Hibbidy Dibbidy: Dregen & Backyard Babies

Dregen (the guy who looks kind of like Nikki Sixx) was an important part of the early Hellacopters, the best Hellacopters. Somewhere along the line, Dregen split for the Backyard Babies. I don’t know exactly why this happened and it’s a great mystery to me.

Whereas BB is nothing but a big dog and pony show (dig all the tattoos and weird hairstyles, man), disguising a mostly poppy, dare I say almost hair-metally pile of mush, The Hellas were always the real deal (even post-Dregen).

Why would ol’ Dregen wanna leave The Hellacopters for the vastly inferior Backyard Babies?

Honestly, one of the biggest problems I have with Pandora is it has always tried feeding me the Backyard Babies and, again, you can’t fool me. I know the difference.

Compare BB’s version of “Star War” (probably the best BB song I’ve ever heard):

to the pumped, locked and loaded version by Supershit 666 (half of the Hellas, with Nicke and Dregen, so this counts). S666 even had the courtesy to call this “Star War Jr.” which is ridiculous. Feel free to do the boogie-woogie:

Name That Tune No. 1: Can You Identify This?

I’ve stripped the metadata from this clip, and renamed it. Your mission, if you choose to accept it is identify, the year, the band, the song. Let me warn you, you may not be able to do it. This is tres obscure.

But I think there are also some things to talk about with this one. Please discuss! No prizes!

The answer will appear soon in the comments.

A Mystery Song Challenge: Can You Name It?

My buddy Thornton sent me this link to a Vimeo clip. A friend of his says it was a song included in the mixtape Thornton made to celebrate the guy’s 50th birthday. 50 for Phil, it was called.

Maybe this was the one for good luck, because Thornton doesn’t recognize it.

I laughed with smug confidence that I could ID it, thanks to Apps, but neither Soundhound nor Shazam makes a match. And I’ve Googled most of the lyrics, but not the one’s from the Beatles Revolution, and come a cropper.

So, maybe we can crowdsource it. What I think I know:

The singer is in her 50s, since she went to the Concert of Bengla Desh in 1971.

This is a real song, not a demo. Too much mixing.

And it was probably recorded around the time Phil turned 50. Though I’m not sure when that was, I would guess that it was about 10 years ago, give or take a few.

The confounding issue is that the song doesn’t show up in the Soundhound and Shazam databases. I don’t have any idea how extensive their lists are, but I would assume any commercial release would show up. But maybe not.

And the fairly prosaic lyrics don’t punch up in Google, at least not for me.

Which leaves us with the song, in the style of Jill Sobule, or Beth Orton, or, well, I don’t know. It’s not a great song, but it is a mystery I don’t know the answer to. Do you?



The Lunch Quiz

What happened here?


Just to be clear, I learned to ice skate here (professionally), I saw many Long Island Duck hockey games, and this is where my friends and I came to see the NY Nets play with red white and blue balls, long before the arrival of Rick Barry, Dr. J. and Larry Kenon.

But something Rock happened here besides your everyday run of the mill conerts, those happened too, and it surprised me when I heard about it today.

Answers in the comments please. If you’re not registered it will take a while to approve you, but the earliest answer will win.

What? You get to make your own Breakfast Blend post. Retail value? Almost $4,000.

Good luck.