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Tim Curry (Official Thread)

Discussion in '70's Music' started by rtbuck, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. rtbuck

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    It was 1979 & I was at Cavages Record Store at the Thruway Mall like any other Friday night in my life back then & as I was cashing out whatever records I was buying. I noticed there was a stack of papers setting on the counter & as I took a closer look I realized it was some kind of contest. There were about 25 questions & at the top of the page it read "I Do the Rock". I didn't understand the questions as they were strange but I took the paper home anyway:

    "Who's Farming Beef?"
    "Who's Making Beer?"
    "Who's Giving Champagne Parties?"
    "Who feels exposed?"

    I had no idea what this was all about until a few days later when I was listening to QFM-97 FM & all of a sudden this strange song was played. It was kind of a heavy rock rhythm with a rock & roll style & even a hint of reggae. I was hearing all of these celebrity names mentioned in the lyrics which was tough to keep up with...& then the chorus..."I DO THE ROCK...!"
    That was it... I now understood that strange contest. The song really grew on me & I had found out it was by Tim Curry(whoever he was!). I bought the album which was called 'Fearless' shortly after. The album was totally different than anything I was listening to at the time but there was something about it's style I liked. As I had side one cranking out of my 25 watt JC Penney stereo reciever & turntable I layed back on my bed & studied the album front & back covers. Just as a short guitar solo ripped on "Hide This Face" I noticed that Dick Wagner co-wrote basically the whole record & was the guitarist. Knowing this I was hooked as you know the story with me & "The Alice Cooper Show". "No Love on the Street" is an awesome tune with great vocals & guitars.This is probably my favorite Tim Curry track & I would think that everyone else would think it's cool as hell.

    That whole album was great & I wanted more. I then found out he was the cross dresser from the Rocky Horror Picture show which at the time it came out I had no desire to see the movie after seeing the commercials (By the early 80's I was having a riot seeing it at the midnight showings!). I picked up his previous release "Read My Lips" & enjoyed that album as well especially the tune "Sloe Gin" which is one song everyone must hear. Wagner's guitars are phenominal throughout the song. There was one song called "Brontosaurus" which was kind of strange but I kept thinking the riff reminded me of part of Cheap Trick's "California Man" (Years later I realized I was right when I picked up a Roy Wood anthology & I found out one of his band's called the Move actually wrote "California Man" & they also originally did "Brontosaurus".

    I also have his 1981 album 'Simplicity' which was a pretty decent album but not as good as the other two I had. Like 'Read My Lips' 'Simplicity' was mostly cover songs including a strange version of "She's Not There".

    It kind of sucks that his music career is virtually unknown thanks to his movie career but hell as long as I know his music & enjoy it that's all that matters to me!

    Albums:

    1978 Read My Lips
    1979 Fearless
    1981 Simplicity

    Tim Curry on Wikipedia

    I Will (Reggae cover of Beatles song


    I Do The Rock
     
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    Re: Tim Curry

    I like Tim Curry .. I've lifted this bio from imdb.com

    Biography for Tim Curry

    Date of Birth 19 April 1946, Grappenhall, Cheshire, England, UK

    Birth Name ~ Timothy James Curry

    Nickname ~ The Cheshire Cat

    Height ~ 5' 9" (1.75 m)


    Mini Biography

    The son of a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, James, and his wife Patricia, a school secretary, Tim Curry studied Drama and English at Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors. His first professional success was in the London production of 'Hair,' followed by more work in the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Glasgow Civic Repertory Company, and the Royal Court Theatre where he created the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in 'The Rocky Horror Show.' He recreated the role in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions and starred in the screen version entitled The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Curry continued his career on the New York and London stages with starring roles in 'Travesties,' 'Amadeus,' 'The Pirates Of Penzance,' 'The Rivals,' 'Love For Love,' 'Dalliance,' 'The Threepenny Opera,' 'The Art Of Success' and 'My Favorite Year.' He also starred in the US tour of 'Me And My Girl.' He has received two Tony award nominations for best actor and won the Royal Variety Club Award as "Stage Actor of the Year."

    A composer and a singer, Curry toured the US and Europe with his own band and released four albums on A&M Records. In addition to an active movie and television career, he is a sought-after actor for CD-ROM productions. His distinctive voice can be heard on more than a dozen audio books, and in countless animated television series and videos. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Frank.

    IMDb Mini Biography By: Betty P. Thomas < [email protected]>


    Trade Mark

    Often plays classy, sophisticated characters with a rather ambitious side to their nature

    His smooth, distinctive voice.


    Trivia

    Provided the voice of "Sir" who welcomed visitors to the Alien Encounter attraction in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World. The Alien Encounter ride was replaced after a few years.

    Has read several times for "The Great Writers Series" in Los Angeles

    Performed in Roger Waters' historic production of "The Wall: Live in Berlin" in July, 1990

    Appears as both subject and author in the photography book "Double Exposure, Take Four" by Roddy McDowall.

    Was Tim Burton's second choice for the role of the Joker on Batman (1989). He did go on to playing a crazed "clown" in Stephen King's It (1990) (TV).

    A close friend of Carly Simon and sang backing vocals on her 1979 album "Spy".

    Turned down the role of Mitzi in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

    Studied Drama & English at Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors.

    Has earned three Tony Award nominations, the first in 1981 as Best Actor (Play) for portraying the title character Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in "Amadeus" - the second in 1993 as Best Actor (Musical) for "My Favorite Year" - and the third in 2005 for Best Actor (Musical) for his role of King Arthur in "Spamalot".

    Personally paid for his cousin, Keighley Twocker frontman Michael Loftus to have cosmetic surgery

    Already an accomplished singer, he performed a cover of the theme song to Disney's "Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier".

    In a Fresh Air interview in 2005, he reported meeting Princess Diana. It turned out she was such a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), she told him, "Thank you for completing my education.".

    Not only was he Tim Burton's second choice for the role of The Joker, he was the producers' first choice for the role in the animated television series, until Mark Hamill was cast. Tom Hulce succeeded him in the role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus.

    Don't Look Now (1973) is one of his favorite films.

    He was presented with an honorary citizenship of New Orleans and key to the City of New Orleans by Angela Baham, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Administrator Officer Reynard J. Rochon to Mayor Ernest Morial on October 8, 1979 following a concert in New Orleans.

    Was working on an album project with Lou Adler in 1976. However only four songs were completed. The best is a cover of The Supremes' "Baby Love." Also recorded three albums for A&M Records. "Ready My Lips" (1978), "Fearless" (1979), and "Simplicity" (1981). Though only one charting song, "I Do the Rock," both it at "Paradise Garage" [from "Fearless"] have become cult hits, having two music videos made for MTV which were often played before showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). His best album is often praised "Fearless," and his best songs are "Birds of a Feather," "Alan," "Sloe Gin," "I Do the Rock," "S.O.S.," "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Paradise Garage," "No Love on the Street," "Something Short of Paradise," "Working on My Tan," "Simplicity," "On a Roll," "Take Me I'm Yours," "Out of Pawn," and "I Put a Spell on You.".

    Was on the 1980 Clash album "Sandinista!" On track 18, "The Sound of the Sinners", he spoke as a priest mid-song.

    Has voiced two royal cats, voicing Prince in "Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties" and The Cat King in "The Cat Returns".

    Has a dog named Frank.


     
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    Re: Tim Curry

    Tim Curry !!!


    I loved him since The Rock Horror Picture Show:grinthumb

    He's been in alot of films and usually plays a sinister character

    I like the 80's post punk teen drama with him called

    Times Square :grinthumb

    He has a great singing voice..
    Great sense of humor
    Great actor...the entire package :)

     

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    :cheers: Wow! Someone else knows of "Times Square"!!!!! Great movie & the double record soundtrack is one of my favorite movie soundtracks of all-time!!
     
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    Re: Tim Curry

    I LOVED that movie

    throwing t.v's off the balcony lol

    The Damn Dog Now lol-Robin Johnson

    Pissin' In The River Patti Smith

    there's GREAT songs on that sound track !:grinthumb
     

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    Another great story Bucky.:hab:

    It was decades before I actually sat down and watched Rocky Horror Picture Show, and although I am not a big fan of musicals, it was not half bad. The reason I watched it was after seeing Tim Curry in numerous movies, including "The Hunt For Red October", where he played the doctor. I sort of remembered he did have a music career, but never checked out any of his albums, very talented guy though, I wonder why he gave up his music career for acting...:think:
     
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    My older brother and his friend were way into Rocky Horror.

    When I was about 14 they took me into their live show at the movie house.It was all the puns,dressed up patrons..the fun and hysteria that got me hooked

    the first time one see's Rocky Horror it's said that 'you lose your viginity':heheh:
    And they made the 'virgins' stand up and they hurl puns/insults etc
    I was TERRIFIED lol..luckily the time I went nobody did that pewwww

    but my bros' friend took GREAT pride in telling people he was in the room they day I lost my virginity /with about 200 people !!!!:lmao::blush:

    Gawd :blush: It was fun !!

    Yeah Tim has a great voice,

    He's was also in the live movie version 'ANNIE' and Home Alone 2
    And is in SEVERAL movies my son owns as voice character like :

    Scooby Doo Witches Ghost
    Ferngully
    Barbie Nutcracker



     
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    Tim curry? Great Actor, I loved him in Rock Horror and also Legend, starring a very young Tom Cruise. Remember him in "IT" - very scary :(
     
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