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
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
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.