Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Top Ten: End Of Feburary

But first, a moment of silence for Buddy Miles who passed away yesterday at the age of 60.  He played with The Electric Flag, jammed with Hendrix and had a fairly successful solo career with his biggest hit Them Changes in 1971.

1.  Beneath The Damage And The Dust-Peter Himmelman 1992.  The jewish Elvis Costello, Peter has never been more of a cult artist at best but he has managed to record some decent albums for Epic and Island around the late 80s and early 90s.   He still remains a hoot to be seen live.  Once you seen him live you'll be converted too.

2.  Fire-The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 1968  I'M THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU...Fire.  Do you think radio would play this type of music in this day and age?  No.

3.  Addicted To Love-Robert Palmer 1985 Yeah, it held the number one chart on MTV for weeks upon end but granted this song did rocked without the female band ghost playing behind the late RP.  Yeah, the whammy bar of Andy Taylor is dated, but Tony Thompson bashing the drums remains one of the best part of the song.  Sadly, Tony like Robert is no longer around but this song remains a staple on 80s radio.  And yeah, I listened to Riptide, the album this song is on, love the six minite version of this song but the rest of the album is a snoozer except for I didn't mean to turn you on.

4.  Aly, Walk With Me-The Ravonettes 2008 The first new album that was brought this year and I still think though this album improves over the lackluster Pretty In Black, Lust Lust Lust still sounds like a disappointment.  Some good songs here and there but others (Expelled From Love) sucks.  But this song remains me of Psychocandy from the Jesus And Mary Chain.  Noisy as hell.

5.  The Envoy-Warren Zevon 1982  Really there's no rhyme or reason what I look for when i go bargain hunting, I keep a open mind and check to see what Record Collector has for used stuff when I go to Iowa City.  Though I disagree on buying a used cd for 10 bucks, I did find this reissue for six bucks.  I never say no to any Warren Zevon CDs that I don't have.

6.  I Live In A Split Level Head-Jerry Samuels aka Napoleon XLV 1967 Weird tune from the dude who gave us They're Coming To Take Me Away Ah Hahh.  Typical story of a one hit wonder, makes a great forty five and has about ten other songs that are mare variations of the hit, or just plain wacky stuff.  Doesn't mean that the wacky stuff holds up very well.  From the folks at Rhino.

7.  We Can Work It Out-The Beatles 1966  No I don't play The Beatles too often, everybody else does but heard this at McDonalds while having supper and thought I'd include it to the top ten.  I do love the Beatles just like you.

8.  Did You No Wrong-The Sex Pistols 1977  From the Flogging A Dead Horse compliation that Virgin threw out in a attempt to cash in on this band, I think this is better than the Warner's Great Rock n Roll Swindle compliation that added bizarre strings and other assorted BS.  I think Flogging is a better sounding (?) album than Bollocks but all it does is tack on the rest of the songs that Johnny Lydon and company did in their short career.  It may have been punk rock back then, but I think it sounds more hard rock than punk.  Actually the live version from the 1996 reunion cash in Filthy Lucure Live sounds better.

9.  You're Asking Me-Ray Davies 2008  The second new album I bought this year from the head Kink.  Pretty damn good album and get this, it's not in a digipak.  Actually there is a expanded edition that includes a DVD and the album and IS in a digipak but thank God I have a choice here. Otherwise I'd pass on it, or wait till it came out used.

10.  Dealer-Sweet Thursday 1969  Admit it folks, none of you ever heard this band, neither did I till I saw this in the five dollar bin at FYE and thought I take a chance on it.  They were a super group that recorded for Bill Cosby's Tetragammon Label which went belly up a few weeks after this album got released and CBS issued it a couple years later.  Some independent label managed to get it issued and all I can tell you is that Nicky Hopkins played keyboards and Jon Mark (of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Mark/Almond band) sang most of the songs.  Sounds like a more lighter Blonde On Blonde era band although Mott The Hoople did the same thing and did it better.  But I think that is why I go to FYE on a bi monthly basis.  Sometimes they do get worthwhile cutouts.  Or just something that might make driving home a little less stressful.
Also, going over the horizon...Mike Smith, lead singer of the Dave Clark Five who passed away due to phenomia at age 64.  One of the most grittiest vocalists of the British Invasion.  He also produced Georgie Fame's The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde.