RUSH VAPORIZES TBONE

Nov 2 2002/Rush/Minneapolis

Basically by this time me and TBone had been listening to Rush since 1981. TBone was the first to have Moving Pictures and I believe it was on 8 track! We never had  the opportunity or for some reason we always missed Rush which was a crime but when Rush came off the hiatus and put out Vapor Trails and announced a tour to coincide with said release we had to go except well I had 3 daughters under the age of 5 so getting away was hard but Q (my wife) knew I was a Rush fan and knew I had never seen em so she said ‘ya better go’ what a great woman! So I told TBone he secured tix and we were off to the Target Center to see after many a year…RUSH!

Once inside it was almost surreal….crap we are about to see Rush. I mean me and TBone we have seen tons of shows as you know from reading my posts but  it’s Geddy/Alex/Neil for gods sake. Man the anticipation was huge for us,for everyone. The Target Center was pretty close to a sellout and cue lights out …..here’s the opening film and here’s Rush before us launching into Tom Sawyer…holy crap Geddys ripping bass,Alex is riffing and Neil’s being the professor on the drum kit! I have never seen so many air drummers gathered in one place ever. Cool stage set up Geddy had his dryers going and had a roadie every so offen dump,change into it the dryer while they were playing. Aaaaah good ol Canadian humour!

Basically Rush played two sets and as everyone knows Rush doesn’t ever cruise with a opening act anymore. Rush first set included Distant Early Warning,New World Man,Roll The Bones, Earthshine,Bravado,Big Money,Vital Signs,YYZ,Freewill and holy shit how about a prog rock wet dream with Natural Science! Man that one floored us!

After a short intermission and a short film here comes Neil slamming into One Little Victory,Driven,Ghost Rider,Secret Touch,Dreamline,Red Sector A,Leave That Thing Alone and into Pearts crazy ass drum solo! It must be noted that I have been to two concerts in my lifetime that you do not leave during the solo and that is Pearts and Eddie Van Halens at a VH concert ! Peart just slayed everyone it was sick man…never have seen a drum solo so good and may never again unless I make it back to another Rush show! Ok how about some Rush tunes after that 10 minute mash up on drums.Geddy and Alex played a acoustic version of Resist that went over real well! Next up was a snippet of 2112 and now Limelight,La Villia with a Lifeson rant about blues and what musical chops man! Spirit Of The Radio is the end of the line!

Holy Hanna we just got rocked big time by the masters!!! That was crazy good!

Wait Rush isn’t done…how about a blast from the past with BY-TOR??? You kidding me now into Cyngus and now to top,it all off Working Man!!

Rush pulled out the stops what a vast catalogue of material to,choose from! They just brought the house down! Me and TBone were speechless! We were schooled that night by the professor and his two sidekicks! I think I can speak for TBone and say that this was one of the best indoor arena shows we ever seen!

Cool thing when Geddy emptied his dryers he chucked a few T shirts into the crowd. When me and T were leaving we seen a guy in the arena lobby had one on and he was getting offers for it like crazy he turned em all down as far a I know. I don’t know what was on the front of the shirt but the back of the shirt said ” Geddy Lee Dryer 2″…… Like I said earlier a cool sense of humour from those fellow Canadians!

Also of note,we met a few dudes at the hotel bar . They were from Wisconsin and they giggled like bunch of school girls when they learned that a couple of Thunder Bayians  had to drive 6 hrs to go and see Canada’s Rush in the USA!???

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SONIC WAVES….Iron Maiden/Piece Of Mind

To say that I wasn’t pumped about Maidens Piece Of Mind would be the understatement of the 80s. If you don’t believe me ask TBone. Poor guy was in a foot cast (soccer injury)the day I bought Maidens new release and I boogied up to his house zipped right into the living room bumbling with excitement about the new album in hand and tripped over his casted foot!! He squirmed and i peeled off a quick apology and bellowed out loud “NEW MAIDEN … NEW MAIDEN!!’ Good thing Tbones mom was not around she would thought a lunatic was rampaging thru there house! We still on occasion will talk about this and have a chuckle about it!

So there we are May of 1983 and finishing up grade 10 and what a Better way to kick It into overdrive with some new Maiden. I mean the build up for Piece Of Mind was huge. Circus  Magazine,Music Express and Kerrang were all talking about it in print form and once I seen the adds that were in the  magazines a month before the actual  street date I was pumped/psyched you name it I had it! And had to get it!!!!

For me the first Maiden I ever bought was back in the summer of 1981  at Record On Wheels here in Tbay. I had enough money to buy one album that day  and that one album was  Maidens Killers. Although i came real close to buying Def Leppards On Through The Night( that would come shortly later). This was metal I had  never heard before and every song was like a punked up metal tune due to Dianno’s vocals these songs cooked! Of course the following year in 1982 here comes Number Of The Beast with a new singer in tow (Bruce Dickinson) and Maiden is everywhere with the video(Run To The Hills) and in print and copies are flying out of the stores even Tbone joined the ranks with purchasing Number Of  The Beast! Atta boy!

So back to 1983 here comes Maiden down the chute with Piece Of Mind and a new drummer in tow(Nicko Mcbrain) and well  the hype was delivered !

Let’s see what Eddie the Ead is doin?!

WHERE EAGLES DARE- Maiden says we got a new drummer! And Nicko leads the charge with a song based on the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name! This is over 6 minutes of downright cool heaviness! The solos are wickedly good and well up to that point I thought the two Priest Guys(Tipton&Downing) were the dual lead guitar champs but here comes Davey and Adrian with a one two punch. Shit these guys are crazy good and of course with  Harris and Dickinson delivers the song like he’s going into battle! Man this is only the first song of the album and Maiden is taking no shit from no one!

REVELATIONS- word on 22 Maiden Avenue was that Bruce contributed co writes on the Number Of The Beast but due contractual issues they had to keep his cowrites in house and not revealed to the public. Wether that’s the truth or not it doesn’t matter but man if Revelations is his first actual writing submission into the Maiden camp than WELCOME. Holy crap what a tune! Starts heavy…moves into melodic metal material than shifts back into metal than fires straight into some wickedly good soloing! Followed back into melodic metal mode! Whoosh! This is blowing me mind!

FLIGHT OF ICARUS- the single/video off of this and Muchmusic would play it weekly on ther Powerhour broadcast! Harris gallops along and drives the Maiden single well why did they call Maiden singles,singles?  They’re like epic stories . This song is a very good track ….Fly on your way……

DIE WITH YOUR BOOTS ON-Maiden blasts off right at the gate and this is one of my fave tunes! Great vocals/ musicianship / great song and wow there’s backing vocals. Since this song is about war I wish Steve Harris woulda been my history teacher! I perhaps would have paid more attention!

THE TROOPER- this is epic Maiden. This song has been played on every tour since 1983! I think there would be a backlash if they forgot about this tune on a tour! Dickinson with his horse down bellows to the skies(what a great set of pipes)….Dickinson takes the reigns vocally on this album. Air Raid Siren they called him.

STILL LIFE-Maiden sticks it to the preachers and throws down some backward masking at the beginning with sumthin to the effects of “don’t meddle with things you don’t understand” hahaha. Good for you Maiden having a sense of humour as well! This song shuffles into a real snappy  Chrous  and well Still Life is just that.

QUEST FOR FIRE- don’t be late for history class as Mr Harris is taking us in the Maiden time machine back to the caveman days. I could picture a bunch of cavemen cruising around the earth looking for fire wearing there Piece of Mind tour shirts!

SUN AND STEEL-Maiden after the mid range tempo of Quest For Fire Maiden shoot off at a ton of speed right into super sonic Metal mode(would you not expect it??) this is Maiden making sure your senses aren’t letting down ! When Brucey sings ‘ break you both in two’ you know he’s not fooling!

TO TAME A LAND- this is about the book Dune and it’s amazing that Harris could take a 400 page novel and condense it down to a 7 minute epic track! This track has all the ball and whistles of prog rock! But Maidenized! So blown away was I by this track that I bought the book Dune due to Steve Harris. History 101 is now open!

IN CONCLUSION- Maiden kicked down all the barriers with this album and I kicked TBone! Seriously though Maiden separated themselves from all the party rock bands with this masterpiece(of mind )! The production it must be noted is awesome. It’s produced and mixed heavy. Well done Martin Birch! The sonics still hold well even today.

SONIC WAVES……Judas Priest/Unleashed In The East

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Well I came oh so close to seeing Priest open for Kiss back in 1979 but it was not meant to be(Priest cancelled) but right after I saw Kiss and seen Priests Unleashed In The East in the record store. I was hooked!

The cover is badass. Think about it I’m a young fella easily swayed at the time and here is this cool looking bands cover with a live shot. Mmmm looking back at it today I think this was done in the studio. The leather,smoke,dudes with long hairs playing guitars,Flying V !,double bass drums=heavy! man this is what I’m looking for. It’s like Kiss with the Alive 2 picture in the middle sleeve of the album with the full pyro going off . Now flip over the cover of Unleashed and there’s Rob Halford sitting still on the stage on a Harley Davidson no less. Plus the band is doing the selling point of it all,the POSE!! I’m converted….

Banzai Judas Priest…..

 

EXCITER- Priest kicks the doors off and just slam into heavy metal 101. Priest is on fire. They are taking no prisoners. This was the first song I ever heard with Tipton and Downing trying to riff out each other. No band I was listening to at the time(Cheap Trick,Kiss,ACDC) did that! Holy crap these guys are excellent  and thanks Priest( enter sarcasm mode for a sec here ) for letting me sit as 12 yr old through John Cougar opening for Kiss!!

RUNNING WILD-just keeps the adrenaline going that’s left from Exciter. Halford says he demands respect in this song ! Yes sir Mr Halford I will shoe  shine your metal boots for you! This is a little 3 minute rocker that well,reeks of cool!

THE SINNER- Tipton and Downing by now are warmed up and they let the fretboards do the talking on Sinner and of course Halford goes off on his operatic howl with Sinner and not only is my head blown but so are my Sears stereo speakers!

THE RIPPER- is the dark tune. Were now four songs in and ol Robbo and the boys are telling us about some crazed dude stalking around the streets. In other words don’t turn your back to anyone. It’s about YOU going into a dark alley and not coming back out! Got it?

GREEN MANALISHI(WITH THE TWO PRONGED CROWN)- Priest lays us out on the floor with this cover of a Fleetwood Mac song and basically Priestize it to there own! The guitars,drums and bass move the pace along and I still remember my mom asking me way back in time as she heard Halford with his operatic wailing and asked if he was a opera singer! My mom never ever said anything about my music but she must have been impressed by Halfords style to say the least !

DIAMONDS AND RUST- this is another cover song but Priest make it there own. Snappy Chrous that just grips you and doesn’t let go. Great Song and the musicianship is excellent!

VICTIM OF CHANGES- holy crap were getting heavy as were headed towards the end here. This is Priest when someone says give me one Priest song to define them. This is it ! Just all out heavy metal! The guitars are wickedly good and man for a while I would say Tipton/Downing were the best in the business until a couple of other fellows came along knocking on there throne !(Wanna guess who it was? Check back here this Wednesday !)

GENOCIDE- holy crap Rob and the boys are gonna gas me out! Seriously though I come from the land of Love Gun and Dr Love!  And now I’m into Priest warfare with em!Geez even the titles are heavy! Cool tune wonder if they have ever played this track since?!

TYRANT-ends this album with basically Priest destroying everything in there wake! You want metal..we got metal…cool everything basically it’s Priest pillaging about! Great ending to a great album!

IN CONCLUSION- Next to the Kiss Alive albums and Cheap Tricks Budokan I had this was probably the fourth live album(some called it Unleashed in the studio) I ever owned and after listening to it it has owned me ever since! For further listening check out Memphis Live Vengeance 1982. That one as well is very good. Priest shifted my direction from some of the lighter sonics of the time (Kiss/ Cheap Trick) and took me into a heavier realm of listening!

SONIC WAVES…Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators/World On Fire

Yah man I’m breaking protocol and reviewing sumthin new and probably well too new for me but it’s not too often that a new release can come out and basically kick me in the ass of awesomeness but World On Fire has done that man and it will possibly quite well be my número Uno 2014 fav release!

Slash and the boys have outdone themselves here. I mean when I seen it was 17 tracks deep I was like ah no way man maybe 10 keepers and 7 close calls but nope nada ….17 little cookers that prove to me in the year 2014 that guitar oriented rock is alive and well in Slashville.

Lets see what’s cooking under the top hat!

WORLD ON FIRE-The boys kick out the jams right out of the gate with the catchy lead off single. Myles Kennedy is without a doubt one of the best rock singers out there right now period. The dude holds his own and it helps that they have cranked up Todd Kerns on bass and backing vocals I mean why not Kerns fronted Age Of Electric and now he slings the 4 string for Slash and man how many bands can you say out there right now have two lead vocalists ? Yeah and that’s this band! Slash is riffing like crazy on this and on all others! Yeah if you choose to play the vid on your big screen,make sure the kids aren’t around ahem! Just don’t trip the wire!

SHADOW LIFE-starts off moody kinda chill like vibe and boom into gear and big Chrous and like I said Kerns and Kennedy a one two vocal punch to the gut. There not screwing around and man these guys are locked in by track two!

AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE-this band just punches the gas and roars. You know the deal your baby is Automatic and she’s in Overdrive. This songs just clocks in under 100 mph so you know it’s a rocker. Slash has totally stepped up with the playing on this album. Man, you want huge riffs this is the place for em!

WICKED STONE- man oh man this one reminds me for some reason of that big band Slash was in about 20 yrs ago. Slash puts this song on his back and carries it right thru. Also of mention again is the fact that Kennedy is a crafty lyricist and he delivers it vocally. Plus the fact that they got Kerns cranked up as well vocally is a smart move(dude can sing,don’t believe me check out Ugly from his old band Age Of Electric). This song just keeps the momentum going ! Holy crap still 14 more songs to go!

30 YEARS TO LIFE-Brent Fitz slams some serious drumming along with some killer cowbell on this road rocker. Actually this whole band is firing and now there on the run. 30 years in the clink. Well if your gonna get locked up Myles at least your going in style! Slash once again riffs and riffs but not to the point of overkill. Brent Fitz is kicking the crap out of his drums, man he’s good.

BENT TO FLY- whoa, Slash slams on the breaks and the boys kinda chill out on this one well until the big hooky Chrous with the big hooky voices. Even though it’s a little more slow paced. The boys keep it rocking in a different way I mean you can’t go 100 mph 24/7 anymore. Well maybe 85 mph24/7 actually I would be at roughly 33mph/24/7 you get the drill!

STONE BLIND- all right this one is a scorcher. The song starts off super chill with Kennedy just chillin and than boom The verse is so friggin catchy. This one just grabs ya and doesn’t let go! This song rocks from start to finish.

 

TOO FAR GONE- it’s all been decided your Too Far Gone sez Myles and the boys. Yep your right fellas this song reminds me once again of that ol band (GNR) but how could it not .Slash wrote some huge riffs back than. And he continues to do it to this day! More power to ya Slash!

BENEATH THE SAVAGE SUN- the beginning reminds me of ol school Aerosmith and that’s where the comparison ends. The band shifts into some different time signatures and Kerns drops down some cool low end bass in at as well. Kinda epic style Slash N Roll…

WITHERED DELILIAH- hey I think SMK&C may have a hit here. This song just rocks along and it will make a great single. This album courtesy of Brent Fitz has a bunch of cool percussive action going on this whole album!(COWBELL) Kudos to Slash for keeping this unit intact for a few years now and not some revolving musical door!

BATTLEGROUND-this is the close to 7 minute epic track…slow buildup and man it’s a diversion of the rock that so dominates this release. Cool that like I said earlier are many different musical moods and this is a moody piece….but in a cool kinda way!

DIRTY GIRL- song number 12 and Slash heads back to the Sunset Strip for some Dirty Girl!  Of course you knew this kind of song would be on here tucked neatly away and BAM here comes the Dirty Girl. Cool that dudes pushing 50 can still sing about sleaze and roll not be called out as creepy! YET!  Great song man….this will be on the radio for all ya ol farts!(myself included)

IRIS OF THE STORM-it’s always a buzz to get this deep into a album and you realize this is my favourite track! Oh wait yeah it is. Songs starts off slow and slowly picks up steam. Man this album is chock full of radio rock and this is one of em also. Dig Kennedy’s voice on this golden nugget of a tune!  The band is right in the pocket on this one!

AVALON-comes crashing out of the gate at rocket speed! SMK&C aren’t letting up man!  Good solid rock song that pushes almost like a Heavy Nine Lives Aero Feel at times….

THE DISSIDENT- starts of like a mono LP with someone going off about the objector well make that a F*%kin Objector and than Fitz and Slash kick off the festivities and man during the Chrous you get some whoas and double whoas and man this is now my favourite track currently. It’s so damn catchy you will cruise around your house singing it..u will man..u will!

SAFARI INN- just a cool little musical and hey were over a hour into this bad boy and ya gotta give the lead vocalist a break!

THE UNHOLY-ends the record with some more epic material kinda like along the lines of Battleground. It’s ok man,this song is a fitting end it build and build and it’s over!

IN CONCLUSION- To say this is a great rock record in the year 2014 would be a understatement! It for me is thee rock record of 2014! SMK&C take it to another level with this release. Solid songs,solid performances all around and solid production take a bow Michael Baskette! Like I said earlier it’s cool that Slash has kept this trio of guys with him for a few years now and it shows in spades the cohesiveness of this unit. Hundreds of shows played and well the boys bring it home! So basically set aside about  1 hour and 17 minutes and head out on a rock n roll journey!

DEF LEPPARD/Saturday Night High N Dry….Kinda!

Def Leppard/Nov 14 1992 / Duluth Arena

Cool that this vid was from the actual show that myself,my brother Todd, Al,Mr Tony ‘Anvil’ Gallo and Cementhead went too! Good ol You tube!…

So Leppard was still doing pretty big business in 92 considering more than a few bands from the Northwest region of the USA were making a ton of noise and selling a ton of records but here is Leppard in all there glory on a Saturday night in Duluth Minnesota playing on there In The Round Stage with no opening act in front of a sold out house 5,000 and not worrying about the massive shift in musical climate that is going on outside!

This is probably the last of the big arena shows put on by a band of Leppards size for quite a few years after! Who knew that there record sales would dwindle after Adrenalize  and there concert turnouts as well! Who knew ? I didn’t and neither did  the 5,000 others but wow Leppard was touring with new guitarist Viv Campbell he formerly of Dio and that MTV Glitzed version of Whitesnake! Campbell was a great addition to the lineup. He played all of Steve Clark’s parts for those keeping score at home. Anyways the curtain drops at the start of the show and Lep launches into Lets Get Rocked..here we go and now into Tear It Down (see vid) Women is up next love the outro solo at the end of the song. Too Late For Love,Hysteria, Make Love Like A Man and now were into the Phil Collen guitar solo! The dude is talented but he riffs like a looney tune on the fret board way to much overkill in my book man. Collen is great talent in the song structure but leave him to his own devices ie soloing I will pass thanks but hey I’m crammed down on the floor so I ain’t got no choice but too listen to him in Duluth!

The tribute to Steve Clark is next and that’s White Lightening. Foolin comes next,Animal and now Viv Campbell’s solo turn and he pulls a melodic yet effective solo and does not go down Collen Shredding Avenue! I mean listen to Campbell’s solo on Dios Rainbow In The Dark( great solo) for example.  Thanks Viv for not blowing out my eardrums on a shred fest fretboard workout that night at the Duluth Arena!

Campbell’s solo launches the band into God Of War and this folks is the big production number of the show. Four pods at each corner of the stage on a rail attached to the ceiling roll out over the crowd the pod opens and lights spin around I mean it’s the Gods Of Wars ,pretty cool effect from what I recall. Rocket fires up the crowd but is it just me or is Elliot’s voice a lot different live than on record,no it’s not me it’s fact man. Mutt Lange and his studio trickery. I wonder if when Lange was working for ACDC if he would have put Johnson throw the old vocal enhancer….not!

I guess  I’m being too critical here but seriously the backing vocals are good live  but compared to the studio polish,well I prefer the live better. And now cue the  acoustic song and that would be for Bringin On The Heartbreak which they electrify towards the end of the song segueing into Have You Needed Someone So Bad. Rock Of Ages with crowd interaction into mega hit 1988 Pour Some Sugar On Me! Leppard splits underneath to the cozy confines of there In The Round Stage!

There back and they finish up the show with back to back hits in Love Bites and Photograph!

If you wanted to attend a greatest hits show while plugging said current release well this was the show for you! Out of the 17 songs played 16 were from Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize! Basically the first two studio outputs are ignored! So Leppard in 1992 are not playing for the fans from 1981( me!) but for the fans from 1983-1992. Don’t got me wrong it was a good show,but man to ditch a lot of good material from On Through The Night and High N Dry! What can you do! Leppard was a $$$$$ making machine back than. Give people want they want and I guess that’s what the Minnesotans wanted on that Saturday Night(High N Dry lite )November 1992!

 

 

SONIC WAVES….The Cult/Electric

 

 

Spring 1987 and a friend of mind who goes by the name of Pizza Thief (long story) tells me too check out the new Cult record. My first reaction was naaa. I had  seen the  videos from Love on Muchmusic but I guess the whole gothey look they had going at the time just wasn’t doing it for me. Now I know what your thinking. Don’t judge a book by its cover! Absolutely true and I will explain later on but…..

Yeah Pizza Thief reiterated to me that I REALLY GOT TO CHECK THE CULT ALBUM OUT!!!! And he follows up that line with their doing AC-DC style rock! Screech….what? AC-DC?? You F*%kin with me? Nope says the Thief and well now it’s off to the record store. So let me tell you as soon as I heard the opening guitar from Billy Duffy at the beginning of WildFlower,holy crap Pizza Thief was right! AC-DC rock indeed !

Let’s listen to what Billy and The Wolfchild are riffing on……

WILDFLOWER- Billy Duffy Starts off the Electric album so for the next 38:51 The Cult  will hold me hostage with there street rock kicking out the jams at loud volume. I love the production on this record by Rick Rubin. It’s like once Duffy comes to his solos he cranks the fader up so the guitar is just gonna shred your stereo speakers! Luuuuuv it! One other thing that has to be mentioned is Ian Astburys tambourine playing! Man it makes the songs on this record come alive a f*#kin tambourine! Never ever thought I would type that in 2014!

PEACE DOG- Whoah …Peace is a dirty word!! By the second song I’m the Wolfchilds little bitch and he’s slapping me silly! This is tough rock man B-52 Babbbbbbbbeeeeeeee……(Ian is belting it out) Way up in the skyyyyyyyyy……this is like a B-52 bomber landing at the Thunder Bay Airport! Oooops I’m supposed to say International airport!(for the local blog readers)! We are a wanna be big city with a small town mentality.

LIL DEVIL- I think Ian and Billy must have hung out with Malcolm and Angus on this album and just jammed. This like many others on  this album was huge. That’s the great thing about the Cults music I know people who love the Cult and that’s about it as far as heavy rock goes for em! God bless em! But for some reason People love the Cult like people love AC-DC. Just keep it simple silly I guess the saying goes.

APHRODISIAC JACKET- the cool thing about Ian was sometimes figuring what the hell he was going on about at times! For me this is one of em! But who cares, drink beer,take drugs,and look for a fight that’s the Cult Mach 1987!

BADFUN- is a kicking track. Props to the drum mix on this whole record. Les Warner may be working at Walmart or sumthin now,but back than he had the Phil Rudd whole meal beat deal down pat!

KING CONTRARY MAN-lots of Yeahs in this song and lots of No’s as well plus Ian drops cool lines like “Zany antics of a Beat Generation” cool vibe he had strutting back than especially that awesome WolfHat on the cover of Electric….I Say Yeah!

LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE- wow now this is the number. I mean just crank it LOUD!  Billy just slays this song on guitar and Ian gives it to the Scarlett woman. This song garnered huge video play here in Canada. And of course tons of babeeeeee’s….shake it don’t break it’s as well thrown in for good measure!

BORN TO BE WILD- the cover version of the (fill in the blank) song when I hear this song I always think of the solo..just how jacked up the sound goes on it! Good version……Astbury nails this song vocally……

OUTLAW- The Cult is showing up,to your local tavern and cleaning all the alcohol out and telling the tale about Jimi the Boogie Man….must have been a true story somewhere that got Ian inspired! Imagine if  Astbury was the anchorman of your local 6 pm news hour! He would start off the telecast with ‘ Jimi the boogie man,took a shotgun in his hand,turned on dude candy man”..geez I could listen to Astbury read the news all night!

MEMPHIS HIP SHAKE-is the last tune on the Electric and Ian kicks the can one last time with a lot of shakes/ shake / shake. Astbury is the King of cool circa 87. Plus the fact that he nailed a mean tambourine is full on props as well. Also we can’t forget about the lightning bolts that come out of Duffys guitars in these songs .This album is well….ELECTRIC!

IN CONCLUSION-The Cult had already grabbed a foothold in Canada by the Love album which I ignored due to the Gothey looking videos as I called em! My bad,my mistake but like I said earlier you cannot judge a book by its cover and by that thank god Pizza Thief spoke to me about the Electric album. I’m sure once i seen the vids I woulda got around to it. But after the release of their next album Sonic Temple I purchased Love and all these years later I still love Rain,Nirvana,Revolution and She Sells Sanctuary from it!

Watch the video…great live performance of Love Removal Machine and then into She Sells Sanctuary that morphs into Born To Be Wild! Check it out! And crank it!

Now what’s Pizza Huts phone # again?

DAN BAIRD/Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired(1992)

Dan Baird, I tell you this guy is one fantastic songwriter and not just the Keep Your Hands To Yourself guy from his previous band Georgia Satellites. This dude knows how to put words to music and man if you don’t believe me check out songs like Dan Takes Five, I Dunno,Sheila,Red Light, Railroad Steel,I could keep going on an on. Baird split from the Satellites in the early 90s but he bounced back with a classic Southern Cooked solo album called Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired.1992

Let’s examine some action from Baird county….

THE ONE I AM- That’s what I am sez Dan and he’s up to no good with some pick action on the guitar sounds like the Satellites of course it is,the dude did it all in that band.

JULIE AND LUCKY- From waste your time Kentucky….I love that line this one sounds like if you were to drive your car straight into a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Canada to get a bit of a southern feel(I wouldn’t recommend it though)

I LOVE YOU PERIOD- Was the first and only single from this album. Ol Danno is pretty clever with them lyrics. Cool slide guitar and like I said sly lyrics.

LOOK AT WHAT YOU STARTED-Has a kickin honkey took piano with some big backing vocals/slide guitar man it’s just a happy good ol tune!

SERIOUSLY GONE-This nails out of the starters gate like a jack rabbit getting into some good Southern Comfort! Cool all out rocker…..

PICK UP THE KNIFE- Hey if you’re gonna pull a fast one on Dan and The boys you better go the distance once again some cool guitar and neat simple,production …keep it simple silly!

KNOCKED UP – Is a corker of a tune with some of the best Baird lyrics ever..case in point..”you got knocked up,I got locked up I guess you could say we both got screwed!” Man you cannot make up stuff this good I tell ya….

BABY TALK- Is the swampy sounding song on this album,like right out of the Louisiana backwoods…..cool effects on the guitar and vocal…

LOST HIGHWAY- Starts off with just the guitar and it kicks kinda like a slow grooving AC-DC kinda feel in the rhythm of the song. Lost Highway man,Were heading down it. May be only one way in and not a way out..my personal fav from this album!

DIXIE BEAUXDERAUNT- Ha,this is another fav of mine on this album and it’s Dan at some of his best story telling. A story in which he talks about a girl named DIXIE BEAUXDERAUNT  who works as a dancer, dancing to Twisted Sister(not lying)….great tune just drives the record to a finish.

IN CONCLUSION-this is one stellar solo album, considering the musical climate it came out in(1992) Baird just stuck to  what he does best and that’s take you on a lyrical and musical journey tour de force as if you the listener were living next door to him in the Deep South!

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