"Frankly Ms. Tennille - Introducing My Aunt to Morrissey" by Caroline St. Clair - Toni Tennille

In which the niece of Toni Tennille, of Captain & Tennille fame, introduces her to The Smiths & Morrissey. In two parts.

Part One... https://toni-tennille.squarespace.c...lle-introducing-my-aunt-to-morrissey-part-one

Part Two... http://www.tonitennille.net/blog/20...illeintroducing-my-aunt-to-morrissey-part-two

Can it be long before we have a Moz cover of "Do That To Me One More Time"? He's going to love that she's a lifelong vegetarianism.

Yellow. Smiths. Banjax.
 

Uncleskinny

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In which the niece of Toni Tennille, of Captain & Tennille fame, introduces her to The Smiths & Morrissey. In two parts.

Frankly, Ms. Tennille: Introducing my Aunt to Morrissey, Part One by Caroline St. Clair - Toni Tennille

Frankly, Ms. Tennille: Introducing my Aunt to Morrissey, Part Two by Caroline St. Clair - Toni Tennille



Can it be long before we have a Moz cover of "Do That To Me One More Time"? He's going to love that she's a lifelong vegetarianism.
 
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evennow

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I grew up on 70's soft rock. Not ashamed to admit to listening to them and The Carpenters. Good for the niece and it is good to see Tennille again and smiling. I might have started with TQID given its more pop influence.
 

Uncleskinny

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I grew up on 70's soft rock. Not ashamed to admit to listening to them and The Carpenters. Good for the niece and it is good to see Tennille again and smiling. I might have started with TQID given its more pop influence.

The Carpenters. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is the Morrissey/Smiths cover version that never was...

 
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evennow

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The Carpenters. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is the Morrissey/Smiths cover version that never was...


So funny. I just watched a Carpenters documentary where they interviewed that lead guitarist. He was invited to play on this song and originally held back as to be respectful to their soft rock sound but they wanted him to really play to show they were able to rock also (as much as The Carpenters could). It would have made an interesting cover although I wonder what they thought of their music. The lyrics do play into his wheelhouse.
 
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I love the Carpenters. Uncle S. I can hardly type these words. You Might Be Right.
 

markmustb1

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Thanks Uncleskinny
The best articles posted here in a while
even I have said "Ok enough" while trying to get through "MIM"
 
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Jamie

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So funny. I just watched a Carpenters documentary where they interviewed that lead guitarist. He was invited to play on this song and originally held back as to be respectful to their soft rock sound but they wanted him to really play to show they were able to rock also (as much as The Carpenters could). It would have made an interesting cover although I wonder what they thought of their music. The lyrics do play into his wheelhouse.

What this clip doesn't highlight is how fantastically gifted Karen Carpenter was as a drummer. Hal Blaine was brought in to play the bulk of the drums after their first album because A&M - rightly so - wanted to make her the focal point, front and center. But there are numerous clips on YouTube featuring her tasteful drum solos from live shows and TV specials. Well worth searching out.
 

Detritus

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What this clip doesn't highlight is how fantastically gifted Karen Carpenter was as a drummer. Hal Blaine was brought in to play the bulk of the drums after their first album because A&M - rightly so - wanted to make her the focal point, front and center. But there are numerous clips on YouTube featuring her tasteful drum solos from live shows and TV specials. Well worth searching out.
Absolutely. Carpenter was a hell of a drummer. Expressive and dynamic, while exercising great control and finesse. She made it look so damn easy.

evennow, The Carpenters might have "rocked" a little harder than you think.

 
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evennow

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What this clip doesn't highlight is how fantastically gifted Karen Carpenter was as a drummer. Hal Blaine was brought in to play the bulk of the drums after their first album because A&M - rightly so - wanted to make her the focal point, front and center. But there are numerous clips on YouTube featuring her tasteful drum solos from live shows and TV specials. Well worth searching out.

Very true about her drumming. Their musicianship and the overdubbing of their vocal harmonies was nothing less than magical. Sadly it was the decision to bring her from behind the drum kit that started her eventual fall into Anorexia. She intimated to her brother that the record company people began commenting about her weight and asking her to slim down. I think she was never really the same after this.

People with a weak sense of self/self-esteem can be extremely hurt by such comments and are unable to deal with them emotionally. From that point on she probably always saw herself as overweight, no matter how thin she became. The good news is we have their music forever. Their sound so distinct that after the first few notes you knew it was them.
 

evennow

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Absolutely. Carpenter was a hell of a drummer. Expressive and dynamic, while exercising great control and finesse. She made it look so damn easy.

evennow, The Carpenters might have "rocked" a little harder than you think.


Yeah, you're right. But American radio rarely played their up tempo stuff. I never saw them in concert, which is where I am sure they were able to select songs beyond those heard on the pop music stations of the time.
 
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Since no one has mentioned it Toni Tennille plays the groupie on the album version of Pink Floyd The Wall. "Are all these your guitars? This place is bigger than our apartment," etc on the track where Pink smashes the hotel room.
 

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