Archive for the ‘1992’ Category

I find it a bit ironic that songwriter Linda Perry ranks on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders for “What’s Up” from her early 90’s band, 4 Non-Blondes. Yet she was a 2015 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda has written top hits for many artists including “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera and “Get the Party Started” by Pink.

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Years ago I was with my wife (then girlfriend) at an old Pizzeria Uno in Beachwood, Ohio. At the next table over was a couple in their late-teens who repeatedly kept looking over at us and whispering between themselves. After about ten minutes, the young man stood up and walked over to our table and very nervously asked me “Are you Mike Mills from R.E.M?” A little stunned, I responded “no” and joked with him “but I am the drummer for local alternative band, Nothing Like Vaudeville.” Unimpressed, he returned to his table and broke the disappointing news to his female friend. Here’s my absolute favorite from R.E.M – music was written by the real Mike Mills and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami – supposedly the piano he played on this track was the same one Derek and the Dominos used when they recorded “Layla.” The beautiful string arrangement on “Nightswimming” was done by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.