Saturday, 30 April 2011

Pump it Up...It's Saturday!

Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

Blondie - Eat to the Beat

Allman Brothers - Idlewood South

Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedos

Friday, 29 April 2011

Are You Ready to Rumble? Head-to-Head: Guns N' Roses vs. Bon Jovi. First: G N' R - Paradise City

...And Now Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive

Hair Band Head-to-Head

Songs Everyone Should Know

“Wanted Dead or Alive”, Bon Jovi, 1987
“Paradise City”, Guns N’ Roses, 1987

Today we put two serious hair bands head-to-head. Look out as they were both at the top of their game when these two beauties came out!

Hair bands were an evolution of glam, hard rock, and heavy metal. The glitzy, but edgy look with fast power chord guitar dominated. Pretty boys with guitars really – but those boys knew how to rock!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Boney M - Rasputin

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago. He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow. Most people looked at him with terror and with fear but to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear

PIck of the Week

“Rasputin”, Boney M  (1978)

Les was the epitome of the rags to riches story. He came to Canada with the clothes on his back and through hard work and perseverance had run a successful campground on the shores of the Shuswap lakes in British Columbia for many years. He was an engineer by training who had left Hungary at the time of the revolution in the ‘50’s. We visited with him and his wife for many summers when I was a kid. It was always an adventure, as Les was a character for sure.

Flash forward to a beautiful day in the ‘80’s.  I was visiting them now at their lakeside house in British Columbia, Les now semi-retired. The sun reflected off the cathedral windows of his A-frame  house he had built as he used his winch that he had built in his boat house to lower his boat into the lake. Even though I get motion sickness in boats, somehow I had agreed to go out in his boat on the lake ‘for old times’ sake’. Mistake!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Love Shack - B-52s

I got me a car, it's as big as a whale and we're headin' on down To the Love Shack I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20 So hurry up and bring your jukebox money

Quick Hit

“Love Shack”, The B-52s (1989)

O.K. Well after yesterdays very heavy blog I decided to keep it light. Music is mostly about just enjoying it. It is not much fun to analyse it to death. I like to know about it so that it helps me explore and find new things that I like. I always remember it is about how it makes you feel.

I had a 1975 Mercury Monarch with manual transmission - yes a weird car I agree and it only sat about 6. When “The B-52s” first came out in 1979 I played it on my 8-track player non-stop.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Well, it's one for the money, Two for the show, Three to get ready, Now go, cat, go.

The birth of Rock and Roll

Pop quiz people -Is “Rock and Roll”?:
a)      An incarnation of rhythm and blues.
b)      A mixture of country, gospel, folk, and blues.
c)       A spin-off of boogie-woogie and jazz
d)      A reference to the old mariners’ term ‘rock and roll'.

And the answer is.......all of the above!

Music Historian Robert Palmer (not the Robert Palmer with the dancing girls, addicted to love, sorry), best known for his book “Deep Blues”, 1981 wrote:

"Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues, rural blues influenced white folk song and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos, blues and black pop influenced jazz, and so on. But the single most important process was the influence of black music on white."

Rocket 88 (Original Version) - Ike Turner/Jackie Brenston

PAUL BASCOMB - "Rock and Roll"

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Afternoon tea and jam.....

Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On

Carolyne Mas - Carolyne Mas

Rolling Stones - Stripped

The Band - Music From Big Pink