Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lost Gem: "Don't Step On The Grass, Sam" - Steppenwolf



"Well, it will hook
your Sue and Johnny.

(You're so full of bull, Sam)"

~ John Kay/Steppenwolf ~


"Steppenwolf...the Second" (1968)...has John Kay and the boys throwing down a sophomore effort that does not disappoint.

Filled with a blend of traditional rock...earthy psych...and somewhat tasty blues jams, all delivered in that solid John Kay throwback style very much missed today.

If all you know are the terrific, but overplayed Steppenwolf classics..."Born To Be Wild" & "Magic Carpet Ride"...then prepare to have your eyebrows raised.

"Don't Step On The Grass, Sam"...is a wicked..."thumb in the eye" kiss-off...to the stiff-minded establishment.  Churning rhythm guitar trade-off bites and props to Goldy McJohn for some nice crushing keyboad work.One of the better protest songs. Turn it up!

Have you heard this one?


Starin' at the boob tube, turnin' on the big knob
Tryin' to find some life in the waste land
Finally found a program, gonna deal with Mary Jane
Ready for a trip into hate land
Obnoxious Joe comes on the screen
Along with his guest self-righteous Sam
And one more guy who doesn't count
His hair and clothes are too far out

While pushin' back his glasses Sam is sayin' casually
"I was elected by the masses"
And with that in mind he starts to unwind
A vicious attack on the finest of grasses

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight, alright)

Misinformation Sam and Joe
Are feeding to the nation
But the one who didn't count counted them out
By exposing all their false quotations
Faced by a very awkward situation
This is all he'd say to save the day

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight alright)

You waste my coin Sam, all you can
To jail my fellow man
For smoking all the noble weed
You need much more than him
You've been telling lies so long
Some believe they're true
So they close their eyes to things
You have no right to do
Just as soon as you are gone
Hope will start to climb
Please don't stay around too long
You're wasting precious time.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lost Gem: "Have You Forgotten" - Red House Painters



"When we were kids...
we hated things
our parents did."

~ Red House Painters ~


"Songs For A Blue Guitar" (1996)...was an unexpected must own CD by the Red House Painters.

It was recorded during a bunch of label contract fubars and is essentially a solo recording from leader Mark Kozelek. And can often be found in discount bins.

Among this eleven song offering...are three surprising covers. One from...Wings...Yes...&...The Cars.

Each are uniquely mind-blowing filled with soft vocals with elongated electrical axe work...mixed with gentle folk guitar. Nicely done.

But the real lost gem from this RnR paint can is the opening track.

"Have You Forgotten"...is a haunting acoustical gem that exposes painful bittersweet memories in thoughtful and mature strokes.

Have you heard this one?


I can't let you be
cause your beauty won't allow me
wrapped in white sheets
like an angel from a bedtime story
shut out what they say
cause your friends are fucked up anyway
and when they come around
somehow they feel up and you feel down.

When we were kids
we hated things our parents did
we listened low
to casey kasem's radio show
that's when friends were nice
to think of them just makes you feel nice
the smell of grass in spring
and october leaves cover everything.

have you forgotten how to love yourself?

i can't believe all the good things that you do for me
sat back in a chair
like a princess from a faraway place
nobody's nice
when you're older your heart turns to ice
and shut out what they say
they're too dumb to mean it anyway.

When we were kids
we hated things our sisters did
backyard summer pools
and christmases were beautiful
and the sentiment
of coloured mirrored ornaments
and the open drapes
look out on frozen farmhouse landscapes.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lost Gem: "Mambo Sun" - T. Rex



"On a mountain range
I'm Dr. Strange for you."
~ T. Rex ~


"Electric Warrior" (1971) is arguably T. Rex's best release...though "The Slider" could easily hold that title as well.

This is premium ground-cracking stuff with high marks from start to finish.

Lost gem..."Mambo Sun"...is one of the best opening tracks of all time. It's a sleazy horn-dog beggar...with a wicked groove.
Listen for the tasty T. Rex string bends.

Have you heard this one?


Beneath the bebop moon
I want to croon with you.
Beneath the Mambo Sun
I got to be the one with you.

My life's a shadowless horse
If I can't get across to you.
In the alligator rain
My hearts all pain for you.

Girl you're good
And I've got wild knees for you.
On a mountain range
I'm Dr. Strange for you.

Upon a savage lake
Make no mistake I love you
I got a powder keg leg
And my wig's all pooped for you.

With my hat in my hand
I'm a hungry man for you.
I got stars in my beard
And I feel real weird for you.

Beneath the bebop moon
I'm howling like a loon for you.
Beneath the Mambo Sun
I've got to be the one for you.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lost Gem: "It's Too Late" - Jim Carroll Band



"It's too late...There's no one left
that I even wanna imitate."

~ Jim Carroll ~


Jim Carroll captured lightning in a bottle with his debut album..."Catholic Boy" (1980).

The energy and urgency of each song sounds raw and dangerous. And the poetry prince...Jim Carroll...spins his verbiage like a Lou Reed arachnid.

His words ooze with rare cold truth and we're all the better for it.

"It's Too Late"...is a terrific lost gem filled with churning and burning bass and blaring axe blade.  Sets the table nicely for JC's biting tongue spank.

Have you heard this one?


It's too late
To fall in love with Sharon Tate.
But it's too soon
To ask me for the words I want carved on my tomb.

I think it's time that you all start
To think about gettin' by
Without that need to go out and find somebody to love.

It's too late
There's no one left that I even wanna imitate
You see, you just don't know
I'm here to give you my heart
And you want some fashion show

But it ain't no contribution
To rely on an institution
To validate your chosen art
And to sanction your boredom
And let you play out your part

It's too late
You know when they got nothin' to give
They only part their legs for what's negative
They're so decadent . . .
Until their daddy's money from home's all spent

So I think it's time, because it's too easy
To rely on worshipping devils and strangers in bed,
Though they do get good drugs, and they do give good head

It's too late
You shoulda realized I was worth the wait
Ah, but you didn't hesitate
When he took you off, you let him seal our fate

So I think it's time
that you all start
To think about gettin' by
Without that need to go out and find
Somebody to love.

Good stuff!


Casey Chambers
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