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Final week for free goodies

Posted: January 12, 2013 in New CD, Rock n Roll
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1980 newspaper ad for “It’s Criminal”.

Last call for alcohol! Attention, Internet shoppers! This is your final week to be the lucky recipient of a FREE (as in no cost to anyone at any time) Sparkling Apple download of one of the tracks from our Hard Core Apple CD, “It’s Criminal”, our 1980 single on RadioActive Records. Believe it or not, some guy is still trying to sell the original 45 on eBay for the crazy-ass price of $29.50 — but you, loyal fans, can obtain this song online for a limited time for FREE.

We are extending our Christmas Special for one more week, so if you don’t have your free mp3 of “It’s Criminal” on your iPod, this is your last chance. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and you’re pretty much left to your own devices (devices — get it?)! Yes, we’re discounting everything here at the Official Sparkling Apple Blog, so be the first on your block to download the highly questionable 45, “It’s Criminal” (now digitally remastered for your listening pleasure). People have been asking me, “OK, on some sites, this song is listed as ‘Explicit’. What’s the deal, Captain Maniac?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. Fact is, a line in the song, namely “…she’s autographing underwear” was considered somewhat inappropriate by The Powers That Be. So, being the polite and conciliatory band that we are (yeah, right), we had to label some of the Hard Core Apple tracks as explicit, mainly so that impressionable young minds wouldn’t be irrevocably altered. As the Chips said in Rubber Biscuit, “What do you want for nothing?”.

To obtain your free download, CLICK HERE to go to our page at the highly-regarded Reverbnation website.

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OK, a history lesson of sorts, for those of you who are confused about what a 45 is (and no, we’re not referring to a pistol here)…

“The most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7 inch, the names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm and the standard diameter 7″ (18 cm).

The 7″ 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs. The first 45 rpm records were monaural, with recordings on both sides of the disc. As stereo recordings became popular in the 1960s, almost all 45 rpm records were produced in stereo by the early 1970s.”

An actual review of “Hard Core Apple” in our morning newspaper, The Province. The original article appeared there on December 11, 2012, and can now be seen on the Internet HERE. This review was written by Tom Harrison, who wrote about us in the same paper back in 1979. Looks like we STILL can’t be taken seriously, but then we’ve always been serious about not being taken seriously!

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Screen capture of Province blog, featuring a review of “Hard Core Apple”!

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Double Header

Posted: December 4, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll
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Captain Maniac and Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid at Donegal’s Pub

We’ve been bulldozing you with posters over the last month, but we can finally & gratefully say that the Double Header show has been completed and was a resounding success (as we well knew it would be). Thanks so much to The Apple Corps, our friends & followers who have faithfully supported us along this long, strange trip (40 years at last count), who partied hearty with us at the Double Header at Donegal’s Pub on Saturday, December 1st, 2012! It was a monumental gig like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our wild & crazy lives. This event was a reunion of sorts, as we hadn’t played a gig with Buzz Constantly in over 30 years!

Special thanks to:
– House Party, who severely rocked the joint as our “Spatial Guests”
– The tireless staff at Donegal’s for enduring the jubilant madness which often accompanies us
– Petra Hoffman and her staff of 50/50 volunteers
– Buzz Constantly, who travelled all the way from Victoria to join us onstage, and was once again The Life of the Potty!

and countless others too numerous to mention. We couldn’t have done it without you.

As those of you who attended can confirm, we pre-sold tickets ahead of time – but rather than print out tickets, we chose to use wristbands which could be easily identified by door staff on the night of the event. Our ticket sales were brisk leading up to December 1st, but nothing compared to the evening of the show. At 7 pm there was a lineup at the door of dyed-in-the-wool followers who had procrastinated long enough and were eager to kick some major butt!

Joe Staples and his loyal bandidos “House Party” were co-billed with us, so as a result we presented alternating segments over the course of the evening. House Party opened, Sparkling Apple played the second set, and the whole process repeated itself for the 3rd and 4th sets. We opted for basically the same choice of songs as the ones we performed at the CD Release Party in July, so our set was top-heavy with rock n roll chestnuts like Born to Be Wild>;Magic Carpet Ride, Shakin All Over>;Gloria and other Drinkin’ Tunes. As Christmas is fast approaching, Kevin sang Chuck Berry’s Run Run Rudolph, and Jumbo (I’m sorry, I mean JIMBO) made an unscheduled appearance staggering through Roadhouse Blues (“I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer”), with the inimitable Dave Fauteux on drums.

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Kevin in a “zen moment”!

We were joined in the last set by certifiably unhinged Sparkling Apple alumnus (and composer of “It’s Criminal”) Buzz Constantly, who sang Da Blooze for all and sundry. Despite limited rehearsal time , we were still up to the task of boogie-ing ’til the cows come home. Buzz sang lead vocals on Too Rolling Stoned/Rock Me Baby, Never Gonna Kiss You Bye Bye, and of course It’s Criminal, as well as his trademark, the BBM tune High Price of Love. As an added bonus, the Big Mama Thornton version of Hound Dog was unearthed!

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Buzz Constantly (real name Ric Whitman)

House Party, as mentioned, did an exemplary job of rocking the house with their arsenal of Classic Rock favourites (did somebody mention The Beatles?), and turned out to be a welcome addition to the party at hand! In today’s vernacular, “they rocked”!

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Captain Maniac and Art share a joke

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Can I help you?

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Now THIS is rock and roll!

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Captain Maniac in stick-twirling mode

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The high price of love!

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Too Rolling Stoned

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Run Run Rudolph

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Rockin is my business

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Play that funky music. White boy.

Let’s do this again some time! All photos by Lisa Freakrock.

Spot the Pongo!

Posted: November 5, 2012 in 21st Century, Rock n Roll

Yes we ARE featured on Spotify. Unfortunately, Spotify is not available in Canada yet, so I had to ask someone from the United Snakes of America (where Spotify IS available) to check it out for me. Thanks to Byron G in San Francisco (USA) for logging on to Spotify and obtaining this screen capture, which proves once and for all that Sparkling Apple music can be listened to online, on Spotify.

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We present for your enjoyment an unreleased live audio clip from Sparkling Apple at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room in Vancouver BC.

Although the band was featured on the C-FOX “Monday Night At Eleven” series and was included on the first C-FOX Vancouver Seeds album, this particular recording is from a different date in the same venue. The single, “It’s Criminal” (included on Sparkling Apple’s new CD “Hard Core Apple”) was released on December 19th, 1979, and as luck would have it, we had a gig at Gary Taylor’s that night. We hired Challenger Sound Moible and filmed what was intended to be the official music video (now seen on YouTube) . The Soundcloud clip featured here is the audio-only portion of the video, remastered by Ray Roper in 2011.

Captain Maniac at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Buzz Constantly at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid at Gary Taylor’s Rock Room, Aug 13, 1979. Photo by Dee Lippingwell.

Archival photos from 2012

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Rock n Roll

Frank Soda, Kevin, Captain Maniac at Witch of Endor Pub Oct. 21, 2012

From Greg the Egg in Prince George:

“If you go to earshot-online.com, that is that is where the Campus and Community Radio website is.They have nationwide Charts.If you get to the Top 50 page you will see
listings for other Charts.Hip Hop/Jazz etc. If you click on LOUD you will see the National Chart. If you click on the CFUR link,it will take you to that Chart.SPARKLING APPLE is
listed there.It deserves it.It is the Music Director who has the final say.Hopefully you can find the Chart.”

In short, we’re number one on the Loud Chart!

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases. A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

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Slight Adjustment!

Posted: October 15, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll


Any graphic design is fair game for revision, so our Double Header poster is no exception. After our first design was evaluated, we were asked to “put a picture of each band in the poster, and a contact number”. The above poster reflects those changes: nifty photos of Sparkling Apple and House Party now adorn the artwork. Additionally, we’ve also added a contact number for tickets: Joe Staples (bassist in House Party) at 778-999-3069. I was reluctant to include my cell phone number on the poster, so if you wish to reach me for tickets, contact me at captainmaniac@gmail.com, including your name & phone number (or email address), and how many tickets you require. We have a couple of other sources for tickets, namely Rosielynn Crosby and Kevin Stuart Swain, both of whom can be messaged on Facebook. And speaking of Facebook, those of you who are members of that particular social media can access our event page HERE.

It has come to our attention that if we are charging admission to what is normally a bar with no cover charge, so with that in mind, this is now a Private Party (although everyone from far & wide is invited). Maybe we should invite the neighbours – if they don’t show up but still complain about the noise, we can tell them, “Well, we DID invite you”!

Just Announced!

Posted: October 13, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, New CD, Rock n Roll

Just announced: a double bill featuring Sparkling Apple with special North Vancouver guests (and that city’s most popular rockers), House Party! An upcoming spot on Sparkling Apple‘s Steel Wheelchairs Rehab Tour 2012 will be ONE NIGHT ONLY at Donegal’s on 12054 – 96th Avenue in beautiful downtown Surrey, BC. Performing songs from their best-selling CD, Hard Core Apple (now available online worldwide), Sparkling Apple is eager to hit the stage with Drunk Rock 2012 (you have be to drunk to play it and drunk to appreciate it). On hand to celebrate the festivities will be drummer Captain Maniac, guitarist Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, and just returned from The Remedy’s recent Alberta tour, bassist Kevin Stuart Swain.

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases. A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

Donegal’s Irish House has reluctantly but wholeheartedly agreed to host this exercise in bacchanalian debauchery and hard-rocking musical mayhem, to be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2012. Tickets will be on sale soon from the amazing Joe Staples, and you, dear readers, will be the first to know when these tickets are available.

Two posters have been designed for this event so far, courtesy of our crack team of graphic artists — the one at the top of the page, and a second version seen below. When it was suggested that we’re holding a “double header”, mention was made of the old b-movie “The Thing With Two Heads” starring Ray Milland and Rosey Grier. Therefore, a tribute to the old movie poster was created:

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