August 3, 2006 |
AS happens when households move and lives are packed and unpacked, Roger Manning unearthed some personal artifacts while boxing up his life to move into a new house a few years ago. They were songs -- or, rather, ideas for songs, sketches, collections of chords and melodies.
June 9, 1996 |
With Jellyfish, Roger Manning borrowed from Burt Bacharach and Badfinger to cook up a virtual acid trip to Candyland. Now Manning and fellow Jellyfish veteran Eric Dover let all their self-indulgent guitar choogling hang out with the mightier Imperial Drag. Heavy on baroque, Zeppelin-esque riffs, majestic Freddie Mercury vocals, steely psychedelia and arena-glam bonbons, this debut overcomes its unsteadiness to flat-out rock.
July 26, 1993 |
Fans of good hooks, lines and sinkers couldn't land better seafood than Jellyfish. Surely the generation that belatedly took "Bohemian Rhapsody" to No. 1 can find some similar use for this quartet, which plays an unapologetic retro-pop so splendid it makes you want to take back every bad thing you said about the '70s and start raving about the decade as a musical high-water mark. Fightin' words?
September 11, 2003 |
It started in 2000 as a goof -- three friends, Jason Falkner, Brian Reitzell and Roger Manning Jr., fashioning a soundtrack to "Logan's Sanctuary," an imagined sequel to "Logan's Run." Now the trio, doing business as TV Eyes, has a finished-though-untitled album being shopped to labels and a visuals-laden stage show that premieres Oct. 1 at the Troubadour. "It started out as an homage to a certain era," Falkner says. "It's the late '70s and '80s, very British and electronic and synthy."
February 21, 1991 |
Little darlings, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter. In short, early '91 has been a season in which we could all use a little Beatlesque cheer. Paul McCartney's tour has come and gone; George Harrison is still stage-shy. But here comes Jellyfish, a new San Francisco band whose Beatles-derived pop and lighthearted thrift-shop fashion sense figure to bring around a little sun.
September 15, 1993 |
The program for San Clemente Community Theatre's "Two by Twain" credits the adaptation to actor David Birney. Birney's version of Mark Twain's "Diaries of Adam & Eve," the larger portion of the evening, and the short "Noah and the Bureaucrat" are known entities. Before these two, however, there is a silly prelude in which a Master and Mistress of Ceremonies sprinkle Twain epigrams between hesitant vaudeville soft-shoe steps and self-conscious poses.