For My Sunday Song #111, we are going to examine “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The song was released in 1998 and was off their album ‘Trouble Is”. “Blue on Black” was #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it stayed for 6 weeks and it stayed on the charts for around 42 weeks. It also won the Billboard Music Award for Rock Track of the Year. Not bad for a Blues song.
“Blue on Black” as a song can mean anything to the listener. Kenny won’t say what it means, but people interpret it as either losing someone whether by death or end of a relationship or that the relationship was abusive. For me, I view at as the end of a relationship. I don’t see it as abusive but it ended badly with things were said that shouldn’t have been and maybe anger got the best of them and someone was push and shoved. But you interpret it as you want.
Another interesting thing about the term ‘Blue on Black’. The idea for the song came from Kenny wearing a shirt and those two colors were the main colors of the shirt. Tia Sillars, one of the songwriters, thought how when you take those two colors and put them together you actually don’t get a new color. The dominance of the black just absorbs the blue and still makes black. I take that to mean when things are dark and you are blue, you can get consumed by it and things just get bleaker.
Have a seat and prepare to stay awhile. There are a ton of releases this week and the most we have had on the list in quite awhile. A lot of these are throwback artist that have been around a very long time and it is awesome to get some new releases from them even if there are some greatest hit type packages. My favorites are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are interested in or if I missed anything. Thanks and have a great weekend!!
Tom Petty – An American Treasure – (Reprise Records)– From the press release…The 60-track set unveils dozens of previously unreleased recordings, alternate versions of classic songs, rarities, historic live performances and deep tracks that spotlight Tom’s remarkable depth and evolution as a revered and tremendously influential songwriter, recording artist and performer. An American Treasure marks the first release of Tom Petty music since the artist’s tragic passing in October 2017. I don’t think I can add to that.
Billy Idol – Vital Idol: Revitalized – (Capitol Records): I love Billy Idol and not sure I need another Vital Idol, but if it is as creative and good as the first, than this will be a nice addition. Plus it has a remix of “Save Me Now” which is one of my favorite Idol songs. I will get this one. I didn’t see a video, so here is Save Me Now (Original).
Back in 1981, Billy Squier came screaming on to the scene with the classic track, “The Stroke”. This was the song that introduced me to him and kept me a fan all these years. The song did fairly well on the charts reaching #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the song comes from his second album ‘Don’t Say No’ which went on to be a triple platinum selling album.
Now admit it. You have always thought this song was about masturbation, didn’t you? “Put Your Right Hand Out / Give a firm handshake”…always led you to believe that Mr. Squier was manhandling his little…”guitar” for lack of a better word. Ok, I didn’t want to say dick, so there, now I have said it. However, the song is actually not about that at all.
The song is about the Music Business and how it treats it’s talent. How with “the stroke” of a pen, the musician signs their life away and becomes the property of the record label. They promise them the “big break”, get their music everywhere (“spread your ear pollution”) and promise fame and fortune. However, when the hits dry up, the label drops you (“when you’ve found you bled me / slip on by”). And when you look at the song from that perspective it is really a great song…okay…when you look at it the dirty way it is also a great song…either works!
Yes, we are doing a collection of Memes for the Bee Gees because why not. If you don’t want a good laugh or don’t like the band, then move on we don’t need you here…okay, we do…don’t leave, please stay. You actually might like it. And admit it, deep down you like the Bee Gees. I am not afraid to admit that I really like them, especially the late 60’s early 70’s stuff. The disco stuff I can take it or leave it. Enough chattering, on with the show.
After the album ‘Collage’ in 1998, the band signed with a label again and this time it was Sony. In July of 1999, they released their self-titled album “Ratt” or 1999 since their debut E.P. was titled ‘Ratt’. The album was very bluesy and not quite the Glam rock (with a blues edge) as they had done before which is a good thing as we are in 1999 and not 1989.
The band was down to three original members…Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer. There is still no Robbin Crosby or Juan Croucier. Replacing Juan on Bass is Robbie Crane making his first appearance with the band. They didn’t replace Robbin which means only one guitar and that is a one of the negatives of the album. The dual guitar sound was always a “Ratt” sound.
Out of all their albums, this is the one I am least familiar with. I had lost interest with anything new from them and what I heard I didn’t like. So, I had passed and have not ever owned this album and still don’t. I will pick it up if I ever catch it in the used section of a record store (is that giving away anything on my review???).
This has been a very hard post to write for me. I have had to take a lot of time as I wanted to give the album a fair shake as I really love this band. I needed to be inspired to write something about the album and although I am writing this post now, I still don’t know really what to say. I will do my best though.
For My Sunday Song #110, we are going to explore the world of Live and their song “Lakini’s Juice”. The song is off their 1997 album ‘Secret Samadhi’ and was the first single off the record. It did pretty well as it went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Track chart and when it came out it caught my attention.
But what is Lakini’s Juice? For that, you have to delve into the world of Hindu. Lakini is goddess and is described below…
She has a black or dark-blue vermilion color; three faces, each with three eyes; is four-armed; holds a thunderbolt, the arrow shot from the bow of Kama, fire and makes the gesture of granting boons and dispelling fear. She is seated upon a red lotus. (wikipedia).
Lakini is the goddess of the Manipuraka Chakra and Lakini’s Juice comes from this…
In Hinduism, Lakini is the goddess of the Manipuraka (city of jewels), which is the third of the seven Chakras. This Chakra represents the solar plexis of the human body, just above the navel, and is responsible for the pancreas and gall bladder as well as intuition (gut feelings). Lakini’s “juice” is the bile, pancreatic fluid, and other chemicals produced by this region of the body that aid in digestion and excretion. (popdose.com)
Another great week and some awesome releases to grab hold of today. There is not a long list, but some varied and interesting stuff. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Take a look through and let me know if there is anything that interests you and let me know. Let me know also if I missed something good that is out today…as I always miss a few. Have a great weekend and Happy Listening!!
Slash – Living the Dream (Feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) – (Snakepit Records LLC): Where does Slash find the time to record with the heavy tour schedule since Guns N Roses reunited (most of the band anyway). Anything with Myles Kennedy on vocals is a must for me. Slash’s name just adds to the excitement. I will be spinning this one for sure.
Hardcore Superstar – You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘n Roll – (Gain/Sony): Here is a band that the US has kind of ignored and it is a shame. From what I have heard so far sounds great and this might be first up on the drive to work!! Give them a chance and check them out. You might like it!!
If you follow this blog at all, you will know I am a Kiss fan. I am not the crazy fan that collects everything although I am starting to have those tendencies and might be there soon. I am a fan that wants their music whether it is vinyl, CD or DVD, I want it. I have been working really hard on doing just that. I have a long way to go, a very long way to go, but I feel I am off to a good start. I am not missing much on the vinyl set; however I still need a few.
This post is just to document where I am with the collection. The Turntable & Vinyl series is basically a diary of sorts of my vinyl adventures and this adventure needs a good update, so here we go.
I have broken it apart into sub-eras. The first era is of course the debut up to Kiss Alive I. When I started this blog, it talked about a box of vinyl I had, well in that box were Alive and Hotter than Hell. I have since found Dressed to Kill and just recently bought Kiss (the debut). I bought a new copy as I wasn’t having much luck finding a decent used copy, plus the new was only $12 which is what I probably would have paid (if not more) for a used original.
It is about time I did one on Fleetwood Mac. With the news of Lindsey leaving…again…they need some special treatment. There was a time when I didn’t think Fleetwood Mac wasn’t cool because I was in to Hard Rock and Metal…well let me tell you…Fleetwood Mac is cool and always was. Let’s celebrate the band with some memes. I hope you enjoy…
Train started way back around 1993/1994 in San Francisco, California. Their first album didn’t arrive until 1998 and I remember hearing their first hit on the radio for “Meet Virginia”. However, it wasn’t until the song and the album “Drops of Jupiter” came out until I became a fan. I met my wife around that same time and Train became “our band”. We have seen them many, many times together and even met the band several years later. Now my wife had met them before as my Brother-in-low worked with the band back around the Drops of Jupiter era.
Train has seen many line-up changes and their sound has changed over time. They have gone from a pure alternative rock band and are now kind of like a Vegas act (and I don’t mean that in a good way). The lead singer, Pat Monahan, is the only original member left and Train doesn’t feel like Train anymore. Now, that doesn’t take away from the fact the band has had some fantastic albums. And with that, let us explore the band’s catalog. We are looking at 12 albums which even includes Pat’s only solo album, a live album and even their Christmas album. If you are ready, sit back and let us get started. If you are not ready, take your time and go at your own pace.