I’ll be brief this week. It has been hectic at work, with training and also we’re packing up to move offices which is almost as good as root canal work I imagine!
The Darkness were a UK rock band. They didn’t last all that long (two albums) as the group disintegrated in a clichéd mess of drugs and musical differences. The two albums are quite different but both worth a listen if you like Queen, AC/DC and have a good sense of humour. We all now know that Justin Hawkins managed to fit into that hilarious suit by existing on a steady diet of illicit drugs but he’s managed to get the monkey off his back. His latest band, Hot Leg, were a bit too far into left field even for me. This is a cool song from the first album.
The Darkness – Friday Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDETEPYS3Hs
And look, I wouldn’t usually put two songs in from one artist but this is a live version when the band was pretty much unknown. Check out the way they win the HUGE crowd over. Not many bands can pull this off in a live situation.
The Darkness – Love On The Rocks (With No Ice): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1TKAE4fKy4
Is that enough rock and roll for one week? NO WAY!
This next tune was recommended by DJ WatzOn…I’m only on my second listen but it ain’t half bad. I will be making an effort to listen to more from this guitar player.
Rory Gallagher – Cradle Rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k4iocWURPk Yesterday I made a mistake and the wrong radio station was playing in the car. Commercial radio – shudder! But they played this song and it was a huge flashback to when I was a kid! There is no doubt that this is derivative, a rip-off and extremely cheesy. I guess that’s’ why it is so foot tappin’ good! Sounds like Boney M to me.
Leif Garret – I Was Made For Dancing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hihp_Jjdnsg
The instrumentation in that song really reminds me of 70’s TV theme songs. Which allows me to segue nicely into the song of the week. If you were a fan of Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, The Professionals or The Sweeney then you’ll know this one as well. I was reminded of it when I went to a concert here at school last week. Rock on.
Radio Birdman – Aloha Steve & Danno: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkKiZ9VSD6U
Deniz Tek who plays guitar in Radio Birdman is a qualified doctor and a US Navy pilot…his callsign was (is) Iceman…
Have a great weekend. I’ll be riding up 5 big hills and swimming a long way!