In this post, I put the Beach Boys’ masterpiece Pet Sounds into the Thunderdome with the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Two classic rock LPs enter. Only one will leave. Simple concept, I know. But, I want to tell you how it came about. Sharon and I have been in self-exile for over […]Read more "VERSUS: The Rock Album Deathmatch: Pet Sounds VS. Sgt. Pepper’s (Episode 1)"
I almost never just post a video. But, Rick Astley performing Foo Fighters. I just could not resist. This is wonderful.Read more "Rick Rolled (in a good way)"
Around two years ago, I posted 10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 1). This was a list of ten songs guaranteed to improve my mood, even on a bad day. True confession: I didn’t actually make a real mix tape. I don’t know if those ten songs would have fit on one side of […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 2)"
When you say “Ziggy Stardust” most people know the David Bowie work you’re referring to, although the actual title of the 1972 album is “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” This was a concept album that may have been a bit bigger than its concept. It was preceded by […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” by David Bowie — a music review"
This post is serving double duty. It’s a track-by-track review of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, with the associations of my ill-spent youth. But, it’s also a review of the documentary Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (Classic Albums), which I watched on Amazon Prime Video. As is my custom, […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Number of the Beast,” by Iron Maiden — a music (and documentary) review"
I may have seen parts of the documentary on television before. Parts of it seem very familiar. I am familiar with director Penelope Spheeris. She directed two comedy movies I liked a lot: Wayne’s World and the Chris Farley/David Spade Black Sheep. Spheeris also directed the “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video for Wayne’s World. The rumor […]Read more "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years — a documentary review"
This post was inspired by the late journalist Sydney J. Harris who would occasionally write a column he called “Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things,” in which he included bits of trivia that just didn’t fit into any other column he was writing. Of course, this was in the days when the […]Read more "Fun Music Facts I Learned While Looking Up Other Things"
These are the songs that set my toes to tapping and make me feel good on a bad day. For maximum effect, I suggest listening to them in the following order: Track #1: “Slow Ride” Foghat You know, Foghat was one of those British bands that never had a hit in the UK. But, […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 1)"
I didn’t realize it until after I was well into this book, but I’ve read Stephen Davis’s work before. I read Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, by Stephen Davis (and Aerosmith) years before reading this unauthorized biography of Led Zeppelin’s meteoric rise to wealth and fame and legendary status in the world of […]Read more "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, by Stephen Davis — a book review"
Back in Black is still my favorite AC/DC album, though its predecessor, Highway to Hell, is running only about a nose length behind. I owned Highway first, in fact. Both were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. And, both albums have just about all of my favorite AC/DC songs on them. The difference in the […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Back in Black” by AC/DC — a music review"