Elliot Schneider | Hopelessness (Resist Paralysis) [Demo Version]

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Hopelessness (Resist Paralysis) [Demo Version]

by Elliot Schneider

This is the song I wrote the day after the apocalyptic election. So many of my dearest friends are devastated; my song is the medicine for this. “Excellent stuff—that guy’s got swagger!” –Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside (Liverpool)
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“Excellent stuff—that guy’s got swagger!” –Spencer Leigh, BBC Radio Merseyside (Liverpool) after playing “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses” on his Saturday night show, “On The Beat.” (December 8th, 2012)

“Elliot Schneider’s gold lame shirt and spandex pants, his Jagger moves and Elvis Costello delivery…and his Bob Dylan nose make it impossible to classify him, categorize him, deny, defy or crucify him. Everything about him invites skepticism; you know right off he’s either a total flake or a total genius.”
Cary Tennis ( Salon.com’s renowned columnist for a 14-year span)

“I prefer to think total genius!” –Tom Lambert, Irish DJ of the syndicated “The Independent Music Show”

“Elliot Schneider’s new album is utterly FAB--a great album—wonderful!! One of my favorite albums of the year.” –Henry Scott-Irvine, DJ 104.4 FM London, England (author of “Procol Harum: The Ghosts of a Whiter Shade of Pale” with an introduction by Martin Scorsese.)

"I have been loving your new CD. I cranked it up all the way home from Ray Davies at the Fillmore. I keep it close in my car for instant pick up..."
--Annalisa, DJ at KFOG in San Francisco.

“Nothing but rock god status for Elliot now!!!" --RockTrish, “Whatever Rocks Your Boat” DCR 97.4 FM (Radio Show of the Year, New Scottish Music Awards 2012)

Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame and beyond (SuperHeavy with Mick Jagger and Joss Stone) wrote Elliot on his birthday in 2013: "It sounds really good in the car driving around LA :) especially "My New Creation" fast version; you sound like a psychedelic early Elvis Costello from San Francisco mixed with New York City underground band..."

“I know what you’re thinking! Who is that and how do I get a hold of that? Oh my goodness! He’s got that one nailed—Elliot Schneider!!! Fantastic…”
–Peter Antony, DJ at the legendary Pirate Radio Station that changed the face of British rock and roll forever in the Sixties: Radio Caroline

“Bay area rocker Elliot Schneider’s career reads like the lyrics of a rock ‘n’ roll song.” –Randy McMullen, San Jose Mercury News

"I love singing," says the self-professed former hippie. "It's like making love to the universe."
--Jim Harrington quoting Elliot Schneider
The Oakland Tribune and The San Jose Mercury News

The Elliot Schneider Short and Improbably Authorized Biography

In the summer of 1969 when men first set foot on the moon, I met Les Paul in Chicago. I was visiting the daughter of his former drummer Tommy Rinaldo. Mr. Paul was both warm and sardonic. He invited me to travel back to New York with him, “Ten Years After” and Dusty Springfield. Strangely enough, I said, “thanks, but I can’t,” and so he gave me his card and invited me to his home in Mahwah, New Jersey. I played for him at his home in March of 1970 and he wanted to produce my song, “The First Day Of Summer.” Being young and stupid, I never took advantage of that opportunity. Hey, it was the Sixties…
On December 15, 1979 my band Elliot Schneider and the Pitts was the third band in history to debut at CBGB’s on a Saturday night. (Patti Smith, the Talking Heads, Blondie and Television were some of the debut artists.) When this band burst at the seams I became a music critic. Murray the K read my interview with Danny Kalb. He requested that I do his deathbed interview. It was a cover story for the Soho News.
In 1982, I left New York and moved to San Francisco, where I put out my first album. Chris Halaby, the brother of Queen Noor of Jordan, plays on some of these songs; in fact he's the guitarist on "Wise Men Never Say.” Chris and I were put together through a mutual connection with John Hammond, Sr. who discovered Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
In San Francisco I performed as Elliot Schneider and The Pitts but then transmuted into Elliot Schneider and The Banned.
In 1987, I gave up the holy grail of rock and roll. I retired, went to graduate school, became a high school history and philosophy teacher—and played in rock bands with my students. We would play high school rallies in front of screaming appreciative pupils (who were hopefully without dilated pupils!) Then in 2005 I got breast cancer, beat it, retired from teaching and returned to rock and roll with a vengeance. I am determined to drop dead at ninety years of age on stage with a smile on my face. My beloved Carmen Castro will still be playing keyboards right next to me when I do and if there's an encore, I will rise up and sing one last time...

On Saturday night December 8, 2012, I was played on the BBC Radio Merseyside (Liverpool) on Spencer Leigh’s program, “On The Beat.” Imagine that—British Invasion in reverse! And the same day Chestnut Radio put out its list of the Best Albums of 2012, 16 CDs “in no particular order” and my album, “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses made the list. (In fact Ralph J. Rizzo, the owner of the station, later said it was his absolutely favorite CD of the year with Jack White coming in second!) On December 19, 2012, London DJ and author Henry Scott-Irvine (104.4 FM) said on his show that my CD was “one of my favorite albums of the year.” His theme for that program was the Best Of 2012.

In 2013 the BBC Radio Merseyside invited me to come sing live on Spencer Leigh’s Saturday night program. And so we built a tour around that invitation. I headlined the 12 Bar Club in London and played from the south of England up into the north of Scotland. Many radio shows in Britain revolved around our visit. We even headlined a special charity event at the Liverpool home of the original Beatle’s bass player Stu Sutcliffe.

Because Ralph Rizzo fell in love with my music, he then asked Carmen Castro (the love of my life and my keyboard player) and me if we wanted to have a radio show on Chestnut Radio. The Carmen Castro and Elliot Schneider Grok Rock Radio Show now is the most popular show on the station with a vast radio audience on all the continents of the earth except Antarctica.

David Quaife, the brother of Pete Quaife (co-founder of The Kinks) and the head of the Pete Quaife Foundation discovered my music and has become one of the most important and magical people to ever enter my life. I am so honored that my music appears on a compilation with all the legends of rock and roll (Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, etc.) in order to raise money so that children can get the dialysis and help they so need. Through the Pete Quaife Foundation, David is saving the world one child at a time.

In April of 2015, I released my fabled album, “Better A Fool Than Aloof.” On June 2nd my new CD became the Number One Album on the WLFR near Atlantic City. It was the first time I ever topped the charts…

It also got lots of worldwide airplay; the ever witty and charismatic DJ Peter Antony (of the legendary Pirate Radio station that changed the face of rock and roll in Britain in the Sixties: Radio Caroline) broke the album even before its release and raved about it: “Currently listening to Elliot Schneider's new album ‘Better A Fool Than Aloof.’ This is highly recommended; listening to it is like letting the sunshine in. Think Flamin' Groovies, with shades of Costello and early Beatles! Seriously get this album now, you will be charged by its enthusiasm and competence! 5 STARS. A SERIOUS TALENT!!! FANTASTIC!!!” (I immediately became a favorite of his charmingly rabid international fan base.)

The opening song on the CD, “I’m The One” also reached #5 on the German station Radio Marabu, “Europe’s Alternative Music: 104.9 FM.” “(I Ain’t Got) No Self-Control,” “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby,” and “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses” also rocketed into their Top Ten. “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby” hit Number One at Q108 in Kingston, Canada. Radio Caroline features all of these, too; but the dynamic rocker, “A Key To You” tends to get the most airplay there.

My ballad, “Heaven Is In Your Heart, Baby” from the album has particularly touched the genius producer Elliot Mazer. (Mr. Mazer, of course, He produced and mixed the megahit album, “Harvest” by Neil Young; produced the music for the film “The Last Waltz” by The Band; and recently even produced “The Basement Tapes” CD by Bob Dylan!) His belief in me leaves me wordless.

On Friday March 18, 2016 after we got off stage in Austin during SXSW Week (RedGorilla Festival), we were played for the first time on Sirius XM Radio on Little Steven’s Underground Garage station. What a magical evening!

My first album “Surreal Survivor” was No.1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases mp3 chart in Rock/Oldies & Retro.

My second CD, “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses,” was released in June of 2012 and received extensive international airplay including on the BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio Caroline and KROQ. It also reached number 8 on WLFR in the New York Metropolitan area.

But the release of, “Better A Fool Than Aloof” took me into new territory. I hope you will share this exploration with me… it’s never too late to live your dreams. I’m still stunned that I reached Number One on the WLFR charts near Atlantic City. Ten years ago, I fought a war with breast cancer and was, in a sense, reborn. I’m 69 years old; I can’t wait for the next 69.



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