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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Feedback Saturday (#17)

Well, I lasted all of one week getting Feedback Friday packaged and shipped out on an actual Friday. It's not like I haven't been doing this for months. You would think that a sane person with little to no clinical dimentia could somehow manage to sit down, type up a post and send it off to be included in his blog within the somewhat-less-than-restricting time period of 24 hours. But no . . . I have to procrastinate and goof off and leave the good people out there hanging on every single word as if it could possibly be the last one ever.

(Dude, just post the darn thing and call it Feedback Saturday already so we can read it, get slightly disappointed and surf on over to Madcowdiseaseupdate.com.)

You got it!

Here it is -

I have been thinking about this one for sometime now. I want some serious participation, because I think it could be a good one. Management has been hinting at the possibility of letting me use the breakroom once a week and I can think of no better way of making that dream into a reality than to turn in a real knockout winner for the weekly informational feedback session.

The assignment is to comment on what your "perfect rock 'n roll band" lineup would be, assuming that you could pluck a singer from this band and a guitarist from that band and a drummer from yet another group altogether, etc. Did somebody say "strange bedfellows"? Yes I know it would never work in the real world, but we here at Procrastination Station haven't exactly been living in the real world for some time now, have we? (Haven't you been paying attention?)

I'm actually pretty excited to hear all about how you want Peter Cetera from Chicago (and elevators all over America) to join up with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin on drums(that reminds me - you can pick deceased musicians too), some dude named "Broken Stinger" from a band who's name is an unintelligible symbol on bass and Buddy Holly on lead guitar. Yikes! I think I can feel my teeth melting a little as I think about that sweet melodious stew oozing out of the speakers.

Anyway, that's it . . . that's the homework for the weekend.

I can't wait to read those comments. I am going to give it some real thought and I'll chime in with my "perfect band" after awhile.

This should be fun.

Ben O.

BTW - Go check out Manic Mom's blog. She is currently running an ongoing fictional story that is written by you (and I), the readers. Pretty cool notion actually - I wish I had thought of it. (Manic, I am so going to steal this idea for a future post of my own.)


Blogger Jess Riley said...

Oh, this is a good one! Let's see. Keith Moon on drums, Stevie Wonder on keyboards and vocals (along with Regina Spektor), Geddy Lee on bass, Jack White on guitar,
aaaaanddd...Andrew Bird whistling and playing a bunch of weird background instruments.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Jess - I like the nod to Stevie W. Geddy Lee is very underapreciated for his bass playing. I am considering having him play for my "perfect" group. Naturally he won't be singing, though.

Ben O.

11:15 PM  
Blogger anne said...

Not contributing any idea, but I'm buying tickets for all the gigs of all your ideal groups. Promise.

4:42 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Sully from Godsmack on vocals, Gene Simmons on Bass, Jimmy Hendrix on Lead Guitar, drummer Animal from The Muppets, and on rhythm guitar Wayne Campbell. Now that would be an entertaining lineup.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question Ben, a lot of different ways you could go with this one, trying to meld all those talents into a harmonious 'super group' can be challenging - for example, I would have to have Stevie Ray Vaughan on lead guitar, but then how do I place Sinatra or James Taylor at the mic. That just doesn't work. So let me see here.

at Drums: Ringo Star - You have to have 1 Beatle, right! Also, I think Ringo could blend into just about any style.

at lead guitar: give me Stevie, he is just streets ahead of everyone else, in my book.

at bass: since Cliff Burton won't work with this band I'm going to go with John Paul Jones.

at rhythm guitar: David Gimour, this works as David could also be backing vocals.

and at vocals: I'll go with Van Morrison - I love Van!

Not sure what genre you would find their CD under :)


9:54 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Eesh, it's weekend, give us an easy one, Ben. I'm afraid my music knowledge is limited to "Ooh, cool song!"

10:54 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...


Vocals - Freddy Mercury
Lead guitar - Joe Satriani
Bass - Michael Anthony
Drums - Neil Peart
Keys - Keiko Matsui

2:00 PM  
Blogger FredCQ said...

Why didn't I think of this first? Jeez!

Okay First my band has to have 2 vocalists, One to sing the clean parts and the other to sing the Death metal parts:

Clean Vocals: Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Death Vocals: John Tardy (Obituary)

Lead Guitar: Robert Fripp (King Crimson
Rhythm Guitar: Angus Young (AC/DC)

Bass Guitar: Geddy Lee (Rush)

We also need two drummers. One drummer will be the anchor and play the beat and the other will do all the weird out of time shit:

Weird Shit Drums: Bill Bruford (Yes)
Anchor Drums: Keith Moon (The Who)

Keyboards: This band does not need a keyboard player. Geddy can fill in if need be.

Conductor: Frank Zappa

Public Relations and Booking Agent: Satan

That was fun...but I am starting to get a little carried away so I will stop now.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I just want anyone from Def Leppard or poison... hey throw Elvis in there too!=)..Ohhh and some Van Morrison, ohhh and one or two from the Doors too, thanks!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Great question!

Lead singer(s) Van Morrison & Annie Lenox or Natalie Merchant

Band: A little bit of Coldplay, Beck and The Black Crowes--depending on the song and the mood.

*ahhh* I'd have to throw in Flea on the bass and the drummer from Foo Fighters or Green day once in awhile.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Anne - You know what they say about promises . . . It would be pretty cool if there were tickets to some of these "Super" groups.

Fuzzbox - I like your drummer. Nice choice. I would have put Gene strictly on bloodspitting, but that's just me.

Mark - so good to hear from you. I totally agree with SRV and Dave. It would be worth the ticket price alone simply seeing them both on the same stage.

Terri - Never! Nothing easy here.

Laurie - We must like alot of the same bands, because you almost got my "perfect" group. Joe and Neil are almost asuredly going to be in there, but I am not familiar with your keyboardist.

Fred - Bruce and Angus in the same band. Can you imagine it? Headbangers worldwide are drooling at the prospect.

Shannon - Elvis isn't a bad choice. Do you want him to sing or play vibraphones?


Sadie - Flea rocks . . . I hadn't really thought about the bass players too much, but now I am realizing that might be one of the toughest members to pick. (Coldplay is going to be on Austin City Limits this week . . . according to my handy dandy TV guide magazine. Just a heads up.)

I am loving this one . . . keep 'em coming.

Ben O.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

Vocals: Freddie Mercury
Frontman (for acrobatics and between song talks to the crowd): David Lee Roth
Guitars: Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and the Edge (for the rhythm stuff)
Drums: Neil Peart
Bass, vocals: Paul McCartney--we can leverage off his songwriting ability (plus we can cover all his Beatles songs to get the crowd all fired up)
Keyboards: Rick Wakeman from Yes for the crazy solo stuff, Greg Allman for the mellow, groovin background stuff.
I'm sure I'll think of some more.

Fun, fun!

7:02 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

an elder at my church got Coldplay tickets from his daughter at Christmas time. Don't think I haven't repented of envy by now---GRRRRRR. It's almost as bad as when The Black Crowes were playing at a stadium 45 minutes from my house WITH Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I couldn't go because I had just had Andy 3 days before that date....Double--GRRRR.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Acecold said...

Freddy Mercury
Les Claypool or Flea
Victor De Lorenzo (drums)

I'd have to say Jimi on lead guitar.

Quick, dirty & late......

9:15 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Henry - I like Freddy, but with all the great vocalists out there he might actually be left out. Tragic. Neil is in, no doubt about that.

Sadie - The Black Crowes and Tom together? Good stuff. Sorry you missed it.

Acecold - nice stuff. Who is Victor? Just curious.

Ben O.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Boy, this stretched my brain.

Guitar: Daniel Ash
Bass: Peter Hook
Singer: Iggy Pop
Drums: Maureen Tucker
Keyboard: Bryan Ferry

I have no clue how they'd sound, but I think it would be sweet to find out.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh yeah, is it okay to link to you? I have music nerd friends who would love this and I don't want it to look like I'm stealing your idea. I want to give you full props.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sure Kathleen - Link away. I want as much feedback as we can get.

I like you rundown. I hadn't even thought about Peter on bass, but he is pretty darn good.

Ben O.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

BTW - I know there are some music-loving lurkers out there. (Brother O., Mom . . . )

Go ahead and chime in - I would love to hear all about your ideal musical line-up.

Ben O.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Acecold said...

ben o.Who is Victor? Just curious.

He played in Violent Femmes...very minimalist drum sets. Snare drum, tranceaphone & one cymbal. Usually brushes instead of sticks.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Acecold - I love the sound of brushes. Even though Neil Peart is my all-time-favorite drummer, I sometimes get a jonesing for some good jazz percussion. So slinky with all those brushes.

Ben O.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous mark said...

I can't believe no one has Justin Timberlake in their band ;)

8:42 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Mark - Actually, I have Justin Timberlake as the boy assigned the task of arranging the M&Ms so that none of the orange ones are touching the green ones. Apparently David Gilmour hates it when they touch.

Ben O.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

Eddie Vedder(Pearl Jam) on Vocals

Chris Martin (Coldplay) on Vocals

Chris Cornell Audioslave) on Vocals

Thom Yorke (Radiohead) on Vocals.


PS it's a babershop quartet, silly. Great Question Ben!

4:45 AM  
Blogger beadinggalinMS said...

Hey Ben-O my music knowledge sucks on who is playing what and who is singing. If I like it I listen to it but it has been fun reading everyone's comments.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I did some thinking last night and I think I'm going to add a second lead singer to my band. Sharing singing duties with my beloved Iggy will be David Sylvian. He'll obviously be seeing the more ethereal songs. I'll leave Iggy to the hardcore songs. ;-)

Ben O. - Old story about JD in Belgium (I think) where an audience member was heckling them. Peter started the bass to Dead Souls in a way that drowned out the heckler - a friend has it on a bootleg tape - very cool.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Smed said...

Let's see. I think I can do a three guitar army here and go a little off the board, for now. Just for grins and giggles:

Guitar 1 - Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
Guitar 2 - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
Guitar 3 - K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
Bass - Laura Ballance (Superchunk)
Drums - Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins)
Keyboards - Art Neville (Meters)
Vocals - Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think)

If Chamberlain can't play due to his demons - then Ziggy Modeliste of the Meters can fill in. And Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone can help on bass, too.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous mark said...

I could also go with a jazz 'super band' - I would have love to have seen Sinatra at the Sands in his prime! I think I was born at the wrong time...

Give me a smoky bar and a good lounge singer any day and I'm happy.

So my Jazz band would be:

Tenor Sax: Stan Getz
Soprano Sax: Coltrane
More Sax: Maceo Parker
Guitar: Charlie Byrd
Trumpet: Miles Davis
Drums: Tony Williams
Guitar: Stanley Jordan

Vocals: Sinatra and Sade

that band would be money!

I don't want to hijack Ben's Blog, but I got a spin off question over at whatasavage.com that music lovers should weigh in on.


7:51 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Undr - Great idea . . . I had the hardest time with the singers and the guitarists. My freaking group is starting to resemble Chicago or Earth, Wind & Fire in shear numbers.

Beading Gal - I totally agree. I didn't want to drag this one out too long, but I am having a blast reading everyone's input.

Kathleen - Iggy can certainly handle the hardcore stuff. I love it when players take crowd noise into their own hands and deal with it with class.

Smed - I could probably have an entire band devoted simply to the headbangers. Those were the days (I think I must have been into hairbands from the day High School started until a few minutes after I graduated. I still like quite a few of them.)

Mark - Excellent point. Jazz makes a tiny showing on my super group, but they really deserve their own. Your lineup is pretty formidable. We should sit down sometime and talk jazz over a cup of coffee (how enlightened that sounds.)

Everyone do yourself a favor and check out Mark's blog. He probably forgot more computer knowledge before breakfast this morning than I know altogether.

Ben O.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Hi. I clicked on Kathleen's link to respond to this. It's really hard to narrow it down, but...

Lead Vocals- Nick Cave or Exene Cervenka (X/Knitters)
Backing Vocals- Shane McGowan, Kirsty MacColl, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Waits, Nico
Lead Guitar- Richard Thompson
Rhythm Guitars- Billy Zoom (X), Will Sargent (Echo and the Bunnymen/Electrafixion), Blixa Bargeld (Einsturzende Neubauten/Bad Seeds)
Feedback Guitar- Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth)
Bass- Kim Deal (Pixies/Breeders)or Jah Wobble (PIL)
Drums- Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Lydia Lunch/Sonic Youth/Congo Norvell/Cramps) or Mo Tucker (Velvet Underground)
Keyboard/Synth-Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab/Monade)
Soprano Saxophone- John Coltrane
Trumpet- Miles Davis
Producer- Mitch Froom
Songwriters- Nick Cave and Neil Finn (Crowded House/Split Enz)


10:23 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Whoa. I completely forgot about John Bonham. Him vs Cozy Powell. That's a tough one for dead drummers.

I'm too young to know Keith Moon (looking at Jess Riley's comment).

11:35 PM  

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