Metal fans, I can report that Iron Maiden's new studio album, the first since 2006, is definitely worth a few of your hard earned dollars. "The Final Frontier" is a great listen. Whilst I still don't think they need three guitarists, the album is metal nirvana. Great riffs, great vocals, the standard galloping basslines and one of the best rock drummers there is. The title track is the weakest but has an AWESOME sci fi music video. This track is better.
Iron Maiden - El Dorado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss46iEaBc2g
But not everyone likes metal (for some reason). So here's something a little lighter, soothing perhaps, so turn down the lights.
Garth Brooks and KISS - Hard Luck Woman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3kRmorjw4
Back in the 90's, when I had hair, there was a KISS tribute album called "KISS MY ASS". That track was one of my favourites on the CD. It was a really great album because the majority of the artists contributing took a KISS song and made it their own. I really can't stand Garth Brooks but that was a great version of what was always a very average song in my opinon. The album is good enough to warrant another track so strap yourselves in for funkiness...
Lenny Kravitz - Deuce: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTaPP7ekT7I
Stevie Wonder played harmonica in that most bodacious tune. And I like Stevie Wonder. He must be great because I am yet to find a CD of his at a reasonable price!! Here's Stevie on a show that is the reason that most people my age have a smattering of Spanish....
Stevie Wonder - Superstition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE
A week on from the Federal Election we're still waiting on a result and quite frankly this is only slightly less boring than the campaign. The only thing keeping me awake is wondering if Bob Katter can get hats made any bigger! I'm unsure if he thinks he should be in an episode of Bonanza or in this music video:
Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p8wDhK5LyY
I loved that song when I was a wee boy. Which is really very amusing since I only found out what a rhinestone was when I had left home! Billy Connolly does a funny version called Half Stone Cowboy, and Rodney Rude a version called Well Hung Ploughboy. Search them out yourself if you feel the need. Rodney's is certainly rude!
Another 90 degree turn...I saw a covers band playing this song in Canberra in 1991. A song I'd never heard that I instantly fell in love with.
The Church - Unguarded Moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osz-GQbX37o
But why? I think it is the cool lyrics and the swirly sound of the guitar.
Speaking of guitars, once you start listening to rock, you soon graduate through to the blues. And if you're lucky enough you get to listening to the masters. Guys like Robert Johnson and Leadbelly. Guys who lived the blues. See if you can pick another band who made this a big hit.
Leadbelly - Cotton Fields: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46h56pidCiE
Sheesh, almost another episode done and it has been all males featured. That can't be right. Hmm, let me think. There's a movie out about one of the greatest rockers ever...Joan Jett who started off in The Runaways. I haven't seen it yet but from all reports it is worth checking out. It seems to obvious to play Joan's biggest hit so I'll go for this next one.
The Runaways - California Paradise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keo79KAybcI
Look, here's an admission. This weeks song was going to be "Bodies" by The Sex Pistols but I can't find the really good live version I want to play. The ones I can find are pretty average so I'll leave it until I can track one down. As part of my search I stumbled across this and I just can't resist. Great band, great song, funny video!
Motorhead - God Save The Queen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snyjRd93HBs
Happy Birthday Mum, you rock.