Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 193

Foreigner- Double Vision

No sophomore slump for Foreigner on this record. Another album chock full of now classic 7o's rockers. Obviously the title track, "Double Vision" is on here, as is "Hot Blooded" which leads off the album, and my favorite song on the album and maybe by Foreigner period, "Blue Morning, Blue Day".

There are a couple of duds on this record though. I really couldn't stand "You're All I Am", and the only Foreigner instrumental on a studio record, "Tramontaine" is absolutely the definition of "album filler". Too bad since I love instrumentals usually.

Another question I have about this record that I can't find the answer to is there are two songs on this album, "Back Where You Belong" and "I Have Waited So Long" that are not sung by Lou Gramm. So who is singing them? Mick Jones? I don't get it. They aren't bad songs, but you got Lou Gramm in your band, use him!

Day 192

Foreigner- Foreigner

The first of five (maybe six) nights of Foreigner. I'm fine with that. All there albums were pretty damn good until Agent Provocateur came out. But yes, I do have that also.

I think Foreigner are another one of those bands that get a bad rap now because the last big album they had was such shit. It's like they aren't forgiven for having a huge hit with, "I Want To Know What Love Is", which really isn't that bad of a tune. But it was so huge I think people tend to forget that Foreigner had some kick ass rockers like "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice", and "Long Long Way From Home" which are all off of this debut album.

Those three songs alone make this album ownership worthy. And when you add a killer soulful number like "Fool For You Anyway", it makes it that much better. There is some crap on here though. I have no idea what they were thinking with, "Starrider". Terrible song. It's like they were trying to appeal to prog rock and Deep Purple fans. It's so bad, it's worth listening to again just to make fun of it.

Other than that, solid debut album for a band that would go on to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide. Bet you didn't know that about Foreigner did you?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 191

Lita Ford- Lita

The reason why it's dangerous to walk into a record store with one dollar bills in your pocket is because you walk out with dumb shit like this..

Don't get me wrong, was hoooootttt just like every other 15 year old kid in 1988, but that didn't make me rush out and buy her album. Never owned it until 2010. Guess 15 year old Bobby is smarter than Bobby in his late 30's.

The biggest problem with this album is that it's way too keyboard heavy which I'm sure is as much Sharon Osbourne's fault as Lita's. (Sharon was her manager back then). Even a song co-written by Lemmy is ruined by the keyboards drowning out ever other instrument in the song. You take out those keyboards and you got a pretty damn good Motorhead song sung by Lita Ford.

Although I do give Lita props for trying to be a lead guitarist, her solos on every song aren't that tasty. Actually sound the same. So there you go, if Lita would have killed the keyboard player and hired someone like Ritchie Kotzen or Vinnie Moore to be her lead guitarist, this album might be.....ok.

By the way, does anyone else thing that Lita Ford looks like the white Maria Conchita Alonso?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 190

Steve Forbert- Streets Of This Town

Steve Forbert should have been a huge star. Even though he's best known for 1980's "Romeo's Tune", it was this 1988 album that first introduced me to him. After a six year layoff due to a lawsuit with his previous record label, Forbert returned with this record produced by Garry Tallent and featuring guest appearances by other E Streeters. This album came out at the right time and had the right songs to be enormous. I still scratch my head why it never put him over the top. The songs are just timeless.

I owe it to Edie Brickell & New Bohemians for first hearing Steve Forbert. I went to see the New Bo's in '88/'89 at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas and Forbert was the opening act. Just him and his acoustic guitar and he tore the house down. It was the first time I had ever seen a gig like that. I was so impressed I bought his cassette the next day. As soon as I heard the beginning of "Running On Love", I was hooked. It also impressed me that he could strip down these rich and full songs and they still sounded so good live.

I never have had the chance to see him again live, nor have I ever gotten another one of his albums. I don't really know why that is, but this album will always be special to me.

Like a young Dylan....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 189

Footloose- Original Soundtrack

I don't think I ever met someone in age group that doesn't like this movie. It's sad to me that I work with twenty somethings that have never seen it. It makes me feel old, yet also glad that I am a product of the 80's.

I saw this movie three times in the theater when I lived in Jacksonville, NC. They will always be my most memorable theater experiences because at each showing, there were literally people getting up and dancing in the aisles. The shit was unreal!

Obviously this soundtrack has everything to do with that. Sure it sounds really outdated now, but listening to it while I type, every song brings back memories along with scenes from the movies. How can you not think of Ren McCormack teaching Willard how to dance when you hear "Let's Hear It For The Boy"? Or Ren's angst dance scene while "Never" is on? Good stuff.

I can't think of another soundtrack that has this effect on me like Footloose does. Without these songs, how good will this movie really have been? I guess we'll find out when Hollywood acts on the terrible idea of remaking this movie. I can only imagine it will be as bad as the remake of The Karate Kid, and I don't need to see it to know it's god awful.

Here's the scene where the audience goes nuts:

Day 188

John Fogerty- Centerfield

It's kinda amazing that a guy could take 10 years between releasing albums, and re-emerge on the scene with a classic like this. Everyone already knows that Fogerty is a bad ass and you should own this record. Is it even possible to hate a song like "Centerfield"? I don't think so.

I got to go with "Rock And Roll Girls" as my favorite track on here though. Just a great rock and roll tune. And of course there is also "The Old Man Down The Road". I'm still kicking myself for not seeing his set at the ACL Fest a couple of years ago. I heard he killed it.

Now for non-Fogerty content, I wanted to let everyone know that I am now the co-editor for The Vinyl District: Austin. Although vinyl will be the forefront of the website, we'll be covering all things music related in this town. TVD: Austin is just one of 14 cities in the TVD network. It's a great site for all vinyl aficionados and music lovers in general. Please check us out!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 187

FM- Original Movie Soundtrack

Great soundtrack to a movie I've never seen. This is a double LP chock full of 70's classic rock hits we've all heard numerous times. I'm going to go ahead and do something that I haven't done since the early days of this blog and list the songs on the album, just so you can see what I'm talking about.

Boston-More Than A Feeling
Jimmy Buffet-Livingston Saturday Night
Doobie Brothers-It Keeps You Runnin'
Eagles-Life In The Fast Lane
Dan Fogelberg-There's A Place In The World For A Gambler
Foreigner-Cold As Ice
Billy Joel-Just The Way You Are
Randy Meisner-Bad Man
Steve Miller-Fly Like An Eagle
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Breakdown
Queen-We Will Rock You
Linda Ronstadt-Tumbling Dice & Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Boz Scaggs-Lido Shuffle
Bob Seger-Night Moves
Steely Dan-FM and Do It Again
James Taylor-Your Smiling Face
Joe Walsh-Life's Been Good

So as you can see, pretty stellar soundtrack. Except for Ronstadt's version of "Tumbling Dice". Really unnecessary and really lame. I dug "Lido Shuffle" a lot. I never knew that was a Boz Scaggs song. I used to own one Boz Scaggs album, but it was terrible. May have to track down the one with "Lido Shuffle" on it though.

As far as the movie goes, has anyone seen it? Any good?

I found a trailer for the movie. I think I'd rather stick to reruns of WKRP In Cincinnati.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 186

A Flock Of Seagulls- A Flock Of Seagulls

If I were asked to make a best of the 80's compilation, I wouldn't hesitate to include "Space Age Love Song". I may even go far as to say that it would be included on my Top 100 songs of all time list if I were to ever make one.

I never owned this album in the 80's and just like most people, I only thought of them as that band with the weird hair. I was so sick of "I Ran" that I hated this band. It wasn't until watching their Bands Reunited on VH-1 that I really started to think that they were any good. I used to love that show. Stupid that they got rid of that. It's unbelievable how band programming is on that channel now.

I'd love to see the original lineup get back together and do like so many bands do now and play this album all the way through. Not a bad track on it. And I love the instrumentals at the end. What really impresses me on this record is Paul Reynolds guitar playing. Soooo good. Why haven't we really heard from him since?

You know I have to play some "Space Age Love Song" now:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 185

Fleetwood Mac- Rumors

I don't have much time to write anything about this album tonight. I couldn't type while I was listening to it because I had my hands full with other stuff and now I'm going to go in the living room and spend time with the future Mrs.

I'll just say that it's a classic and should be owned by any music collector. Even if you aren't sure you don't like Fleetwood Mac, you will like this. It's a greatest hits album on its own. Poor Christie McVie. She got stuck singing the least recognizable songs on the album.

Have you ever heard Whiskeytown's version of "Dreams"? It's almost as good as the original:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 184

Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes

Sorry for missing a post last night. Softball season is about to start up and we had a scrimmage last night. It was the first time I've picked up a bat since October. Man, I am so sore today!

I think it's ok for me to miss at least one day a week. It keeps me from burning out, and it really was nice last night to come home from the softball game and relax on the couch and watch the UT basketball game I DVR'd. How 'bout those Horns, huh?

I'm actually about to get incredibly busy for at least the next 6 months between my job, planning a wedding and some other ventures I have going on. I hope to still have time to do this blog. It's a personal challenge to myself to see if I can really pull it off.

On to the Fleet Foxes...

Dad, you would probably really like this stuff. It's just really good folk-pop from Seattle. At least check out the video I'll be adding. I don't think I need to tell anyone else that reads this blog about the Fleet Foxes. Everyone else knows them well enough all ready, right? Cool thing about this vinyl is that it includes their second ep, Sun Giant. Bonus.

I'm not really an ACL Fest guy (too hot and crowded), but for some reason I seem to end up there every year. I mention this because of all the years going to ACL, the Fleet Foxes were hands down the best band I've ever seen play the festival. They played on Saturday and were the first band up at noon. What was so refreshing about them is that they genuinely seemed nervous about playing in front of 40,000 people and made a few comments about not really being a "festival" band, yet they sounded great. Plus, they were funny as shit. I'm looking forward to seeing them in a much smaller venue (Stubbs) in May.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 183

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs- The Story of Bonnie & Clyde

Now this is a very cool record. These guys are smoking good. I've heard them here and there in the past, but never a full album all the way through. There's a nice mix of vocal tracks and instrumentals and they break it up pretty evenly.

I've always been an 'outside looking in' type of fan of bluegrass. I know the names more than I know the music. And I suppose if you are a fair weathered fan, it can all sound similar. But listening closely to this album, I really got into it a lot.

This is the only bluegrass album I have on vinyl (I do have some tracks on the computer). I do plan on getting my hands on more. Especially more of theses guys, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, etc.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 182

The Fixx- Reach The Beach

The Fixx were another band back in the 80's that I had to keep on the DL that I actually liked them. It was not cool for metal dudes to dig new wave bands. But now that I'm 38, I can openly admit that "Saved By Zero" and "One Thing Leads To Another" both rule.

So when I found this at Musicmania (again for only one dollar) I didn't hesitate at all picking it up. Bernard, put more records on the shelves!!!

The rest of the album isn't too bad. Maybe a little too "new wavey" for me though. I'm trying to remember their other hits that weren't on this album, but I'm having trouble remembering. Was it "Red Skies"? Guess I'll have to youtube it to see if I remember.

I would be interested in checking them out live sometime. I think it's cool that they never broke up and it's been the same band for over 30 years now. More power to them.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 181

The Firm- The Firm

For the first time since I've started this blog, I had to skip a song because it sucked so bad. The Firm's cover of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" is one of the worst songs I've ever heard. I hope that Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page are still embarrassed by it.

I got this album at Musicmania for a buck and only because of "Radioactive". That's the only song I remembered, but turns out the strongest track on here is "Someone To Love". Overall though, it's a really boring album. You'd think with Page, Rodgers, Chris Slade, and Tony Franklin that they'd come up with something much more exciting than this. I guess that's why they only lasted two albums as a band.

I just started watching Freaks & Geeks again so that's it for me tonight. Still the best show in Television history if you ask me!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 180

Firefall- Firefall

Well this was only slightly painful to listen to. Why do I own it you ask? For "You Are The Woman" of course! I have no problem whatsoever buying an album just because of one song if it only costs a buck.

"You Are The Woman" has got to be one of the cheesiest songs ever. Especially with the flute taking such a prominent role in the song. But goddamnit, I love this song! It's a happy, fun song that I'm now tempted to play at my wedding. I'm sure Jessica will never go for this though.

The rest of the album is rather bad and is prime example of why people like to make fun of soft rock acts. And I love soft rock, but this is no Ambrosia here. I listen to this and I wonder how someone can still be in this band playing this schlock. I think I'd go mental. I looked it up, they are still a touring band. Nuts.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 179


I wasn't into Fastway as much as I should have been when this album first came out in 1983. I dug the tune, "Say You Will" a lot, but I was only 10 and 10 year olds don't have much money to buy albums with. Plus that was the year of Pyromania so who had time for anything else?

Listening to this album now, it's kind of funny that they get categorized as a "metal" band. They are about as metal as AC/DC which means that they are just a loud rock n' roll band. Slade actually comes to mind while listening to this record.

So a little history on this band. They were supposed to be a supergroup of sorts with Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead on guitar and Pete Way from UFO on bass. Hence, the name Fastway. But Pete Way went on to play with Ozzy instead so he's not even on this album. Jerry Shirley from Humble Pie is on drums and a very young Dave King is on lead vocals. You may know him know as the frontman for Flogging Molly. Which is funny to me for some reason. And that's not a knock against Flogging Molly.

Ok, fun listen. I'll be on the lookout for the second album, All Fired Up.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 178

Donald Fagen- The Nightfly

I'm not going to write much about tonight's album because 1) I don't feel like it and 2) after having a PS3 for a little over a year, I've finally gotten around to playing the free demo video games that are available in the Playstation store. It's pretty cool.

I did get this album because I like the song "New Frontier" a lot. It was one of the first videos I remember seeing on MTV. The rest of the album is ok, but nothing memorable sticks out. If anything, it's another example of a great 70's artist that tried to fit in with the 80's sound and failed. Too many synthesizers. Donald Fagen is a lot cooler with he's fronting Steely Dan. Now that's a band that I absolutely love. Can't wait to get to their catalog.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 177

The Fabulous Thunderbirds- Tuff Enuff

I bought this album out of boredom more than anything else. I was at Recycled Reads on Burnet one day looking to spend a couple of singles in my pocket, but the pickin's were pretty slim there that day. So, I figured I'd pick this up since I do like the song "Wrap It Up" and it was only a dollar.

But I was very surprised that I really do like this album all the way through. I put this album on 5 hours ago and I still have the song "I Don't Care" in my head. And that was the first time I've heard it. Another song on here that I like a lot is the instrumental "Down at Antone's".

Why did Jimmie Vaughan leave this band? Seems like they could still be popular around these parts if they stayed together. Are they even a band anymore? I think I remember Kim Wilson moving the band out to LA. I'm not sure though.

All in all, I'll put this in the dollar gems category.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 176

Explosions In The Sky- The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

I just picked this up on vinyl last week. I've been a big fan of these guys since the beginning, but have only ever had their stuff on CD until now. I almost bought Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever at Waterloo tonight, but I decided to get The Frames album, For The Birds instead. I had to do it. I love that album and didn't know that it got released on vinyl. I'm actually listening to that record write now while I type, but I did listen to Explosions first.

I guess most people who read this blog already know about EITS, except for maybe my Dad.
Dad, it's instrumental rock music. But I bet you'll dig it. Check it out.

I like to call this type of instrumental music "Epic Rock", because well, the MO is to make the shit epic. I started calling it that while listening to This Will Destroy You, but it applies for this whole genre in my opinion. While we are on the subject of Epic Rock, has anyone else heard of We're From Japan? Great band out of Portland, but it seems like I'm the only person who has ever heard of them outside of the Pacific Northwest. I don't even know if they are still around anymore, but if they are, I really hope they make it down to Austin sometime. I can't recommend their 2005 album, 48 Minutes, 07 Seconds, Then The Open Air enough. They put out another album in 2008 that I've never heard and have tried to find a place to order it with no such luck. If I ever make it up to Portland, I'm definitely going to look for it. Any EITS, Mogwai, Mono, or This Will Destroy You fan will certainly dig them.

Ok that does it for the E's. Let's recap on what I need. I'm embarrassed I don't own any Echo & The Bunnymen. Also could use some Alejandro Escovedo, Eels, Emperor, The English Beat, Enslaved, Brian Eno, Mark Eitzel, Elbow, and The Everly Brothers. Damn, I got to get to work on the E's.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 175

Exodus- Pleasures Of The Flesh

Go Packers! I couldn't blog last night because after celebrating the Super Bowl win, I was up pretty late watching the highlights over and over again on ESPN. Great game, and couldn't be more stoked as a Packer fan. I'm proud to be a shareholder of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers!!!

After the embarrassment of admitting that I own a Europe record, it's great to turn to a real and great metal band like Exodus. I've only gotten a chance to see them once and that was back in 1987 when they opened for Celtic Frost and Anthrax at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas. All three bands destroyed that night, but the coolest thing I remember was Gary Holt jumping in the crowd to punch the shit out of somebody. Me and my friend Matty thought that was the coolest thing ever and we declared Exodus to be total bad asses from that point on.

I was really bummed when they came through Austin last year and I had to miss the show due to the flu. I had been looking forward to that as soon as I heard the tour date, so I was really upset about missing out on that. I'm still hoping that when the Big Four do a real US tour, that they decide to bring Exodus along with them. They really do deserve to be there. Same with Testament.

So you get the idea that I think this album rules, right? Ok good, I won't have to get into it. I wish I owned Bonded By Blood too, but I never have seen that record in the stores. One of these days I know I'll have to resort to ordering a lot of albums online, but hey, I got a wedding to pay for first.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 174

Europe- The Final Countdown

I own this album for comical purposes only. You never know when you'll need to bust out "The Final Countdown" as a joke. Seriously, comical purposes only. This album blows.

This has really been the most painful album to listen to. That's why I didn't blog last night. I couldn't sit all the way through it in one night.

I saw these guys open up for Def Leppard back in 1988 in which one of the most unbelievable things I've ever seen live happened. They opened and closed their show with "The Final Countdown". Ha! And what's even more screwed up is that they were on tour supporting their album that came out after The Final Countdown. Me and my buddy couldn't believe it. We were laughing so hard at their suckiness. We were only 15, but even at that age we knew that was really lame. God, I hope they still don't do that.

Every dude I knew growing up knew this band and this album sucked balls. How they released four relatively popular singles from this album is beyond me. Must have been a down year in 1986. They were just a bunch of bandwagon jumpers too us. From their Jon Bon Jovi wannabe lead singer to even changing their name from Force to Europe back in '82 when Asia was hugely popular. I'd be pissed off if I was European and this band took the name. You couldn't just call yourselves Sweden? Speaking of Sweden, I wonder how many Swedish Death Metal dudes grew up liking Europe. C'mon you know their had to be a few!

Alright, enough of this shit. Thank Christ that "The Final Countdown" is the first song on the album. It'd be hilarious if it was the last song too!

Good grief, this video has 14 million views on youtube!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 173

England Dan & John Ford Coley- Best Of

I'm sure as soon as you saw who I was listening to tonight you either laughed or said, "what the hell?". Well, for one, I got this record for free out of a Half Price grab bag and two, I really do love the song "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight". Who doesn't? Don't lie.

I just read their Wikipedia page and I had no idea that they started out in Austin. I didn't even know that England Dan and Dan Seals were the same person. Or that Dan Seals older brother was in Seals & Crofts. Oh how I love Wikipedia. Even if most of it is inaccurate.

Another thing that surprised me from reading their Wiki page is that they had six Top 40 hits. Really? Here I am listening to their best of album and I don't recognize a single song other than "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight". In fact, every other song sucks on this album but that one. I'm going to hold on to it until I find a K-Tel collection that has that tune on it though. I dig it too much to part with it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 172

Joe Ely- Musta Gotta Lotta Notta

I've never owned any Joe Ely until I told my buddy Jerald that I really dig the song "Dallas" and he just so happened to have a second copy of this lp to give me. So thanks, Jerald.

Now that I have an album of his, next thing I need to do is see him live. I've always heard he's great in concert, but like not owning his records, I haven't a clue why I haven't gone to see him yet. I've never been anti- Joe Ely, he's just always slipped through the cracks for me.

This is a really fun record. I'll have to ask Jerald to recommend any other Ely albums for me. This is his most popular though right? I have no idea, but I could see why it would be.

I took a break from the Harry Nilsson documentary to listen to this record, but now I'm going to go back to it. It's really good so far. It's called Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him?) in case you are interested. I'm sure I'll want to put on some Nilsson records later.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 171

Electric Light Orchestra- Ole ELO

I had to miss last night because it was my birthday. We went out to a Brazilian restaurant with some friends to celebrate and I had one too many drinks (that would be two for me). I can home kinda drunk and all I wanted to do was finish watching the UT basketball game and then go to sleep. Which is exactly what I did.

This is a compilation album of songs from ELO's early years. There are some good cuts on it, but overall I think it's just ok. I love the opening number, "10538 Overture", but hate the next two songs on Side 1. "Roll Over Beethoven" is 8 minutes long and unnecessary. I do dig that "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic" are on Side 2. "Evil Woman" used to be my ringtone whenever my friend Yasmine called me. Not that she's evil, I just thought it was funny.

Jessica got me a $50 gift certificate to Waterloo for my birthday so I went up there and picked up 5 records tonight. I'm going to get off here now to listen to This Will Destroy You. Bye