Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Scorchin' Sounds

Today in Music History:

In 1971 The Osmonds first album, 'Osmonds', hits #14 on the Billboard charts.
Jason and the Scorchers
During the eighties, Jason and the Scorchers were able to erect a sound that sounded like Joe Strummer hurling a wrecking ball through the Grand Ole Opry. Jason and the Scorchers were rock enough not to be country, punk enough not to be rock and metal enough not to be cool… that probably has a lot to do with why they have never got the props that they so deserve.

Jason Ringenberg was raised on a hog farm in northern Illinois. Ringenburg, fresh out of college in 1981, came storming into Nashville looking for a "rock n' roll wild band" and found the Scorchers, three Nashville upstarts who had punk-rock leanings. As the band roared into the eighties, their sound was described as "TNT From Tennessee and "Merle Haggard meets the Ramones." Reportedly in late 1983, during a concert held "in the basement of a now-boarded Philadelphia dive...Jason Ringenberg balanced himself on a rickety stool...and wished aloud what he wanted his band to sound like. 'Like a religious service,' he said wistfully, 'only a lot dirtier.'"

From 1982 to 1985 Jason and the Scorchers were one of the best live bands ever. EMI signed them in 1984 and in 1985 released their first full length album "Lost and Found". For some reason EMI didn't "get it" and tried to turn the Scorchers into a radio friendly band, without really getting behind them. Their last release for EMI was "Still Standing" in 1986. Through the years Jason and the Scorchers have put out albums on different labels and it has always made me scratch my head how come they never got really big. The music really rocks and some of their licks can put heavy metal bands to shame.

Broken Whiskey Glass by Jason and the Scorchers
Harvest Moon by Jason and the Scorchers
Absolutely Sweet Marie by Jason and the Scorchers
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