Welcome to the February wrap-up of my album purchases for the month. I have to say Vinyl took a pretty big backseat this month as I have been going gangbusters buying back my CD collection that I once had. I decided to add more to the Paul Laine collection and start on the Will Hoge collection. I only hit one record store and it was a quick stop in to one out of town. It has been awhile since I’ve been to a local shop and oh how I’ve missed going . That means March better get some visits before I start going through withdrawal and getting the shakes and a fever.
First up, do you know when you are having a little downer of a day? When I have those, I tend to shop for music (man, I must be down a lot…I’m not). But some days when I am, I just feel better buying something and that is what I did. I ended up buying a very hard to find Paul Laine album from his band Shugaazer called ‘Shift’. This one I found in England and man did it ship fast. I think I got it in 5/6 days.
Next up, I was getting close to the Gene Simmons album Asshole in my Kiss Review Series, but honestly, I had never bought it. So, I did for like $5-6 bucks. That review will be coming up in either late April or early May, don’t know yet.
Welcome to the first Purchases post of 2021. After the crapload of items in December, I am so not going to be able to top that right out of the gate. This time, the focus is more on the CDs as I finally got back out to Manifest Discs which has a great used CD selection. I was able to get out by myself and take my time going through the racks. They have a deal where if you buy 2 you get 1 for a $1, so of course, I have to buy way more than 2. I ended up buying 11 and it worked out to <$5 per disc when it was all said and done.
The first batch is a band that doesn’t have much on vinyl as they are from the early 2000’s up to a few years ago so it is easier to go the CD route than the vinyl. That band is Lifehouse. I picked up 6 CDs. Now, I used to have all these before, but due to dumping the collection stupidly about 7-8 years ago, I didn’t have them anymore. Now I am going back and getting my favorite stuff again. Only need 1 more Lifehouse album.
The next couple of CDs are for a band, I never thought I’d like, but man, I really do. It is a rap rock band called Hollywood Undead. I picked up two CDs…again the vinyl is a mish-mash of do they or don’t they, but they do have CDs. These are their first two studio albums. I still have 6 more to go.
Imagine this, you are extremely young and you get a record deal. You are set to make your first album and the label picks the great Bruce Fairbairn to produce your album. How stoked you must be. You are about to make it big time and be famous worldwide and be the big rock star you were meant to be. All your dreams were about to come true. I am sure that was what Paul Laine was thinking…I know I would have been.
But for some strange reason, that didn’t happen with this album. However, Paul would go on to make it in the industry and he is still very active today and I bet makes a pretty good living with his music. I don’t know why this album didn’t take off, but for some reason it didn’t. It was 1990 and we were at the tail end of the 80’s Rock scene and Grunge was coming on fast so I am writing it off to that as the issue because it sure as hell wasn’t the music’s fault.
Recently, I looked up the definition of the word “fun” in the Oxturd Dictionary and it told me the definition was “to be Defiant”. I thought that sounded about right. So, how could I be defiant. Well, the quickest and easiest way was to pick up the latest release by the band The Defiants. I figured that fit the bill of “fun” quite nicely.
And I was right!
The band consists of three members all stemming from the band Danger Danger. They are Bruno Ravel on bass, Rob Marcello on guitar and Paul Laine on vocals. And to make the Danger Danger connection even stronger, drummer Steve West filled in on the kit for this recording. Since Danger Danger still exists with lead singer Ted Poley, they couldn’t use that name so they came up with their own.
‘Zokusho’ is the band’s second album and the word actually means “sequel” or “next chapter” in Japanese which is actually what this record is. The band picks up right where they left off on their debut. If you liked 80’s rock and the whole melodic rock scene, let me tell you that it doesn’t get much better than this.
Welcome to Friday new releases on this Friday the 13th. And let me tell you this is a lucky Friday…no bad news here. There are an abundance of releases this week that I am excited about and it might be the best week in quite a long time or even all year. There are over 25 on this list and maybe 1/2 I am interested in at listening to once. How long is that going to take…it could be next September. My choices will be highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you see that you like and what I might be missing (could there be anything???). Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
The most important…
The Defiants – Zokusho – (Frontiers Records): Man, I am super excited about this one. Paul Laine and the Danger Danger boys are back with their second release and if it is half as good as the debut, then we are in for a treat. The first 3 songs they have previewed are sensational!! So expectations are HIGH!! I don’t usually listen to songs that are previewed on albums I am anxious about, but I could wait. If you like 80’s brand rock with modern productions, you will be in for a treat.
Tom Keifer – Rise – (Cleopatra Music):The voice of Cinderella is back with his 2nd solo album. His first was fantastic and nothing less is expected on this one. His blues rock and the gravely voice is just what the doctor ordered so grab a copy and crank it up. A great weekend is ahead.
After doing the Danger Danger Album Ranking, I thought why not continue and do all of Paul Laine’s albums as well. So, here we are with Paul Laine’s albums ranked Worst to First!. Who is Paul Laine you might ask? I will tell you.
Paul is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer from Vancouver, Canada. He started out as a solo artist way back in 1990 and later joined the band Danger Danger as their lead singer. He also formed a band called Shugaazer, a band called Darkhorse and a band called The Defiants. He likes band names that start with “D” except for Shugaazer so not sure what he was thinking there.
Paul is a gifted singer and sings mostly Rock and his voice has matured nicely over the years. It has gone from a wild-untamed sound to a more controlled, smooth instrument. And he has even delved into Country music (more on that later).
I have followed his career from the beginning thanks to working at Sam Goody back in 1990. His CD came in to the store as a promo copy (and I played it a lot) and when it was time for that CD to retire from the playlist, yours truly got to take it home with him. It was from that point on, that Paul could do no wrong (even though he has had a few missteps).
It is out of that fandom, I bring you this list. Enjoy!!
THE WORST – ANDERSEN, LAINE, READMAN – THREE (2006):
This is an interesting side project from Andre Andersen. Andre is the keyboardist and composer in the band Royal Hunt. Andre brought in two sensational voices to split the songs. You have David Readman of Pink Cream 69 and Paul Laine. They each get 5 songs and for the most part the songs rock and as a set is pretty cool.
It all started for me back in 1990 when I saw Danger Danger open up for Kiss. I was really impressed by their stage performance and the songs. I had to check them out. They were touring in support of their debut, self-titled album which was released in 1989 and I went out and bought it within that week after the show. I have followed their career ever since.
The band has had two lead singers (they had another prior to any album coming out, but doesn’t count for this list and since I am not including the “Rare Cuts” compilation). The first for me was Ted Poley. He is currently the lead singer again. From the mid-90’s to early ’00’s, the singer was Paul Laine. Each have 3 studio album and a cool combo set included in this list for a total of 7 albums ranked. No live albums or any compilations included.
The classic line-up for me is Bruno Ravel (bass/guitar), Steve West (drums), Andy Timmons (guitar), Kasey Smith (Keyboards) and Ted Poly (vocals). When they switched out with Paul Laine (vocals) I was perfectly happy as he was a great singer and I loved his debut album ‘Stick It In Your Ear’. The line-up has change over the years, but Bruno and Steve have been the constants.
The band is a story of two different bands. The beginning was all having a good time, full of fun and excitement with songs about Sex, Sex, Rock & Roll and more Sex…did I mention sex?? Then they became more serious tone, with a more mature sound and flat out better song writing. Both bands I liked equally as they each brought something to the table. I think they are worth checking out, but they might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I hope you enjoy…
In my producer extraordinaire series, this is the 3rd producer who helped create some of my favorite albums. The first post in the series was for Robert John “Mutt” Lange and then second post was for Brendan O’Brien. Both legendary producers.
Bruce Fairbairn didn’t have as long as career as the first two guys due to his untimely death back in 1999. However, during his brief time, he crafted some of the most memorable albums of the 80’s & 90’s and the albums sold well over 65 million copies if you just count the platinum and gold albums.
It all started in back in Canada in the late 70’s when he started out producing for a band called Prism. Prism had moderate success in Canada, but not much internationally. In 1980, Bruce started production on the debut album for another Canadian band called Loverboy. Loverboy opened the doors for Bruce with the bands international appeal. He produced 4 albums with Loverboy in the 80’s. They were as follows:
Paul Laine, Rob Marcello and Bruno Ravel all make up the new band The Defiants. If those names sound familiar to you than you are obviously a fan of Danger Danger as all three were once a part of that great band.
Frontiers Music SRI brought these 3 back together again to bring us a rock masterpiece. Okay, I am being a little overly dramatic. But it is really, really great! If you were a fan of Danger Danger or just a fan of Paul Laine’s vocals, be prepared for some of his best vocal performances. The band has such a cohesive sound and this is the album that Danger Danger should have made years ago.
As much as I enjoyed Ted Poley as the lead singer of Danger Danger, when he left and Paul Laine took over vocals, the band’s dynamic changed and I feel for the better. Years later when Ted Poley reunited with Danger Danger and Paul was no longer a member, I yearned for more music from his version of the band. Now I have it.