 2012 #9




Ringo-Deer
by Garry Ferrier
(Capitol 72202; 1965)


Here's a curiosity from the Great White North, an attempt to cash in on Beatlemania by Toronto DJ Garry Ferrier, from the nation's top pop station, CHUM Radio. The "MAPL" you see written at the top of the label indicates the record has been cleared as "Canadian content," a ruling that came into effect in the early '70s that stated radio stations must play roughly 30% Canadian music. MAPL stands for music/artist/production/lyrics, and a record needed to accommodate at least two of those requirements to qualify as CanCon. The end result was lots of airplay for Anne Murray, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Bryan Adams (who later criticized the regulations, despite the fact they'd helped make him a millionaire).

That's probably more information than you needed about Canadian broadcasting regulations, so why not just enjoy this barely Beatlesesque Xmas tribute to the Moptops.

1 comment :

Timmy said...

Oh, my mercy, hallalucinagenics! Great number, here... I finally saw Ringo & his all-star band a few months ago. Heard songs sung live taht night that I never had before & never will again...