SONIC WAVES….HEADSTONES/Teeth And Tissue

Man I love the Headstones! Ever since I seen em on Muchmusic being interviewed and plugging there debut album Picture Of Health(1993). Of course Hugh Dillion back than was the anti everything to Canadian Music at the time which was good cause he would tell it like it was.

Well come 1995 and  check out the new vid for Unsound off of Teeth And Tissue! I’m getting ahead here, but  the Headstones headed out on tour and I seen em here in Tbay in the summer of 95 with my wife and we have gone everytime since than to catch em live when they have rolled through  and on occasion TBone has joined us as well but let’s talk about one of my fave albums  from em!

Lets check on Hugh/Trent/Dale and Tim and see whose ass there kickin…….

HINDSIGHT-Trent starts the action with some cool riffing and the boys rock it out of the park. This song sets the tone for the record it’s like Hugh’s telling me ya better listen or Hugh will use my forehead as a ashtray!

UNSOUND- cool bass in this tune by Tim. Loved the video for this. Check it out….great rock song period!

MARIGOLD- Trent starts off with some acoustic and of course it goes Headstones Heavy just the way I like it and man it clocks in over at 5 minutes but man who cares like I said the Headstones never played by the rules and I thank em for that!

HEARTS LOVE AND HONOR- Hugh sounds like he’s possessed in this song! Man it’s like you wouldn’t want to meet him in the alley way back in 95 but in 2014 I think he would be cool! The rest of the band push along this mid tempo tune!

MILLION DAYS IN MAY- Hugh kinda sings,kinda talks, verses are chill and than the Chrous kicks in and some cool  Tempo changes and a good solo by Trent. Dude never gets the credit on guitar but he swings a mean axe!

DRIPPING DIME SIZE DROPS- coolest title and coolest song on the record I say !  You know the deal …cops are after Hugh and he’s Dripping Dime Size Drops! Cool interplay between vocals and guitar. This is Headstones at the there best just a all out Shit Kicker! Solo is wickedly good! Don’t believe me …buy the F*#kin thing will yah!?

SWINGING-Tim and Dale take a breather on this track and there’s nice little guitar strum and Hugh spewing forth knowledge you know like…..pick yourself up and grab a addiction, alcohol is a good one along with sports,hunting and fishing..haha…love Hugh’s lyrics. Like I said he tells it like it is!

LET IT GO- heavy bassy Tune….Hugh and the boys deliver on this tune. Kinda like them showing up to your wedding reception and kicking all the grooms asses and leaving with the bridesmaids!

SAY GOODBYE- Hugh’s destroying your town and splitting, this song rocks…fast guitars ,faster drums ….man these guys don’t let up !

BURNING- another single and just a cool little strumming tune about lost love man Hugh’s got a heart but it’s black! And hey …everyone burns or so Hugh says! When Hugh speaks ..ummmm I listen!

LOOK AWAY- is another all out rocker just Headstones kicking ass and leaving us in the wreckage! Geezus these guys are a gang not a band!….this album is just a little simmering masterpiece !

TEETH AND TISSUE- cool bluesy tune and the title track. Just the title is cool. Cool that they can shift gears in musical midstream. But than again they don’t give a *#%^!

ONE MORE MOVE- Hugh goes off and  on about the radio and radio saves and the radio plays! Wonder what he thinks of Sirius radio? Hugh you reading this??? The music is kinda demonic on this track…kinda like Headstone/DC ish !!!

IN CONCLUSION- Headstones filled a void for me back in the 90s when I wasn’t getting into too much new music but here they came with there own unique spin on things and there own style. We all know they went away for a few years but they put out a killer album last year Love + Fury (which I will review)  and it’s a very good album as well.  It’s just good to know that there’s some no  ass kissing  Canadian bands out there who like I said don’t answer to anyone. Headstones are one of em!

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3/4’s Filler…Y&T/Down For The Count

TBone asked me to do a review on the flip side of a sonic wave and that would be a album or two that irked me at the time and I thought hey man what a challenge and there are some albums that I just could not wrap my head around at the time and now is a good time as any to do this….

So Batter up!

Back in highscool me and TBone would like to try too out album scoop each other at times,of course when the huge releases would come out we would be there in line together buying the latest sellers ie Halen,Crue,Ratt etc. but than there would be times when we weren’t in line together and this is one em……

So one day back in late 1985 as I was headed out of the door of my Highschool (Lakeview) and going home TBone and a buddy who we called JackLoaf roared up beside me in Jackloafs truck into the parking lot with windows down and tunes a blaring!

The conversation went like sumthin like this….

deke- ‘hey man what’s up?

Tbone- ‘Nuthin much check this out’

(TBone cranks up the tape deck in Jackloafs truck)

Tbone-‘deke! Do you know what this is?”

( I knew I heard the toon from years past and it was Your Mama Don’t Dance)

deke-‘I dunno man sounds really weak”

TBone went from I’m gonna fool this bastard look to a look of horror when I didn’t take the bait put forth by his rock trap! One of the very times in our 40 yrs of friendship I  have seen TBone dumbfounded!

deke- ‘ well man what is it ??

At this point TBone said Nuthin JackLoaf was speechless and TBone finally put forth a mild ‘Y&T’ …what? How could it be ? I mean Y&T I first heard a few years earlier with BlackTiger and Meanstreak thru a pal named John Young. Of course I picked up on his lead and purchased those along with there latest release at the time In Rock We Trust but you could hear in the grooves the change of commercialism in there sound and even though this was the case I still bought into it . John Young did not, he got off at the next bus stop in regards to Y&T saying they sold out. Hardcore that fellas was!

Sure my first impression was Your Mama Don’t Dance and the snapping of the fingers in the track at the beginning were just plain right brutal ! Of course a few years later Poison put Your Mama ….out as well as a single and it sold like gangbusters. Dave Menketti must have lost it back than.

Upon further inspection what a appropriately named album Down For a The Count.Yep  as far as I was concerned Y&T were and man what a goofy album cover. Compared to the Maiden covers and even Black Tiger and Meanstreak covers this was aweful.

I did borrow Tbones cassette and man the use of keyboards just bogged this album into like a bunch of Journey scraps left on the floor and Y&T came along and went thru the trash and manufactured this into Down For The Count! The songs don’t do it for me (Don’t Tell Me What To Wear,Look like Trouble,In The Name Of Rock)man I dunno what else to tell ya…TRAINWRECK  comes to mind but this may be a result of record company politics calling the shots!

I had bought in the summer of 85 Y&T  Open Fire the live release they put out which was good and it had the studio version of Summertime Girls on it and it was so out of place with the rest of Open Fire meaning Y&T were a serious rock machine live and than the twiddly keyboard infested sonics of Summertime Girls just ruined the vibe of Open Fire! This my followers is what you call a Red Flag!

Having said all of this about Down For The Count I did still buy there next release Contagious with the title track featuring some whoah whoah whoah your Contagious so Dangerous! Ha somewhat goofy but a better effort! The album after Contagious I bought was there farewell live album from 1990. It had a ripping version of Meanstreak man I couldn’t get enough of that version ! Don’t believe me ask my bro Todd he must have heard that tune a million times over in the summer of 91!

But back to 1985…it’s ok TBone ya got duped and the Y&T ship was sinking and I had to throw ya a life preserver and well since there was only one life preserver I had to let Jackloaf go down in the S.S Y&T !

IN CONCLUSION – hey if you think a Down For a The Count is a classic that’s alright and your still ok in my books! It’s good to agree/disagree at times, makes conversation especially in the musical realm interesting! I gotta get too work on another one of these 3/4 Fillers shortly….

SONIC WAVES….David Lee Roth/ Eat Em & Smile

 

March 1986 and VH lands the first punch with 5150 and of course myself ,TBone and millions others have been served some new material by the Halen camp. And after a few spins the logical question is asked ‘wonder what Diamond Dave has up his sleeve?”

 

So four months after 5150’s release in July here comes the Roth Army with Eat Em And Smile!  Dave has gone full throttle with a hot-shot line up of musical cats as in Steve Vai,Billy Sheehan  and Gregg Bissonette. This band put together could stand toe to toe with Camp Halen and there 5150 album.

Of course we all know the story after the 99 Ton’s Of Fun tour ended for Dave and company. Dave went a little left with Skyscraper and lost the bass virtuoso (Sheehan) as well…..

But that’s getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s check on the Fabalous Picasso Brothers and see their response to Van Hagar!

YANKEE ROSE-here comes some drums,bass and Vai goes with his guitar a wha,wha, with Dave going ‘What!!!’ …and were off and Dave kicks in the lead single with the lead song off of the album and we can all breathe a sigh of relief Dave is gonna rock and for me that’s good as I sat out and did not purchase the Crazy From The Heat Ep but TBone did and I figured one copy was enough between the two of us. But yep Dave tells us all about the Yankee Rose. Thanks Dave….

SHYBOY- boom….comes Gregg,Steve and Billy all ripping and soloing off the top and for me it’s like Holy Shit these guys are destroying everything in sight and wow it’s a rocker played at hyper speed. So I guess this is Sheehan’s tune from his old band Talas and two tracks in Dave is telling me ,Tbone and the world that he has the band to take on what he considers the evil empire!(Halen)

I’M EASY- Vai lays down some pretty cool guitar and Dave takes what sounds to me a swing tune and blasts it thru the Marshall amps in the studio. So this is cover number 1 on Eat Em but that’s ok cause it’s like it’s Dave’s own tune like if he wrote it in the back of a cab on the way to the studio.

LADIES NIGHT IN BUFFALO- guess Dave ain’t going to sleep and it’s in Buffalo of all places and what a cool laid back tune. Bissonette lays done some cool chill drumming  and the boys decide to all lay low in this one as Dave is creeping the streets of Buffalo!

GOIN CRAZY- cool tune and funny vid but yeah man this is Dave and the fellas bringing the party to your house via your turntable or cassette deck! Vai and Sheehan after chilling in Buffalo decide to rock it up in the solo section of the song! Funny thing is there some keyboard action buried in the mix and that’s courtesy of Jesse Harms! Who you ask,well Mr Harms was Hagars keyboardist in Sams solo band for many a year and well when ol Hags bolted to The 5150 studios I guess Harms has gotta work right! Goin Crazy indeed!

TOBACCO ROAD- cover number 2 and well whose counting? Ha ,yeah I am but back in 86 I was still listening to Vai doing weird shit with his wang bar and man he’s cool  and like I said back with I’m Easy. Dave can take a cover and Rothize it too make sound like his own! That’s a pretty cool talent to have and by golly back than he did!

ELEPHANT GUN- is basically the show tune extravaganza for all the musical chops provided in this unit. You want soloing this is a one stop shop for some serious ass kicking and hey don’t forget about Dave protecting all the ladies with the Elephant Gun!

BIG TROUBLE- I think one night Dave and Steve went down to the 7-11 to get a juiced up slurpee and  came across some Big Trouble. Dave is in full storyteller mode here and when he gets going on his story telling he can’t be beat man especially back than! Cool song and riffin and soloing and well it’s just a classic track. 8 songs in and it’s all good man!

BUMP AND GRIND- The Roth Army heads to the strip club and Dave tells us that yes his name is cash an carry and he’s a dead ringer for the big first prize! Ha seriously friends, his lyric prowess is all over this tune! So let’s get this straight. The night begins with rolling tobacco with Dave and then he’s chasing women with an Elephant Gun which leads to some Big Trouble by the 7-11 and to cap it of a little ol Bump and Grind at a local watering hole at 3 am! Whoosh call 9-11 I’m coding and can’t keep up but I can hear  TBone yelling in the background at Dave to not make the 911 call!

THATS LIFE- cover number 3 and it’s a Sinatra tune to boot and  the vid is super cool with live shots of the show which Dave never released which for me is one of rocks biggest blunders! Dave nails down a horn section and it’s all good fun. You know Dave ain’t gonna end his album on a downer but rather an upper!

IN CONCLUSION-Dave fired back across the lake to Camp Halen and tells the world that he can still rock with a super star band of dudes with some serious rock chops. For me though I was bummed Roth was out of Halen but I was glad that back in the year of 1986 I got two rock solid releases in 5150 and Eat Em and Smile!

Also of note it  must be said that Roth did a Spanish version of Eat em album called Sonrisa Salvaje in which he sang all the songs in Spanish! That funny Dave always thinking back than with his wallet!

SONIC WAVES…..Ozzy Osbourne/Speak Of The Devil

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When I think of Speak Of The Devil all these years later the word Polluted comes to my mind. Ozzy that is sounds polluted on this,blasted and heading off the rails of the Crazy Train! But for some reason this is one cool live album as Ozzy assembled a super duper backing band consisting of Rudy Sarzo,Tommy Aldridge and Brad Gillis who was filling the late Randy Rhoads shoes. So I guess the story goes that the record company wanted a Rhoads live album but Ozzy said forget it and gave the record company this compilation of live  material from his previous band Black Sabbath. Of course nowadays people say Ozzys vocals were double tracked,triple tracked whatever for this release  and that this was slapped together in the studio with the audience  added to it. Doesn’t  matter to me it still sounds live yes but I will agree now that  when i listen to it now the vocals do sound double tracked. I got Speak Of The Devil for Xmas 1982  I was 15 and here’s Ozzy hacking out some red crap out of his trap on the cover  and he has a cool bunch of rocker musicians  with him….

Man, let’s hope aboard the Crazy Train…

SYMPTONS OF THE UNIVERSE- Speak Of The Devil believe it or not was the first time I had heard some of these Sabbath songs as I only got into Sabbath with Dio  a year earlier with there awesome album Mob Rules. But anyways Ozzys ripping right  off the hop and man he’s sounds possessed! Oh yeah I forgot he’s loaded! But man that band behind is firing on all cylinders. Shit man Brad Gillis is dive bombing off of his whammy bar extravaganza and it’s only track 1.

SNOWBLIND – another first for me and no not as a user but as a listener! Where Ace Frehley disguised his song SNOWBLIND,Ozzy just bellows out COCAINE! My 15 yr old mind is officially blown and holy crap Ozzy is rocking it man. Aldridge and Sarzo lay down some bad ass rhythm and Gillis does Gillis ie….tons of guitar heroics!

BLACK SABBATH-Ozzy introduces the song Black Sabbath and all bets are off man. Ozzy is the Prince Of Darkness and he’s spooking the bejesus out of me! No fooling around here the Ozzy man is laying waste at the temple of doom in which this case was my bedroom. My parents must have wondered at the time if a flipping Seance was going down with songs like Black Sabbath bellowing out into the halls of our house!

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS- love the beginning of this tune some cool little jam out and than Aldridge takes over and demolishes the tune! Can’t believe that 5 yrs later(1987) Aldrigde would be drumming to Is This Love? By Whitesnake anyways back to 1982 this song just rocks.

WAR PIGS- ok raise your hands if you have never heard War Pigs! This version is crazy good Gillis once again demonstrates the use of doing crazy nibbling things on the guitar and making it cool! Why could not Ozzy keep this band together?

THE WIZARD-never talking just keeps on walking …yeah man that’s the Wizard and is that really Ozzy playing the harmonica or did he make B Gillis don a harmonica set up ala Neil Young to do double duty live! Hahaha..doubt it…this at the time of this release was another first for me! Never heard the Wizard and never heard Harp on a Ozzy record!

N.I.B-Lets Go shouts Ozzy and off we go to Ozzville with señor Gillis/Sarzo/Aldridge playing another Sabbath classic and man the music is top notch. I mean now many bands dump,out lines saying My name is Lucifer please take my hand!  So many bands beat around the bush Mot Sabbath. Were gonna take you all to Hell….ummm alrighty than…Great track!

SWEET LEAF- “KEEP ON SMOKING IT!” Howls Ozzy at the faithful and man the Oz just lets it rip on this version and well let’s face it he is ripped! Gillis/Sarzo/Aldridge crank it into over drive in the solo section and slam on the brakes back into the verse! This heavy shit does not get any better than this!

NEVER SAY DIE- wow what a great song! Being 15 and hearing this at the time I could not believe Sabbath rocked out at this speed I mean I thought they were just a heavy slow paced beast but man when I heard this version it knocked my socks off!

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH- when I think of this track I think of YOU BASTARDS! …man the riff is deadly and full props to the original Sabbath on composing this fine piece of music!  Just love the mid tempo slush pace this song rolls too!

IRON MAN/CHILDERN OF THE GRAVE- cool Ozzys doing medleys of course I mean shit 32 years later my 4 yr old nephew Cambo drums with his dad ( my brother todd) Iron Man! So this song has passed thru the generations big time and of course yeah the movie as well but hey I like to think that my nephew first heard Iron Man off of the Paranoid album with my brother but ahhh I doubt it but still the kid digs it and the kid in me still digs it!  And just like that were into Childern Of The Grave and Ozzys cooking a whole new batch of menacing trouble. Gillis goes whammy thank you mammy on this song as well! Guitar Heroics 101 folks!

PARANOID- and well what can be said here as well?! Ozzy punches the gas with the boys and they finish it off in grandiose style!

IN CONCLUSION-this is one live album that just out Rocks! As blasted as Ozzy was back than he had a smart marketing team back than. Give them 15 yr olds a live album! Give em a young rocking backing band . Give em Sabbath songs that some of us had never heard til Speak Of The Devil…just give em well give em Ozzy! Mission Accomplished!

 

SONIC WAVES……Van Halen/OU812

 

1988 a ton of releases made there way to my house via my wallet. One of em was OU812 by the mighty Halen. We all know the deal with Dave leaving and Sammy joining at the time I was a little perplexed by this Halen album but over time I have come to appreciate its different style of Rocka Rolla compared to Halens early offerings and the fact that with Hagar in tow this was gonna be a different band from album to album like 5150 was different (to my ears) than OU812.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…..

MINE ALL MINE- wow some synthey keys and Eddie and the band joins in and were off to the races 1988 style! This is Halen headed into new frontiers and I’m willing to join em hell yeah change is good but there are naysayers out there. But nope, Ed and Alex are forging ahead with there new sound and well hey I’m ok with everything. Being it’s 1988 and earlier in the year we got Dave’s Skyscraper and now a few months later were getting ou812!  More music,more bang for the buck and the bucks I did contribute !

WHEN ITS LOVE- wow second song in and were headed into to the I don’t wanna say it but how about slower paced tempo tune! Ha. This is a good song and the vid got a ton of spins on Muchmusic. Once again like any Halen album there’s  Anthony and his backing voice and man the dude can belt it out.( Remember Get Up from 5150? )Good song and better solo but it’s EVH were talking about.

A.F.U(all fired up)-Alex torpedo’s the song out of the gate and were off  and man were on tour with Halen 90 days on the road and my axe is cutting me deep….alright Sammy is a little aloof with the lyrics here but but hey he’s trying to keep the party raging on the road so I salute him for that! Once again Super Duper EVH solo…as with any Halen you  know that’s the theme  right if you already hadn’t noticed!

CABO WABO- Sammy’s watering hole and hey he wrote a song about it so to make a long story short go to CABO,drink and than fall face down into the sand and kiss the ground! This is 7 minutes of  a slow Halen mover and you know what? It’s ok to chill after being AFU for  90 days so….go to CABO!

SOURCE OF INFECTION- ok,so music is good, lyrics not so much I mean Sammy was kinda I think not to inspired maybe he thought hey I  will write goofy Poison like lyrics! But Sam your in The Band! C’mon man..but than again I would never have the balls to say that to Sammys face Mano to Mano circa 1988 that the lyrics to Source Of Infection were goofy. I would tell Sammy that TBone said it!!! Ha!

FEELS SO GOOD- ok so we go from a previous goofy party tune to a great song from the guys so Eddie starts it with some wavy like keyboards action and boom comes Alex and Mike and Sam this is a fantastic written piece of work! Well done! Man still one of my faves!

FINISH WHAT  YOU STARTED- cool acoustic and cool video and man Halen does not sell out and Sammy sings pretty chill in this tune like he had a big spliff and a shot of sumthin and here comes Ed with some real nasty cool  picking! All these years later this one of there well known Sam tracks!

BLACK AND BLUE-so the story goes on this one as I remember from when Sam/Ed were on Rockline. Warner Brothers was bugging the guys for a single and Halen gave em Black N Blue. This is a sleaze ball grinder of a tune. Catchy tune but the lyrics now are like….Hahahaha……..

SUCKER IN A 3 PIECE-man this song is one of my faves. Ed peels a little bunch of wang dang guitar at the beginning and than to my ears it sounds like a little ACDCish in the music and of course Sam does his super chill cool voice halfway thru…u want a Sucker..look at all that money gooooo! Ed rips into the heavens on a crazy assed solo Wowzers, For Those About To Be A Sucker..VH Salutes u!

A APOLITICAL BLUES-hiccup…these fellas dipped into the sauce and punched this out as a bonus track for the cd and cassette only I think but hey it goes to show that Halen can get still get sauced and punch out sumthin goofy which we can all lap up and think it’s the coolest thing ever!Just don’t tell Chairman Mao!

IN CONCLUSION-OU812 is I think over all this time my fav Hagar era album. The songs are good and it’s a good continuation of 5150 and why not keep the party going will ya?! You think I gonna tell Sam/Mike/Ed and Alex to leave? Nope just turn off the lights when u split! This one took many a year but it was a real slow grower on me and well it’s a classic. The only fault I can find with it is the production. Some of the sonics on some songs sound better than others. But when it comes to the playing and singing,no complaints man,no complaints!

5 Man Loud Electrical Jam…..

Tesla/Firehouse/ Duluth Arena/August 11 1992

Bang,Bang Shoot em Up! Here comes Tesla headlining (Pyschotic Supper World Tour)with support act Firehouse playing Ladanos favourite American City Duluth to a half filed arena (2500) or so.

Myself,my bro Todd,Al ,Cementhead and Anvils biggest world wide fan Tony Gallo shot down to see the show. Well here comes Firehouse you know em they had a little decent run for a few years at which time they were plugging there current release which was Reach For The Sky which the title track was very good road slamming tune. There focus that night was mainly the debut which was played  songs like Shake an Tumble,Don’t Treat Me Bad, Overnight Sensation in other words the rockers I liked but for me I could not handle any Firehouse ballads I mean shit all these bands were doing it too the point Of overkill  as all the bands would you know release   a heavy single followed by a ballad and quite frankly I thought Firehouses ballads were like REO Speedwagon cast offs . Hey if you love ballads more power to ya but man when the lead singer CJ Snare pulled his Casio keyboard to the front of the stage to play Love Of  A Lifetime I thought I was gonna puke! Having said that the guitarist Bill Leverty is really good…

So basically it’s time for Tesla….everyone you know in the crowd is meandering about,house lights are on and well I’m paying attention to the stage and I tell my bro check it out. With the house lights on Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch walk out and go right into the opening trade off riffing of Cumin Atcha Live….wow did Tesla pull the plug on the lights nope…as soon as the drums kick in the house lights go off and the Tesla light show begins! Man what a a cool way to open a show. Never ever have seen it done that way and will never again unless Tesla does it!

Jeff Keith reminds me of a male Janis Joplin and man can the dude sing. Troy Lucketta and Brian Wheat handle down the rhythm and  Tommy and Frank nail down the leads.

Tesla as a live band is like going to Mcdonalds. You know in a way what your getting  but your gonna be surprised as Tesla is a serious rock machine live . I mean talk about quality songs,performance,no bell and whistles just straight ahead rock n roll delivered loud!

I just remember there set list being like if I had made a set list myself on the songs I wanted to hear. After the opener Cumin,it was Change In The Weather,Hang Tough,Heavens Trail,Song And Emotion,Call It What You Want,The Way It is ,Paradise,Love Song(ok ok ,I know what I said earlier about ballads but when Tesla did em they do em with style not some re manufactured pomp junk . And of course they had acoustic portion of the show with Signs,Had Enough,Before My Eyes ,What You Give and now back to the electric with Edison’s Medicine,Let’s see oh yeah Modern Day Cowboy and Gettin Better were played…..cool stuff man….great great live band…..these cats could and can play check out the vid of Cumin Atcha Live. This is a perfect representation of  Tesla, great lead and backing vocals and Hannon/Skeoch are very very good here and man this is the first tune dude! Great video by whoever filmed it back in 92!

Totally enjoyed this show as it was a awesome set list performed by a great band and I was lucky to have caught em twice live  in two years by this point

Sonic Waves….Tragically Hip/Up To Here

This Up To Here review is for DaBrun! Hope ya enjoy it buddy!

Considering 1989 was the year Glam Metal was ruling everything in sales,ticket grosses,print media and video. Out  of Kingston came The Hip with their major label debut and man this album went against the grain of what I just mentioned but the Hip struck a chord or three chords for that matter with a ton of Canucks and this album just flew off the shelves! My first purchase was on cassette for this followed by cd.

The album was produced by Don Smith(rip) and he just lets the Hip go at it which to me just sounds like they just toked up/plugged In and pushed play!

Let’s see what Gordie/Bobby/Johnny/Paul and Gord are rolling……

BLOW AT HIGH DOUGH-So let’s Canadiana 101 begin! Here comes Gordie blasting out of the gate with the boys because well you knew they can get behind anything! Cool guitar,bass and drums actually I still love the sonic of this album to this day! Still I think if you were to ask people to say what one song would define the Hip I betcha it may be this one or perhaps Orleans? I dunno close call…..

I’LL BELIEVE IN YOU-Man this song is a firecracker it just zips along the 411 at break neck speed Gordie is slipping and sliding around traffic and he pushes along the tracks and the backing vocals are well suited to the Hip like I said…toke up/plug-in and push play!. Cool Bobby Baker riffing ….

NEW ORLEANS IS SINKING- This is one catchy riff of guitar courtesy once again from Mr Baker and Gordie is in full storyteller mode. This song is just a classic and still is and like I said it’s probably along with Blow At High Dough the two most recognizable Hipster tunes Ever!

38 YEARS OLD- Hip throw down the electrics,grab some acoustic and pedal steel and Gordie talks about being locked up in the Clink! Cool song and a shift in gears after the first three tunes drop the  sonic hammer on your senses!

SHE DIDNT KNOW- actually my fav from Up To Here. I mean classic ” she didn’t know the barrel was loaded” uh huh yeah right! Great stories/lyrics put to music. Man this shit does not get any better! Love this song..just love it. Actually this is like if REM took a few hits off the Hip Bong!

BOOTS OR HEARTS-Side two begins with some acoustic guitar kicked in the rump by the drums. That’s the thing with these  songs on here, They were road tested thru perhaps tons of bar gigs and the Hip just kept the tape machine going once they hit the studio.

EVERYTIME YOU GO- actually my second fav off of this album. Love the guitar sound and love the line ‘Like everyone I once knew a Dave. Drove a Plymouth shallow grave. Said my girl don’t walk she just unfurls” Wowzers! Sooooo cool…..geez I wish I could have said cool lines like that back in Highschool!

WHEN THE WEIGHT COMES DOWN- Cool strummer of a tune, super catchy chorus. Folks were headed for the finish line and the Hip just keep chugging along.

ANOTHER MIDNIGHT- If you dig a little deeper you will come across different flavours on the this debut. This is one of em just different textures add to a cool written song. Love the fact they can crank bar rock and ease off the gas a bit and just chill with a song like Another Midnight!

OPIATED- ends Up To Here with the medicine man paying a visit. Sounds like a fitting end to album or is it just the plain end? That’s the thing with Gordies lyrics. How I hear em you may hear em differently and perhaps we could get together and discuss and figure out what he’s going on about sometimes! But only if you bring the Doritos at the end of the night!

IN CONCLUSION – Stellar comes to my mind about Up To Here. For me the Hip came along with a good bar rock sound that was missing from the late 80s and just stomped on Poisons lipstick and gave us all a different outlook on rock and how it should sound. Simple yet effective. If your one of the few who have never listened to Up To Here, it’s never too late!

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