Don’t we love a big hook, songs that are so catchy they transcend the artist. The first few seconds of ‘Right here right now” take you back to a place in time and when the hook kicks you’re back there living it. Norman Cook, aka ‘Fatboy Slim’ has the knack for operating inside the big beat but can wander outside it with reggae, hip-hop and pop. Continue reading Fatboy Slim ‘You’ve come a long way baby’
I always thought the Beastie Boys were New York frat boys with way too much energy, a musical mish mash of rap and distorted guitars, they never quite fitted in to any style or created a wave of influence as so many artists in the 90’s seemed to do but apparently that’s just the way they liked it. Continue reading Beastie Boys ‘Ill Communication’
Keith Flint grew up in Essex, UK and dropped out of school at 15, he was dyslectic. He got a job and worked as a roofer. Years later he would go to a rave club know as ‘The Barn’, it was here he met the clubs DJ, Liam Howlett who was a wunderkind with the keyboards and wrote songs. Continue reading RIP Keith Flint
By the early 90’s the musical landscape had changed, the machismo dripping hair metal of the 80’s were a distant memory, ‘grunge’ had exploded, in 91 Nirvana released ‘Nevermind’ and the record companies were drooling for the next big thing. Siamese Dream was the second album for Smashing Pumpkins and Virgin Records expected a monster seller, the problem was the Pumpkins were a band in turmoil. Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Malcolm Young might not be the most famous guitarist in the world of rock n roll, see Eddie Van Halen or Slash but the driving force behind AC/DC who passed away recently from dementia was one of the most influential players in the history of music. Continue reading RIP Malcolm Young
Amongst the vast collection of Kiss albums this one is quickly forgotten, especially by the critics and even a few die-hard fans. Released in 1980 the band had started to decline, the make-up act was wearing thin and it quickly fell out of the US charts. Drummer Peter Criss didn’t play on this record and would soon quit the band. Continue reading Kiss ‘Unmasked’
Nirvana’s Nevermind album may have brought ‘grunge’ to the masses, much to the disdain of Cobain but Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger had an advantage over their Seattle brothers, it’s the dirtiness of this album, its something Nevermind never had, yes it was a classic, but too polished, this album challenges you. Continue reading Soundgarden ‘Badmotorfinger’
I’ve talked to a few crusty hippies in my day and whenever the subject of music arrives there’s always the inevitable shift to the ‘band that got away’. It goes something like this “oh man, I can’t believe I never saw Zeppelin” or “I missed the chance to catch the Grateful Dead gosh darn it’. It always gets me thinking; that every music fan has their ‘white whale’, the ‘band that got away’, it’s the band you’ll never see or catch, the musical Moby Dick.
Sorry, that was a juicy pun; I had to go there. Anyway, fans of Aussie Rock n Roll are rejoicing harder than a Russian hacker over that Trump win as that tallish bald guy with the epileptic dance moves and shady political past has gotten the band back together and ‘the Oils’ are headed on a world tour.
An album represents a moment in time where the songs pulse and move with whatever we are doing in our lives. I remember driving my brown 2 door Ford Escort home one day from work at Gosford Police Station and ‘Paradise City’ was blasting from my 80’s car stereo with flashing equalizer, I was banging on the steering wheel singing right along with Axl. I was 18 years old and life reflected this album, which was conflicted. Continue reading Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite for Destruction’