Friday, March 31, 2006

Pot Purrrii

Today in Music History:

1995, Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
I am really at a loss at what to post about today. I have writers block and methinks a shot of brain exlax is needed to get unblocked. I have changed the comment template a bit. If you don't have a gravatar it will show a default image next to your comment. Getting a gravatar is easy. Make your own 80 by 80 pixel image or find one online. Then go to gravatar.com, sign up and upload your image. Then whenever you comment with your email addy your pic will show up. Here or anywhere that supports it. A calling card if you will.

KillercatIt's the weekend and I've got my party gear on and I'll be on the prowl, looking creepy in my best Eddie fashion. I just kinda feel like aaargghh today. So do I feature some creepy tunes, party tunes, eclectic tunes or just a damn hodgepodge of music that has no seemingly common themes. I got it! This is the These songs really shouldn't be on the same CD mix

A while back I did a post about Jimmy the King and his excellent cover of Whole Lotta Rosie. I reupped that one in case you missed it and it's freakin cool. So I'll start out with another selection by The King. I don't believe Elvis himself could have done a better version of this song.
Sweet Home Alabama by Jimmy the King
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Ok so there's that pic of Killer Cat so I guess I'm obligated to do a little Iron Maiden. Took this one from the best album Iron Maiden ever put out. Gets me pumped up to do a little carnage.
Wraithchild by Iron Maiden
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I meant to mention this in the last post. A short time back Rush did an album of cover songs, right? I would love to hear Rush to a version of this song.
Up. Up, and Away by The Fifth Dimension
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I can't help it, but I'm feeling nasty again. Remember back in the 80's when the PMRC wanted to put the gag on musicians. Well they partially succeeded because in American Wal-Marts if your album gets that little sticker, then they will only sell a censored version of that record. They don't in the Great White. This group was one of the poster children for Tipper's organization. I Love it.
Animal(F**K Like a Beast) by W.A.S.P.
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I guess I'm up and down all over the place here. Am I heading for eclectic or is this just plain nutso. Cheese, I got your cheeze here. You say you want some cheese with that whine. Cheesey and whiney and don't you love to sing along. Ah ha I caught you.
Billy don't be A Hero by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
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Uber strange lady and performance artist extraordinaire. I did a post on this gal way way back. There is no middle ground here, you either like it or loathe it. I like it when I'm in the right mood.
Let X=X by Laurie Anderson
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Do I have an instrumental yet. Maybe some classical? Nope not on this CD. I'm going to the movies bring the hot butter and the popcorn.
Popcorn by Hot Butter
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Got time for one more then you guys or gonna have to help me fill out my CD of These songs really shouldn't be on the same CD mix. Model turned singer turned actress with a tough as a mother persona. Hard to believe homercat had a bit of a thing for her in the eighties. Here is Grace Jones doing a version of a Police song and I daresay she does a helluva better job.
Demolition Man by Grace Jones
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That's it for today, I welcome suggestions and don't forget your gravatars. Have a great weekend and tune in next week when the homercat gets back to some seriousness and puts away the Photoshop.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Classic Power Trio

Today in Music History:

In 1974 The Ramones give their first live show at the Performance Studio in New York.
Early RushOne of my readers called me out, homercat is indeed Geddy Lee. Ok enough with the funny photoshops already. I couldn't resist. Seriously, Rush is one of Canada's premier rock n roll bands. Those early albums were so damn good that they could make you cry. Rush's first album is a corker but the band didn't really find it's voice when original drummer John Rutsey left and mad percussionist Neil Peart joined the group for their second album, Fly By Night, which happens to be my favorite Rush album. Of course the groups real breakthrough was 2112, which is a masterpiece and my second fave. It should be a requirement that everyone own this album. I have run across people who don't care for Rush. Admittedly Geddy's vocal is not instantaneously accessible, but then again Rush wouldn't be the same without it. Even people who don't like Rush can agree on one thing. Peart is probably one of the greatest drummers of all time, and nowhere is it more evident than on 2112. We can't forget Lifeson's mastery of the guitar either.

I usually stay away from these big name acts but Mr. Beer mentions Rush in almost every comment he's left so I'm interested to hear what he says now. Honestly though if you're a young un and you've never heard the two albums I mentioned, then you should really do yourself a favor and get listening. It's safe to say that most of us old farts own everything Rush did in it's first ten years of existence. Rush's second album is one of the finest albums they ever recorded, it's just a shame that outside of the title track and Anthem, the album gets practically no credit at all. Don't make that same mistake! Rush has always been a good band, and they were certainly already good before 2112 launched them into super stardom just a year later. If you're a fan of the group, or of classic rock in general, you MUST buy Fly By Night then 2112. What's your favorite Rush?

A Passage to Bangkok by Rush
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Best I Can by Rush
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Cygnus X-1 by Rush
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Better Late Than Never

Today in Music History:

In 1975 Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have 6 albums on the chart at once: 'Physical Graffiti' (#1), 'Led Zeppelin IV', 'House of the Holy', 'Led Zeppelin II', 'Led Zeppelin', and 'Led Zeppelin III'.
BuckI'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time- Buck Owens in 1992

As the son of a sharecropper with a dream of a better life, I think Buck did purty good for himself. I know it's been a few days since Buck passed away and I fully intended to write a little piece about Buck. If you're an old fart like me then you probably remember Buck the best from that Classic, how in the hell did it stay on TV for so long, series Hee Haw. Or even more likely your parents had a few of his albums kickin around. But Buck was prolific as hell. Back in the day he would release about 4 albums a year. He's got a heckuva back catalog, with most being out of print. I counted 54 albums, but there's only a few available on CD. That's a shame. Heck in 1970 he released 5 albums. Maybe they're not all 5 star albums but they're darn good. Today's musical artists go 2 or three years between albums and maybe not half as good. As far as country music goes, Buck was a living legend and now we'll just have to be satisfied with legend. Buck was known as a straight talker and once took a shot at American country music, decrying the syrupy arrangements of some singers. "Assembly-line, robot music turns me off," he said. I heard that Buck. There's no mistaking his honky-tonk twang that became known as the "Bakersfield Sound." I'll miss that ole red, white and blue guitar and the man that played it. Props to my man wick for helping me with this post.

It's a Monster's Holiday by Buck Owens

Tiger by the Tail(live at carnegie hall) by Buck Owens

Since another blog has already posted Streets of Bakersfield, I'll post Dwight Yoakam's version where Buck duets on it with Dwight, which incidentally gave Dwight his first #1 hit.

Streets of Bakersfield by Dwight Yoakum with Buck Owens

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Guilty As Charged

Today in Music History:

In 1973, during a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on the butt. The man was thrown out of the theatre and Reed completed the show.
homercat strikes his seagulls poseA lot of us were silly in the eighties as you look at the cat with his flock of seagulls do. It's time to mix up a new CD and once again I'll be needing some help with the last two songs. A comment by Jeff got me thinking about my new disc. As music lovers we all have one thing in common, at some point, somewhere in time, we heard a song and our whole being cried out, must...hate.... this... song. Even though common sense told us that the song was trite and we should hate it, our brain keeps insisting that we like it. Guilty pleasures baby. Music that we listen to and hope our buddies don't catch us. For instance, back in the eighties I saw this video and thought the song was catchy, but fer gosh sakes look at those guys, how gay is this video. Then the rest of the day this song is going thru my head. The record stores I visited had friends as employees and I didn't want them to see me buying this album, so I actually got this girl I worked with to go in and buy the album for me. What was it you ask? It was Wham's first album, Fantastic. That song Young Guns wouldn't vacate my brain. Yep I actually liked that album. So we all got em and I'm sure every person who reads this has got those few songs that they hate to admit they like, so I'm making up a disc full of them to show the world I'm no longer ashamed of myself for liking not so rockin' stuff. Let's do it.

You knew it was gonna be on here, Lord help me I still enjoy the Wham. I need help.
Young Guns by Wham
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Madonna is one of those artists I love to hate. Her music sounds like a couple cats in heat to me. Back in the heyday of MTV, before everyone in the world had seen her boobs I was mesmerized by one of her videos. The one where she's dancin around in that red dress with a bunch of guys. I think it's a take off from a Marilyn Monroe movie. Everytime those guys would catch her and she was like upside down, I would think I know those boobs are gonna fall out of that dress this time. I hate myself for liking this song, but I still do. thank goodness it's the only one.
Material Girl by Madonna
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Anything by The Osmonds is a-ok in my book. White jumpsuits and all. If you can make it past the mormon message and the teen idol thing then when you hear some of their back catalog, you realize they had some rockin stuff. To this day I still think The Osmonds Phase III album is one of the best albums of all time. Top 50 to be sure. I demand that this album be reissued on CD right now. Oh and I had a thing for Marie too.
Down by the Lazy River by The Osmonds
Hold Her Tight by The Osmonds
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In the pre Grease era of the 70's when Olivia Newton John first came onto the scene an adolescent homercat had a huge crush on her. I thought she was about the cutest thing I'd ever seen. I liked her music too. My crush ended when she came out with that Physical song.
Please Mr, Please by Olivia Newton John
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For some reason I have a soft spot for shmaltzy ballads and no one did it better than Barry Manilow back in the seventies.
Somewhere in the Night by Barry Manilow
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Britney Spears represents a lot of what's wrong with the music industry these days. Insubstantial fluff and crap that manages to sell a lot of records. I cringe evertime I see a picture of her or her freeloading husband. Yet try as I might I can't resist this song. Someone slap some sense into me.
Lucky by Britney Spears
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I really didn't think I was gonna make it through the disco era of the late seventies. I needed crunchy guitars, but those damn brothers Gibb kept trying to suck me in. Whenever I hear this song I bust out my best falsetto, crank it up and sing a long. It's a Tragedy.
Nights on Broadway by The Bee Gees
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A while back after I had started this here deal I wrote a post on The Knack and that was my first post that started to overload my comments. Semms like there were quite a few folks who liked them. I never belonged to the Knuke the Knack campaign. I loved their 3 chord power pop. This track comes from Serious Fun which came out in 1991.
Rocket O' Love by The Knack
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Remember when Mac Davis had a TV show? I do and I never missed it.
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me by Mac Davis
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Judging from the photo that goes along with this post then you must have figured out that I was a Seagulls fan. It's funny though, I didn't really care for the first album with that I Ran song. Plus the video was so bad that it was funny. It was the albums that followed that I was into. Quick, if I say eighties hair, what is the first image that pops up in your mind. Yep, Mike Score's infamous seagulls mop.
Transfer Affection by A Flock of Seagulls
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I've already talked about the I Eat Cannibals song so I won't rehash it here so get yer plaids out because I owned every single Bay City Rollers albums. Domestic and import copies.
I Only Want to Be With You by The Bay City Rollers
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I think this will be my last contribution. The rest of the disc I will be taking suggestions on. This is a bad one. The stupidest song by the stupidest non group ever. I'll get a first class ticket on an airbus to hell for liking these guys. I knew something funny was going on with these dudes. Even after the lip synch scandal I thought what the hell, whoever's singing they're damn catchy pop tunes. I even bought the remix album. Egad, you say, the cat is mental unbalanced. Yes he is.
I'm Gonna Miss You by Milli Vanilli(or somebody)
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So there it is my guilty pleasures. I had about three more to add but it's taken me all day here and I gots to draw the line somewhere. One of them was A Carpenters song. Whatever you do don't tell anyone that I like these songs. I'll never live down the shame. What are your guilty pleasures? What songs do you hate to love? What tunes should I put on my disc to finish it up? Hope you enjoyed todays madness. Everyone have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Homercat Out.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ultimate Bar Band

Today in Music History:

In 1991, The inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars Leo Fender died from Parkinson's disease.
J Geils BandThe J Geils Band started out as an acoustic blues trio in the 60's. In 1967 Peter Wolf and and Stephen Jo Bladd joined the group. Wolf and Bladd's specialized tastes of arcane doo wop, blues, R&B, and rock & roll, became a central force in the newly revamped J. Geils Band, whose members positioned themselves as tough '50s greasers in opposition to the colorful psychedelic rockers who dominated the East Coast in the late '60s. Soon, the band had earned a sizable local following, including Seth Justman, an organist who was studying at Boston University. Justman joined the band in 1968, and the band continued to tour for the next few years, landing a record contract with Atlantic in 1970. The band became known for their marathon live performances, with Wolf establishing a reputation as a particularly dynamic frontman. But they were unable to capture their amazing live sound in the studio and never seemed to be able to chart any albums. Then in 1981 Freeze Frame was released and spawned the #1 hit Centerfold.

In 1983, the group was at the height of their popularity, and had gone 17 years without a personnel change. Finally, the J. Geils Band went their separate ways when Wolf and Justman couldn't get their shit together. The band refused to record material that Wolf had written with outside collaborators. In 1984, he released his first solo album, Lights Out, followed in 1987 by Come as You Are, which spurred the hit single of the same name. In between albums he worked on duets with Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin, who recruited him specifically for her Who's Zoomin' Who album. In 1989, after a six-month songwriting retreat in Nashville, he recorded his third solo album, Up to No Good, which appeared the following year. Somewhere in here, I think while he was still with J Geils, Wolf had a brief marriage with actress Faye Dunaway. The J Geils recorded one more album without Wolf and it flopped big time. I believe peter's last release came out in 1998. I was a big fan of the J Geils Band and Peter Wolf. 1984'sLights Out is an almost perfect pop album by Wolf and is unfortunately out of print, Amazon has it listed for $150 from third party sellers. Very radio friendly. In 1980 the J Geils Band released Love Stinks which is a must own disc which is still available. Check out a couple cuts from these classic albums.

I Need You Tonight by Peter Wolf

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Come Back by The J Geils Band

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Survey Says

Today in Music History:

In 1974 Slade star in the film 'Flame'. The soundtrack album 'Slade in Flame' hits #6 in the UK.
chillinA big thanks to the 39 of you who participated in the survey. I'll share some results with ya and elaborate on some details. First off 45% of you visit at least three times a week, which is about the regularity of my posts. Homie is not particularly prolific. A whopping 81% said they had encountered music they had never heard before. That staggers me because most of what I write about is the old shit that should be in everyones collection. I am happy to be bringing some classics to new ears.

Would you rather I feature the same old new indie crap that every single other music blog is featuring? One person skipped this question and everyone else answered an overwhelming no. 4 people said the toon sucks, 4 said they never read it and the rest said keep it. Now here's an important stat for you record industry types. 40% of the respondents said they have purchased music they have found here, and 24% said they would if it was cheaper. So you guys at the RIAA, think twice before you go around slapping lawsuits on people who are promoting and selling music for you.

Other features that people would like to see here: more naked chicks and/or more revealing photo's of the female artists. Jeez you men with your one track minds, but I'm with you and if I ever come across any, I'll see what I can do. Someone wants a bigger cat picture. And finally, yes homercat likes his cheese. I like the cheesy look and the garish colours and the more graphics the better. Why should I want Rockin' to look like every other blogger template blog. I will try to optimize the pics and stuff to make the page load faster, and maybe get rid of some other not really needed stuff to make it more friendly for dial up users. As for eye straining combinations of colours and goofy graphics, they're here to stay. If anything Homer may go for an even cheesier look. Someone may be surfing and come across Rockin' and think what the hell is this? Overall, 90% said don't change a durn thing. The reason I made that survey is that homercat wigged out a little over that worst music ever comment. Now for the music. The two overall favorite posts were the Cruising with the Cat and the George Jones? Go figure on the rockin' site. The survey results were anonymous so I don't know who left what so I'll just address y'all as dat guy that...

Anyways for the guy that likes the 80's posts, do you remember this old 80's tune. Total campiness, one hit wonder, or was homercat the only retard who liked that song.
I Eat Cannibals by Total Coelo (more info here)

Somebody liked the Valdy Post. As well you should.
A Good Song by Valdy

Always willing to help out dat guy who likes that old Alice Cooper shit. That old Cooper shit is a mainstay in the homercat house.
Luney Tune by Alice Cooper

For those guys that enjoyed the saddest song debate, I forgot about this one. It's kinda cheesy and that's right up cats alley, and damn, this tune is a bonafide tearjerker. It may be the saddest song ever.
I'll Be True to You by The Oak Ridge Boys

One guy really liked my Angel posts.
Broken Dreams by Angel

Apologies to the Nuge guys but since I just covered him not to long ago, oh ok one more Nuge and that's it.
The Harder they come(The Harder I Get) by Ted Nugent

The guys that liked the Cruising with the cat episode, well I've been sitting here busting my head, trying to think of another great driving tune. I have nothing against Radar Love, I just don't like it as much as some. Sometimes it gets me going. Oh here it is.
Sledgehammer by Bachman Turner Overdrive

And finally The Runaways were just featured so I'm going to go with a Joan Jett tuneage to offset that and it's a corker that I bet not many of you have heard. It's kinda naughty.
Fetish by Joan Jett

Have a great weekend and don't drink too much green beer eh?


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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Leader of the Band

Today in Music History:

In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry on the island of Gibraltar.
I've never really met any big stars. Once upon a time I met a couple. I suppose if the cat was the groupie type I would have met more. Lord knows my ex wife inexplicably was able to get backstage for a buttload of shows. When I wised up and realized that i love you thing was a sham and she was slobbing the knob of every wannabe that came down the pike, I got mad, especially cause she wasn't slobbin mine. That eventually ended badly, like you didn't see that coming.

One late night in Memphis at a radio station I got to hang out with Joe Walsh. One time I had a mad conversation with Doc severnson for two minutes. And one night at a Joan Jett concert when I was in the front row, I screamed at Joan I love You, and she smiled at me. Trust me I took that to the she almost hosed me bank and, well you young uns know one Miz Jett figured prominently in certain, um, things.

I bring all this up because at a certain time in my dad's life he was kicking around in the Colorado Rockies and he became good friends with some dude who was like around where he hung out. He could tell the story better, and with more passion. Mon Pere is a musician and we haven't been exactly close but we understand each other. I understand a certain song that means a lot to my Dad and to the guy that wrote it, his son. Which is neither me or my Dad, but I'm proud to say that the song I feature here today is about a guy that my Dad was good friends with and if you ask my Da, I think he would say this is one of the saddest songs he knows. He Knew the guy that Dan was singing about and knowing that it holds a special place in my heart. Besides, it's good amd it's impossible to rock out all the time. Before I even knew all this, I loved this song. Well there's more here with all that complicated BS but enjoy this, a song about one of my Dad's great friends and by proxy mine. I wish I could have met him.

Leader of the Band
by Dan Fogelberg

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Streets of New York

Today in Music History:

In 1977, after being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and it's Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made $127,500 from the deal.
For the last two months, I've pretty much had 4 CD's that have made the CD player their permanent home. So much so that they never go back on the shelf, they just sit next to the player and one of them is usually playing. I change up once in a while and pull something off the shelf, listen to it, then back to shelf it goes. The 4 I speak of are Limelight by Colin James, Out of Their Skulls by The Pirates, Devil's Playground by Billy Idol and Sea of No Cares by Great Big Sea. For the last three days that has changed. I got this new disc and I have been listening to it exclusively since and it keeps sounding better every time I hear it. Already I have listened to it over 40 times. The album is Streets of New York by Willie Nile.

willie nileTomorrow's St. Paddys day so this latest effort by a nice Irish Catholic boy fits in nicely. I did a little piece on Willie a while back so I won't repeat a lot of what was said there. The comparisons to Dylan and Springsteen are justified but at the same time a little unfair. Nile definitely has his own sound and the songwriting is definitely top notch. It's funny that one of my questions on the survey was about posting indie label stuff and it was unanimous from the over thirty respondents, that they didn't want to see that stuff here, yet here I am covering an indie label release. This album kicks off the 00:02:59 label (pronounced two minutes fifty-nine). The name comes from a lyric in the song "“Hitsville UK" from The Clash'’s Sandinista! album. The song describes a perfect record label where it is all about the music,– and where everyone gets along: "“the band went in and knocked '‘em dead in 2 minutes 59." So forgive me, but this CD needs some exposure.

The album has 14 strong cuts on it. Sitting here thinking about it, I can't pick out a favorite cut. I also can't pick out one that is below par. The song "Back Home" could be a power ballad for any person trying to find themself and their place in this world. "Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead)" was written following the Madrid train bombings of March 2004. A cover of Eddy Grant's "Police on My Back" done in Clash copy mode, as a direct tribute to Joe Strummer, is right smack on. Nile, who is in his 50s, manages to accurately tell us about the giddy feeling of new love in the might-be-about-teenagers bouncy pop song "Asking Annie Out".

Am I so hungry for new rock music that I can relate to and doesn't suck, that I have lost my critical senses and have gone overboard with my praise for this album. Maybe it's just an average album and I have been blinded by actually hearing something decent for a change. If I had to criticize anything, it would be that on 2 songs, he sounds too much like Dylan, and those are probably my favorite cuts. Whatever the case it comes with a two paws way up from the homercat. If you do happen to purchase this album, I would be interested in hearing what someone else thought of it. So I re upped the link on my previous post for those who may have missed it and offer up a new one here. Tomorrow I will share some results from the survey as I will be closing it down, and I'll have a whole bunch of goodies geared towards my regular readers.

Best Friends Money Can Buy by Willie Nile

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St. Patty's
As a bonus here's a couple ditties that should go well with green beer and stuff, as my post tomorrow won't have anything to do with drunken celebrations. Also the survey closes tomorrow and thanks to all who participated.

The Night Pat Murphy Died
by Great Big Sea

Wasn't That A Party by The Irish Rovers

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Let's Get Distorted

Today in Music History:

In 1972 Isaac Hayes wins an Academy Award for "Theme from ‘Shaft,’" making him the first African-American composer to be so honored. It also won two Grammys, a Golden Globe award and the NAACP Image Award.
That's weird, I heard on the news this morning that Isaac is quitting his role as Chef on South Park because he no likey that a couple episodes poked fun at scientology, his religion of choice. That's neither here or there just thought it was a strange coincidence which has nothing to do with this post.
Social Distortion
Take a band that achieves the perfect balance between their two major influences, the country anguish of Johnny Cash and the furious punk rock sound of early Clash and there you have a good description of LA's Social Distortion, especially on their finest album which came out in 1992. Throughout the years they've had many lineup changes.

Social Distortion formed in 1978 and released their debut album in 1983. Frontman Mike Ness went that down heroin road and it was four years before their next album. with the release of their second album, the band broadened their roots rock influences with a country feel. Their fourth album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell became their most successful album and in every sense of the word is a classic. This album had all the earmarks of a major commercial success with some radio friendly tunes and strong production, but it never found the large audience they expected. Homercat had to scratch his head in wonderment also. SD's last release came in 2004, and only have seven albums to their credit but if you're a fan of rollicking, straight-ahead hard rock then you could do a lot worse than Social Distortion. Mike Ness doesn't try too hard. He just plugs it in, cranks it up, plays what chords he can (three of them to be exact) and sings about what he knows and Heaven and Hell is one of those rare albums that really doesn't contain any clunkers.

Bad Luck by Social Distortion

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Ring of Fire by Social Distortion

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Helping the Cat

Today in Music History:

In 1975 on this day Rush releases 'Fly By Night'.(a killer album to you young uns)
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Friday, March 10, 2006

Funeral for a Friend

Today in Music History:

In 1977, at 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
Ted
The Canadian Tire couple is no more.

Canadian Tire unveiled its new spring ad campaign Thursday and bearded handyman Ted and his wife Gloria were nowhere to be seen. That's right, that guy that has been annoying Canadians for almost a decade has been canned. Tracy Fellows, a vice president of advertising at Canadian Tire Corp., said the couple's “demo-mercials” were effective, but internal research showed that they were starting to wear on consumers by late last year. You think? Most of us wanted to Cheney his ass. You know shoot him in the face.

The Canadian Tire couple, played by Toronto actors Ted Simonett and Gloria Slade, had been showing off innovative products for the hardware chain for eight years. Loved by some and hated by many, the couple had transcended advertising into the realm of pop culture, where they were parodied by the likes of Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour has 22 Minutes.

Think about what a horror it would have been to live next door to those two. Everything YOU own is crap, and their stuff is better, newer, cheaper, more powerful and faster. But no more.

The actors were recognized everywhere they went, but Canadian Tire prevented them from talking to the media about their work.
Although they will not appear in any more Canadian Tire ads, Mr. Simonett and Ms. Slade remain under contract with the retailer until June 30. Reached at her Toronto home yesterday, Ms. Slade declined to talk about her run with Canadian Tire without the company's consent. And Canadian Tire refused to allow the actors to speak, saying they're "focused on the new campaign."
Annoying Canadian Tire guy, I say Goodbye and good riddance.

Say Goodbye by Cheap Trick

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Free Him

Today in Music History:

In 1969 MC5's debut, 'Kick Out the Jams', is released. It peaks at #30. Also in 1973, Paul McCartney was fined $170 for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
There's no such thing as bad publicity. Homercat likes his traffic to increase any way he can get it, even when someone links Rockin' by using this phrase,"Here's a blog full of the worst music ever written". Maybe some folks feel that way and that's cool by me, but it's not quite the worst music ever written. For one to truly have a blog full of the worst music ever written, he would have to post stuff about Coldplay, Britney Spears, Eminem, Fitty Cent, Madonna, Mariah Carey and others of that ilk. So I will try harder to post really bad music. I hate to let my fans down. Now onto more of the worst music ever written.

Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey recently had a birthday and not wanting to steal wild mercury's thunder that day, I put this one off for a while. Mere months after the release of Who Are You in 1978, Keith Moon died and the future of The Who was uncertain. The remaining members felt that with Keith gone they would never be the same. So for a few years Pete, Roger and the Ox piddled around with their own projects. Roger was working on a film version Of John McVicar's autobiography. McVicar was an armed robber who was tagged 'Public Enemy No. 1' by Scotland Yard with a 'dead or alive' reward on his head. He was apprehended and given a 26 year jail sentence, escaping from prison on several occasions. He was released in 1978. He wrote McVicar by Himself while still in prison and scripted the 1980 biographical film McVicar, which starred Roger Daltrey in the title role.

The soundtrack for the film was also dubbed a Roger Daltrey solo effort. In reality the soundtrack for McVicar could be tagged "the best, post Keith Moon, Who album". Townshend, Entwistle and Kenney Jones all contributed to this album a year before the mediocre Face Dances was released as the first Who album without Keith. Even the movie posters touted, "Soundtrack by The Who". Daltrey is in excellent form on this album. More so than his lackluster vocals on Face Dances. Don't get me wrong, I love The Who and I think the Kenney Jones era was just fine, but they didn't have the fire in their belly anymore. That's a shame because McVicar is an awesome album that showed the world that the Who were back. Anyways the album should be a part of any serious record collection.

Free Me
by Roger Daltrey

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Chicks Rock!

Today in Music History:

In 1973, Slade's 'Cum On Feel The Noize', entered the UK charts at the No.1 position, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
The RunawaysTruly the first all female rock band in rock history, The Runaways paved the way for all girl rockers that followed. They rocked and lawdy miss clawdy, they are quite handsome girls. Many a teenage boys' living rock n roll wet dream. But I digress. For all intents and purposes I will refer to these 5 girls when talking about them as a whole, although in their short span they underwent several http://rapidshpersonnel changes. Pictured are Sandy West, Joan Jett, Cherie Curie, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox. I love this band, except for Lita Ford who I think is a skank. but that's beside the point.

The Runaways were born in 1975 at a party thrown by Alice Cooper, when Kim Fowley met a tough-talking 14-year old runaway named Kari Krome. Kari was a self-proclaimed lyricist and upon meeting Kim, she was more than eager to share her lyrics with the him. Fowley was impressed with Krome's stuff. The idea of a teenager singing about sexuality, and booze, and independence, all coming from a young female perspective, was appealing to Fowley and the idea for the first all-girl rock band came to mind. Krome's friend, guitarist Joan Jett, had been putting together a band with drummer Sandy West, and Fowley quickly had a trio on his hands. However, it soon became apparent that Krome was not much of a singer, and she was replaced by vocalist Michael "Micki" Steele. This lineup only lasted about three months and Micki was booted out of the band on not so good of terms, but don't feel bad for her as she had later success with the Bangles. Cherie Currie was brought in for vocals and some girl known only as Peggy came in on bass and Jackie Fox came on board with her guitar. A month or two later In November 1975, Lita Ford was introduced to the band and her lead licks impressed Fowley so much that he fired Jackie to hire Lita. However, in December, a dispute between the Peggy girl and Cherie over lead vocals led to Peggy's termination and he turned around and rehired Jackie to play bass. Which was good because homercat's teenage hormones were absolutely in lust with Jackie.Hot rocker alert With the lineup finally set with an average age of 17, The Runaways released their debut album in May 1976. However, it was not greeted well. Fowley was preceded by his reputation for overhyping gimmicky acts, and the number of roles he played in guiding the Runaways' career made him appear a manipulative, Svengali-like jerk. Many thought the Runaways were nothing more than a cheap exploitation act, teenage jailbait and all that. Plus the entire concept of the band -- teenage girls playing their own instruments and singing frankly and enthusiastically about sex, booze, and life on the streets -- was a little too much for mid seventies America. After their second album was released in 77 they toured Japan and found out they were huge over there selling out arenas and stadiums. To the Japanese these girls were no joke. After the tour, Jackie and Cherie left the group and Joan took over as lead vocalist, and new bassist Vicki Blue was hired for the group's third album. Waiting for the Night was released at the end of the year, and failed to even hit the U.S. charts. By this point, Fowley had lost interest in the band, and quit as manager early the next year. Meanwhile with Jackie gone homercat's lust turned towards the impish Joan Jett, all the time wishing that Jackie had stayed and skanky wench Lita Ford should have left. Jett's unofficial leadership role within the group became more serious, but unfortunately, musical differences were beginning to arise. Joan's love of punk and glam rock clashed with West and Ford's love of straight-up hard rock and heavy metal. One more album, And Now...The Runaways, appeared toward the end of 1978. The Runaways played their last gig on New Years Eve of 78, darn it.

The Runaways' sound and attitude proved crucially important in paving the way for female artists to crank up the volume on their guitars and rock as hard as the boys. One wonders what might have happened if promoter/manager Kim Fowley had not insisted on a sleazy jailbait image for the group This image made it easy for the press to dismiss them as nothing but a tasteless adolescent fantasy and America did not take them seriously. The first female rockers to play their own instruments and write their own songs and thirty years later, homercat does and always has taken them seriously. Rock on girls!
birds on paradeCherry Bomb by The Runaways
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Wait for Me by The Runaways
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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bubbles

Today in Music History:

In 1969, Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal.
bubblesThe Great White North is very familiar with Bubbles, a character from the Trailer Park Boys. I'm not sure about south of the border or in the UK. I think the show runs on BBC America and I would also guess it's probably censored depending on the time slot. Canucks know that the show is funny as hell. Behind the voice and the coke bottle glasses of Bubbles is a guy named Mike Smith who is a wildly talented individual.

Mike Smith (Bubbles) was born and raised in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. He started playing hockey at the age of four but showed early signs of musical genius when he learned to play guitar at the age of seven. Continuing with both hobbies for the majority of his life, Mike eventually gave up hockey to concentrate on being a musician.

He attended St. Francis Xavier University where he earned a degree in English. In 1992, Mike's career in music began to take off. He played guitar and was one of the principal songwriters and guitarist in the band Sandbox and signed a record deal with EMI in Canada and Nettwerk in the U.S. Nominated for a Juno Award, East Coast Music Awards and a Casby Award, Sandbox released two albums with EMI and Nettwerk - Bionic and A Murder In The Glee Club.

In 1999, when the band split up Mike started composing music for film and television and has worked as a sound mixer on such feature films as The Weight of Water starring Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley, and Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. While sound mixing on the Trailer Park Boys feature, Mike met Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay. Goofing around one day on set, Mike was imitating a character he had been doing for years. Mike Clattenburg decided to write the character into the series and thus the birth of the lovable character Bubbles.

As far as the band goes I'm finding it hard to come up with any info about the other members other than the lead singer, Paul Murray, who is the nephew of singer Anne Murray. Where they are and what they're doing now is a mystery to me, but there's no mystery about Mike's success. Today's track comes from the 1996 album Bionic and received a lot of airplay at the time. It is quite an excellent album and highly recommend it if you can get hold of it.

Curious by Sandbox
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