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Liner Note Leftovers #27- Rasputin, Reunions, and Star Wars Disco

Liner Note Leftovers #27- Rasputin, Reunions, and Star Wars Disco
Liner Note Leftovers
Liner Note Leftovers
Liner Note Leftovers #27- Rasputin, Reunions, and Star Wars Disco
This week on Liner Note Leftovers: A Star Wars disco album is already weird, but that’s just scratching the surface of how odd this gets. Also, Ozzy writes a play, and The Band joins Bob Dylan at the worst possible time, though you wouldn’t think so!

This Week’s Menu: 

Part I- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: This title’s a bit of a misnomer. For a long time, Van Halen and David Lee Roth said exactly that, but on September 27, 2007, that all changed. And we have a very young Wolfgang Van Halen to thank for that. Here’s how it happened.

Part II- A Bittersweet Victory: After their first breakup, The Verve reunites and makes what many would call their best album, Urban Hymns, released September 29, 1997. However, its bittersweet [pun intended] because they would not see a dime from that track until very recently. Here’s why.

Part III- Rah! Rah! Rasputin!: On September 29, 2003, Ozzy Osbourne announces he will join the esteemed ranks of English playwrights with a stage show about Rasputin, the Mad Monk of Russia. It’s still in the works, apparently. But it sounds cool!

Part IV- Star Wars and Other Intergalactic Funk: If I told you that for two weeks in 1977, a disco version of the Star Wars theme, complete with Wookie noises and an R2-D2 beeping solo, was the biggest record in the world, would you believe me? The truth is stranger than fiction, and here’s why that’s the LEAST weird part about this album.

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Part V- Songs From the Big Pink: The story of the Bob Dylan/The Band team-up. Beautiful music was made, but here’s why Rick Danko has called it “putting your head into a lion’s mouth.” Sometimes, the danger is worth it.

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  • Hot For Teacher [Live, 2007] – Van Halen
  • Bittersweet Symphony [Album Version] – The Verve
  • Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Star Wars Disco Medley – MECO
  • The Weight – The Band

This episode also featured clips from:

  • Bill Murray as Nick The Lounge Singer, Saturday Night Live S3E10
  • Rasputin- Boney M., Live at the Sopot Festival 1979
  • The Star Wars Christmas Special, 1978
  • What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas? – MECO, 1980