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December 31, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
To most of the world, Ben Vaughn is known for his work in television (composing and scoring 3rd Rock From the Sun and That '70s Show , among other programs), his role as a producer of goofballs (Ween, for one), and his syndicated radio show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn . To radio jock Jerry Blavat, Vaughn is the "hottest thing since popcorn. " To his (former) fellow Philadelphians, however, Vaughn is a twang-bar king whose inspirations range from rockabilly icons (Duane Eddy)
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October 29, 1988 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Ben Vaughn, the songwriter who used the phrase "Jerry Lewis in France" as the metaphor for a certain love-conquers-all happiness, is about to play in France for the first time. As the song says, he's going to feel buoyant like "JFK in '62. " Last December, when Lewis went to France to do his first telethon there, the Vaughn song "Jerry Lewis in France" was released as a single. With video. It was a hit. "I've got to stop writing songs with names in them," Vaughn said this week at a local diner, talking about his repertoire of original material - which includes "I'm Sorry, but so Is Brenda Lee" and "Poor Jimmy Gordon," a new song about the legendary Los Angeles session drummer.
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August 19, 1988 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Those who like their rock and roll served with irreverence and a dry, raised-eyebrow sense of humor should rejoice; the new album from Ben Vaughn is on the way. The bad news: It's not set for release until Sept. 2, and most likely won't show up in the stores until Sept. 6. The good news: He will be playing selections from it tonight at the Chestnut Cabaret. Camden-based Vaughn, the mixmaster general whose catchy songs embrace surf music, doo-wop, the keen edge of punk, Allan Sherman comic farce, and Motown (among other stray styles)
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September 7, 1988 | By Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
He sleeps on a borrowed mattress. He wears thrift store sneakers. He owns a guitar, a stereo and a black-and-white TV. No couch. Few plates. Little else. Except one thing. A new album. "Ben Vaughn Blows Your Mind" just arrived at record stores yesterday. And if it's like the last two albums from Restless Records - "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn" and "Beautiful Thing" - it's a bit like everything you've ever heard. "I'm confusingly diverse," says the South Jersey songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist.
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December 30, 2002 | By Fred Beckley FOR THE INQUIRER
Being almost-Philadelphians, they naturally both moved far away. Ben Vaughn found fortune composing for TV in Los Angeles; his former soundman, Dan Montgomery, hopes to find his way back home from Memphis. Both New Jersey natives held an informal eye-of-the-holiday-storm homecoming Friday night at the North Star Bar. Montgomery played first to about 50 people. It seemed that most folks knew most other folks, and everyone knew him. Some were related. Montgomery strummed, sang, and blew his harmonica through 14 pointed tales of dysfunctional relationships, substance abuse and - new in 2002 - mid-life crises ("Black Top")
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January 25, 1989 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
Clothes don't make the man. At least that's what Ben Vaughn contends in one of the 36 songs he has recorded in the last five years. In general, the Collingswood resident's fashion theory may be correct, but when it comes to Vaughn himself, the lanky 33-year-old really is what he wears. From his white Bradlee's sneakers to his thrift shop shirts, Vaughn is a man who believes in the basics. "I live very cheaply. I don't drink or smoke or do drugs. I don't even buy new clothes," said Vaughn, a vegetarian for five years.
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June 18, 1988 | By Jim Gladstone, Special to The Inquirer
Just smile and say "Cheesy!" Aldo "Powderhorn" Jones is the picture of rock-and-roll tackiness. The bassist from Ben Vaughn's once-funky, now-defunct Combo is South Jersey's impish answer to Buster Poindexter. And lording over a revue-style show at Bacchanal late Thursday, Jones put smiles on the often- dour faces of Philadelphia's underground rock crowd. Since his solo stint began a few months back, Jones has performed as a one- man band with two female backup singers, the Hellions, shaking tambourines and maracas at his side.
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March 15, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Ben Vaughn was telling the audience Thursday, the first of his two dates at the Balcony above the Trocadero, to fill the second-nighters in on what they missed. "Tell them that I set myself on fire in the second song," joked the formerly local rocker, who moved to Los Angeles three years ago to write music for 3rd Rock from the Sun and other television shows. Vaughn didn't set himself on fire, but he did premiere Rambler 65, a documentary based on the making of the album of the same name, which he recorded in his aqua 1965 Rambler American while it was parked in his New Jersey driveway.
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August 2, 2001 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
Local record label Track Star Records shows off its best and brightest with the Clocks and Holy Fallout (9 tonight at the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $7). Lounge-rockers Gal Lombardo and Smudging Eyeliner offshoot Anti Emz are at the Balcony (10 tonight , 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $6). Twelve-year-old boys (and those who feel like 12-year-old boys) will gather at the Vans Warped Tour (noon tomorrow, at the Tweeter Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 215-336-2000, $25)
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March 24, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Didn't get tickets for the sold-out eight-show run of Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers at the Theater of Living Arts? Don't let it get you down - this is a particularly good week to check out a whole roster of artists from the area. BEN VAUGHN. The New Jersey-based retro-rocker, who has lately opened shows for John Hiatt, Harry Dean Stanton and Michelle Shocked, brings his lean, elemental sound to the Chestnut Cabaret tonight. Expect selections from Ben Vaughn Blows Your Mind (Enigma)
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December 31, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
To most of the world, Ben Vaughn is known for his work in television (composing and scoring 3rd Rock From the Sun and That '70s Show , among other programs), his role as a producer of goofballs (Ween, for one), and his syndicated radio show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn . To radio jock Jerry Blavat, Vaughn is the "hottest thing since popcorn. " To his (former) fellow Philadelphians, however, Vaughn is a twang-bar king whose inspirations range from rockabilly icons (Duane Eddy)
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August 5, 2011
In Concert 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-348-7000. www.boardwalkhall.com . Britney Spears. $49.50-$500. 8/6. 7 pm. 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-864-4303. www.brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com . Lindsay Gilmour & Beats Walkin. $10. 8/6. 7 pm. 200 College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-7200. www.ccparks.com . Collin Raye. $25-$35. 8/6. 8 pm. 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; 888-944-1816. www.congresshall.com . Ann Oswald Band. 8/5. 8 pm. Darin MacDonald.
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April 1, 2011 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's ironic, Ben Vaughn was musing from his home in Santa Monica, Calif. "My strong suit all along, I thought, was my lyric writing. But the minute I shut my mouth, everything took off. " The music maven from Mount Ephraim, Camden County, was referring to his great success in TV. After building a reputation in the Philadelphia area and beyond as a retro-minded rocker with a wry, often deadpan lyrical bent, he really hit the jackpot when he left...
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December 30, 2002 | By Fred Beckley FOR THE INQUIRER
Being almost-Philadelphians, they naturally both moved far away. Ben Vaughn found fortune composing for TV in Los Angeles; his former soundman, Dan Montgomery, hopes to find his way back home from Memphis. Both New Jersey natives held an informal eye-of-the-holiday-storm homecoming Friday night at the North Star Bar. Montgomery played first to about 50 people. It seemed that most folks knew most other folks, and everyone knew him. Some were related. Montgomery strummed, sang, and blew his harmonica through 14 pointed tales of dysfunctional relationships, substance abuse and - new in 2002 - mid-life crises ("Black Top")
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August 2, 2001 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
Local record label Track Star Records shows off its best and brightest with the Clocks and Holy Fallout (9 tonight at the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $7). Lounge-rockers Gal Lombardo and Smudging Eyeliner offshoot Anti Emz are at the Balcony (10 tonight , 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $6). Twelve-year-old boys (and those who feel like 12-year-old boys) will gather at the Vans Warped Tour (noon tomorrow, at the Tweeter Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 215-336-2000, $25)
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January 23, 2000 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Ministry and Stereolab were influenced by it. Michael Stipe sang its praises to Charlie Rose. Ric Ocasek and Ben Vaughn produced its members. And Bruce Springsteen has admiringly called it the scariest band he ever heard. If they don't already know Suicide - poet-singer Alan Vega and minimalist keyboardist Martin Rev - after 30 years, electronic-music fans have an opportunity to investigate the duo's brutish synth-punk mayhem with a pair of new two-CD packages from Mute Records.
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December 31, 1998 | by Jonathan Takiff - Daily News Staff Writer
Let's face it. Philadelphia on New Year's eve has never been a truly "happening" scene. Our fireworks at Penn's Landing can never compare with the crush of humanity descending on Times Square - for which we will be eternally grateful. It's hard to go nuts over those "ring out the old, ring in the new" dining specials offered by many restaurants - often the same fare you could get there other nights, only at significant markups. (Gotta pay for those "complimentary" champagne toasts at midnight somehow.
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March 15, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Ben Vaughn was telling the audience Thursday, the first of his two dates at the Balcony above the Trocadero, to fill the second-nighters in on what they missed. "Tell them that I set myself on fire in the second song," joked the formerly local rocker, who moved to Los Angeles three years ago to write music for 3rd Rock from the Sun and other television shows. Vaughn didn't set himself on fire, but he did premiere Rambler 65, a documentary based on the making of the album of the same name, which he recorded in his aqua 1965 Rambler American while it was parked in his New Jersey driveway.
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February 18, 1997 | By Steve Appleford, FOR THE INQUIRER
Style is no stranger to Ben Vaughn. Witness this refugee from the Philadelphia club scene, celebrating his newfound musical success by cruising the sun-drenched streets of Los Angeles. But not in a convertible Jaguar or Mercedes. That's too obvious. No, Vaughn is a Rambler man, livin' large behind the wheel of a $200 hunk of rusting metal with no rear-view mirror, a rag for a gas cap and a trunk full of 8-track tapes. It may seem an odd choice for a rocker with a lucrative gig making quirky theme music for two NBC sitcoms, including the hit 3rd Rock From the Sun. But Vaughn's love affair with the Rambler runs painfully deep.
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December 29, 1995 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER Fred Beckley, Tom Moon and Michael Hopkins also contributed
"The instrumental stuff always appealed to me," says Ben Vaughn, who, after a year-plus hiatus and a move to Los Angeles, returns to the local scene and the Khyber Pass for New Year's Eve. "I'm old enough to remember when it was big the first time, so it's a kind of a nostalgia. It's a true part of my childhood, but I've never stopped liking it or collecting it. " For the native of Collingswood, N.J., instrumental music is more than nostalgia. It's recharged his creative batteries on Instrumental Stylings (Bar/None)
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