Saturday, November 26, 2011

From the Hip

Josie Cotton is a classic example of an artist whose entire career is overshadowed by one song. A hit from her first album, Convertible Music, was the in-dubious-taste "Johnny Are You Queer?," which was such a controversial song at the time of its 1982 release that the rest of her fantastic debut album album was overlooked in the brouhaha. Josie's music invokes the whole California girly pop scene of the early '80s.

Her second album came out in 1984 and is called From the Hip. This album has its standouts -- "School Is In," "Way Out West," and "Jimmy Loves Maryann," which incite new wave sock hops and hip shaking. Despite having the likes of Lindsey Buckingham as part of her back up band, the second album couldn't quite match her debut as it was almost flawless. Having said that the album is very good and I love to listen to it. I don't have her first album on vinyl so this gets played a lot. You can get her first two albums on 1 cd from amazon, but that doesn't help me cause I'm a vinyl nut.

School Is In
Jimmy Loves Mary Ann
Buy Convertible Music: From the Hip

Funny Toon

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How Bizarre

"How Bizarre" is a 1996 album by New Zealand group, OMC. It was first done under the huh! recording label, issued by PolyGram New Zealand, and manufactured and marketed by Mercury Records in the United States. The title track was very successful worldwide which has given this group it's status as a one hit wonder.

OMC is from Otara, Auckland, New Zealand. Originally the Otara Millionaires Club, the full name of the band is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Otara's status as one of the poorest suburbs of Auckland.

This album may not be the greatest album of all time but the single, How Bizarre, definitely plants an ear worm in your head when you hear it.  When I first heard the song back in 96, I couldn't get the darn thing out of my head for days.  Today I was reminded of the power of this piece of ear candy when it came on the radio and then I proceeded to hum the ditty for  the rest of the day.  Once again I couldn't get it out of my head.  Now I return the favor and get it buzzing inside my reader's heads.

How Bizarre
Right On
Buy It

Funny Toon

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Road Fever

First off I want to thank everyone for their comments about our little Misty, we appreciated it very much and has helped with our healing. Secondly, some of you must have thought that the old homercat has finally hung it up because of the long hiatus. October was just a rough month here and now am hoping to get back on track on a semi regular basis. So again I say thanks to all of you.

The seventh album by the Downchild Blues Band came out in 1980 and is called Road Fever. Founder Donnie Walsh has been called the 'father of Canadian blues' and with good reason. He is a blues pioneer on the Canadian scene. It was Walsh who paid the highest dues so that later Canadian blues acts, such as the Jeff Healey Band, the Colin James Band, the Powder Blues, Sue Foley, The Sidemen and The Highliners could also enjoy their success. According to Walsh, more than 120 musicians have been associated with Downchild since its 1969 founding. The band has never lost its focus on blues music. Two years after the release of this album the band suffered a major setback with the untimely death of keyboard player Jane Vasey, who succumbed to leukemia at the age of thirty two. Donnie Walsh, who was living with Vasey at the time, took a period of time off to reflect on his future and that of the band. Mr. Downchild couldn't be kept down too long though, by the end of the year the band was back.

TV Mama
Try To Fall in Love With Me
Buy Road Fever

Funny Toon

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Goodbye Baby Bear ...

October was an extremely difficult month for the Homercat household, culminating on October 31st when, after a long struggle with progressively worse illnesses, we had to bid goodbye to our little grey-striped Misty-cat. She was the strongest, sweetest little kitty in the world and we will miss her so very, very much. She was born in Ottawa, Canada on July 1, 1995 (or thereabouts), being tossed away like garbage and left to die, we never knew her actual birthdate, but she lived through that experience (after being rescued by a vet who found her on the side of the road), and has graced our lives ever since. She was diagnosed with diabetes almost 4 years ago and lived through her twice daily injections with loving good humour, never once complaining or running and hiding to get away from it. If we could have half her courage, half her heart and half her love, we will have lived a very good life indeed. Rest In Peace our little baby, and we hope you have a great hereafter in Heaven chasing butterflies and waxing fat and sassy. All our love forever, your Mom and Dad.

Misty Neufeld-Gordley
~July 1, 1995 - October 31, 2011~
I used to know this old scarecrow
She was my song, my joy and sorrow
Cast alone between the furrows
Of a field no longer sown by anyone

I held a dandelion
That said the time had come
To leave upon the wind
Not to return
When summer burned the earth again

Cultivate the freshest flower
This garden ever grew
Beneath these branches
I once wrote such childish words for you

But that's okay
There's treasure children always seek to find
And just like us
You must have had
A once upon a time

We send you a million kisses and hugs, and know we will miss you. Always.