Tag Archives: The Good Rats

Every Journey

Every journey starts with a new idea and a first step. Some journeys are better planned than others, but sometimes, it  seemed more important to just get started. At least it did at the time. Since selling our remaining funeral … Continue reading

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It’s Been 4 Years. Seems Like Yesterday

Four years ago today, Peppi Marchello died. I first mentioned it here:  My Youth is Officially Over. He was one of a kind, for sure.     Cherry River, from the Birth Comes To Us All  Album.   Live at … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Driving Music

Definitely a song for a Friday afternoon. From the “Rats To Riches” Album. This illustrates the lighter side of what Rolling Stone Magazine (back when it was worth more than the paper it’s printed on) called the “World’s Most Famous … Continue reading

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Soldiers Of The Avenue

Friday afternoon; time to rock. Everyone, well, most everyone knows the movie/play “Grease.” Soldiers of the Avenue is a slightly grittier view of those same times. From “Blue Collar Rats” (The lost archives) I bet Travolta would like this.   … Continue reading

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Year Three As A Grownup Concludes

It has been three years since Peppi Marchello died. I first wrote about it here: My Youth Is Officially Over. Being a kid for 53 years was fun, but I miss my trips to NJ to see Peppi and the … Continue reading

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Let Me

Let me be a little kinder Let me be a little blinder to the faults of those around me, Let me praise a little more. Edgar A. Guest A nice little poem, not to be confused with a song by … Continue reading

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List #2: Live Recordings

The second installment of my favorite music. “Just one man’s opinion, but a good man’s at that”.  (Any “Mounties”  remember who said that?) Tonight I was was supposed to be practicing three new songs for an event we are playing … Continue reading

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List #1: Top 20 Studio Recordings

I prepared a precurser list two years ago…My top Twenty. Then and now are pretty  consistant when you factor in the new categories and how musical tastes can develope over time.. I also didn’t realize how long it would take to … Continue reading

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Backs Against The Wall

There are lots of new readers to the blog  and it’s been a while since I posted a song by what Rolling Stone Magazine called  “the most famous unknown band”, The Good Rats. The Rats were “The Band” of the … Continue reading

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Conflicts

conflict NOUN [ ˈkänˌflikt ] a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one: synonyms: dispute · quarrel · squabble · disagreement · dissension · More VERB [ kənˈflikt, ˈkänˌflikt ] be incompatible or at variance; clash: synonyms: clash · … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Rats

    Too bad the best part of today is about to be over for the bird.   I came accross this photo the other day and it reminded of a hard rockin’ song by The one, the only… The … Continue reading

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Ride’em Cowboy

The year was 1999.    We were living in the tiny house behind the funeral home we just bought in this Southern town.  I would drive the girls the half mile to school each morning. I remember the car…. it was … Continue reading

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Waiting For The Call

From the: “You just can’t make this stuff up” file Cops: Man Beat Infant For Crying While He Watched “The Jerry Springer Show” An Illinois man is jailed on domestic battery and child endangerment charges after he allegedly injured a … Continue reading

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That Ain’t Right

A bluesy tune from Blue Collar Rats,  the last CD produced before the death of The Good Rats co-founder/frontman, Peppi Marchello. While visiting my parents in NJ for several days, I am learning lessons about growing older that I hoped … Continue reading

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Ain’t It Great.

Many years ago, Saturday night was The Good Rats night…find out where they were playing and go there, which usually meant driving 1-2 hours to get there. (This was long before the Internet and e-mail. There was a call-in answering … Continue reading

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