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RIP Stanley Cowell (1941 – 2020)

Stanley Cowell (1941 – 2020) was an American jazz pianist and co-founder of Strata-East Records.

Strata-East Records first gained notoriety outside the world of jazz after the British label Soul Jazz Records put out three anthologies of their recordings in the 1994-1997 period.

I give you “Travelin’ Man” (1974) in its first version.

Has anyone besides me noticed the likeness to “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes?

“Travelin’ Man” (1976)

RIP Howard Wales (1943 – 2020)

Howard Wales was a keyboardist best known for his collaborations with Jerry Garcia in the early 1970s.

However, solo, he produced little gems such as this “Rendez-Vous With The Sun, Part. 2” on his album of almost the same name in 1976.

The tracks is also included in DJ Harvey’s cult mix “Sarcastic Disco Volume 2” which you will find on Soundcloud.

“Rendez-Vous With The Sun, Part. 2”

RIP and thank you for the music.

RIP Mark Barkan (1934 – 2020)


Mark Barkan (1934 – 2020) was an American songwriter and record producer.

In 1966, Barkan produced the album Psychedelic Moods by The Deep, credited as the first psychedelic album.

While researching his death, I came across the song “A Great Day For The Clown” (1967) which is a song not hard to fall in love with. It is also supposedly an Northern soul classic. Love the horns. Who does the horns?

RIP Marie ‘Roxette’ Fredriksson (1958 – 2019)

Marie Fredriksson was a Swedish singer known as the lead singer to Roxette.

I have nothing with that band. Perhaps it’s a generation thing, I was 24 when their song “The Look” came out, so too old to make any sort of impression.

To me it’s more pap than pop because, let us be honest, this was 1989 and instead of listening to “The Look”, you could have been listening to “French Kiss” by Lil’ Louis, “I’ll House You” by Jungle Brothers, “Work That Mutherfucker” by Steve Poindexter, “Sueño Latino” by Sueño Latino, “Pacific State” by 808 State, “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Lōc or “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak.

Furthermore, in 1989 there was also “Love Shack” by The B52’s which brought pap-ish joy without the bombast of Roxette. Both bands share their use of the guitar but Roxette sounds like American middle of the road arena rock.

And if you were into guilty pleasures, you could have been listening to “Me So Horny” by 2 Live Crew or “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic.

“The Look” was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV, on the Vice City FM† channel, at least half of the songs on that channel are better than Roxette’s.

A long time ago, I decided to do only appreciative criticism, but since this blog has evolved into a necrology, it seems fitting that I strive for completeness and thus ‘bash‘ Roxette.

On the other hand, as the video above shows, Roxette had lots of fun.

Life is a stage and each must play his part… so Roxette, enjoy your symptom.