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By Eleonora Iafano on Apr 6, 2016 to Vinyl


E.A.B. Three chords that lent themselves to the beginning of the punk movement in the 1970s. In E.A.B., we see the careful tutelage of Lester Grimes and the Nasty Bits; we see just how much blues had an impact on rock and roll and punk rock and of course, without fail, we see Richie in trouble.

The Good: Lester has taken the Nasty Bits under his wing and demonstrates what it means to be a musician in the fullest sense of the word. It’s not about fame. It’s about feeling something in your gut. It’s VINYL_Kipabout creating a sound, something that grabs a hold of the audience and they resonate with it. It’s about instruments and musical arrangements. It’s about practicing over and over again until you become a master of your craft. Perhaps the Nasty Bits will turn themselves around, with having someone like Lester Grimes literally showing them the ropes – how to navigate the in’s and out’s of a dirty music business. We get to hear and see some Bob Marley and the Wailers. And BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (albeit brief but he was there)!!! And if Richie wasn’t so busy with having such a big ego, he’d have signed The Boss to American Century Records. What a wasted opportunity. Viewers were also treated to Max’s – a legendary venue where a lot of famous musicians played.

Now this is the perfect time for that Track List:

The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun”

The Triplett Twins – “Get It”

Isaac Hayes – “Eshyperbolicsyllzbicsesquedalymistic”

Bob Marley & The Wailers: “Stir It Up”

Ferrante & Teicher – “Midnight Cowboy” 

Focus – “Hocus Pocus”

Conway Twitty – “It’s Only Make Believe”

Van Morrison – “Gypsy Queen”

Royal Blood – “Where Are You Now”

John Denver – “Take Me Home Country Roads”

Al Martino – “Spanish Eyes”

Barrabas – “Wild Safari”

The Bad: Hal gets fired by Andrea, thus not winning her any friendships. Business is business and she was brought on board to make some pretty drastic changes and shake things up. Devon is back into her photography, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing per se; but between her and Richie, I honestly feel sorry for their children. Devon is bored with her life, pissed off with the way things turned out and isn’t willing to take the next step (which could possibly be filing for divorce). And while working the camera, she manages to capture John Lennon and May Pang (his mistress, gasp!), she catches the eye of another man and before you can say, “Gee I wonder what happens next,” – well, she’s having a good time with this fellow photographer (Billy). Like that’s going to magically solve all her marital woes with Richie.

The Ugly: Richie has a problem. A MASSIVE problem. Wait; let me rephrase that – MASSIVE PROBLEMS. Remember how he played a part in a certain radio DJ’s murder?  Did you think we were going to forget Buck Rodgers played by Andrew Dice Clay? Remember how he alienated his business partners? And ticked off his wife? Or how much cocaine he did and became a monster? Yes, those problems. Richie can clean up his act and remain clean and sober but it doesn’t change the fact that the past usually comes back to haunt you when you least expect it. Before we go further here is what show runner Terence Winter has to say on the matter: 

Back to miserable Richie we can say that his making a few errors in judgment is an understatement. He now finds himself at the financial mercy of Corrado Galasso (pictured) – the other man involved in the murder cover up. And you really don’t want to be in debt to the mob. You can’t default on a payment and you can’t skip town. Sooner or later, they’ll find you and demand payment. Richie’s colleagues have no clue about this new financial arrangement. This is not going to have a happy ending. Well, when you and your colleagues are denied financial assistance from legit means – a financial institution – you investigate possible alternatives. Only going to the mob was probably not the best thing to do. 

Speaking of money, it’s just plain shady to make your good friend feel as though he was to blame for ‘being robbed’ of cash while having a VERY good time in Vegas. VINYL_GalazzoZak was, how shall we say, experimenting in a hotel room and was not in his right mind. Drugs and alcohol tend to do that to a person – but Richie taking the money – and letting Zak take the blame, well, that’s not cool.

And we all know that somehow, someway Richie will find out about Devon sleeping with Billy and that will result in a huge fight of sorts, possibly some fists flying and equipment getting destroyed. Or photographs. Or expensive cameras. It’s as if Richie Finestra went down a rabbit hole and is unable to find his way back. Man, the cycle of destruction Richie is having  (he risked it all last episode also) has got to stop! Let’s see if there is a chance of it next week. 




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