When I head David Hasselhoff (or The Hoff) was putting out a new album of cover songs, I told myself that I have to listen to this for the train wreck that it is going to be. I mean The Hoff has never been popular in the States for his vocal talent and yet, I was intrigued.
David has put together an eclectic list of covers and the most interesting part is the line-up of musicians he was able to get to assist with these covers. Let’s look at the cover songs and those individuals who helped out.
- Open Your Eyes (Feat. James Williamson of The Stooges) – Lords of the New Church Cover
- Head On (Feat. Elliot Easton of The Cars) – The Jesus & Mary Chain Cover
- I Melt With You (Feat. Steve Stevens) – Modern English Cover
- Lips Like Sugar (Feat. A Flock of Seagulls) – Echo & The Bunnymen Cover
- Heroes (Feat. Composer Tyler Bates) – David Bowie Cover
- Here I Go Again (Feat. Tracii Guns) – Whitesnake Cover
- Jump in My Car (Feat. Todd Rundgren) – Ted Murley Gang Cover
- Rhinestone Cowboy (Feat. Charlie Daniels) – Glen Campbell Cover
- If You Could Read My Mind (Feat. Ava Cherry) – Gordon Lightfoot Cover
- Sugar Sugar (Feat. Steve Cropper) – The Archies Cover
- Mit 66 Jahren (Feat. Patrick Moraz of Yes and the Moody Blues) – Udo Jurgens Cover
- Sweet Caroline (Feat. Ministry’s Al Jourgensen) – Neil Diamond Cover
- That’s Life – Frank Sinatra Cover
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One way to tell how good a band really is is to see them live. If you can’t do that, then it is to listen to one of their live albums. If they can capture what they have done in the studio and bring it to the stage or even take it up a notch, then you have a solid band. Growing up, I was never in to live albums. It was all studio albums for me. One day, that changed and live albums became the thing.
Now, I tend to be gravitating to the live albums and trying the get them on vinyl or even CD if that is all I can get. I figured we would go through what Live albums I have in my collection, then with the ones I am trying to get, my Top 5 Favorites and lastly let you weigh in on which ones I have to get my hands on as I am sure there are some I am not aware are great and I should go grab.
We will kick it off with the Hottest Band in the Land…KISS!! It was the Kiss Alive albums that did it for me. These things are great. I have 4 of them…Kiss Alive!, Kiss Alive II, Kiss Alive III and Kiss Unplugged. They did get original with their names as you can tell.
But that is not all, I also have a ton of Kiss Bootlegs as you have seen through my Kiss Bootleg Series…
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The last Friday of November and Christmas is just around the corner which means one thing. Album releases start to become relatively scarce. You want to drop your album early enough that it makes it on people’s Christmas list, but not too late where no one will grab it as they have spent all their money already on Christmas presents. Now, there isn’t a whole lot I care about this week and in fact, there is only one. Some of the other might get a listen sooner or later. Have a great day and let me know what you are interested in hearing. Mine is in Blue.
- Def Leppard – The Story So Far – (Virgin EMI/Mercury): Def Leppard is bringing yet another greatest hits release. Just what we needed, right? Well….not really. However, that doesn’t stop me from buying it. I have it on pre-order for the vinyl so I can’t get the 7″ Single of their Depeche Mode cover of “Personal Jesus”. Yes, I am becoming a completist with Def Leppard. Anyway, this is a pretty complete greatest hits package and not a bad one to get if you don’t have on yet. Enjoy!!
- The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – (Dirty Hit / Polydor / Interscope)
- Neil Young – Songs for Judy – (Shakey Pictures Records)
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Bob Dylan…that is it. Do I need to say anything else? I didn’t think so…
Nobel Prize winner!!!
And everything else…
Have a great week!!!
For My Sunday Song #103, I am going with another classic rock song “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie. Two of the best come together to deliver what has become one of my favorite songs. The song went to #1 in the UK and only #29 on the U.S.’s Billboard Hot 100. We Americans can be stupid sometime. It was only Queen’s 2nd #1 song in the UK, the other was “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The song appeared on their 1982 album ‘Hot Space”.
“Under Pressure” is about how life’s pressure can really take a toll on your life and how it destroys everything; however, love is the answer and can make everything so much better. I definitely got all that from the song, but it was less about the words and more about the give & take of the vocals between Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Two of the best artist of all time duking it out vocally is one of the greatest things you can ever hear. I guess God wanted to hear this song too as now both have passed over to the other side.
The song is also famous for that simple, two note bass line by John Deacon. That “don don don dondo don” (or something like that) was immediately recognizable and played throughout. After Deacon had come up with that riff, the band went to lunch or something and completely forgot the riff. One of the band members (or maybe Bowie) helped remind him what it was. That famous bass line is not to be confused with “don don don dondo don don” the Vanilla Ice riff for “Ice, Ice Baby”…there is a difference and he will tell you…whatever.
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As everyone is aware, David Bowie had what is called his Berlin Era which was the time period between 1976-1979 when he lived in Berlin and recorded several albums including ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lodger’. During that same period, Iggy Pop was living in Berlin as well and the two got together and wrote the song we covering this month on The Original vs. The Cover. That song is “China Girl”.
The Original version of this song is actually by Iggy Pop. It was released by Iggy in 1977 on his album ‘The Idiot’. David Bowie’s version didn’t come out until 1983 on his album ‘Let’s Dance’. I will tell you that at the time of Bowie’s release I was completely unaware that Iggy had done this song 6 years earlier so I thought this was the original.
There has been discussion over the meaning of the song over the years. One group believes the song is about a Vietnamese woman that Iggy was completely infatuated with. Her name is Kuelan Nguyen. The song is about his desire to be with her, but at the same time warn her of the problems of Western Civilization and the damage it can do as you can see with the line…”Visions of swastikas in my head”. The fact the were in Berlin probably added to that commentary.
The other camp thought the song was about Heroin since the term “China White” is a term used to describe heroin. The girl in the song was considered the Heroin and all the problems it can cause. I can believe either version, but the truth is it was actually about the woman that Iggy was crazy about. I prefer the love story over the drugs. Now, let’s get to the music.
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Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s list of notable releases…at least notable in my book. There is only one MUST HAVE and a couple others I will get to as well. Take a look and let me know what you are looking forward to and what I might have missed. My choices are highlighted in Blue.
- Tremonti – A Dying Machine – (Napalm Records): The Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist strikes out on his own with his other band Tremonti. This time he takes on lead vocals and fronts one hellavu hard rock band. If you are a fan, then this is a MUST HAVE in your collection as it is mine. The band bring us their fourth album…that is right…their fourth and we can never get enough.
- Sunstorm – The Road to Hell – (Frontier Records): The great Joe Lynn Turner brings his vocals to the band’s fifth album and the man can still sing at just 66 years young. The Hackensack-ack-ack-ack born singer has fronted a few bands you might have heard about…Rainbow and Deep Purple. He still brings the fire and intensity with Sunstorm. Check them out.
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Record Store Day is upon us. It is April 21st, 2018 and I can’t believe I stood in line to get vinyl in 40ºF temperature. It could be worse, it could be freezing & raining. Thankfully, it was absolutely beautiful and sunny…just cold.
My daughter and I were tackling it again this year. This time my daughter had something in mind she wanted. I called the Record Store on Friday and asked if they had the album she wanted and he said he didn’t see it. So, we made a plan to divide and conquer. I asked my daughter to call a friend to see if they were stupid enough to stand outside with her at Lunchbox Records while I stood in line at Repo Records 5 minutes down the road.
We arrived at 7am (which means we left the house at 6:15am since it is a 45 minute drive to the record stores – we live in the boonies). We decided on 7am since last year we arrived at 8am and the store lines were awful (except at Repo). I get my daughter and her friend over to Lunchbox right at 7am and the line is not that long. They jump out and get in line and I head over to the other store.
Repo Records line was shorter than Lunchbox and so I jumped in line. Now the 2 hour wait since the stores didn’t open until 9am. After chatting with everyone around me and everyone discussing what they were there for and what bands they liked and concerts they had seen, the doors opened. The time flew by. That was an enjoyable 2 hours…wait…it hadn’t been 2 hours. The store opened a little early at 8:40am. There is a God!! (yes, there truly is but that is another discussion).
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My Sunday Song #71 is “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy” sung by David Bowie & Bing Crosby. Since tomorrow is Christmas, why not do a Christmas song and this is one of my favorites as I thought the combination of these two was weird and beautiful at the same time. It covered two different generations as you had the newer generation for Bowie and the old fogeys (I was young when this came out) could enjoy Bing Crosby.
The song was recorded on September 11, 1977 for an Bing Crosby television special that was coming soon. From what I have read about the song, David didn’t really want to sing Little Drummer Boy as he didn’t like the song. In a panic, the “Peace On Earth” part was written to appease Bowie and it was mixed in with the song. Whatever the reason, the two pieces together are pure Christmas magic. I found an article on the story behind the song by Gary Shannon. (Click on his name to go read the article).
I am not going to ramble on about the song as I will let it speak for itself. Plus, Christmas is tomorrow so go spend time with you friends and/or family. Merry Christmas!!
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