Sunday, February 18, 2018

Song Of The Week: 2/18/18







Song: "Telling Them"

Artist: Social Distortion

Album: "Live At The Roxy"

Year: 1998

Place Of Origin: Fullerton, California

Years Active: 1978 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Telling Them" is a song that appears to be about the pent up anger and frustration of a young punk! To put it bluntly, it's about not giving a fuck! About rules. About what your parents say or think. This is an anti-establishment song. The only place the vocalist feels alive is with his punk friends at the punk shows. I believe this is autobiographical Mr. Ness! The version of "Telling Them" I chose for my song of the week is a live version from the band's 1998 album "Live At The Roxy". If you want to check out the original, you can find it on Social Distortion's debut album, 1983's "Mommy's Little Monster".

SOCIAL DISTORTION DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1983 - Mommy's Little Monster (13th Floor Records)
1988 - Prison Bound (Restless Records)
1990 - Social Distortion (Epic Records)
1992 - Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell (Epic Records)
1995 - Mainliner: Wreckage From The Past (Time Bomb Records)
1996 - White Light, White Heat, White Trash (Epic Records)
1998 - Live At The Roxy (Time Bomb Records)
2004 - Sex, Love And Rock 'n' Roll (Time Bomb Records)
2011 - Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (Epitaph Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF SOCIAL DISTORTION:

Social Distortion is an Orange County, California punk band that got it's start back in 1978. The constant in the band is chief songwriter and guitarist Mike Ness. The original incarnation of the band featured Rick Agnew, Frank Agnew and Casey Royer who would leave Social D. to help form the Adolescents. Around this time, Ness also met Dennis Danell. Danell was originally the bass player but very soon switched to guitar. Ness and Danell were the two constants in the band right up to Danell's death in 2000. Besides those two, the band has been basically a revolving door of members. Social Distortion's first release would be the single "Mainliner/Playpen" in 1981. The first full length album would be 1983's "Mommy's Little Monster". Following this album, Mike Ness began to develop a pretty serious drug habit. Finding himself in several rehabs and at times in jail, by 1985, he became serious to kick his habit and gain some control of his life and his musical career. 1988's "Prison Bound" began to show the influences Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones had on Ness. The mixture of punk, country and blues began to be termed "cowpunk". Signed by major label Epic Records in 1989, Social D.'s self-titled album in 1990 really put the band on the map. The singles "Story Of My Life", "Ball And Chain" and the Johnny Cash cover "Ring Of Fire" became instant classics and really caught buzz on the college radio scene. 1992's "Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell" continued with that punk/rock-a-billy style but 1996's "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" would be Social Distortion's heaviest effort. This album brought the hammer and featured one of the band's biggest singles, "I Was Wrong". In what would be a recurring theme, the time between Social Distortion albums would start getting longer and longer. In the 8 years from the release of "White Light..." and 2004's "Sex, Love And Rock'n'Roll", Ness would release two solo, country/folk albums, a live Social D. record would be released and tragedy would strike the band when long time member Dennis Danell passed away on February 29, 2000. Many of the songs on "Sex, Love And Rock'n'Roll" were written about Danell including "Don't Take Me For Granted" which is just a total kick ass song. Again, it would take 7 years until their next record, 2011's "Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes". For this album, Social D. hooked up with long time, iconic punk rock label Epitaph Records. Though the band has long layoffs between albums lately, that doesn't mean that they are not putting themselves out there. Social Distortion is constantly touring and unlike most bands, they do not shy away from playing new material live, well before the songs see an official release. Ness has said that the band is very comfortable doing this as it let's him know what songs cause the best reactions from fans. The most recent news is that the band is in pre-production for a new album but a lot of the material is in it's infancy stage, so perhaps a new Social Distortion album in summer/fall of 2018? Social Distortion is really the innovators of the punk rock/punk-a-billy/cowpunk style. Their sound kind of covers many generations of music. Their base sound is punk rock, but you can hear elements of 50's rock and roll and country, 60's blues inspired rock, 70's glam rock, 80's hardcore punk and 90's more melodic punk. They mesh these styles so effortlessly in their sound. Social D. has become one of the better selling punk bands out there. They are accepted and respected by other musicians I believe because of their originality. They really don't sound like anyone else. Their sound is their own and that's pretty impressive in and of itself. Social D. makes great songs, great albums and are incredible when they perform live. In my mind, one of the best bands around, and not just punk bands, all genres. One of the best.

TEN SOCIAL DISTORTION SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Story Of My Life
2. Machine Gun Blues
3. Prison Bound
4. I Was Wrong
5. Don't Take Me For Granted
6. California (Hustle and Flow)
7. Far Behind
8. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones cover)
9. Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash cover)
10. When She Begins

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Song Of The Week: 2/11/18







Song: "Regeneration"

Artist: Stone Temple Pilots

Album: "Shangri-La Dee Da"

Year: 2001

Place Of Origin: San Diego, California

Years Active: 1989 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Regeneration" is a song that appears to be about media lies. Specifically, STP frontman Scott Weiland is calling out media outlets for basically declaring him dead, or soon to be dead, most likely because of his past drug abuse. At the time STP were writing "Shangri-La Dee Da", Weiland was done serving prison time do to drugs, had sobered up, created a family and was ready to record new music and tour with his bandmates. The irony of the song is that eventually, the media turned out to be right and Weiland died of a mixture of alcohol, pills and cocaine in 2015.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1992 - Core (Atlantic Records)
1994 - Purple (Atlantic Records)
1996 - Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop (Atlantic Records)
1999 - No. 4 (Atlantic Records)
2001 - Shangri-La Dee Da (Atlantic Records)
2010 - Stone Temple Pilots (Atlantic Records)
2018 - Stone Temple Pilots (Altantic Records) *March release date

CURRENT STATUS OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS:

Originally called Mighty Joe Young, Stone Temple Pilots formed as a band back in 1989. Featuring vocalist Scott Weiland, bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, the band began trying to be heard in the San Diego music scene. With the Seattle grunge movement on the verge of exploding, Atlantic Records was quick to sign STP. In 1992, they released their debut album "Core". Behind the hit singles "Plush", "Wicked Garden", "Sex Type Thing" and "Creep", this album would go on to achieve 8X Platinum status! The band's next album, 1994's "Purple" was another juggernaut, achieving 6X Platinum status and featuring the singles "Interstate Love Song", "Vasoline" and "Big Empty". You also felt that frontman Scott Weiland was really finding his voice on this album. I always felt "Core" was the band trying their best to be "grunge" when in reality, they were not grunge. In fact, they were more L.A. glam rock than grunge. Their third album, "Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop", proved this even more. Another platinum selling album featuring songs like "Big Bang Baby", "Lady Picture Show" and "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart". In 1999, the band dropped an album that brought back some of that heavier edge of "Core" with the release of "No. 4". This would be the band's last platinum album. 2001's "Shangri-La Dee Da" saw a dramatic drop in record sales compared to the band's previous four efforts. There were also heightening tensions in the band, mostly related to the on again off again drug problems of Weiland that always seemed to cause instability within the band. This began a six year hiatus for STP from 2002 till 2008. During those years, Weiland went on to form a supergroup with members of Guns N' Roses called Velvet Revolver and the DeLeo brothers formed a short-lived group with Filter frontman Richard Patrick called Army Of Anyone. In 2008, Velvet Revolver and Army Of Anyone pretty much dissolved and the members of STP decided to give it another shot. After playing some festival shows, the band recorded their sixth studio album, "Stone Temple Pilots" and released it in 2010. The band had big plans for the 10th anniversary of "Core" including reissues, coffee books and a possible DVD, but tensions again started to frustrate the band. In 2013, things came to a head and Scott Weiland was fired from the band. This in turn led to several lawsuits as to who actually owned the name of the band, eventually settling with the DeLeo brothers and Kretz maintaining the moniker. Weiland in turn formed a new band called The Wildabouts and basically did his own 10 year anniversary of "Core" tour to celebrate that album. Meanwhile, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington joined STP for the recording of a new EP, called "High Rise" and a subsequent tour. On November 9, 2015, Bennington announced he was leaving STP in order to focus on his main project Linkin Park. A little less than a month later, on December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus while on tour with The Wildabouts. Give it to the remaining three members of STP, these guys are resilient. They've been through a lot in their musical career and they keep moving forward. In 2017, Chester Bennington committed suicide. You would think the DeLeo brothers and Kretz would just throw their hands up and feel like this band was just not meant to sustain but eventually they brought in Jeff Gutt to be their new vocalist, winning the spot after the band received a slew of tryouts. The band, with their new singer, released their first song together called "Meadow" which will be featured on the band's upcoming second self-titled album which will hit stores in March of 2018. Stone Temple Pilots are a rock solid band. They got some slack early on for being grunge rip offs but make no mistake, they are their own band and they are far from rip offs. They weren't as gloomy as their grunge contemporaries. In fact, they were much more glam and progressive. Their influences show in many of their songs. You could hear The Doors, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Nirvana in their sound. Obviously, Scott Weiland is a huge part of the band's sound and style. While Bennington and now Gutt are good, Weiland was and is the voice of this band. It's going to be tough for the remaining guys to contribute lyrically to this band now that Scott is gone because his lyrics are such a big part of who Stone Temple Pilots are. But i'm willing to give the new guy a shot because musically, the sound is still there. The STP sound is unescapable when these guys get together. Gutt's vocals are eerily similar to that of Scott's. Hopefully, the lyrics can at least come close.

TEN STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Interstate Love Song
2. Plush
3. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
4. Big Bang Baby
5. Sour Girl
6. Big Empty
7. Down
8. Out Of Time
9. Hollywood Bitch
10. Between The Lines

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Song Of The Week: 2/4/18







Song: "Hey Hey What Can I Do"

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Album: "Immigrant Song" single

Year: 1970

Place Of Origin: London, England

Years Active: 1968 - 1980



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Hey Hey What Can I Do" is a song that appears to be about a man who wants a relationship with a girl he adores, but she's not quite ready to commit. The man values tradition when it comes to a relationship. The woman is all about playing the field and is not about to settle down with anyone. At the end, the man sees that he is not going to have her without sharing her so he decides to move on. How good was Led Zeppelin? "Hey Hey What Can I Do" is a b-side, not making any of their albums!! Most bands would kill to have this song as their biggest hit!! For Zep, a b-side!!

LED ZEPPELIN DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1969 - Led Zeppelin (Atlantic Records)
1969 - Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic Records)
1970 - Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic Records)
1971 - Led Zeppelin IV (Atlantic Records)
1973 - Houses Of The Holy (Atlantic Records)
1975 - Physical Graffiti (Swan Song Records)
1976 - The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song Records)
1976 - Presence (Swan Song Records)
1979 - In Through The Out Door (Swan Song Records)
1982 - Coda (Swan Song Records)
1997 - BBC Sessions (Atlantic Records)
2003 - How The West Was Won (Atlantic Records)
2012 - Celebration Day (Atlantic Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF LED ZEPPELIN:

Formed in 1968 out of the ashes of The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records before the label even saw the band play. Atlantic also gave Zeppelin total creative freedom when it came to recording their music. With the release of their debut self-titled album in 1969, Led Zeppelin took blues driven songs, amped them up, and gave them a heavy bottom, thanks to the drumming of John Bonham. In the very same year, Zeppelin released "Led Zeppelin II". Recorded during breaks from touring, "Led Zeppelin II" is an iconic album. From the opening riff of "Whole Lotta Love" to the fiery "Bring It On Home" to close out the album, "Zeppelin II" would mark the first time a Zeppelin record would reach #1 on the Billboard charts. It would not be the last however. In fact, the next six studio albums that Zeppelin would release would hit #1. 1970's "Led Zeppelin III" showed a departure in style and the diversity the band had. This album almost had a folksy feel at times, featuring more acoustic guitars on the majority of songs. Then there was 1971. An album with no title, most often called "Led Zeppelin IV" by fans, exploded on the music scene. This album incorporated heavy songs like the first two albums and some acoustic tracks like "Zeppelin III". Side 1 says it all. "Black Dog", "Rock And Roll", "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Stairway To Heaven"!! Are you shitting me?!! And Side 2 is no slouch either with tracks like "Going To California" and "When The Levee Breaks". This album is closing in on reaching 3X Diamond status!! What does that mean? That's almost 40 million sold!! Zeppelin was officially the king of the hard rock mountain at this time. The band's next two albums, 1973's "Houses Of The Holy" and 1975's "Physical Graffiti" have also achieved Diamond status, over 10 million sold for each. Injuries suffered during a car accident made it virtually impossible for lead singer Robert Plant to tour after "Physical Graffiti" was released so the band put out a video and album titled "The Song Remains The Same", highlighting live performances and behind the scenes footage featuring all the band members. While recording their next album, 1976's "Presence", Plant was still confined to a wheelchair. Jimmy Page, guitarist for the band, was also falling into a heroin addiction at this time as well. You can see it was affecting the band not only on "Presence", but also on their next album "In Through The Out Door". Jimmy Page, who was so actively involved in the songwriting processes of all the albums up to "Presence", was not putting as much into the band as he was before. "In Through The Out Door" is basically a Robert Plant and John Paul Jones (bassist, keyboards) album. While both albums have some great tracks, "Achilles Last Stand" and "Fool In The Rain" to name a few, they both seem to be missing some teeth that their earlier albums had. On September 25, 1980, tragedy struck the band when John Bonham died from choking on his own vomit after a full day of heavy drinking. That was the day that Led Zeppelin ended as the remaining band members refused to replace Bonham out of respect for him as a friend and from the fact that he was basically irreplaceable in that band. Zeppelin released "Coda" in 1982 which basically featured some unreleased tracks mostly recorded earlier in the band's career. Led Zeppelin only reunited on four one-off occasions. 1985's "Live Aid" concert. 1988's Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary show. 1995's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. And probably the biggest event for the band, the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert which featured Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason for a full on concert at London's O2 Arena. This show would be captured for a CD/DVD release called "Celebration Day". This unfortunately would mark the last time that Led Zeppelin has performed together. Rumors are that Page, Jones and Jason Bonham wanted to do a full Zeppelin tour and possibly even create new music but for whatever reason, Plant does not want to commit to that. Many say that The Beatles are the most important band in rock and roll and I can agree with that. But when it comes to hard rock? Led Zeppelin is the most important band to that genre. Zeppelin had an edge and a mystery about them. They almost felt dangerous. They took American blues and injected an aggression and a sexual tension into it. They had the ability to change styles from blues, to metal, to hard rock, to folk, to Indian inspired music. Robert Plant is the epitome of a front man. He had crowds eating out of the palm of his hands and he could channel Janis Joplin with his screams. Jimmy Page, one of the most influential guitarists of all time. The riff master!! Bluesy and powerful. One of the most iconic songwriters of all time. John Paul Jones. Underrated. Slick bass player and superb multi-instrumentalist. John Bonham. The backbone. One of, if not the greatest drummer of all time. Heavy on the kit. Ferocious drummer. The albums. Zeppelin's first six albums could be on any "best of all time" list. You talk about front to back, every song is killer, amazing music. I'm gonna list my 10 top songs at the bottom of this blog, but those could change daily really. This band just has so many awesome songs! Simply put, Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest musical artists of all time!

TEN LED ZEPPELIN SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Immigrant Song
2. Kashmir
3. Whole Lotta Love
4. Travelling Riverside Blues
5. When The Levee Breaks
6. The Battle Of Evermore
7. Going To California
8. What Is And What Should Never Be
9. Over The Hills And Far Away
10. Thank You

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Song Of The Week: 1/28/18







Song: "Strange Meeting"

Artist: Hurricane #1

Album: "Hurricane #1"

Year: 1997

Place Or Origin: Oxford, England

Years Active: 1996 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Strange Meeting" appears to be a song about a relationship that ended but perhaps both people weren't quite sure they wanted it to end. Perhaps it was due to circumstances that got in the way but you get the sense that the relationship did not end badly. You get a sense when they bumped into each other unexpectedly, that they could almost not say a word. You feel they didn't have to. I think they both feel the same way about each other, but once again, circumstances get in the way and they go off on their seperate ways.

HURRICANE #1 DISCOGRAGPHY (Full length albums only):

1997 - Hurricane #1 (Creation Records)
1999 - Only The Strongest Will Survive (Creation Records)
2015 - Find What You Love And Let It Kill You (Tapete Records)
2016 - Melodic Rainbows (Rooster/Helipad Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF HURRICANE #1:

Hurricane #1 formed as a band back in 1996 in Oxford, England. Guitarist Andy Bell wanted to get a new band together after his former band Ride broke up, so he hooked up with vocalist Alex Lowe and formed Hurricane #1. Right off the bat, the band secured a contract with Creation Records, the very same label of Oasis. In 1997, Hurricane #1's self-titled debut album dropped featuring the singles "Step Into My World", "Just Another Illusion" and "Chain Reaction". "Step Into My World" would reach #29 on the U.K.'s singles chart and the album would eventually sell over 100,000 units. Their follow up album would be 1999's "Only The Strongest Will Survive". The single of the same name would be Hurricane #1's highest charting single, reaching #19. Not long after the release of this album, Andy Bell would decide to part ways with the band, eventually becoming the bassist for Oasis. Because Bell was the chief songwriter for Hurricane #1, the band decided to break up and go their seperate ways. While Bell was with Oasis, Alex Lowe began a solo career which featured three albums and he also began a new band project in 2007 called Garage Flowers. In 2014, Lowe decided to reform Hurricane #1, this time becoming the chief songwriter as Bell did not take part in the reformation. Lowe basically wrote the songs for their album "Find What You Love And Let It Kill You" while going through chemo treatments as he was battling cancer. In 2016, the band released "Melodic Rainbows". While the release was in Japan, eventually in 2017 the album was also released in the U.K. Starting in September of 2017, the band was set to release a song for digital download every month in what would eventually become an album tentatively titled "Delusions Of Grandeur". The band is also planning a tour for the beginning of 2018. Hurricane #1 was part of the second wave of bands that were coming out of the second so-called "British Invasion" that was headed by Oasis and Blur. Perhaps the band would have never even seen the light of day if it wasn't for internal conflicts in Andy Bell's former band Ride. As it is, Hurricane #1 was a solid band and it really showcased Bell's songwriting abilities. They definitely sounded a lot like Oasis, due to Alex Lowe's vocals which were eerily similar to that of Liam Gallagher. I'm sure Noel Gallagher was happy to have Bell join Oasis, just to have another good songwriter in the band to take some pressure off. The new version of Hurricane #1 is ok, but it seems to lack the songs from when Bell was the chief writer. Lowe is a good vocalist, but i'd rather hear him singing Bell's songs. In my mind, "Step Into My World" is one of the best songs to come out of that Brit pop era of the mid-90's.

TEN HURRICANE #1 SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Step Into My World
2. The Price That We Pay
3. Let Go Of The Dream
4. Think Of The Sunshine
5. Just Another Illusion
6. N.Y.C.
7. Best Is Yet To Come
8. Only The Strongest Will Survive
9. Monday Afternoon
10. The Greatest High

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Song Of The Week: 1/21/18







Song: "Slaves & Bulldozers"

Artist: Soundgarden

Album: "Badmotorfinger"

Year: 1991

Place Of Origin: Seattle, Washington

Years Active: 1984 - 2017



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Slaves & Bulldozers" appears to be a song about the music industry. The artists, being the slaves, and the labels, being the bulldozers. So many artists pour their soul into their crafts and the industry just looks at the bottom line. They will not hesitate to use your blood, sweat, tears, emotions and honesty to pad their wallets. They also will not hesitate to stiff the artists out of their fair share. "Slaves & Bulldozers" is Chris Cornell saying to the music industry that he sees through their deceitful ways and he's learned from his own mistakes. Once any artist is free from bad contracts, it is important that they protect their art at all costs.

SOUNDGARDEN DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1988 - Ultramega OK (SST Records)
1989 - Louder Than Love (A&M Records)
1991 - Badmotorfinger (A&M Records)
1994 - Superunknown (A&M Records)
1996 - Down On The Upside (A&M Records)
2011 - Live On I-5 (A&M Records)
2012 - King Animal (Republic Records)
2014 - Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (A&M Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF SOUNDGARDEN:

When you think of the very beginnings of "grunge" music, this is one of the bands that should immediately come to mind. Before Alice In Chains, before Nirvana and before Pearl Jam, there was Soundgarden. Formed in 1984, Soundgarden along with the bands Green River, Skin Yard, Malfunkshun, The U-Men and The Melvins laid the foundation of the Seattle sound in the form of the 1986 compilation, "Deep Six". Soundgarden would be one of the first bands to sign with underground Seattle label Sub Pop as well. Not to be outdone, or "outshined" if you will, the boys in Soundgarden would be the first grunge band to sign with a major label as their second full length album, "Louder Than Love", was distributed by A&M Records, which the band would have a career spanning relationship with. Now to the good stuff! 1991. Pearl Jam has "Ten". Nirvana blows up with "Nevermind". Laying in the weeds with "Badmotorfinger" is the mighty Soundgarden!! Though they didn't blow up right away like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, their music could not be denied. They were a part of the legendary Lollapalooza '92 line-up, along with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ministry and the Seattle sound was God! 1994. Soundgarden releases one of the best albums of all time. I didn't stutter. All time!! "Superunknown" with songs like "Spoonman", "Superunknown", "The Day I Tried To Live", "My Wave" and the biggest single in the band's career, "Black Hole Sun", the band was catapulted to multi-platinum status and Grammy Award winning artists. Their 1996 follow up album, "Down On The Upside" wasn't as criticaly acclaimed as "Superunknown", nor as successful, but even among growning tensions within Soundgarden, this album was a killer album. The tensions proved to be too much for the band however and in 1997, the guys decided to break up. In the next 13 years, all of the band members focused on other projects, most notably, Cornell doing some solo stuff then hooking up with the guys from Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave. Drummer Matt Cameron joined Pearl Jam as an official member while guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd also kept busy doing their own thing. Much to the delight of their fans, in 2010, Soundgarden announced they were reuniting and headlining select festivals. 2012 saw the band release their first studio full length album in 16 years, "King Animal". This band still had it's teeth no doubt! In 2014, Soundgarden released "Echo Of Miles", a career spanning, three disc album containing most of the band's b-sides and rare tracks. In 2016, rumors were that the guys had about six songs pretty much complete and were working on more in hopes of having a new album out possibly in late 2017 or early 2018. Fast forward to May 18, 2017. After performing a show in Detroit, Michigan with Soundgarden, lead singer Chris Cornell retreated to his hotel room where he committed suicide by hanging. Though Cornell had fought with addiction and depression in his life, he seemed like he was in a really good place. He loved his family. He loved making music. He had so much talent and so much more to give. It's still a bit unreal to know that he is gone. He's one of the most powerful lead singers of any genre, period. He was that good. From his lyrics, you could tell their was a lot of dark in there. Maybe so much that he couldn't get it all out. Soundgarden will go down as one of the most influential and one of the all around best bands of all time. I believe that the early 90's Seattle sound is the last rock music to come out that felt like it changed the world. I'm pretty sure that Soundgarden will no longer exist as a band. Cornell meant way too much to just throw another lead singer in there. Plus, who could they find to replace him? No one has that guy's pipes. Maybe they do something like Nirvana did at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and get some singers to perform with them one last time cuz this band will definitely get in, in fact, they should already be in. I'm hoping the band has a few new songs in the can that surface at some point because we all need more Cornell!!

TEN SOUNDGARDEN SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Outshined
2. Fell On Black Days
3. Rusty Cage
4. Pretty Noose
5. Black Hole Sun
6. Slaves And Bulldozers
7. Burden In My Hand
8. By Crooked Steps
9. Bleed Together
10. Birth Ritual

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Song Of The Week: 1/14/18







Song: "Space Shot" (acoustic version)

Artist: Ash

Album: "A-Z: Acoustic Download EP"

Year: 2010

Place Of Origin: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Years Active: 1992 - present



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Space Shot" is a song that appears to be about getting amped up to hit the town. The vocalist appears ready to have a good time. By reading the lyrics, it sounds like his night is definitely going include some mind altering drugs, perhaps cocaine or extacy or maybe even some acid. Whatever it is, it's going to be a major rush. Space shot, the ultimate high!! "Space Shot" was released as a single for Ash on their "A-Z: Vol. 1" series. This version I chose for my song of the week is an acoustic rendition that the band released as a digital download.

ASH DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1993 - Garage Girl (self-released)
1993 - Trailer (Infectious Records)
1996 - 1977 (Infectious Records)
1997 - Live At The Wireless (Death Star Records)
1998 - Nuclear Sounds (Infectious Records)
2001 - Free All Angels (Infectious Records)
2002 - Cosmic Debris (Infectious Records)
2004 - Meltdown (Infectious Records)
2007 - Twilight Of The Innocents (Infectious Records)
2010 - A-Z Vol. 1 (Atomic Heart Records)
2010 - A-Z Vol. 2 (Atomic Heart Records)
2015 - Kablammo! (Atomic Heart Records)
2016 - Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997 (Atomic Heart Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF ASH:

Ash formed as a band back in 1992, hailing from Northern Ireland. The band first began creating some noise with their song "Jack Names The Planets" but it was their 1996 album, "1977", that really put the band on the map thanks to the singles "Goldfinger", "Girl From Mars" and "Oh Yeah". That album quickly shot to number 1 on U.K. music charts and eventually went platinum. The band, then a trio of Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray, decided to add a second guitarist/vocalist to the line-up, Charlotte Hatherley. While releasing their next album, "Nuclear Sounds", Ash almost went bankrupt. It was their 2001 album, "Free All Angels", which once again thrusted Ash's popularity, especially in their native Ireland and in England. With singles like "Shining Light" and "Burn Baby Burn", "Free All Angels" also claimed a #1 spot in England and also sold platinum. After 2004's "Meltdown", the band decided to go back to being a trio and split amicably with Hatherley. In 2010, the band decided to release a single every two weeks. This was called the A to Z series, each single named relative to the letters of the alphabet. Eventually, the band released two albums which featured the 26 singles, "A-Z" volumes 1 and 2. At this time, it would also mark the band's relationship with Atomic Heart Records after pretty much spending the first 15 years as a band on Infectious Records. The band's last proper full length studio album was 2015's "Kablammo!" and their most recent release was a live album in 2016, "Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997". The band was touring in early 2017 in support of that live album. Ash broke on the music scene right at a time when Seattle's grunge was king but there was a burgeoning alternative rock movement that was creeping to the surface. Though they're from Ireland, they sometimes get tossed in with the Brit pop scene that was beginning to happen as well. Though they got some love in the United States, especially when "1977" came out, they were a pretty big deal in Europe, especially Ireland and England. Their style is alternative rock with definite hints of pop and at times punk. If you like the music of bands like Superdrag, Everclear, Donots, The Vines and Oasis, then you'd most likely enjoy Ash. Ash is one of my favorite bands, moreso when I was younger, but I still love their music. It's a shame that Charlotte isn't still in the band though. She added a dynamic to the band that I miss, especially her harmonizing background vocals that fit so well with Tim Wheeler's lead vocals. To this day still, when I hear "Goldfinger" or "Burn Baby Burn" I get excited. Definitely takes me back to my younger days getting loaded with good friends!!

TEN ASH SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Goldfinger
2. Burn Baby Burn
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Shining Light
5. Jesus Says
6. Starcrossed
7. What Deaner Was Talking About
8. Tracers (featuring Emmy The Great)
9. Cocoon
10. Warmer Than Fire

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Song Of The Week: 1/7/18







Song: "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is"

Artist: Oasis

Album: "Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants"

Year: 2000

Place Of Origin: Manchester, England

Years Active: 1991 - 2009



WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:

"Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is" appears to be a song about standing behind your actions. If you say you're going to do something, then do it. If you believe in something, then stand behind it. No one lives forever so it's important to stand behind your beliefs and decisions with actions, not just words.

OASIS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1994 - Definitely Maybe (Creation Records)
1995 - (What's The Story) Morning Glory (Creation Records)
1997 - Be Here Now (Creation Records)
1998 - The Masterplan (Creation Records)
2000 - Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants (Big Brother Records)
2000 - Familiar To Millions (Big Brother Records)
2002 - Heathen Chemistry (Big Brother Records)
2005 - Don't Believe The Truth (Big Brother Records)
2008 - Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother Records)

CURRENT STATUS OF OASIS:

Oasis formed as a band back in 1991 but it wasn't until lead singer, Liam Gallagher's brother Noel saw them play that he saw the band as a vehicle to get his own music out to the masses. When Noel joined the band, he became the defacto leader and songwriter. Fast forward to 1994, while the grunge movement was exploding in the United States, Britain was having their own resurgence in the world of pop/rock music. Oasis, along with Blur, would be at the forefront of this movement when they delivered their debut album, "Definitely Maybe". This album entered the U.K. charts at #1 within a week of it's release, making it the fastest selling debut album at that time in U.K. history. The roller coaster continued with their sophmore effort, 1995's "(What's The Story) Morning Glory". This album featured the band's first #1 single in the U.K., "Some Might Say" and on the heels of monster singles, "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back In Anger", has sold over 22 million units worldwide. Though the band was on top of the world in terms of success, the relationship between the two Gallagher brothers was beginning to disintergrate. The band's next album, "Be Here Now" was initially selling big, but sales died down quickly. As the 2000's began, Oasis began dealing with losing band members and the tension between Liam and Noel seemed to be getting worse. Noel was leaning on his bandmates to collaborate a little more and the albums "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants", "Heathen Chemistry" and "Don't Believe The Truth" reflect that. In fact, "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" features the first cut penned by Liam Gallagher, "Little James". 2005's "Don't Believe The Truth" was a bit of a comeback record for Oasis. Behind the hit single "Lyla", this album has sold over 7 million units worldwide. Oasis would release one more full length studio effort in 2008, "Dig Out Your Soul". While touring in support of this album, a fight backstage between Liam and Noel would turn out to be the last call for Noel. On August 28, 2009 he announced to the world that he quit Oasis and could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel has since created his solo band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds while Liam formed the short-lived band Beady Eye and is currently supporting his very first solo album. Oasis was a great band. Influenced heavily by The Beatles, you also hear some Stone Roses, Rolling Stones, The Jam and The Smiths influences in their sound as well. Noel had a knack for creating simple pop songs that sounded huge while his brother Liam had a nasally snarl and rock and roll star attitude that made him be one of the top frontmen in rock and roll. They say sometimes the hardest thing to do is work with family and this was very much true for Oasis. The tension and fights and arguments between the Gallagher brothers would be too much and eventually led to the downfall of the band. On the outside, the band was still achieving success as a headlining act, but on the inside they were imploding. While the new projects the Gallagher brothers are involved in are great, it's not Oasis. Here's hoping these two can come to some sort of peace with each other and they can resurrect one of the best bands in the business. Right now, however, that seems like a pipe dream for Oasis fans.

TEN OASIS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:

1. Live Forever
2. Morning Glory
3. Rock'n'Roll Star
4. Acquiesce
5. Lyla
6. Don't Look Back In Anger
7. Go Let It Out
8. Whatever
9. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
10. All Around The World