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Last Updated 31st August 1998
We're just now lining up the artists, but I met with Paul himself a few weeks ago and confirmed that he will be there and will perform. The first part of the show will probably be the "Someday Man" album performed in its entirety, with a different singer doing each song. It's too early for more details, but I'll keep you posted as things develop."
David B Ponak (of Mello Cads)
Own Account Of The Evening He Helped Organised
"Here's a rundown, artist by artist, song by song, of the entire evening. I'm sure some of you will note that I won't have a bad word to say about any of the performances. That's not just me being biased. Every performance was truly special." See full report below.
" What I desperately needed was to hear the things tonight that I heard all in a row like that, included songs that were never even recorded, songs that were on Demo albums." See what Paul had to say on the night by clicking here.
"I will briefly tell you about the night. He (Paul) got a bit tear-eyed on "We've Only..." and couldn't finish it. He said it will always be Karen's song." See Brendas report on the night here.
"He was so sweet at the concert, and so sincere, as he talked about the work of the MAP (Musicians' Assistance Program), and how much it meant to him to be able to help other Musicians come back from drug/alcohol addiction." See JJs report on the night here.
Last Updated 3rd October 1998
"Also on hand, of course, was the man himself,Paul Williams--who enthusiastically chatted with enthusiasts of his music" See Lisa Derrick's review on the night here along with some photos of Paul in concert in Canada - date unknown.
DAVID B PONAK (OF MELLO CADS) OWN ACCOUNT OF THE EVENING HE HELPED ORGANISE
Last Updated 31st August 1998
Since this is my band, what can I say. Being the host, I offered us as the opening "sacrificial lamb." The club was already packed at the early hour of 9:20 (bands don't usually start till 10) and the crowd was receptive. We did a very straight version, based mostly on the Steve Lawrence recording.
Sissy Bar "I'm Going Back There Someday" and
"Movin' Right Along"
Sissy Bar are funny, loose, jangly, and very pop punk. "I'm Going Back..." was supercharged to pogoing speed. Totally fun and charming.
Tony stripped down the pub pop rock sound of his regular act, Martin Luther Lennon, to just piano and voice for a heartfelt version of Paul's first solo hit.
Michael Whitmore Quartet
This wins the award for the most "out there" performance of the evening. Very dark, brooding, and dissonant. And it worked!
The Rex Dakota Allstars
Rex Dakota is the cow-punk alter ego of Scott Taylor from the band Velouria. This was great, starting as a loose country arrangement, and ending as a thrash metal song.
Would They Say"
SC came all the way from San Francisco just for the show. A great, haunting performance. Just keyboards and a stunning vocal from Denise Bon Giovanni.
Charlotte's Bionic Blimp "Let's Ride" and
CBB are a B-52s and Stereolab influenced and are always fun, kitschy and bouncy. After a perky version of the oldie "Let's Ride," they burned through a thrashy version of "Evergreen" that would have had Babs screaming her way to the emergency exit (and that's a compliment.)
And Me Against The World"
PG-13 gave a very sweet and charming performance of the Helen Reddy hit. Both whimsical and melancholy.
Single Bullet Theory
SBT surprised me by basing their arrangement on the version by Peppermint Trolley. They really captured the delicate nuances of this complex song well.
Carolyn, keyboard player for The Negro Problem, gave a haunting solo performance of this super obscure song, written by Paul and Roger Nichols for a children's hospital public service spot.
Love Is Near"
Ubiquitous local player Problyn, who played with at least 5 acts this night, rounded up nearly all his friends for a truly inspirational version of yet another obscurity with this unrecorded early Paul/Roger song.
The Negro Problem
Put Up With You" and
In The Country"
This performance was amazing. "To Put Up With You" was very laid back, with Stew really laying behind the beat with his vocals and having fun with the phrasing. "Out In The Country" was done as a funk song, featuring many of the other performers joining along on the chorus, in addition to jazz veteran and MAP maven Buddy Arnold doing a searing sax solo. This felt like a finale for the entire evening, but we'd only just begun. (sorry!)
Of Paradise Segment
The second set started with a performance of 5 songs from Phantom. This music was obviously a crowd favorite, judging from the cheers just the title received from the audience. Jupiter Effect, featuring ex-Three O'clock singer/bassist Michael Cuercio starting with a rousing version of "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye" followed by WACO's intense version of "Faust", performed with a chamber sound. The Bell Starlings gave a rocking, intense take on "Phantom's Theme (Beauty And The Beast)" followed by a beautiful reading of "Old Souls" by ex-child actor Robbie Rist and his better half, the lovely Lisa Marie Michaels. Lisa's moving vocal was further dramatized by a fake wrist slashing. Simon Glickman, the lead singer of local pop rockers Spanish Kitchen closed the segment with a rockingly flamboyant version of "The Hell Of It", backed up by the Mello Cads.
The Mello Cads
I had the daunting task of following up the very popular "Phantom" segment, but managed not to get the cold shoulder with an overly melodramatic version of "Traveling Boy," one of my favorite lesser known Nichols/Williams songs.
Me Be The One"
The Cads once again acted as house band backing up ex-Wednesday Week singer Kristi Kallen on a lovely version of this Carpenters track.
I'll Be Moving On"
This was pure pop heaven, with the Wondermints delivering meticulously arranged and performed versions of these two rare classics, the former a single from Paul's first group The Holy Mackerel, the second from Paul's classic debut album, Someday Man.
Backed by the Wondermints, Lisa gave a cute yet gutsy performance of the theme from the Alan Parker film.
Double Naught Spy Car
Old Fashioned Love Song"
DNSC are an all instrumental band featuring lap steel guitar that sound like the Ventures being arranged by Frank Zappa. Their version was barely recognizable, but amazing.
You Really Have A Heart"
Adam Marsland and his band tackled this Someday Man classic having never heard it before getting involved with this show, and did a great, rousing and rocking version.
And that was that!
If you were there, thanks for joining us. If not,
"wish you were there.""
Back in 1998 David Ponak of the Mello
Cads organized the first Paul Williams Tribute Concert in LA. (See here for full details)
This was followed by the Losers Lounge organizing a similar tribute to Paul in New York last year
(See here for full details)
On 22nd May 2002, I received the following exciting
The Mello Cads album, Soft As A Rock, was released this week and features Paul Williams. He does a duet on the record, and a spoken part. The album contains 2 of Paul's early tracks sung by the Mello Cads. The Drifter, which can also be found on the recent 'We've Only Just Begun' album (see above), as well as To Put Up With You from the Someday Man album .
What is exciting is that one of the three bonus tracks is another
version of The Drifter - featuring Paul himself
For more information on the CD go to:
To purchase the album, go to:
Thanks to George Faulkner for the above information
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------To find out more about the 'Musician's Assistance Program', where Paul Williams is on the Board of Directors, click here
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