For My Sunday Song #81, I bring you one of my favorite songs off the Bon Jovi album ‘New Jersey’. That song is “Blood on Blood”. Back in the day, Bon Jovi actually wrote songs with heart and songs that told great stories. Stories you cared about and became connected with such as Tommy and Gina in “Livin’ On a Prayer”. “Blood on Blood” was the song that really connected with me.
The song was never released as a single, but I probably listened to it more than any other song on the album. The song was based on the movie “Stand By Me”. Jon was so inspired by that movie, he got with Richie Sambora and Desmond Child and they crafted this gem.
The story is about three childhood friends, though not related, were like brothers to each other. They cut their hands and then shook to signify they were blood brothers, lifelong friends and friends you could call at any time and they would be there to help.
That theme resonated with me. It resonated so much, I started outlining a book based on that very concept. Sadly, I never finished that book (or really ever started other than the outline – maybe some day). Anyway, take a listen to the song and read the lyrics and hopefully you will see what I mean. It is a powerful song about friendship and if you have a friend or friends like that, then this song is for you!
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Welcome to March and Friday New Releases. There is not a ton of new stuff, but hopefully there is something for you. I have a few I will try out, but not super excited about anything. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Leave a comment and let me know if there is anything that you would like or something I missed (which I am sure I missed a lot).
- Andrew W.K. – You’re Not Alone – (Bee & El/Sony): Here is someone we haven’t heard in a long, long while. I am looking forward to explore what he has in store. It is can usually be fun, strange, or who knows what, however, it is usually interesting.
- Michael Schenker Fest – Resurrection – (Nuclear Blast): This should be an very interesting release as well. The guest list is quite impressive and any Schenker fan will love. Guest appearances by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schön along with contributions from three original MSG singers – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley. Plus Doogie White is on it, who plays with Michael in Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock.
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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.
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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.
Start with some on the songs…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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!!
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