Friday, January 28, 2011

Bright Side of Music

Welcome to my first K-Tel Friday post of 2011. Someone did some serious Christmas shopping and came up with this goodie for homercat to unwrap. At this rate homercat is likely to amass the largest collection of K-Tel vinyl on the island. Near as I can tell Bright Side of Music probably came out sometime in 1973. Once again there isn't a date to be found anywhere on the album. They managed to cram 22 songs on this one. Whenever that happens you can be assured that there are some crazy edits of the tunes and this one doesn't disappoint. For a 22er the sound quality is surprisingly good. Usually it seems the more songs they put on the lesser the quality. I would really be surprised if I were to ever come across a "mint" condition copy of a K-Tel, I bet they're hard to find. I didn't do much editing here other than a few click-pop removals. For me the most surprising thing about this album was the fact that it contains 13 songs that I had never heard before in my life and that's a rarity. So this one was a real treat for me to rip.

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Artist - Title
Lobo- Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend
Donna Fargo- Funny Face
Gary Glitter- Rock & Roll Part One
Osmonds- Down By the Lazy River
New Seekers- Pinball Wizard/See Me, Feel Me
Barbara Mason- Give Me Your Love
Sailcat- Motorcycle Mama
Austin Roberts- Something's Wrong With Me
Frank Mills- Poor Little Fool
Joe Stampley- Soul Song
Gallery- Big City Miss Ruth Ann
Jud Strunk- Daisy a Day
King Harvest- Dancing in the Moonlight
Waybe Newton- Daddy Don't You Walk so Fast
Donny Osmond- Puppy Love
Rod Stewart- You Wear it Well
Bulldog- No
The Sweet- It's Lonely Out There
Paul Davis- Boogie Woogie Man
Timmy Thomas- Why Can't We Live Together
Stampeders- Oh My Lady
Brighter Side of Darkness- Love Jones

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We'll Bring the House Down

Starting in 1971 with the single "Get Down Get With it," Slade touched off a string of classic singles and proceeded to become one of the most beloved party bands in the UK. Some with humorously misspelled song titles, such as "Coz I Luv You," "Look Wot You Dun," "Take Me Bak 'Ome," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy t'Jane," "Cum on Feel the Noize," and "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me." They never truly caught on with North American audiences and that has always puzzled me. With glam rock's demise and punk's emergence by the mid-'70s, the hits eventually dried up for the quartet. Despite the change in musical climate, Slade stuck to their guns and kept touring and releasing albums.

In October of 1979 Slade released the album "Return to Base" which quickly went exactly nowhere. It is said that the band were so low on money at the time, they didn't even have the funds to hire a photographer, so all the album got was a very plain red cover with the title stamped on it, which probably didn't help. At the time of this album's release, the band were receiving next to no money. Forced to play at small halls and clubs around the UK, the only income they were reliant on was Noddy Holder and Jim Lea's songwriting royalties. Their singles weren't selling, and they were no longer drawing in huge crowds. "We had to pay to park in the public area," recalls Jim Lea incredulously. "With no roadies we had to carry our own gear and there was even trouble getting into the backstage area!"

One year later in 1980, Slade stood in for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Festival and it was just the shot in the arm the boyz needed. They received a huge amount of notoriety from the concert and bingo, all of a sudden, they were now suddenly 'cool' again. Their record company didn't take long to jump on their success either and early in 1981 Slade released We'll Bring The House Down. There was little time to record new tracks, so some of the tracks were recycled from their failed Return to Base album of the previous year. It did well entering the UK charts at number 25, and marked the beginning of a four-album resurgence for Slade. Slade made a powerful statement with We'll Bring the House Down: "We're back and we're gonna rock your ass off." Then a couple years later North America would finally jump on the Slade bandwagon as I will discuss in a later post.

When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'
My Baby's Got It
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Friday, January 21, 2011


In the mid 90's Jackyl were unfairly lumped into the hair metal category along with acts like Damn Yankees and Slaughter. Actually they were a Southern rock boogie band from Georgia that formed in 1990. They had a well crafted blend of hard rock, Southern boogie and power tools. The fivesome shared an enthusiasm for AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other like-minded artists.

Their self-titled debut, released in 1992, enjoyed several hit rock singles, but the most attention was drawn by "The Lumberjack," an ode to burly chain-saw wielders that featured a chainsaw solo by vocalist James Dupree. His chain-saw abilities became their calling card and let's face it, when was the last time you heard a rippin' good chainsaw solo.  Dupree was once asked, "How the hell can you play a chainsaw?", to which he responded, "How the hell can you not play a chainsaw?".  Not since Leatherface has someone wielded a chainsaw so adeptly.  And uh oh, censorship rears it's ugly head again with this release because it features a song entitled "She Loves My Cock," which was omitted from edited versions as were suggestive elements on the album's cover art for sale in the mega mart stores. When a K-Mart in Georgia refused to sell Jackyl, the band played an impromptu concert in front of the store which they used later in a video.

Through the years there's been some lineup changes and label shifts, but Jackyl released an album in 2002 with many tracks co written by Brian Johnson, vocalist for AC/DC. Then last year they released a new studio album which caused another round of controversy but I'll save that one for another time. Currently, Jackyl holds two Guinness world records, one for playing 100 concerts in 50 days and another for performing 21 concerts in a 24-hour period.   As I was writing this I was going to post the classic Lumberjack and another song as to avoid controversy.  Seems like I have a couple of sensitive readers who agree with censorship.  Since I am against censorship I have decided to include the She Loves My ....  song, explicit lyrics and all.  While decidedly not the most tasteful of tunes it is quite catchy and if Mrs homercat likes it then it can't be that bad.  Have a good weekend all

The Lumberjack
She Loves My Cock
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let the Music Do the Talking

When Joe Perry left Aerosmith in 1979, he formed The Joe Perry Project with vocalist Ralph Mormon, bassist David Hull and drummer Ronnie Stewart. The quartet got off to a good start with the back-to-basics debut Let the Music Do the Talking, which is an excellent album reminiscent of the brash and trashy appeal of early Aerosmith. The album sold almost 250,000 copies and ended up charting at #47. The title track was aimed at all the in-press bickering that was going on at the time between Aerosmith and Perry, then six years later the reunited Aerosmith would record the song for their Done With Mirrors album. Received well by critics, the record got little airplay and efforts were made by the powers-that-be to kill the record in an attempt to force Perry back into Aerosmith. A few years later the same vices that plagued Aerosmith began to rear their ugly heads once more in Perry's latest band. In total the Joe Perry Project released three albums with three different lead singers. The last album was released in 1984 and sold like 10 copies. Realizing that he was on a sinking ship, Perry made up with his former Aerosmith band-mates and rejoined them full-time later the same year. Let the Music Do the Talking still stands as a classic could have been great Aerosmith album if the drugs hadn't split the band apart.

Let the Music Do the Talking
Life at a Glance
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Friday, January 14, 2011

The Wussification of the Human Race

Dire Straits
I try and try to stick mostly to music here and keep the ranting to myself. This rant is music related and it has chapped my ass so I have to share my feelings on this one. I'm sure some will agree with me and others will want me drawn and quartered. Can I start off by saying that all this political correctness has gone way too far. I'm as sensitive of peoples feelings as the next guy but I am grown up enough to not let words bother me, I've got more pressing stuff to worry about. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has determined that the 25 year old Dire Straits song Money for Nothing is now a banned song. The CBSC came to the decision following one listener's complaint to a St. John's radio station CHOZ-FM due the tune's use of the word "faggot," finding it to be discriminatory to gays. While the broadcaster argued that the song was a staple of classic rock radio, the CBSC concluded that even if the word "faggot" was once acceptable, it has evolved now to the point where it is inappropriate in most contexts.

Wow, one person in this great big huge country complains and boom, banned. Well they can still play a censored version. I am against censorship in any shape or form especially when it comes to art. I quit shopping at Wal Mart years ago because of their policy of only selling censored versions of certain albums. I will take my money elsewhere thank you. I guess Canada is trying to keep up with their southern neighbors, you know the land of the free and all that. Such as the case of Mark Twain's classic Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn where they are removing the n word and injun from the novels for the sake of political correctness. To slap the PC treatment on books written in another century is whitewash of the worst kind. Forbidden words, oh please? I do understand why all this brouhaha is going on because of all the sensitive issues involved, but to change someones art simply because you don't like it is wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to start. If I don't like something, I change the channel, read something else etc. If you're a parent then you decide what your child is exposed to, the government shouldn't have to be the parent. And yes children will be exposed at some time in their life to bad things, it's called growing up and it's unavoidable. We all do it. It's part of who we are.

It seems the more technologically advanced we become, the more positively whiny humans tend to be. Do we really need to go down this road? We already have to get our junk fondled or have some dude in a booth looking at our junk just to fly somewhere. Seems we overreact to everything nowadays. Personally I don't want someone telling me what I should listen to, read, or see. Are we really going to pretend that certain words don't or shouldn't exist and have someone else decide if I should listen to an unedited version of Money for Nothing. I don't listen to radio that much and have always hated their little edits and bleeps of certain songs, but I believe I have finally reached the "I'm fed up" stage and just like I don't give Wal Mart my money anymore, I won't lend my ears to a station that plays an edited version of that song. I prefer my mp3 player anyway. Sorry about the rant folks, just had to get it off my chest. Is the homercat just being a big ninny or does it bother anyone else as well. Well just in case this song goes the way of Mark Twain and for the sake of posterity I have to post up this controversial song in it's unadulterated state before it becomes unavailable. Get it now before it becomes illegal to own.

Money for Nothing
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Lene Lovich (pronounced Lay-na Luv-itch) proud owner of a high-pitched, shrieky voice, spooky wide-eyed stare and general oddball appearance -- was born in Detroit in 1949 to a Yugoslav father and an English mother. She moved to England with her mother when she was 13, then ran away from home two years later. In 1979 Lene Lovich released the single Lucky Number on Stiff records and some say helped usher in the age of new wave music. This could be looked at as a good or bad thing, depending on your feelings about new waveish music. Of course there was good new wave and bad new wave, just like every other form of music. Lene was certainly an odd bird. Arty, flamboyant and assertive. You either dug her banshee-howl-inflected vocals or you hated it. For three year's she was one of Stiff's brightest stars but as new wave declined in the mid eighties so did Lene Lovich.

Flex was Lene Lovich's 1979 second album with an unusual album cover photo of Lovich that was taken inside a stainless steel fermentation tank at a Guinness brewery, after it had been emptied prior to cleaning. Flex is best listened to as a companion piece to her stunning debut album, Stateless. A couple of the songs here were actually outtakes from her debut album. The debut was so unique and vibrant that even though Flex was packed with another handful of brilliantly composed songs, it's biggest drawback is that it suffers somewhat from Lovich's own success relegating her to the realms of novelty acts -- at least as far as the mainstream was concerned. The octave-scaling "Bird Song," released some months ahead of the album, should have been a smash, but failed to live up to expectations. Curious. The album still sounds fresh today at the same time conjuring up early 80's new wave.

Bird Song
Monkey Talk
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Friday, January 07, 2011

Bad Apple

David Wilcox
David Wilcox is a brilliant song writer, a great singer, and one of the hottest guitar players from Canada. Not to be confused with the American folk musician and singer-songwriter with the same name. He first made his name as a wild showman, then across Canada as a Blues/Rock guitar wizard and onstage firecracker.

Wilcox discovered Elvis at age six, started picking guitar a couple of years later, and played his first gig - to a room full of ex-convicts - at age fourteen.
In the early '80s Wilcox became both a killer guitarist and a passionate showman. Wherever he played he left a room full of exhausted, happy club goers who'd danced, drank, clapped, stomped, shouted and laughed their way to a great time.

During these years, Wilcox led a rather excessive lifestyle. On his first three albums, Out Of The Woods (1980), My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (1983), Bad Reputation (1984) he sang - from experience - about sex ("The Grind") drugs ("Riverboat Fantasy") and rock and roll ("That Hypnotizin' Boogie") and even sang about the gossip fostered by such pursuits ("Bad Apple, Bad Reputation").

Here is yet another musician that many may not be familiar with. Of course Canadians know about Wilcox and his blues rock boogie guitar. Although American audiences may have been exposed to his music without realizing it as his songs 'Hypnotizin' Boogie' and 'Cabin Fever' were used in the US feature films Cocktail and The Great Outdoors, respectively, in 1988. Also near the close of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Canadian figure skating couples pair of Jamie SalĂ© and David Pelletier did a flying demonstration to the Wilcox tune Rockin' The Boogie.  Wilcox continues to record and is still a top attraction on the Festival and Arena circuits around Canada.

Bad Apple
Riverboat Fantasy
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Friendship was originally released in 1984, and is a series of duets that Ray Charles did with country artists. It was great then, and it is still terrific now.  It was Ray's third album after signing with Columbia in the early 80's. He had long been a fan of duets, and this album gave him a chance to sing with some of the top country and western artists who were signed with Columbia and Epic Records at the time. The album was a little slow to take off, but once "Seven Spanish Angels" with Willie Nelson hit the airwaves as a single, the single and the album quickly climbed to number one on the country and western charts. This album is a fun listen and me and my rock n roll buddies used to play this right alongside Def Leppard and Billy Idol back in the 80's. Of course the masterpiece from this album is Seven Spanish Angels. If one listens to this track and you don't get a lump in your throat then you might possibly have no soul. Once hard to find, the album was reissued back in 2005 with two bonus tracks featuring Billy Joel and Tony Bennett. A joy to listen to, you can tell Ray and friends had a lot of fun making this album.

We Didn't See A Thing (With G. Jones and C. Atkins)
Seven Spanish Angels (With Willie Nelson)
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