Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lost Gem: "Knocked Down, Made Small" - Was (Not Was) (1983)


"And when I began to crawl...
He knocked my head against the wall and said 
you're much too small."
~ Was (Not Was) ~


Big fan of  Was (Not Was)
BIG!

David Weiss (aka David Was).
Don Fagenson (aka Don Was).
Sweet Pea Atkinson.  
These guys are the Bizarro World funkenstein frontmen on this ride.

But there are a slew of fantastically bizarre musicians who dribble on and off this court like point guards in the NBA...who help nail this pork pie hat.

Looks like John Oates (minus Hall) in this video mix.  And I swear one of the three computer geek guys from "The X-Files" show up, too!

Lost Gem:-->"Knocked Down, Made Small" (1983)...is a Motown throw-down vocal burn that drives this rock tank more urgently than the lyrics might suggest.  

Have you heard this one?


My daddy took a look
On the day that I was born.
And said he looks like corn
And his feet are made of clay.
And then he walked away.
And when I began to crawl
He knocked my head against the wall.
And said you're much to small
And you don't get no ice cream.
Not even if you scream.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

On the day I turned sixteen
I drove his car into the river.
He stood and watched me shiver
As they dragged me to the shore.
Wouldn't look me in the eye no more.
When I finally hit the streets
I had my share of hard defeats.
Every time I took a step
I felt the shackles on my feet.
I was facing odds that I could never beat.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

I finally woke up
And put my conscience on the shelf.
I turned to crime
Started living for myself.
Didn't care about no one else.
Don't you know that I was knocked down,
made small.
Treated like a rubber ball.

Good Stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Video Gold:-->Gary Moore




"All men are equal
'til the victory is won.
No color or religion
ever stopped the bullet from a gun."
-->Gary Moore<--


Gary Moore has been unfairly flying under the RnR radar.

Hooking up with different bands since the early 70's....along with his continuing killer solo work...I finally climbed on board the GM wagon during his stint with Thin Lizzy. Most notably on the awesome..."Black Rose" (1979).
Lately, I've been snacking on some of Moore's solo soup...and highly recommend most of it.

The wickedly lost gem..."Out In The Fields"...was released on the blistering "Run For Cover" (1985).
Especially choice...Phil Lynott adds guest vocals and some of his throwdown bass that always seems to bring out the best musically in Moore.

The video...unfortunately...reeks of that early 80's cheesiness...but fughetabutit...the music is screwdriver tight.

Sadly, this is one of the very few recordings made by Phil Lynott before his tragic death on January 4, 1986.

Check it out! Gary Moore (w Phil Lynott) --"Out In The Fields"

It doesn't matter
If you're wrong or if you're right
It makes no difference
If you're black or if you're white
All men are equal

Till the victory is won
No color or religion
Ever stopped the bullet from a gun

Out in the fields

The fighting has begun
Out on the streets
They're falling one by one
Out from the skies
A thousand more will die each day
Death is just a heartbeat away

It doesn't matter

If you're left or to the right
Don't try to hide behind the cause
They want to fight
There'll be no prisoners taken
When the day is done
No flag, no uniform
Ever stopped the bullet from a gun
Out in the fields
The fighting has begun
Out on the streets
They're falling one by one
Out from the skies
A thousand more will die each day
Death is just a heartbeat away

There's no communication

No one to take the blame
The cries of every nation
They're falling on deaf ears again
A thousand more will die each day
OUT!

Pick up some Gary Moore.
Good Stuff.

Casey