Home » News » Two high-profile agents investigated by Advertising Standards Authority previous nextTwo high-profile agents investigated by Advertising Standards AuthorityHybrid agency YOPA and London agency Marsh & Parsons referred to watchdog following complaints about direct mail and website claims.Nigel Lewis22nd November 201702,086 Views Hybrid agency YOPA and London agency Marsh & Parsons have crossed swords with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week after promotional material they had produced were objected to by members of the public.YOPA was reported to the watchdog about a data table published on its website. It featured comparisons of different estate agents including their number of properties for sale and average listing age.Two complainants, who said the comparisons were based on YOPA’s national figures against their competitors’ local one, challenged whether the comparison was misleading“We raised these concerns with the advertiser,” the ASA says.“YOPA confirmed that the ad had been removed and that they would not compare their national data with competitor’s local data.”Advertising Standards AuthorityA direct mailing by Marsh & Parsons, which is owned by LSL, was referred to the ASA after a letter addressed to a complainant offered to rent out their property because “we couldn’t help but notice that your property is currently on the market for lettings”.“I’d love to meet you and let you know how Marsh & Parsons… can expose your property to the widest range of tenants,” the letter went on.The only trouble was the complainant’s property wasn’t available for rent and they objected that the ad was likely to “cause undue distress”.After being contact by the ASA, Marsh & Parsons talked to its data provider and promised the direct mail was an isolated instance.The company has also undertaken to not contact the complainant again with communications of this nature.Marsh & Parsons advertising standards authority ASA YOPA November 22, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE that some 4th Ward leaders feel that the new owners of Lincoln Estates need to give the soon to be displaced tenants 2 months rent for to help with relocation costs? …some of the 4th Ward leaders also would like for the new owners of Lincoln Estates to give the displaced tenants a deposit on a new rental apartment? IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke is personally calling some of the soon to be displaced tenants of the Lincoln Estates Apartments and telling them he is working on a plan to financially help them out when they leave? …we hope this doesn’t mean that our tax and spend Mayor is planning to give our hard earned tax dollars to the soon to be placed residents of Lincoln Estates to help pay for their relocation costs? IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the majority of City Council members are opposing any plans to help pay for the moving expenses of the soon to be displaced tenants of Lincoln Estates apartments? …that 4th Ward City Councilwoman Connie Robinson is the driving force behind this funding request? …this shall be extremely interesting to watch? IS IT TRUE because the local NAACP was dragged into the Lincoln Estates mess? …the leadership of the local NAACP leadership spent the entire day of Thursday, May 25th at Lincoln Estates investigating and interviewing residents so they could understand whats going on? …a full report of the local leadership findings must be sent to the to the National NAACP office? .,,,a full report should be completed by Friday, June 2, 2017 and shall be sent to the National NAACP office?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Would you like to know who were the owners of Lincoln Estates before Bayview Loaning Service LLC took over the ownership of this property in 2016??We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] IS IT TRUE we been told that a Multifamily Property Management firm out of Indy managed Lincoln Estates before the new owners of this apartment complex took over? …if Flaherty and Collins did managed the Lincoln Estates apartments maybe a good investigative reporter from the main stream media could find out who owned this property before it went into bankruptcy?IS IT TRUE that many people are in a near state of panic that the conversion of the 112 units at Lincoln Estates from Section 8 housing to market rate privately owned housing will start an avalanche of gentrification in the areas bordering downtown Evansville?…the reality is that without Ivy Tech nursing students who numbers would had been around 1,500 a housing gentrification avalanche is not going to happen?…there is certainly sufficient demand for the 112 units of Lincoln Estates in the market rate pool but beyond that there are no economic drivers to start an avalanche?…with this project and the McCurdy which is finally open after 9 long years the short term needs for $800 to $1,000 apartments will be filled? …thanks to our local and state elected officials the housing panic can end since there will be no Ivy Tech nursing students locating to downtown Evansville?IS IT TRUE some folks living in the 4th Ward are worry that the practice of gentrification may be happening the near downtown area?IS IT TRUE that Pastor Brooks, Councilwoman Robinson and Mayor W.innecke promised to meet with the new owners of Lincoln Estates to see about extending the move-out date of the soon to be displaces tenants? …that our tax and spend Mayor is considering transferring $100,000 of our hard earned tax dollars into the Housing Trust Fund to aid in the relocation expenses of the tenants of Lincoln Estates residents?
The Exchange Club of Ocean City NJ requests nominations of outstanding area citizens or organizations as candidates for its 51st annual Book of Golden Deeds Award. Since 1966, the Exchange Club of Ocean City has annually recognized citizens or organizations for their exemplary service to the community. Nominations are open to the public, with a winner chosen by the committee of Exchangites. The honoree will be honored at the annual Golden Deeds dinner on May 9, 2016.Nominations forms should be completed and mailed to: John LaRosa, Exchange Club of Ocean City, P.O. Box 657, Ocean City, NJ 08226 or via email: [email protected] Deadline to enter is April 11, 2016.For additional information or to download a nomination form, please visit Exchange Club of Ocean City website www.ocxc.orgABOUTThe Exchange Club of Ocean City, NJ was formed on May 20th, 1947, and is a local chapter of National Exchange Club – the oldest service organization in the country. The Mission of the Exchange Club is to inspire communities to become better places to live.
The Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) will look at opportunities for suppliers in the foodservice and retail sectors at a conference in London on February 9. Entitled ‘Where to Harvest – Foodservice or Retail?’, it will be held at The British Library Conference Centre. Presentations will cover how foodservice is forecast to match retail, by accounting for 50% of spend in the UK food and drink industry by 2035. For tickets, telephone HGCA on 020 7520 3948, or email [email protected]
The economic winds of change seem to be blowing people’s cookie-buying habits within in-store bakery (ISB) in strangely different directions at the moment. Buffeted by the storms of recession, shoppers have latched on to trusted brands, buying more licensed cookies, while at the same time jumping ship from ’premium’ products to better-value ’standard’ ranges.Overall, the ISB cookie market is doing well – up 4% in value in the 52 weeks to 22 February 2009, according to TNS Worldpanel. “Cookies are a comfort food and, in difficult times, we want a treat,” explains Simon Richardson, sales and marketing director at cookie supplier Rich Products. “They also represent good value. A pack of five standard cookies typically retails for around £1. That’s 20p a unit. Compare that to Danish pastries, where you might only get two for £1.40.”This emphasis on value has seen sales of premium cookies fall by 7.5%, while ’standard’ cookies are up 10.8%, according to the TNS data, supplied by Rich’s. At the same time, sales of licensed cookies have also climbed, with TNS estimating growth of 7.5%. This has been helped by supermarket promotions, which have increased the number of packs purchased, as well as new products from BakeMark UK, such as the Quality Street Mint Matchmaker Cookie and Kraft Toblerone Cookie.The growth in licensed products can also be explained by the theory that, during tough times, people naturally fall back on trusted, familiar brands. This also appears to be happening in the packaged biscuit aisle. Sue Garfitt, head of insights, category and marketing planning at biscuit company Burton’s Foods, says people are searching out “nostalgic” brands for reassurance. “Cadbury Fingers is a case in point,” she says. “It has seen a 14.2% increase in sales value and 4.7% increase in sales volume in the past year.”Back in the ISB, Tesco, Asda and Somerfield have all increased their share of the cookie market in the past 12 months, according to TNS. “The winners in the category have tailored their offer to target their consumers,” says Richardson at Rich’s. “In the past, some retailers haven’t got their ranging right. A mid-market retailer, for example, would have almost as many premium stock-keeping units (skus) as in the standard tier of cookies. But if you’re a family retailer, you need a larger proportion of standard cookies, with targeted promotional offers. Asda and Tesco have done this really well. They have got that balance between premium, standard and branded cookies, and their promotions appeal to larger families.”Supermarket deals have helped push volumes up, but they are also having an effect in other retail channels. Coffee shops, which traditionally sell individual grab-and-go cookies, are starting to offer multipacks, says David Girdler, marketing director at Delice de France, owner of the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie concept.”We are starting to see packs of two or four cookies in foodservice. Traditionally, cookies were bought to eat immediately, but now nearly half are bought to take home or back to the office. It reflects the current climate, with lots of offers on cookies in the supermarkets and the fact that people want more for their money.”To this end, Delice has recently started providing packaging for its Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, so that they can be offered in take- home multipacks.Craft bakers are well-placed to take advantage of the current changes in cookie-buying trends because they can adapt their product range quickly. BakeMark UK, for example, supplies a product called Simply Scoop Cookie Dough, which comes in 5kg pails and can be used to make a range of different products. “Simply Scoop enables craft bakers to strengthen their image as a specialist on the high street,” says David Astles, marketing manager. “They could use it to make a standard 50g cookie, which could be sold in a multipack, but equally if they’re doing a meal deal and want a lower-cost product, they could make a 40g cookie.”The dough could also be used to make mini-cookies, which Astles highlights as a recent trend in the ISB category. “We are starting to see more 25g cookies rather than the traditional 50g or 80g offerings,” he says. “These are easier to eat on-the-go or share with others.”BakeMark supplies mini versions of its Readibake and licensed Smarties cookies, while Otis Spunkmeyer will launch two mini versions later this year. The trend is also driving growth in packaged biscuits, which are evolving into mini bagged snacks. Burton’s, for example, has launched mini versions of its Jammie Dodger biscuits called Splat Snacks.When it comes to flavours, cookies are dominated by chocolate (see panel), but there is a growing use of nuts, fruit and seeds. “People are linking fruit with chocolate, so raspberry or cranberry with white chocolate has been successful. I think we’ll see more of these kinds of products in the future,” says Richardson at Rich’s. Indeed, this already seems to be happening in packaged biscuits with Fox’s launching Chunkie Extremely Chocolatey Fruit & Nut Cookies in February.Other new product development has seen Rich’s launch a range of filled cookies for ISBs, while Gill Hodgson, sales director at inclusions specialist Nimbus, says there is a growing trend for cookies that are styled on puddings or desserts. The company has been asked to develop inclusions such as bake-stable marshmallows, biscuit pieces and meringue for ’rocky road’ and pavlova-style cookies. “It’s a trend that started in ice cream and is now spreading to cakes and cookies,” she says. “Overall the market is tending towards shorter runs on products, so there you now see ’cookie of the month’ or a product that is available for a single quarter.”The industry-wide move towards clean label and ethically sourced ingredients is also affecting cookies. Pullins Bakers in Somerset has recently launched a new range of cookies under the Oh Goodie brand, which uses Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa, organic ginger and labels approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.”Our target markets are coffee shops and grab-and-go retail,” says brand manager Tristan Hunt. “Ethical sourcing is a particular concern in the coffee shop market in coffee, tea and sugar. But in food most only stock Fairtrade chocolate and not much else. We saw a gap in the market.”—-=== Chocs away ===When it comes to cookie flavours, Simon Richardson at Rich’s says consumers tend to go for “chocolate, chocolate or chocolate”.The problem with this is that chocolate prices are currently at a record high with a tonne of cocoa costing around $2,650, compared to $1,700 two years ago. This is due to a shortfall in world production.”Well over 80% of our cookie sales are with chocolate and, depending on contractual situations, we’ve seen a 10-30% increase in chocolate prices,” says Richardson. “There have been some price increases in cookies in the past 18 months, but there’s no way we can continue to absorb the increases we are seeing in cocoa. It is inevitable that these will be passed on and that some of these will be passed on to consumers.”
I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot for bringing together the biggest players from the world of food today to ‘Step up to the Plate’ and slash food waste. Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away. Today I am opening the second round of funding to help organisations ensure that food is not thrown away, but goes to those most in need. Together we can deliver real change to stop good food going to waste. From today, redistribution organisations in England will be able to bid into a £6 million pot to help them overcome the financial barrier to redistributing surplus food which is currently going to waste but which could be redistributed.It’s the second round of a £15 million scheme announced last year by the Environment Secretary to specifically address surplus food from retail and manufacturing.The food waste symposium runs alongside the V&A’s FOOD: Bigger than the Plate exhibition, which will explore similar themes when it opens to the public on Saturday 18 May.Currently around 55,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250 million meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently sent away for generating energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, or animal feed.The government is committed to being a global leader in tackling food waste. The government’s £15 million scheme to tackle food waste builds on its landmark Resources and Waste Strategy, which sets out how the government will introduce annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses. Should progress be insufficient, we will consult on seeking legal powers to introduce mandatory targets for food waste prevention.The Resources and Waste Strategy also sets out how the government will ensure weekly collections of food waste, which is often smelly and unpleasant, for every household – restoring weekly collections in some local authorities, subject to consultation.The government is committed to supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger by 2030.The Secretary of State delivered a speech on tackling food waste at the V&A museum. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today invited organisations to apply for the second round of more than £6 million funding under government’s game-changing scheme to slash food waste.The fund will improve how charities and other organisations handle and distribute leftover food by investing in infrastructure such as weighing equipment, storage solutions, warehouses, industrial freezers and fridges, labelling equipment and vehicles.This comes as Food Waste Champion Ben Elliot hosted more than 300 major players from the food industry today at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum, where businesses including Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose signed a pledge to take tough action on food waste – including halving food waste by 2030.The Environment Secretary also unveiled new figures today which show redistribution of surplus food in the UK has almost doubled in the last three years, with enough food saved to produce the equivalent of 133 million meals a year.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
Lettuce recently revealed plans for their first-ever festival event, Fool’s Paradise, to be held from April 1st and 2nd at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL. There’s certainly a lot to love about the event, including a killer funky lineup with Lettuce, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and more. Between the main event and the late night parties, the artist-led excursions and more, this looks to be quite the celebration!Find all of the Fool’s Paradise info you need, right here.Of course, one of the main reasons for the festival’s name is April Fool’s Day. While pranks aren’t necessarily a part of the programming, the history of music and pranks is a rich one. Take a look through some of our favorite musical pranks throughout the years…PhishSince their inception, Phish has shown a propensity for humor, both between themselves and with their fans. In 2014, to celebrate the then upcoming album Fuego‘s release, Rolling Stone wanted to settle the question “What’s your favorite Phish song” once and for all, so they decided to take a poll. What they weren’t bargaining for was the band’s “Phans” legendary love of taking any opportunity to mess with people. When the final results were tallied, the song “Lushington” stood alone as the people’s favorite. There was just one thing about it that struck the editors strange…the song hadn’t been played for 27 years. While it was clearly a joke, Rolling Stone decided to honor the voting and declared “Lushington” the winner. While phans congratulated themselves for the prank, they didn’t know that Phish would end up having the last laugh…literally.Phish has made a fun habit out of writing set lists that spell out messages or themes for the opening night of their annual run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. The tradition started in 2011 with the all “S” songs show, and continued with the legendary “FUCKYOURFACE” and MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING performances. As the 2014 Dick’s run got closer, fans began speculating on what message the band would be sending them this year.The boys from Vermont opened with “Llama,” then rocked through “Undermind,” “Stash” and “Halfway To The Moon.” By this point, fans were anticipating the “Lushington” bust-out they’d secretly hoped for when they stuffed the ballot box at Rolling Stone. After a few more songs to keep with the spelling, the band finished the LUSHINGTON with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Instead of the rarity, the group launched into “Ha Ha Ha,” pranking all of the phans who had pranked Rolling Stone earlier in the year. Anastasio remarked, “You asked, we delivered. Simple as that.”Watch it all go down below:moe. The band moe. has had an affinity for the irreverent throughout the course of their career. Though their songs have become more serious over the years, when they first debuted, they would base songs around puns and strange situations. A couple years back, moe.’s bassist Rob Derhak showed off another facet to his comedic skills, acting. He and Umphrey’s McGee bass player Ryan Stasik were in the artists lounge at the Summer Camp Music Festival in 2014, when their years long friendship appeared to have hit rocky waters.Though cameras were abound, the argument and ensuing tussle caught those who were eating their lunch completely off guard. When the first bottle is broken over a head, the resulting spray of fragments startled the unsuspecting onlookers and led to a tense instant, before the ridiculousness caught on. Check out the video below:ColdplayEngland’s Coldplay may be more known for being the punchline of Super Bowl jokes than their music lately, but they have kept their sense of humor through the years. On April 1st in 2009, Coldplay announced they were taking their recording process where no man had gone before. The band issued a press release detailing their plan to record their next album in a modified Boeing 727 that could provide brief periods of zero gravity.They followed it up a year later with a tongue in cheek nod to their own music’s tone with their Calvin Klein inspired Angst cologne. Angst sported a Brian Eno designed bottle and promised fair trade sourced ingredients such as sangre, sudor and lágrimas. While the band went on to acknowledge that their were superior scents already on the market, they did this mostly for themselves. “If anyone else likes it,” frontman Chris Martin explained, “then that’s a bonus.”John MayerLong before he was selling out shows with Dead & Company, guitarist John Mayer was selling out shows of his own and earning a reputation as a jokester. With media appearances that usually goofed on his “Aw Shucks” good nature, such as his appearance on Chapelle Show, his deftness on camera attracted the attention of Viacom. The media group offered to shoot a off the wall tour video with Mayer, with the potential for spinning it out into a full series. The production was kept small and intimate to best utilize Mayer’s affability by keeping the crew unobtrusive. Shot as he went around the nation on tour, John Mayer Has A TV Show was twenty plus minutes of Mayer improvising interactions with rapper Trick Daddy, a member of his crew, and a bunch of his fans pre-gaming in the parking lot. Not one to miss the chance to poke fun at himself, Mayer donned his favorite bear costume…what, you don’t have a closet full of bear costumes? Seriously? Mayer even wore his onstage with Sheryl Crow!Anyway, Mayer thought it would be fun to not only disguise himself, but to take the opportunity to take his image down a peg or two by taking a few shots at himself. Check out the grizzly results below:ToolThe band Tool has made an annual tradition out of pranking their fans on “April Tool’s Day” which have ranged from silly to horrific. The practice of playing these jokes is a direct reflection of the band’s core message of not taking themselves too seriously. For example, last year Tool issued an angry statement threatening legal action against those responsible for unfinished tracks from their upcoming album being stolen, released on the internet and even re-recorded by other bands. They even offered a link so fans could hear their stolen material performed by others, which you can check out below:Anyone who clicked the link heard the Hechizeros Band‘s dollar keyboard Spanish language insanity called “El Sonidito.” Obviously Tool was having yet another little joke with their fans. No harm, no foul…it’s not like any one got hurt…this time. They weren’t always so cautious, however.In 1997 the internet was rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives, and music fans were enjoying the ability to visit the official band sites and keep closer watch on their favorite artists. Tool fans found a shocking message on the band’s site on the morning of April 1st:[4/1/97] – Urgent: Information is still sketchy at best regarding the auto accident in Australia; the label won’t release any information about any of the band members’ conditions, except to say that at least three of them are currently listed in critical condition, and that tour dates for the next few months have been indefinitely postponed. Needless to say, this might end up being overwhelmingly disastrous. OK, Just in from BMG – they realized that a lot of you (hell, and me too) were going to be concerned about this, and would likely check this page for news, so they’ve set up an email address / listserv thing (I don’t know what it is yet) which they plan to use to keep us updated. Do Not Mail ME about it, I do NOT know anything that you don’t. I will post more about this as soon as possible. To get in touch with the BMG list thing, simply send mail to [email protected] “Obviously, anyone who read to the end saw the joke clearly lamp shaded by the fake email address. That didn’t stop thousands of people worldwide from bombarding news and media outlets for any updates or information about the “injured” band members. The hoax spread so quickly widely that radio stations and MTV felt the need to address the issue, and the band and their website administrator released a statement the following day apologizing.“To all those who took this too seriously, I apologize. Some have suggested that this post was in poor taste, and given that it was written past midnight, I won’t necessarily argue it wasn’t. To those who spent any time or money on web-searching or phone-calling to verify this information, again, sorry you didn’t see it for what it was. The subject is not one which calls for levity, and I stress that no offense was meant to anyone.I apologize for having potentially taken advantage of the trust many of you have come to place in this site by posting this. Fear not, this site will not indulge itself in such outlandish pranks in the future. You can continue to expect rumor-free news and facts from The Tool Page as you have been able to since early 1995.”Luckily, as proved by last year’s prank, they didn’t follow through on their promise to behave.The Merry Pranksters The originals. Ken Kesey and his cadre of social engineers/psychedelic enthusiasts took it upon themselves to help America “Wake Up.” After the horrors of the second world war ended, American soldiers had come home and spawned what would be known as the baby boom. This entire generation would be the first to experience true modern mass media, and more and more they were coming to question the accepted ways of the world. Kesey graduated with a degree in Speech and Communication, and his writing skills attracted prizes and scholarships. The attention was well founded, as Kesey turned out what would be considered a classic of modern literature, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In early 1964 Kesey, Neal Cassady and a group of friends were living communally on properties owned by Kesey, purchased with the profits from his book sales, and experimenting heavily with LSD. In a moment of inspiration that has reverberated to this day, the group decided to take their weird show on the road.Inspired by beat poet Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel classic On The Road, Kesey organized a cross country road trip to see the open the lines of communication between people, make art out of the mundane and, ostensibly, to go th the fair. The journey entered into legend and gave us the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the phrase “On The Bus.” After that historic journey the Pranksters began throwing Acid Test parties regularly on the west coast, attended by literary notables Allen Ginsberg and Hells Angels members alike. The Merry Pranksters even picked up a official/unofficial house band, The Warlocks, who you might recognize better from the name they soon adopted, The Grateful Dead.The Dead did their best to spread the Prankster spirit with their music and their actions. Sometimes they even got to combine the two, such as their appearance on the Hugh Hefner hosted Playboy After Dark television series. The story goes that the band’s sound engineer and chief chemist Owsley Stanley, decided to spike the coffee for the crew during the taping. No one’s sure if Hef took a sip, but it’s a safe bet that more than a few of his staff’s minds were expanded up that night. Here’s Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann telling the tale on Conan last year:Rolling Stone and The Masked MaraudersSome April’s Fools pranks are more cruel than others. In their October 18, 1969 issue Rolling Stone Magazine editor Griel Marcus, under the pseudonym T.M.Christian, along with record reviewer Bruce Miroff wrote a breathless review of a secret new super group comprised of the greatest talents in the modern rock scene including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. The writers intent was to parody the then growing trend of so called “Super groups” like Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The review of the imaginary double album touted an epic 18 minute Dylan-led cover of Donovan‘s Season Of The Witch, McCartney doing a likely very racist Eddie Fisher styled version of Mammy and production from “Al Kooper.“The response from fans and shop owners was quick and impressive and funny to Marcus and Miroff, but most comical to them were the inquiries from the agents and representatives from the artists they’d parodied. The decision was made to take this whole thing one step farther, and actually produce an album. Griel and fellow editor Langdon Winner convinced Berkeley area group Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band to take on the role. The group recorded original versions of joke titled tunes “Cow Pie, I Can’t Get No Nookie” as Jagger and “Duke Of Earl” while aping Dylan. The tracks were then given to radio station and, amazingly, a bidding war broke out, resulting in Warner Brothers signing the act for 15,000 dollars. The record spent weeks on the Billboard charts, reaching #114 until word of the joke and closer inspection of the lyrics, liner notes and packaging tipped off the gullible record buyers and sent the album to the pages of history. In today’s world of smart phones and search engines, the Masked Marauders wouldn’t have lasted a minute before being exposed, but in the mad cap sixties anything was possible. The saddest part of this whole story is that we’d love to hear what music that version of the Fab Four might have created. Check out what a crazy idea, a band up for some fun, and a record label with mischief on its mind can do below:That’s just a small sampling of the silliness that’s gone on in years past. It’s hard to say what will happen on April 1st, but the odds are good that whatever it is, it’ll be hard to believe. Speaking of hard to believe, there are still a few tickets left for Fool’s Paradise, held from April 1st and 2nd in St. Augustine, FL. With a stellar mix of funk, electronica, rock and soul as well as sunny skies, after parties and late night shows, Fool’s Paradise looks to be the perfect way to escape your “Funny” friends attempts at prankery. Tickets and Information available HERE.
Gov’t Mule celebrated their annual Mule-O-Ween at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY with a tribute to Traffic. The cover set wasn’t entirely unexpected, as the band teased the theme for their upcoming Halloween performance with just a simple artwork just a few weeks prior. The tribute was a hit, with multi-instrumentalist Steve Elson and percussionist Bobby Allende contributing throughout.Mule-O-Ween got started on the right foot, opening a set of mostly original music with “World Boss” into “Mother Earth.” The set featured jams like “Larger Than Life” and “Temporary Saint,” closing out with “Time To Confess.”After the short break, the band got down to business on a great set of Traffic music. They opened with “Pearly Queen” before driving into “Stranger To Himself,” decorating the set with classics from the Traffic catalog. Most of the songs during the set were debuts for Mule, with the exceptions of the opener “Pearly Queen,” the rockin’ instrumental “Glad,” the ballad “Empty Pages,” and the hit song “Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys.” With those songs in the mix, and others like “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone,” “Rock & Roll Stew,” “Medicated Goo” and more, this was an incredible night for Warren Haynes and company.The band closed out the night with two more classics in the encore, “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired” and the fan-favorite “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Fortunately, thanks to Sean Roche, we can watch the majority of Mule’s tribute to Traffic.Thanks to Chris From JamBuzz, we can listen to the full show below:Setlist: Gov’t Mule at the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY – 10/29/16Set 1:World Boss >Mother EarthLarger Than LifeTrane > with 3rd Stone From The Sun teaseEternity’s Breath >St. Stephen JamTemporary SaintTime To ConfessSet 2:Pearly Queen > with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeStranger To Himself with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedRock & Roll Stew with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedForty Thousand Headmen with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedGlad > with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeFreedom Rider with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedEmpty Pages with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired with Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedMedicated Goo with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedShouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedLow Spark Of High-Heeled Boys with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeLight Up Or Leave Me Alone with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedEncore:(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired (Take 2) with Bobby AllendeDear Mr. Fantasy with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende[Photo via Heath Robson]
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Tucci’s pandemic experiences have run the gamut. He has home-schooled little kids. He has, rather famously, mixed cocktails. He has had the virus. He has worked on film and TV sets with new safety protocols. He has written a memoir — the first draft in London’s first lockdown, the second draft in its second. And he is starring in a newly released film in which he gives one of the finest performances of his career. In “Supernova,” Tucci plays Tusker, a novelist on the edge of dementia. The film, currently playing in theaters, will be available to rent digitally Feb. 16.
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Coast Guard seized 1.5 tons of cocaine after four crew members fled a boat to avoid arrest on March 13, Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said. The boat was found on the Caribbean beach of Manzanillo in the province of Limón. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. The crew members escaped into the jungle, Boraschi said. Costa Rican officials have seized five tons of cocaine, eradicated 51,494 marijuana plants and broken up four narco-trafficking gangs so far this year, according to the Ministry of Security. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica is among 14 nations involved in Operation Martillo, a coordinated effort to stem drug trafficking along the Central American isthmus by working with governments in the region and Europe. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 13/03/2013; UPI (Costa Rica), 13 /03/2013; El Siglo de Durango (México), 12/03/2013] By Dialogo March 15, 2013