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Leeches, Barbers, and the Summer of 69

The Summer of Love was the summer that Mick and the gang, including the addition of Mick Taylor, guitarist from John Mayall’sBluesbreakers released the sanguine album titled “Let it Bleed”. It is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquet and the last album by the band to feature BrianJones, who died before the US release of the album, and after he was asked to leave the band. A time of turmoil for the band and for the world, a time of war, and a time of hippy hope.

Let It Bleed starts with the pleading ‘Gimme Shelter’ with its dark foreboding opening and sparse guitars, Mick Jagger’s voice is agonized and immediate. This is one of the best Stones songs, and perhaps stands as an anthem to the changing times of the sixties. The country flavoured ‘You’veGot the Silver’, and ‘Country Honk’, a country style Honky Tonk Women, with their slide guitars, I’m sure were inspiration for the Black Crowes. The simple swagger and sparse production of the title ‘Let It Bleed’ is followed by the harmonica blues driving the ‘Midnight Rambler’, with its catchy guitar hook, and tasty slide guitar work. 'Monkey Man' is my favourite track, from beginning to end this is an almost perfect and fun rock classic, with some of my favourite Keith guitar work. The album finishes with the over top London Bach Choir start of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, which, if you get over the introduction turns in to one of the Stone’s finest narrative songs.

The album’s songs stand alone, and the Stones spiced up the recordings with guest appearances from some very special musicians including Ry Cooder, Al Kooper, Ian Stewart, Nicky Hopkins and Leon Russel. This album can be listened to again and again to appreciate its simplicity and raw energy. Begin the Sanguine…Give up a pint.


When it’s midnight in Vancouver…

The clock strikes twelve in Vancouver, its 3am in Havana. Havana 3 am is the band and our featured eponymous album that results from the combined talents of Paul Simonon (ex bassist of the Clash), Gary Myrick (who replaced Stevie Ray Vaughn in the band Krakerjack), on guitars, Nigel Dixon, on vocals, and Travis Williams on drums. The title is taken from an album of the same name from 1956 by Dámaso Pérez Prado a Cuban bandleader, musician (pianist), and composer. Who is often referred to as the "King of the Mambo”.

This album is a clever mix of rock, punk, reggae, rockabilly and spaghetti Western, ‘Tex-mex” sounds that deliver punch and humour song after song. The opening song is a Joyride, strong guitars, and driving drums propel you down the road, until your attention is taken away by Blue MotorcycleEyes, which is followed by the reggae feel and “I ain’t gonna run no more” refrain of “Reach the Rock”. “Death inthe Afternoon” and “Life on the Line” continue the Latin themed rock feel.

“Hey Amigo” is the greeting that feels like a soundtrack cut from a sixties Western with music by Ennio Morricone. “Blue Gene Vincent” tells the story of Rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent, who severely injured his leg in a motorcycle accident but overcame his injury and ongoing pain to become a loved early rock star. The album ends again with the reggae feel of “Living in this Town”.

Despite the bands short life, the coherent sound and careful mix of genres produces a satisfying package, that is definitely well worth a listen…at any time of the day or night.

- Dave http://gilliganandtheprofessor.blogspot.ca/

Channel Z Radio Transmission: Part 2

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Good evening my fellow Americans. Tonight I want to talk to you on a subject of deep concern to all Americans, and to many people in all parts of the world, the subversion of our youth through the negative disruptive and toxic influence of British ‘Rock and Roll’ musicians. It has only recently come to my attention that radio broadcasts such as this have been propagating a message that can only be interpreted as an attack on the values of true honest hard working Americans. People such as the criminal Jimmy Jazz are the reason for loss of wholesome ideals in this country and as your president it is my duty to put a stop to it. This kind of rabble may be able to acquire an audience in a G-dless state like Britain, but I will not allow these United States of America to be sucked into a vortex of disintegrating morals. The people of this country need to know that the voices they listen to on their radios are not the voices of crooks, so let me tell you: I am not a crook! As such, I, Richard Milhous Nixon, am taking time out of my schedule to talk to this fine nation about the threats of moral ambiguity making their way to our shores from across the Atlantic.

I begin tonight with a group of so called musicians who don’t even try to cloak their negative message. Their name is Big Audio Dynamite, and abbreviating their name gives a clue as to the quality one can expect. Started by Michael Jones, a man notoriously fired from a band he founded (The Clash), it seems he has decided to try his hand at an even more disreputable musical styling. Mixing every form of sound he can think of and adding clips and quotations from television and cinema, “BAD” uses our own media against us. Each album has a deceptively seductive beat and quirky humour that would regale the listener with the political issues of the United Kingdom and the world, and attempt to keep us informed of the goings on of the world. We must not let that happen, The United States of America is a nation defined by its policy of isolationism, it worked for FDR and it will damn well work for us. My recommendation: Do not listen to every album in chronological order.

Next I must bring to your attention The Boomtown Rats. Their name disgusts me more than Henry Kissinger and aptly reminds us of the plague a band like this can spread. Their song “I Don’t Like Mondays” is a blatant insult to the second amendment...

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Channel Z Radio Transmission: Part 1

Channel Z Radio Transmission: Part 1

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of Channel Z Radio Powered by Radio Clash on Capital Radio Two, remember folks this is Radio Clash. I’m your host Jimmy Jazz and today I’ll be covering the fun and funny of the sound-waves. What does that mean exactly? Well there are many different ways to joke through the waves whether it be silly songs, cutting satire, wacky sounds or any other music that just gives us that knowing smile. These bands broke conventions and did it all with a wink; Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Don’t worry your pretty little head, all will be made clear in due time. I’m going to drop some knowledge for your ‘edification’ and give a recommendation. You don’t have to follow it but be sure to give each band a fair chance listening to songs off of different albums before you give up on them forever. Alternatively if you like them you can always look for more of their stuff. For now, though, let’s just get right into it.

Like many a music list to be compiled we must start with the greatest band of all time, The Beatles. Breaking down every barrier of the world view on music (rock, pop and otherwise), the Fab Four invented the silly rock song, the over the top spurned love song, some of the zaniest sounding lyrics and music ever heard as well as some of the earliest musical satire. After the release of their fifth record ‘Help’ and the huge success they had garnered the Boys gain more creative control over their albums leading to experimentation with sounds lyrics and themes. Starting with their sixth LP ‘Rubber Soul’, John Lennon wrote a new song about a boy lead on by a girl who in frustration reacts by burning her house down (“Norwegian Wood”) and very jealous boyfriend (“Run For Your Life”). Followed directly by the release of ‘Revolver’ Paul McCartney wrote silly song “Yellow Submarine” and He, John and George Harrison all tried their hand at satire with the songs, “Taxman”, “Eleanor Rigby” and “I’m Only Sleeping”. The rest, as they say is history. Recommendation: Listen to every song off every album in chronological order (including ‘Past Masters’)...

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