Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bettie Page dies in LA at 85

I gotta tell you, I've always had a thing for Bettie Page. I have been drawn to her image for many years and have been drawn to women like her (not all the time mind you - I don't have one particular type that I am drawn to - and now being married, I have one wife). When I heard of her death today I paused. I am now familiar with her life more fully than ever before. Not just a pretty face and I am disappointed that I hadn't read about her life struggles before today.

LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.
Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page's family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.
"She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality," Roesler said. "She is the embodiment of beauty." To read more click here.

Rest in peace, Betty. We love you.

Mark Harvey


"Morning Dew" by The Screaming Paisleys

Here's another track from my teenage years (1988 to be precise). This is also the track I mentioned in my last entry - the track that made my wife so mad. I guess my only comment would be that you may not want to wake up to this, but I like waking up to this so...I dunno....whatever. Here is a FREE MP3 download of "Morning Dew" (download here) (link disabled) taken from The Screaming Paisleys' EXIT LP. Originally recorded on my 4-track, Morning Dew was rerecorded by the band I was in - The Screaming Paisleys for our EXIT LP. So here's the history lesson for those who missed it the last time:
The Screaming Paisleys started out as Rhythm and Rhyme - a band thrown together for a Battle of the Bands contest at Sequoia High School. Soon after that "gig" we changed our name to The Screaming Paisleys, played for a little while and then broke up. At that point I began recording on my Tascam 4-track and I called my solo project mopehead. At a party at my buddy Scott Rehlaender's house Dave Ayer (The Screaming Paisleys' drummer) heard some of the tracks I had recorded and thought it would be cool to get together. We reenlisted Brent Willson (bass) and began practicing, but soon stopped playing together again. I started looking for a bass player to fill Brent's spot. One night while working at Gelb Music (click here to visit their website) Tony Iuppa saw the flier pinned to the wall and approached me asking if he could "try out" for the band. So Dave, Tony and I began practicing. The Screaming Paisleys were together again.
Once we had a number of tunes ready we decided to record an LP. EXIT was recorded with Bart Thurber at the original House Of Faith (click here to visit website) recording studio (then in Bart's Palo Alto house). Bart was amazing and taught all of us a lot during the process. I had also been going to recording college so working with Bart was great to hone my production skills.
EXIT was released in 1988. The Screaming Paisleys played lots of gigs. Our LP charted on many college radio stations nationwide. It was a good run. We ended up breaking up when Dave decided to go our tour with SAMIAM (one of many bands that Dave was playing in). Tony and I would get together and record strange songs on the 4-track, but the band would never get together again.Tony's friend, Shane created a website (click here to visit) for The Screaming Paisleys (a page for stuff that doesn't have a page).I've now ripped the entire LP onto my computer so I have a digital version of EXIT. If anyone is interested in the digital version, comment...if you'd like for me to post more tracks from EXIT, about just comment.As usual I plan to add more early Rain Station, mopehead and maybe Screaming Paisleys tracks in the coming months.


Mark Harvey - Acoustic & Electric Guitars/Vocals
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