Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lookin' For Trouble

Today in Music History:

In 1988, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married second wife Teresa Barrick in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Toronto’s street-wise image mixed with their hard-edged sound made them instant staples on FM stations across the country with the release of their first album Looking For Trouble. Released in 1980 it is a great first album with a good collection of catchy rockin' tunes. With the lead-off single "Even The Score", critics instantly took notice of the band as one of Canada’s most promising new groups. The now-classic title-track, "5035" and covers of the "Stones" "Let’s Spend The Night Together" and Eddie Schwartz’s "You Better Run"(months before Pat Benatar had released it herself) all drove home the message that Toronto had arrived with a vengeance, pushing their debut album to platinum status in near record time. The song "5035" gained notoriety (= good publicity), as people apparently were dialing the phone number "just to see". This is classic Canadian rock at its best. Vocalist Holly Woods has an amazing voice unlike any other from that era. Lookin' For Trouble is a CD that rocks from start to finish. You just don't hear straight ahead rock n roll like this anymore. Especially with a female vocalist.

Growing up in the sticks south of the border, we never had the pleasure of hearing this band. In fact I had never heard of them until I was introduced to Toronto by Mrs. homercat in 2003. Hard to believe I went that many years without hearing about this excellent band.

Lookin' For Trouble
You Better Run
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Monday, May 26, 2008

Heaven Forbid

Today in Music History:

In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct a bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. They record "Give Peace a Chance," with Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary and others.
I know, I know it's been too long since I've been here. The joys of working 3 jobs really limits a person's time to do other things. To try to get back in the swing of things homercat is going to focus on an album at a time, instead of focusing on just the artists. This will coincide with another project I'm working on and some of you know what I'm talking about eh. So I'm going to pull out a couple of albums a week, give my take on it, throw out a sample and maybe interest 1 or 2 of you guys into buying it. Any discs that grace these pages is worth buying or else it wouldn't be in my collection.

Blue Oyster CultToday's lost gem will be Heaven Forbid by Blue Oyster Cult. When I was ten in 1973 I heard my best friends older brother playing the newest BOC album, Tranny and Mutation and I was blown away and became a permanent die hard fan of BOC from that day on. Now with over 30 years of history under their belt, BOC are one of hard rock's most iconic outfits. They have seen and done it all. From bar room obscurity to the top of the charts and back again their career is the consummate rock 'n roll story. And they're still touring. Heaven Forbid was released in 1998 and it had been ten years since their last album. The album opens with a bludgeoning "I'd Like To See You In Black" which is pure unadulterated metal. Probably one of the heaviest things BOC has ever recorded. In fact the song could just as easily be Metallica as Blue Oyster Cult, but with it's trademark Eric Bloom howl and twisted lyrics this one is vintage BOC all the way. The line "I'd like to see you in black....it'd make me feel like your husband's dead" is a classic BOC lyric. American science fiction and horror writer John Shirley wrote lyrics for several songs on the album. If radio had given this one a chance it could have been huge. I have been playing the heck out of this album for the last couple weeks. I forgot how good it was. I am fully aware that I have done a Cult post in the past(and probably will do so again in the future), so this one just focuses on the one album.

See You in Black
Real World
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Trouble in Mind

Today in Music History:

In 1993 'Get a Grip,' Aerosmith's 11th studio album, debuts at #1. It goes on to sell 7 million copies in the U.S. and more than 10 million worldwide. It also ushers forth another quartet of hits: "Livin' On the Edge" (#18), "Cryin'" (#12), "Amazing" (#24) and "Crazy" (#17).

If you haven’t already heard any of Hayes Carll's music, then I must ask where the heck have you been? His new album Trouble in Mind came out in April and yes folks we have another entry into the top 10 albums of the year. I've already told you about seeing Hayes in concert back in Feb. After seeing his performance homercat did something he has never done in his life. For the first time ever I pre-ordered someone's album. I did it the day after the concert. Folks I'm here to tell you this guy is someone you're going to hear a lot about in the future.

The 32-year-old Texan's songs blend some of the finest elements of folk, country and rock with brainy, quirky lyrics. Trouble in Mind is the third album from Hayes. His first record was recorded in five days, the second one in twelve days and on his newest he had the luxury of spending a whole month on the project. Some of the songs could melt even the hardest heart in town, such as the tear-in-your-beer waltz "Beaumont," in which a suitor bearing a single white rose makes a fruitless trip to try to win over a lady love. There are ragged, brawling roadhouse tunes such as "I Got A Gig" or "Wild as a Turkey." One of my favorite tracks the satirical, tongue in cheek “She Left Me For Jesus” is a downright hoot. A clueless lover is upset and suspicious over the changes in his girlfriend. The premise of course is that the guy doesn't know who Jesus is or was, and just thinks his girlfriend found a new guy...some sandal wearing long haired hippy commie type.
SHE LEFT ME FOR JESUS AND THAT JUST AINT FAIR
SHE SAYS THAT HES PERFECT HOW COULD I COMPARE
SHE SAYS I SHOULD FIND HIM AND ILL KNOW PEACE AT LAST
IF I EVER FIND JESUS IM KICKIN HIS ASS
Some folks might say well homercat this Hayes Carll sounds a little to close to country for my taste. Not really say I. I can go from listening to Iron Maiden straight into Hayes Carll, because the bottom line is whether metal, pop, country or any other form of music, good is good. So take my word for it, this is one artist you should definitely check out.

I Got A Gig by Hayes Carll
She Left Me for Jesus by Hayes Carll
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