Friday, December 23, 2005

Nazareth

Today in Music History:

IN 1964, During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows.
Before I get on with http://rapidthis post I have to mention a couple things and then I'll get on with it. First off I have to a huge shout out to wick with a big thank you. Secondly I've had so many people coming here and clicking on my last year's Ramones Christmas post that I put the song back up and you can catch it here. I've seen a few other blogs already posted it but it's there if you want to take a look. Thirdley, I probably won't post again until after Christmas and maybe even New Years, don't fret Homercat will be around somewhere.
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I don't know why I was thinking about this but it explains this post about Nazareth. Back in the AM radio days as a kid that was the only music you were exposed to. As a kid soaking up music, the radio quickly numbed me and not knowing any cool people to expose me to new music, I had to think of a way to find new music. The next time I was in the record store I came up with a solution. I would start buying albums by people I had never heard of based solely on how cool the album cover was. So my very first pick was this album with some cool lightning bolts and a cool sounding name. I'll try this one my wee self thought. The album was Raz a Ma Naz by Nazareth. Took it home, played it and was blown away. Remember I was just a little kid in 73. I thought "these guys are gonna be huge". This scottish hard rock quartet did not disappoint. In 1975 they released Hair of the Dog and the rest is history. The album contained the mega power ballad Love Hurts and the total kick you in the ass, title cut. Now you're messin with a son of a bitch. Good Stuff. I had the opportunity to see Nazareth in 1981 in a little college gymnasium and holy shit, did they ever rock. Still a favorite band of mine so how about a couple tracks from these classic rockers

Telegram by Nazareth
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Love Leads to Madness by Nazareth
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Merry Winter Solstice

Today in Music History:

In 1969, The Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.
shortest dayGet yer candlesticks out, today is the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice. Yey, days will start getting longer now. The solstice has been, throughout the ages, a time for celebration. Notice that even Christmas and Hannukah appear around the solstice. From the ancient druids to modern day christians. Why is that? Many, many cultures the world over perform solstice ceremonies. At their root: an ancient fear that the failing light would never return unless humans intervened with anxious vigil or antic celebration. Well Let's get antic eh. Actually The Earth is nearer to the sun in January than it is in June -- by three million miles. But it's so dang tilted that it makes us colder and darker. But Homercat, what does this have to do with music? It's just that I have a perfect ditty to help y'all celebrate this monumentous occasion. Polish up your flute because it's a Jethro Tull song. Some even consider it a Christmas song, but I say balderdash to that. What has the winter solstice to do with Christmas. Even though it has a wintery, holiday type feel. It stays in my playlist year round. Cause I likes it alot. It also hails from one of the best Tull albums in their catalog. Happy Saturnalia!!

Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull
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When Thin Lizzy took a break at the end of the seventies, Phil Lynott released two solo albums in 1980 nand 1982. The first one, Solo in Soho, was very different from Thin Lizzy faire and it was obvious that Phil wanted to explore music in a different way. The album was very much a pop oriented record and it includes the classic homage to Elvis, King's Call, which alone is worth the price of this disc. Thin Lizzy finally broke up in 1983 and Lynott died on January 4, 1986 - his body giving out from all the years of abuse and hard living he had done. This song is from Solo in Soho and it provides a different look at Lynott than the one we're used to.

Tattoo by Phil Lynott
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Last but not least with all this solstice and Christmas stuff going on, one might think that I have forgotten my Jewish friends and their upcoming celebrations. But no and here is an excellent song by the Barenaked Ladies from their Holiday album to help celebrate the festival of lights.

Hanukkah Blessings by The Barenaked Ladies
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Monday, December 19, 2005

Return of Homercat

Today in Music History:

1957, Elvis Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
HOMERCAT HUMBUGMerry Christmas!! Allo Alloo. Apologies to my regular readers and a big ho hum to you leechers. I'm back!! But later than I said. Is anyone else as tired of this asswipe Christmas holiday as I am. Before you get your turds in an uproar, let me say this. Christmas has become so commercialized that I get sick to my stomach to venture out in public and watch the feverish masses trying to outbuy each other. I don't think my bud Jesus had that in mind when he was born. Buy Buy Buy big and hard and there art you shall be righteous and be in God's glory. I loves my Jeebus, but I would rather go to hell than have WalMart tell me my love of Jesus is based on how much money I spend, so this year I am boycotting the commercialization of a glorious holiday. No one is getting a present from me, and I am refusing any presents to me. Exceptions: Presents I make myself to give to others. Or if you made your gift to me. Hallelujah!

I'm just tired of it, TV telling me that if I don't buy a $3,000 plasma TV for my family, 10 cell phones for anyone I might happen to know for this special family plan or a billion dollar diamond for my wife, then I'm just a piece of shit. What kind of fuckin' dreamworld do people live in to even think that people can afford shit like this.

I can't and I know most folks can't, so I gots a gift for you guys. Free. One of many from me to you. Was in a thrift store on my travels and came across a 50 cent copy of of a Slade album called Rogues Gallery. Not Fifty cent, as in the worst rap artist of all time but fifty cent as in American dollars of a bonafide Slade album(that should never be in a fitty cent bin). Slade, who makes fifty cent sound like a turd at the end of a worm bowel movement. Oooh come shoot me Curtis. So the gift is a great slice of Slade from 1985, and if you guys are are really good maybe Santa homercat will release the Slade Christmas song in a couple days. If y'all request it.

But damn what a steal for fitty cent. By the way it's a gooder, would I steer you wrong? Steal it now while you can.

Little Shiela by Slade
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For those of you who continue to punish yourselves, I'm not a complete asshole. Even though I think all of you shoppers have lost your mind. Here's a good remake. Eighties plus my fave band=gooder hoser.

Do They Know it's Christmas
by The Barenaked Ladies
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And for sheer fun!!

Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass by The Arrogant Worms
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Friday, December 09, 2005

Best Christmas song Ever and More

The Mojo link works now, sorry guys.
Today in Music History:

1988, According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.
Absolutely no disrespect to the guys in my previous posts is intended when I say this, but I've had my fill of dead guys for a while. The mood is getting somber at Rockin' and it's time to liven things up. Plus I'm going to be gone until next Thursday so this post is gonna have to hold youse guys till then. I'll shell out a couple goodies and see you in a week.

Horny MojoMy first choice is my pick for best Christmas song ever. It's not a Joy to the World or Silent Night type song. In fact it should get some different lyrics and be a song I can listen to year round. It's a Mojo Nixon song and I realize some people may be thinking I'm trying to ram Mojo down their throats so I promise, no more Mojo after this one. I featured it as one of my only Christmas songs from last year and it's well worth a repeat. Besides it's my blog. This song is full of double entendres and is probably not your typical kid friendly Christmas song. But it is awesome. The horns and piano in this song absolutely rock. It's kind of a jazzy, funky, r and b type thing that will get your booty shaking. I listen to this song year round and damn if it doesn't make me want to get up and dance. Trust me this is one song you'll want to keep on your playlist year round.

It's Christmas Time
by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors
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This next item is not a song and it too has been featured here before. It also happens to be the funniest thing I have ever heard in my life. Ever. It's a guy on a cell phone leaving a voice mail as to why he's going to be late. Hilarity abounds. You can read more about it here.

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Third choice is another AM radio staple from the seventies. I thought it was actually kind of a creepy song sung by Helen Reddy. That's a blast from the past eh. She was all about women empowerment or something, with that I am Woman song. Whatever the deal, I liked her stuff. It was kind of a guilty pleasure thing and trust me, not a lot of my friends knew I had a couple Helen Reddy albums sitting next to my Alice Cooper albums. They would have teased me mercilessly.

Angie Baby by Helen Reddy
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Finally one last song and I'll bend and make it another Christmas song. It's one no one has probably ever heard. It comes from Angel a highly overlooked band from the seventies. I featured them in a post here back in Feb. For pics and an idea what Angel looked like check out their official web site. They rocked purty good. This cut was actually a redo from their White Hot album called the Winter Song. They renamed it the Christmas song, reworked the lyrics, added a few bells and Voila a Christmas Song. I hope these tide you over till homercat returns next Thursday. I pretty much think that is probably the end of any holiday music that this site will promote. Maybe one more , we'll see.

The Christmas Song by Angel
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As I part company I leave you with these words from Denny Crain (Bill Shatner on Boston Legal)

I was good in there. I can't be sure, but in the middle I think I actually felt smoke coming out of my ass.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Johnny we hardly knew ye :-(

Today in Music History:

Twenty five years ago, John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. As he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.
lennonIt goes without saying that many people will be remembering John today. From bloggers to TV and radio, each person will have his own way to pay tribute to a truly great musician. What makes John such an icon is that he so much more than a musician. I have already read several heartfelt pieces about the man and my writing is hardly good enough to compare to some of the wonderful things I've read already today. It was one of those defining moments, and everyone knows exactly what they were doing when they heard the news and they will never forget. Each of us dealt with the news in a different way. For myself, I immediately sought out my best friend to see if he had heard the news. When I got to his house, I could see it in his eyes that he had heard. He had the radio and the TV on and he says to me, "How could this happen?". My friend and I held our own kind of vigil that night. We sat together at his house and listened to his albums, the solo stuff, for he had them all. At first neither of us spoke, each of us mulling over our own thoughts. By the end of the Mind Games album, we had made several toasts to John. We drank, talked, sang and listened until dawn. Drunk as skunks and crying like blithering idiots. Maybe not the classiest way to mourn our hero, but at the time and in our grief, it was the only thing that seemed reasonable. Phil Lynott would understand since he wrote a song about Elvis called King's Call, that is just as appropriate for John.
It was a rainy night the night the king went down
Everybody was crying it seemed like sadness had surrounded the town
Me I went to the liquor store
And I bought a bottle of wine and a bottle of gin
I played his records all night
Drinking with a close, close friend

Now some people say that that ain'’t right
And some people say nothing at all
But even in the darkest of night
You can always hear the king'’s call
What really pisses me off the mostis the senseless act of violence and pure stupidity that ended his life, and if I dwell on it for too long, I get more and more angry. I'm all for the Constitution and I hate any act by the government that tries to quell any of our freedoms, but then and even more so now the gun laws have to be changed. Americans are concerned about terrorism when they go about killing each other at an alarming rate with hand gun violence. Don't even get me started on assault weapons. I'm down off my soapbox now.

I'm not going to feature a John Lennon song today. Every radio station and blogger will be doing that today. Instead I'll feature the most poignant and apropos song ever written as a tribute to John Lennon. Written by his good friends Elton John and Bernie Taupin. This may well be Taupin's lyrical masterpiece. Elton sings it with such emotion and a clear cut ache in his voice, that sometimes it is difficult to listen to without it wrenching your gut. It is a sad portrait of a child who doesn't realize that his playmate is dead. He keeps knocking on his friend's door, calling out for him, knowing that any minute he will come out to play, and slowly recognizing the terrible truth only after knocking and calling out "most of the day." The analogy to an adult still in the stage of denial is chilling in its appropriateness, and Elton's vocal captures the anguish perfectly. I don't normally post lyrics but these lyrics are exceptional and describe the man and the hurt we all felt that night. Lennon is the song's "Johnny," the "insect" is Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, and the brownstone is the Dakota, Lennon's New York home where he was killed. The cracked sidewalk where "nothing grows no more" is where Lennon fell, the flagstones suggest tombstones, and the sunset symbolizes not only the end of a life, but also the end of an era so profoundly touched by that life. The tone of profound sadness is established with the first line, which suggests that we have come upon a scene of utter desolation. Indeed we have.(I am not this good a writer, excerpts culled from the Bernie Taupin web site)

Empty Garden by Elton John
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What happened here
As the new york sunset disappeared
I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It’s funny how one insect can damage so much grain

And what’s it for
This little empty garden by the brownstone door
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we’re crippled and we’re dazed
A gardener like that one no one can replace

And I’ve been knocking but no one answers
And I’ve been knocking most all the day
Oh and I’ve been calling oh hey hey johnny
Can’t you come out to play

And through their tears
Some say he farmed his best in younger years
But he’d have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name

Johnny can’t you come out to play in your empty garden

We miss you John.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

One Hit Wonder Wednesday

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B- side and sold 10 million copies.
Pilot70s soft-rockers Pilot originally formed in 1973 with its bandmembers all hailing from Scotland. The group added a few additional members along the way, including two chaps who were former members of the Bay City Rollers. Their self-titled debut released in 1974, spawned the Top 20 hit "Magic," which is the only song I've ever heard by them. Supposedly it was their 1975 single "January" (off their second album Second Flight) that was their biggest success, rocketing to the number one spot. I'm not sure if I agree with that as I don't recall ever hearing it. A couple albums later, circumstances, and poor management, conspired against the band and by 1977 Pilot had crashed and burned after a flight to stardom that was more short-hop than long-haul in its duration.. The drummer went on to work with 10 cc and a couple of the other guys did some work with Alan Parsons, and Kate Bush. It's a pure power pop tune and certainly evokes memories of the seventies.

Magic by Pilot
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Friday, December 02, 2005

Rockin' Christmas

Today in Music History:

In 1997, A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan.
As you can see the Christmas decorations are up. Rockin' should be back to normal now. Most of the bugs have been ironed out and I'm happy to report that since the new OS has gone operational, I have yet to see a blue screen of death. Since thaty's cause for celebrating, it almost makes homercat feel downright Christmasy. So I'll start my first December post with a rockin' Xmas tune. I won't post many holiday stuff so get em while they're hot.
Billy IdolAs it's also nearing the end of the year, people tend to post lists of the best whatever of the past year. This yuletide screamer comes from my pick for best album of 2005. Billy Idol's Devils Playground. Not sure who else will make the list but the #1 spot is in the bag. Warren Zevon himself once said that Billy Idol was a great songwriter, great praise from a songwriting genius, and Devils Playground showcases Idol at his best. Although this album was released In March, the seventh track is a great Xmas tune called Yellin' At The Xmas Tree. Just take a gander at part of the lyrics
Santa's balls are jingling
Mommy's hips a-wiggling
But Daddy, he don't hear 'em
He's yellin'
He's yellin' at the Christmas tree
Hey if you're having a Christmas party and you want to liven things up just slip this sucker in the rotation.

Yellin' at the Christmas Tree by Billy Idol
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Since I mentioned Warren Zevon in this post, I thought I would offer up another Zevon goodie. In my earlier post about Warren (scroll down it's there somewhere) I featured a song off of his first major release. Today is one from his ninth studio release Life'll Kill Ya.

My Shit's Fucked Up by Warren Zevon
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Stand By

Today in Music History:

1991, Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus attempted suicide while staying at The Mondrain Hotel, Los Angeles by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and slashing his wrists.
technical difficultiesWebmeister homercat is experiencing technical difficulties as he tried to upgrade his OS and things are a bit wonky. I would love to stick a fork in Bill Gates' eye for making things as difficult as possible. Now I find out all of my devices (printers scanners etc) are old as dirt and are not supported. Aaargh. It's like Gary Numan always sings about. The machines are taking over. I'll be back when things are sorted out. Meanwhile here's some Gary Numan in honor of my technological meltdown.

We Have a Technical by Gary Numan
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Monday, November 28, 2005

One Hit Whackers

Today in Music History:

1974, John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens. Lennon performed three songs; 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night', 'I Saw Her Standing There', and 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'.
Homercat is experiencing growing pains, faster than homercat can afford it. When the bandwidth guy hits you with a bill, a rethink in what you're doing is inevitable. Seems everyone likes the music, i guess. In the last two weeks I've had about 8 comments and 600 downloads and 2 ad clicks. People loves to steal that music. Meanwhile I'm getting a bill for excessive bandwidth use and I'm like mega poor to begin with. Homercat has to make a decision. Continue this blog, continue this blog with shitty second party download services, shut down or would it kill ya to visit a sponsor once in a while.(directed to the leechers, not my loyal readers)Dilemma it be. This whole thing kinda reminded me of one hit wonders. Maybe you can figure the connection, I couldn't

This first one hit wonder I thought of comes from Jigsaw. Can't tell you much about them, cause there ain't much out there. A British pop group that supposedly have 13 albums to their credit. ?? Really. Any way this is a catchy tunefrom the 70's and on the rare occasion you hear it, you inevitably crank it up. Sometimes

Sky High by Jigsaw
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Was gonna write more about another band but I'm tired.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Lest We Forget

Today in Music History:

In 1991, Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London's Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Also on this day and same year, Eric Carr, drummer with Kiss died of complications from cancer in a New York hospital.
freddieOn November 24, 1991, the announcement came: "Freddie Mercury died peacefully this evening at his home in Kensington, London. His death was the result of pneumonia brought on by AIDS." He was born "Faroukh Bulsara" in Zanzibar, and he died "Freddie Mercury", in a six million dollar home in London.

Freddie was the first major rock star to die of the disease. Although everyone suspected (just look at the last few videos Queen made), he didn't announce his affliction until 24 hours prior to his death, stating "I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me." During his last few months, Freddie was cared for by a few very close friends. Freddie's former girlfriend Mary Austen, with whom he remained close, showed up most days. In fact, it was Mary who inherited the Logan Place house, and still lives there today.

Here is an excerpt from Jim Hutton's (the boyfriend who lived with him for the last eight years of his life) book, Mercury and Me
Peter started changing the bed (Freddie had messed himself) while I took care of Freddie. As I was about to change Freddie into a clean T-Shirt and a pair of boxer shorts, I asked Dave to leave the room for a few moments. It was when I was getting his shorts on that I felt him try to raise his left leg to help a little. It was the last thing he did. I looked down at him, knowing he was dead... His eyes were still open. I can remember very clearly the expression on his face and when I go to sleep at night it's still there in front of me.
What can I say about Queen that hasn't been said before or said a thousand times already. Freddie was gifted with one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in all of rock music, and as a live entertainer, he was magnificent. He would feed from the crowd's energy, doubling it and giving it right back to them in full force. A showman in every sense of the word. I have been accused of being unemotional but there has been three times when the death of a musician has made me openly weep and then drink mass quantities of booze. Freddie Mercury was one and you'll just have to guess the others. Freddie released two solo albums in his career and today as a tribute to Freddie here's a cut from his 1985 American release Mr. Bad Guy(out of print). An import is available.

Thank you Freddie.

Foolin' Around by Freddie Mercury
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Excitable Boy

Today in Music History:

In 1976, after having been arrested 10 hours earlier, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley's Graceland's home in Memphis, demanding to see the 'King'.
First I have to get this off my chest. Some folks have made their way here via google or some other search engine looking for Christmas music. No, No, NOOOO! Not yet please. Wait for the first of December at least. I just can't stand TV, radio, malls and every other store in the world trying to cram this holiday down our throats starting in November. End Rant.

Warren Zevon Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile


So begins the last song on Warren Zevon's final album The Wind which was released on August 28, 2003. Ten days later Zevon died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos.
One of the most underrated classic rock musicians of all time and those who manage to discover his music often deem him a genius - and with good reason, although he never had much commercial success. Unless you live under a rock, of course you've heard Werewolves of London which was a hit back in 1978. Intelligent, satiric lyrics paired with raucous or beautiful melodies were trademarks of a Zevon song. I found that Zevon had quite the interesting life. Born to a Russian Jewish father and a Scottish mormon mother in Chicago Illinois. The family moved to California. Around the age of 13 he was a regular visitor to the home of Igor Stravinsky where he, along with Robert Craft, would study music. He was said to have scored the highest IQ ever in the city of Fresno, California. But he moved around often, and dropped out of high school when he was 16. I'll skip over his time as a songwriter for White Whale records, or his stint with the Everly Brothers and his poorly accepted first solo album released in 1969. Success finally came when Jackson Browne produced and promoted his major label debut in 1976. For the next 20 years Zevon would continue to record and release albums sporadically and with varying levels of success, while fighting personal demons including an acknowledged battle with alcoholism and drugs.

Zevon toured the US regularly during the 90s, often alone, with minimal accompaniment. By this time he was sober and remained so for the rest of his days. Many tours started in Colorado to allow Warren an opportunity to visit with his long-time friend, Hunter S. Thompson. Warren was close with several prominent writers who also collaborated on song-writing, including Carl Hiassen. He also served as musical coordinator for a group called the Rock Bottom Remainders, a collection of writers performing rock and roll standards at book fairs and other events. This group included Stephen King, Dave Barry, and other popular writers. In interviews, Zevon described a lifelong phobia of doctors and seldom received medical assessment. In 2002, after a long period of untreated illness and pain, Zevon was encouraged by his dentist to see a doctor; when he did so he was diagnosed with inoperable mesothelioma and was told he had three months to live. When his diagnosis became public, he told the media that he just hoped to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie. He then began recording his final album, The Wind, with guest appearances from close friends including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, and others.

On October 30, 2002, Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. Zevon performed several songs and spoke in length about his illness. Zevon was a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since Late Night first aired in 1982. When Dave asked Warren if his illness gave him any special insight into life and death, Warren shrugged and said he didn't think so, "Not unless I know how much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich." There was a hush in the audience.

That night, Letterman ended his broadcast with his arm around the dying singer and said, "Warren, enjoy every sandwich." A perfect ending to a highly emotional hour of television. It was Warren’s last public performance.

On June 11, 2003, his grandsons, Augustus Warren and Maximus Patrick Zevon-Powell, were born to his daughter, Ariel and her husband, Ben Powell. Warren was in attendance at the hospital for their arrival. He rarely left his apartment at this point, but made every effort to be there for their birth. Warren did get to see that Bond film, it came out in 2002 and it was called Die Another Day. Zevon saw his last album immediately chart at #16 and he died at his home in Los Angeles, California, on September 7, 2003. He was 56. He lived nine months longer than the doctors said he would.
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for while

There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for while
I should have wrote this back in September and bad on me for not doing that. If Werewolves is the only Zevon song you're familiar with, then do yourself a favor and check out todays song from the self titled 1976 album, then buy it and buy The Wind, and Enjoy every Sandwich.

Carmelita by Warren Zevon
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Monday, November 21, 2005

Roxy Music

Today in Music History:

1980, Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug over-dose, he received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.
roxy musicLet it be known that I like music. Heavy metal to jazz, Punk to anything but crap rap. So it may surprise you that what I think is one of the best songs ever. It is a smooth, excellent to have sex all night long song. The song is one of the best ballads I ever heard and the female backing vocalist is superb at the end and Bryan Ferry's crooning makes you think I need some sex, and dad nabit this song gets me in that romantic mood the women are always talkng about.
Roxy Music bid farewell to its fans with this album and they saved the best for last. I dare you to listen to the Avalon album with a chick in attenadance and not get laid. This album is that good fellas. Or vice versa ladies. I learned this in the eighties and thank you Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music for helping me get laid in the 80's. Besides all that it's one of the best songs ever. And ladies lest you think I'm sexist, well prove me wrong eh. If it makes a guy romantic then it's like a supersized Fried Green Magnolias, or is it Steel Tomatoes. I always get those mixed up. It's supersized though.
Avalon by Roxy Music
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Friday, November 18, 2005

English Beat

Today in Music History:

1993, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace after a fight broke out in a bar.
ranking full stopI'm not much of a ska fan, but there is one band in particular that made me at least explore ska music more thouroughly and I have learned to appreciate ska music better as a result. That band being The English Beat. I snagged their album I Just Can't Stop It back in 1982 and when I slipped the vinyl on the turntable I was hooked. I decided to cover this band today because of the previous post and Krokus Kick ass cover of Stayed Awake, which was better than the original version of the song. With today's post about The Beat, we have a cover version which clearly outshines the original version. I don't want this blog getting mired down in cover songs, Copy, Right? specializes in that and does a much better job of it than this blog does.will return to normal fare next week.

Sadly the Beat only lasted three albums and disbanded in 1983, it's members basically splitting to form two new groups. General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. This first cut is the outstanding cover of the Smokey Robinson classic, Tears of a Clown. Better than the original? That's my opinion, but hey you tell me.

Tears of a Clown by The English Beat
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Another nice original track is Save it for Later, which Pete Townshend did a great version on his Deep End album. For anyone unfamiliar with ska or someone who doesn't care much for the genre, the English Beat is a great starting place for beginners. Not to say that The Specials, Madness and The Selecter aren't excellent bands, who also came before the Beat. It's just that the Beat are more accessible to the mainstream.

Save it for Later by The English Beat
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Krokus Turner Overdrive

Today in Music History:

1974, John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song makes No.1 he will have to appear live with him.
KrokusKrokus, doesn't that name blast you metalheads back to the eighties? The title for this post may sound confusing but it will become evident. Some of you may already know what I'm referring to. I became familiar with Krokus back in 1982 when I was at this party and someone was playing the One Vice at a Time album. I said who the hell is that, it sounds like they're trying to copy AC/DC. In fact the lead singer was trying awful hard to sound like Bon Scott. Yet I found that even though this band were blatantly copying AC/DC's sound, I liked it.

Krokus didn't start out as metal though. These headbangers from Switzerland started out in the 70's as a progressive rock outfit along the lines of Yes, Genesis, and ELP. Hard to believe, eh. The band didn't get anywhere commercially, so it decided to cash in on metal's popularity and started emulating AC/DC. Call it one of those guilty pleasures. Everything about this band says I shouldn't like them, yet I listen to them on occasion. Their biggest album was Headhunter which contains a wicked cover of BTO,s Stayed Awake All Night. With all due respect to Randy and the boys, Krokus' version of this song kicks serious butt and sounds deliciously good cranked up to maximum volume. I only ever bought these two albums so I couldn't tell you whether any of their other stuff is any good. I know their cover of Ballroom Blitz is dreadful and after that I refused to buy any more of their albums. For two albums though Krokus delivered the goods. Incidentally, the band has undergone a few personnel changes and are still kicking around and just finished a US Tour.

Stayed Awake All Night by Krokus
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For comparison and to let you judge for yourself, I will include Bachman Turner Overdrive's original version of the song here also. It comes from the first self titled BTO album. While not bad you can tell for yourself that the Swiss guys really turned it up a notch.

Stayed Awake All Night by Bachman Turner Overdrive
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Monday, November 14, 2005

When Musicians Have Fun

Today in Music History:

2004, The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute must go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute centres on their Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.
Mojo at GracelandBeen a rough week, sorry been gone so long. Well obviously everyone that comes here to snatch a song agrees with me. I must be the best otherwise there would be a few dissenting comments. I'm number 1, no one argues yay. Don't you love to listen to music when you can tell the artist is having a ball making the recording. As I was thinking of the old days when MTV used to play videos, I got to thinking about the original VJ's and Martha Quinn popped into my head. Then a song about Martha Quinn called Stuffin' Martha's Muffin by the one and only Mojo Nixon. Mojo was a darling of the early MTV. Until he wrote a song that dissed MTV.(maybe it was that Martha song). Then he was banned from their high falutin TV channel. Now that high falutin' TV channel is a piece of garbage and Mojo is still priceless.

Think of Mojo as a real working class guy. Telling it like it really is. Kinda like Bruce Springsteen without the stick up his ass. I loved Mojo and I am still waiting for his comeback. If ever music needed Mojo it's now. Hillbilly, rockabilly, politically incorrect and a musician that really speaks his mind and doesn't give a flying fuck what anyone thinks. Yeah, gotta love that. We need that now.

I got two Mojo Nixon gems for you. This first one is probably one of the nastiest and fun songs he ever did. Fun and nasty? That was Mojo, you could tell he was having a blast with every song he recorded. He never took himself to serious.This first song is an easy X-rated litany that probably sounds better if you're slightly (or totally) inebriated. AS I say in the upper right corner of this blog, "advisory". Example lyric: grandma's get down with an ear of corn.

Tie my Pecker to My Leg by Mojo Nixon

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Then I have this gem culled from some long lost website. It's also my favorite Mojo song. I tried to find it the other day and it's gone. Sob. It's a bootleg recording of Mojo of a show he did in Vancouver,CA in 2003 and it is fucking hilarious. He rips George Bush a new asshole in this one. It's even funnier now that Mr. George's administration is falling down around his knees. It's like Mojo knew all along. Well I knew all along the war in Iraq was bogus and so did most Americans. It's like he was a mind reader. Nothing is sacred in this one. MUST HAVE song. If you steal nothing else this year it must be this one. By the way Mojo loves it when you download one of his songs illegally.

Louisiana Liplock (live) by Mojo Nixon
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Musical Knowledge

Today in Music History:

In 1967, The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It came with a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint.
knowledgeable guyFor a dumb guy there are a few things I know for sure. For example I know that after first hearing it 25 years ago, The Clash's London Calling is still the best album I have ever heard. Yeah there are a lot of classic albums out there, from Beatles to Zeppelin, and I'm sure some would argue vehemently with me, but I stand behind that thought.

I was a Dire Straits fan way before the "I want my MTV" thing. In fact I thought the Brothers in Arms album was subpar for this band. It might have been better if they had left Sting off that song. Because of the golden age of video it caused album sales to soar and made them superstars. Don't they have a new greatest hits album out now? Not sure. I do know that the song that follows is the best Dire Straits song ever. One might argue that Tunnel of Love is better and one might convince me after lengthy conversation.

Skateaway by Dire Straits
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This comes from what I feel is the best Dire Straits album ever. Excellent songwriting and musicianship (what a great guitarist). Knopfler is at his height as a songwriter on this one. Skateaway and Tunnel of Love have to be two of the best songs he has written but every song on here is fantastic. Except for the last cut, Les Boys. Which is probably the worst Dire Straits song ever. How this song made it on this fine album I'll never know. It's tolerable though and has a tendency to grow on you if you're not careful.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Fun Music

Today in Music History:

1963, The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewellery”.
It's been raining here for days, my last post was about people in planes, the one before that was about people dying in planes and darn it it's getting me down. So let's have a fun music post and put on a happy face.

RaffiOnce upon a time there was this feller named Raffi and some guy who was good doing computer stuff. If I knew his name I would give him credit, but I don't, One day the two collided. Kinda like a "hey you've got chocolate in my peanut butter" thing. I don't know bout that, but I do know that this piece of inspired flash movie short was born. Once You heard it, that sucker would stay in your head all day.The Flash was made by combining the song Bananaphone and the visuals from the Flash Badger Badger Badger (with Bananaphone additions); it can be found at lemonizer.com's list of mirrors. It was created by a user of the General Mayhem forums after the original Flash was posted there.

Raffi is a popular children's entertainer in Canada and Bananaphone is the name of an children's album, as well as a humorous song by Raffi, released in 1994. The lyrics describe a combination between a banana and a telephone, using many puns ("It's a phone with appeal!") and made up words like "bananular" and "interactive-odular" as Raffi extols the virtues of his unique telephone. Born in Cairo of Armenian parents, he spent his early years in Egypt before emigrating with his family to Toronto in 1958. Today, Raffi resides in Victoria, British Columbia. He's also been honored by being parodied on an episode of The Simpsons. Here's tyhe official unsped up version minus the badgers.

Bananaphone by Raffi

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For a bonus song, I've got a track by a local band that played the bar circuit. This is a live recording taken from the soundboard which is actually pretty good quality. Everytime this song shows up on the player I have to listen to it 3 or 4 times before going on. It's pretty good and even though the band is now defunct this is a fun song. I love the bass and the vocals. The dude who played guitar said I could let you all hear it and he's interested in feedback. I forget who did it originally, so if anyone knows, educate me. I think it was Kathy Mattea. Let me know if you like this one as well as I do. Have a good weekend!

455 Rocket by TNT and the Blasting Caps

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

People in Planes

Today in Music History:

1997, Metallica came to a out of court agreement with a fan who claimed he lost his sense of smell after being dropped on his head by fans at one of their shows four years earlier.
People in PlanesPEOPLE IN PLANES are a 5 piece rock band who come from Cardiff, Wales. Actually this is their third group name. Before this incarnation they were Tetra Splendour and they started out as Robots In The Sky. They were recently signed to Wind Up records(Evanescene and Creed) out of New York and currently have a four song EP available in select record stores. Here is how they describe themselves
a band that tries to play an intelligent fusion of contemporary cutting edge rock music, whilst retaining the warm aesthetic tones produced by retro instruments & equipment and exploring the genre spanning possibilities of programming and editing.
While that seems a bit wordy to me, I can't exactly put a fix on what style of music they play, so I'll just say alternative. That may be a bit of a cop out, but I do know that their EP has spent extensive time in my CD player. I don't know how many times I've listened to the song "Moth". Been quite a few anyway.

Their first full length album is due out in the early part in 2006, and they are currently on tour opening for such acts as The Bravery and Seether. Take a break and check out this cut and look for the album coming soon. I will be.

Moth by People in Planes
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Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween, Creepiest Song Ever

Today in Music History:

1990, During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.
It is Halloween so it was best that I save the creepiest song for this day. When I first heard todays song I was very young and I do believe it scared the bejeebus out of me. As a matter of fact, I still can not listen to this song to this day because it really gets under my skin and quite frankly, it gives me nightmares. Why do I have this song then? And why in the hell did it become a top 40 hit? Well I keep it around to play for folks if they've never heard it and then I can creep them out too. As for the top 40 thing, there's no predicting what kind of music will become a hit.

The artist is Bloodrock, and the song is DOA. Bloodrock was an early '70s hard rock band from Fort Worth, TX. They charted with six albums between 1970 and 1972 and scored their first and only Top 40 hit with the totally morbid DOA which is off their second album. What's really weird is that the first album is a lot more creepy than their second one. Bloodrock 2 actually has some upbeat stuff on it. Guitarist Lee Pickens recounted this story how the song came about.
When I was 17, I wanted to be an airplane pilot. I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine at this little airport and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed. The band decided to write a song around the incident.
Complete with ambulance sirens, plodding, eerie, music and lyrics such as
I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air

Life is flowing out my body
Pain is flowing out with my blood
The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying
God in Heaven, teach me how to die


If anyone knows of a creepier song, feel free to lay it on me.

DOA by Bloodrock
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Bonus Halloween Song

Monster Ass (Monster Mash parody) from the local radio station

Friday, October 28, 2005

Ghoulish Sampler

Today in Music History:

In 1972, The United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who's 'Join Together' as it's official theme song.
Am I scaring you?Today I've got three Halloween inspired tracks that I hope will tide you over the weekend until homercat rises from the dead to eat brains on Monday.

#1 I covered Insane Clown Posse in another post a while back. While I abhor rap music for the most part, ICP is rap I can tolerate and enjoy. Go figure. This track is very creepy. It has sort of a haunted slasher movie vibe to it. Make way for the boogieman y'all

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The Boogieman by Insane Clown Posse

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#2
This is the title track to what I believe is the very best David Bowie album ever. I know people that hate David Bowie(??) but they really like this song and it goes well with a Halloween themed post. Besides it kicks zombie ass. It'll keep you running scared.

Scary Monsters(and Super Creeps) by David Bowie

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#3
Finally from a garage punk band from the 60's called The Tamrons, we have a song with a twilight zone type riff, not the spookiest, but good stuff anyways.

Wild Man by The Tamrons

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Have a good weekend.

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