For My Sunday Song #148, we go with “Pleasure Dome” off the album “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”. This is the second one off this album I have done and for good reason, it was the first Sammy led album I actually liked but that is for another time and place. The song was never a single, but a B-Side to the song “Poundcake” and I am not sure which one I like more.
The song is actually based on Rush’s song “Xanadu” from what I can gather and that is not a bad song for inspiration. And…a “Pleasure Dome” could be referring to the poem “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coolidge. Of course, Kubla Khan’s empire was known as Xanadu so the connection is complete (maybe, I am just piecing together bits and pieces from what I found on the song).
The song is a strong showcase of Alex’s stellar drumming and after doing “Everybody Wants Some” with a strong drum sound, why not continue with another that showcases Alex. Alex has a very distinct sound he creates with his drumming and there is so much on here that fills the song. It is one of the main things I take away from it.
Lyrically, it reminds me a little of “Everybody Wants Some” as well with how Sammy talks out a lot of the lyrics like Dave was doing. The lyrics seem to be about Sammy taking some drug tripping journey in his mind or in the universe or wherever. He is getting lost and further away from home with no escape. I don’t know what it really means, but it is fantastic trip.
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For My Sunday Song #146, we are going with the Sammy Hagar fronted tune “The Seventh Seal” off the band’s 1995 album ‘Balance’ which happens to be their tenth studio album. The song was the first track on the album and the first single which only went to #36 on the Mainstream Rock Chart songs. The song was strong enough that it was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
“The Seventh Seal” song opens with some chanting monks from The Monks of Gyuto Tantric University and then turns into a straight-up rock song. It is full of religious themes and has an almost mystical feel to it. Eddie’s guitar sound is in full force and Alex’s drum sound is unmistakeable. It is Van Halen coming out of the gate swinging. I won’t say its his best solo, but it is still a great lead off track for the album.
The song was inspired by Eddie’s new found sobriety. Through the help of his therapist, he was encouraged to look at where he was and who he was now that he was sober. Maybe he was finding religion as there are a lot of religious overtones in the song. Maybe he was still struggling with sobriety and the song is a cry for help in getting through the battle’s he was facing. The fact that he could feel again probably was hard to deal with and I am sure a tremendous challenge.
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For My Sunday Song #143, we have “Poundcake” off Van Halen’s 1991 album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (or F.U.C.K. for short). The song was the first single off the album and went straight to #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. The song was also the first song on the album which was one hell of a way to open an album.
The song comes firing at you with a freaking power drill. That is right. The song opens with a power drill being played through Eddie’s guitar. Playing it near or against the strings allows the guitar pickups to actually “pick up” the sound. It was totally cool as there seems there is nothing Eddie can not do with a guitar. It was so popular, that Eddie painted up a drill in the Frankenstrat motif to use in the video and tour.
That wasn’t the only cool thing about the song. The rest of the guitar sounds were great as well. Eddie beefed things up playing a 12 string throughout for the rhythm guitar as well as his normal guitar for the solo. And let me tell you that solo was something else too. Eddie pulls out all the tracks accompanied by the heart pounding drums of his brother Alex. It is one of those songs I liked more for the music than the actual lyrical content of the song.
Lyrically, the song is about being real. Most people are fake and pretend to be something they are not. It is sexier if you are just who you are, no pretentiousness or b.s. of any kind. If you can find a woman (or a man) that is who they say they are, then get a hold of that and wrap it up nice and tight. Poundcakes are simple, there isn’t anything to hide. What you see is what you get so I guess that is why they chose that as its title.
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Happy Friday!! It is when there are new releases that I want and this has a few. Some I will buy and some I will stream, but it is new music and that is what I look forward to on Fridays…well that and the work week ending. Let me know what you are looking forward to hearing this weekend and let me know if I am missing anything. Mine are marked in Blue. Have a great listening weekend!!
- Whitesnake – Flesh and Blood – (Frontiers Records): The first album with Joel Hoekstra on lead guitar and around 8 years since the last album of new material. That is quite a break. Now, I haven’t listened to anything yet as I want to listen to it all for the first time at once. I hope it is heavy, loud and simply fantastic.
- Sammy Hager & the Circle – Space Between – (BMG): Sammy and Micheal Anthony seemed to be joined at the happy and Michael is part of every project Sammy does (except the Tequila business). This one throws Vic Johnson on guitar and Jason Bonham on drums. Another one I haven’t listened to anything yet. I will take it all in at one time.
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Welcome to yet another edition of Tuesday’s Memes. When will the misery end. This week we will focus on the David Lee Roth memes floating around the interwebnetthingamabob. Yes, I am making up words. Well, Dave is a basically a real life meme as he is one hell of a character. Here is what I found and I hope you like.
2019 New Year’s Resolutions….
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I keep seeing news clips about possible Van Halen reunion stories from either Sammy and then Dave and then Sammy and I actually don’t care anymore. If it happens, it happens. Until then, shut the f##k up about it and let’s just celebrate the good and bad about Van Halen with these memes. Enjoy!
Everyone argues about Roth or Hagar…We are going to settle this once and for all…
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There are ton of songs in rock & roll about cars. However, this is not a list of songs about cars. This is a list of the most recognizable cars in Rock & Roll. Cars that were in music videos or on album covers. Just the coolest cars that you could actually own and drive. Ok, there is one on here that isn’t really cool, but it had to make the list.
10. The Black Keys’ 91 Dodge Caravan: This glorious vehicle graces the album cover for their 2011 album ‘El Camino’. I am a little confused. The album is called ‘El Camino’ and you show a picture of a Dodge Caravan. Now that is rock & roll. I believe the van is actually similar to their first van they used for touring.
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I will be honest, I am not a big drinker. Doesn’t mean I won’t drink. I choose not too most of the time as I never got a taste for it; however, Mondays make me want to drink. Since I do love alcohol related songs, I figured this Monday needs a playlist of booze drinking songs. There are so many which makes it hard to choose the best ones.
Here is my list of booze related songs that will hopefully help me make it through Monday.
Emphatic – “Put Down the Drink” from the album Damage
Hellyeah – “Alcohaulin’ Ass” from the album Hellyeah
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