Saturday, May 17, 2014

Song of the Week #298

My apologies for this week's episode being released a bit late.

First of all - if you're interested in reading about our second sold out gig then there's a rather long reflection on it available by clicking here . Thank you to all the supporters of the band. If you're a Facebook person you can now connect with the band here.

A few weeks ago I mentioned Izzy Stradlin. Izzy was a founder and original member of Guns 'n' Roses. You can hear his playing and songwriting on "Appetite for Destruction", "GnR Lies" and the "Use Your Illusion" albums. So basically he played on the good stuff. But what I want to play you is from his first solo album which came out in October 1992 after he'd quit the Gunners. The album, "Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds" is bluesy, reggae infused, gritty and just super cool. It's almost the opposite of the overblown stuff the GnR were doing. In 2014 it's still one of my favourite guitar albums. See what you think...the bass and keys in the intro are just sublime.

Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds - Shuffle It All -

Rolling Stones cover versions are a dime a dozen. But this one is really, really good. It's faithful enough to the original but different enough to hold my attention. And wow, this girl can sing.

Alice Russell - Brown Sugar -

If bands like Oasis, Blur or even Morrissey are your thing then this next song might tickle your fancy. Scouting for Girls have been around for a while but, although the CD is here at HQ Woozle somewhere, I hadn't paid much attention. Thanks to the joy that is the shuffle feature on my iDevice this song rolled around recently. It's probably a good Friday afternoon song! The singer also sounds a bit like Justin Currie from Del Amitri.

Scouting for Girls - I Need A Holiday -

For those of you out there who don't "get" social media, here's a quick statistic. Morrissey (the singer) signed up for a Twitter account this week. He's posted exactly two tweets (or comments). He has about a quarter of a million people following him already. If you want to make a point, or be heard, it's not a bad way to do it. Of course, he has a new album/book/tour so it remains to be seen if he says anything interesting! Oooh, and if that wasn't enough the man himself is now denying that it's him at all. Whatever, he's certainly reaping the benefits of the publicity. New song? Here you go...

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business -

Only one more episode to go before our 300th episode. The new project is up and running so watch the blog site during the week for the first and probable second and third installments. 

I'll leave you this week with ZZ Top and some boogie. After a tough week I was tempted to have a whole episode of Slayer but thought better of it. Bluesy boogie soothes the savage beast too! I chose this one for the fantastic fuzzy guitar tone and the beat - it's a real head nodder.

ZZ Top - Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings -

Rock on boogie chillun',

DJ Rob

"One for the Treasurer: "Just because you're better than me, doesn't mean I'm lazy..." Billy Bragg 1983

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