Sunday, December 24, 2006

Year End Wrap Up

Today in Music History:

1971, Slade appeared at London's Marquee Club, for a Christmas Eve party night.
Time to wrap things up for 2006, take some time off and start fresh in 2007. seems like it's a requirement to do a best of or worst of list for the ending year. Almost everyone has their lists compiled from magazines to tv etc blah, blah. Just finished reading Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best songs of 2006. Personally I wasn't too impressed, although a couple on the list I had to agree with. Honestly though if this was a representation of the best of the year then the music industry is in more trouble than it thinks it is. It was refreshing to see Weird Al at #77 with Trapped in the Drive Thru, a 10 minute opus in which a couple strives to get dinner. Done in a hilarious spoof of R Kelly which borders on genius.

So homercat dishes up his top Ten albums of 2006. No gnarls, monkeys or illinoise here. No apologies either. Homercat admits he's turning into an old fart and maybe doesn't get it anymore. As many times as he listened to Crazy he just didn't think it was great. Half decent maybe and I was left scratching my head over what the big deal was about. Old age and senility is no excuse to start listening to bad music, just because everyone else is. Speaking of bad music, what the hell happened to Gwen Stefani? Her first solo album blew me away and I listened to it over and over again. With high expectations I listened to her new album and could find no redeeming qualities and wondered where she came up with this garbage. It made me sad.
Top Ten Albums of 2006

1 Streets of New York by Willie Nile
Hands down the best thing I heard all year. Nothing comes close, excepmaybe number 2 on the list
Asking Annie Out by Willie Nile

2 Nothing but the Water by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
A Hammond never sounded so sexy and that voice, ahheeee the shivers down me back.
Nothing but the Water by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

3 and 4 The Monkees and More of the Monkees
Rhino's 40th anniversary remastered and deluxe double disc editions of The Monkees first two albums make the list because they have done such a superb job here and the music sounds almost new. Magnificent

5 Wolfmother
Folks this is what rock n roll sounds like. Balls to the wall, in your face rock. There may be a future for music if this band has any say.

6 Taking the Long Way by the Dixie Chicks
A few years ago the chicks spoke their mind about Bush and the war. The backlash from conservative America was inmmediate and resounding. They literally took a beating. In 2006 Americans got their heads out of their asses and opened their eyes and it seems the chicks were pretty much right all along. In this disc the Chicks show they are not ready to make nice and respond to the last few years with Colbert sized balls. Natalie Maines sounds almost punk at times.
Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks

7 Modern Times by Bob Dylan
I've only heard three cuts from this album but they are incredible. I'm waiting till after the holidays to get the disc. If these three songs are any indication maybe I should have given it the top spot.

8 Living With War by Neil Young
The guitars, the lyrics, and someone who actually had to balls to speak up about an administration gone terribly wrong.

9 Sinner by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Because I lub her and next to Neil has one of the greatest anti Bush songs ever on it.
Riddles by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

10 Rockford by Cheap Trick
Certainly not the best these guys have ever done, but it's Cheap Trick in fine form and once again reminding us that they are one of the greatest bands ever. Anything they do is top ten in my book.
Every Night and Every Day by Cheap Trick

Well like it or lump it, that's my say. I would like to personally thank those of you who took time out of your busy schedules to visit this little rag through the year. Hope to see y'all again in 2007 as Rockin' gears up for another year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and stay safe.


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