Monday, February 28, 2005

He's a Whore by Cheap Trick

The very first concert I ever went to was Cheap Trick in 1978. I had just got my driver's license and heard later that week that they were playing in a nearby town in about a month. I was pumped because I had just bought their first album a couple months earlier and I was currently worshipping Rick Nielsen as one of my guitar heroes. I drove the 80 miles to get tickets and they rocked so damn hard it took me days to unwind from that concert. Forget about Surrender and I want you to want me, their best stuff never saw the light of radio. The track I'm featuring today comes from the first album simply titled Cheap Trick. This album is highly overlooked and should be a requirement for any music fan to own because it fucking rocks. Cheap Trick is still alive and well and I eagerly await their next studio album. For now listen to this blast from the past.

He's a Whore by Cheap Trick

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Kick it in Second Wind by Jimmy Buffett

In the 80's I joined one of them record club deals just about the time CD's were coming into their own. Well I forgot to mail in my selection of the month card and lo and behold, the postman delivered a CD called "Songs you know by Heart" by Jimmy Buffett.
So when that Cd came in the mail, I can honestly say that I had never heard any of his music. While I was checking out the song listing, I noticed the song Margaritaville and I thought, well hey I think I've heard that song. I decided to keep it and popped it into the CD player, and I can tell you, I had never heard anything like it. I fell in love with his music after one listen. I spent the rest of that night listening to that CD, and by 10 that evening I knew all the words to the songs.
The next day after work I went to the record store and bought every single Jimmy Buffett album I could find, If I remember correctly they only had 4. The first one I popped into the player when I got home was "Volcano". I was blown away. On my next day off I traveled to the big city to go to a real record store and completed my collection of Buffett albums, the older ones I had to buy on cassette because his entire catalog wasn't available on CD yet.

Jimmy's music crosses all boundaries and being a parrothead is like having an extended family. His music and lyrics have had a huge impact on my life. Two years ago my wife and I had a wedding reception with a tropical,Jimmy Buffett theme and everyone was required to wear Hawaiian shirts and it was great, before the actual dance started we had Jimmy playing in the background for hours.

Not everyone is familiar with his music. For example: When I moved to Canada to be with my girlfriend(now my wife), she was a singer in a local band and they even covered "Margaritaville" in their set. She's a music lover as I am, with an exquisite voice. Anyways this was the only Buffett she was familiar with and she didn't know he was still putting out albums and touring every summer, I think her response was, "Isn't he dead?". This from a person who is very knowledgable about all forms of music. I was of course Shocked! I proceeded to educate her about Jimmy and am proud to say that another parrothead has entered the fold.
Unfortunately this is not uncommon, the average Joe only knows him as that Margaritaville guy, and doesn't realize that Jimmy has over 30 albums under his belt and is showing no signs of slowing down.

So the song for today is

Kick it in Second Wind by Jimmy Buffett

This song can be found on the album Havana Daydreamin'. This is Buffett when he was still making up his mind if he was a rocker, a folkie, a country balladeer, or a beach bum guitar player (of course, we now know he turned out to be all 4, which is why parrotheads love their leader so much).

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Tragically Hip

Today's cut comes from the premier Canadian band the Tragically Hip.
Sadly I was only introduced to this band about 3 years ago by my Canadian wife. Canadians love their Hip. I checked out Rolling Stone online to see what they had to say about The Tragically Hip and here is all it says on their bio page.

The Tragically Hip
Genre: Rock/Pop, Country, Roots, Hard Rock, Country Rock

Hometown: Kingston, CA

Currently residing in the "Where Are They Now?" file, these Canadians were on the verge of making it big in the late '80s and early '90s. Their almost unique blues-influenced pop just never caught on with Americans (nor the rest of the world) as much as it did in Canada.
What a load of crap. Where are they Now file?? Alive and well in Canada, Thank you and their last album was killer. It never caught on with Americans because a band this good has a hard time getting airplay against all the crap you hear on the radio in the states. Their sound is a little different I admit but this band deserves a lot more love. So here's a chance for you to grab a tune from one of Canada's most highly respected band. The Tragically Hip.

New Orleans is Sinking by The Tragically Hip

This track comes from their second album called Up to Here. Click the link to purchase or mosey on down to the record store and get your Hip fix.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

White Hot

Damn, I've been sickly. If I had any readers then I apologize for being gone for a while. I'll continue my last post. Angel that is. Maybe they were a bit cheesy. Yeh a lot of cheese there. The all white outfits and extremely long feathered hair. Actually I think their downfall was the image itself and not the music. The album covers loooked almost gay, which back in the 70's was a real taboo. (They weren't)The music could do no wrong. I had a comment from someone who knew more about Punky Meadows(guitar) previous band than his Angel days. I do know that the keyboard shredder magician known as Greg Giuffria went on to 2 solo albums and formed the band House of Lords. He knew he was the backbone of the Angel sound. As to the rest of the band.

I do know that they reformed in 1999 and actually recorded an album with 2 of the original members in the lineup called In the Beginning. Lead Singer Frank DiMino and Barry Brandt on drums. Never heard the album but heard it was just a really bad zeppelin cover band. Except for the one song that Punky Meadows guested on. I heard that was some Angel Shit. Too bad. Regardless I have to give you guys a cut from their first album, This was some wicked shit for 1976 and it sold me, a die hard KISS fan. I give you-

The Tower by Angel

Put it in perspective this album came out when Saturday Night Fever was the biggest thing on the planet. It saved me. They totally bucked the trend. Even KISS put out a disco song. "I Was Made for Lovin' You. Not Angel. They did not conform. Maybe thats what killed them.

You can find out more at this link as to what happening now with Angel. I say this, they saved me when disco ruled.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Helluva Band

The year was 1975, KISS was just about the biggest thing to hit the states in a long while. Gene Simmons took a night off and went to a nightclub in DC. There he saw a band that blew him away. Rumour has it that by 3 am the band had a record contract because Gene was so impressed. Thus began the saga of Angel. Who the fuck is Angel you say .

ANGEL is synonymous with a stunning image, a spectacular stage show (rivaled only by record company labelmates KISS), superb rock songs and arguably the best band logo-type in rock history (Look at the ANGEL logo then turn the page upside down).
Circus Magazine readers voted ANGEL top new group of 1976 ahead of HEART and BOSTON (no easy feat considering the popularity of BOSTON's debut LP that year)
Angel rocked hard in a 70's full of disco. I have so many Angel stories that I will stop here because my next 3 posts will be devoted to this awesome overlooked band. But they were a Helluva Band as described by the title of their second album. So today I will feature a song off their classic White Hot album. Buy it I guarantee you won't be sorry. Sadly they self destructed at the height of their fame. As an Angel junkie this came as a huge blow, but their distinctly different style of hard rock will forever live within me. They deserve another look here in the new millennium. Here it is

Don't Leave Me Lonely by Angel

More to come

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Pee Your Pants Funny

I don't know if todays clip has started making the rounds through the internet yet. It should be though because it's the funniest thing I have ever heard in my life. I searched yesterday and couldn't find it. Today the local radio station posted it on their website and that's where I found it. They played it on the radio yesterday and I laughed my butt off, then a couple hours later they played it again and I could hear it better and this time I laughed so hard it made me pee my pants. You have to take a couple minutes out of your day and listen to this, you'll be glad you did. Here's the setup. It isn't a song. A Jack In The Box manager in Dallas is in his car, leaving his boss a voicemail message on why he's running late when he sees an accident in front of him. He then gives a play by play of what happens next and it's the funniest shit I have ever heard. By the time he gets to "She Hit him with her Bible" I'm just about pissing my pants. Listen and enjoy!

Dallas Car Accident by Jack in the Box manager

Cartoon of the Day

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Elevator by the Bay City Rollers

The mystery song was by the Bay City Rollers. You can't mention the 70's without a brief mention of this Scottish band. Who in the world has not heard Saturday Night, I dare you to raise your hand. My musical tastes lean toward hard edged rock, blues, punk etc., like I've said before I like all kinds of music and have a soft spot for good fun pop music. Which is what the Bay City Rollers were. By the time I was in my thirties I had managed to collect all their albums, imports included, from the seventies. Notice I said albums and not CD's.
The mystery song came from the 1979 album Elevator which you will be hard pressed to find. As a matter of fact I don't think you'll ever find this song on CD, only on a rare vinyl pressing. This album came out as their career was tailspinning into obscurity and it's one of my favorites.

The winner of the mp3 CD is Todd who found his way here via Web Nymph. This is what Todd had to say about figuring out this song.

I did my best to figure out the first line of the song (I would have never gotten it right without that) and at first I too thought it was Cabaret Voltaire : Spies In The Wires (like someone said in the comment) but after listening to that song, I realized it couldn't have been right. So I listened a couple more times and did some more searches.
Finally I tried this one: "laughing at their situation" lyrics and although I only got one hit on the first page for the bay city rollers, I figured it might be right and gave it a shot. Lo & Behold!
I was correct!
So there you are. Now I have to start work on Todd's new CD and see what kinds of new music I can introduce to him. Oh before I forget here's the song. Give it a chance it'll really grow on you like some kind of Kudzu. Besides it's a rarity and the link earlier in this post is one of the few places you'll find it.

I plan to run another one of these contests in about a month, but this time there will be no lyrics and it will be a much shorter snippet of a well known song. Thanks to all of you who participated.

Monday, February 07, 2005

We Have a Winner

That's right someone came up with the right answer and I'll have full details in tomorrow's post. Meanwhile this Iggy Pop repost may hold you over until then.

Man is this guy skinny and ugly. But you gotta love Iggy. I really loved it when he was on The Adventures of Pete and Pete. This song, which came out in 1990, is the first and only top 30 single of his career to date. It's a duet with Kate Pierson of the B 52's and it's from the album Brick By Brick which is my favorite Iggy album. Iggy is quite the actor and has appeared in a lot of offbeat films. The song is

Candy by Iggy Pop

Sorry to rehash a recent post but I'm swamped today.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Free music

Apparently no one is interested in receiving a cd filled with over 150 mp3's. My previous post outlined how you could win this. Pretty easy. guess the song. I will be giving hints out if everyone seems to be stumped. This is a relatively new blog and for just starting up I receive about 150 hits a day. This tells me that people are here to just leech as must music as they can, Leech this, take a guess win the equiuvalent of 15 cd's if you guess right. Hint #1 This song came out between 1975 and 1995 and never saw the charts. See previous post for more info,like the song clip.

What would it hurt to take a guess. I am nobody and I am not trying to scam anyone.

If you're here to steal as much music as you can, then fuck you. This blog is a vehicle to introduce you to good fucking music, and I really want to give this thing away. I know that when you hear this disc, you'll think crap, I've missed out on some good freakin' music. Listen to the radio and you'll see why I'm giving this away. It all sucks. Let's get back to some good rockin' tonight eh?

See previous post for contest shit.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Win a Disc!

I know it's only a matter of time before the RIAA and similar agencies shut all of us music bloggers down, so in the meantime I'm gonna enjoy. I don't know why they would want to shut down the biggest promoters of their music they have, but they will eventually. I am doing a music giveaway for anyone interested. All you have to do is guess the artist in a 36 second song clip. Sounds easy eh? We'll see. I think you would really have to be a fan to guess this clip. Maybe someone will surprise me. Since I rarely post on a weekend this will give folks something to do over the weekend. Here's what the prize will be. An mp3 cd with aproximately 150 tunes on it. The only drawback is that I pick what goes on it. I will generously pay the postage on it too. What a deal. All you have to do is listen, guess the artist, either leave your guess in the comments with your email or if you don't want anyone to see your answer then email me at the @ symbol for at). Email addresses will only be used for purposes of contacting the winner. In the event that more than one guesses correctly the first one to guess right wins. There may or may not be a second place prize. So spread the word and here goes.

Mystery Song by unknown artist
Iggy Pop
I'll also give ya a song too. Today will be an Iggy Pop song. Man is this guy skinny and ugly. But you gotta love Iggy. I really loved it when he was on The Adventures of Pete and Pete. This song, which came out in 1990, is the first and only top 30 single of his career to date. It's a duet with Kate Pierson of the B 52's and it's from the album Brick By Brick which is my favorite Iggy album. Iggy is quite the actor and has appeared in a lot of offbeat films. The song is

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Spongebob Squarepants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants. Spongebob is cool, as evidenced by the Flaming Lips contribution to the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Soundtrack. The movie was a hoot, and I laughed my butt off when Bob and Patrick get wasted on ice cream. Contrary to what what some conservative asshats would like you to believe, he's not an icon for gay men and he is not going to turn your children into homosexuals. I discuss this bit of conservative stupidity in my other blog. I started posting tunes on my other blog and that's when I started this one, so I could have a tunes only blog. Occasionally I'll swipe a post from here and post it on my other one if I'm feeling lazy. Wait a minute getting off track here. Getting back to the little square dude. Today I post a song by the yellow one himself from one of my favorite episodes, "Ripped Pants". I love this song because it almost has a Beach Boys vibe in a weird spongy way.

This song can be found on the album SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Dreadlock Holiday

Today's spotlight is on the British band 10cc. They had the most success in the 70's. To be honest I had a hard time listening to their music until 1978. That was the year they released the Bloody Tourists album. Now that album had some darn good tunes on it. If you were around that year you'll remember you couldn't go anywhere that summer without hearing todays featured song. I had forgotten how much I liked this song until I heard it the other day. My playlist has mucho tunes on it and on random play I might not hear a song for a long time. Anyway, here you go, the song is:

If this music interests you then get it here or visit your local music store.