so much is going on, I have to find a point to begin. This blog has quite a bit of information and at 3 seperate links to things going on in my life right now. Two are very exciting developments for Rush Hour Soul. The last is just what I'm feeling (musically). Here we go.
Got RHS? Well, I am officially announcing the GRAND OPENING of our new on-line merch storefront at CafePress! It's called the Rush Hour Soul Gear HQ. And it's open now! You can shop on-line for fantastic RHS souvenirs and clothing. I recommend that you browse through the entire selection. Enjoy the fun descriptions of each. The items range from mouse pads and magnets to hoodies and jerseys. Represent, Soul Mates!
Keep in mind, Cafe Press is flexible. We control the content of our shop. If there is a style you like, that we are missing or that you'd like to suggest, we may be able to accommodate it. Just tell us. It's been fun putting together the catalogue. All of the logos and images were designed by yours truly. That part is rather addicting. Hard to stop coming up with ideas for merch, as a result I was up til 4 am two days ago.
Next news item. Rush Hour Soul got it's first radio play. We made our new recording of A Talent For Loving available for the Indie Airplay podcast at Suite108.com. And we charted on our first time out! DJ Jennifer Wicks made the song her #2 for this week's "Indie Top 5 Picks." Although, she misannounced it as "Talent For Nothing," I'd call that an auspicious start for us. You can download this particular podcast (show #215 aired on 08.23.05.) at iTunes. It's free to listen to, so check it out. Our song appears at about the 10 minute mark. You'll hear about half the tune in their countdown. Ready for the big time? We are.
Finally, I've been listening to ABC quite a bit. I am going to see them on Sunday and I'm pretty excited. This is a group I loved as a kid. This will be my first time seeing them. Most of the British groups from the '80's avoided the Deep South. I'm still surprised that Duran Duran and General Public ever came to Jacksonville.
I actually own two copies of ABC's Poison Arrow 45. The first vinyl I ever bought overseas was their single for How To Be A Millionaire. I still have it. It came in a very colorful blue and yellow picture sleeve showing the group as cartoon characters. Visually, ABC always stood out. This was the first pop group I saw in tuxes and gold lame jackets. I can remember old MTV VJ, J.J. Jackson comparing their look to Roxy Music and thinking... "Of course! Who's Roxy Music?" Anyway, their LPs Lexicon of Love (playing right now) & How To Be A Zillionaire have always been favorites of mine. When I was home from school, I frequently played Zillionaire as cooking music. It's the secret ingredient for my acclaimed chili, that only Bruce Willis was strong enough to turn down. I could tell you how When Smokey Sings once cured a severe bout of depression, but that's for another day. I'll probably be moved to tears if they play it. At this point, the group is basically lead singer Martin Fry. But I'm still gonna get my ABC on.
Alright, I gotta run and press launch on our Store. Happy Shopping.
Love, Power, Peace