There is only one album this week that even matters. I am not sure why I have the rest on the list. This album is something the world needs in what has been such a crappy year. And we will get to the one in a minute. There are a bunch of other releases this week as the last few weeks have seen an abundance as well so the trend continues. My choice is highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and what I may have missed. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Let’s get to the one that matters!!!
ALBUM OF THE WEEK!!!!
AC/DC – Power Up – (Columbia Records Group): YES!! AC/DC IS BACK!!! The first single, “Shot in the Dark”, is what we needed and is typical AC/DC. And typical AC/DC is what we need right now. I have the Light Box Special Edition CD on order and it should be here shortly. I can’t wait to plug it in and light up the room and I can’t wait to play the CD cranked up to 11 on the Stereo. I don’t think anything else needs to be said!! Get It and Crank It NOW!!!
And here a few I might listen to when I have time…
Chris Stapleton – Starting Over – (Mercury Nashville)
After doing one of these meme collections on Johnny Cash I might as well do one on Country. I didn’t meant his to be an all out hatefest on Modern Country, but I couldn’t resist. I don’t hate today’s country music, I just don’t think it is country music. It is pop music with a Southern twang.
Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl…I keep getting more and more and I get more addicted to wanting more and more. My wife shakes her head and just sighs at this point. I guess I could be drinking, smoking or doing drugs, but thankfully that is not the case. If I did those things, I would consume everything and I would just be throwing money away. With the vinyl purchases, I at least could sell them if I ran out of money, so it is an investment…yeah, let’s go with that!!
There is a friend at work that her husband has 2 big crates of vinyl in their closet and she wants them out of the house. So before they took them somewhere to sell them, she gave me first crack at going through them and letting me pick out the ones I want first. I gave her a fair price (more than any record store would give her, even more than they would in store credit).
The crates were very heavy and full of vinyl. My wife said I should take them upstairs in the Loft and sit with the family while I went through them. I declined as they were too dang heavy and I didn’t want to tackle the stairs with them. Instead, I stayed downstairs for a couple hours and slowly went through the collection.
The collection consisted of albums from the late 50’s all the way up to the late 80’s. Each crate was sort of themed. The one crate was from the 50’s-70’s and it was all her husband’s parents vinyl. It had stuff I had never heard of and a lot I had. There was Elvis, Liberace (I passed on those), Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, the Kingston Trio and I could go on and on.
It is time for Tuesday’s Memes and this week we celebrate Johnny Cash. Back when Country music was cool and back when men were tough and brazen, there weren’t too many people cooler than Johnny Cash. He did what he did with no apologies and he never held back. Sit back and enjoy!
It is already April and I can’t believe how fast time flies. We just got back from New York City for a family vacation and what a great time we had. I love that city!! Now, what do we have new this week you might ask. Well, we have a lot of different things, Metal, Rock, Southern Rock, Pop, Christian and so much more. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want, if anything.
The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down – (Spitfire Music): John Corabi and boys are back with yet another Dead Daisies release. They are pumping out the music and thankfully so. Since Corabi came on board, I have really loved these guys. And coming of Corabi’s recent Live album playing his one Motley Cure album in its entirety, I am ready for some more.
Thirty Seconds to Mars – The New Album – (Interscope): Jared Leto and company are finally returning with some new music. He shares his time between movies and music and although I like his movies, he is one of the few actors that actually has some musical chops and Thirty Seconds to Mars rarely disappoints. Looking forward to this one as I have loved the first song and here it is…
This month’s ‘The Original Vs. The Cover’s focusing on the Nine Inch Nails Song “Hurt”. The song is one of my favorite Nine Inch Nails songs and I am not a huge fan of the band, but this song always struck a chord with me. However, it was the cover of this song by a gentleman who goes by the moniker of Johnny Cash that made me stop and pay attention to this song (maybe you have heard of him). It was one of the most surprising song choices for Cash to cover, but damn! did he make it his own song. Let’s start off with the Original version of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails.
NINE INCH NAILS:
The song, “Hurt”, was written by Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor and is off their album ‘The Downward Spiral’. For those not familiar with the band, their style is very industrial rock and has a very metalic sound. This song is no different other than the slow, plodding pace of song. It comes at you with such a sadness and a dark tone that you immediately feel the pain the singer is going through. The opening lines define the song right out of the gate…”I hurt myself today / To see if I still feel”.
My Sunday Song #45 is the great Johnny Cash Song “A Boy Named Sue”. The song was first recorded during the live concert ‘At San Quentin’ and is one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs. It tells such an amazing story about a boy seeking revenge against his deadbeat dad who left him and his mom and who named him Sue.
The song was Johnny’s biggest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #2. It was also his only Top 10 song which is amazing. Why didn’t he make it to #1, well a little known band named the Rolling Stones held that position with “Honky Tonk Woman”.
“A Boy Named Sue” is a song only Johnny Cash could sing and pull off. I don’t think the song would have been as successful with any other singer…at least to me it wouldn’t have been. The grittiness of Cash’s voice and the way he sort of spoke it instead of singing it was absolutely perfect. It gave a life and a charm to the song all its own.