It's Later Than You Think - B side, Is It Love ? - A side, single Spark/UK/1978
I used to get up for school and fall back in my bed/I used to let the dream run back through my head/and the source of life was coming from something deep within/I always had a lot to do, but I just could not begin/It's Later Than You Think It Is, it's later than you ever thought it could be ... I plotted out my life, though you'd never know it. I felt alot inside but I never could show it. And as I watched love come & go I wrote a lot of songs. I TRIED TO MAKE THAT CLIMB TO FAME BUT I JUST DID NOT BELONG (Chorus) Bridge: There was always somthing missing deep inside. I tried to run as fast as I could, but I just couldn't hide (Solo) Had a lot of dreams when we were young. Gonna change the world but it never was done. The 60's meant a lot to me, but it all went UP IN SMOKE ! & so I turn the TV on ... & NOW IT'S ALL A JOKE !
tried it again in the 90's, FUN DOG, SIZZLIN,
a little bubblegum rap, demos w ANDY CAHAN from the Turtles ...
"This tape will self - destruct in five seconds, Good luck, Jim" (Salvaged this, just barely, have not heard this tune in 35 years) Funny tho, unlike most of Kim Fowley's artists, who he'd put a financial investment out for, with NO RETURN, Kim was handsomely rewarded in the end, $$$ (on an Elvis/RCA/Sun Records level) by the BIG SHOTS who he sold Tommy Rock's contract to)
MYSTERY RECORDS & NAME CHANGES ! I'm in the process of archiving a 'lifetime' of music, transferring reel to reel (Roberts & Teac home demos) to CD & MP3; my earliest recordings, back in 1964, my first band "THE MOON MEN", my high school years, singer - songwriter stuff, my early studio recordings, as "TOM JOHNSON", demos & Live Shows from the early to mid 70's, 'Publishing Demos' (Kim Fowley Produced demos, as "TOMMY ROCK" 1976 -1979), MASTER recordings (Vampires From Outer Space, 1979 BOMP RECORDS, IS IT LOVE ? Spark Records, ETC), demos for other ARTISTS SIGNED BY KIM FOWLEY'S "MYSTERY RECORDS", written and /or produced by Kim Fowley & Tommy Rock (with Gary Pickus) The Bakers, Laurie Bell, Rhythm Skaters (etc.) and the CBS RECORDS as "TOMMY KNIGHT" 1981 lp, produced by Abbey Road in house producer MARK PETERS (WIRTZ) Vinyl Only
Kim Fowley (Radio Promo) for Tommy Rock w/Harvey Kubernik (1978) - Record producer & rock historian Harvey Kubernik 90 Minutes with a Bullet (from Los Angeles) "Tom Johnson left his home in New York with 400 songs he's penned over the last decade. He came to Hollywood to live in cheap motels and work as a security guard in a fast food chain in East Hollywood. His apartment is wall papered with 300 rejection slips. Johnson is a sensitive singer - songwriter whose done over 30 headline stints in Doug Weston's famed Troubedour in West Hollywood. He's been making a name for himself in the folk - rock circuit in Southern California the last six months. There are two sides to Tom Johnson, or Tommy Rock, the sensitive singer - songwriter side, "SCHOOL DAYS" and more hard polished pop sound, available on Mystery Records, "IS IT LOVE ?" currently out this week world wide"
A few of the Outstanding Musicians included in the package: Stiv Bators (the Dead Boys) Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney and Wings) Chris Darrow (Kaleidescope) Bruce Gary (the Knack) VINNIE VINCENT (KISS) Ray Manzarek (the Doors) John Locke (Spirit) Dan and David Kessel (Phil Spector) Leon and Mary Russell * Mark Peters (note: aka. The Fantastic TEENAGE OPERA-Mark Wirtz) Randy Winburn. Gary Pickus (Barry Manilow) Pooch (The Condors) Laurie Bell and Laurie McAllister (The Orchids and The Runaways) BLAKE XOLTON! and Kim's ever -so long list of urine queens! (Barks and grunts)
LINK TO YOUTUBE ARCHIVE: https://www.youtube.com/user/WhyIloveallpeopleTHIS IS WHERE YOU CAN EASILY ACCESS & LISTEN TO A TON OF TUNES, even unheard Kim Fowley demos Kim trusted me with ... along the way ! - I usually post 2 x a week, (ICLOUD) Stuff going back to 1957 believe it or not, lots of 60's home recordings, 70's POWERPOP and my MOR CBS stuff, outtakes, and never heard before publishing tunes. Kim had me writing 4 to 6 songs a week back then, and we'd record 4 with studio musicians each weekend @ the Kitchen Sync Studios in Hollywood with people like VINNIE VINCENT (KISS) on guitar, to name one. THERE'S MORE ! My older brother had his first record deal when he was 15. He was on Buddah Records, MGM Records (etc.) - so I'm finding and transferring a lot of his stuff as well. He died young. (28 IF)
A BLACK DOG 1969 AGE: 15 (Abbey Road inspired song collage, Teac 3340, all instruments Tommy Rock)
wake up every morning, slide into the steam, barely make the bathroom ... take a seat ... sip some morning coffee, it must be a disease, my heart begins a throb'n to a beat you'd not believe, as I head out to the street, my little bag in tow, and the people that I meet, will never never know, who I am, who I am,
I'm the SON OF SAM /Gliding down the freeway, race - rap dreams aglow, moving like a lightening bolt, got my shotgun on the floor, searching out the panters, slick black cats in spades, steppin with his lady friend, always on the make ... and he don't know: WHO I AM, WHO I AM, I'M THE SON OF SAM/Haunted by the moon now, I can feel it's deadly pull, then I spot them on a side street and Oh they look so cute ! Holding one another, telling one another lies, then he presses her against him, and the wind begins to cry ! I WALK OUT BEHIND A CAR, I STEP OUT & I STOP: I ... FIRE ... FOUR ... SHOTS !
Feasting out at Sambo's,
Celebrate the victory, the waitress is a fox, but she won't even look at me, bedtime prayers in morning, I'm back home in my pit, but I keep the engine warming, cause this emptyness, this emptyness ... just won't quit.
Now you're papers say I'm sick, but I'm just as sick as you, with your VIOLENCE on your TV SCREEN & your PORNOGRAPHIC news, go ahead and kill me, I know that's what you'd love to do ... cause you can't control the killer ... DEEP INSIDE OF YOU ! AND YOU KNOW WHO I AM, who I am, who I am,
I'M THE SON OF SAM
"Punk Rock" 1978 Adults Only Western Ave. East Hollywood. My neighborhood. Across from the infamous Blacklight Bar
"Sam IS Insane!"
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"SCHOOL DAYS" would later appear on SIDE TWO, "TOMMY KNIGHT" CBS RECORDS, 1981
RIP KIM FOWLEY Jan. 15, 2015
SON OF SAM * Tommy Rock 1976
TOMMY KNIGHT (aka Tommy Rock, in KIEV, the UKRAINE (1972) - where he wrote "ALMOST HOME" - SIDE TWO "TOMMY KNIGHT" lp (vinyl only) CBS RECORDS (1981) produced by Abbey Road's Marc (Peters) Wirtz with the Neil Diamond orchestra (real strings) "The Ukrainian people deserve the right to determine their own future ..." Statement by the President (2014) "The Ukraine girls really knock me out they leave the West behind" Back in the USSR * THE BEATLES * The White Album (1968)
Tommy Knight in Kiev, Ukraine
GODHEAD: I hung out and worked with the star and infamous BAD BOY of the new movie, THE RUNAWAYS: Mr. Kim Fowley on a daily basis...(1976-1980-or so...) As artist, songwriter, even limo driver...*I'd seen and done it all.
Contact Tommy Rock: email@example.com or Vegas # 1 702 938 1691*(You already know how to contactKim)
Under Construction-pleasant nightmares greet you on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams...
"Cherie Curry Naked!" Kim's words exploded in my ears...
Repressive Days: As artist, chauffer, and right hand man... I had to get use to "Fowley Speak" on a "human level". Part of the jive was Kim's audio-imagery. HIS WOUNDS. "Cherie Curry naked..." That Tasty IMAGE. Burned into my brain. Day in and Day Out! Kim Fowley total indocrination. His real time Pain. Followed by the haunting chime of: "Cherie...waah..." Endless dogma... But it was Cherie Curry lead singer of the Runaways, the band Kim taught and made happen, who, I could only understand, had crushed Kim. Oh, the agony!
The Worst Record Ever Made: Greg Shaw of Bomp Records tells the story in his sleeve notes to the posthumous LA LA CD of rare and unreleased Stiv Bators material:
"I still recall, vividly, the moment of frozen horror when Jim Mankey called sometime in the middle of the night to let me know that the studio where Stiv was supposed to be recording his new single had been invaded by a horde of refugees from Hollywood's closing hour, led by none other than Kim Fowley. I knew with a sinking feeling that they'd be there for hours, nothing useful would get done, and I'd have to pay the bills...On hand was an army of hangers on, including BeBe Buell, and various members of Sham 69 and the Runaways. Also along was Fowley protege Tommy Rock, who helped throw together the songs and arrangements that ended up being put on tape, instead of the planned single...LA LA rewrites Louie Louie as a kind of exegesis of Stiv's Hollywood experience."
Fowley got Bators to re-record The Worst Record Ever Made. Add to that the fact that Bators went on to die in a hit and run accident and you have the stuff of PUNK legend.
With mutual admiration for all Kim's Dreamrockers and tiredless Drivers.
1 702 938 1691
"Dr. Rock" I could hear Rodney laughing on the phone with that Rodney Bingenheimer laugh.
" Tommy Rock!" Kim added with his bigger, more serious laugh.
That was my new show "biz" name for the next few years. It was kinda "square" to me back then-seventies. A straight middle-class kid from the suburbs of New York, but I didn't doubt. He handed me a dirty yellow piece of paper he had just scribbled on. The cold hands of money men the ultra cool..." it read. "Nice" I thought, waiting for his next move, picking up my guitar.
"Play dog!" adding melody to his words, tuning it up. Getting it right.
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Rodney Bingenheimer, Kim Fowley, Tommy Rock and Tongue Fan
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Curiosity notes on the background movie poster "Punk Rock": Carter Stevens cult classic. Wade Nicholis is a P.I. searching for Mafia killers in N.Y.C. (He also recorded a Disco Album for Casablanca under an alias) "Filled with lots of incrowd people you really don't want to see naked. The scenes with the Punk Band are a gift from God..."
1 am. Tom, (Important-see other side)
Louis (Fist) got in a fight while protecting the Orchids and was thrown in jail. Kim will bail him out but needs Louis' real FULL NAME in order to do that. Call Walter Hurst at 469-7200 or 469-7209 and Call Kim's service (466- 9131) with Louis' name or leave message that you don't know what it is. (They think his name is Gregory Louis Wanzo) - G (Gary Pickus)
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Tommy Rock on top/Louis Fist- bodyguard for Kim Fowley (center bottom)
"Here's something new...that just came out... this is the security guard at the Masque...not Tiny...not Tiny...this is Tommy Rock" Rodney Bingenheimer. KROQ. 1978.
Excerpt from the Insiders' Book: Cranked Up Really High: Genre Theory and Punk Rock by Stewart Home
Hey, I'm Tommy Rock. One of the pack of cult figure and legendary music man Kim Fowley's dogs... (or "failure cocks...")
This is my story, and I'm sticking to it.
"Who in the fuck gives a fuck about Tommy Rock. Fuck! Fuck Tommy Rock! AND WHO in the fuck gives a fuck...anyway..."
Phil Spector 1978 (first proper introduction by scenemaker Harvey Kubernik outside Le Dome on Sunset Blvd... the beginning of my career...)
This tirade went on for five or ten minutes, Spector lunging at me in the traffic, leashed to a black suited bodyguard on the left and one on the right. Drugged out of his mind. A trendy Hollywood welcome for a wide- kid eyed boy from Free Cloud called Long Island.