Aldo Nova’s debut album came out in 1981 and it gave him his one and only hit. Yes, he is considered a one-hit wonder. That song was “Fantasy”. The reason he is considered a one hit wonder is the song “Fantasy” was the only song that he released that made it in to the US Top 40 Chart. It reached up to #23. He did have two other singles make the Billboard charts, but they never broke the Top 40. I find that one hit wonder label ridiculous because on the US Mainstream Rock chart he had 3 Top 15 songs…”Fantasy”, “Monkey On Your Back” and “Blood on the Bricks”. The One Hit Wonder status only relates to the US Top 40 chart.
All that aside, let’s talk about the song “Fantasy”. The album version of the song opens the album and is 5:05 in length. The single version that we are discussing from the 45 that I have is a lot shorter at only 3:13, What is the big difference? The opening sequence on the album (and the video) has a a slower build up with the synth sounds creating a helicopter that is flying in and after it lands you have a laser blast that then kicks in to the song. The radio single cuts all that out as well as the last minute of the song which is basically repeating the chorus over and over. It is now short and compact and full of punch.
Let’s end February with some Zombie…Rob Zombie that is. Whether it is White Zombie, Rob Zombie solo, or any of his movies, you can never have too much Rob Zombie. At least I don’t think so. Let’s honor the man with some memes that celebrate or poke fun at him a little. I hope you enjoy.
I would venture to say that I am not in the same demographic this album is geared towards. I am a 49 year old male who does not frequent dance clubs or listen to much pop radio, but you what? I don’t care. I am really digging this album and the fact I say I am digging this album proves I am not the audience for this music.
The album ‘Blue Madonna’ is BØRNS second full length studio release and a follow-up to his 2015 stellar release ‘Dopamine’. With a name like BØRNS, the sound of his music and his whole style, I thought he was some European act that was breaking in America. Boy, I was wrong. He is actually from Michigan and a full on American.
He has his own style for sure as you can see by that amazing outfit on the cover. I am no where cool enough to pull off that look. BØRNS has a whole androgynous vibe about him as well with his hair, his clothes and his very high vocal range which adds to his mystique. His falsetto will leave Adam Levine very jealous. Now I guess I should talk about the music.
The sound and sonic vibe of the album is a mixture of pop, psychedelic pop and electro-pop. The album is a little moody and dark at times. This is definitely not something I am normally drawn to, but there is something about his songs that attracts me to it. Ever since I heard his first hit “Electric Love” back in 2016, I have been a fan. And with his first single off the album, “Faded Heart”, I was anticipating another great album and I wasn’t disappointed.
For My Sunday Song #80, I chose the song “Hazard” by Richard Marx. The song was off Marx’s third album ‘Rush Street’ and went on to become his third #1 song on the Adult Contemporary charts.
I love a song that tells an interesting story and this is one of those songs. We all know Marx is an incredible songwriter and if you don’t you must live under a rock. The song “Hazard” tells a great story. It tells the story of a young man, who is an outcast in the town of Hazard, Nebraska. No one seems to like him and they all feel he is a little strange. He meets a girl, Mary, and falls in love, BUT…Mary ends up dead and he is the prime suspect. What also is great about the story is you don’t find out if he did it or not. It leaves you as the listener deciding on your interpretation and whether you feel he did it or not. What do I think? I might tell you later.
The song is at a ballad like pacing, but definitely not a love song. The music and pacing give the song an eerie, dark tone to it which adds to the drama of the song and makes you feel the sadness the main character is feeling at the loss of his love and trying to convince everyone he is innocent. I think it is beautiful.
Welcome to the last Friday of February for new releases. There isn’t a whole lot of new ones that are peaking my interest. There are a few I will listen to and as usual, they are highlighted in Blue. Let me know if there is something that tickles your fancy or if there was anything that I don’t have on my list. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Alice Cooper – The Sound of A E.P. – (Edel Germany): Alice Cooper’s latest album ‘Paranormal’ is absolutely stellar. This is really just a single release of “The Sound of A” from that album, but what makes it special is the 4 B-Sides you get as well including Live versions of “The Black Widow”, “Public Animal #9”, “Is It My Body” and “Cold Ethyl”. That makes it worth it!!
CoreLeoni – The Greatest Hits Part 1 – (Frontiers Records): Leo Leoni, guitarist from the band Gotthard, releases this on the 25th Anniversary of Gotthard to celebrate rock and bring back some songs that Gotthard has left behind. With singer Ronnie Romero taking on the vocals this could be a very interesting project. Worth at least a listen.
Richie Sambora & Orianthi (or RSO for short) have put out two E.P.’s and now give us two new singles just in time for Valentine’s Day (now this is a little past Valentine’s Day, but that was when I first heard it). They give is the incredible Sonny & Cher cover of “I Got You Babe” and a new single called “Forever All The Way”.
First off, we will focus on “I Got You Babe”. Now, I have to admit, I have been waiting for a great cover of the Sonny & Cher classic song. Sadly, this isn’t it. In fact, no one is waiting for a cover of “I Got You Babe”. I am sorry to admit this is dreadful. Is that harsh? I am sorry, but it is. I give them credit for trying a few things different with it. They definitely bring into the modern era for sound and they try to rock it out. It doesn’t work. It was a cheesy song before and it is still a cheesy song now.
I know they are happy together and it is supposed to be a fun song, but there is nothing redeeming about it that will make me ever want to listen to this drivel ever again. I liked their last E.P., “Making History”. This goes in completely the wrong direction from what they accomplished with that one.
Alright, we are going to shake things up this time on The Original Vs. The Cover. We are going to actually look at two Cover versions of the same song and let them battle it out. The song is “Whiskey in the Jar” and the bands are Thin Lizzy and Metallica.
Yes, the Thin Lizzy version was a cover and not an original. “Whisky in a Jar” is actually on old Irish traditional song that was called “The Highwayman and The Captain”. The lyrics were altered and the name changed to “Whiskey in the Jar” by the Beasley Brothers some time in 1967. The song was later made famous by the Irish band the Dubliners in 1968.
The story behind the song is that this traveller (or highwayman) stole money from Captain Farrell. He took it to his woman who betrays him (however, it doesn’t say what the betrayal is). He later sees Captain Farrell again and ends up killing and winding up in prison. It is such a happy song!!
I have just finished reading Billy Idol’s autobiography called “Dancing With Myself” and that got me thinking, he needs his own Tuesday’s Memes collection. So that is what I have done. I have gathered up a collection of memes on Billy Idol covering his songs and his utter coolness. I hope you enjoy!!
I have been a fan of Billy Idol since the day I heard (and saw) “White Wedding” on MTV back in the very early years of the station. The music and his image with that Elvis curling of his lip had me from day one. So, when Amazon had the book for the Kindle for $2.99 I had to get it and finally sat down and read it. The book came out in October 2014 by Simon & Schuster and obviously tells the story of his life. It is an autobiography which is why I wanted to really read it. It is straight from the man himself not someone taking stories from various sources who might have even been there.
The book covers his life from a child when they moved to the U.S. and then back to the U.K. all the way up to his last album (and my favorite Billy Idol album) released in 2014, ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’. I am actually playing it as I am writing and I will do a review of that one someday. The book covers all the bands, the sex, the drugs, the albums, the sex, the drugs, the ups & downs, the sex, the drugs and so much more. Did I mention it covers the sex and the drugs?
He freely talks about his sexual escapades and what rock & roll biography doesn’t which is why that is really the least interesting thing about the book. The drugs are typical for a rock & roll biography as well, but for this part, it is important in his life story. It was interesting to hear how messed up he was during the recording of the albums, the tours and his life in general. At times, his commentary about being high painted this very vivid image and he takes you on this stranger journey momentarily and you realize just how fucked up he really was. It is amazing he is still alive.
For My Sunday Song #79, “Silent Lucidity” by the progressive metal band Queensrÿche will be the point of discussion. The song was released on Valentine’s Day in 1991 and was on their triple platinum selling album ‘Empire’. “Silent Lucidity” was the band’s top selling single ever in the U.S. where it reached #1 on the Album Rock Tracks and all the way to #9 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was even nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song.
“Silent Lucidity” was a ballad, which was not something the band was known for doing. The song is absolutely beautiful with the whole lullaby feel to the song, the wonderful orchestration added and lastly, Geoff Tates vocals perfectly fit the mood of the song. It felt like you were in a dream state while listening to the song which was exactly the impact the band was going for with the song.
The song was supposedly inspired by the book ‘Creative Dreaming’ by Patricia Garfield, PhD which explains how to control your dreams…which I don’t think I have ever been able to do that. The song is about lucid dreaming which is the where you are actually aware that you are dreaming and as the book states, you can actually have control over parts of the dream. During the song, there is actually a voice that is explaining how to do just that. They state…”Visualize your dream. Record it in the present tense. Put it into a permanent form. If you persist in your efforts, you can achieve dream control.”