SONIC WAVES…..UFO/Mechanix

1982 and UFO become one of those highschool bands that we all listened to and the main culprits were myself and my buddy Mucc and we both tried to get any scoop on UFO whenever and wherever we could read about em which was usually in Hit Parader magazine or we would have to buy on import Kerrang magazine just to see what the hell they were up too.

UFO being Phil Mogg,Neil Carter,Andy Parker,Paul Chapman and Pete Way ( Way was soon to exit UFO to form Fastway  with Eddie Clarke x of Motörhead that lasted 5 minutes until he exited that band to join Ozzys band for about 10 minutes and than he formed his own band Waysted who released the excellent Vices albums (with the dumbest album cover of the 80s!)

Let’s see what and why I consider this album a keeper!

THE WRITER- the one thing UFO was known for other than some great songwriting was that Phil Mogg was a great lyricist and The Writer proves it! It’s just Phil writing with the paparazzi in mind great opening track Neil Carter the dude who plays rhythm guitar also plays a mean sax a drops a cool solo along with a cool guitar solo by Paul Chapman and man were off and runnin with The Writer!

SUMTHIN ELSE- is the cover tune form the 50s written by Eddie Cochran and UFO lays down a cover wonder if they were running out of original material or the record company wanted a cheapie single. Anyways this is pretty good and another Carter sax solo! Good song but I perfer UFOs original stuff…but thanks for asking!

BACK IN MY LIFE- well when UFO slows the breaks down and shifts gears into different territories ie ballads they did em with class and man this is class! That’s the one thing with UFO they knew there use with keyboards as they didn’t drown there sound in it as Neil Carter also contributed with  rhythm guitar/sax/keys and backing vocals and was a important clog in the UFO grand scheme of things .But yeah I dug this song great lyrics and tempo!

YOU’LL GET LOVE- man UFO rocks it back it up and shift the gears and this is a good rock song with a good Paul Chapman solo and yep this guy never got his due of course he was following Micheal Schenker so of course people would  slag him. But he showed up on these UFO releases in the early 80s!

DOING IT ALL FOR YOU- man the drums and guitar start off this song in a sludgey fashion but than all bets are off and the song kicks into gear especially the verses! Phil is in storytelling mode here as he will do it all for you! This song totally displays the proper use of keyboards in hard rock songs! Geez come to think of it while Tbone was meandering around with Nightranger at the time  he shoulda been hanging with me,Mucc,Phil and the UFO guys!

WE BELONG TO THE NIGHT-check out the vid posted to this review and you too can join the UFO party and I mean look at Phil the singer it musta have been snowing out that morning before they filmed that clip! Kudos to all involved its live and it was on tv! Crank this one up! It kicks ass! I’m not gonna say much more as well watch the damn thing will ya!

LET IT RAIN- aaaah Phil says in the lyrics when it rains it pours but this is song #2 with the proper use of the keys on this record! Great Chapman riff charges into the solo and kinda of a radio friendly chorus with balls!

TERRI- Allright the boys show a real chill side and dial it down by about 5 notches! That’s ok,Phil has a soft spot for a chic named Terri! This song is ok but too be honest I kinda skipped this one time to time!

FEEL IT- the boys pick up the pace and that’s the thing with UFO they always had the musical chops to go with the songs and Mogg could write lyrics,more of a storyteller etc but they never caught on in North America.

DREAMING- now this is what I’m talking about! This is UFO kicking ass on there way out the door! Chapman nails down the riff  and Parker behind his Ludwig kit drives it home! Super duper fantastic way to end a album I say!

IN CONCLUSION- a handful of us at Lakeview High School got into UFO big time and If Ya want a good introduction just listen to Strangers In The Night the double live classic and there last with Micheal Schenker before he became unglued and split! Mechanix deserves a spot In the Sonic Waves category as well and Yup I think of two things when I think of Mechanix and 1982!

1- great tunes and well executed British Hard Rock

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2- David McCullochs mullet in grade 10!

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “SONIC WAVES…..UFO/Mechanix”

  1. Deke! Thanks for reminding me that I own this and still haven’t listened to it! And you’re totally right about Mogg’s lyrics – he is absolutely one of the best.

    But, like I say, really enjoyed the one previous to this (The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent) so I really need to get on this one.

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    1. Well this was my first UFO studio purchase! So I guess that’s my reason for it being one of my favs. Wild,Willing….is a great album as well no doubt there my friend!

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      1. I also thought Making Contact was good also but by that time,UFO was finished….but yeah Chapman never got his due as he was following in Schenkers footsteps !

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      2. Yeah I did pick it up,but I have not listened to it in years! I would always go back to Strangers In The Night,Mechanix and MSG….EARLY MSG ….not the Mcauley stuff…

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      3. I’ve got the early MSG stuff but it’s never done it for me like UFO did. I love all those UFO albums from Phenomenon through to Obsession. That’s a great run of albums. And I’ve got into the Chapman stuff now too so that’s a ton of great music right there!

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