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SONIC WAVES ….Headstones/Love&Fury

After a decade layoff from being Canada’s toughest bar band here comes the Headstones with there rollicking good time rock record 2012’s Love And Fury!

Hugh Dillion/ Trent Carr/Dale Harrison and Tim White reconvene and put out a record that is soooooo good that I lodged this one into my top 5 releases of 2012 over at Mikey’s place! mikeladano.com

So if you recall from my Weezer review a little ways back where I called there Blue album a 37 minute ass kicker,well the Headstones with Love&Fury deliver there own 35 minute ass kicker the only difference is the Headstones include free of charge a good backhand to the head and a swift hard boot up the ass!

Welcome back fellas…….

CHANGEMYWAYS- Timmy slaps down some cool bass and Dale joins in and they rock it with Hugh and before you know heres Trent laying down some cool riffing and says  it best ‘this is it,this is it this is the shit I’m talking about” you gonna tell Hugh to change his ways? Ha! he will change his ways if he wants to change em himself thank you veryfuckingmuch!

LONGWAYTONEVERLAND- Hugh nails down some serious Harmonica on this track! Frigg it’s good to have these guys  back! Just simple straight ahead driving rock delivered with a fist to the face! Bam love the production on this record it’s simple yet effective! This is back to basics rock n roll! Love Harrison’s drums that keeps the song shifting and of course Hugh and his Harp end the song as how he started….Attitude!

FINALANALYSIS-this track just keeps the Headstones motor running. Great solo and cool title to boot!

FARAWAYFROMHERE-this is one of the best tracks on Love and Fury! It builds with Trents guitar and the money shot is the chorus! It’s super duper catchy Headstones! Man this song cooks! Love How Hugh sings this song I mean this dude means business but he can chill it out a bit and man oh man! Rock this bad boy loud!

DONTFOLLOWTHELEADER-ha,quick bursts of guitars/ bass/drums and Hugh takes charge Don’t Follow The Leader and if you do that leader would be the Headstones and it’s safe to say you would have your ass handed to Ya! Tim slams down the bass on this tune and keeps the groove going with Dale on drums! These guys keep the song short simple and to the point!

ASTRONAUGHT-wowzers a HeadStonesBallad!? Kinda sort of. Hugh sounds pained here man in his voice but I guess that’s the effect he’s looking for! It’s a different sounding tune but hey friends it’s ok for Hugh and the boys to lay off the gas I mean it’s not the mid 90s where they were punching out albums/Tours at a pace that would do some in! And some it did!

GOBACKTHEOTHERWAY-Go,go,go,go yammers Hugh and this song starts off to me sounding like that old tune by the Vapours called Turning Japanese but Trent cranks it into hell and the ‘Stones are off an running!

SOS- a live staple in the Headstones shows since the early days when I seen EM  (1995) and Yep it’s the Abba song! Hugh/Trent/Tim and Dale take the original version shove it in a blender,dump a bottle of JD in the blender and add a ton of attitude and volia  SOS done rock style! This song is a Keeper!

BINTHISWAYFORYEARS- the first time I heard this SongI was confused! I was expecting Tweeter And The Monkey Man Headstones instead Bin This Way For Years comes out and it got different time changes the bass is pumped but man the chorus is Gold! This is one of those back of the album deals  Bin this way for years…God Dammit….Bin this way for years… 

OUTTAMYLEAGUE-4 on the Floor and the Headstones are popping Pistons and blowing out there engine in this song. These cats may be 50 or so in age now but they show that they can rock it at high speeds when duty calls! Ha love the attitude of these guys always have! One show here in Tbay just remember them rocking out and especially Tim the bass dude had his down for a while riffing on his bass and when he looked up he just flipped the bird(Middle Finger) for no reason! That readers is the essence of rock n roll…if Ya don’t like it! F.U and F.U. All!

MIDNIGHTOFTHISLIFE-Hugh and the boys ease of the gas and and end the note on a chill song….just kick back and ease off the throttle … And I’m good with it! Like I would tell Hugh otherwise!

IN CONCLUSION -Headstones show up and kick ass and man this is a great rock record! 11 tracks of no B.S rock! I’m always a little skeptical about when bands implode and a bunch of years later try and capture whatever magic they once had! This here folks is not the case! Dale,Hugh,Trent and Tim throw it down and man I still hope they got a few more albums in the there  tank! Also the reason the tracks of the songs have no space in between them is thats how it showed up on my iPod when I purchased it! Ahhh Hugh you funny guy u!

SONIC WAVES….The Clash/Combat Rock

Say Wha!! Combat Rock? Ha! Seriously though this is great record. First of all I’m not a Clash expert and to be honest this is the only Clash disc I own! Shall I tell Ya how it all began!

Dateline/Thunder Bay/Say May or June of 1981

I can’t even take credit for saying ‘hey how about the Clash’ Nope as you great readers  know it’s all about the rock here but back when i was in Grade 8 and Tbone may actually recall this as well as were in Grade school back than together. With our class that year (1981)we would board a school bus (field trip they would call it ,in other words out of school for the day!)that would take us to a Historical  Park here in Tbay called Old Fort William which back in the 1800s was a Fur Traders Post and its til this day (2015) is  still open to the public as a tourist attraction but back than there was a girl in our class ( who shall remain nameless) was going through a break up with a fellow classmate(can’t remember his name and no it’s not me or Tbone! Ha ) lets just say it was a case of Lost Love! at age 13!..Hahahahahaha !

So anyways this fellow girl(Lost Love)on one of the bus trips out to Old Fort William which was about a 40 minute bus ride from our public school had a ghetto blaster and all she played that day was the same  three songs over and over  and shit to this day I still remember them, they are in no order….

Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen! Love Stinks by J Geils Band and Train In Vain by the Clash! Ha…over an over same 3 tunes ..hahaha!

Train In Vain was my introduction to the Clash but I kinda passed on them even in 1982 when a Combat Rock was mega and they were opening for The Who. I always loved Rock The Casbah and Should I Stay Or Should I Go back than but always for some reason skipped em!

So fast forward to July 1994 and myself and Tbone are in Winnipeg to see Pink Floyd and following protocol we go on a cd shopping spree and one that I seen in the cheapie bins was Combat Rock for about $6.00 so Hello Purchase!

Man it only took me 12 years to get this album….so thanks Joe Strummer(RIP)/Mick Jones/Paul Simonen and Topper Headon!

Lets hop aboard my Train In Vain!

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS- the Clash start off with almost a shuffle kind of groove punk ska? and I dig the rhythm guitar mixed on the left side pretty much straight through the whole album. Know Your Rights shouts Joe and hey man he’s making me take notice that all is not correct politically back in 1982 so really no different than what’s going on in 2015! Good call out Mr Strummer!

CAR JAMMING-what a cool title! This is a little snappy  punk pop number and it kicks but it’s what the Clash do! They kick you in the ass with there army boots and tell Ya to pay the Frigg attention!

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO- Mick Jones takes the lead vocal here and man it was and still a big tune! Love the sax or whatever it is buried under the guitar to make it heavy! Cool verse and love how they break out punk rocking during the chorus! The crazy thing is I have read how the Clash did not like how this song was mixed! To me ..I likey!

ROCK THE CASBAH-boom love this tune! My favourite song of the Clash period and well once again I had read that Mick Jones the guitarist in the band hated this song from the moment he heard it in demo form in the studio! Now I’m no Clash expert but I guess maybe it had SUMTHIN to do with the drummer Topper Headon writing it,playing piano and  beating the drums. Topper you the man cool guy! Fuck this song lays down a reggae feel driving with bolts of cool rhythm guitar. Dig that continuous loop of claps and percussion. This song is Brillant ..to this day! The Shareef don’t like it …Rock The Casbah! Also like the part of the tune where you here the jet fighter noises in the background after Joe says Jetfighter! Classic Synch job and the video to this day I love!

RED ANGEL DRAGNET-give up for the 4 string bass dude of The Clash Paul Simonen who takes full control vocally on this track! This is a reggae track folks ….

STRAIGHT TO HELL-a song a about injustice and hey how about a round of applause when Joe shouts out this line”it ain’t Coca Cola,it’s rice” Yep that just about says it all! Perhaps that’s the reason I missed the boat on the Clash back in there heyday of 1982! They were sending out messages like take a look around you the world is full of chaos and were all fucked! Me I was wondering when I would be hanging out with David Lee Roth and doing the Sinners Swing! Oh well plus the fact that the girl played Train In Vain 500 times over an over on that school bus may  have had something to do with it! Whatever the case better late than never !

OVERPOWERED BY FUNK-yeah man the Clash go all Funk N Punk and it’s kinda a cool tune! It’s Funk man! Case in point I work with a real young fella(early 20s) great guy and when I was writing this review well his last name is Funk so he gets all the verbal trimmings from me as I can call him “Motherfunker” Get The Funk Out” Funkenstein”Funkmountain” and man he just laughs at me well we pulled up YouTube at work and I asked him if he ever heard of the Clash?Funk said no so I played him this tune! He Funkin dug it! Case closed!

SEAN FLYNN- Geezus is that a flute? Is this becoming Jethro Clash? This is different than what else is on this record but that’s just it! There are so many styles of music here. Punk,Ska,Reggae,Rock and the Flute?

GHETTO DEFENDANT- this tune kind of builds up to the chorus and the tempo doesn’t really change that much..

INNOCULATED CITY-I guess this is what they call ska reggae! Off time changes keep,the song shifting gears musically and well it’s another political throw down of something pissing off Stummer and Company!

DEATH IS A STAR- Clash Is in punk  jazzy mode and once again end the album how they wanna end it…there way talking about Ummm yeah death!

IN CONCLUSION-I admit it I was ignorant of The Clash back in 1982 but I totally appreciate what they did and brought to the table with there style of music on Combat Rock(great title) years later! Like I said a few times I’m no expert on there history or anything but man these crazy English punk ska dudes put out a record that they fought over amongest themselves and it may be there biggest seller ever! Plus each song is different no two sound alike on Combat Rock and thank god Nuthin comes close to sounding like A’Train In Vain! (Though a good song, but Ya get my drift right?)