July 2009


Title: Stay Clean

Artist: Motörhead

Album: Overkill

Year Released: 1979

What It Is: It is Motörhead. QED.

Riffage / Hookage: It is Motörhead. QED.

Cowbell?: Philthy don’t need no cowbell. Fast Eddy needs some wah-wah, though. Oh, and Lemmy’s bass solo also removes the cowbell requirement.

Words Of Wisdom: “So you see, the only proof,
Of what you are is in the way you hear the truth,
Don’t be scared, live to win,
Although they’re always gonna tell you it’s a sin,
In the end, you’re on your own,
And there is no-one that can stop you being alone,
Stay Clean.”

Mixology Report: Only lilly-livered nancys and poofters don’t want this on their mix.

Top Five Genius Results: Saints In Hell – Judas Priest
Ten Dollar Man – ZZ Top
In League With Satan – Venom
Chatterbox – New York Dolls
We Will Be Strong – Thin Lizzy

Not that surprising, except the New York Dolls. WTF? Oh, well.

For The Good Of The Order: You know, when Lemmy was in Hawkwind and they were performing Lemmy’s songs (Lost Johnny, etc.) and not the other Hawkwind songs, Hawkwind sounded a lot like Motörhead. Just my opinion.

Oh, and here’s a 2007 vid of Motorhead live. Really, it could be 1979 or 1989. Same sound. Same clothes. Same mike set-up with the picks. Same voice (oh, maybe a little gruffer, but still…) And that’s just fine by me…

STAY CLEAN!

I’m back from my leave. Feel fit and fresh. Regular programming will follow soon.

For those about to rock….

Friends and rockers!

I am going to be on hiatus until August while I get some medical thangs taken care of. Until then, keep on ROCKIN’! (or your equivalent…)

Title: Chips Ahoy

Artist: The Hold Steady

Album:Boys & Girls In America

Year Released: 2006

What It Is: Epic! Classic! A must! Bravo! It’s the first song I ever heard by the Hold Steady (behind the times a bit, as usual – I need more hipster friends that only like bands that sell 205 copies of their records or make exclusive 7″ records that everyone has heard about but no one has heard). It’s one of those rare songs that made me go “WOW! I NEED THIS NOW! YESTERDAY!”

Riffage / Hookage: A great guitar part (with unusual chording, at least to my ears, but I can’t find the exact chords online) starts off the song and the organ burbles in the background. The backing vocals are infectious and the chorus has you singing along.

Cowbell?: Nah.

Words Of Wisdom: “How am I supposed to know if you’re high if you won’t even dance.

That is a question left to those above my pay grade.

Mixology Report: Voice be damned, it’s a hell of a track!

Top Five Genius Results: “You Made Me Like It” – 1990s
“Waving Flags” – British Sea Power
“The Righteous Path” – Drive By Truckers
“Unless It’s Kicks” – Okkervil River
“Mr. Tough” – Yo La Tengo

For The Good Of The Order: Living here in Minnesota now, I am recognizing many of the landmarks recounted by The Hold Steady on their first three albums. Have I been there? No, but I recognize the landmarks!

Here is a very clever and funny video. It starts about 14 seconds in or so.