Friday, May 20, 2005

Pour Me a Vacation

I think I got two tunes here today. That's a record for me. It's time to get off the rock(Vancouver Island) for a couple weeks. Yours truly is Alberta Bound for some sorely needed R and R. Saturday evening will find me in Calgary, well on my way to Margaritaville. I hate to disappoint my three readers but a vacation is just what these tired old bones need. Good Rockin' will return with more sweetness on June 1. For the time being I think a couple of vacation related songs are just the ticket. The first one is a Jimmy Buffett song and it's not Margaritaville. I think most folks know who Jimmy is, but if you're unfamiliar with him then go here and get your parrothead freak on. The second one is by a group called the Great Divide, with a nod to Jimmy Buffett and vacations. The Great Divide is a band from Oklahoma and you can find out more about them here.

Holiday by Jimmy Buffett

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Pour Me A Vacation by The Great Divide

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I'm going to go chill out now. See y'all in two weeks.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Blood Sweat and Tears

Blood Sweat and TearsHow's this for digging up the past? I was reminded of this song when I was watching that movie Final Destination or something like that. It was covered by someone else, I forget who, but I was like wow, haven't heard that in a while. I bet some of you haven't either. Probably one of the best groups of the late 60's, but they couldn't get their shit together. I think most of the guys hated each other, and really the nail in the coffin was a European tour sponsored by Nixon's State Department in 1970. I know that sounds absurd but it's true. With all the unrest over the Vietnam war, this move did not sit well with fans. Too bad, gotta love those horns. Their sound was a true hybrid of rock and jazz, with a strong element of soul as the bonding agent that held it together. The horns didn't just honk along on the choruses, but played complex, detailed arrangements. This song really highlights what was good about the group.

And When I Die by Blood Sweat and Tears


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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Jason and the Scorchers

Jason Ringenberg was raised on a hog farm in northern Illinois. Ringenburg, fresh out of college in 1981, came storming into Nashville looking for a "rock n' roll wild band" and found the Scorchers, three Nashville upstarts who had punk-rock leanings. As the band roared into the eighties, their sound was described as "TNT From Tennessee and "Merle Haggard meets the Ramones."

From 1982 to 1985 Jason and the Scorchers were one of the best live bands ever. EMI signed them in 1984 and in 1985 released their first full length album "Lost and Found". For some reason EMI didn't "get it" and tried to turn the Scorchers into a radio friendly band, without really getting behind them. Their last release for EMI was "Still Standing" in 1986. Through the years Jason and the Scorchers have put out albums on different labels and it has always made me scratch my head how come they never got really big. The music really rocks and some of their licks can put heavy metal bands to shame. Essential Jason and the Scorchers, Volume 1-Are you Ready for the Country? is an absolute must have album for any fan of rock n roll and this is where you can find today's song.

White Lies by Jason and the Scorchers


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Monday, May 16, 2005

Streetheart

You won't find stuff like this on some of those other lame blogs. Every other blog is featuring the same indie crap. 40 to 50 of these mp3 blogs are featuring the same music. Not here. Fresh, old stuff. Classics that were never heard as you will. Streetheart. Hard rock band, active 1976-84. Formed in Regina. Not a band Homercat is real familiar with. I know they're Canadian. Does a photo exist that I could post here? I couldn't find one. I know two of their members left to form Loverboy(Paul Dean and Matt Frenette) in the 80's and I think most of us have heard of Loverboy. No matter how painful the memory may be. This I know. Keith Richards of the Stones said that the best cover of any Stones song was by a band called Streetheart from Canada. Honestly that's pretty high praise. He actually said in an interview that he preferred this version over their own version. You be the judge, It's definitely different and pretty good. Homercat likes it. Tell me what you think. Better or worse?

Under My Thumb by Streetheart

I have no idea where you can buy this. Classic old shit that rocks. You'll find it here at Good Rockin'.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Mojo and Skid

Mojo NixonHow could we go into the weekend without a little vibrator lovin' fun from Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper? Vibratorzilla it'll be. Today's post is courtesy of the 1989 must have album, Root Hog or Die. This album has something for everyone, from the family favorite Debbie Gibson is pregnant with my 2-headed love child, to the epic tear-jerker She's Vibrator Dependent.

Mojo Nixon won a fervent cult following with his motor-mouthed redneck persona and a gonzo brand of satire with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Celebrating lowbrow, blue-collar America in all its trashy, beer-soaked glory, Mojo's music was performed in maximum overdrive on a bed of rockabilly, blues, and R&B. As the Dead Milkmen once pointed out in Punk Rock Girl, "if your store ain't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin" - in other words, everybody needs a bit of Mojo in their lives! This is one of my favorite albums of all time. There isn't a bad cut on the whole album and it's wickedly good. I encourage any young uns that haven't heard of Mojo to check him out, and some of us old timers may want to revisit his catalog.
Mojo has publicly stated that he encourages His fans to burn copies of his CDs and swap show tapes and MP3s. I hear you mojo and I obey.

She's Vibrator Dependent by Mojo Nixon

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From his show rider
posted on
mojonixon.com...

Lots of FLASH Photography
(For ELVIS in Las Vegas effect)
a) Please do not turn away cameras
b) Please allow Mojonites to tape shows.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Missouri

We're gonna have to jump in the way back machine for this one and a half hit wonder band. Wayback machine, isn't that the name of that contraption that that dog and kid rode in on the Bullwinkle cartoon? Missouri hails from... uh Missouri. Kansas City that is. They had one huge monster hit back around 1977. At least it was huge in the midwest. They're kinda like your typical southern rock type band from that era. A long and complicated history for a band that only had two albums, which I won't go into here but you can check out this only webpage I could find on them.

This band is pretty easy on the ears and is a good listen if you're feeling a bit redneckish. I think I saw these guys once in St. Louis back around 81 or so and I enjoyed it.

Movin' On by Missouri

This song still gets played regularly on midwest classic rock stations tothis day cause it's a classic dudes. Good luck on finding either album on CD. The only CD offering available is a best of collection. If you got this on vinyl, hang onto it cause it's a keeper that may be worth a few dollars someday.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Billy Idol

Devil's Playground Rocks Biatch!My third Idol post since this blog began. I feel like I really need to promote the new Billy Idol album. If you stop by here regularly then you know I hardly ever write about new stuff. I like to dig out stuff from the vaults. The new Idol is better than anything he has done previously and better than anything kicking around out there right now. Devil's Playground rocks, and with this new material it should be #1 with a bullet. It needs to be heard by more people. I've always been a huge fan of the Idol. This album kicks major Mony Mony ass. Billy's looking a little rough around the edges but if you ask me he's a little older and better than ever. Go and buy this gem, it's well worth it. I've had a couple non Idol folks say it's pretty darn good. Billy hasn't been sleeping through the years. Reunited with uber guitarist Steve Stevens this album is fresh sounding and a helluva lot better than the crap that is being pushed on us by the record companies. I wasn't sure which cut I was going to post. His version of Plastic Jesus is just fucking amazing, but I wanted to post an original, so I think I'll go with Rat Race. I was reading an article somewhere and the article made reference to Billy Idol by saying that "so and so" said that Idol may be the best songwriter of this generation. For the life of me I can't remember who "so and so" was but it was someone big like Bob Dylan or Pete Townshend. I'll let you know when I remember. But that's pretty high praise and after listening to this album you can see why he said that.

Rat Race by Billy Idol

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Meri Wilson

Meri WilsonIn 1977 Meri had a huge international one hit wonder of the novelty sort. Her ditzy-woman style, full of suggestive, double-entendres was a hoot. I remember I bought this song on 45. For those youngsters who may be puzzled, a 45 was a little record with a big hole in it that had two songs on it. One on the front and back.
Wilson recorded the self-penned novelty "Telephone Man," a double-entendre-rich tale of a woman...um, "serviced" by her AT&T technician(“…just show me where you want it and I'll put it where I can”); the single cracked the Billboard Top 20 in the U.S. and the Top Five in the U.K., going gold on both sides of the pond. It was also a staple of Dr. Demento's syndicated radio program. Her attempts to follow "Telephone Man" with the like-minded "Peter the Meter Reader" and "Dick the DJ" went nowhere, and she ultimately retired to Americus, GA, to raise a family and teach choir.

Meri was killed in an SUV accident on Dec. 29, 2002 in Americus, GA at age 53. Shortly before that she had released a self titled album on the Ansley label. Those damn SUV's! It's a cute song.


Telephone Man by Meri Wilson

I have no idea where you can buy her stuff. Good luck.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Monks

Back when punk was fun and it didn't have to be angry or only consist of three chords, there was a quirky little band called the Monks. The Monks were excellent musicians who never made it big, but had a little gem of an LP. Unlike truly ticked-off punkers such as the Sex Pistols, they played it for a lark on their debut Bad Habits, which featured a leggy, cigarette-smoking, stocking-revealing nun on the cover. This band has more great tracks on this studio work than probably most groups have on Greatest Hit CD's. What I think is cool is the fact John Ford sings without hiding his British roots accent, sorta like Ian Dury. An album I recommend (as the majority of other reviewers do) for any devoted CD collector.

Drugs in My Pocket by The Monks

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Pubic Hair

Well I must admit that I don't know Jack Sh*T about these guys. Not Pubic Hair but Maclean and Maclean. The song has something to do with pubic hair. My wife introduced me to them and as much as I've searched the net, can't seem to find any info. But you must have this song because it's funny. These guys are Maclean and Maclean. Canadian dudes. That's all I know. Other songs I know by them are Dolly Parton's Tits and Fuck Ya. It's worthy though.

I've Seen Pubic Hair by Maclean and Maclean
(File taken down, check current posts for some more great music)

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