Friday, September 30, 2005

U-G-L-Y

Today in Music History:

1999, Chris de Burgh's web site was closed down after countless obscene messages were posted on the guestbook. One message consisted entirely of two four-letter words repeated 3500 times.
SparksWhat's the best song you've ever heard about being ugly? I don't mean the cruel type you're ugly and pathetic song. I mean poking fun at one's own self about being ugly. Once again I'll give you a first place tune and a runner up. I've posted about Sparks before and I've seen them pop up on a couple other music blogs in the last few months. Their pop sensibilities and witty lyrics have garnered them a cult following. I really enjoy Sparks, the brothers Mael have more than once given me a chuckle or two. First place ugly song comes from Sparks in Outer Space which is a favorite of mine. This song garners first place nod simply for this lyric. I went to Balboa island and laid in the sand, I may be ugly as sin but at least now I'm tan. An ugly guy singing about his tan. The singer also informs us that he went to high school and majored in looking real bad. An anthem if you will for all of us ugly guys.

I Wish I Looked A Little Better by Sparks

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Runner Up
I love Harry Belafonte's calypso crooning.
I wonder why nobody don't like me
Or is it the fact that I'm ugly?
Shut yer mouth go away, Mama look a boo boo day. Enough said. If he'd of mentioned somewhere in the song about getting a tan then Harry would have ranked first. There's no debating it though, this is a classic.

Mama Look a Boo Boo by Harry Belafonte

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Know any ugly songs that I may have unintentionally dissed? Let me know. Have a good weekend all.

Funny Toon

Uh Oh it's a bonus unrelated song

Under Suspicion by Angel(rapidshare)

Don't know who Angel is? Take a look here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Let's Revisit This Band

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rock Me Gently', it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies 'Sugar Sugar'.
The ExitThe Exit is a trio of New York City punks that decided to form a band in 1999. I did a brief post about them back in July if you would like to learn more about how they came about. Their new album Home For An Island is due to be released on October 11 and this a little pre release blurb about the album. I was lucky enough to be able to hear the whole album before it's release, courtesy of their record company. When these guys started out they were pretty much a straight forward punk band. I have to say that their sound has matured and they've changed directions a bit. It's grounded in punk rock but isn't happy to flop around there. Hints of dub reggae run through the melodies, pop hooks draw listeners into some dark places, moods change from song to song, sometimes within a song. Their music is slightly reminiscent of The Police with a harder edge. For me that could be a bad thing since I don't own anything by The Police nor do I ever want to. Not a fan. The Exit on the other hand has earned a place in my music collection.

I won't break down each song, but on first listen there were 5 songs I immediately liked. The Opening track Don't Push is most likely the standout track here, but other tracks that got me right off the bat were Back to the Rebels, So Leave Then, and Tell Me All Again. If I had to give the album stars I would probably go 3 out of 5 stars. Say you were standing in the record store and you were thinking about purchasing that silly Coldplay album. I would say whoa dude, I don't think you should waste your money on that drivel, come over here and check out this band instead. So go ahead and give it a listen, and tell em homercat sent you.

So Leave Then by The Exit

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Best of Series

Today in Music History:

2003, Police were investigating reports that Paul McCartney scuffled with a photographer when the singer went to see magician David Blaine, who was in a plastic box dangling over the River Thames. The London Evening Standard said one of its photographers had clashed with McCartney resulting in a scuffle.
Evwn though I have saved drafts 5 times, I have lost what I have written 5 times. I am pissed and I think this puter is crapping out. Being said I am trying to start my Best of series of posts. Not a top ten kind of thing. Just a best of category thing. If anyone disagrees I would certainly welcome a song that is better than what I consider the best of. First category will be

Best Rock n Roll Song to ever incorporate the use of bagpipes bonus points if you are in a schoolboy uniform

Yes there are so many. I doubt though that many would argue with me that the best would be the best, the hardest, and uhhhh the fucking best would an Ac/DC song. Remember this is bagpipes. Have I said the best too many times? You got a better one? Well it is duh

It's a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC

If you want a runner up then it would have to be

Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

Steve's song almost took first because the first time I heard it I thought it was the best song I had ever heard even though I was the A number 1 AC/DC fan. but let's face it AC/DC's song has the nuts.

Got an opinion about a bagpipe song that I missed, then fucking tell me, because I wanna Know. It has to be a part of a classic pop or rock song of the last 50 years, not a rendition of Amazing Grace over a dedicated public servant. Or just let me know which one you think is best. Or just be silent if you if you have no nuts. Homercat out.

Funny Toon

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Valdy

Today in Music History:

In 1962, The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sherry'. They became the first American group to have three No.1's in succession.
ValdyValdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered best for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his song which tells the story of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller folk singer, facing a rambunctious rock n roll audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival in 1968. Valdy has had 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, 16 albums, and has received two Juno Awards (from a total of seven Juno nominations), and four Gold albums to his credit.

Along the way, he's taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia, been an invited performer for five years in a row at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas, and even played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers. Valdy's still around and is currently on tour where his next performance will be September 18. In May 2006 he will be starting his first ever tour of England, Ireland and Scotland. Right on Valdy!

Today, he lives on Salt Spring Island, near Vancouver Island BC, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, two dogs and two large cats (the three grown-up "kids" are all now living in the southern mainland of British Columbia in or around Vancouver)

Rock n Roll Song by Valdy

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Friday, September 09, 2005

BossHoss

Today in Music History:

1965, US newspaper The Hollywood reporter ran the following advertisement; 'Madness folk & roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for 4 insane boys. The Monkees were born.
BossHossToday is a rarity, a post about new music. I can't take credit for this find. A friend from across the pond introduced me to this band, and I'm itching to get my hands on a copy of their album. After weeks of checking I see that Amazon now has it available as an import (in other words, expensive). So let's get a little exposure for this band, cause I'm really digging this stuff.

BossHoss hails from Germany and their music can best be described as....well I'm not sure. Mickfly calls it rockgrass and that's describes it pretty good. What do I know about this band? Not much. I tried to research them and most of the fan sites listed on google are all in German and I was too lazy to translate the page. BossHoss does have a website and you can get it in English, but they don't give you much about the history of the band other than this fanciful piece. They cover a lot of different songs from Nelly to Billy Idol. I don't know if they have any original material on their album. If you dig around their website, you'll find a few more mp3's for download. For some reason their sound immediately hooked me. Give a listen and maybe you'll get hooked.

Eyes Without a Face by The BossHoss

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Friday Bonus Tunes

Roller by April Wine (rapidshare)
Sloop John B by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (rapidshare)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hawksley Workman

Today in Music History:

2003, US Singer, songwriter, Warren Zevon died. Recorded over 15 solo albums, 1978 US No.21 single 'Werewolves Of London'.
Hawksley WorkmanThe story of Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman is extremely weird if you believe the ongoing biography (Chapter Two) published on his website. According to the autobiography, his childhood in a rural part of Canada included such things as drifting "in the sky on a kite carefully fastened to a button on my shirtsleeve." As he grew older, he took a job cutting ice from the lake while listening to the songs of the winter birds, then once he finished his schooling, he made the transition from the forest to the big city Toronto. Well it goes on for some more weirdness and half truths I would reckon. Whatever his history his debut album, For Him and the Girls, found Workman playing virtually every note on the album in addition to recording it in his own home studio. Released in Canada in 1999, the album received critical raves in his homeland and in the United Kingdom, where Workman spent considerable time touring.

I really don't know much more than the stuff on his first album which is my bad, because I should be checking out more of his stuff. Workman has played on and produced albums for fellow Canadian artists John Southworth, Sarah Slean, Tegan and Sara, the Cash Brothers, and Paul Macleod.

Here's a cut from that first album.

Striptease by Hawksley Workman

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Joanna Dean

Today in Music History:

1983, The other three members of The Clash, who claimed he'd 'drifted apart' from the original idea of the group, fired Mick Jones, lead guitarist with The Clash.
Joanna DeanHailing from Tennessee, Joanna Dean was one of the most promising blues artists of the late '80s. Back in 1987 I was visiting Memphis and while driving around listening to a local radio station I heard this song that absolutely riveted me. So much so, that I had to find the nearest record store in Memphis and buy this beauty of an album called Misbehavin'. I was not disappointed. Her voice has to be heard to be believed. It lies somewhere between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. Raspy, bluesy, gritty, and totally rocking. There isn't a bad song on the album and the final track is a killer version of the Stones' Gimme Shelter. Misbehavin' rocks hard, straddling a thin line between hard rock and heavy metal. Why this album didn't tear up the charts will forever remain one of life's mysteries.

Buy it if you can find it!!

For Joanna's 1991 second album, Code of Honor, she put together a band called Bad Romance. The album touches on issues such as alcoholism and suicide and has a rather somber tone. The sound on the "Code of Honor" album was more pure rock n' roll than her debut album. However, Joanna's voice is bluesy so it still had her sound. The album received much more press than her first album, there were full-page ads in METAL EDGE magazine. The couple reviews I saw of the album were favorable. But unfortunately, the album went pretty much un-noticed....much like her first one.
The only sad thing about this tale is that she doesn't record any more. She made only the two records. Last I heard, she was a graphics designer for some website development company. Truly one of the great tragedies of Rock And Roll...A shame, Joanna had a lot of talent. If anyone out there knows what truly became of Joanna please drop me a line and update me.

Kiss This by Joanna Dean
(File taken down, check current posts for some more great music)

Sometimes you can find this CD on EBAY going for anywhere around 40 to 90 dollars.
Good Luck, if you find one, buy me a copy too.

Funny Toon