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mr,mankowitz 

Post No. 728
01/24/2007 02:45 PM
  
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good to read it
Von Cello 

Post No. 727
01/24/2007 02:07 PM
  
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Punny

It's not a stuffed toy...it's a stuffed, toy! Get it?
NealSF 

Post No. 726
01/24/2007 11:47 AM
  
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adult toy?

adult toy? like a stuffed teddy bear with a little plastic guitar?
Von Cello 

Post No. 725
01/24/2007 10:49 AM
  
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Warren's Restaurant

I think Warren's restaurant is next to Joe's Garage. And both are down the street from the sex shop where they sell his "self styled adult toy"!
fred and murry 

Post No. 724
01/24/2007 02:19 AM
  
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so this guy is a restauranteer in calif
an easy google search
does he give a discount to canarsiers?
Von Cello 

Post No. 723
01/23/2007 01:50 PM
  
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The "other" Canarsie rock star...

Here's the latest on Warren:

Fall of 2001 brought the molding of the "Rock Rod," Warren's self-modeled adult toy, released by California Exotics in July 2002. In October 2001, One Way Records signed Warren to a new record deal which would bring fans not only the Lost Tracks album but US re-releases of his third and fourth solo albums: Roadrage (1998) and The Blue (2000).

In the summer of 2002, Warren and two partners acquired an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, which they re-named "Via Veneto."

Missing Persons (Dale & Warren with others) surprised fans again with a live performance on Access Hollywood in November 2002. In February 2003, fans were treated to meet & greets after the Anaheim and Sunset House of Blues Missing Persons shows, along with an outdoor daytime show at the "Run Hit Wonder" race in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, in January 2003, Warren released his fifth solo album, Trance Formed on One Way Records.

Shortly after moving from Santa Monica to Venice (California and recovering from a severe bronchial illness over the summer of 2003, Warren fell into an introspective and spiritual mood, which he wants to share with his fans along with his music. We restructured this website to allow non-members to access the Just Ask and Interactivity sections and had a public online chat.

The biggest change in Warren's life in 2003 was his engagement to his girlfriend, Donna Nguyen. Around this same time, he announced that he was no longer involved with Missing Persons and would not film new adult material.

Toward the end of 2003, Warren received a Lifetime Achievement Award from MTV for his work with Duran Duran. Other honors followed...he was honored by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as well as being thanked on television by Nick Rhodes for his part in helping Duran Duran achieve their Brit Award. Also, the Duran Duran reunion has sparked new life into the sales of the 1998 Greatest album, which contains songs co-written by Warren. "Ordinary World," "Come Undone" and "Electric Barbarella" have become classics in the history of Duran Duran.

Warren's main focus has now returned to music, finding new inspiration and experimenting with new techniques, equipment and genres. He's shared some of his demos on this site and his myspace, so check them out! "I`m back with my music after a two-year layoff," he said in 2004, adding that he is playing and writing every day. "I really wanna say something with this music. I`m positive that music can heal."

His recent projects, while still mostly guitar-based, are designed to be a trip through diverse musical styles and his new views on life. Collaborating with a variety of partners, he has three as-yet-unreleased projects: a concept album titled N'Liten Up, a collaboration with vocalist Neil Carlill (Chicanery), and Playing With Tongues, a musical reunion with ex-Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio. Playing in Tongues will include more spiritually driven music (and a previously unrecorded Zappa track).

If you're in Santa Monica and have a chance, stop by Via Veneto for some excellent food and ambience. The restaurant is located at 3009 Main St. in Santa Monica, CA and has been reviewed very favorably in the Zagat Restaurant & Hotel Guidebook for Los Angeles. You never know - you may even get to meet Warren in person, as he often does drop in to chat with customers, celebrities and fans.

fred and murry 

Post No. 722
01/23/2007 01:12 PM
  
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warrens here

http://www.cuccurullo.tv/home.htm
fred and murry 

Post No. 721
01/23/2007 01:11 PM
  
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warren link below neal
NealSF 

Post No. 720
01/23/2007 10:22 AM
  
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I'm not sure what Warren C. is doing now, since he hasn't been in duran duran for quite a while. I think he's doing solo stuff, and the occasional Missing Persons projects. Honestly, we weren't close friends, but did hang out from time to time, and went to a number of FZ concerts together. Ah, the good old daze.
fred and murry 

Post No. 719
01/23/2007 09:55 AM
  
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lazytown

http://www.cuccurullo.tv/home.htm
Von Cello 

Post No. 718
01/23/2007 09:33 AM
  
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Uncle Bernie's Farm

I love that story. I had no idea that was going on in the other part of Canarsie! Just imagine if we had stayed friends, or if somehow I ended up at Canarsie High School with you. Chances are I would have met Zappa too. When I hear that story it's like a parallel universe.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Canarsie...

I had cut my hair, threw out my jeans and flannel shirts, stopped listening to rock music altogether, was taking two cello lessons a week and practicing at least four hours a day, and started dating the Valedictorian of South Shore High School who was a fine classical pianist. While Warren was touring with Zappa, we were playing recitals for our family members at little gatherings. Then I went away to college, but we met up at Manhattan School of Music a few years later and stayed friends.

I have to respece Warren for his "balls". I dreamed of somehow walking on stage during a Dead show and showing Jerry and the guys that I could jam with them on cello, but I knew it could never happen. But Warren somehow made his dream come true, so more power to him.

But I still wonder what he is doing NOW. Duran Duran was a long, long time, time, a go, go.

As for me, last night I was recording "Iron Man" for the next Von Cello CD!
NealSF 

Post No. 717
01/22/2007 10:42 AM
  
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warren's garage

Okay, if my memory serves me correctly, Warren Cuccurullo (another great Italian, as Frank Zappa said) grew up and lived in beautiful downtown Canarsie as I did many moons ago, on the Canarsie High School side, as Von Cello said. I met him there. We had a mutual friend, Al Malkin. We hung out and would listen to music, mostly Frank Zappa's. We were all huge fans. We went to a number of Zappa concerts together. Warren was/is also a tremendous guitar player. Basically, after going to a lot of FZ concerts, he got backstage, met Frank and asked for an audition. The story he told me is that he picked up a guitar, and started playing a Zappa song (Penis Dimension from 200 Motels), in the rhythm of the Johnny Carson theme. Eventually, he got the audition (replacing Adrien Belew, who went on his own), and joined Zappa's band for the 1979 European tour, and the recording of Joe's Garage, and some other miscellaneous recordings which appear on the "Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar" series. But that was basically all. Warren, Terry & Dale Bozzio, and later Patrick O'Hearn became the new wave band Missing Persons. I met Warren again after their San Francisco show back in the early 80's. Later Warren joined Duran Duran as their guitarist for a number of years.

One of my biggest thrills was in 1979, when Frank Zappa was at Warren's house for Thanksgiving. I heard about this from the legendary Robert Lattanzio. We went over there. There was a jam in Warren's basement. It was being filmed for German tv, but I don't think the show ever got off the ground. They (Frank, Warren & Warren's younger brother) played Joe's Garage instrumentally, Treacherous Cretins and Watermelon in Easter Hay. I met and talked to Frank Zappa that day, for the 2nd time. He was the best.
Von Cello 

Post No. 716
01/22/2007 10:41 AM
  
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The BIG MAN

Who the "f" is he? Who the "f" are you?That's the BIG MAN you rat bastard! Listen to him again, and maybe you'll figure it out!

http://thekidfrombrooklyn.com/video_disp.asp?videoid=1529

fred and murry 

Post No. 715
01/22/2007 10:22 AM
  
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who the f is that guy? seems he has one word to say
Von Cello 

Post No. 714
01/22/2007 10:14 AM
  
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Saddam

You want normal? I'll give ya normal!

Go here: http://thekidfrombrooklyn.com/video_disp.asp?videoid=1528
fred and murry 

Post No. 713
01/22/2007 09:57 AM
  
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Von Cello 

Post No. 712
01/22/2007 09:53 AM
  
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Fuggedaboutit!

Do you want to know the truth?

Go here: http://thekidfrombrooklyn.com/video_disp.asp?videoid=1518
Von Cello 

Post No. 711
01/22/2007 09:31 AM
  
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Normal Norman

So what? Being Jewish is NOT normal. Who's to say that normal is better? I have no problem as a Jew being looked upon as not normal. And I say that gays should have the same attitude. It is not normal, and you shouldn't expect that "society" is going to say it is, but that doesn't mean that you should feel bad about yourself. It also doesn't mean that you should not have rights. You just shouldn't be upset when society wants to maintain its right to define normal. Heck, is rock cello normal?
fred and murry 

Post No. 710
01/22/2007 02:23 AM
  
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gay is the new jew

vc wrote when talking about sexual preference
People should have rights whether they are into gay sex, violent sex, animal sex, whatever. But that doesn't mean that society has to accept all of these, or any of these, behaviors as "normal".
fred and murry writes
this is exactly how SOCIETY sees the jews..
we are viewed as gays and THEY think we have the right but we are not accepted nor viewed as NORMAL
Von Cello 

Post No. 709
01/21/2007 10:51 PM
  
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Cheerfull, bright...and NOT gay

Personally, I agree that gay people should be given most of the rights of anyone else...all things except actual marriage. Commitment ceremonies are fine, but I don't like messing with an institution that has served the human race pretty well for thousands of years. But, even though I feel gays should have rights, that doesn't mean that I have to think it is normal to be gay. I mean, being gay is a sexual preference. And what is "normal" is what MOST people prefer. Some people prefer S&M. Should we say that that is "normal"? Is it honky dory to have men walking down the street with leashes on their women? Is it okay if they beat them in public? Or vice versa? If not, then why is it okay for two men or two women to "make out" in public?

If I were into S&M, I would just accept that it is not "normal' and I wouldn't try to get society to say it is. I would just do my thing and keep it private. You could make the same point about beastiality, infantilism, cross dressing, multiple partners, etc. People should have rights whether they are into gay sex, violent sex, animal sex, whatever. But that doesn't mean that society has to accept all of these, or any of these, behaviors as "normal".
eaburke81 

Post No. 708
01/21/2007 09:54 PM
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The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind....***

Von Cello wrote:

"Gershwin seems to freeze in ice so many of the styles and moods of the mid 20th century. What a postcard to the future!"

I totally agree, Aaron....and I like your metaphor here...."seems to freeze in ice".....aside from talking about the timelessness of Gershwin's genius, this pretty much sums up the Vermont climate this week. Ice.....freakin' black ice every where. We also have that frickin' wind chill factor, which makes it feel colder than it really is. As a native Vermonter I love winter, I just wish there weren't a wind chill factor. I also wish that gays and lesbians could be treated with more respect then they are given. Sure they have a different lifestyle then straight people, but they're people too. Everyone's talking about the "right to life" here on the 20th anniversary of Roe VS. Wade....but why don't we exersise "the right to LIVE" as people of God, which emphasizes the whole person, and doesn't have anything to do with sexual prefferences? Smell what the Rock is cookin'?

***I'd say this title is a little better then the one I was going to go with originally:
"Hot Roe-on-Wade Action"***
Von Cello 

Post No. 707
01/21/2007 02:08 PM
  
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Was Zappa a Lesbian?

I'll look forward to Neal's response about Warren Cucurillo. Canarsie had two high schools, and in a way was divided into two neighborhoods by that fact. Neal went to my Junior High School but then went to the other high school and we fell out of touch more or less until he found me here. In my side of the "hood" I was considered by many to be the top guitarist...before I flipped everyone out and became a cellist. But I had heard about this guy Warren from the other side of Canarsie and wondered how the hell he got to play with Zappa, who after all was based out in California. I never did get to meet him. I wonder what he is doing now.

As for lesbians...well...I think the U.S. is a more religious place than Europe, so even though most people believe gays should have many rights, their lifestyle is not "approved of". I think it is very accepted in San Francisco and parts of Manhattan, but in the "heartland" it is not considered "normal". I don't know if it ever will be.

Speaking about San Francisco...I heard the SF Symphony today conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas playing Gershwin's "An American In Paris". I have to say, it was the best recording of it I have ever heard! I was feeling like that piece may be the most important of the 20th century! Gershwin seems to freeze in ice so many of the styles and moods of the mid 20th century. What a postcard to the future!
fred and murry 

Post No. 706
01/21/2007 04:04 AM
  
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was marvin?

been gone a week to scuba in the canary islands(part of spain) and just saw a show on iptv called the L word. is this show popular in the states?
its about a group of girls lesbians in los angeles...i was amazed cause i am used to european attitudes about homosexuality and the show seems to make gay as kind of negative,stll in thr closet while here its outof the closet, worn and onthe floorwiththe rest of the clothes.. even the title THE L WORD makes it coded talk....
eaburke81 

Post No. 705
01/20/2007 08:50 PM
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Zappariffic!

Wow....It's amazing what you miss when you don't post in a few days. I appear to have planted the seeds for quite a conversation with my geeky, gushing of Zappa's brilliance. It's great to see that others agree that Zappa did much to show that not all rock musicians are beer and drug-hungry, sex-craving, un-intelligent bottom feeders.
I was looking through a few boxes of CD's my radio station's e-board were thinking of throwing out and i found an album by accapella group The Persuasions: Frank-ly Accapella. I had found this album many years ago and reviewd it before anybody else had a chance too.... maybe this is just my opinion, but how could the e-board think of getting rid of such an important tribute of Zappa's genius? I claimed the album as my own since no one else would be likely to want to play it, and since working for a radio station means I can get free music from time to time.
Just say it....I'm a geek. I know.

Neal - it's cool you knew Warren Cucurillo. As Zappa backers go I havn't heard many songs with his playing on it, but I he did have a cool solo at the end of "Peaches III": the 1988 version of "Peaches En Regalia" on Tinseltown Rebellion....don't ask em to describe it becuase I have almost no knowlege of music theory.
Personally, I wish I had had the chance to meet Frank himself, or Zappa vocalist/guitarist Ike Willis....an awesome musician and singer. I understand he was known as quite a clown and a jokester in the band and frank played off Ike's puns frequently.
Willis sings and plays on much of the Broadway the Hard Way album. I especially reccomend "Outside Now".

Oh well, maybe someday I'll get to meet Dweezil Zappa....he recorded an awesome cover of Dr. Suess's "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch" recently.
Von Cello 

Post No. 704
01/19/2007 07:06 PM
  
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Brecker

Oh yeah, and Brecker had his funeral in Westchester. In fact, an old friend who has been working on my house went to it. Apparently he and Brecker both grew up in Hastings. My friend Dale was working on my house last weekend and had to stop saying he was going to the funeral. Isn't that strange? Dale was the one who told me Brecker was Jewish. The ceremony was held at the Jewish Center there in Hastings. Dale is not Jewish so I don't know why he told me that. But maybe he thought I'd be interested. He leaves behind a wife and kids. Sad.

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