I had an interesting experience this morning. About 3/4 of the way through my ride some young guys thought it would be really funny to see if they could knock me with their car door. After realising what they were attempting I had enough time to ease back they drove on by. I really wonder what deep dark recess of the lowest parts of the gene pool these guys crawled out of. However, not much earlier I'd watched in dismay as a cyclist shot by me and through a red light. Roads are all about respect for whomever is using them.
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself - http://youtu.be/-1pYKdqD1ls
Today is "Jeans for Genes" Day here in Australia. Simple concept really; wear your jeans to work/school and donate a few bucks to aid gene research. This, coupled with another event this week got me thinking about medical research. Doesn't it well and truly suck that the only way that much research is funded is through charity? Our Government announced huge tax increases in the price of cigarettes this week; it'd be really good if this stopped people smoking but also if a fair portion of the money raised went into cancer research.
Spinal Tap - Gimme Some Money - http://youtu.be/I-BYzaDwNoE
DJ DJ sent me a photo advertising an interview with Queensryche this week. The band and their singer are still embroiled in a foul legal slanging match. DJ DJ did assure me though that this too shall pass. What I'm really hoping for is that, before too long, either incarnation of the band, or a new one, will produce something worth listening to. Something on a par with this would do...
Queensryche - I Don't Believe In Love - http://youtu.be/2c3g6tTYoxM
DJ M-Dubya-M sent me a note about this next artist. Mainly because he'd spotted her with an interesting guitar but also because she's from Scotland. I've listened to a number of tracks now and I think I'll invest in an album. Most of the stuff I've heard is quiet and acoustic but this track isn't. It reminds me of Elvis Costello. And there is something truly awesome about a woman playing a Bo Diddley Gretsch guitar - woooah!!
KT Tunstall - I Don' Want You Now - http://youtu.be/RmpUHBz-tzQ
As Tom Petty says, "Elvis may be the King, but Diddley is Daddy!"
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley - http://youtu.be/Q3-rf4EgAm8
Tom Petty / Bo Diddley - Mona - http://youtu.be/YVRtQUTd7Gk
During the week I carried out my version of "Renovation Rescue". This entailed heading over to H's house and rescuing some very, very cool vinyl records and a record player that were to be got rid of in his house remodeling. Wow, I came away with a huge pile of awesome LPs! I've only had time to listen to a few but Graceland, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Marillion and Supertramp on vinyl is a real treat. I'm looking forward to a LOT more listening. Here's a couple of tracks from the selection...
Marillion - Lothian - http://youtu.be/ae0iAqy7u94
Dragon - Rain - http://youtu.be/jM7RcgZ1pLE
Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo - http://youtu.be/BXg1AxBXN5g
I've loved The Proclaimers for a long time now, they've got 9 albums. They write fantastic lyrics about things that matter and there's an honesty to their music that so many bands never manage to achieve. They've got a new tune out and it's a cracker.
The Proclaimers - Not Cynical - http://youtu.be/kRZPi2FuT20
Recently I bought a new pair of motorcycle boots. One of the issues riding a cruiser style bike is that the wind goes straight up your leg and freezes your shins and calves! When it's below zero in the morning this really isn't a great way to start the day. But my issue is do I wear these long boots inside or outside my riding pants? First world problems right?! Opinion seems divided but one guy did point out that he wears them under his jeans so that he doesn't look like a cowboy. But hey, if I wear them outside I can sing the lyrics in the next song....
Bon Jovi - Dead or Alive (live) -http://youtu.be/1SVV7LzvvrM
Richie Sambora certainly knows how to do a quick guitar change!
I really can't remember if I've played this track before but certainly not in the last few weeks. This is from a band that have gone from nothing to touring with The Who, Queen and Bon Jovi in a short time. The reason for this is that they play high energy rhythm and blues in a way that is so old fashioned yet so refreshing. I think they are fantastic and I hope you give this a spin and then run out to buy their album. There's a live DVD now (recorded in Scotland) which I'll be getting shortly.
Vintage Trouble - Pelvis Pusher - http://youtu.be/ZMCutWGTHSU
And just to finish...one for DJ FatRollins who spent the day in the hospital rather than going to work. Get well soon my friend.
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms - http://youtu.be/jhdFe3evXpk
And on that note, goodbye!