Friday, October 27, 2006

Trick or Treat

Today in Music History:

In 1975, the unknown Bruce Springsteen had the rare honour of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.
Ok let's getthis show on the road. I knows some of youse got halloween parties and such planned for this weekend and we need a few more weenie worthy tunes to fill that disc up. I've got a perfect opening track for said Halloween disc. A buddy of mine put together this little piece with sounds, creepy voice and such. It sets the mood excellently for the rest of the evening.

Every year someone overplays Monster Mash thinking it's the best ever song for Halloween. Homercat offers up an alternative that first appeared here last year and is destined to become a classic.
Monster Ass

Personally I wouldn't think of celebrating Halloween without this song.
What you eatin' there boy? Crayons?
The Martian Boogie by Brownsville Station
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I beg to serve, your wish is my law
Now close those eyes and let me love you to death
Love You to Death by Type O Negative
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I cut the flesh
And make it bleed
Fresh skin
Is what I need

House of 1000 Corpses by Rob Zombie
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Living somewhere
Between dead and dying
Praying to the Aliens by Gary Numan and Tubeway Army

Sin sin ha! ha! come on sin sin do the sinister
Do the Sinister by Infectious Grooves
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A great cover of this song by Ronnie James Dio
Welcome to my nightmare
Welcome to my breakdown
I hope I didn't scare you
Welcome to My Nightmare by Ronnie James Dio
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I'm in a hurry, can you tell? All you ghouls and goblins have a scary weekend and don't drink too much blood.

Funny Toon

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Take This OOP And Run

Today in Music History:

In 1965 The Beatles are awarded England's prestigious MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire). John comments, 'I thought you had to drive tanks and win wars to get the MBE.'
I've had a bug up my ass since I wrote last Friday's post. Once again this has to do with out of print material. When I posted the Osmonds song last week, I mentioned that you could get it at Amazon from a third party for 500 bucks. Here's the deal though. The Osmonds Crazy Horses album was never released on CD. So this fella has pirated it in some way or just ripped it from vinyl to CDR and has the gall to charge 500 bucks. This seems a might shady to me. Knowing that the artist isn't seeing a penny of this outrageous asking price.

Here's another thing, why out of print? I realize that this album came out in 1972 but this album is not "easy listening" or cheesy bubblegum my fellow rock n' roll fans! This is some very inspiring rock n' roll! The words, melody, and music are all complimented by gutsy distorted guitars and great full thundering sound of drums. There are ballads here but even metal guys put ballads on their discs. The album rocks, rolls, and kicks butt! After listening to "CRAZY HORSES" or "HOLD HER TIGHT" tell me it doesn't rock. So it's a disgrace and a sham that this LP never saw the light of CD. I know myself and many folks from my generation would line up to buy remastered and expanded edition of this album. Their whole back catalog even. Don't even get me started on the many compilation albums out there. They suck. Are any of you record companies listening??? This music should be brought to the masses and since it's an out of print album I give you a limited time chance to download the album. It has been ripped from vinyl and is an excellent sounding rip. No scratches or hisses.

The Osmonds

1 Hold Her Tight 3:18
2 Utah 2:20
3 Girl 3:38
4 What Could It Be 3:20
5 We All Fall Down 2:50
6 And You Love Me 3:40
7 Crazy Horses 2:40
8 Life Is Hard Enough Without Goodbyes 3:45
9 Hey, Mr. Taxi 3:05
10 That's My Girl 3:12
11 Julie 3:14
12 Big Finish :18

The Osmonds-Crazy Horses full album pw=homercat

For the first time in over thirty years, this album is now available on CD for the first time ever. Scoop it up before it goes out of print again!!!!

Funny Toon

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The King of Spooky

Today in Music History:

In 1992, twenty years after the release of his milestone 'Harvest,' Neil Young issues a sequel, 'Harvest Moon.' It becomes his first million-seller since 1979's 'Rust Never Sleeps.'
Dwight FryThere is one artist that I have done to death on this site and that is the shockmeister himself, Alice Cooper. One could conclude that homercat likes his Coop and one would be correct. Past posts include this one and this other one. If you are compiling a Halloween compilation for a party or other reasons then a failure to include any Alice material would be a sham. One of the scariest things about Alice is his ultra conservative views, for example recently opening a christian summer camp or being a Bush supporter. Still he is the master of the creepy song.

I mentioned earlier the ultra creepy album DaDa which seems to be a concept album of sorts. There seems to be a recurring theme about the father and the brother that is kept locked away. I've already said the opening track is very spooky and it doesn't end there. 1983's Dada, reunited Cooper with Bob Ezrin, who produced most of his '70's albums. It turned out to be Cooper's strongest album in a decade. Alice was still struggling with alcoholism at this point, and the tone of this album is rather dark. His trademark shock lyrics have an unsettlingly serious undertone on "No Man's Land" and "Pass The Gun Around". The gruesome songs are dressed up in lush arrangements including prominent strings and keyboards. "Former Lee Warmer" is rather spooky, almost supernatural sounding, conveying the feel of loneliness and darkness. This is right in with the context of the song, which talks about a brother being locked up in an upstairs room of a house to which only the "storyteller" has possession. The final track "Pass the gun around" deals with the subject of wasting time and getting drunk - feeling like there is nothing worth living for . It might almost have a biographical aspect to it, considering Alice's position at the time. The song has an underlying sadness and despair to it and when the song ends with the sound of a gun going off it really does leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. You also get a sense of the turmoil in Alice's life at the time. Dada is an overlooked masterpiece and many Cooper fans will tell you it's one of his best albums. I would rank it in the top 5 myself.
Former Lee Warmer by Alice Cooper
Pass the Gun Around by Alice Cooper (rs)
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Here's a song off of another highly overlooked album. It's not really a spooky song but it's kind of neat opening with a spooky organ riff. Everytime I hear it I see visions of all these creepy looking skeletons dancing around in a maniacal frenzy. Sounds like Halloween to me.
Skeletons in the Closet by Alice Cooper
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A few more must have creeptastic Cooper tunes to round off this post.
Ballad of Dwight Fry
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The Awakening(bonus alternate version) (rs)
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Unfinished Sweet
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Friday, October 20, 2006

Deceptively Creepy

Today in Music History:

In 1962, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monster Mash'.
headless HomercatLet us continue with our Halloween theme and serve up some more creepy songs for the listening pleasure of the headless homercat. There are some songs that when first heard you would think, hey that's a nice upbeat tune. On repeated listens you finally figure out the lyrics and are horrified by what the song is actually about. These type of songs don't usually sound dark or morose in any way, but the lyrics sends chills down your spine.

My first example of such a song is by The Kinks. The song is called Art Lover and sounds very nice and mellowish and very pleasant. By the end of the song you realize it's about a pedophile stalking his prey. By the time Ray Davies sings
Little girl dont notice me
Watching as she innocently plays.
She cant see me staring at her
Because Im always wearing shades
one is totally creeped out. A song that first sounded so nice, now gives you the heebies.
Art Lover by The Kinks
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The Talking Heads explored all kinds of music forms and managed to get into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Alice Cooper or KISS. One song off their Little Creatures album is a deceptively upbeat song about torturing a little baby by keeping it awake 'all night long'!"
Stay Up Late by The Talking Heads
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The textbook American cult band of the 1980s, the Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision; raw and jittery, the trio's music found little commercial success but nonetheless emerged as the soundtrack for the lives of troubled adolescents everywhere. Country Death Song from the album "Hallowed Ground" goes down that upbeat, eerie road.
You wanna know how to take a short trip to Hell? Just take your lovely daughter and throw her in a well.
The dynamics of this song are incredible. The intense build up of the singer's utter dispair really pulls you into the story. Turn the volume way up on this one so you can feel the crash as the little girls body hits bottom!
Country Death Song by The Violent Femmes (rs)
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Oingo Boingo had success in the eighties with their quirky, danceable tunes. One gets the sense that the band was always far more interested in having fun with their music than anything else. While almost all of their stuff very uptempo and very slam danceable, most of the lyrics were horrible awful stuff. Very dark and despairing. In Just Another Day, Elfman sings,
I had a dream last night / The world was set on fire
And everywhere I ran / There wasn't any water
The temperature increased / The sky was crimson red
The clouds turned into smoke / And everyone was dead

That's some apocalyptic stuff and depressing but the music is jammin. My favorite Boingo song is Dead Man's Party, sounds very up yet once again Elfman sings,
I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder
Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin' to a party where no one's still alive

Just Another Day by Oingo Boingo
Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
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The Tragically Hip are Canada's best kept secret, a national treasure that haven't become big anywhere else and that's just the way they like it. The band is immensely popular in Canada. They have never found great success in the United States, but have never specifically sought it. In addition to their energetic live performances, the band are also noted for their often improvisational renditions of songs. Lead singer Gordon Downie often strays from the lyrical path to rant to the audience or wander off into fictitious monologues and conversations. The most famous live monologue is the "killerwhaletank" version of "New Orleans is Sinking", recorded at The Roxy Theatre, LA, May 3, 1991. During the song, Downie tells the story of how he worked as a diver in a killer whale tank only to have his arm ripped off. Other notable monologues include the "Police Frogman" version of "New Orleans is Sinking" (Gord rescues a family trapped in their car at the bottom of a frozen lake), the "Double Suicide" version of "Highway Girl" (in which Downie "accidentally" shoots his girlfriend) and the "Japanese Exchange Student" version of "At the Hundredth Meridian" (the day before Halloween, Downie accidentally shoots a Japanese student trick or treating). Seems like Gord likes to rant on about death in some kind of incarnation. I've got the Highway Girl/Double Suicide version which I'll post here.
Highway Girl/Double Suicide by The Tragically Hip
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We're winding down here so I'm going to leave off with those types of tuunes and go on to a couple of others. So you say you want scary. Here comes scary. Why is it scary you ask? Well it's so damn good it's scary. Especially considering who did this song. It's got a chugging riff, a guitar and keyboard that will rip your ears off and a metal vibe that kicks ass. What makes this song so scary is that it's an Osmonds song, who knew they could rock so damn hard? Homercat did!! The Osmonds never got the props they deserved. They actually wrote their own music and played their own instruments. yeah, some of their songs are treacly, but alot of them rock and rock nasty hard like this track. You can pick up this album at Amazon for $500.
Crazy Horses by The Osmonds
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Finally for a really creepy freak your head scary tune to close this post with, I have to turn to the master of all creepines, Alice Cooper. Actually these are two different songs but have to be listened to together as one to hear the full story and get the full "chill your bones" effect. Although they stand well on their own. Truly a classic moment in creep rock.
Years Ago by Alice Cooper
Steven by Alice Cooper
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Everyone have a safe weekend and I'll try to get over this dang cold I've acquired and be back to finish up this series next week.

Funny Toon

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Could Be Creepy

Today in Music History:

In 2000, the internet firm DNA Visual Business Solutions filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears and her marketing company for failing to pay for the redesign of her website
There are some songs that sound weird and at first listen might seem creepy, but actually they're not too bad. They're just weird. I got a few of those today and they fit well on a Halloween mix tape. So I'll start off with a couple of odd birds of the female variety. If you've ever listened to Laurie Anderson then you know what I'm talking about when I say some of her stuff can be way out there. The track here is actually radio friendly and is a duet with Peter Gabriel, yet it still retains it's weirdness.
Excellent Birds by Laurie Anderson (rs)
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Lene Lovich (pronounced Lay-na Luv-itch) is the proud owner of a high-pitched, shrieky voice, a spooky wide-eyed stare and an overall general oddball appearance. You either dug her banshee-howl-inflected vocals or you hated it. For three year's she was one of Stiff Record's brightest stars but as new wave declined in the mid eighties so did Lene Lovich. A bit of spookines from Lene.
You Can't Kill Me by Lene Lovich
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Massive Attack were among the most innovative and influential groups of their generation; a pioneering force behind the rise of trip-hop with their hypnotic sound. A darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples. This song sounds a bit creepish.
Mezzanine by Massive Attack
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The Residents are just simply weird. Check this out if you don't believe me.
The Laughing Song by The Residents
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Funny Toon

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Creepfest #3

Today in Music History:

In 1995, during an interview with The Observer magazine, Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Demon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.
AshIn the comments from my last post Kevin tells us the story about a song that scared the crap out of him as a kid. Homercat too has a story about a song from his youth that scared the bejeebus out of him. In fact it so disturbed this cat, that to this day I can't listen to this song without getting the heebies. The song was DOA from Bloodrock, a Texas hard rock band from the early seventies. The song came out in 1971 and homercat was but a wee kitty. This is an eight-and-a-half minute dirge describing a plane-crash victim's final minutes in excruciating, amazing detail. With its foreboding organ, vivid lyrics ("The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying, God in Heaven teach me how to die"), and lead singer Jim Rutledge's creepy ass vocals, this song managed to reach number 36 on the billboard charts and gave me agonizing nightmares. Unfortunately I don't have it to post here for you, although I did feature it last year. It just freaks me out too much and had to remove it from my computer.

I do have a tune from Blue Oyster Cult that has a bit of a creepy feel. This song can be found on the Fire of Unknown Origin album. The story (at least what I think) behind this one is about the actress who was portrayed in older horror movies who comes back from the dead to haunt her daughter who actually wrote a book about how horrible of a mother she was. That is what you get when you back talk the dead.
Joan Crawford by Blue Oyster Cult
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There should be a song aboutwitches somewhere on your Halloween disc, and I think this would make a fine addition. A Rob Zombie tune from his latest album. We will go into Mr. Zombie's contributions to ghoulish material in a later post but for now enjoy this one.
American Witch by Rob Zombie
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This next song has appeared in a number of films and TV shows including: The X-Files; Dumb & Dumber; Scream, its sequels Scream 2 & 3; and Hellboy (performed by Pete Yorn). It has a decidedly eerie feeling to it and is a perfect complement to any Halloween mix.

Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th/More Creepy Tunes

Today in Music History:

In 1975, Neil Young underwent an operation at a Los Angeles hospital to remove an object from his vocal cords.
Jason vs Homercat
Today mixes well with my creepy music series. If you're superstitious you dread this day or maybe visions of Jason Voorhees flash through your head everytime someone mentions what day it is.

So today is part two of homercats creepy music series and it seems appropriate to start off with a little ditty from one of those Jason movies. The sixth one to be precise. In the movie Jason Lives my favorite shockmeister, Alice Cooper, was pegged to write some tunes for the movie. Alice came up with a perfect tune for the flick. With a background Jay..Jay..son..son to fuel it this song was a perfect addition to Jason's slice and dice ways.

He's Back(the Man Behind the Mask) by Alice Cooper (rs)
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While on the subject, Alice figures to be a prominent figure in the posts to come. I'll have more on that later. Staying with the Coop we'll head to his 1982 album DaDa which contains some of the spookiest shit he's ever done. The title track, Dada, is in my opinion the creepiest track Alice has ever done. It's like a haunting Halloween treat with a little girls voice behind menacing music, repeating the word "Dada." I dare you to listen to this track with the lights out, all by yourself. A couple of people I have played it for over the years have actually freaked out over this song, giving them nightmares and a stern warning from them to never play that freaky shit again. Let me know what you guys think of it eh.
DaDa by Alice Cooper
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Here's another tune that a lot of folks I knew were a little creeped out from. Not nearly as spooky as the previous track, but I've had more than one person tell me that it really bothered them, not because they thought it sucked, because it gave them a weird, uneasy feeling. From Johnny Rotten's second band Public Image Limited. Maybe it's the eerie sounding keyboards, hooky bassline or Lydon's incessant background chanting of "this is what you want, this is what you get" becoming more and more bitter and sarcastic the more they are repeated. As one who enjoys this track it's hard to tell what others might think of it. Sounds nice and Halloweenish to this homercat.
The Order of Death by Public Image Ltd
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Back in the mid 70's, when KISS were getting huge, parents stopped worrying about Alice Cooper's escapades and many if not all of them were scared shitless of this "demonic" band. You know the Knights in Satan's Service stuff and all the other rumours. Us kids knew better, all we knew was that KISS rocked. These guys have a number of tracks that could be considered eerie in nature, such as God Of Thunder or Almost Human. But a track from the poorly received 1981 album, The Elder, has my vote as a good creepy KISS song, if there's such a thing. The album itself is really much better than it's reputation and would recommend it to anyone.
Mr. Blackwell by KISS
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Let's do one more before homercat runs. Ozzy Osbourne is well noted for biting heads off things and being like a prince of Darkness and all. I don't care what anyone says about Ozzy, he's ok in my book. I really wasn't a huge Black Sabbath fan, so I wasn't all broke up when the Oz got booted from Sabbath. When He released his first solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, back in 1980 I became an instant Ozzy fan. This album packs a punch and is a true classic in every sense of the word. Still sounds fresh 26 years later. Mr. Crowley is my pick off this album as a good Halloween tune. Nice eerie discordant organs at the beginning really get you in the mood to bite the heads off things. This tune would be right at home in a Vincent Price film.
Mr. Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne (rs)
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Hopefully there are a few of you who are digging homercat's creepy song series but don't go making up those Halloween discs just yet. The cat has many more coming down the pike for all ghouls and boys to enjoy. In the meantime steer clear of those black cats, don't break any mirrors or walk under a ladder. At least wait until tomorrow. Keep your eye out for that dude with the hockey mask and machete. Homercat wants to kick his ass.

Funny Toon

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Today in Music History:

In 1975 Saturday Night Live first airs as a one-hour special, "NBC Saturday Night."
are you skeered?October is about my favorite month of the year. It's getting cooler but not cold yet providing some yummy sleepin' weather, the leaves are turning with many splashes of color, the hockey season starts, and the 31st is Halloween.

More and more as the right wing vocal minority try to control everything, they would have us all believe that Halloween is nothing but a devil worshipping, sin escalating day. It's a harmless day folks and we're not going to hell if we go trick or treating or have a party. It's a fun day. Throughout my years, the very best parties I've ever attended have been Halloween parties. I mean who doesn't love dressing up in some cool ass costume and having a great time. Whenever I dress up I try to come up with the most kick ass costume I can think of.

I do have one bitch about Halloween. Have you ever tried to buy a cd with Halloween music on it? Every single one that's out there always has Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, and I Put a Spell on you. Oooh that's some creepy music. Inspired by this lack of good, really creepy music, most of this month will be spent on looking at some of the creepiest songs out there. Then you can collect these and create your own disc and then when you host that Halloween party, just slip in your Halloween disc and let the creepfest begin. Another good use is to set the speakers in the window come trick or treat night and be known as "that scary house".

This first installment will focus on some film and TV scores. For me the granddaddy of all creepy music is theme music from the movie Halloween. I remember waiting in line at the theater the year Halloween came out and listening to the screams coming from the theater as I waited for the 7 oclock screening to finish. When we were finally let in and the movie started that music chilled me to the bone. The budget for the movie was a micro one, and director John Carpenter managed to save a few bucks by hiring the same composer he'd worked with since his days as a student and struggling indie--himself. The score to this movie was an integral part to it's success as a classic horror movie. If you want to keep the kiddies away from the house on Halloween, just put this song on a loop playing on the front porch and they'll steer clear.

Halloween theme by John Carpenter
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There's no denying that when The Excorcist debuted in 1973 it was one scary ass movie. Christian evangelist Billy Graham claimed an actual demon was living in the celluloid reels of this movie and due to death threats against Linda Blair, Warnerpea soup Bros had body guards protecting her for six months after the film's release. The original teaser trailer, which consisted of nothing but images of the white-faced demon quickly flashing in and out of darkness, was banned in many theaters, as it was deemed "too frightening". Again part of the success has to be given to the music score. The eerie Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfiels really adds a spooky atmosphere. Here are two versions of that song. The remix version has some spooky sound effects added in to make it even creepier. Then I've also included the original.

Tubular Bells Remix
Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
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Then there are some other notable flicks with eerie scores. I won't go into a whole lot more detail as the tracks explain themselves. Then for a little lightness between creepiness I've thrown in the theme from The Munsters.

A Nightmare on Elm Street theme
The Omen Theme
The Munsters
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Other notable movie music is the use of Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around in the Dawn of the Dead remake. Surfin' Dead by The Cramps from Return of the Living Dead and the soundtrack for 28 Days Later. Stay tuned for more treats as homercat ventures out of movies into musical artists.

Funny Toon

Monday, October 09, 2006

Beer and Pussy

Today in Music History:

1973 Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce in Santa Monica, California.
Many of you may have heard my praise of the great Canadian folkie artist Valdy and managed to catch a few tunes here. For example let me share this email from Scott, An American Valdy fan from the tunes he found here.
Thought you might enjoy a small event in my workplace yesterday - I was playing Rock and Roll Song at my computer (thank you, by the way), and my boss, a misplaced Canadian as it happens, walked by. He took a half dozen steps past me, stopped, stared at the wall for a few seconds, rushed back and shouted 'Is that Valdy? Where did you get that?' On the whole, a nice moment, for which I thank you.
That is an awesome moment for what I'm trying to do here.

So Scott if you liked that Valdy guy then you better check out Dan Reeder. An American transplanted to Germany version. Honestly upon hearing Dan Reeder's new disc,"Sweetheart", I was thinking, damn, this guy sounds like Valdy, with an edge.

Valdy sings songs of peace and contentment and Dan sings of his love of beer, pussy, titties and just wanting to be alone and contentment. Actually Dan is an artist in his own right. He just dabbles in this music stuff as a sideline. The first track on this album about waiting for his Cappuccino is hilarious in a folksy way. By the fourth track, I Drink Beer, Dan has me hooked with his folksie observations. When the last two tracks came into play I was sold. Track 15,"Just Leave Me alone Today" and the final track a haunting cover of "Whiter Shade of Pale" left me wanting to replay this disc over again. Which I did four times in a row until the old lady yelled enough already, please some heavy rock n roll dear.

Not exactly rock n roll but the stuff is there, especially if you like the milder side of life. Worth the purchase price for the final track alone the rest of the disc is nice folk wisdom and observations of our time. I like to rock but I found this alternative sideline a nice slice of life, and beats the hell out of that lousy sufjan guy. Good job Dan! Thanks!

Pussy Titty
by Dan Reeder
Shoot Me to the Moon by Dan Reeder
A whiter Shade of Pale by Dan Reeder
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Funny Toon

Coming up, the creepies!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Coming Soon

Coming Soon
In case some of you may not have revisited the previous comments, I would like to take this time to thank all of you once again. I would have liked to take the time to respond individually to each and everyone, but by the time I was feeling myself again there were tons of comments. Your wishes of goodwill and the sharing of your own stories concerning a lost pet have helped us tremendously.

I don't think Homer realized he had such a huge fan base. You guys have really warmed my heart and made my day. We had Homer cremated and picked out a nice little mahogany urn with his name on it. Maybe a bit excessive for a pet, but he was my bud. He is back home again with his favorite toy resting next to him.

As today's picture may suggest, homercat will be returning soon with a nice new series that should fit October perfectly. See you soon.