Friday, May 27, 2011

Lost Gem: "Kool-Aid Kids" - Bloodrock (1971)




"They all come down
on the Kool-Aid Kids.

Gonna try 
and steal their dimes."
--> Bloodrock <--



This was Bloodrock's third album and the band's last truly solid release.  And to be sure, '3' is definitely worth seeking out for several cuts worthy of purchase.

Bloodrock


Lost Gem:--> "Kool-Aid Kids"...has a jazzy churning riff that makes for some tasty highway-driving fuel.
This is early 70's classic rock from "another" little ol' band from Texas.
The firehouse keyboard play is provided by underrated Stevie Hill. Also guitarist Lee Pickens compliments with some delicious interplay. "I vant to drink your Bloodrock."

Have you heard this gem?


My nose is long and my temper is short
And I want to know everything.
People like lead boots are holdin' me down
Gonna drown if it ever rains.
Well I ain't lyin' there's good folks dyin'
'cause everybody's got a way.
Come on children think about you.
Is this the way you want to be.

Well I can name you a dozen or more
ways of catastrophe.
Friends, beggars, hookers, thieves
Anything you want to see.
They all come down on the Kool-Aid Kids
Gonna try and steal their dimes.
Common people don't make no sense
Lord it's such a crime.

Picture their faces smiling.
Each in their places.
counting on their toes
Secret ambition trying
Wide open spaces
You're invited, too.

My nose is long and my temper is short
And I want to know everything.
People like lead boots are holdin' me down
Gonna drown if it ever rains.
Well I ain't lyin' there's good folks dyin'
'cause everybody's got a way.
Come on children think about you.
Is this the way you want to be.

Well I can name you a dozen or more
ways of catastrophe.
Friends, beggars, hookers, thieves.
Anything you want to see.
They all come down on the Kool-Aid Kids
Gonna try and steal their dimes.
Common people don't make no sense
Lord it's such a crime.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Good Stuff: --> SCOTT GAGNER <--


"You don't ask any questions...for fear that she will respond."--> Scott Gagner <--

A common misconception about the songwriting process..."Songs that are catchy and easy on the ears...Well, those are the easy ones to write!"

Sometimes, maybe.

The truth is...writing songs that make tasty ear-candy is very, VERY difficult.

However, Scott Gagner...sure makes it sound easy.

Scott's exciting debut..."Rhapsody In Blonde"...has more hooks than Roland Martin's tackle box. (God, I've been waiting to use a fishing reference for a long time).
Using a blended confection of Golden Smog and Jayhawks as reference...Gagner delivers each song with a young man's spirit and an old man's wisdom.

And the band...

Prairie Prince: Drums
Arnold Kim: Lead & Rhythm Guitars, BG Vox
John Paul McLean: Bass
James Nash: Stunt Guitar
Jonathan Chi: Lap Steel

...brings just the right swag for each song.



There is not a weak link in the bunch...but I would be remiss to not give added respect to legendary drummer...Prairie Prince... who has a solid "RnR Who's Who" resume.

Download---> "Speak and Spell" <--- Let him know what you think.
...AND THEN...purchase Scott Gagner's solid debut..."Rhapsody In Blonde".

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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