Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division I—featuring works from The Beatles, The Who, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Styx and Bad Company—battled it out, head-to-head, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band emerging as the sole survivor. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 3: Division II: Rock Album Deathmatch: Eight Albums Enter, One Album Exits . . ."
I set all of this up in my previous VERSUS post. Sixty-four classic music albums that I have owned, separated into eight divisions (of eight albums each, naturally), with the overall winner of each division, after a series of head-to-head battles, moving on to face the winners of the other divisions. I’ve separated the entire […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 2: Division I: Rock Album Deathmatch: And the Winner Is . . ."
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)"