Friday, March 18, 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Songs Of My Life #37 - Aerosmith & Run-DMC - Walk This Way - 1986

Songs Of My Life #37.

It can be quite a conundrum sometimes. I mean, lets take this song for instance. I don't like most of what Aerosmith has produced. As a rock band they are okay, they have had a couple of moments, but nothing earth shattering. "Walk This Way" is an average rock song. I also don't like most of what Run-DMC has produced. It's just not my style.

And yet, put them both together, doing a new and improved cover of this song, and what do you get? Awesomeness! Sure, mainly from the video of the song, which harps on the humour involved and makes it a more enjoyable experience. But I certainly do enjoy this version of this song - despite myself.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Photo of the Day #36

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Songs Of My Life #36 - Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - 1986

Songs Of My Life #36.

The inspiration for the Stutter Rap (see entry a couple of days ago) was the burgeoning popularity of bands like the Beastie Boys. The great thing about these guys is that they didn't take themselves too seriously, and knew that a sense of humour opened up the audience that they could access.

For those old enough to remember, no one could ever forget the film clip for this song, and how much it was run on MTV and other clip shows at the time. For those not old enough, watch along and giggle like my kids still do whenever this comes on.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Songs Of My Life #35 - Doctorin' the Tardis - The Timelords - 1988

Songs Of My Life #35.

Goodness knows I loved Doctor Who as a kid, and even now in adulthood. What a great show, and every Doctor has been brilliant in their own way. And the theme music has always been a hit too.

When this mashup came out in 1988, it was mildly accessible and mildly amusing. But what I remember it most for is when I was force to go out to laser tag with my mates, and the place we went to Warilla allowed you to take your own music to play along to. The instigator in our group at the time had an... eclectic... music taste, and this used to come onto the mixed tape about six times during the time we were playing. So while it was an okay song, it got more than mildly annoying by the time laser tag had finished...

Photo of the Day #35

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Photo of the Day #34

Songs Of My Life #34 - Stutter Rap - Morris Minor & the Majors - 1988

Songs Of My Life #34.
At a time when rap artists and groups were beginning to make their influence felt on world music, it was the ones that showed at least a glimmer of humour that were of more interest to me than the big ticket ones.
This single was a beauty, using humour and current events to make a song that some idiots felt was a direct insult to people who suffer from a stutter. Instead, it was a brilliant pisstake of everything happening around them at the time. And my kids still love it now, so it must have something going for it.
See if you can pick out Queen's John Deacon in the clip, as well as the person who makes numerous appearances in the series Red Dwarf.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Photo of the Day #33

Songs Of My Life #33 - The Takeaways - Sweet & Sour - 1984

Songs Of My Life #33.

Growing up in the 1980's, there were two shows on TV that I watched that really fanned the flames of me wanting to start a band or be in a band. One was the kids TV show called Pugwall on Channel 9 on weekday afternoons (it's actually on YouTube if you want to check it out - pretty daggy then and much the same now). The other was Sweet & Sour on the ABC on Wednesday nights. It was David Reyne's launch of his acting/hosting career, while Tracey Mann and Arky Michael went on to bigger things.

The song is... well... very 80's, but it reminds me of those days watching and dreaming of maybe one day doing music myself.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Photo of the Day #32

Songs Of My Life #32 - James Reyne - Fall Of Rome - 1987

Songs Of My Life #32.
In the middle of my burgeoning obsession with heavy metal in the final years of high school, James Reyne released his self titled solo album, and caused a bit of a blip on those other sounds revolving around me. This single in particular grabbed my attention, and thus out of all of the music I was listening to and discovering during 1987, this became one of the few entries that didn't fall into that heavy metal genre.
This still has a great riff and I still love this song, and a lot of the album as well.
*Throws on best Orstraylan accent* Great Aussie Rawk!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Photo of the Day #31

Songs Of My Life #31 - Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger - 1982

Songs Of My Life #31.
Aaaaahhh... Eye of the Tiger. Great line from a great movie, that Survivor then wrote a great song around. There is no one who dislikes this song. NO ONE!
Whenever the night before a big game of cricket came along, I always watched Rocky III as the psych-up beforehand. And of course this was the song that created the excitement, the atmosphere. It's a pity it only worked for one cricket final, but that's still better than none.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Photo of the Day #30

Songs Of My Life #30 - Death Angel - Seemingly Endless Time - 1990

Songs Of My Life #30

This song was the first I had heard of the band Death Angel. It is the opening track from their Act III album, and I can only say that the sounds of the ocean lapping at the shore that starts the song did not prepare me for what came afterwards. The amazing thrash metal vibes combined with a harmony that belies the typically rudimentary thoughts of the genre by the average music listener combine to make this track, and the album as a whole, an outright classic.

I waited almost 25 years to hear this song played live, and when I did back in 2014 at the Manning Bar n Sydney, it did not disappoint! \m/ \m/

Monday, February 29, 2016

Songs Of My Life #29 - Toto - Africa - 1982

Songs Of My Life #29.
This us another of those songs that brings back so many memories of my younger years. When this was released I desperately wanted to get the album (Toto's IV) but I was too young to be able to, and birthdays were too far away. So I fell back to the old standard of taping it into a mixed cassette from American Top 40 on Sunday night with Kasey Casem.
Regrettably I love singing this song but do it no justice whatsoever.

Photo of the Day #29

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Songs Of My Life #28 - Lawnmower Deth - Kids In America - 1991

Songs Of My Life #28.

Everyone of my generation, and thus the kids of those people, all know the hit song "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde. It was one of those catchy songs that stuck in your head, and that you couldn't help singing along to when it was on, especially the part after the chorus that went "La la la la-la-la la"! It was also a thing of us when kids to be somewhat patriotic about the lyrics, and insist on singing "We're the Kids in Australia!"

What many people don't know is that there is a definitive version of this song, one that was the only single released by that fine example of a band, Lawnmower Deth. So, here in all of its glory, is the cover version of "Kids in America" by British thrash band Lawnmower Deth. Enjoy!

Photo of the Day #28

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