December 31, 2013 |
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)
October 29, 1988 |
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.
August 19, 1988 |
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)
September 7, 1988 |
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.
December 30, 2002 |
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")
January 25, 1989 |
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.
June 18, 1988 |
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.
March 15, 1997 |
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.
August 2, 2001 |
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)
March 24, 1989 |
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)