Hey all, sorry for the delay in getting anything posted. The Man changed our browser at work, and now I can only post from my home computer. Seriously? I had developed quite the image of the hard-working puritanical grind (they even called me Cotton Mather around the office) when I was actually working on posts for you. Now I have to actually do work, and boy, I had forgotten how much that sucks.
I'm now back, at least for a little while. And I'm going to get heavy with you. Anthony Bourdain's suicide made me think of other people I admired who have died this year. Guys like Rick Hall, the dude who put together the Muscle Shoals sound and who is the main subject of one of rock's great documentaries, Muscle Shoals. And Dennis Edwards of the Temptations, Craig MacGregor of Foghat, Russ Solomon who founded Tower Records, Nokie Edwards of the Ventures, DJ Fontana who played drums for Elvis, and Nick Knox who drummed for the Cramps? All gone but not forgotten. Hats off for the memories, and here are a couple of tracks in your honor.
First up is Foghat with Fool For The City. I loved this song with it's big crunchy guitar and sing-along lyrics. It rocks, too. I used to test the capacity of my JBL's with this bad boy back in college. Love it.
The Ventures - wow, what a great band. Here's one of their all-time best songs, Walk Don't Run. It's one of rock's great instrumentals. And don't you love the drummer in the front and the guitarists grooving together?
In honor of Rick Hall, here's Wilson Pickett with Land of 1000 Dances. I occasionally get that "nah nah nah nah nah" going in my head, and find myself getting happy happy happy. It's just a fantastic track, right Long Tall Sally and Lucy doing the watusi?
Last one: The Cramps with The Crusher. Some of those 1000 dances that Wilson Pickett sang about were turned into crazy horror stuff by these gonzos. And if you grew up in my household, you were lucky enough to have me play this song over and over while you were a little kid. What a wonderful world!
I'll be back with so much more it will blow the corpuscles in your brain to smithereens. I've still got Jonathan's posters to write about, some good stuff from my recent trip to Boston, my "what not to play at your party" song list, and other goodies. It's finally summer, too, and that means holidays and bar-b-ques and vacations, oh my! I've got some great ideas for those as well. You check back soon and see for yourself. Rock blogging is hard work, hah hah, and in the words of AC/DC, it's a long way to the top.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.