Archive for January, 2011

The Blues in Technicolor

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Rock n Roll
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Thanks to Big Brother & the Holding Company for the inspiration for the above title. Back in 1995, a 10-part miniseries entitled “The History of Rock n Roll” appeared on PBS, and one of the episodes was called “Blues in Technicolor”. According to IMDB, “’60s was coming to an end and major experimentation with drugs was invading the culture. Sex, drugs and rock n roll was the way of life then. San Francisco was the Mecca for the drug culture and San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane found its way into rock’s mainstream..” Big Brother & the Holding Company was shown in the documentary, and their music was described as “Blues in Technicolor”. Therefore, if Sam Andrew or Peter Albin are reading this blog, I wish them the best of luck and hereby give them credit for the title. Heck, I was going to call it “Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies”, but I think Beatles fans would set Yoko after me!

Anyway, I’m writing a new entry for the website’s STORIES section, and I’m editing it as we speak. Do stay tuned.

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac

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Notes from the Underworld

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Rock n Roll
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An actual note passed to the stage at one of our gigs! I do believe this one is from the Junior Ranks Club Mess at CFB Comox, probably around 1973. This seemed to be the practice back in the day: if you as an audience member in a nightclub or beer parlor had a request for a song, or some action for the band to embark on, standard procedure involved dispatching a hastily-scrawled note to the stage, and the band (it was hoped) would immediately comply. On the Sparkling Apple Website, therefore, is a NOTES page, displaying a collection of these sort of critical missives. To our credit, I must admit, the majority of the notes were of the “Turn It Down” variety — something Ted Nugent would definitely encourage!

Now of course, not ALL “notes sent to the stage” were collected — on the contrary, some notes were a lot more abusive, insulting and what is now considered politcally incorrect than the note shown above! Bartenders were fond of supplying us with racist, sexist and just plain nasty communications, in a vain attempt to show us just how much they loved their jobs, which for the most part consisted of dealing with inebriated bar patrons while an equally inebriated live band performed music as loud as their instruments and patrons could handle.

By the way, friends & neighbours… we encourage you to leave comments on our blog, and the easy way to do that is to click on the name of the post title; this will open a different page that looks exactly the same (the same only different!), except that at the bottom of the page is the heading “LEAVE A REPLY”. Here you will find a form where you can type in your name and comment.

To use the name of an actual band:, OK – GO!

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac

You just came to a New Address!

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Rock n Roll
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Those of you who have used the expression “I could do this in my sleep,” will recognize that this is exactly what I’m doing in this photo from the Early 70s. Either that or “I blinked” (yeah, I’ve used that one, too). The photo, with the Fraser River in the background, was taken at a house across the street from where Art used to live on River Road in Delta, BC. Up front is Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, behind him is Rocky Rockamoto, and bringing up the rear is yours truly, Captain Maniac.

NOW…

After careful consideration, we’ve decided to move our Blog from Blogger to WordPress. Not sure if this is a wise decision yet, but time will tell! At any rate, we will always keep you updated about new and exciting developments on the Sparkling Apple website. Have we reached saturation point? Not by a long shot! More Road Stories are ready to appear, as well as archival posters and photos. And by the way: welcome to 2011!

Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac


Party Like it’s 2011

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Rock n Roll
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Hi gang! This is my first blog entry for the year 2011, so to mark the occasion, here are some photos from a New Year’s Eve gig we did in 1973. For those of you keeping score, the date would be December 31, 1973! At this point in our fabled history, the band consisted of Rocky Rockamoto (Gord Higo) on bass and tartan trousers; Captain Maniac (Colin Hartridge) on chrome drums; and Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid (Art Kyllonen) on guitar.

At the time, the number one song in the UK was “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade!

Sparkling Apple in 1973 at the Somewhere Else Club, Port Coquitlam, BC.
Sparkling Apple on New Year’s Eve 1973 at the Somewhere Else Club, Port Coquitlam, BC.
Art on New Year’s Eve 1973
Gord on New Year’s Eve 1973
Keep on rockin’,
Captain Maniac