Tuesday, November 27, 2007

SIXX: AM

Today in Music History:

In 1997, a disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.

SIXX:AMThe excesses of the members of Motley Crue has been well documented over the years. Most recently in Nikki Sixx's autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack is a concept album written by Nikki Sixx and recorded by his band Sixx: A.M.,which serves as the companion soundtrack to his autobiography. Each of the 13 songs on this album coincides with a chapter of the book. The album was released on August 21, 2007 to critical acclaim by most. The music isn't what Crue fans might expect yet it does have a definite hair band sound. This isn't bad, it works well here.

On first listen I found this album to be an extremely personal account of Sixx's heroin addiction. Almost uncomfortably so, as some of the subject matter is a bit heavy and unsettling . The first track really gave me the creeps, with Sixx's spoken word about Christmas with a needle hanging out of his vein and then the music blasts into a Christmas carol from hell that made my skin crawl. The first single Life is Beautiful has been getting heavy airplay on the metal radio station I listen to. Sixx has really laid bare his soul with this project and while not the greatest album ever, I have to say it's really good and will most likely end up in my top ten for the year. I've read a lot of reviews and most of them really praise this album, and a couple that sound like sour grapes.

In conclusion, while this album is about a self-destructive rock star hitting rock-bottom, in the end it is also about finding that needed moment of clarity, and eventually, realizing recovery. And inspired by his addiction and recovery Nikki founded his own charity, Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House Of California, which aims to keep young children off the streets, and keep them off the path that Nikki went down when he was younger. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from this project will go to support this cause. The homercat gives the album 4 stars and would say it should be in your collection.

X-Mas in Hell by SIXX: AM
Life is Beautiful by SIXX: AM
Buy It


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Trips Around the Sun

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Drummer Keith Moon of tThe Who collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.

It was 4 years ago this month when Good Rockin' Tonight was born. It struggled along under a different name during it's first year and then the name was changed three years ago when the cat decided to get serious about it. Rockin' just started out as a hobby from a cat with too much time on his hands. Unable to work so I wanted to share my love of music with anyone that wanted to stop by.

The original intent was to expose classic stuff to these younger generational types and get them to buy it. Stuff that never got radio play and especially out of print stuff. I didn't want some of my favorite tunes to be relegated to obscurity in an old fogies time capsule somewhere. Over time I also have tackled new artists that tickled my fancy, although that area is getting trickier to navigate now. Major labels are wanting to sue at the drop of a hat anyone who even posts a single tune. For the most part I'll work with the indie labels that want to promote their artists as they actually want to promote their artists and aren't all sue happy. I think they actually like the free promotion I do for them here. A couple of weeks ago I featured an album that has been out of print since the early 80's by Sue Saad and the Next. Even though it has been out of print for over 25 years and the record label has no intention of ever putting it out on cd, it was quickly deleted. So unfortunately another lost classic will likely fade away. I just wanted to revive it and believe me if it ever got released on cd I would buy it in a hearbeat, even though I have it on mp3. In fact I recently read an article on MSN or somewhere like that, that studies have shown that people who download music are more likely to go out and purchase the cd's than people who don't. Yet the major labels can't see past the nose on their face and are killing the golden goose by being such ass lickers. Personally on average I buy 2 cd's a week and I download like a mutha posessed.

I digress yet again. Times have changed. When I started out I might get 12 visitors a week. Now just recently I surpassed the 250,000 visitor mark which has exceeded every expectation I had for this site. Even though my output has decreased my readership continues to grow. Unfortunately life happens and now instead of being unable to work, homercat has two part time jobs and is also the house husband and it has seriously decreased the amount of time I am able to spend here. I used to respond to all your kind comments and now I barely have time to jump on the net. The major labels hate what us music bloggers are doing and it becomes more difficult when posting content. Back in September I got my first cease and desist letter. I gladly quit promoting that artist for free for them. As you can see things are different than when I started.

That being said as Good Rockin' tonight completes it's 4th trip around the sun, homercat will continue to try to entertain it's reader's and try to keep exposing great music to the young and old alike. I really hated that my computer crashed back in October as it's my favorite time of year for bringing out the creepy classics. Time does not permit 4 or 5 posts a week but I'll be here at least once or twice a week. Also I will commit myself to responding to my reader's if they take the time to leave a comment. I thank each and every one of you who have taken time out of their busy schedules to drop by. So if you missed the Sue Saad I have a link if anyone's interested. And now for a few gems from the vault. Remember downloading is a great way to get exposed to new music but don't forget to support the artist and buy their stuff too. Here's to 4 more years.

Happy Birthday by Weird Al Yankovic
Buy It

Birthday by Meredith Brooks
Buy It

Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere) by Cheap Trick
Buy It (out of print)

Full Moon Turn My Head Around by Off Broadway
Buy It

Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man by Jason and the Scorchers
Buy It (out of Print)


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Doc Neeson

Today in Music History:

In 1990, Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian held a press conference to confirm the rumours that the two members of the group Rob and Fab had not sung on any of their hit records.
Doc NeesonI know it's only November yet I'm ready to announce my pick for the best album of 2007. I'm 100 percent certain that in the few remaining weekks of 2007 there will nothing released that is as good as Doc Neeson's new album Acoustic Sessions. For those that don't know, Irish Born Doc Neeson fronted one of my favorite bands for almost 25 years. That band being the Australian hard rocking, pub rockers The Angels.

Doc is an Australian rock legend and in 1999 he suffered a debilitating spinal injury in a car accident on a Sydney motorway in 1999. Neeson's back specialist, an Angel's fan, delivered the bad news to the performer who is known for his very physical live performances.

The doctor told him 'I know how you perform, and I'm sorry to break the news to you Doc, but if you don't stop you're going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, so consider yourself retired,' Since then members of The Angels have split into two camps, and have fought legal battles over the right to tour as The Angels. At this point, there is the Original Angels band, minus Doc Neeson, and Doc Neeson's Angels, with whom Doc Neeson is touring and has just finished an album in September called Acoustic Sessions. While Neeson's on-stage grimace in the past could be seen for dramatic effect, the facial expressions will likely now be due to real agony as he is in constant pain.

Many music fans firmly believe that Australian rock has never exceeded the heights of the "pub rock" scene in the 70s and early 80s. Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Mental as Anything, INXS and many others wore a path up and down the east coast as they toured relentlessly. But no one rocked harder than the Angels.

It is great that Doc has bounced back and has put out such a fine album. Hard rocking pub anthems such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, No Secrets, and Marseilles translate very well and sound like brand new songs. I'm very impressed with this album and like I said, it is the best album of 2007. Here's a couple samples. Listen then buy it.

No Secrets by Doc Neeson
I Ain't the One by Doc Neeson
Buy It


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Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Punk Group

Today in Music History:

In 1975, Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.

the punk groupThe Punk Group are a couple of guys that hail from Portland Oregon that craft brilliant, twisted, Devo-influenced little ditties that take aim at anyone and everyone (un)fortunate enough to grab their attention. Very definitely NOT politically correct and I freakin' love it.

Warning to the thin-skinned, easily offended or hyper-politically correct — the Punk Group is not for you. Not that the band’s two members care what anyone thinks about them. Armed with a drum machine, synthesizer, guitar and bass, Brian Applegate and Tony Cameron have turned a potential liability — their lack of formal musical training — into an asset. The Punk Group has played onstage with such notable artists as DEVO, Cake and Gary Numan.

Songs like “MySpace” go straight to the heart of the Web site’s appeal, with Applegate and Cameron chanting “MySpace is good for getting laid” over a sequenced beat that will give you Frogger flashbacks. There are plenty of gems in their catalogue, but I have heard that one must see the band live. I'm putting up a couple of my favorites here today. If you only listen to one song this year, it has to be "Toby Keith". I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard. Then to show that they are not afraid of anyone or any backlash, "Great White" is a ditty about the tragic fire in which that band was involved in. If these songs tickle your funny and music bone, The Punk Group has more songs available for free download at their site, where you can also purchase their albums.

Toby Keith by The Punk Group
Great White by The Punk Group


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Open Wide

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards.

Open WideHomercat has to do a necessary evil today which is a trip to the dentist to get some work done on the ole fangs. Most of us have a natural dislike about our trips to the dentist but I have a downright phobia about it. I break out in cold sweats and darn near freak. It never fails as I'm sitting in the chair I have one song that continually plays over and over in my head. The tune happens to be Unfinished Sweet by the Alice Cooper Band.

Unfinished Sweet appears on Billion Dollar Babies which was released in 1973 and is arguably one of Alice's best albums as well as one of the best albums of the seventies. When the band recorded the album, they had several numbers that were written with almost specifically for the concert stage as their live shows were becoming increasingly elaborate. Songs such as Sick Things, I love the Dead and Unfinished Sweet are an example. Sweet is complete with drilling sounds with an eventual plop of a tooth being pulled free. The remastered edition package contains a generous second CD of well-recorded live material (taken from the tour supporting "Billion Dollar Babies"), as well as studio outtakes. The original album jacket artwork has been recreated, along with lyrics, photos and some illuminating commentary in a 24-page booklet. Remastering was coordinated under the supervision of the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. It is masterful and should be owned by everyone. In honor of my dentist appointment, here's a peek at the live version of Unfinished Sweet from the second disc.

Unfinished Sweet(live) by Alice Cooper
Buy It

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Sue Saad and the Next

Today in Music History:

In 1974, George Harrison became the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada.

So I went to the record store today intending to purchase 3 CD's, two of them new releases. I've surfed the web enough to know where exactly to go if I want to download a new release for free. There's plenty of pirate blogs out there. So I know for a fact I could have downloaded all three of the CD's I was looking for from a couple of these blogs I have mentioned. I saw them posted. I prefer to hold the hard copy in my hand,liner notes and all(I read them diligently) and I don't want some crap ripped at 192 kbps, I wants the pure version. Fully intending to purchase them, I went to my favorite haunt. Nil, nada, nothing, not in stock, and that's the rub, these were fairly common artists and should be stocked at all times. I hate having to special order and waiting 3 to 4 weeks for my items. I don't buy shit over the internet and forget about trying to buy something that was released prior to 1995 at any store. Most likely it will be out of print or they don't keep them on hand because there's not much demand for that particular album.

Thus I went home pissed because of the sorry state of most of these record(cd) stores with empty hands and to think I had a huge willingness to fork over my hard earned cash to the mother farking recording industry. Youze guys blew it, I downloaded it. I didn't want to. This blog's purpose has always been to promote the artists and get folks to go out and buy the stuff. I really really wanted these albums so I got them the only way I could. This has been happening a lot lately and I feel like the recording industry has backed me in a corner. Just how in the hell am I supposed to buy an album if it's out of print. You can't, so I download them.

So you're asking yourself, ok homercat, just what in hell does all this have to do with the title of your post, Sue Saad and the Next. Well here it comes.
Sue Saad and the NextSue Saad and the Next is a lost gem in rock history. Sue Saad and the Next only did one album way back in 1980. If you have it, you are lucky. If not, look around the used record stores, because it never made it to CD although it should have. A solid rock band, sounding a little like a female fronted Loverboy. At times Sue sounds like Ann Wilson, and the band rocks - well played early 80's rock. They have a bass-heavy beat that is not dance music, and the guitar riffs are memorable. They also have one song on the Roadie soundtrack which was how I was introduced to them. They never made a second album, although Sue and band went on to write music for several movies most notably the soundtrack to Looker.

For those that have not heard of them or don't remember them, here's a track for ya.

I I Me Me by Sue Saad and the Next

So here's another example of a lost classic that is unavailable for the masses, unless someone you happen to know someone has ripped it from vinyl for you. It's lucky for you guys that you know homercat. While I don't endorse the whole album download thing, I do in this particular case, because I'm pissed off today. I've had a lot of requests for this album from some buds as it is extremely hard to find so here it be. Some of my more canny readers may have already seen this where I put it somewhere else before and snagged it already. It's time that that an injustice be rectified and a lost classic be restored to the masses. A nice clean vinyl rip and it's the least I can do for being away for so long.

192 kbps

Gimme Love Gimme Pain
It's Gotcha
Prisoner
Young Girl
I I Me Me
Your Lips-Hands-Kiss-Love
I Want Him
Cold Night Rain
Won't Give It Up
Danger Love

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Crash Resolved

Today in Music History:

1969, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Suspicious Minds', his 18th US No.1 single.
homercat points at the scene of the crimeHere be the homercat back in business again. I don't have to explain to any of you folks who have ever had any computer crashing issues what things have been like here at the cat house. Needless to say, lack of funds, and finally a purchase of a new hard drive, the tedious task of transferring files, getting all the programs that I like installed and running and setting up things just the way homercat likes them has pissed away the whole month of October. October happens to be my favorite time of the year in which homercat likes to dig up all the creepy and spook filled tuneage he can find. I missed it all and am terribly disappointed. Oh well we are happy to finally be up and running again. What better way to return than to feature some crash tunes.

Crash by The Primitives
Buy It

Crashin' Down by Jason and the Scorchers
Buy It

Crash and Burn by April Wine
Buy It

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