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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!

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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.

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