Oh What A Feeling - A Vital Collection of Canadian Music Disc #3
1. Snowbird (Anne Murray)
2. These Eyes (The Guess Who)
3. Sweet City Woman (Stampeders)
4. Signs (Five Man Electrical Band)
5. You Could Have Been A Lady (April Wine)
6. As Years Go By (Mashmakhan)
7. Which Way You Goin' Billy? (Poppy Family)
8. When I Die (Motherlode)
9. Spinning Wheel (Blood Sweat and Tears)
10. The Weight (The Band)
11. Put Your Hand In The Hand (Ocean)
12. Stay Awhile (The Bells)
13. Music Box Dancer (Frank Mills)
14. Wildflower (Skylark)
15. Four Strong Winds (Ian & Sylvia)
16. Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
17. Rock 'n' Roll Song (Valdy)
18. Farmer's Song (Murray Mclauchlan)
19. Painted Ladies (Ian Thomas)
20. Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks)
21. Rock Me Gently (Andy Kim)
22. The Homecoming (Hagood Hardy)
23. Last Song (Edward Bear)
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Oh What A Feeling - A Vital Collection of Canadian Music Disc #3
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ok here is Oh What A Feeling - A Vital Collection of Canadian Music Disc #2. Some of you may be wondering why I don't just put up all 4 discs in one post and be done with it. First of all there's the whole ripping, tagging, packing and uploading thing, which takes quite a while to do. Then of course, homercat don't roll that way. This second disc probably has a few more tunes that everyone is familiar with. For those that aren't interested in downloading the whole thing I've posted one mp3 from the list.
1. Closer To The Heart (Rush)
2. Turn Me Loose (Loverboy)
3. Cuts Like A Knife (Bryan Adams)
4. Sunglasses At Night (Corey Hart)
5. Eyes Of A Stranger (Payolas)
6. See The Light (The Jeff Healey Band)
7. Just Came Back (Colin James)
8. Patio Lanterns (Kim Mitchell)
9. New Girl Now (Honeymoon Suite)
10. Don't Forget Me [When I'm Gone] (Glass Tiger)
11. Let Your Backbone Slide (Maestro Fresh-Wes)
12. If I Had A Rocket Launcher (Bruce Cockburn)
13. If I Had A Million Dollars (Barenaked Ladies)
14. New Orleans Is Sinking (The Tragically Hip)
15. Life Is A Highway (Tom Cochrane)
16. Push (Moist)
17. You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Well Canada Day is coming up in a couple of days and what I normally do is make up a compilation album chock full of great Canadian tunes to help my fellow Canucks to properly celebrate Canada's birthday. For example there was last years Canada Day post and remarkably the links are still good so you may want to gander over there and grab that one if these next few posts don't float your boat. I'm doing something a little different this year.
Back in 1996 the Juno Awards celebrated their 25th year. The Juno's being kinda like Canada's grammy awards. To mark the 25th anniversary the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released a "Special Collector's Edition" 4-CD box set, entitled Oh What A Feeling - A Vital Collection of Canadian Music. It featured over five hours of music, with liner notes by journalist Larry LeBlanc, the box set is packed with Canada's finest hit songs and contains 77 songs from the Who's Who of Canadian music. Oh What A Feeling is the result of a co-operative effort from the music industry at large. Most of the proceeds generated from the sales of this compilation benefitted the Starlight Foundation, the Safe Haven Project for Community Living and the CARAS Academic Support Fund. The box set features popular Canadian songs from the 1960s onward. The set took it's title from the song "Oh What a Feeling" by rock band Crowbar. If you're unfamiliar with strictly Canadian music, this is a great collection that covers a wide range of musical genres up to 1996 and really shows how diverse a lot of the music can be. Unfortunately this collection is out of print and I've found copies on the web going for anywhere from $80 to $300. I very rarely post up albums here but I feel this is an essential collection so I'll break the rules for Canada Day. Also if it was still in print I wouldn't be putting it up here. (Take note recording industry)Let's get things rolling and here is Disc 1 from this 4 disc set. This set will culminate with Volume 4 on July 1 which happens to be Canada Day. Also these links will be available for a limited time.
1. American Woman (The Guess Who)
2. One Fine Morning (Lighthouse)
3. Oh What A Feeling (Crowbar)
4. Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
5. Roxy Roller (Sweeney Todd)
6. [I Got Everything I Need] Almost (Downchild Blues Band)
7. Doin' It Right (Powder Blues Band)
8. Raise A Little Hell
9. Fly At Night (Chilliwack)
10. Magic Power (Triumph)
11. On The Loose (Saga)
12. [Make Me Do] Anything You Want (A Foot in Coldwater)
13. Stand Tall (Burton Cummings)
14. Takin' Care Of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
15. High School Confidential (Rough Trade)
16. I'm An Adult Now (The Pursuit of Happiness)
17. Echo Beach (Martha and The Muffins)
18. Misguided Angel (Cowboy Junkies)
19. Rise Up (Parachute Club)
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Well folks we've almost put the first week of summer behind us. Although people try to say the start of summer is that weekend at the end of May that has a holiday in it. Summer actually starts on that day when the daylight hours start growing shorter. Summer. The gals have put away their sweaters and suddenly we men are treated to skimpier clothes. The muscle guys break out their mesh shirts, and us fatter guys spend more time sucking in our guts. The road crews seem to have every street in the city tore up and the birds like to wake your ass up at 4 in the morning. More and more folks are throwing shrimps on the barbie, and gas prices start heading up ever higher. I remember one summer when music was really starting to be a focal point in my life and about the only memories I have of that year is the music. The year was 1973 and summer vacation had descended across the land. AM station WLS out of Chicago was the station everyone listened to. That year was an exceptional one for music and that summer had some memorable tunes and every time I hear one it will forever be a song of summer. I'm just saying I like me some summer tunes.
It's kind of a tradition here at Good Rockin' to showcase my favorite summer song every year when summer starts. Just in case someone has spent most of their time under a rock and hasn't heard it. Shoot I may even put up a couple of great summer songs. Let's see where this goes. I feel the quintessential summer song is by War, simply titled Summer. War was one of the most popular funk groups of the '70s. Just hearing any War song makes you think of summer. Low Rider, Spill the Wine, and The Cisco Kid are just a few examples of songs with that summer feel. Maybe it's the melding of soul, Latin, jazz, blues, reggae, and rock into an effortless funky groove that does the trick. Their music almost always had a sunny, laid-back vibe mirroring their Southern California roots. War kept the groove loose, and they were given over to extended jamming. Summer came out in 1976 and it turned out to be War's final Top Ten pop hit. Everytime I hear this song it just makes me want to pop open a cold brewski and chillaxx. Smooth grooves.
Summer by War
British folkish duo Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde charted 11 US singles from 1964 to 1966. They had much more success in America than their counterparts Peter and Gordon. On the other hand Peter and Gordon had great success in the UK and Chad and Jeremy charted only once in their native land. Their biggest hit was called A Summer Song and it just makes you want to sit under a shade tree and sip some Mike's Hard lemonade. Chad and Jeremy's vocals and harmonies were simply stunning. Maybe that's too strong a word, but they were beautifully sung. These guys broke up around 1968, but it just wouldn't be summer without hearing this song at least once.
A Summer Song by Chad and Jeremy
Back in the summer of 1982 we played this song at every single party and lawn dart competition we had. We were serious about our lawn darts. We even had a freakin' league. Crazy shit maynard. Anyway Eddy grant's Killer on the Rampage album was huge that year fueled by the #2 classic hit Electric Avenue. Man we played the crap out of that record and homercat's team won the tournament.
Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Mr canadian bias homercat is at it again. Although this is the first time for this Canadian artist to make an appearance on Good Rockin' and way overdue. Kim Mitchell is a Canadian guitarist who was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. Rockland is the third solo album from Kim Mitchell. The album was released in 1989 and is certified double platinum in Canada. If anyone watches the Trailer Park Boys(and if you've never seen it you should check it out), In one episode Ricky played one of Mitchell's classic songs, "Go For Soda", on 8 track(ask your parents), while saying "Julian, let's get drunk and rock some fuckin' Mitchell." Couldn't have said it better myself. More good summer tuneage. A hard one to track down, one might have better luck with his greatest hits package.
Rock n Roll Duty
Friday, June 19, 2009
Little River Band are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1975 and named after a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River. They were the first Australian rock group to enjoy sustained commercial success in the United States. During their career the band have sold more than 25 million records and scored 13 American Top 40 hits. They released this compilation "Greatest Hits" in 1982 and unlike a lot of compilation albums this album truly is a "greatest hits" package. LRB were all over the radio throughout the late 70's and early 80's, hell you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing one of their songs. They are a band that's easy to overlook or even forget about until someone plays one of their hits and then you think oh yeah they were a pretty good band, I remember that song. Blending rock elegance with catchy, full-flavored harmonies, each of the songs on this album contains an element of their gracious musical craft. "Reminiscing" was recognized by BMI as one of the most frequently played songs in the history of American radio, with more than four million plays to its credit. "Lady" has also accumulated more than three million plays and according to the biography of John Lennon written by Albert Goldman's biography, John Lennon named "Reminiscing" as one of his favorite songs. Listening to this Greatest Hits package makes you realize that they had a whole slew of hits that you didn't remember they did. Oh and by the way since the first day of summer officially arrives this weekend it's chock full of great tunes perfect for summer.
Help is on the Way
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
One of my pet peeves is censorship of any kind but it especially chaps my ass when it's applied to any form of music. This is one of many reasons why Wal-Mart doesn't receive any of my consumer dollars. The day they decided to only stock edited versions of some folks albums because of lyrical content was the day I quit shopping there. So when Green Day came out with their new album and told Wal-Mart to fuck off, they weren't going to edit their album it just tickled me pink. I've always thought Green Day was ok, but I've never been a huge fan.
So for the first time I bought a Green Day album because of their stance against Wally world. It's a pretty darn good one at that, so now I've finally jumped on the Green Day wagon. But this post isn't about them, it's about someone else who faced controversy and censorship back in the 90's.
Body Count is the debut album of American heavy metal band Body Count which was formed by rapper Ice-T in 1990. Released in 1992, the album material focuses on various social and political issues ranging from police brutality to drug abuse. While Ice-T is primarily known for his work in the hip hop genre, he had long been a fan of various genres of rock music and had sampled songs by Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, among other artists. He formed Body Count out of this interest. Body Count is best known for the inclusion of the controversial song "Cop Killer," which was the subject of much criticism from various political figures, although many defended the song on the basis of the group's right to freedom of speech. Vice President Dan Quayle branded "Cop Killer" as being "obscene," and President George H.W. Bush publicly denounced any record company that would release such a product. Ice T eventually chose to remove the song from the album and it was replaced with a revamped song from his first solo album called Freedom of Speech.
When the album was released, Ice T defined it as being "a rock album with a rap mentality," although the album itself does not feature rapping in any of its songs. Body Count's musical style is primarily rooted in the heavy metal and hardcore punk genres. Bottom line is that it is a great metal album. The controversy surrounding this album at the time was a major to do when finally, Ice-T decided to remove "Cop Killer" from the album of his own volition, a decision which was met by criticism from other artists who derided Ice-T for "caving in to external pressure." Seems like Ice was caught in a no win situation however one looked at it. In an interview, Ice-T stated that "I didn't want my band to get pigeon-holed as that's the only reason that record sold. It just got outta hand and I was just tired of hearing it. I said, 'fuck it,' I mean they're saying we did it for money, and we didn't. I'd gave the record away, ya know, let's move on, let's get back to real issues." The studio version of "Cop Killer" has not been re-released, although a live version of the song appears on Body Count's 2005 release Live in L.A. I don't doubt that I might take some heat for even posting this song here today. Whether you like the music or not in any case I think an artist shouldn't be censored. Myself if I don't like it I don't listen to it. I know all the issues surrounding controversial music and I'll save this discussion for another day, but a big one is we have to protect our kids fragile ears. Word to the wise if the kids want to hear it, they'll get it somehow, someway. Good luck in locating the original version.
Freedom of Speech
Body Count's in the House
Friday, June 12, 2009
Jane Wiedlin's fourth solo album, Kissproof World, came out in 2000 and it is a solo tour de force from an entrepreneur, actress and rock goddess hellbent on smashing her cutie-pie image. Jane has aged fabulously into the grande dame of New Wave art chicks and she still has endless get-up-and-go-go of her own. The album is full of guitar-heavy power pop, pitting middle-age malaise ("Die Now! Pay Later!," "The Good Wife") against middle-age lust ("Drain," "Muse"). Fortunately, lust wins; And if you were lucky enough to purchase the cd there was an almost shockingly risque‚ CD booklet (can anyone say nipple), which suggests that Jane had sex on the brain, and you can hear it in the music. I had to order this directly from her site when it came out as you couldn't get it anywhere else. I noticed that Amazon has 1 copy in stock for $40.00 but I couldn't tell you if it has the fabulous cd booklet intact as it was when it first came out. An album that I would gladly shell out 40 bucks for. Jane is fantastic and wish like hell she would put out a new solo album.
The Good Wife
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Jethro Tull's 12th studio album, Stormwatch, came out in 1979. This is the last Tull album to feature the classic line-up of 1970s. Bassist John Glascock is only featured on three tracks ("Flying Dutchman", "Orion", and "Elegy"). John died following open-heart surgery a few weeks after the release of this album. Ian Anderson played bass elsewhere on the album. The album is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull (although folk music influenced virtually every Tull album). The first two of this trilogy being Songs From the Wood and Heavy Horses. All three are excellent albums with Songs from the Wood being the most awesome of the bunch. Remember this was 1979 and most of us had never heard the term Global Warming back then. The album deals with the deterioration of the environment, warning of an apocalyptic future if mankind does not cease its drive for economic growth and pay attention to nature. Thirty years later mankind is finally start to catch on although it may be a bit too late. Remains to be seen I suppose. Critics seem to be either up or down with this album, yet if you have just a passing knowledge of Tull I recommend this one.
North Sea Oil Orion
Sunday, June 07, 2009
How in the world do you follow a post about Steel Panther? The answer is to go the complete opposite and post up some Donny Osmond.
In the 1980s, Donny Osmond re-invented himself as a solo vocal artist and abandoned the earlier television show and teeny bopper image crafted to appeal to young audiences. He made an unlikely appearance as one of several celebrities and unknowns auditioning to sing for guitarist Jeff Beck in the video for Beck's 1985 single "Ambitious." He spent several years as a performer, before collaborating with Peter Gabriel and returning to the US charts in 1989 with the song "Soldier of Love" and its follow-up "Sacred Emotion". The campaign to market "Soldier Of Love" received considerable airplay with the singer being presented as a 'mystery artist', before his identity was later revealed. He followed on the heels of this success with the 1990 album Eyes Don't Lie. While the previous album was considered his "comeback" album and sold more copies, I personally think this album is much better. The first five tracks alone are worth the price of the cd. Homercat gives it five stars. But then again I think most of the folks that stop by here know how I loves me Osmonds.
Eyes Don't Lie
Friday, June 05, 2009
June is here and the year is darn near half over and musically speaking there hasn't been a whole lot to shout about. There's the new Chickenfoot album due out next week which is a rockin' album. Otherwise, Where did the rock n roll go? Well thanks to one of the Vancouver stations I listen to in the morning I found some. The morning dj's were talking about this band that were kind of Spinal Tapish in a glam rock, hair metal band way. They played a verse of one of their songs and then said that if people wanted to hear the whole song they could text in and request it. After the break they came back on and said they were getting swamped with messages to hear it and so they played it and it was the funniest shit I have ever heard. Not only was it freakin' hilarious it was pretty damn good too and I spent the rest of the day with that damn song stuck in my head. Since then this station has been getting swamped with requests to hear the song every morning. I agree cause it's awesome. Who is the band and what is the song you ask? The band is called Steel Panther and the song is Community Property.
Who the hell is Steel Panther and why do I think it's so great you may ask. As you can see from the picture these guys are a parody type band of all those hair metal bands from the 80's. They do their own stuff and it's full of every hair metal cliche you can think of from the 80's. If you weren't around for the glut of hair bands in the 80's then one might not get it but if you were then these guys must be heard. Let's face it some of those bands were downright ridiculous and talk about one hit wonders. I tried to find some bio about Steel Panther and found very little. Their myspace page wasn't much help as it was as hilarious as the music. But I did find this. Steel Panther is a Los Angeles, California based glam metal parody band. Originally formed as Danger Kitty, their first “claim to fame” was in a Discover Card commercial under that name. Satirically pretending to be a hair metal band that missed their big break in the '80s, singer Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx"), and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel") hit the club circuit on the Sunset Strip around the turn of the millennium under the name "Metal Shop (later changed to Metal Skool, and then Steel Panther.) They’re known for their energetic live show, which is the longest running metal show on the Sunset Strip. On stage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of 80’s glam metal. The band’s between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between band members, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd. If you want the satiracal bio you can read it here.
So after having that damn song stuck in my head for three days, I finally got me some Panther and I'm lovin' it. They are set to release their debut album next week and I'm going to be buying it. If political correctness is your thing then I would steer clear of this album but if you want to have some fun and relive the glory days of 80's glam metal then you shouldn't miss this one. One more thing I should warn you about. If you don't want this song running around your head all day then you should avoid it. In my opinion though, this is a must have. I heart Steel Panther.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
In 1989 Jason and the Scorchers released their official third album called Thunder and Fire. Coming three years after Still Standing they steered more towards hard-rock. Reviews were mixed, often negative, and sales were disappointing. "The songs were more metal-influenced," according to the band's website, "as Warner [Hodges] had a big hand in the production. Then Perry Baggs was diagnosed with diabetes during a tour in 1990.
Screw the reviewers, this is my fave Jason album. On "Lights Out," for instance, Hodges sounds like a one-man guitar army. Jason Ringenberg delivers the most clearheaded vocal performances of his career. On tracks like "When the Angels Cry" and the cover of Phil Ochs's "My Kingdom for a Car," Ringenberg soars and sways with a new level of assurance and commitment. Thunder and Fire is Jason and the Scorchers' most audacious, most ambitious recording since their 1983 EP Fervor. They started off the decade as one of rock's most explosive acts and they ended it with even more firepower. This album contains my favorite Scorchers song which is When the Angels Cry. The really good news is that the Scorchers are "back in the saddle" as Jason & The Scorchers are or have recorded a new album and this will be their first recording session in 11 years. I can't seem to track down a release date for the new album but I know I desperately need it. Until then her's some tracks from this awesome out of print album.
When the Angels Cry My Kingdom for a Car
No Turning Back