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- 09/08/15--19:03: _Spoons
- 09/09/15--15:41: _The Barracudas
- 09/12/15--16:43: _Ramatam
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- 08/16/15--15:12: Updating the "Brian Experience"
- 08/16/15--15:34: A Stranglers Submission/Rarity
- 08/24/15--15:38: hi.......
- 08/30/15--14:26: Lots of good guest material on a Sunday
- 08/31/15--07:27: Guest stuff, part 2, Stranglers related
- 09/03/15--13:06: Last Words from Brian, and Goose-step along with the internet nazis!
- 09/04/15--11:44: Long Labor Day weekend,and I OWE you guys some stuff, I guess......
- 09/04/15--16:11: Let's See If we Can Wrap-Up the Stranglers
- 09/06/15--14:18: We got a bit more Stranglers-related stuff
- 09/06/15--14:48: The Return of Brian...........
- 09/06/15--15:11: How Bout yet another for today
- 09/08/15--10:36: Chokin' on the Stranglers
- 09/08/15--19:03: Spoons
- 09/09/15--15:41: The Barracudas
- 09/12/15--16:43: Ramatam
- 09/18/15--06:14: Perhaps the best homemade comps, ever
- 09/19/15--19:17: Who the hell DOESN'T want some Iron Butterfly?
- 09/20/15--15:04: Marvelous 3
- 09/24/15--15:17: A Small History Lesson For Ya, Junior
- 09/24/15--15:37: Another wonderful homemade covers comp
My longtime cohort Brian (Rustbeltoutpost.com), has, of course, been my go-to guy for recorded comedy, a subject on which he is very knowledgeable (I am not).......well, of late, with my posting schedule (settling into my new post-retirement job), as well as some computer issues, etc, I have slacked hardcore in my pledge to bump/share whatever he requests from HIS blog.......I know that some of the previously posted links were problematic, in the huge package of links provided below, they have been corrected, should you have had issues before (the Sam kinnison was one that I think needed a repair).......as before, I know very little about most of this work, so I won't elaborate on them much, check Brian's blog for his critical evaluations.....other than that, here they are, a whole heaping bunch of them.....and, as always, any and all guest submissions are welcomed on this site, especially since I've started working again, at least for a while......so, comedy fans, dig in, should be some good stuff for ya here......as for me, I promise (sort of) to finish the Mega Stranglers series yet this week.....love to all!
There is stuff here (see comments for links, check Rustbeltoutpost for full details)....the included performers here are Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Sam Kinnison, Steve Martin, Doug Stanhope, and Robin Williams on the (near) anniversary of his passsing........quite a haul for you comedy fans, have at it and enjoy!
From Augustus Owsley Strudel III comes a single of which I was unfamiliar, the Stranglers backing a different singer, "Celia", of Celia and the Mutations,
on a pair of tracks, "Mony Mony" and "Mean To Me".....don't know the date, but kind of interesting to check out.......
Been working mega-hours, just like in the olden days......I have some fine guest material to post, maybe Friday....please none of my friends totally abandon me, and when I am on winter layoff, I will reward you with a cavalcade of stuff, both great and rare.....
Love ya all
Hi.....hope you are reading this, still.....I have been working some long hours, also facing the extra
long commute (Company vehicle at
least) so, as I keep pointing out, I havae little time for blogging, relying generally on guest posts......I miss it a good bit, this winter I will be laid off and resume daily posting (trust me), but for now, at lesat I havae a few fine people to help me out on occasion......
(SCOTT)-Let's lead off with blog regular Brian, he of Rustbeltoutpost.com, and recorded comedy expert. I guess he's had some trouble with posts getting removed (see his blog), but if you are realy quick you maybe able to grab these Monty Python classics............here is a copy/past of his post......
My go-to reggae guy, Cliff in the UK, is still under the weather.......we are all praying for a quick
recovery for ya, Cliff.......however, he does send along a fine link to a BBC broadcast, "Men In Black, The Stranglers Story".......very very good, narrated by Glen matlock.....if you are a Stranglers fan you WANT this trust me.
Next up is 1980s "Live in Toronto"
And finally, from 1981"Emerald City" from Cherry Hill New Jersey......
Thanks loads to Jon Baker for these gems!
Finally, non-Stranglers, from JonDer comes my favorite recent submission.......I will copy the email
as it is in the form of a review:
Cassandra Wilson is a singer best known for her 1990's jazz albums on Blue
Note. Her voice is deep, rich, and smoky (most often compared to Betty
Carter and Abbie Lincoln). The musical arrangements on her albums draw on
acoustic blues and Afro-Caribbean percussion, and her songs can rarely be
labeled as traditional jazz.
Ms. Wilson is also known for unconventional interpretations of cover
songs. She was born in Mississippi, and was a child of the 60's who became
a teen in the 70's. She was raised on popular radio, blues and country
classics, as well as jazz standards. Her own music breaks down the
boundaries of these genres.
Many of Wilson's pop/rock covers were compiled on the 2009 collection
Closer To You (including her sublime versions of "Tupelo Honey", "Harvest
Moon" and a slow burning "Last Train to Clarksville"). This is my
homemade companion volume, which includes songs released during the past
two decades for Wilson's own albums as well as soundtracks, tributes, and
guest appearances on other artists' albums (bassist Lonnie Plaxico,
violinist Regina Carter, and guitarist Pat Martino).
Cassandra Wilson and her musical collaborators take surprising approaches
to well-known songs and transform them into something new and truly
01 Crazy Love (Van Morrison)
02 The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
03 Blackbird (The Beatles)
04 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
05 If It's Magic (Stevie Wonder)
06 Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
07 Killing Me Softly With His Song (as made famous by Roberta Flack, The
08 If Loving You Is Wrong (as made famous by Luther Ingram, Barbara
09 One Less Bell To Answer (Burt Bacharach)
10 Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
11 Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (as made famous by The Temptations)
12 Only A Dream In Rio (James Taylor)
13 Painted from Memory (Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach)
14 Crazy (Willie Nelson)
15 Shelter From The Storm (Bob Dylan)
16 Black Crow (Joni Mitchell)
(SCOTT): "Shelter from the storm" blew me away but the rest is great too....fantastic homemade comp!
(SCOTT):First of all, yes, I know Brian's blog has disappeared.......dumped by Blogger, crushed by DCMA complaints.......over, of all things, comedy records! COMEDY RECORDS! aren't they supposed to be like, funny, and enlightening, and to help you FORGET about the fact that your freedoms to share YOUR albums with others are being eroded? Well, never mind, he's been a good friend and a tremendous help with my blog (I have tried to help him with his as well, but for now he's pissed and frustrated, and I will, as I feel it is best, to let him explain his feelings. He has sent me an email that he wishes I share on the blog........it follows......
"Rock For the Golden Race".......with titles like "Justice for Today" and "Masterrace", you have a great idea what you are in for. My view......run of the mill Skrewdriver type skin-punk, with basically indecipherable lyrics......as it may, here's the track list.......
Well, I guess we've lost Brain, at least for now, I have invited him to become a regular guest
contributor ala Cliff or jonDer or whomever, we'l see if he takes us up on that. While I am at it, ANYONE wishing to be a guest contributor is welcome, this could be YOU.......anyway, over this 4-day weekend, I plan on putting up at least a few discs for y'all......and the place I guess I need to start is wrapping up the Stranglers thing.......Now, understand this, the Stranglers thing as a whole has been one of my post popular "mega-Projects", understandable, they were great and had a ver devoted following........some of the guest contributions on the topic have been off thte charts.......I do still have a few left, which are solo efforts from Stranglers members.......mind you I haven't listened to these an awful lot, and it's been a long, long time, but to COMPLETE the Stranglers picture, I think it's a good idea to present these as well......commentary will be kept to a minimum as I really DON'T recall much about these albums, but, I hope you enjoy them.
OK, lets start with Jean-Jacques Burnell, the Strangler's bassist and resident creep, i have three solo albums and if I recall, they are quite enjoyable........I know he had a few more, but what I havae for you is "Euroman Cometh", "Euroman Cometh (Live)" and "Un Jour parfait"........let me know what you think, would you please?
EUROMAN COMETH (LIVE)-12 Ode To Joy/Do the European/13 Duetschland Nicht Uber Alles/14 Eurospeed/15 Crabs/16 Tout Comprende/17 Freddie Laker/18 Jellyfish/19 Triumph of the Good City/20 Euroman
UN JOUR PARFAIT-01 Un Jour parfait Theme/02 Si Je'tais/03 Weekend/04 Tristeville Se Soir/05
Un Jour parfait/06 Via Dolarosa//07 Le Whiskey /08 Crazy (She Drives Me)/09 Garden of Eden/10 Reves/11 Waltz/12 Via Doloarosa (Spanish)/13 Le Whiskey (Dance Mix)/14 Elle Assure/15 Reve (12 Mix)/16 Les Mensouges Et Les Lames
I think if you give these a try you may find some unknwon (to you) gems hidden here........Burnell has a good bit of talent. Links in the comment section.
Next we hav a colaboration bwtween JJ Burnell and Dave Greenfield, entitled "Fire and Water"......didn't really recall it, listened and it's really prettydamn good,give it a spin.....
FIRE AND WATER-01 Liberation/02 Rain and Dole and Tea/03 Vladamir and Sergi/04 Le Soir/05 Tris Pedophiles/06 Dino Rap/07 Nuclear Power (yes Please)/08 Detective Privee/Consequences
Check it out........next post will be a shitload of Hugh Cornwell stuff, and a couple more surprises to wrap up this Stranglers EXTRAVAGANZA!
It's been fun and it's been very popular, but I am JUST ABOUT out of material.......don't worry I'll get to some other stuff soon, what I have left here is a series of albums that I don't REALLY recall that
much about, Hugh Cornwell's solo efforts......been forever since I've heard em, BUT, if you are a true Stranglers fanatic, perhaps you will enjoy these or not.......just trying to go all out in the name of completeness........here are his albums, chronologically......
1979 NOSFERATU-01 Nosferatu/02 Losers In a Lost Land/03 White Room/04 Irate Caterpillar/05 Rythmic Itch/06 Wired/07 Big Bug/08 Mothra/09 Wrong Way Round/10 Puppets/11 Losers in a Lost land (instro)
1988 WOLF-01 Another Kind of Love/02 Cherry Rare/03 Never Never/04 Real Slow/05 Break of Dawn/06 Club Land/07 Dreaming Again/08 Decadence/09 All the Tea In China/10 Getting Involved
1993 WIRED-01 Ain't It Strange/02 Make It With You/03 My Kind of Loving/04 Wasted Tears/05 Story of He and She/06 Aint it Strange/07 Stop/08 Mr Insignificant/09 Turn Your Body Down/10 First Bus To Babylon
1997 GUILTY-01 One Burning Desire/02 Snapper/03 Nerves of Steel/04 Black Eyes, Black hair, Black Suit/ 05 Hot Head/06 Endless Day Endless Night/07Five Miles High/08 Sravendrabellagola/09 Long Dead Train/10 Torture Garden/11 House of Sorrow
1999 BLACK HAIR, BLACK EYES, BLACK SUIT-01 One Burning Desire/02 Snapper/03 Nerves
of Steel/04 Jesus Will Weep/05 Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit/06 Hot Head/07 Endless Day Endless Night/08 Not Hungry Enough/09 Sravendrabellagola/10 Long Dead Train/11 House of Sorrow
2001 HI-FI-01 Leave Me Alone/02 Gingerbread Girl/03 One
2002 FOOTPRINTS IN THE DESERT-01 If You Wanted To/02 Everybody/03 I Can't handle It/04 Fresh Air/05 One Fine THing/06 Lady In Mind/07 So Sexual/08 Touch Touch/09 Venus In Furs/10 For What It's Worth/11 Keep It Under Your Hat/12Coming of Age/13 Sex Bomb/14 2000 Lights
2006 Dirty Dozen Live-01 Duchess/02 First Bus To Babylon/03
Goodbye Tolouse/04 Picked Up By The Wind/05 Hanging Around/06 Black Hair Blalck Eyes Black Suit/07 Allways the Sun/08 Nerves of Steel/09 Nuclear Device/10 Putting You In the Shade/11 Walk on By/12 No More Heroes
Forgot about the Purple Helmets, which an Anonymous reader sent me a link for, actually I already had a couple of em..... A Stranglers side-project, The Purple Helmets is an ad hoc band, playing 1960's R and B numbers. The recording line-up was: Jean-Jacques Burnel, Dave Greenfield, John Ellis, Alex Gifford (a member of the Stranglers horn-section) and Manny Elias (drummer with Tears For Fears). The band was ostensibly put together (from an earlier incarnation) so that JJ and Dave could do some gigging between Stranglers projects. There MAY be more out there, but what I have are these two albums, "Ride Again" (1988) and "Rise Again" (1989)......for my dough "Ride" is the better effort, as we get fab covers of SO many great songs, "Over Under Sideways Down", "Tobacco Road", "Wooly Bully"........no just carbon-cover copies either, reminds me of Bowie's "Pinups" project to a point. "Rise" is good too, though it suffers from a bit lesser of selection, highlights being maybe "Rosalyn", "She's Not There", "Oh Pretty Woman" and at least a few more......track lists if your interested:
RIDE AGAIN-01 Wooly Bully/02 Over Under Sideways Down/03 Don't Bring Me Down/04 We Gotta Get Out of This Place/05 Baby Please Don't Go/06 I Can't Explain/07 Whatcha Gonna Do About it/08 Keep On Running/09 All Day and All of the Night/10 Louie Louie/11 Tobacco Road/12 I Wanna Be Your Man/13 Hip Hug Her/14 Not Fade Away/15 I'm a Man
RISE AGAIN-01 Brand New Cadillac/02 I'm Crying/03 Rosalyn/04 She's Not There/05 First I Look at the Purse/06 Get Yourself Home/07 Oh Pretty Woman/08 homework/09 Don't You Like What I Do/10 Money/11 Under the Sun/12 baby Let Me Take You Home/13 Sha La Lee/14 baby/15 Everything's Alright.
Old friend Dave Sez submits a retrospective of JJ Burnel's work, a handy compilation of his solo albums and etc........I hope I got the right one here, looks like a double disc......
DISC 1-01. Jellyfish/02. Never Too Look Back/03. Skin Deep/04. By The Sea/05. Garden Of Eden
DISC 2-01. Un Jour Parfait/02. Don’t Bring Harry/03. Norfolk Coast/04. Where I Live/05. Frog Crossing Road/06. Talking ‘Bout Me And You/07. In The End/08. The Kiss/09. Go Buddy Go/10. Something Better Change/11. Fred And George/12. Quark Strangeness And Charm/13. Big Thing Coming
I asked Brian to at the least be a guest contributor here as many enjoy his comedy stuff, and it's not
really something that I, myself can help you out with.......he seems to have come up with a new plan, so lets see what this is all about..........here's the text he sent me via email:
Hello all. I have some links for you, to show you my heart is still in this. I hope you don't think me fickle or moody, it's just that getting two blogs shut down is frustrating. I know it's happened more than that to other bloggers, so I shouldn't bitch too much. When the wall came down, I was headed toward 16,000 views, and about 2 terabytes of downloads. Besides the links, it's just all that writing being gone, you know?
I havaen't done any heavy psych rock from the early 70's since forever, and as you know I have a super-soft spot for it.............I know my posting hs been irregular, to say the least, of late, but I'm kicking out the jams this weekend so you know Uncle Scott will reamain with you until they bury him........just checked and I don't think I've posted this album before, "The Flow's Greatest Hits"......and if I have, so what, it's a total piece of guitar freakout psychosis that I could listen to all day long.
The Flow were Pete Fine on guitar/voice, Steve Starer on drums, and Monte Farber on bass/voice.......Blue Cheer inspired all the way ( a GOOD/GREAT thing!), this slab will blow your fucking mind. The opener "It Swallowed the Sun" is the highlight for me, but the whole damn thing is beyond awesome...........you know I strive for variety and I've been in a small Stranglers/Guest Post rut due to becoming a career man again, but I pledge to ALSO start putting up more great shit like this, coz EVERYBODY needs to have a listen at this!
01. It swallowed the sun /02. Searchin /03. Funny funkin woman /04. Mediations /05. Toccata 06. Bijinkes /07. Mousely /08. Troubadour between sets /09. Third movement /10. Get up & smile /11. Sunday night randoms /12. I saw a dog /13. Insanity creeping /14. Things we said today /15. Baghdad express
This Stranglers thing has really exploded.... so much wonderful guest submission material, and even now we have a bit more. First of all, my old buddy Petty Vandetta sends us a rare gem, the "Fire and Water" outtakes disc......I never new it existed, but what a wonderful rarity for all the Stranglers fanatics.....
Also, a new friend of the Bolger, Duncan Broohaw, submits a video link of the Stranglers performing "Nice N Sleazy" complete with strippers on stage.......if you love the Stranglers, as so many seem to, this is a wonderful rare gem you will want to experience....
By the way I've really enjoyed posting this weekend after such sporadic posting.......I will try to do better, keep the guest stuff coming, even if this becomes an all Stranglers blog.........love you all, as always!
Tonight I have a pretty cool 1980's new wave/synthpop album that I enjoyed a bit at the time (albeit not my very favorite genre) from the band Spoons. Spoons were from Canada, I think this may have been album #2 for them, it's the only one I have or have heard........VERY typical of the era, those swirling synths and all, but all in all a fairly decent effort.
Spoons were vocalist/guitarist Gordon Deppe, bassist/vocalist Sandy Horne, synth-whiz Rob Preuss, and drummer Derrick Ross.........this album, 1982's "Arias and Symphonies" is NOT a "classsic", so to speak, but for someone who was 20 yearas old in 1982, hearing this LONG forgotten album generally can put a smile on one's now-50 something year old's face............
The best and most well known track on the disc is the single "Nova Heart", but, really, the whole thing is worth a listen as a time-trip experience.........if you were in college in the early 80's, you likely heard this disc, but perhaps the memory banks have erased it...........check it out and remember the early years of Reganomics.......
I'm gonna try to get up a few more posts like this, single album kinda stuff, between the mega-stuff.......and of course am always grateful as fuck for ANY guest submissions.......remember, the Big man LOVES you all, YOU are whom this being done for........I have LOTS more music to share with you, please at least leave a comment and say "This sucks", or "WOW forgot all abaout this one"........that's why we are here.
BigScott62 loves ya and hopefully will find time to post something tomorrow! Requests always welcome too!
01-Trade Winds/02 Smiling In Winter/03 One In Ten Words/04 No Electrons/05 No More Growing Up/06 Arias & Symphonies/07 Nova Heart/08 South American Vacation/09 A Girl In Two Pieces/10 Walk the Plank/11 Blow Away
Honest to God a pretty fair album for one I hadn't thought about in likely 25 years or so.....I like to do that though, dig out the material that I have FORGOTTEN and see what it sounds like to ADULT ears, relative to how it sounded to me as a "child"......lyrically, pretty smooth, and instrumentally a pretty near perfect typical slice of the stuff that was going around in the early 80's......lemme know what it does for ya, K?
This blog has undergone lots of changes since it's inception.......I hope they've been favorable, I
change things up from time to time just to keep myself interested, of late, (say the last 3-4 months), I have relied on a LOT of guest material, and my "original" posts have been of the "mega" variety, The Stranglers one was stunningly (to me) popular, and the Dickies and Yo La Tengo were fun to do and well recieved too........but here's something I need to get back to doing now and again, which is to post a fine comp, such as this, from a band that I was, for whatever reason, never all THAT into, in other words, not a band that I havae a complete discography and a bunch of demos, boots and etc.......
The Barracudas, for me, were always sufficiently serviced by this comp, it's all I ever need from them.......I just don't really remember them making consistently good albums (although I'm likely wrong and someone will correct me), but as a singles-based bunch of dyed in the wool garage rockers, there is no better way to round up the best of thier stuff than a double disc anthology that is bursting at the seams with good stuff.
OK, so who are/were the Barracudas? Well, originally the lineup was singer Jeremy Gluck, guitarist Robin Wills, bassist Starkie Phillips, and drummer Adam Phillips....the Phillips would leave shortly after formation, to be replacead by various others, but the Barracudas, in reality are Gluck/Wills, a pairing that works quite well.
This comp is laid out pretty well, with the great early singles "Summer Fun" and "I Want My Woody
Back" from thier early sessions, several psuedo-surf numbers such as "Surfer Joe" and "Surfers are Back", as well as a desecration of Love's "My Little Red Book" (yes, smart ass I know it technically isn't "Love's", but, so what?) highlighting the first disc.
The second disc concentrates on stuff from a bit later, which is still pretty good although not IN GENERAL essential.......if you liked what you heard on the first disc, check "Grammer of Misery", "Stolen Heart", and "I Thought You Sounded That Way Yesterday", and hear the band maturing before your ears.
THIS AIN'T MY TIME (ANTHOLOGY DISC 1)-01 I Can't Pretend/02 1965 Again/03 Summer Fun/04 His Last Summer/05 I Want My Woody Back/06 Subway Surfin'/07 Rendezvous/08 Neighbourhood Girls/09 Love Is Fun/10 Surfers are Back/11 My Little Red Book/12 We're Living In Violent Times/13 Somewhere Outside/14 I Saw My Death in a Dream Last Night/15 This Ain't My Time/16 Ballad of a Liar/17 Inside Mind/18 Hour of Degredation/19 Next Time Around/20 Takes What He Wants/21 On a Sunday/22 Surfer Joe
THIS AIN'T MY TIME (ANTHOLOGY DISC 2)-01 Grammar of Misery/02 Middle Class Blues/03
When I'm Gone/04 Be My Friend Again/05 Dead Skin/06 Eleventh Hour/07 Dealing With Today/08 Leaving Home Again/09 See her Eyes Again/10 Black Snake/11 Losin' Streak/12 Stolen Heart/13 Two Sides of a Coin/14 Adult Child/15 I Thought You Sounded That Way Yesterday/16 She's Alive/17 Can't Get Away From You/18 I'm The One/19 Wait For Everything/20 It's Easy/21 The Best Years
Not to be confused with the awful "Ramjam", these are a pair of semi-forgotten classics of hard rock
from the late, great, early 70's that you know I love so much.......somewhat unique for employing female lead guitarist April Lawton, as well as Mike Pinera on guitars/vocals, and former Hendrix-Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.......they released a pair of albums, the first, "Ramatam" in 1972, and the followup, "In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns" during the production of which the band was fighting and quitting and etc, do not be confused, the FIRST album is the on you want (although I DO happen to have em both).......
The first disc, if you are not familiar, you will find to be an unknown gem (IF you are a fan of this type of thing as am I).....it's loaded with great stuff like "Whiskey Place", "Ask Brother Ask", and "Can't Sit Still", I love posting these lesser known hard/psych albums of the early 70's, they were so far ahead of thier time and sound WONDERFUL today........
Second album, though, not so great.......I'll give it to ya since I have it, but if album one is a 3.5 star effort, album 2 cannot possibly top 2 stars.......evidently Lawton was trying to take over the group, and the others were none to excited about this, etc........anyway, the second album sounds strained and forced, although, you may find something on it that appeals to you......"Rhinocerous" and "Bounty on my Table" are listenable, though far from essential.
RAMATAM-01 Whiskey Place/02 Heart Song/03 Ask Brother Ask/04 What Dream I Am/05 Wayso/06 Changing Days/07 Strange Place/08 Wild Like Wine/09 Can't Sit Still
IN APRIL CAME THE DAWNING OF THE RED SUNS-01 The Land/Rainey Sunday Evening/02
Betty Lou/03 I Can Only Love You/04 Excerpt From Guitar Concerto I/05 Autumn Now/06 Stars and Stripes Forever/07 Bounty on my Table/08 Downrange Table/09 Free Fall/10 Push a Little/11 Rhinocerous
Let me know what you think about these, they don't pop up every day.......you know I love my early 70' s hard stuff, and at lest the first album here is a GOOD one!
(SCOTT)-Brian created these fantastic comps, featuring covers of material from The Velvet
Underground and the Stooges....if you have,in general, enjoyed the music I have featured here I have to think you are going to love these, I do......Brian's text follows, I really don't have much to add, other than Mott the Hoople's "Sweet Jane" was a huge favorite of mine as a teen, and I always thought Nirvana's take on "Here She Comes Now" scorched the original which is saying something...please comment, I'm sure a lot of work went into these and it shows......and of course I would be thrilled if these inspire you to create a similar covers project on one of your favorite bands that I would share here......something from me over the weekend, but thanks to Brian for these two excellent efforts.....
Links are in the comment section
Well, I DON'T, really, but after the damn Buckeyes just tortured ME with a wretched performance
in which they nearly lost to NORTHERN ILLINOIS (!), I thought why not drag out these cheeseball semi-"classics"........
Iron Butterfly, of course, would be TOTALLY and COMPLETELY forgotten today, were it not for the notorious, side long "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", which I bet you haven't sat through in, what 35 years? (no cheating with the "single edit"!)......actually it's a pretty cool track in a campy sort of way, for it's time it was fairly innovative, so, thusly a TRUE period piece.....I would use a rip of my Dad's scratched up vinyl copy for ya to get the "full effect", but it really DOES sound shitty, so let's go with some crispy clean digital rips to thrill you this evening.
Actualy thier first album was the (somewhat underappreciated, actually) "Heavy", released with a lineup of organist/vocalist Doug Engle, drummer Ron Bushey, bassist Greg Willis, and guitarist Danny Weiss......I'll bet 85% of rock fans today have never heard this, it's no classic, but again, for its time, fairly innovative, I challenge you to listen to this and not at least appreciate it if you are a fan of late 60's psych (the first two tracks "Possesion" and "Unconcious Power" are decent examples of the sound of the era)
That's really about it for the "real" Iron Butterfly, even though they went on and on and on and on with hundreds of members and albums and who really cares, but I do have a couple more relics of theirs, Brann (for some reason) took over lead vocal duties for the third effort "Ball", which is medicre at best in my opinion but is still quite identifiable as Iron Butterfly......worth a listen only from a scholarly, historic, curiosity perspective.
Last (for what I have) and certainly least is the 1970 live album, creatively titled "Live".......listed in the book "The 50 Worst Rock N Roll Albums of All Time", it's not quite THAT bad, but it's bad, and THIS side long version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" has, interestingly, never, ever been heard more than once by any human being.
OK, like I said they went on and on, but that's not something we really wish to investigate.....if this isn't enough Iron Butterfly for ya, you either are related to Doug Engle or have distinct masochistic tendencies.
Imagine what I will drag out tomorrow evening if the Vikings torture me to the degree they did last
week, so let's ALL become Vikings fans for tomorrow!
HEAVY-01 Posession/02 Unconcious Power/03 Get Out of My Life Woman/04 Gentle As It May Seem/05 You Can't Win/06 So-Lo/07 Look For the Sun/08 Fields of Sun/09 Stamped Ideas/10 Iron Butterfly Theme
IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA-01 Most Anything You Want/02 Flowers and Beads /03 My Mirage/04 Termination/05 Are You Happy/06 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
BALL-01 In the Time of Our Lives/02 Soul Experience/03 Lonely Boy/04 Real Fright/05 In the Crowds/06 It Must Be Love/07 Her Favorite Style/08 Filled With Fear/09 Belda-Beast
LIVE-01 In the Time of Our Lives/02 Filled With Fear/03 Soul Experience/04 You Can't Win/05 Are You Happy/06 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Groovy, man, no?
So, the Vikings DIDN'T embarass me as Ohio State did yesterday (but, thanks, Adrian Peterson, for the three fumbles), so I'm not going to drag out something as bizarre as Iron Butterfly, what I was thinking of today is more along the lines of a LONG forgotten sort of post-grunge/post-pop/punk kinda thing.......Marvelous 3, from Atlanta, relesed three albums, of which I have heard only this one, the second, "Hey! Album"........they consisted of guitarist/singer Butch Walker, bassist Jayce Fincher, and drummer Doug Mitchell.
Having said that I know NOTHING of thier other two discs (1997's "Math and Other Problems" and 2000's "ReadySexGo"), this (thier best known, if those are the words for which I am looking) is from that great year of 1998......and it's REALLY pretty good, power-popping alt-rock I guess, it had a fine single, "Freak of the Week", and a couple of other decent tunes, ("Indie Queen", "You're So Yesterday"). As a bonus, "You're So Yesterday" contains one of those all-time stupid lyrics that I love so much, "I feel like Bobby Brady breaking the vase"........hey dickweeds, PETER braday broke the fucking vase........for God's sake do your homework.
Anyway, not TOO many folks recall this bad or this album, and it is worth a listen, kind of a rarity sorta thing......I'll try to post once or twice during the upcoming week, and Brian is creating a TREMENDOUS surprise for you (trust me) for next weekend......be sure and check because it's gonna be a real fish-scaler, I promise.
HEY! ALBUM-01 You're So Yesterday/02 Freak of the Week/03 Until You See/04 Write It On your Hand/05 Let Me Go/06 Every Monday/07 Indie Queen/08 #27/09 Mrs Jackson/10 Over Your Head/11 Vampires In Love/12 Lemonade
Gary Richrath passed away the other day......as you may or may not know he was the guitar whiz
behind REO Speedwagon......now, of ALL the bands of the era that I make fun of regularly, REO ranks, along with Styx and Foreigner, at the top of the heap....for the most part, they were awful, a generic 1980's mishmash of idiotic album titles("You Can Tue a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish", Hi-Infidelity", etc) and even MORE idiotic songs (The vomit inducing "Keep On Lovin You", "Tough Guys" and LOTS more).....however, PRIOR to that kidney stone of a decade (the 80's), they could really rock the room, on the stage (saw them once, opening for someone, forget who exactly).I was, eventually, as surprised as anyone that they got "big".......but in a decade where swill like Poison and the like were considered good rock n roll, should be no surprise really.
And for you REO freaks out there (BOTH of ya), here's a little surprise/rarity for ya, a two disc 1979 Chicago boot......they were well on thier way to suckville by this time, as there are tracks from early in thier "big time" era ("Time For Me To Fly", "Only the Strong Survive"), but also includes a version of "Ridin' The Storm Out" and a couple of others, not the greatest but I don't recall from where I got it, nor have I seen many copies of it, so have at it.....
I have not been kind to this band in the past, justifiably, too, I think (I mean, GEEZ, REALLY? "I
don't wanna sleep......I just wanna keep...............on lovin' you" COME ON), but I don't mean to dis thte 1970's metal guitar greatness of Gary Richrath......not especially an original or an innovator, BUT , for what he was, he was a metal guitar slammer who DEFINITELY could bring the goods on stage........Rest In Peace Gary!
LIVE: YOU GET WHAT YOU PLAY FOR-01 Like You Do/02 Lay Me Down/03 Any Kind of Love/04 Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes)/05 Keep Pushin'/06 (Only a) Summer Love/07 Son of a Poor Man/08 (I Believe) Our Time is Gonna Come/09 Flying Turkey Trot/10 Gary's Guitar Solo/11 157 Riverside Avenue/12 Ridin' the Storm Out/13 Music Man/14 Little Queenie/15 Golden Country
CHICAGO 12/28/79 DISC 1-01 House Announcer/02 Intro/03 Say You Love Me Or Say Goodnight/04 Like You Do/05 Heavy On Your Love/06 Drop it (an Old Disguise)/07 Only the Strong Survive/08 Easy Moeny/09 Roll With the Changes/10 Time For Me TO Fly (cuts out)/11 Back on the Road Again (cuts in)
CHICAGO 12/28/79 DISC 2-01 The Unidentified Flying Turkey Trot/02 157 Riverside Avenue/03 Keep Pusih'/04 Ridin' The Storm Out/05 Audience/DJ Comments/06 Little Queenie/07 Rock n Roll Music/08 Golden Country/09 Closing (introductions)/10 DJ Comments
Links will be up in a little while.......in the meantime, the next post (above this one) is a serious labor of love from a true FRIEND OF THE BLOG!
Plase, oh please, oh please, let this trend (credit Brian for starting it) take off......I would LOVE if
MANY you you would get creative with some of these original, wonderful covers comps (there are more to come).....inspired by Brian's Velvet Underground project of last week, long time blog friend and contributor Jonder jumps on the Velvet Underground bandwagon with a homemade covers take on "Loaded"..........I will let him describe it to ya as he has much more of a way with words than do I, so take it away and THANKS Jonder!
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