We are not into August. Summer is in full swing, but releases are not. Only a handful this week and nothing I am overly excited about, however, there a couple I will listen to as I listen to everything they put out…they will be highlighted in Blue (as usual). Let me know what you have a hankering for this week or if I missed anything. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!
James – Living in Extraordinary Times – (BMG): James has been around since 1982 and have been solid all along so I will give it a listen for that reason. I am not ready to run out and buy anything, but a good stream will suffice nicely.
Phil Wickham – Living Hope – (Phil Wickham): This Christian singer has one heckuva voice and always has some standout tracks on his releases so of course this one will be played. Always happy to fly his flag when he puts something out and this will be no different. Give him a try!!
For My Sunday Song #102, we explore “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones. Probably not the best day to be visiting a song about the Devil, but then again maybe it is the best day. The song is off their 1968 album ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ and went only to #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, but that doesn’t take away from the fact it is one of my favorite Stones’ song.
The song was very controversial for the time and gave the Stones an image of being bad boys as opposed to the clean cut image of that little known band called The Beatles. The band was accused of being satan worshippers and being into the occult. The problem is that no matter if they were or were not, people don’t like something different and always tend to look for the bad and always blamed rock & roll.
The song isn’t a celebration for the Devil and the song isn’t even asking you to sympathize with him…although the Devil is asking you to do that when you read the lyrics. The song is strictly a march through time and all the evil that has occurred throughout. The person talking in the song is assumed to be the Devil as he travels through time, but is it the devil that was there or just some evil person who the devil is taking the credit?
The song was inspired by the book from Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov and his novel The Master and Margarita. The book was given to Mick Jagger by his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. When Mick wrote the song, it was originally written as a folk song and quite different than the final version.
The year is 1990 and we are getting to the end of the Hair Metal era, but at the time, no one knew that end was coming. Ratt released their fifth album in August of 1990 and it brings us to the end the long running stream of Platinum albums. It is also the last Ratt album with the line-up that has been on all 5 of their albums.
Stephen Pearcy – vocals
Robbin Crosby – lead guitar
Warren DeMartini – lead guitar
Juan Croucier – bass guitar
Bobby Blotzer – drums
After the disappointing reception for ‘Reach for the Sky’ (although it did go Platinum), the band needed to make a change. That change was not to use Beau Hill as producer on the next album as he had produced all previous albums to much success. The band (or label) brought in powerhouse songwriter Desmond Child. You know Desmond…he had great success writing with Kiss, Aerosmith and a few Bon Jovi classics.
And did he ever get involved in the songwriting as he has writing credits on 10 of the 11 tracks on the album. Not only did Desmond assist with songwriting, he was also the executive producer along with Sir Arthur Payson. While Ratt did maintain the classic Ratt sound which was a little bluesy and little sleazy, the songs were much more polished and contained more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box. It definitely leaned to a more Glam rock image than prior albums.
Just a few short weeks ago, Matt Nathanson brought us a Def Leppard Tribute E.P. titled ‘Pryomattia’ which was a really nice surprise and damn near perfect. Well, now Matt brings us an actual new song called “Way Way Back” which is supposed to be from a yet unannounced new album coming “soonish” as Matt puts it.
If there is one thing Matt Nathanson can do and that is write a great song. The man has a way with lyrics and he delivers another sensational song. The story is of a love lost but letting that person know that they won’t find someone that loves them as much as you did. That when they realize what they lost they can find you in their memories.
I love lyrics like “Didn’t know that forever only meant forever till you found someone better” which is what I think most people really believe. And “Radio just wanna hurt me, put you in every song” as who hasn’t gone through a break-up and every song on the radio reminded you of that person. The song is so relatable and Matt has a way of making everything simple and crystal clear.
It is a love song that only Matt can write. It is a fun, catchy little tune that will get you singing and “do-do-doing” right along. If this is any indication of what is to come on the new album, I guess Matt will get more of my money as this will go on pre-order immediately when available…in vinyl of course!!
I would give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars if I had to rate which I guess I do since this is a review. Give it a listen or go buy now and help support the artist. It is the least you can do so we keep getting great new music from them.
The Wild Feathers are back with their new album called ‘Greetings From the Neon Frontier’. It is the band’s third studio album and it is a band that has quickly become a favorite of mine. So my review might be slightly tainted as they can do no wrong in my book.
Who are the Wild Feathers you might ask. The Wild Feathers are a four-piece band consisting of the following players…
Taylor Burns – Guitar/Vocals
Ricky Young – Guitar/Vocals
Joel King – Bass/Vocals
Ben Dumas – Drums
On the previous album, ‘Lonely is a Lifetime’, I felt the band had a softer classic rock feel to it and it felt like you should be partaking of a little doobage while enjoying the album. This time around the Nashville-based group is leaning more to their country roots while still keeping a little classic rock sound. Partaking in doobage is something you have to decide if you want to do or not (“DayBreaker” might help you decide).
Okay, be prepared for vulgar and disgusting womanizing memes. Why? Because it is time to do Steel Panther…I don’t mean do as in do them…I mean we are going to have Steel Panther as our theme this week. Get your mind out of the gutter…wait…don’t do that. The gutter is where all these memes belong so stay in the gutter.
You are being warned…don’t go any further if you are easily offended. This is not a PG post.
It also raises a question about what this band does. Is this a band that can still go on even after the #MeToo movement or is this considered too offensive now? Something to chew on for you.
For My Sunday Song #93 we are keeping the power ballad streak alive. I bring you the song “Love Is On The Way” by Saigon Kick. The song was off their 1992 album ‘The Lizard’ and garnered the band their one and only hit which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. I guess you could say they were a One-Hit Wonder.
The song wasn’t even really a single. A couple radio stations in Florida picked it up and the song started to gain some traction. Before they knew it, they had a huge hit on their hand. I love to see songs that become popular through word-of-mouth and not being driving down your throat by the record company.
The song seems to be about the here & now. Two people together at this point in time and going for it, living in the moment before it disappears. At least that is what I get from the lyrics. The song is done as purely an acoustic song. The only drums are the tympani drums and not a full drum kit. It is very simple in it’s content, but it is able to pull you in and you got lost in the song. Matt Kramer’s vocals are the power behind the song along with Jason Bieler’s guitar strumming. It was all magical.
Okay, it is time to finally celebrate Creed with a collection of memes…well…maybe not celebrate so much as attack, poke fun, ridicule or anything else that might be a little negative. Come on, you know you want to. I wanted to pick ones that celebrated Creed, but honestly, there are none…really!! Come on…they weren’t that bad. So sit back and enjoy this collection of memes that are about Scott Stapp and Creed.
I hear he is out of a job again…Art of Anarchy is now suing him…
Are you saying they suck??
They are always lumped with Nickelback as the worst…
Okay, this one is a little true…
Some people just aren’t smart…
Was it really that bad????
And yes, this is definitely the truth!!! Preach it bear!!!
Oh yeah…I forgot he did this…
Before I get lots a crap for bashing them, it is all in fun. Plus, I truly couldn’t find any that celebrated the band.
As a Guns ‘N Roses fan, this book was a no-brainer when it went on sale on Amazon. You will notice a trend on my book reviews in that I always get the books when they are on sale, dirt cheap. Best way to buy them. Slash has always been this larger than life Guitar God with his trademark black Top Hat, long curly hair covering his face and a cigarette sticking out of his mouth. And of course, that is why that picture is the cover of the book. You instantly know who it is.
The book came out in 2007 and it covers the periods of his childhood, through Guns ‘N Roses rise and fall, Slash’s Snakepit and all the way up to his band at the time Velvet Revolver. It is a journey filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. You get to see what influenced him in life and what drove him forward to succeed. I would say you get everything as he lays it all out on the table. He isn’t afraid to paint himself in a negative light either.
After reading this book, I am amazed that Slash is actually still alive. He started doing drugs, drinking and having sex at an extremely young age. His parental supervision was interesting as his parents were very artsy and lived a very bohemian lifestyle. At a young age, he was surrounded by famous people, including the late David Bowie. He started out skateboarding and eventually discovered the Guitar and then his focus changed. School was never important, but even less so when he started playing guitar.
May is kicking in to high gear. The temperature is heating up and so is the music. There are only a few I am interested in this week, but there is plenty to get you moving this weekend. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what tickles your fancy and if I missed anything (which I know I did). Take a look and have a great weekend!!!
RSO (Richie Sambora & Orianthi) – Radio Free America – (BMG): The first full length album from Richie Sambora & Orianthi. Well, it isn’t really completely new as they have had 2 EPs and a couble singles which are all included. The only new songs are only “Blues Won’t Leave Me Alone” and “Hellbound Train”. I have mixed feelings on the EPs, but let’s see how they play as a full length album.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – (Domino Recording): Arctic Monkeys are back with their first album in five years. It has been a while, but I am eager to hear if any of the magic is back. They haven’t disappointed me yet…or at least very little. Here is a snippet…