Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Stray Cats


The only successful revivalists go all in. You have to. You can't be a weekend warrior and make a career of it. Stray Cats did it right and are one of the few to go retro with authenticity.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bowie - The '80s


David Bowie started off the '80s with one of his best albums... and ended it with one of his worst. And in between those two points, he catapulted into international superstardom, mainstream success, and creative confusion. He'd rebound, though.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Jaz Coleman - Other Works


While on the subject of Killing Joke, it's worth mentioning lead singer Jaz Coleman has been a classical composer, as well. His symphonic interpretations of Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin have topped the classical charts. But it's his works with the New Zealand String Quartet I find most pleasing.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Killing Joke


My introduction to Killing Joke came with the singles from 1985's Night Time album being played on the radio - Eighties, Love Like Blood and Kings & Queens. This album is a great mix of their earlier post-punk sound mixed with the new wave of the day. It manages to be relatively commercial without any conscious effort to be pop stars.

KJ are one of the few bands to emerge in the 1990s and 2000s even more ferocious and still pushing boundaries.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Annie Lennox


Annie Lennox has been nowhere near as prolific as her former Eurythmics partner, Dave Stewart, but when she does release something you know it will be immaculately produced and she'll be in fine vocal form.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Motörhead




What can you say... you either get 'em or you don't.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Bad Religion



More SoCal punk rock, from another venerable institution. Smart lyrics, fast tempos, and some of the greatest harmonizing this side of the Beach Boys.