Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 328

KISS- Hotter Than Hell

I've intentionally avoided doing this blog the past few weeks for the purpose of giving me time to find more KISS records before I got to them.

Unfortunately I only made it to the record stores twice in that time span and couldn't find any used vinyl. So sad to say, I only own two KISS records. How lame of me.

But really though, I was late to the KISS party. During their peak years, I was both pretty young and living overseas so I didn't really know the hype. When we moved back Stateside in 1982, they were already on their decline and they didn't do much for me. My first real memory of KISS is the "I Love It Loud" video. I thought it was cool, but didn't love it. This was around the same time as Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You" single and I was way more into that.

But just like every other 10 year old kid in 1983, I watched with amazement on MTV when they appeared sans makeup. After that, I did get into Lick It Up, Animalize and Asylum for a spell, but they didn't have any real lasting power for me.

So from 1985 through 2007, KISS didn't matter to me at all. Sure I liked a few of their older tunes, but didn't geek out about the reunion at all in 1996. So what happened in 2007? Funny story actually. I had broken my collarbone in four places and was laid out for quite a long time. One day, I had to go to CVS to pick up my prescriptions and while I was waiting I found The Best of KISS: The Millenium Collection on CD for $5.99 in a close out bin and figured hell, I'll buy that at that price.

Well, that opened up a whole can of worms. I couldn't stop listening to it. Go check out all the kick ass songs on their to know what I mean. Soon after, I'm buying as many KISS albums I could find (make-up years) and even bought the first three Kissology's on DVD. I became obsessed. One year I was even trying to grow my hair long in time for Halloween just to dress up as Ace. (Couldn't get it long enough in time so I nixed, the idea).

And finally in 2009, I got to see KISS live. They didn't disappoint. I'm just bummed I never got to see Ace and Peter play in the band. So yeah it sucks that I didn't jump on the bandwagon until I was 33, but hey, better late than never!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 327

Kevn Kinney- Macdougal Blues

As weird as it may sound, this is the album that got me into folk music. Sure I had heard folk music before this record, but at age 17, I thought folk music was super boring.

So what was it about this album? Well mainly it was because it's Kevn Kinney. I was (and still am) a huge Drivin' N' Cryin' fan so when I heard Kinney was putting out a solo album, I bought it before I heard anything on it.

Yeah at first I was a bit like WTF?, but I still gave it a chance and it just grew on me more and more. DnC always had a few numbers that weren't very rocking so it wasn't a total shock, but I didn't expect a whole album's worth of folk music. Nowadays, "Macdougal Blues" is one of my all time favorite Kevn Kinney song whether it's his solo material or Drivin' N' Cryin'.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day 326

Kingdom Come- Kingdom Come

Other than their hit, "Get it On", this is one unmemorable album. And "Get It On" was really only memorable because of it's blatant ripoff of Led Zeppelin.

I thought it was funny when Lenny Wolf would do interviews and say that they sounding nothing like Zeppelin. C'mon Lenny, own up to it!

I did own this on cassette when it first came out because 1) I thought "Get It On" was a cool tune for about 5 minutes and 2) since they were going to be on The Monsters of Rock tour in 1988, I wanted to get more familiar with them before going to the show. They sucked. At least Metallica was on the bill.

This album is going in the "taking up space so it's going to Goodwill" pile.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 325

King's X- Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

I never really got into King's X back in the 80's except for "Over My Head" because honestly, I just didn't get it. Teenagers that aren't aspiring musicians have a hard time understanding prog metal.

But now at 39 (yikes!) and still not an aspiring musician, I do at least get it and love it. Sure it took me awhile, but this album really does rule.

Luckily, I only picked it up on vinyl because of the song, "Over My Head", but that's probably the worst song on the record. But it's also probably the most radio friendly, hence it being the single. When I was listening to this yesterday, I honestly kept waiting for it to turn to shit, but it never did. Every song just killed.

Oh crap. Just looked up their tour dates and they are coming through Austin in late March. I'll be out of town. Damn! Guess it gives me more time to get more of their catalog before they come back through.