Unusual Rock Trivia?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aberdumbie, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I have some weird Jeapordy like obsession with oddball rock trivia. Things like:
    • Mike Nesmith (Monkees) mother was the creator of White Out.
    • Blue Oyster Cult used to like playing small clubs under the pseudonym Soft White Underbelly.
    • Sean Lennon has the same birthday as his father, John Lennon.
    What oddball rock trivia bounces around in your brain?
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  2. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    How hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards wanted to become a librarian

    It appears that the guitarist has made a rather startling confession: He is in fact an avid bookworm who has taken great pride in developing libraries inside his homes in Sussex and Connecticut.

    Read more: How hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards wanted to become a librarian | Daily Mail Online

    Neil Young is a polio surviver and to this day, one side of his body has decreased motor skills which affects his guitar playing.

    Neil also is a lover and collector of Lionel Trains.

    Keith Moon and Mama Cass...........On September 7, 1978, Keith Moon of The Who died in this London apartment that the drummer had rented from Harry Nilsson. Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas had also died in the same apartment four years earlier on July 29, 1974 and Nilsson believed it was cursed.

    Jim Morrison's Florida State University promo video.............
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  3. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Love it.
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Not sure if anyone else has made the claim to have done it earlier, but Chris Squire's guitar tech believes that he built the world's first pedalboard. Effects pedals were brand new toys in Yes' early days and people generally played with them wired up, loose about the floor. On Yes' second or third tour, I think it was, his tech got sick of the hassle and taped Chris' pedals down to a piece of scrap wood. And so a piece of music gear was born.
  5. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    I have 3 that very few people get:

    Missing Persons had 3 former members of Frank Zappa's band
    Journey had it's roots in Santana
    Chevy Chase was the drummer in an early version of Steely Dan
  6. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Totally did not know Chevy Chase had a rock & roll background. I always knew I liked him.
  7. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong) can play guitar pretty well & was in a band that had a Billboard hit:

    the guitar isn't actually discernible in the song, but when the video shows an image of the single "Chong" is clearly on the writing credits

    They toured with the Jackson 5 as well as Ike & Tina.
  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Terence (Geezer) Butler was the first to record bass through a Wah:

  10. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    This is one I learned from TB: Once upon a time overdrive really was OVERdrive, pushing your amp beyond its specs till it burst into flame. Grand Funk Railroad's bassist, Mel Schacher, used to have his tech sit on a stool behind his tube amp with a pair of oven mitts, replacing tubes mid-song as they blew out one after the other.
  11. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Yoko's labor was induced so that Sean's birth would coincide with John's birthday.
    Yoko was big into numerology, and John, as he so often did, followed her lead on the matter.
  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Buster Poindexter is really David Johansen of the New York Dolls

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  13. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    There was a whopper in the recent George Harrison bio, "Behind That Locked Door."
    Author contends that George only ended up playing his tour of Japan because his buddy
    Eric Clapton generously offered his own services and that of his band to help coax George
    back on to the stage.
    Sometime during rehearsals for the shows, Clapton's baby suffered that tragic and deadly
    fall. Clapton was an emotional mess, but having made a commitment to George, he nonetheless
    kept his commitment to the tour, and he joined his band and Harrison in Japan in anticipation
    of the gigs. But Clapton became even more unnerved when the distraught mother of his deceased
    child appeared at the hotel in search of comfort from Clapton, from whom she was estranged.
    According to the biographer, Harrison told Clapton, "Don't worry mate, I'll look after her." And then he proceeded
    to have a week long affair with the woman, which he rather inelegantly conducted in full view of Clapton's band,
    only terminating the affair when his wife and son eventually appeared to join the tour.

    What is that saying about no good deed going unpunished?
  14. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Did not know that story. Considering Clapton had a torrid affair with George's wife and won her heart from George, seems somewhat fitting in a back alley sort of way...... sad to think that fellows like that on top of the world with ladies available for their choosing would have to do the unthinkable to each other.... And still remain good friends even.
  15. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Such competitive behavior is common among Young Bucks... but I was a little surprised to see Harrison still acting this way in the nineties when he was most definitely not a kid.
    And while logical to interpret George's Behavior as some sort of revenge for Clapton's affair with Boyd, the biographer suggest it was more complicated, in that Harrison often tried to hook Clapton up with his own wife, Pattie, because he himself had designs on Pattie's sister and needed a smoke screen.

    The author also covers in detail Harrison's affair with Ringo's wife Maureen, an indiscretion that sunk Starr's marriage and caused poor Ringo much suffering.
  16. The other Boyd sister was married to Mick Fleetwood and had an affair with guitarist Bob Weston (which ended his stint in Fleetwood Mac).
  17. David Gates of Bread and Leon Russell travelled west together to find fame. Rick James and Neil Young were in the same band at one time.
  18. Jim Seals (Seals and Crofts) was in the band The Champs who recorded the hit "Tequila". He is also the bother of the late England Dan Seals (England Dan and John Ford Coley). Dan Hamilton (Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds) and his older brother was in the band who recorded the song "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In)" which was based on the jingle for Alka Seltzer.
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  19. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I actually attended (briefly) the same high school that David Gates went to in Tulsa Oklahoma
  20. The December 1969 number one hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by the group Steam was written as a B side for a single and thrown together in one take at the studio. The A side never got anywhere, but this gem has been recorded at least five times by such groups as The Supremes, The Belmonts (without Dion?) and Bananarama, The Nylons and Dave Clark And Friends.
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