It still kinda freaks me out that everyone has been Very supportive of my scribblin’ and bullshittin and trust me it’s pretty cool to get props. But along the way I’ve had people request a few things and my pal from work DaBrun said ‘when you doing Akimbo?’ And well a new category is added here at Arena Rock …..Request Of Vinyl Is the new category!
1984 and guitar hero rock is huge! VH especially EVH with the 1984 release bring it home and than some,but in the Canadian backwoods Kim Mitchell is crafting a solid piece of rock n roll himself and it shows to me that you can grow a skullet,wear a cap and still play a mean rock guitar! Akimbo Alogo it is….
Ladies and Gentlemen,shall we……
GO FOR SODA- if you were my age in 1984 16 going 17 you heard this tune! Nobody hurts nobody cries! might as well……Kim throws it down on the first tune and we’re all onboard..all of us..Tbone/Mucc/JackLoaf? I mean how the hell can you not be!? Muchmusic played the snot out of this video and I was ok for every sap vid they played at least you knew Akimbo and his crew would make us Go For A Soda eventually!
THATS A MAN- cool opening and the Kim and the Akimbos keep the party going with Kim telling everyone in attendance What it takes to be a Man! Kim and Pye Dubois sure crafted some clever funky lyrics! Great solo and riff alomg with drums and bass.
ALL WE ARE- big time song at the time of its release along with the video and man Kim tells the world what a great foil in Peter Fredette he has on rhythm guitar and keys! So much so that when Kim played here in Tbay a few summers backs at a festival (I’m not plugging this festival as its a poorly run operation especially the VIP packages that were offered) but when Kim sauntered on stage he spoke a few words said his voice was shot and that Peter Fredette would be handling all the lead vocals! The dude came up in spades he pulled off all the Akimbo hits and Kim just wailed on his guitar man,great show! Back in 84 though Fredette nails the big backing vocal on this track and for a synthey sounding track its a keeper here at Arena Rock friends !
DIARY FOR ROCK N ROLL MEN-guitar,drums and bass drive this tune along with super cool catchy chorus! Kim and the boys know how to write catchy hooks and this is one of em!
LOVE TIES-kinda of to my ears anyways,this is the sign of the times sounding 1984ish track and it’s still a good track but on this stellar album it falls a little short to me anyways!
FEEL IT BURN-Kim sez “hey you don’t have to come ripping out of the gates on side 2 like your pants are on fire kinda tune!” No sir! This song is smooth and damn catchy! Great production on this album by Nick Blagona as well! He makes the album sound crisp even to this day! Well written and played track!
LAGER AND ALE- Holy Sheeeeeit this song really gets going and man the story of it is classic! We can all relate to the line at least once(and for many in our lifetime more than once!) “I got decisions to be made between Lager and Ale!”….and “Hope you’ll nod at this drunken bar slob! Cuz I’m ready …willing and able!” Man this song just rips into the 80s party lifestyle! Ha…love the drums and bass plowing and forging a path of Rock for Kim To lay down some real cool axe work! Plus to top it off Akimbo sez ‘I’ll pay for the bar tab even the taxi cab off to my to my hotel we’ll wallow!” Get this song and crank it now! Crank the video posted above! Dooooooo it! A classic!
RUMOUR HAS IT- the party just keeps on going and well this is right up there as one of my all time fav Akimbo tunes! The drums just come out of the gates kicking down the door and we’re off! Kim does some real tasty guitaring in this track and man sidekick Pete lays down a great lead vocal and holy shit entering the Top 10 of all time Deker fav guitar solos is the masterpiece axe work layed down by Kim on this this tune! He wails man! Check this out! It’s on iTunes for $1.29 buy the friggin thing will Ya! No don’t! Just buy the whole damn album for $9.99!
CAROLINE- Kim after rocking our socks off with the two previous gems slows the pace back a little with this song! Great track and it just shows the diversity of rock on this record!
CALLED OFF- what a great title for 1984 and for being in high school at the time of this release! Called Off sure it could be about ending your relationship with someone in high school or Called Off as in the soccer game is cancelled due to lightening strikes or Called Off due to Kim saying this record is done man! Wow man great last track to well a classic record!
IN CONCLUSION-Akimbo Alogo is pure Solid Gold and I ain’t talking about that 70s funkey show either! I’m talking about Kim throwing done some classic good hard rock with Pye Dubois doing the lyrics and Kim and the boys doing the rest! One of the all time greats here folks!