Not a huge cover albums fan, I was very apprehensive on this release. I do like cover songs, you know, maybe throwing one on an album, but not a whole album. Cover albums can be very hit or miss. The band either interrupts the songs in to their own sound or they copy it exactly adding nothing special and that is always my fear.
The Poodles decided to do a covers album for their 7th studio album and all though I am a huge fan of the band, this worried me greatly. But being a fan, a did give it a spin. The good news is the band took an approach of picking songs from artist that are not in their specific genre of glam metal and they definitely achieved that goal. The album title ‘Prisma’, I can only assume was picked to signify the songs would be looked at from different angles or viewpoints and they would add their own color to them. And was that achieved? Well, let’s discuss that and find out.
The opening track of the album sounds like pure, classic Poodle. The song is “Crazy Horses” by the Osmond Brothers from 1972. Yes, I said that right…the Osmond Brothers. Now that is definitely going outside your genre. The song is cranked up much heavier and would fit perfectly on any Poodles’ album. What helps is that I am not real familiar with this song so I have no preconceived notions of what this song should sound like. Their first choice is making me think this might be a great covers album.
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With Super Bowl LII this weekend and JT doing the Half Time Show, I figured it was Justin’s turn to have the Meme treatment. So here is what I found, some old, some new and all funny…in some way. Or dirty in others. I hope you enjoy!!
The songs and let’s just get this old one out of the way…
And here it is…and holy crap were there an absolute butt load of these things…
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For this week’s Tuesday’s Memes, we are going to cover the Foo Fights and their founder, Dave Grohl. With a new album, they have been in the news a lot and the album made a lot of people’s Top Album list for 2017 (not mine though, except for “Run” made my Top Rock Song list of 2017). It is time we honored the Foo Fighters with a Meme collection.
Here you go…I hope you enjoy!
Let’s get right into the ones that are about their songs…
And my personal favorite…
Hmmm…I never thought of this…
Why is that funny?? Maybe you didn’t know…
And some just for fun…
And that is all…wait…no cat one??? That can’t happen…
Okay…now that is all. Have a great week!!
Richie Sambora and Orianthi are back with their second E.P. this year. From what I understand, they have written 70 songs together and recorded 25. They plan on releasing them as E.P.’s so that means with 2 down (5 songs each), we have 3 more to look forward to in 2018? I hope that is the case as I am up for that. Before we get to those, we have to review the 2nd E.P., ‘Making History’.
The first E.P. ‘Rise’ was not what I expected from these two at all. With both being exceptional guitar players, I was looking for a guitar based album and they did not come close to that on the first one. Thank God they redeemed themselves with this album. They brought the guitars on ‘Making History’.
With the opening track and title track “Making History” you know that they are doing what we wanted them to do. They are rocking out. The guitars on this one are exceptional with an almost Def Leppardesque sound from around the “Euphoria” era at times. The guitar solo is the best thing they have done so far and it is all what I asked for so why should I complain. Of course I have one negative on the song. The vocals aren’t the best. I feel the production is lacking (Bob Rock is the producer which is surprising). Richie and Orianthi don’t sound like they are singing together and I don’t know if it is the effects they put in her vocals, but something is missing with the chemistry and the mix with the two of them singing together.
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It is Black Friday!!! As a result, a lot of bands don’t release albums the day after Thanksgiving. However we do have a few coming out…one studio release I might give a listen, one anniversary release, a couple live and a greatest hits (of ballads). Hopefully there is something for you. Have a great day and don’t shop too much!!! My choices are highlighted in Blue.
- Queen – News of the World 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe: The biggest release today is the 40th Anniversary Edition of News of the World. This looks great and I would get it, but it is pretty pricey and might be out of my reach for awhile. The album features the classics “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” so it is a must for anyone’s collection…if you can afford it. The Super Deluxe is $128…ouch!! If it is streamable, I will listen to it there first.
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon? – (Caroline): Oh the Gallagher Brothers…First Liam has a new album and now Noel. Since no more Oasis, I will take what I can get from each. Liam’s album was surprisingly good…I hope this will be just as surprising (even with the girl playing scissors on stage) and just as good.
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YES!!! It is time for the Led Zeppelin Memes!! I figured I would keep it old school since I just did The Rolling Stones last week. No matter how bad your day might be going, a little Zeppelin will always make it better. Sit back and enjoy!!
What is that makes their songs so damn sexy??
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It is hard to believe Fozzy has been together for close to 20 years. I remember when they came on the scene and I wasn’t overly impressed. It was more of a cover band and this WWE wrestler, Chris Jericho, was the lead singer. Being a wrestler didn’t give him much street cred in my book. But over time, the band moved from a cover band to a real rock & roll band. Now with their seventh studio album, ‘Judas’, I think Fozzy have created their masterpiece.
The songs are guitar heavy, modern and so damn catchy. I would describe it as Pop Metal for the fact it is so melodic and every song is radio friendly. The opening track and title track, “Judas”, is the perfect first single. If you like this song, the album is a slam dunk. You than go into “Drinkin’ With Jesus” with its great guitar solo, “Painless”, which is almost a power ballad but has a little more punch and than straight into “Weight of My World” which is the catchiest damn song on the whole album. It is one of my favorite songs on the album despite it being a little repetitive…that repetitiveness works!!
The next couple of songs “Wordsworth Way” and “Burn Me Out” don’t slow things down. “Wordsworth Way” is such a great production and a great guitar solo even as brief as it is (it still a guitar solo – me like those). “Burn Me Out” doesn’t offer up much for me. It is a little forgettable.
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For this week’s Tuesday Memes, I thought I would celebrate Whitesnake. They released their 30th Anniversary of their 1987 self-titled album ‘Whitesnake’. And YES!! I have it!! I love this album and still love this band so why not poke a little fun at them and laugh with them. I hope you enjoy and have a great remainder of the week.
Is Whitesnake a racist band? These people think so…
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For My Sunday Song #59, I have to go with Joe Walsh’s classic song “Life’s Been Good”. The song is off his 1978 album ‘But Seriously, Folks…” and was released as a single in May of that year. The song has two versions, the album cut which is an epic 8:56 and the radio edit which is only 4:35. The radio edit is great, but the full version is where all the magic happens.
“Life’s Been Good” is song that speaks to the excess of the rock gods of the 70’s. Lyrically, it paints a beautiful picture of how everyone thinks the huge Rock Stars live and probably resonated because everyone wants to be that Rock Star. The song hits all the high points, the mansion, the exotic sports car, the hit records, the fans and the money. What’s not to like.
The song is a mid-tempo beat with almost a reggae feel to it. It has a great guitar riff throughout and includes a bizarre little inside joke about 10 seconds after the song ends. Walsh very humorously goes “uh-oh, here comes a flock of wah wahs” followed by a chorus of duck or geese noises. I have no idea what the inside joke was, but it is quite funny regardless. I wonder what they were smoking?????
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Is 1991 the greatest year in music? Who knows. I do know it is one of the most influential years in music. I know it was the death of 80’s rock and the start of a new style of music called Grunge. There were so many great albums that came out in that year, some that changed the landscape of music and some that were mostly ignored but were great just the same.
I have asked this question a couple other times…one for 1983 and one for 1987. I think both years were exceptional and now that I have picked 1991 as another year, I am noticing a pattern of great years coming every 4 years. I am definitely going to explore to look into that possible trend more. For now, I will keep focusing on the year that was…1991.
We will start off with the introduction of the new genre of music called Grunge. This subgenre of alternative music actually started in the mid-80’s mostly around the great city of Seattle. It was 1991 that saw this music go mainstream. This music killed off the Hair Bands of the 80’s and the music I grew up with and loved. What were those influential albums that changed the music landscape? Easy…
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