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Thursday, March 31, 2005
 

Search Party

Brian Auger: Search Party (1981)


It's been a while since our last installment of our regular irregular feature we like to call "What were people looking for when they would up here?"

On good days, Freeway Jam gets up to 20+ hits from search engines; that's up from the two or three a week we got when we started this feature. So I can no longer get to everything, or even a fraction of it. But here's what we've had today:

From Yahoo: les fleurs lyrics
From Google: 4-hero le fleurs download
From Google: "Les fleurs" "4-hero" mp3
From Yahoo: 4 hero - les fleurs

They never give up. I get these all the time now, sometimes hourly; trounces all competition by a million miles. "Costafine Town" by Splinter remains a very distant #2. I can't help with the mp3, but here, since today marks the arrival at Freeway Jam of the 100th visitor seeking this song, I give you the lyrics. Enjoy! Be sure to visit again:

Les Fleur [lyrics by Charles Stepney; recorded by Minnie Riperton (1971) and 4 hero (2002)]

Will somebody wear me to the fair?
Will a lady pin me in her hair?
Will a child find me by a stream?
Kiss my petals and weave me through a dream.

For all of these simple things and much more a flower was born
It blooms to spread love and joy faith and hope to people forlorn

Inside every man lives the seed of a flower
If he looks within he finds beauty and power

Ring all the bells sing and tell the people that be everywhere that the flower has come
Light up the sky with your prayers of gladness and rejoice for the darkness is gone
Throw off your fears let your heart beat freely at the sign that a new time is born


From Google: chapterhouse rownderbowt
From Google: chapterhouse rownderbout
Clapterhouse: Rownderbowt (1996)
Interestingly, this is the most common album title to bring people here, with 4 searches to date (and a 5th for the Chapterhouse song "Pearl") Chapterhouse was one of the best English bands of the 1990's, straddling the shoegaze/space-rock worlds, contemporaries of Spacemen 3. The band released only two albums and a handful of singles, but Rownderbowt is a carefully compiled anthology. All their A-sides are included, as well as many of their excellent B-sides; a great listen for fans of heavy 90's psychedelia, feedback, and drone.

From Google: "black pearl live"
Black Pearl: Black Pearl (1968)
Good luck, pardner. Black Pearl gets credit with being one of the big three of circa 1968 acid rock that pointed towards the world's very first heavy metal (Blue Cheer and Iron Butterfly are the others). The released an eponymous debut in 1968 and a live album in 1969. Their most well-known song (known to maybe two dozen people) is "Mr. Soul Satisfaction" Forgotten by the history books, decades out of print, there's a not a lot out there. The band was formed by members of garage bands the Barbarians and the Tallysmen.

From Yahoo: invented in 1955-2005

The fax machine? The personal computer? The satellite? Global Positioning System? Pop Rocks? Video recorders? 8-track tapes? Boy bands? The Boy In The Bubble? Ecstasy? The Concorde? String theory? Paris Hilton? Underdog? Not sure what he was looking for, but he wound up here.

From Google: spencer Dryden
New Riders Of The Purple Sage: New Riders Of The Purple Sage (1971)
Sometime soon, I'm going to do a Jefferson Airplane artist profile. I have to get my energy up for it, it's a long, complicated, involved story. But one worth telling. One that isn't told as often anymore is that the late Dryden was also drummer for New Riders Of The Purple Sage, a doper-folkie-country band of the 70's that had Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead as part-time members. Their debut is the best (the next two were good too), somewhere between late-Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and CSN.

From Google: shoegaze verve
The Verve: She's A Superstar [12 inch] (1992)
I've talked about the Verve a lot; they turned up in the space-rock playlist, the shoegaze playlist, and even got an artist profile of their own. Not much more I can add to all that, except their early singles all sported absolutely gorgeous, collectable covers by designer Brian Cannon.

From Google: "pearl jam" "Memorial Stadium Seattle"

Pearl Jam got their own artist profile too, recently. Not much I can add to it, but here's a great concert poster from a 1996 show in Rome:

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Palasport, Roma Poster. November 12, 1996 [Poster]


Google: "sex playlist" music
White Zombie: Supersexy Swingin' Sounds (1996)
They always say, just mention sex, and watch your hits go up. We had one of these articles very recently, too. Tell you the truth, I was kind of disappointed in it. It didn't sound very sexy; it caused genre-whiplash, some of the songs sounded a little brutal, couldn't really get a groove-on with it. Someday, if I ever decide to put together some playlists based on mood, I might try to come up with a real sure-fire make-out mix. I just need to test some tunes out first...

From Google: Dorothy Moskowitz 2005
United States Of America: Hard Coming Love (alternate) [single] (2004?)
This guy has been here before; I recognize him. He's looking for info on the beguiling vocalist from experimental/electronic/avant-garde/radical band The United States Of America, who released their lone album in 1968 on Columbia. I still have no news on Moskowitz to report; Sundazed has reissued their album with bonus cuts, and even pressed a nifty 7-inch single, Hard Coming Love b/w Osamu's Birthday, both previously unissued live-in-studio 1967 recordings. More on United States of America is here.