Love, Peace, Flower Hour and Liberation
I've got lots on my mind this time out....I work in retail so my busy time of year is upon me, but I will always carve out time for music. Lets get down to it, then....
The Cult: It's been 31 years (Oct 18, 1985) since they released the seminal Love album! This album has been in my top ten for years now - it introduced me to a form of post punk that really rocked. I have owned this on LP and CD and if it was offered to me in another format I would probably buy that too. There was a great write up about them in ClassicRock magazine a few years back - it's on the interwebs, so go look it up - so I won't go into their origins here, mostly because I don't want to dominate the website (yet). Suffice to say, if you've never heard it, drop what you are doing and run, don't walk to your nearest record store or streaming device and give it a listen. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to give Electric a listen as well. Released two years later, it was produced by Rick Rubin, who guided the band towards a harder sound reminiscent of AC/DC. It turned out to be a divisive album among fans, since it was such a radical change in sound. I like both, but most fans are on one side of the fence or the other. There is a missing link, however, in the form of the Peace album which was released a few years back. There you will find Electric songs done in the Love style. Scoop that one up as well.
King Biscuit Flower Hour: A listener had posed a question on the last podcast (Ep 128) about the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio program. I just wanted to add my two cents as I remember that program as well as the weekly In Concert series that my hometown radio stations would play. Great program to hear live music that (at the time) I was too young to go out and see. I have always been a huge fan of live music and records - I tend to like the live versions better than the recorded ones a lot of the time. One of my favorite radio stations when I was in middle school (WLPX out of Milwaukee) used to reserve their Saturday nights for a four hour block of live recordings by one band - I heard lots of music that way (and recorded many a cassette - too bad I don't have those anymore). But I digress - the Biscuit started in 1970 and ran through 2007, but original content stopped in 1993. Mostly known for classic rock, it did feature many up and coming and new wave acts as well. If you do some searching online, they released a lot of the shows as cds in the 90s. One of my favorites was a recording of Big Country recorded in Scotland on a New Year's Eve during their The Crossing our.
Seger Liberation Army: Just before sitting down to write this article, I was reading an article that rated all of Bob Seger's albums from worst to best. I don't know where all of you fall on his discography, but reading that reminded me of a garage rock album from 2008 - Seger Liberation Army Down Home. I first heard this on WMSE out of Milwaukee and had to have it. It is basically a garage rock reading of eleven of his earliest songs - the closest one to a hit would be Ramblin Gamblin Man, and it is a real scorcher of an album. Made up of various garage rock luminaries like Tom Potter (Bantam Rooster, Dirtbombs) and Jim Diamond, these guys uncover the raw rock in songs that Bob Seger wrote early on. It's not on Spotify so run out and get it without delay.
Coming Soon: Hopefully by the end of the week I will have a Halloween playlist up for the holiday for you all to enjoy. Watch this space.....
Current listening: Seger Liberation Army Down Home; Godsmack Live & Inspired; Dead Or Alive Youthquake (RIP Pete Burns)