Monday, January 30, 2006

Let's Praise Pussy Rock

Today in Music History:

In 1969 The Beatles make their last performance as a group on the roof of the Apple building during the filming of 'Let It Be'.
Once upon a time in a land called the mid west, there was this band that rocked fairly hard, actually they rocked pretty good. Then amazingly they had a huge hit from a decent power ballad, from that day they went from a great little rock n roll band to a band who suckled at the huge teat of corporate rock. The corporation said more top 40 crap ballads, else you will die. After having spent years playing in every lousy bar and even proms, they said no way are we going back there. Thus they complied. We will provide more sappy power ballads as long as you the corporate teat keeps us in the green milky substance from your ample bosom. Thus the demise of a decent band.

Too bad, really sad, because once they started churning out what the corporate gods wanted, then a rock n roll band died a horrible death. That death being that everyone automatically says that band sucks. No one gives them a listen, because of THAT song. But they used to rock.

I will keep that alive. Long before the advent of pussy rock, I was a fan of REO Speedwagon. Long before that "Keep on lovin you"song, this band could rock. It was hard as a fan of the early rockin' stuff to see them dwindle as a purveyor of the power ballad. Thus a band that used to rock died a horrible death at the hands of the corporate gods.

But the back catalog is great. Pre 1980 they rocked. I thought I would give one example but I think you guys should hear at least two examples. Especially the youngsters who don't know any better. Judge for yourself. If I'm lyin then I'm dyin.


I don't know exactly the details of selling their soul, but even though I provide a link to buy this disc, it has been cut in half by the powers to be from the vinyl version. Even so, this live album that came out before anyone knew who REO was kills. One thing fer sure there is no bullshit power ballads on it and it rocks.

Ridin the Storm Out
by REO Speedwagon

Golden Country by REO Speedwagon

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Willie Nile

Today in Music History:

In 1998, James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm after police were called to his South Carolina home. Brown later clamed the drugs were used to help his 'eyesight.'
willie nileI was thinking that today I would talk about some new music headed our way. More than a quarter century has passed since the release of Willie Nile’s first album, accompanied by press notices comparing him to Dylan and Springsteen. Although Nile never attained the fame of these two kindred spirits, the persevering writer/artist has never stopped making stirring, heartfelt music, which he continues to do on his own uncompromising terms.

His new album Streets of New York is set to be released later next month. This is some of what I've heard about the album.
Some who have heard the album describe it as Nile’s London Calling, a characterization prompted not only by his rousing cover of “Police on My Back,” the Eddy Grant-written classic that appeared on Sandinista!, but also by his own hot-rod reggae tune “When One Stands”; both reveal Nile’s deep spiritual kinship with the Clash, as does the outspokenness that spews out from songs like “Game of Fools” and “Best Friends Money Can Buy.”
Mind you it's not being compared to London Calling, it's just that this is supposed to be his great album.

He made his recording debut in 1980 with his acclaimed self-titled LP on Arista Records, following it a year later with Golden Down. He also opened the Who’s North American tour at the personal request of the band. In 1982, he signed to Geffen Records but got caught in record-biz limbo and didn’t manage to release another record until 1991, when Columbia issued Places I Have Never Been. With the EP Hard Times in America in 1992, which became a cult favorite throughout Europe, Nile finally managed to jump off the major-label hamster wheel. Gathering together his resources over time, he managed to put out his first self-released album, Beautiful Wreck of the World, just before the end of the century.

I've heard some hype about the album and I'm interested to hear it, to see if it's all true. Especially after reading this blurb.
Praise for Nile’s new effort comes from a number of legendary artists. Lou Reed, for instance, calls Streets of New York “a great album.” Graham Parker opines: “Willie Nile’s Streets of New York is a real gem – stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics . . . every track a winner.” Lucinda Williams comments: “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” Ian Hunter says: “Willie’s from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC (New York commitment). Well done!” And Little Steven adds: “Willie Nile is so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!”
So I've got a track here off the album for you guys, and after only a couple listens it has really grown on me. I think I'm gonna get this one.

Asking Annie Out by Willie Nile

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Big Sugar

Today in Music History:

In 1980 The Ramones' remake of the Ronettes' "Baby I Love You" enters the British singles chart, where it will peak at #8 – their biggest hit in any country.
Big SugarCanada has a wealth of artists who receive minimum recognition south of the border. There are a slew of musicians that most Americans have never heard, yet are everyday big names up here. Big Sugar probably fits that bill. Canadians are well acquainted with this band and so should the rest of the world. Unfortunately they disbanded a couple years ago, but while together they put out some great stuff. Big Sugar is a hard band to categorize, but I'll try my best.

This eclectic band hails from Toronto and are in every sense of the word, original. A blues rock outfit that underwent several personnel changes from it's inception in 1991, to their last compilation album in 2003. But it worked. By the end they had one dude with heavy dreadlocks, one guy who can be described as Mr. Slick, and a seamless mixture of black and white members. Playing everything from guitar driven, riff heavy music to reggae and dub with a caribbean flavor, these guys covered all the bases. Their shows were noted for the floor-to-the-rafters speaker system with heart-shaking bass lines and energetic in your face guitars. I have to offer up a couple gems here. The first track, Nicotina, is a flat out rocker with a riff that kills. When you listen to it for the first time, turn up the volume, the louder the better. The first time I heard it, I was blown away. See what'd I tell ya, it kicks ass. Then the second track kinda showcases a different side with a reggae type feel to it. If you're a fan of classic rock, rock, alternative rock, or any kind of rock, you'll like these songs. Enjoy and buy Big Sugar for your rock n roll sweet tooth.

Nicotina(She's All That) by Big Sugar
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Turn the Lights On by Big Sugar
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Derringer

Today in Music History:

In 1971, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane gave birth to a daughter, naming her God, she was later re-named China.
Rick DerringerBack in 76 and 77, the world was making Peter Frampton a rich man by purchasing the Frampton Comes Alive album. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing Frampton's voicebox doohickey. Don't get me wrong it was an ok album which I owned, but while the world was flipping over Frampton I was burning up copies of Derringer Live. That is Rick Derringer of Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo fame. Or Rick Derringer of the McCoy's and Hang on Sloopy fame. However you remember him. Hootchie Koo has never been a real favorite of mine, but everything else Derringer did I ate up with a passion. I Killed two 8 tracks and two vinyl copies of Derringer Live, I played it so much. Course back then it wasn't to hard to kill an 8 track. But you get my point. Derringer's work as a solo artist, producer or even with his gigs with Johnny and Edgar Winter has been sorely overlooked. Talk about another guy who deserves HOF status. He's produced such diverse artists as Bette Midler, Kiss, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer is known for his hard-rocking live shows, which didn't necessarily translate well to recordings. Derringer's recorded history has been somewhat spotty, however, and his record sales never matched his favor with concert audiences. Didn't bother me, I grabbed up everything he recorded or was involved in, including Weird Al's stuff. So this track today is, amazingly, not one of his killer performances from the live album, but a mellow track from his Spring Fever album. After all one can't rock hard all the time. You need a chance to pull out your lighters for the power ballad. But seriously guys find a copy of Derringer Live and rock out.

Don't Ever Say Goodbye by Rick Derringer
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Monday, January 23, 2006

TER Part 2

Today in Music History:

In 1976, The Sex Pistols played at Watford College, Watford, England.
pistolsIn 1972 Paul Cook (drums), Steve Jones (vocals) and Wally Nightingale (guitar) formed a band called The Strand. Somewhere in there they recruited a guy named Glen Matlock for bass duties. Then nightingale left and Jones took over guitar. Why these guys thought hanging around a clothesshop was cool I'll never know, but that's where they met Johnny Rotten(Lydon) and he auditioned for the band singing the song I'm Eighteen by the Alice Cooper band. I think I rest my case here for Alice Cooper's total dis for not being elected into the Hall. I loved the Pistols, they could have been a force but when Matlock was canned to bring in the no talent Vicious on bass they were doomed. Jones being the only member with any chops. The SexPistols were awesome for a DIY garage band that played at the best, badly. Thus their appeal. Especially at a time when youth were so sick of disco and the Eagles that they needed some kind of release. Kids were thinking, hey I can do this and I think that's what scared parents. Unfortunately at this time, the Ramones were doing, and had been doing this for a while and had 20 times more talent and were totally ignored by everyone. Now that all the members are dead we realize that the Ramones gave birth to the Pistols.

To this day, as far as I'm concerned London Calling is the numero uno album ever. Scary? The Clash should have been the band parents should have been scared of. Along with the angst their music made you think and left the Pistols in the dust.

But bottom line is when I heard Killer in 1971 by the Alice cooper band, well that's a classic. To this day Dead Babies gives me the goosebumps and God Bless the Queen doesn't, and never will. Because the Coop dared to address the growing problem of parental neglect in a weird creepy song and to this day, scary child abuse is a problem that should not even be an issue in these "modern" times.

So if you think a guy who sang an Alice cooper song for his audition deserves HOF status before said coop, Yall I say you are all dead wrong. But hey the Pistols rank #6 on my all time best rock albums of all time.(And Zeppelin is not on my list, gasp)Am I rambling? Probably but I knows what I know. Like Steve Jones had the shit like you can hear here from his solo album from 1987's Mercy. Sorry if the quality ain't so great, you'll just have to buy it. He recently played on the King's daughter's album. Lisa Marie.
kisses eh?

Give it up
by Steve Jones
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Dead Babies by Alice Cooper
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Friday, January 20, 2006

The Inevitable Rant

Today in Music History:

In 1982 Ozzy Osbourne chews the head off of a bat in Des Moines, Iowa.
My yearly rant about the top 40 Hall of Fame, er, I mean Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is long overdue since the 2006 inductees were announced some time ago. Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols and Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. Nice to see Sabbath finally being recognized. Miles Davis was a helluva jazz musician but why he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I'm not sure. I mean, Michael Jordan was a hell of an athlete, but I wouldn't want to see him in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I like the Sex Pistols but how do they rate before Alice Cooper? In case you haven't been keeping track, here's the list of all inducteesIncluding quite a few artists that for some darn reason have made it to the hall before other more deserving folks. After all this is the Rock and Roll hall of fame right? Passed over once again are such folk as Alice Cooper, The Stooges, the Guess Who, the Hollies, Genesis, Steppenwolf, KISS, Grand Funk, Three Dog Night, John Mellencamp, Rush, Cheap Trick, Link Wray, Roxy Music, T-Rex, Mitch Ryder, April Wine, Deep Purple, and oh hell the list is too damn long. Thank goodness we got Michael Jackson in there twice and those hard rockers Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Richie Valens(him and his three songs) and Dusty Springfield.

Here's how the process works in a nutshell. Once a year, a committee of around 20-25 people involved in the music business get together for a meeting. They are record company execs, critics, producers, journalists and other bottom feeders. They are given an updated list of artists who have become eligible as well as the artists who have not been inducted yet (as well as artists who will never be inducted). They narrow down the list, discuss and debate the merits of the artists and then vote and narrow the list to a small group of artists - I think it's usually around 15-20(?). These are the nominees.

Then a ballot of this list is sent out to a few thousand or so people (more music biz people-managers, more execs, Dick Clark type people, etc.). Notice that nobody musical talent ever votes. These people vote for a certain number of the artists and the votes are counted and you have your inductees.

Stop the madness. I for one intend to never visit the Hall of Fame for their inability to recognize true rock and roll. I believe that the backstreet boys will be inducted before Alice Cooper or KISS get recognized. and that's just wrong. That's all.

Now to showcase the fact that I'm a supportewr of all kinds of music I will give you an odd assortment today to tide you over the weekend.

First tune is a cute little ditty that I just recently learned the dance for, well it's not really a dance. It's more like the hokey pokey and it's loads of fun to do when you're well in your cups. Perhaps you know the dance using a beer can as the horn of the unicorn. No one sings this classic better than the Irish Rovers.

The Unicorn by The Irish Rovers
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Years ago when I could manage to stay up late and watch Letterman on the tube, he had this violinist on as his musical guest and she flippin blew me away. She was playin this red white and blue electric fiddle and was blazing away. By the time she was done I was all hot and sweaty. Especially since she was uber hot. Here is Vanessa Mae performing that old Mason Williams standard.

Classical Gas by Vanessa Mae
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Jack Black is a wildly talented guy, a comedic genius, a great dramatic actor and a bitchin guitarist. While Jack is riding high in that little Peter Jackson film that's out now, let's not forget that he is also a member of the greatest band on earth, Tenacious D. For anyone who has been living under a rock and hasn't had the pleasure of hearing Tenacious D, you'll get a chance today. I especially dig the 10 Commandments of the D. Keep rocking hard D.

Fuck Her Gently by Tenacious D
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And just because it's Friday and it's my blog and Tom Jones is The Man!

If I Only Knew by Tom Jones
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Have a good weekend!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Fire Alarm Blues

Today in Music History:

In 1985 the city of Cleveland is named the top pick of readers in a USA Today poll on where to locate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KissToo much going on today. Our apt building had the fire alarm systemoverhauled and contractors and fire inspectors and property managers were in and out of the apt all day, not to mention we had a wicked clog in the sink and a plumber was in here doing his business too. So with all this going on, and when they tested the alarm for a half an hour(ouch, my ears!) all I could think about was the song Firehouse by Kiss. Here's an early demo version of the song, and my apologies for being so darn lazy.

Firehouse(demo) by Kiss
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Get Yer Funk Here

Today in Music History:

In 1974 Bob Dylan’s 'Planet Waves,' which reunites him with The Band as his backing group, is released. Dylan and The Band undertake a six-week, 40-date tour together.
Grand Funk RailroadMusic critics absolutely loathed Grand Funk Railroad and radio stations did not want their music played. Yet with constant touring, a loud take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal, Michigan's Mark Farner , Don Brewer and Mel Schacher became an early 70's powerhouse that radio finally couldn't ignore. Between 1969 and 1972 they put out 8 albums, five of them going platinum all without the benefit of radio. In June 1971, Grand Funk became only the second group (after the Beatles ) to sell out New York's Shea Stadium. In 1973, the group shortened its name officially to "Grand Funk", and added a fourth member, keyboard player Craig Frost. The name change due to having fired their manager and legal issues, blah blah. With the Todd Rundgren produced album "We're an American Band", radio gave up trying to dis Grand Funk and the title track soared to number 1.

Then in the mid 70's disco came around and pretty much killed Grand Funk. Frank Zappa produced their last great album in 1976 and Farner left the band to pursue a solo career. What I found intersting is that in 1988 Mark Farner scored a #2 gospel hit with the song "Isn't It Amazing". The band has reunited several times for various reasons through the years. If you were between the ages of 10 and 25 in the early seventies chances are you owned a Grand Funk album, probably several. How about a lesser known track from the classic We're an American Band album for your sampling pleasure.

Black Licorice by Grand Funk
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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Quicky

Today in Music History:

In 1993, Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, giving him the distinct honour to be the first living inductee not to attend the dinner.
Canadians are very familiar with the music of Colin James. I've covered this excellent artist before. His new album is the shit. Buy it! Especially for this most excellent Van Morrisson cover.

It Fills You Up by Colin James
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Required Listening

Today in Music History:

In 1964, 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash became the first Country album to go to No.1 in the US.
If any of you have followed the musings of homercat for any length of time, then you know that I focus mostly on older music. Every now and then I'll showcase something new because I don't think it's getting enough exposure. Either way, I never expected Rockin' to last this long, because I thought the paranoid RIAA would have shut homercat down by now for fear that someone may be getting free music. That has never been the purpose here. I notice some blogs will feature entire albums and that burns me up, because eventually those guys will get the rest of us shut down. I've always said all tracks here are for sampling and get taken down after a short time, and if someone requests it will be taken down immediately. I have always encouraged my readers to buy the music if you can get it. The big rub is that a lot of stuff I feature is out of print. Then where do you go to buy it? Homercat lurches around the used record stores a lot, searching for that ever elusive out of print album. A few readers have mentioned that because of some of my posts, they have purchased the album and a couple folks have even used the Amazon links I provide. Way to go peoples and I'm still waiting for a thank you from the RIAA for promoting their artists for free.

What does this have to do with the price of bread in Belgium you ask? Back in September I wrote a post and was asked politely in the comments to take the track down, which I immediately did. There was a curious exchange in the comments and I even suspect that the artist herself was the requester.(if so, I would love to do an interview, hint hint) Again I shall risk the wrath of said artist, only because I feel this an important, highly overlooked album that needs to be reissued so more people can enjoy this classic album. As it is now, used dealers are charging upwards of 50 bucks for this disc and it goes for anywhere from 40 to 200 bucks on Ebay. Of course I'm talking about Joanna Dean. Check out the original post and slightly curious comments. After having read that here's the killer title cut from that album, which will be up for a very short time and I encourage you all to find a copy at your local used record store. If you have a copy, you might want to get it insured by Lloyds of London. Good hunting.

Misbehavin' by Joanna Dean

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Tommy Bolin

Today in Music History:

In 1967 The Gibb family moves from Australia to London, England. Within months, the Bee Gees enjoy their first international hit: "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (#14 U.S., #12 U.K.).
Tommy BolinWell if you've heard of this guy, then you are truly a rock historian, not to mention as old as me. Truly one of the most overlooked musicians in the last 40 years. A stint in the James Gang, Zephyr, Deep Purple and a couple outstanding solo albums. This guy had guitar moxie. He played in Moxy too. Born in Sioux City, IA, on August 1, 1951, he switched from drums and piano by age 13 and began playing the guitar in earnest. At age 16 he was expelled from school for his long hair. Gotta love that.

The first time I heard this stuff I think I had had a few too many pops and a smidge of weed. Years ago mind you. Yet that night I heard Private Eyes slayed me. I've only touched on a deep and lengthy history for a young guitarist who died way before he even got started. Check it out dudes. On December 4, 1976, after opening a show for Jeff Beck the previous night in Miami Florida, Tommy was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 25. It's unfair that this man doesn't get more recognition for the work he did. He was one of the most versatile guitarists of his time. He could play it all, and he did play it all. Psychodelic-blues with Zephyr, Rock n' Roll with the James Gang, Hard Rock with Deep Purple, Jazz with Alphonse Mouzun,, Fusion with Jan Hammer and Billy Cobham, and that's only half of it. Now with that all said, it's a cryin' shame this man is hardly heard of or his name isn't ever mentioned when discussing rock's finest guitarists. Have you heard of him? Damn it it ain't right. Listen to this track and you will feel the way I do. What a damn freakin waste. 25 and to play like this. What might have been. Sheeite. I appreciates ya Tommy. One more thing, I guarantee that no other music blog has or ever will mention Tommy. I hope I get proved wrong. Follow the trends or be educated. Your choice.


Post Toastee by Tommy Bolin
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Damn

Friday, January 06, 2006

Revenge of the Nerds

Today in Music History:

In 1977, EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols, giving the band $68,000 to release them from their contract.
There's no accounting for tastes when it comes to music. What some folks love, others detest with a passion. Myself I can usually find a bit of good in almost any kind of music. For example, I really hate rap music but I really like Insane Clown Posse. Twenty years ago I thought U2 was terrible and now I find that I enjoy them. I like Iron Maiden but don't like Megadeath. I like Laurie Anderson but can't stand Kate Bush. I like classical music yet have a hard time with jazz. I like The Knack yet I think Coldplay is the biggest load of crap to ever appear on this planet. I can't stand to hear that guy whing(whine-sing). Along with the whining, every song I've heard of theirs sounds exactly alike. Anyway this is a half assed explanation why I like these next two bands.
they might be giantsI'm a sucker for the music of They Might Be Giants. The little lady refers to this group as "those might be men guys" and is not quite as big a fan as I am. I can't resist the infectious melodies interlaced with a quirky, bizarre sense of humor. When John Flansburgh and John Linnell were in high scholl together they began writing songs. They went their separate ways when they went off to college, but in 1981 they got back together to pursue a music career. They took their name from a George C. Scott film and started performing their original material with a drum machine as their backing band. They built a cult following around the Manhattan under ground but couldn't secure a record deal. Their solution? They set up Dial-A-Song -- a phone line that played songs on an answering machine -- as a way to get their songs heard. The gimmick worked. Not only did it lead to a deal with the indie label Bar/None, but over the years it was a successful venture; at one point, the service was receiving hundreds of calls a day.

After a couple albums TMBG signed with Elektra records in 1990, releasing the album Flood later that year. Flood worked its way to gold status, thanks to the singles "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." Just when they were getting big, grunge came along and effectively buried them. They are still hard at work today and I still love those offbeat lyrics and melodies. For the song I chose a cut from the Apollo 18 album and it's the best version of the wee mo weh song,(lion sleeps tonight).

The Guitar by They Might Be Giants
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DevoAs long as I'm on the subject of nerd rock, I'll throw in a Devo tune, just because I likes me some Devo. It's funny but the Devo song I like the least is probably the biggest hit they had which was Whip It. Q:Are we not men? A: We are homercat.

That's Good by Devo
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And if these two songs aren't enough to hold you over the weekend, I can direct you here to one of my earliest posts, where I put the nips back up for a limited time in case you missed it the first time around. Not necessarily a nerd band, just a song I really like eh.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Another Power Trio

Today in Music History:

In 1975 Elton John hits #1 with his remake of the Beatles’ "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." John Lennon plays guitar on this non-LP single under the pseudonym Dr. Winston O’Boogie.
men without shameIn late 1984 when the Stray Cats career started to decline and tensions among the band members were on the rise, Brian Setzer decided it was time to call it a day and the trio was no more. Bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom hooked up with guitarist Earl Slick, who had played with David Bowie and Silver Condor as well as leading his own band. The Cat boys brought along their rockabilly roots, Slick brought along some glam rock muscle and in 1985 Phantom Rocker and Slick released their self titled debut. Most critics hated it, but I freakin' loved it. The best song by far on Phantom, Rocker and Slick is "Men Without Shame," a swaggering 6 1/2-minute jolt of pure electricity. Slick's guitar work is masterful and bears down on you like a locomotive. On the strength of this song alone the album stayed on the charts for six months. Keith Richards and Nicky Hopkins make an appearance on the album and there is not a bad song to be found. Several are in fact much better. My personal faves are What You Want and Lonely Actions.

In 1986 the guys released Covergirl which nobody seemed interested in. I immediately grabbed it up. Whereas the first album was a definite 10, Covergirl barely rated a 5 with me and it just sounded like it had been hurried along and didn't show any of the flash and excitement of the first album. I liked it but it was a bit of a let down. Sadly this album is out of print and hasn't seen the light of CD. My vinyl copy saw way too many parties and is unlistenable now which makes me very sad. Hear me oh record industry gods, we demand a reissue of Phantom Rocker and Slick on CD. This music is too damn good to be hid away from the kids. So my friends if you can find a copy of the first album, I suggest you pick it up and run. As of today Ebay has one copy on cassette for sale and that's all I could find. :-( But for my loyal readers I have a fairly good copy of Men Without Shame. Enjoy!

Men Without Shame by Phantom Rocker and Slick

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pirates

Today in Music History:

In 1970 Davey Jones quits the Monkees, following Peter Tork who left one year earlier.
piratesI fixed the Nazareth link finally, if anyone was trying to get Love leads to Madness. Pop stars have long been drawn towards pirate culture, due to its anti-establishmentism and motley dress. An early 1960s British pop group called themselves Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and wore eye-patches while they performed. Kidd and the Pirates had their greatest success with the powerful song "Shakin' All Over", which which features memorable opening guitars and reached number 1 in the UK singles charts in 1960. The song and the group's power trio lineup both made a strong impression on The Who, who would cover it in their 1970 album Live at Leeds. Early in their career, the Who played on the same bill as Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, and it was through watching the Pirates at work that they arrived at their own sound of a solo singer backed by a guitar, bass, and drums. Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash on October 7, 1966.

In 1976 Kidd's old backing group reformed in October. Guitarist Mick Green, bassist Johnny Spence and drummer Frank Farley got together for old times sake. Initially they had no plans to play no more than a couple gigs. These guys played loud, brash, raucous, in your face rock n roll. After some excellent reviews they were signed by Warner Brothers and cut two excellent albums. Out of their Heads(77) and Skull Wars(78). skull wars I happened upon these albums, not by word of mouth or even by having heard them. Once again I had picked up an album based upon it's album cover. How could I resist an album when the cover depicted a skull in a Darth Vader helmet. I took the Skull Wars album home played it and then ran back out to the record store and picked up Out of Their Heads.

I think wick says it best from a comment he left earlier.
"Out Of Their Skulls" is as good if not better than many of the live records ever made!

Mick Green was guitar hero to the likes of Pete Townshend and George Harrison. He can "scrub" the hell out of a telecaster and make it sound like a guitar army.

Johnny Spence & Frank Farley are the perfect runaway train of a rhythm section to compliment Mr. Green.

The songs-"Shakin' All Over" (from the Kidd days)-"Gibson,Martin, Fender" (3 of a session man's best friends)and tons of covers make for an earblasting treat.

According to this page, the Pirates are due to release a new album in the spring of this year and are currently rehearsing, although Frank Farley is unable to contribute to any future band activities due to a hand injury. Darn. That is about all I've been able to track down for now and can't confirm for sure if we will indeed get a new Pirates album. In the meantime get (re)acquainted with the Pirates and if you can find any of their stuff, grab it up.

Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee by The Pirates
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Don't Munchen It by The Pirates
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