Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chiron Radio—Show 2: Featuring Joan Jett

Welcome to the Chiron Radio show! It's been a blast researching tonight's featured performers, and selecting just the right videos for our second show.

♪♪♪ Hope you like the picks, keep on rocking!! ♫♫♫

Thanks to the comments on last week's debut, tonight's show celebrates one of my all-time favorite Rockers, Joan Jett.

Like many dedicated rock and roll artists, Joan snagged her first guitar early on, at age thirteen. She's scored eight platinum and gold albums and nine top-forty singles. She was one of only two women named to Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.

In 1975, Jett and drummer Sandy West met and together formed the all-girl teenage rock band, The Runaways.

2010 witnessed the release of the biographical film, The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Cherie's distinctive make-up is inspired by David Bowie, while Joan Jett strove for combination of her early musical idol, Suzi Quatro (Suzi sings 48 Crash: Click HERE. and the original pirate rocker, Keith Richards.

By request, let's open this week's show with their hard-hitting smash, "Cherry Bomb"—starring The Runaways, with Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox.

After the Runaways, Joan Jett soared on but not without facing a glass ceiling of her own. After the group broke up in 1979, she formed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with long-time collaborator and producer Kenny Laguna, a former member of the hit-making group, The Shondells.

Joan's solo album was rejected by a record 23 companies, forcing them to create their own company: Blackheart Records. Joan was the first female recording artist to found her own label. Yes! They ended up carting boxes of albums in Laguna's trunk, hawking their wares to concert-goers and record stores. Their journey from rejection to unbelievable success is chronicled in one of the most entertaining "neener-neener" videos ever produced. Check out Joan's "Bad Reputation":

As promised, here is the video that introduced me to Joan Jett. A sizzling cover of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap":

Still rocking the night away, Jett's been performing now for over thirty years.

Here, Joan Jett sings her own version of "Cherry Bomb" at Hollywood Park, CA on 4-23-10

I love Rock and Roll (live 1998):
Original video of Joan's "Crimson and Clover":

Thanks for stopping by for a little Rock and Roll on Chiron Radio. Be sure and stop by each week, we'll try to post a new show every Saturday. Soon I'll be posting reviews of music and DVDs. If you like the show, become a follower! And remember, requests are always welcome. I love to hear what inspires YOU. Until next week, Keep On Rocking!

Tunefully yours,
♪♪♪ Chiron

Monday, April 11, 2011

Top Seven Videos on Chiron Radio 1

Chiron Radio 1 by Chiron O'Keefe

At the tender age of fifteen, my fingers formed their first guitar chord. It took time to master the fingering but my passion fueled perseverance and my burning desire to play and sing has escalated with each added year. My husband and I work up tunes and jam each Saturday night until our fingers can't take anymore, at which point we usually end up in front of my big-screen computer drinking in music videos until the wee hours of the morn.

This week's installment is the usual blend of past and present, intense and amazing. Ready to rock? Here's the Top Seven Videos playing this week on Chiron Radio:

Beginning with my favorite rocker, Joan Jett
performing "Crimson and Clover" live in NY.

Now let's jump into the Way-Back Machine and check out the incomparable Janis Joplin
"To Love Somebody" live on the Dick Cavett show.

With a soulful voice that resonates deep within, Adele
just sweeps me away. Here's one of the official videos for "Rolling in the Deep":

Speaking of soulful voices, Jonny Lang
first picked up a guitar at age twelve and recorded his first album at fourteen. Here's a killer song by the blues master, "Lie to Me".

Back into the Way-Back machine for a timeless classic song by the group called, ? and The Mysterians . "96 Tears" was first released in the sixties. Here they are thirty years later performing for a special. Sometimes you just can't tear your eyes away!

Two more that I couldn't stop watching to wrap up our show. First off, a nifty blend of original song and parody masterfully blended. For your amusement and entertainment, here's "Poker Faces by Half Mast/Hat (Lady Gaga vs. Christopher Walken vs. Cartman)".

And for our closing number, an astonishing feat of multi-tracking and a pretty darn cool video of Pomplamoose
performing "Mister Sandman":

Did you enjoy the first show of Chiron Radio? Stay tuned for new shows featuring the best videos I can find. And please speak up and share what videos you like or what you might want me to search out for future shows. Become a follower if you love music!

Until the next show,

Tunefully Yours,

Chiron O'Keefe

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