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Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 2)

Saying ‘okey-dokey’/singalonga Smokey/Coming out of chokey Ian Dury When British New Wavers Ian Dury and the Blockheads were scaling the charts in 1979 with Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), the rock group Smokie bumped into Dury at an airport and thanked him for including their obscure band on his list. Dury responded with good […]

Field Notes on a Songwriter’s Centennial — Part I

Michael Sigman celebrates his father Carl Sigman’s centennial

– – – Former L.A. Weekly publisher Michael Sigman is celebrating his father Carl Sigman’s centennial by refocusing attention on the late Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee’s valuable song catalog. Carl Sigman, who died in 2000, would have been 100 on Sept. 24. He wrote over 800 songs contributing the lyrics, music or both. These […]

‘No’ Hollywood Style

– – – “Oh, he RSVPs ‘yes’ for everything, just in case he decides to go.” — Movie star’s aide, explaining why said star didn’t honor his promise to attend a dinner party. Most “creatives” — what entertainment-industry suits call musicians, writers, actors and other artists (sometimes they’re called “talent,” but sexist moguls also use […]

‘Civilization’ and its Disc Contents

– – – The best Father’s Day tribute I can think of is to reflect not too seriously on one of my dad’s not-too-serious songs. When he got home from World War II — where he was awarded a Bronze Star I only discovered after his death in 2000 — my father, Carl Sigman, picked […]