Wednesday, September 27, 2006

My Old Friend

This is supposed to be strictly a music blog. I can't help but sometimes getting a little personal and opinionated. Some of you can attest to this if you've read a few of the rants that spew forth sometimes. Today is one of those Days.

My friend, confidant, inspiration and namesake of this blog passed away yesterday morning. It was very sudden and happened without the slightest warning. He was his happy and hungry self when we went to bed Monday night. I woke at 7 in the morning for a little bathroom necessity and he jumped off the bed and followed me in as he does every morning, hoping that I got up early to feed him as usual. I went back to lay down for another hour and the missus got up at eight to get ready for work and my old friend Homer lay dead in front of the bathroom door. Our household was in shock.

Homer adopted us about 3 and a half years ago from the shelter. As we were browsing in the common cat area, this old boy came right up to me and sat next to my leg. When ever we moved to look at a different kitty he followed and sat right next to me. After five minutes it was obvious we had been picked. I told the old lady that we could quit looking. We had no idea how old he was and on his first check up at the vet, they estimated he was between 4 and 7, but they couldn't say exactly. It was evident upon taking home that he had more than likely had been abused in his past. He did a lot of flinching.

Homer became an important part of our family and had more human qualities than a lot of people I know. Many of you have become familiar with him through his silly little photo's that appeared here on a regular basis. Most of the time he would be sitting on the chair next to me as I worked on these little projects. He had this funny little way of stirring his water with his paw before he drank it. He was a big dude and was always making us laugh.

The vet thinks he probably had a heart attack or some kind of brain aneurysm and that he died instantly. Needless to say we remain devastated. I'm certainly unsure about the future of this site. A lot of what went on here revolved around him. Pics, address, hosting and countless other things. I'm sure that he wouldn't mind if I continued on using his likeness and name and in fact it would be a great tribute to him to do so. Right now it is too difficult to contemplate.

Some would say that it's dumb to get so bent out of shape over an animal. Those of you that own pets know that they are part of the family and it's not so dumb. Some would say there's a lot more problems in the world and people with a million times worse problems than what I'm dealing with right now. That doesn't make things any easier at the present time. I had been toying with the idea of changing over to my own domain name and moving the site. This may or may not happen now. I am unsure what to do.

Every night Homer would sleep next to me, it will be hard to fall asleep now. Every morning when I came home from work Homer was there at the door to greet me. This morning there was an emptiness and sadness when I opened that door. Please indulge me as I pay tribute to this fine feline with a few songs.

Ride On by ACDC(his favorite song)
Sending the Old Man Home by Jimmy Buffett(I know it's about an old sailor but somehow seems appropriate)
One More Arrow by Elton John
my friend Homer


I used to know this old scarecrow
He was my song, my joy and sorrow
Cast alone between the furrows
Of a field no longer sown by anyone

I held a dandelion
That said the time had come
To leave upon the wind
Not to return
When summer burned the earth again

Cultivate the freshest flower
This garden ever grew
Beneath these branches
I once wrote such childish words for you

But that's okay
There's treasure children always seek to find
And just like us
You must have had
A once upon a time

Curtains-Elton John

Thanks for adopting us Homer. Goodbye old friend, I miss you dearly.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Working for the Weekend

Today in Music History:

In 1989 Neil Young releases 'Freedom,' his best album in a decade. A blistering performance of the opening track, "Rockin' in the Free World," on 'Saturday Night Live' is regarded as one of that show's best performances.
Here it is Friday and homercat has only written once this week. If any of you have been coming here for a while, then you have all listened to my moans and groans about finding stuff that is out of print. When searching for stuff that is OOP, buying it from the record companies is not an option because they no longer sell it. Then you have to go searching in used record stores, thrift shops, pawn shops and flea markets. When these avenues have been exhausted someone always says, I bet you can find it on Ebay or somewhere on the web. Yes this is most likely true, but like any other antique, You might shell out well over a hundred bucks to some greedy miser who's been hoarding that special CD you've been looking for. He gets richer and the artist gets squat.

Since starting this here site, homercat has met lots of folks who share his love for the tunes. Many friendships have developed and many of these great people have helped me hook up with the stuff I've been searching for. Some have gone above and beyond. You guys know who you are and My thanks to all of you. You guys Rawk. Then I have to thank youse guys who stop in and read what's on the cat's mind. Good Rockin' is coming up on it's two year anniversary and while not extremely prolific, I try to get out at least two posts a week. I also try to respond to your comments and emails individually, but sometimes I fall behind. Most of you know that I focus on older stuff, but I do feature new artists once in a while. Which brings me back around to OOP stuff again. Most of this stuff shouldn't be OOP. Since it is, then someone needs to breathe new life into these OOP records and introduce them to a new generation. Hence the homercat.

A few days back I did a post on Electric Angels and (I hope he doesn't mind if I mention this) shortly thereafter I received an email from Jonathan Daniels, former bass player for the band. Just a short note that read
I'm a big fan of your blog so I was naturally very excited to see you mention our band!
Thanks and I hope you keep the blog going. Its an awesome stroll down memory lane.

So I'm keeping the music alive. Which brings me to this. I'm going to do something I rarely do, feature a whole album. I'm all for buying the record so the artist gets money for their work. When it's OOP who benefits then? I've mentioned Joanna Dean a couple times here and I believe it's time for everyone who hasn't heard the album should get a chance to. Her out of print Cd can be found on ebay sometimes going for around $150. That's insane. Joanna Dean was an up and coming promising rocker whose voice was a cross between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. This her debut album rocked hard and bordered on metal but for some reason she never caught on. She does the best cover of the Stones Gimme Shelter, I've ever heard.


01 - Ready for Saturday Night
02 - Kiss This
03 - Misbehavin'
04 - I Miss the Money
05 - Once Is Enough
06 - Dirty Fingers
07 - Burnin' Rubber
08 - She's Been Hearing About Me
09 - Gimme Shelter
Copy and paste this link in your browser to download

Before I let the weekend have it's way with you guys, how a bout a few fun tunes. Last night had the old winamp on random and this song came on and I started to laugh my ass off again. It never fails to crack me up. It's a live recording of Mojo Nixon from 2003 in Vancouver I think. It's surprisingly good quality and I've posted it here before, but if you haven't had a chance to get it, you've got to hear it, that's an order. Mojo has his way with George Bush and it's hilarious and also true. Highly recommended.
Louisiana Liplock by Mojo Nixon
Buy It

How to describe this next song? It's my personal favorite from this Canadian band and it too is a live version and has the best damn tuba playing I've ever heard on a CD. The fact that it mentions an erection on a horse is just a bonus. Check it out and see if you dig that tuba as much as I do.
And If Venice is Sinking by Spirit of the West

Gonna throw in some Osmonds cause this song is fun and you gotta dig Donny's falsetto. Also from the 1971 OOP album "Homemade"
Double Lovin' by The Osmonds

See You guys next week eh? Have a gooder.

Funny Toon

Monday, September 18, 2006

Better Know A Homercat

Today in Music History:

In 1983 Kiss appears in public for the first time without their make-up.
One of my partner sites sort of challenged me to do one of those meme things. He kind of mentioned in an offhand way that he would find homercat's responses interesting. I don't normally like these critters, but this one may be doable. I did find that for some of these questions, one answer just won't suffice. I also found a couple of our answers to be the same. Throughout this list you may find a download or two. A lot of these answers could change depending on what day one asked the homercat these questions. I also feel that about 20 more questions should have been listed. This will do for now.

Favorite Beatles song: "A Day in the Life"
Favorite Rolling Stones song: "Far Away Eyes"
Favorite Doors song: "The Soft Parade"
Favorite Bob Dylan song: either "Jokerman" or "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
Favorite Led Zeppelin song: "The Lemon Song"
TV theme song: "Dr. Who "
Favorite Prince song: "DMSR"
Favorite Madonna song: Do I have To?"Material Girl"
Favorite Michael Jackson song: "Black or White"
Favorite Queen song: "Ogre Battle"
Favorite Motorhead song: "God Save the Queen"(Don't have much Motorhead)
Favorite Ozzy song: "Tonight"
Favorite Public Enemy song: "Shut em Down"
Favorite song from a cartoon: "Ripped Pants" (from Spongebob Squarepants)
Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: "Trapped"
Favorite Depeche Mode song: "Blasphemous Rumours"
Favorite Cure song: sorry, can't stand the Cure
Favorite song that most of your friends haven't heard: "Land of Dreams"
Favorite Smiths song: "How Soon is Now?"
Favorite Beastie Boys song: "Rhymin and Stealin"
Favorite Clash song: This is a toughie, I should just say all of them. "Clampdown" or "The Card Cheat"
Favorite Police song: Sorry not a fan, sue me.
Favorite Eurythmics song: "Sexcrime (1984)"
Favorite Beach Boys song: "Sloop John B"
Favorite Cyndi Lauper song: "All Through the Night"
Favorite song from a movie: "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash (from Dawn of the Dead remake..very effective)
Favorite Duran Duran song: "Electric Barbarella"
Favorite Peter Tosh song: "Maga Dog"
Favorite Johnny Cash song: "Cocaine Blues"
Favorite song from an 80s one-hit wonder: "Major Tom (coming home)" by Peter Schilling
Favorite song from a video game: Even though I don't own it, that song by Rob Zombie from Twisted Metal
Favorite Kinks song: "Killer's Eyes"
Favorite Genesis song: "Mama"
Favorite Thin Lizzy song: "The Cowboy Song"
Favorite INXS song: "The One Thing"
Favorite Weird Al song: either "Party at the Leper Colony" or "Dare to Be Stupid"
Favorite Peter Gabriel song: "Intruder"(creepiest song ever recorded)
Favorite John Lennon song: "How Do You Sleep"
Favorite Pink Floyd song: either"Sheep" or "Wish You Were Here"
Favorite White Stripes song:Sorry I don't own any, so I'll say "Seven Nation Army"
Favorite dance song: either"Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol or ''In the Mood" by Glenn Miller
Favorite U2 song: "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own"
Favorite song from an actor turned musician: "Garden Party"(Does Ricky Nelson count?)
Favorite disco song: "Too Hot to Trot" by The Commodores
Favorite power ballad: "Time for me to Fly" by REO Speedwagon
Favorite Guns 'n' Roses song: "Get in the Ring"
Favorite Who song: "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Favorite Elton John song: Too many to choose from, either"Empty Garden" or "Captain Fantastic"or "High Flying Bird"
Favorite song, period: "A Pirate Looks at 40" by Jimmy Buffett or "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones

Won't pass it on but feel free to respond with your faves. Now you are better acquainted with a homercat.

Funny Toon

Friday, September 15, 2006

Hey Hey I Watched the Monkees

Today in Music History:

In 2004 Johnny Ramone passes away after a fight with prostate cancer. RIP Johnny.
I don't quite remember the Monkees from their September 12, 1966 debut on the television screen. Homercat was yet a wee kittie. I became familiar with those 4 zany boys in the early seventies when their show went into syndication and aired on Saturday mornings back when we only had two stations to choose from. Micky Dolenz the funny one, Mike Nesmith the smart and serious one, Peter Tork the naive one, and Davy Jones the cute one. Then I really remember their resurgence in popularity in 1986 when MTV took to airing the Monkees. It was bonafide Monkeemania. We held a couple Monkee parties back then.

Millions of people still listen to their music. In fact, their legacy has been further strengthened by Rhino Entertainment's acquisition of The Monkees' franchise from Columbia Pictures in the early 1990s, with remastered editions of both the original television series and their music library having now surfaced in stores on DVD and compact disc collections, and here it is 40 years and 3 days since their first appearance and Rhino is pulling out all the stops. On August 15th, Rhino released limited-edition reissues of the group's first two #1 albums, The Monkees and More of The Monkees. Rhino remastered and expanded both albums for deluxe, double-disc sets that feature stereo and mono mixes of the original releases, rare alternate versions of album tracks, as well as previously unreleased tracks.

I'm tempted to go into their whole history but most of you know it by now and their are enough sites out their to visit who probably would do a lot better job than the cat. I will share afew tidbits though. The group's first two releases combined for a total of 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Album chart and helped the group sell more than 16 million albums between 1966 and 1968-more than The Beatles and
Rolling Stones combined. They hold the record for most #1 albums in one year. Four of their albums (The Monkees, More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd.) hit #1 in 1967. They were the first American band to play in Thailand. They were the first rock band to extensively use the Moog Synthesizer on a pop album. They were the first male leads in a television series to have long hair and The Monkees reunion tour was the largest grossing tour of 1986.

How about the music on these two new limited edition discs? Well you all know the songs. Superb pop tunes written by some of the best songwriters ever to put pen to paper. On their first album, the boys' involvement was mostly limited to vocals. Of course Nesmith the troublesome one really wanted to play his own instruments. So much so that their are two Nesmith songs on the first album. By the time of their second album they were fighting the powers to be (Kirshner) to play their own stuff. It too had a couple songs written by Nesmith. By the time they had released their third album, Headquarters, they had gained control of the group, fired Kirshner and started doing their own thing.

I have to hand it to Rhino, they have done a bang up job on these limited edition reissues. This isn't a case of milking the cash cow. These are very impressive discs. The sound quality is great in both mono and stereo. The double-gatefold packaging is very classy and impressive, the extensive liner notes are excellent, detailing the making of each album, which I found fascinating. The production credits are as complete as it's possible to recreate after forty years. There are also plenty of photos, many of which I've never seen before. However, the real reason you want to get this edition is the sound. These albums have never sounded as good as this, not EVER. Every track is clean and quiet with low distortion. The bonus tracks are awesome and I found that I liked some of these bonus tracks and the alternate mixes better than the original albums. I am not exaggerating here folks. This is a genuinely impressive restoration job! (in case you're wondering, I don't work for Rhino) One can only imagine, but what if The Beatles catalogue got this treatment.

THIS is the way reissues should be handled. I truly hope the industry takes note of this. If you're a Monkees fan, you owe it to yourself to purchase these fine editions at once. If you're just a casual listener I would still recommend these albums over previous releases, because there's some good stuff here besides "the Hits". Please support Rhino/Warner so they will be encouraged to continue issuing the remainder of the Monkees catalog in this truly deluxe format. Way to go guys!! A few samples now.
The Monkees
Papa Gene's Blues
Gonna Buy Me A Dog
Theme from The Monkees(second recorded version) RS
More of The Monkees
Mary Mary
Your Auntie Grizelda RS
Look Out(Here Comes Tomorrow) with Peter's narration

Buy The Monkees
Buy More of the Monkees

Funny Toon

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Electric Angels

Today in Music History:

In 2003, US Wal-Mart stores refused to stock 'Permission To Land' the Number 1 album by UK rock group The Darkness because the sleeve featured a woman's bottom.
electric angelsFormed from the ashes of the band Candy, the Electric Angels managed to bring some class back to the world of hard rock with a sound in the same vein as Hanoi Rocks and the Rolling Stones.
The Electric Angels formed in Los Angeles and played their debut gig on December 31, 1987. The band consisted of Shane (vocals, and the only member not involved with Candy), Ryan Roxie (guitar), Jonathan Daniel (bass) and John Schubert (drums). Kiss' Bruce Kulick produced the group's first demos, which promptly landed them a deal with Atlantic records. Their self-titled debut was produced by Tony Visconti and released in 1990. They were reviewed favorably as a cross between The Replacements and Hanoi Rocks. Despite being a great debut effort and backed by constant touring, the debut album (and first single "Rattlesnake Kisses") didn't make many waves commercially. Their record label wanted the band to demo new material, and a second album was prepared. But record company politics led to the album being shelved. The band was dropped in 1991, before they could record their second album, which was to be called New York Times. Demos for the second album do exist and have shown up on bootlegs bearing the name of the aborted album. Shane, Jonathan, and John returned a few years later, without Ryan Roxie, as The Loveless, releasing A Tale Of Gin And Salvation in 1995, an album that is well loved among fans of the power pop music genre.

Roxie became the most noticeable after the band disbanded, playing with both Alice Cooper and Dad's Porno Mag. All the members, minus Roxie, reunited for a radio show in 2000, but a full reunion is very unlikely.

That's a damn shame too. I discovered EA back in 1991 whilst perusing a bargain bin at a record store(AKA the cutout bin). Having never heard of these guys, I thought some of the song titles were were interesting so for a buck 99, it got purchased. When I got home and played the disc, I discovered I had purchased a well crafted and rockin' album for mere peanuts. Over the years I played this disc over and over and wished these guys had been able to do more. Then tragedy struck and the disc was gone. All these years later and the disc is an out of print, rare and hard to find CD. Through my travels near and closer these past few weeks, I checked many used record stores, pawn shops and thrift stores for this disc and Phantom Rocker and Slick and Cheap Trick's Standing on the Edge album. All to no avail. Then through some connections and a generous soul someone hooked me up with some mp3's. I was so excited I felt I had to share a couple of these classic glam rock tracks with my readers. Although I wish to throw this out there. I am still searching for this and the other titles I mentioned. The Phantom Rocker Slick was never released on CD so if anyone's got the cassette, homercat is willing to purchase. But I digress. Enjoy these tracks and buy the disc if you can.

Rattlesnake Kisses by Electric Angels
The Drinking Song by Electric Angels
Buy It if u can

Funny Toon

Monday, September 11, 2006

A Sad Day Indeed

Today in Music History:

In 1977 David Bowie records his guest appearance on 'Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas'. Bowie and Bing perform a duet of "The Little Drummer Boy."
gimpy homercatHomercat is back. A little gimpy but back. Not because he did any extreme sports in the mountains or anything like that. The cat is just fuckin' old and his bum knee is acting up so bad that he has resorted to a bit of cane action to get around. Life sucks then we get old eh. Oh yeah didn't something bad happen about five years ago?

I try to stick with the music but I have to say something on this anniversary of a terrible tragedy. A bit of a rant if you will. There will be music at the end. We were all affected that day in our different ways. I personally spent several hours crying and wishing I was right at ground zero so I could help. I wanted to kill, kill, and kill some more those who were responsible. Since then the American president has been fighting the war on terrorsm(mainly by invading Iraq and that helps us why?). Orange, Yellow, RED, get yer duct tape and save yerself.

Whatever your belief, red state or blue state, liberal or conservative, christian, jew, muslim, mormon or atheist. We lost the war on terrorism this day five years ago. We lost it before we even knew there was a terrorism war. They achieved every goal they had and more than they could possibly imagine on that day. They totally changed our way of life, which was their whole goal. Starting September 12th, Americans and most of the free world bowed their heads to these terrorists and said ok you win. We have allowed our governments to run wild with laws and policies that should make us shudder with disbelief. Monitoring of all of US citizens by our phone usage, internet habits, library usage, book purchases. Spying on each and every on of us. If you believe in that pipe dream that they're just spying on us to protect us, then god help you. It's a governmental wet dream that we now think it's ok that they can listen in on us all for our safety. Our way of life has changed so much it's scary. Way more scarier than Osama bin cocksucker could ever be. Try to take toothpaste on your next flight and then tell me who's winning this war on terrorism.

They won the whole war that day five years ago. Our way of life has changed so much and people are laying down and saying here take my freedoms, protect me. As long as I'm safe I don't care what the government does. You folks realize that all your cellphones have that little chip in it, right. I live on the westcoast and that stupid little fucker over there in Korea scares me more than anything, yet we ignore that little shit. Now he's a dumbshit scary motherfucker. Oh well.

Regardless I refuse to live by all these stupid little penis assholes visions. I ain't a moron, if I see some stupid, makes no sense shit happening nonsense going on I'll report it. Other wise I'm going on about my day to day business. I'm not much of a God person but I do believe he has your number. You're either going to die by natural causes, a tornado, cancer, car crash, a terrorist, heart attack or something. Die you will, we ALL DO and he has your ticket punched. Personally even though I'm gimpy, I got too much livin to do to let these little pissant motherfuckers make me scared to walk out my door and I'll be damned if I sit still and let our governments make us scared to walk out my door. And You should be ashamed if you let the terrorists and our governments do that to us. Do you think this is the first time?
Feb 17 1775
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

They weren't a bunch of pussies. Should we be?

One other thing, shouldn't we be going after the asswipe who did this and who is still planning further attacks against North America???

Thus my political rant is over. It was weighing on my mind. Now some tunes and I won't go there again. Only music stuff here on out.

I Won't Run Anymore by Pete Townshend
Buy It

Let's Impeach the President by NeilYoung
Buy It

Funny Toon