Friday, 5 October 2012

Believe it or Not - Part 2


An exotic pet names site suggested Van Morrison was a good name for a pet bird. 

According to a fan blog of Christian rocker Larry Norman, Van has counted himself a fan of Norman.

It took 33 years for Astral Weeks to go gold. 

On the Stark Raving Sober blog Van’s Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore made the Top 10 of Recovery Songs coming in at number 7. 

At The Punch.com, Astral Weeks comes in 7th in their list of the 100 crappiest songs of all time.
Gloria was banned by Chicago radio station WLS for objectionable lyrics.

The song was covered by Chicago's The Shadows Of Knight, who took the song into the national Top Ten after changing the words slightly, from she comes to my room to she comes around here.

Brown Eyed Girl makes several lists of surefire "panty removal songs" on the net.
 
Van is credited with coining the word fantabulous. He does have a long way to go to match Shakespeare's contribution to the English language, though. 

On the Real Clear Religion site, Astral Weeks is referred to by Mark Judge as Van's Very Catholic Album.

It's funny how Songfacts counts 1967's Brown Eyed Girl as one of the 10 best debut singles of all time, considering how Van had been a professional music artist for seven years by that stage. 

EastPortlandBlog.com declared 2011 to be the Year of Van Morrison "in East Portland, on the internet, and across the world".

Rob O'Connor claims the song Linden Arden Stole the Highlights from the Veedon Fleece album is about a man who steals children's magazines from dentist offices. 
In June 2012 it was reported with much fanfare that British Twilight actor Robert Pattinson was recording an album! Nothing wrong with that but then someone had the audacity to suggest that it sounded like stripped-down Ray LaMontagne meets Van Morrison.
In Wavelength 22 (December, 1999) Phil Abel describes the new science of 'Vanology'. "We take things he says and does on stage and interpret them from his moods and thoughts".  He notes somewhat redundantly that this isn't "an exact science".

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