Friday, September 26, 2008

The Yearly Rant

Fuck You Hall of Fame
Every year, the decrepit tone-deaf wankers in charge of the Rock and Roll (so-called) Hall of Fame make like assholes and crap diarrhea rivulets all over the history of the art they profess to honor, overlooking the seminal performers whose efforts changed civilization while praising inconsequential one-hit wonders, doo-wop dinosaurs and happy-face dorks. For that homercat gives you this classic Runaways one finger salute.

It's that time of year again. Yes, my yearly rant. I Have to rant yearly around this time because of the insanely retarded voting committee who decides the nominees for the inductees into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
. Notice I put that into Bold face font. The Rock n Roll Hall of fame, what a sham. Every year it gets worse and more of a joke to us real music aficionados.

I think this is my 4th year ranting about this particular subject and this could go on forever. I keep thinking that next year I won't have to rant, because I hope and pray somebody will grow a brain and a set of balls and induct someone who is truly influential and deserving. Yet, it never happens. This year may be the worst. I thought last year was, but this year is even worse. In all honesty, I have a list of 60 ot more artists who deserve it more than this year's nominees. I have spent my years online during this time promoting the virtues of Alice, Kiss and others, this years is a bit different yet oddly the same. And here they are, the best of the so called best. Remember only 5 of these will actually make it into the Hall and the despair as I do.

Jeff Beck
Chic
Wanda Jackson
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Metallica
Run-D.M.C.
the Stooges
War
Bobby Womack
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? AGAIN?
Beck, Stooges, War agreed. Pioneers and legends all. Chic???? Get a FUCKING grip peoples,
(oooh, Le chic the stupid ass freak)I think that this may be the most ridiculous list of nominees to date (and there have been many). Yet another list of nominees that looks like it's been pulled out of someone's rich ass. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should primarily focus on rock acts at the expense of R&B, disco, etc, hence the words Rock & Roll in it's title. One more time for the short bus folks who vote for these nominees, Rock & Roll. There is something fundamentally and absurdly wrong about Madonna being inducted before Deep Purple, Rush, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick or Jethro Tull. And excuse me if I'm totally off base here but you simply can not put Metallica in before you put the bands that are the basic foundation and soul of the genre, such as Judas Priest, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Nazareth, Rush, Alice Cooper,etc, etc. Putting the follower above the groundbreaker, better selling, more prolific artists(we all know Metallica only had 4 good albums then they sold out to MTV and corporate radio). Don't get me wrong, I likes my Metallica, but really to put them in before better and more influential bands is a really dipshit move. No offense but as much as I love Metallica , even they would say for arguments sake that them being inducted before Maiden, Deep Purple,Cooper, Rush, and Priest is a bit insulting. And if they don't say that I will burn their albums.

I love Run DMC but for them to be inducted because they sampled others' songs and rapped over Walk This Way?! Computerized plagiarism and rapping over songs doesn't make Run DMC composers, writers or performers or deserving of a Hall of Fame inductee any more than drawing a cartoon over the Mona Lisa makes Homercat a painter.

More deserving is these guys eh:

Cheap Trick
Jethro Tull
Alice Cooper
Rush
Neil Diamond
T. Rex
Kiss
Deep Purple
Grand Funk
Judas Priest
Bad Company
Thin Lizzy
Dire Straits
Iron Maiden
Joan Jett
Blue Oyster Cult
MC5
and 40 other people on my list

Oh why go on. It's a shame that Rush didn't benefit from The Colbert Bump when they made their first American appearance on TV in 30 years. But really they're Rush. They've had the same line-up for more than 30 years and continue to make great music on their own terms. They have influenced a variety of artists, such as Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Soundgarden, Metallica and Living Colour. Ironically, the same critics who fawn over these bands seem to have little love for Rush. 24 gold albums, 14 platinum albums ... only The Beatles, Rolling Stones, KISS and Aerosmith have more consecutive gold albums in the history of rock and roll ... #6 grossing tour in 2007 and #8 in 2008 . They haven't had to make an appearance on bullshit American TV for 30 years because they don't need too. Obviously they are a Colbert fan, but, Rush is, yet again, snubbed. Really are you kidding me, Metallica before Rush. Even hardcore metal fans have to think that Metallica before Rush or Iron Maiden is a bit odd, espescially how extremely hard and fast Metallica sold out and sucked for the MTV and radio goodness=$. Just whose dick do you have to suck to become a nominee? Or do you just have to release a genuine turd like St. Anger?

Don't get me started about Alice Cooper or KISS. Just read the past posts. And here's a suggestion, how about a few more female artists that really rock, instead of doo wop, soul, blah blah blah. Britney Spears was born in 1981 so I reckon she'll be eligible next year, just for being born. If not next year then in a few for her work on the Mickey Mouse Club. Until these so called experts who do this voting for this lame ass institution have their privileges revoked, then I suggest a ban on a place I will never, ever visit, upon pain of death, in my lifetime. Cincinnati, Ohio. The birthplace of the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame.

As Always my first song will be the one I always lead off when I rant about this subject. The rest will be rock n roll.

Rock n Roll Hall of Lame by Mojo Nixon.
Closer to the Heart by Rush
He's a Whore by Cheap Trick
Hot Rails to Hell by Blue Oyster Cult
Buy em

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Undertones


The Undertones are an Irish punk rock/power pop band formed in Derry in 1975. The original line-up released four studio albums — The Undertones (1979), Hypnotised (1980), Positive Touch (1981) and The Sin of Pride (1983) — before disbanding in 1983. This is the self titled 1979 debut album by The Undertones. In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 90 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It was also listed in "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" which was selected and written by 90 leading international critics. One may wonder sometimes, what makes a perfect album? There are many factors that make a perfect album and I won't go into all them here but if one wonders what a perfect album sounds like their 1979 debut is one of those perfect albums that is a good place to start. Brilliant 2 minute three chord pop songs abound.

Get Over You
Here Comes the Summer
Buy It


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

...And Out Came the Wolves

Rancid…And Out Come the Wolves is an album by the punk rock band Rancid, released in August 1995. Sorry Led Zeppelin, sorry Beatles, sorry Black Sabbath, and sorry to the Rolling Stones. Why? I'll tell you why, this album is not only a top 100 album of all time, but it resides in the top ten of all time. Every single critic in the world ranks it at 4 or 5 stars. I know it turned the Missus into a punk lovin' gal from a country bumpkin. She thinks Olympia WA is one of the greatest songs ever recorded, and the homercat concurs. It kills me that almost every review by a critic gives this album a 4 and a half star or 5 star, but they all think the album is too long!!!! Are you shitting me? One of the best albums ever recorded and their biggest gripe is that it's too long? Really? When I finish the album I wish there were a few more songs. Yeah 49 minutes is way too long for an album with 19 songs. Just ask Pink Floyd or Rush who could spend 14 minutes on one song if that's too long. Rush put out one album that had 4 songs with a less running time than Rancid's. Yeah way too long people who fairly review albums for money.Unfair and yet justified comparisons to The Clash abound when speaking of this one. I hear it and say they share the same love for ska, reggae and punk. In a personal note, they were like the Clash in a way.

Released soon after the breakthrough success of Green Day and The Offspring, Rancid's cult popularity and catchy songs made them the subject of a major label bidding war (hence the title, ...And Out Come the Wolves taken from a poem in Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries) that ended with the band sticking with their indie label, Epitaph Records. Big Money waved at them and they said FU. Jeez these guys make Green Day sound like they're still in diapers. Bottom line, just listen, don't compare because from start to finish this album is killer and personally, it's way too short. So suck my ass critics and keep sucking that Zeppelin weiner because this is truly a top ten of all time, not any Zeppelin album.

Ruby Soho
Olympia WA
Buy It


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Friday, September 19, 2008

Back Home Again

john DenverIn this age of mp3's and indie labels. Let's don't get crazy. If we had the same mentality that the music industry has now back in the good ole days back in the 70's, we would now be forever forfeit of some great music. For example in the 70's a record exec believed in a guy named Springsteen. After several sub selling albums, the exec stood behind the Boss and he was right, a legend was born. In the same vein, with AM radio being the boss and the multitude of different artists and sounds of the seventies, who could challenge AM with a new sound? After 7 albums that didn't bring the big hit( some minor ones), some exec somewhere said this guy is the shit and stood by him, and he was right. In 1974 John Denver was poised in the right music at the right time type of thing. With all the diversity of AM radio, Denver's sound was a breath of fresh air. Denver's 8th album, Back Home Again charted to #1 on the Billboard pop and country album charts. To this day I'm an unabashed Denver fan. I also think that the environment of today's music industry will let us see less and less of artists of Denver's caliber. Say goodbye to good music eh. Imagine a major label standing behind an artist for eight years now. LOL 2 yrs max.

Back Home Again
was released when John was at the apex of his popularity in 1974, and the songs on this album served to propel him firmly into the stratosphere. From the comical "Thank God I'm A Country Boy' to the incredible smash hit "Annie's Song", John Denver showcases his incredible talents here. Denver almost single-handedly began the outdoor backpacking, hiking, and orienteering movements by popularizing the idea of nature as an important element in modern life, and more than a few of the young babyboomers, like John, were more than ready for the kind of unconventional intimacy with nature he sang about so effortlessly and so elegantly. From "Sweet Surrender" to "This Old Guitar'", Denver's songs soar in their description of the beauties of a simple and natural life and in being close to the "great wide-open'. This is the album with one of John's most personal songs: "This Old Guitar". It spells out his whole reason for living, beautifully and simply. So set aside the hype and the false images and just listen to the music. That is why he was here, and we are all richer for it. Denver participated in too many humanitarian projects to mention, not to mention this soft spoken folk artist fight against censorship. He is greatly missed, especially by me and my wife. John you were so right about the Rockies

Back Home Again
Annie's Song
You Must Buy It


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunshine Lies

Matthew SweetI'm thinkin' a little new stuff today. And what could be better than some of my favorite style of music, good ole power pop.

Matthew Sweet just released his 10th studio album, Sunshine Lies, in a new alliance with Shout! Factory. Fans who have eagerly awaited the album's arrival will not be disappointed. Call it what you wish--Sweet terms it "power-pop-folk-rock-psychedelic-melodic-singer-songwriter-type stuff"--listeners will marvel at the depth and clarity of vision here. The album will also be released as a 2 LP set including four previously unreleased bonus tracks not available on the CD. For customer convenience, a CD will be included with purchases of the LP. The album features beautiful original photography by Brian Valentine. By turns achingly melodic and startlingly visceral, Sunshine Lies swirls with poetic emotion and stark attitude, bringing neatly into play the entire gamut of Sweet's stylistic experience. Susanna Hoffs appears on the album, providing backup vocals on the title track.

Some of you may remember his last outing was a collaboration with Susanna Hoffs where they covered 15 classic 60's songs on an album called Under the Covers Vol 1, which I found to be quite excellent. Many of the songs on Sunshine Lies could have sat side by side with the songs he covered from the 60's era had they actually been released in the late 60s with their sonic counterparts. He’s obviously been quite influenced by his retro work with The Thorns and Susanna Hoffs. The album is hooky and catchy as hell,which is what one would expect of good power pop. Of course, that’s what you’d expect from him, but this album is full of it and we should not take it for granted, since good power pop seems to be in short supply these days. In many ways I think this may be his best work since Girlfriend, if nothing else it will cement his reputation as an elder statesman of indie-rock. Sweet's music being what it is, I don't know if this album will bring in a whole new flock of fans, as it's a lot to take in on first listen (in a good way), as there is a lot going on on some of the tracks. In this age of instant gratification many newbies may pass on a first listen, but true music buffs will find much ear candy here that is truly satisfying. So Homercat is saying here's a couple tracks to take a gander at and see if you enjoy them as much as I do.

Byrdgirl
Sunshine Lies
Buy It

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Paradise Va kay shione

big treeBear with me. I don't know how I'm going to tie my va kay shione into something folks might want to hear. Our lovely island is astounding. British Columbia promotes itself as the best place on earth and I believe that to be the truth. Traveling through the Rockies in BC would make a believer out of anyone. Since I moved here I thought this province was the most beautiful place I had ever imagined and this island is just amazing. This year we did a staycation type deal. We stagoats on the roofyed on the Island and went north to Tofino. OMG, this place is one of the hidden treasures of the world. Just 5 hrs north of what I used to think of as the most beautiful city in the world, my city of Victoria. After traveling a multitude of winding mountain roads and a short stop at a restaurant that actually had goats grazing on the roof of this eating establishment. (Don't ask, it is simply something one must see). In the space of one week I walked the longest beach in North America, hiked through rainforests (trees were fucking huge), saw humpbacked whales, sea otters, sea lions, and numerous other sea life. Visited a hot springs(it was hot and awesome) on the oceans edge and saw 7 bears much too close for comfort for me. Had a meal of the best Fish and Chips I've ever had and saw a bog(wbeaches for mileshich was a highlight) in the middle of a rainforest where everything looked like a bonsai garden(miniature stuff). My God this is the best place on earth. I'm telling you folks, if you're wondering abig honkin beachbout your next vacation spot, you can't go wrong if you visit Vancouver Island. We live in a paradise and I am jealous of myself.

So I guess I have to focus on some kind of paradise theme for my cuts for the day. Actually visit this place, it's awesome. Really Our Island is an amazing place ( and it's temperate year round, even if it's up north). Come see the most beautiful place on earth.

Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money
Show Me Heaven by Robin Zander


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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pure

gary numanThe cat is back, more about the downtime later. In the meantime...

In 2000 Gary Numan released Pure which was a follow up to his 1997 album, Exile. It was not commercially successful but it was highly praised by critics with the consensus being this was his best work since his 79/80 period. Prominent guitar work, as well as strong vocals dominate this album. The opening/title song was typical of most tracks on the album, beginning with ethereal strings and piano effects that gave way to an industrial metal guitar riff before breaking into a thunderous chorus. His fat synthesizer sound and occasionally nihilistic lyrics had a major impact on the goth rock and industrial acts that came to prominence in the mid-nineties such as Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, who have both acknowledged Numan as a big influence on their own music, and Pure's style has sometimes been compared NIN's, although truth be told NIN style should be compared to Numan's. Trent Reznor has even said that while recording Pretty Hate Machine, he listened to Numan's Telekon album every day.

I've long been a fan of Numan's yet I have to play his stuff when I'm alone in the house as Mrs. Homercat can't stand his music...Until she heard this album that is. When she first heard "I Can't Breathe", I had to immediately play it again she liked it so much. Then she says, "I never thought I would ever say I actually liked a Gary Numan song, but Homercat, you found one". In fact every time it comes up on the old random playlist, we have to listen to it twice and she follows it up with a, "Man that song kicks ass!". If you're a fan of industrial music then this will be right up your alley.

Rip
I Can't Breathe
Buy It

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Vacation

homercatIt is vacation time for the Cat. I will be gone until September 8th or so. A weekish or more. Fear not kittays. Homercat has worked his claws to the bone and I've never been more ready for a vacation. In this case the infamous "staycation" will be the norm. We're going to explore this wonderful island we live on. Six years here and I've hardly been out of Victoria. I'm ready , I'm done and let's be honest, I'm ready to get full out blind shitfaced lazy. Alas, I will miss my faithful readers and your insightful comments. Seems like everyday I make a new virtual friend from this site. So in celebration I am going to put up a great vacation disc. A summer in the sun with boat drinks type of album. You may have to grab it quick as I'm sure the powers to be will yank it down. In addition, the best summer song ever recorded as a bonus. This site has been the best job I have ever had and yet, it doesn't pay squat. Even so one needs some alone time. I'm taking a week here and be forewarned another week in October for Thanksgiving. Don't freak Americans, we have Thanksgiving in October. Now the best summer song ever in the history of music.

Summer by War

The spirit of the beach and a variety of coastal climates are perfectly captured in this musical smorgasbord that includes salsa, reggae, calypso, tropical rock and hot Latin horns interspersed thongwith thoughtful, lyric-based ballads and even a touch of doo-wop. Thongs in the Key of Life is a huge hit among the so-called Parrothead crowd and boaters everywhere. The sixteen songs here couldn't be more pleasantly diverse in their styles, yet every one takes you back to the beach, to Key West or to a Buffett concert. In fact, some of the artists here have either opened for Buffett or played at Parrothead gatherings like the Meeting of the Minds. There are some excellent artists from all over the US on this compilation. Each song tells a story (recurring themes are beaches, women, bars and alcohol) and each track is by a different artist. I will certainly be partaking of the barley pop while listening to this gem.
**(artist-area of the country)
1. Postcard (St. Somewhere-Tennessee)
2. Life In The Laid Back Lane (James White-Cayman Islands)
3. Bocanuts (Jim Morris-Florida)
4. Beach People, Beach Music (Key West, The Band-Texas)
5. Little Blue Boat (Scott Kirby-Florida)
6. Salsa Dance (Living Soul-Michigan)
7. Ain't Life Grand (Danny Morgan-Florida)
8. Coastin' (Larry Joe Taylor-Texas)
9. Vacation (Brent Burns-Alabama)
10. Overheated (Sonny Russell & The Tropics-Florida)
11. Parrothead Holiday (Mango, Mango-Arizona)
12. No Shanty Town (Michael Sea & Island Fever-California)
13. You Make A Difference In My Life (Michael Drake-Wisconsin)
14. WEDO (John Reno-Alabama)
15. Humanity Night On The Redneck Riviera (Jim Hoehn-Wisconsin)
16. The Original Parrothead (Kevin Mulvenna-Wisconsin)

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