Friday, June 29, 2007

Strictly Canadian

Happy Canada DayToday homercat sez it's all about Canada. Canada's birthday is this sunday, and thus homercat is going to be on a mini vacation which is gearing up right about now. Before I depart for Canada Day celebrations I post up these here Canadian ditties. Have a good one all.

Clearest Indication by Great Big Sea

Tin Soldier by Streetheart

We Are the Beaver by The Arrogant Worms

Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot

Red Rover by Big Sugar

Voodoo Thing by Colin James

Young and Restless by Prism

You Feel the Same Way Too by The Rankins

Making it Work by Doug and the Slugs

In View by The Tragically Hip

Wow after all that, I just didn't have any room for Rush. Oh well everyone knows who Rush is, hopefully one of these tunes will be one our southern neighbor hasn't had the pleasure of hearing. HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Funny Toon

Monday, June 25, 2007

Root Hog and Get This

Today in Music History:

In 1988, Debbie Gibson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Foolish Beat', making Debbie the youngest female to write, produce and record a US No.1 single.

Jim Dickenson's production and a few extra sidemen makes Root Hog or Die relatively fancy for Mojo. Mojo kicks things off with the hilarious one-two pop-iconography punch of "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child" and "(619) 239- KING" (a plea to locate Elvis who is, as we all know, everywhere) and follows it with a patriotic rendition of "This Land Is Your Land" that devolves into a convincing pitch for that imaginary trash heaven, Mojo World, where ther's waterslides filled with BBQ sauce. Root Hog or Die is Nixon's finest artistic achievement. Jim Dickenson's sparely applied sidemen add some of the funky feel that Mojo, who claims his life was changed by Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music", glorys in. Just about everything here cooks with gas. The unpromising title "Pirate Radio" turns out to be a
Shane-MacGowan-as-Captain-Hook chantey, "Chicken Drop" discharges four-letter-word and junk-Americana obligations in the same song, "I'm a Wreck" warns against excess without moralizing. Definitely Mojo's crowning achievement and I have heard this album described as the best album ever made. Maybe not the best ever, but it's damn sure a top twenty of all time and an absolute must have. As the Dead Milkmen once pointed out, if your store ain't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin' - in other words, everybody needs a bit of Mojo in their lives!!!!
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1. Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child
2. (619) 239-KING
3. This Land Is Your Land
4. Pirate Radio
5. Chicken Drop
6. Tennesse Jive
7. Louisiana Liplock
8. I'm A Wreck
9. Legalize It
10. Burn Your Money!
11. Circus Mystery
12. She's Vibrator Dependent
13. High School Football Friday Night

btw mojo encourages online sharing of his music.

No Toon Today

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Whack Wednesday on Thursday

Today in Music History:

In 1975, Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow.

homercat kissThe first day of summer eh? Couldn't tell it around here. The island has been positively chilly this year. Yet homercat keeps getting busier and busier which is a sure sign of summer. Thus not a whole lot of extra time for any in depth musical essays. Instead I thought it would be a good day for some fun music. Just no brainer type of hits your funny bone type of music. Also as a bonus these tunes may be unfamiliar to most.

Reminiscent of DEVO, Portland Oregon's, The Punk Group, takes humour to a whole new level. I intend to do a future post about these guys. The first time I heard these guys I nearly blew a gasket. If you like your music politically incorrect then the Punk Group is for you.
Fat Girls on Bicycles by The Punk Group

From an obscure disc I picked up years ago called the Copulation Compilation. As you may guess from the title of the CD, it was a collection of songs not for the prudish. Great raunchy stuff and this track is one of my faves from that disc.
Ethel Pump by Dr. Badbreath
Buy It

As I've stated many times before, not a rap fan. But who could resist the Fat Boys. The human beatbox cracks me up.
Don't You Dog Me by The Fat Boys
Buy It

Finally we'll top things off with a dose of Mojo. Nobody does it better than Mojo Nixon and like the Dead Milkmen said, "If you don't know Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin'."
Put a Sex Mo-Sheen in the White House by Mojo Nixon
Buy It

Funny Toon

Friday, June 08, 2007

This is F##king Awesome

Today in Music History:

13 of the 23 #1 songs are disco, including Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", Blondie's "Heart Of Glass", and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"; "Disco Demolition Night" at Chicago's Comiskey Park, hosted by Steve Dahl, spearheads "Disco Sucks" movement

evil dead posterThe Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. The film was extremely controversial for its graphic violence and gore, being initially turned down by almost all U.S. distributors, until a European company picked it up. Because of its graphic violence, the original version of the movie was banned in several countries.

The movie spawned two sequels and the Evil Dead Trilogy has an intense cult following with fans clamoring for a fourth installment. If you haven't seen it or have no idea what these movies are about then I heartily recommend you run out and rent all three of the trilogy and make a night of it. Essentially you either get it or you don't. Personally I rate the trilogy at number 1 in the best horror flicks of all time, with Romero's Living Dead series coming in second.

evil dead the musicalEnter Evil Dead: The Musical which is a Canadian off-Broadway show based on the cult classic film series. With the approval of both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, a musical version of the film was staged, enjoying a successful workshop in Toronto and performances at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2004. The New York off-Broadway production started previews on October 2, 2006. The Official Opening Night performance was November 1, 2006 and it ran, performing 8 times per week at the New World Stages, until February 17, 2007. Toronto producers announced a new Toronto production of the show, starring Ryan Ward at the Diesel Playhouse which started May 1st 2007. The musical loosely follows the original incorporating elements of all three movies.

This is a show I would give my left nut to see as Fans enjoy the "splatter zone" -- the first three rows of the theater where patrons can count on a good blood-soaking. Ticket buyers in the Splatter Zone are advised to dress down. Hazards include gallons of stage blood and fake gore. (Ponchos are provided during the 15 minute intermission before Act Two).In fact, Toronto fans began wearing white t-shirts to take home later as bloody souvenirs which inspired the show's marketing team to start selling "I Survived the Splatter Zone" souvenirs. Fortunately as of April 27, Evil Dead: The Musical has been been released on CD and it is freakin' awesome. This is a must have CD for Evil Dead fans. People unfamiliar with the movies probably wouldn't get any of the tunes but they're surprisingly good with some great humour thrown in. Here's a couple cuts from the album and I strongly suggest you scoop the album up if you can find it.

What the Fuck Was That?
All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons
Ode to an Accidental Stabbing
Buy It

Funny Toon

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Confessions of a Jett Groupie

Today in Music History:

In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named 'Angel' got the gig.
Last week the island enjoyed it's first full week of warmish weather of the year. Finally summer is about to arrive. Also last week I managed to score a CD that I have been looking for ever since I lost my copy. With the disc and the warm weather I couldn't help but revisit one homercat's most enjoyable summers. 1983, the year this album originally came out. Homercat had just finished college and had entered that mythical land of legal drinking age. Still working a common labour job and not exactly ready to grow up just yet. I hung out with a core group of friends, that remain to this day the best friends I ever had. Keggers, lawn dart tourneys, trying to decide on which concert we were going to see next. MTV still showed music videos and we would watch it incessantly.

Joan JettThat was the year Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released Album. Simple cover, Joan with her Gibson in mid jump against a yellow background wearing rec converse runners. I was already a huge fan from her Runaway days and prior two albums. I bought this album the week it came out and was amazed at how good it was. On this her third album the stylistic reference point is early-Seventies Rolling Stones, as evinced by the chugging rhythm-guitar hooks of "Secret Love" and "Coney Island Whitefish" or the punchy horn charts that top "The French Song" and "Handyman." We found out Joan was going to tour that summer behind the album and I was on board. Much to our surprise she was hitting many towns in our area. Meaning within a 2 hour drive to be more precise.

So that summer we managed to catch six different shows and each one was better than the one before. Three of those shows homercat managed to get in the front row, as all the shows we attended were outdoor shows with festival seating. The very first one we went to we were first in line at the gates and waited hours for the gates to open. As the time approached for the gates to open, we were literally being crushed against the gates as people kept trying to surge forward. After all this was every man for himself as soon as the gates opened. When they finally opened I ran like a man possessed to secure my front row spot. It was an insane thing to witness and be a part of and almost scary. I think it was the third show when I swear I actually made eye contact with her and screamed out, I love You Joan. To this day I still say she smiled straight at me when I screamed that. Who knows if she really did or not. All in all it was a great summer following Joan around.

This album has sadly been in and out of print thru the years. Looking online I find conflicting evidence that it's still in print. One place has it, one doesn't, I have found it in prices ranging from 15 to 60 dollars. This particular copy I found is a two disc release containiing two albums. Album and Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth containing a multitude of bonus tracks on each , plus 4 separate concert footage segments in the enhanced mode. Apparently released by Blackheart records in 2006. I found it at our best new and used record store here in town for a modest price. I felt like I had just found this huge treasure. Listening to it again I had forgotten how really good this album is. A true gem that should be scooped up if you can manage to find it. Now for some choice cuts.

Album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 1983
Coney Island Whitefish
Everyday People(dance mix)
Who Can You Trust
Buy It for the other 14 tracks on this album.

Funny Toon