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Marilyn Manson ‘We are Chaos’

The Prince of Darkness is still around.  Brian Warner has matured and isn’t in his late 90’s heyday but can still tap in to the army of the dispossessed.  The need to look for a bogeyman is gone, you want a freak show, just turn on the news. ‘We are Chaos’ is Marilyn’s best album in years. Released last week it runs the full length of his controversial career. Continue reading Marilyn Manson ‘We are Chaos’

Faith No More ‘the real thing’

The fertile musical ground that is the 90’s.  An era filled with guitar driven bands that released huge records and filled stadiums with its buyers. Faith No More had already been around in various forms for ten years before this record became a behemoth.  In the early days in a search for a new lead singer even Courtney Love got an audition.

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Fatboy Slim ‘You’ve come a long way baby’

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’

Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream

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

Soundgarden ‘Badmotorfinger’

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’

Life is measured by the gigs you missed

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.

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