Thursday, 9 February 2017

Funny Things People Say - Part 17

Your Typical Van Fans?
James Rocchi   -   Van Morrison, looking like a drunk Lucky Charms leprechaun in a kung-fu jumpsuit, leads The Band in Caravan, throwing high kicks with abandon.

Sammy Hagar   -   Until just now, I had no idea that it was 40 years ago Nine On A Ten Scale came out! This was my first solo record and I was so excited to be able to do whatever I wanted in the studio. I was really into Van Morrison at the time and more about being a singer/songwriter than a front man in a metal band like Montrose.

Antonio Balson   -   Van plays and tours around the world constantly and is not afraid to work with top, top talent like Brian Kennedy, Georgie Fame or saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis.

One of the more successful pre-concert meetups
Rob Horning   -   Beautiful Vision might be the worst cover ever for a musician who has impeccably bad taste in cover art. (Okay, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is probably worse.)

Len Timmins   -   If you love Van Morrison's music, don't go to see the man in concert.

Rory Maclean   -   Horst lived in Ireland for twenty years and today at home in Germany he breakfasts from time to time on imported Denny’s sausages with bacon and eggs while listening to Van Morrison and Christy Moore.  The English sausage has always left him ‘with a secure hope for betterment’.

Bob   -   But as a result of MTV and the CD replacement business, all the money, risk was eviscerated from the mainstream, broken people were excluded.  Ever wonder why there’s never been another Van Morrison?  Hell, Prince got into a war with Warner Brothers because he wanted to release more music!  And the aforementioned Ryan Adams released so much music that we stopped paying attention.
Luke Preston   -   There’s always a bit of tradition and ritual when finishing a book. Some people get out of town for a week, others don’t leave their room for a week. For me, it’s whiskey and Van Morrison. I wait until I’m typing the very last page, I pour myself a glass, put on the rare Van Morrison live in Japan, 1974 and hammer away at the typewriter.  (Ed. Van Morrison has never played in Japan.)

Matt   -   And then I guess I’d tell you about Dave, who did the same thing as me a few years later, only DIDN’T have my hilarious Chia Dick strategy in mind and got the razor in and up. And as he started to bleed out Brown Eyed Girl came on the radio and he realised he’d never get to hear that again so, in a bloody comedy of errors – I swear to god this is true – he got out of the tub, tried to get dressed the best he could, went downstairs calling for help only to find his family gone, went out to his car, and drove to Doug’s house only to find Doug not home and so, then, finally, he blacked out from blood loss sitting there in his car, playing a Van Morrison CD on repeat, until, by luck, Doug’s mom came home and found him.  Effing Van Morrison, y'know? (Ed. note - suicide and attempted suicide aren't "funny".  Life's a gift.)

Frank Mania   -    I read an interview with Van Morrison where he expressed some very bitter feelings toward Springsteen for stealing what Van saw as his own stage moves - his kick! It's funny, I have a hard time picturing stubby, stout Van's moves looking remotely the same when executed by Springsteen, but apparently Van made them up and did not see their use as a proper homage!

Maupuia   -   Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by a band called Neutral Milk Hotel are the same record. I got nothing to add beyond this is a goddamn beautiful piece of writing and that these two albums stand singular as two of the most extraordinary albums I've ever heard. You have to wait until Van Morrison rings his bicycle bell for them to really sync up.

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