Sunday, July 19, 2009

Number 380 - Primitive Radio Gods


Number 380

Primitive Radio Gods

"Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth"

(1996)
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................Genre: Alt Rock...............
Alrighty then!!!!!!
Since I am in my "Dave Letterman" Top Ten mode, lets do a Top TEN of Songs that came from movies. Number 10: Phil Collins "Against All Odds" from the film "Against All Odds" [An extremely powerful ballad in its day]
#9: Art Garfunkel "Bright Eyes" from the film "Watership Down" [Never seen a song affect so many people toward depression]
#8: Bon Jovi "Blaze Of Glory" film: "Young Guns II" [Admit it ... it still sounds good]
#7: Kermit The Frog "Rainbow Connection" film: "Muppet Movie" [*Bangs head on desk*]
#6: Stealer's Wheels "Stuck In The Middle Of You" film: "Reservoir Dogs" [Unforgettable song]
#5: Bryan Adams "Everything I Do" film: "Robin Hood" [Put this apple on your head fatty]
#4: Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want" film: "Big Chill" [One of the most important songs of all time]
#3: Chad Kroeger "Hero" film: "Spiderman" [I know some of you want to start throwing rocks right now]
#2: Des'ree "Kissing You" film: "Romeo + Juliet" [Haunting, sweet & gut wrenching all at the same time]
#1: Bruce Springsteen "Streets Of Philadelphia" film: "Philadelphia" [If Des'ree song is hard emotionally, this song evokes more]
Have you seen our phone booth?
The Primitive Radio Gods' smashing chart debut "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" was an unforgettable radio mainstay and MTV favorite during the summer of 1996. It quickly defined the band as another alterna-rock innovator integrating catchy hooks and a hip-hop/new wave mix. The debut album Rocket went gold, and earned the band top spots across the album and singles charts as well. Not too bad for frontman Chris O'Connor. This was a rock & roll fantasy come true for this air traffic controller, whose side gig, the I-Rails, had been struggling for ten years prior. However, the hype surrounding the PRG quickly faded. Music industry politics played into the scheme and before the new millennium dawned, and the band's sophomore effort was scrapped and the band was dropped from Columbia. Another quickie deal from Hi-Fi/Sire Records came to the rescue, but that too failed when contractual differences and a shift in bandmates created more chaos for the PRG. A whirlwind time, more than three years since their debut, and the band played on. In early 2000, PRG resurfaced with a complete roster including Jim Sparks, Tim Laurterio, and Luke McAuliffe. A deal with What Are Records? marked the second coming of this stereotyped one-hit wonder, and the long awaited follow-up, White Hot Peach, was issued in early 2001. ~ [MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide]
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand [Holy crap, thats a long name]
Chris O'Connor
While housecleaning in 1994, O'Connor rediscovered the box of demo tapes he had packed away years prior. In a final act of desperation, he mailed copies of the tape to any major record label he could think of. Weeks later, he received a call from an executive named Jonathan Daniel from the New York offices of Fiction Records. One unique song in particular had caught Daniel's attention: "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand", a piano-driven ballad over a hip-hop backbeat, which heavily sampled B. B. King's "How Blue Can You Get?". Daniel immediately signed O'Connor to a publishing deal, and took him to Columbia Records for a recording deal. "Phone Booth" first appeared on the soundtrack to the Jim Carrey dark comedy film The Cable Guy in May 1996, and a slightly remastered Rocket was released the following month. "Phone Booth" was released to radio as the Primitive Radio Gods' first single, and was remarkably successful in both the UK and U.S. markets. Due to the single's success, Rocket was certified gold. The song was covered by The Copyrights on the Methadones/Copyrights split CD. The melody and lyrics remain unchanged, but the song was retitled "Locked Outside a Motel Without Shoes, a Wallet or a Phone". ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Phil Collins see Number 572
For Art Garfunkel see Number 682
For Bon Jovi see Number 475, #522
For Bryan Adams see Number 397, #609
For Rolling Stones see Number 396, #689, #767
For Chad Kroeger see MM Vol 1 #034, #057
For Des'ree see MM Vol 1 #047
For Bruce Springsteen see Number 817
For BB King see Number 410
What does Trolling Stoned think of PRG?
Yes, I'm impressed that Chris O'Connor – who is Primitive Radio Gods – made his album for about $1,000, and that his thrift and determination paid off with the hit "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand." But the hook and most of the heat on that single came from an old B.B. King record ("How Blue Can You Get"), and the shut-in, one-man-band feel of Rocket wears perilously thin over the other nine songs, especially when the didactic wallop of O'Connor's lyrics busts through. "My shit's clean like a washing machine/I'm alive/It's a fact you can't attack, and now/I'm taking over," he declares in "Chain Reaction." Yo, cool don't advertise. ~ [Source: RS 750/751] {I still have no idea what Rolling Stone is babbling about with Butthole Surfers as a relation. I have come to the conclusion it is an error on their part ~ c.barred}
For Butthole Sufers see Number 393
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '380th Song of all Time' was "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John. Elton John has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #531
Other songs with reference to PRG: #393
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Primitive BLOODY what???) and the Album ranked at (And the song is called WHAT????) {is this why you got confused with Butthole Surfers? ~ cbarred}
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 79.5 out of 108
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