Monday, April 30, 2012

Lost Gem: "Electric Phase" - UFO (1977)


"This electric phase...ain't no teenage craze."
--> UFO <--

Another great Classic Rock album from UFO...and one that never received much radio justice.

Plenty of good stuff on..."Lights Out"...to rattle your ceiling fans and poltergeist your curtains.

These guys are terribly underrated and almost faceless in the States.  But just put your ears on...and then try to explain how they don't make the 'A' list.


This is UFO

Lost Gem:--> "Electric Phase"...is a great song buried deep on side two. Classic Michael Schenker stokes the blazing rock-oven with churning guitar riffs.  And under-appreciated singer Phil Mogg carries the news that your daughters are gonna reach out and touch someone.  A nice bit of slide and bass underneath, as well.

Have you heard this gem?


On the wires I can hear you comin'
With a rush and a strummin'
This electric phase ain't no teenage craze
In your house a phone is ringin'
Just a hot touch that keeps lingerin'
You said loving's easy only if you please
All I need is communication
Not a line on your reputation
I don't want a handshake
There ain't no big mistake

There's no illusion in this wild confusion
Who knows I'm crazy, no chance of maybe
I'd like to know you better
But I"m goin' down so fast
Help me now to feel it, I just can't conceal it
Sweet time I've got to show you how it's really got to be
Just let me be alone, left with your dialing tone

There's no illusion in this wild confusion
Who knows I'm crazy, no chance of maybe.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Lost Gem: "Roll Over Lay Down" - Status Quo (1973)



"Roll over lay down
and let me in."

--> Status Quo <--

Boogie rock-n-roll at its finest. Status Quo absolutely sets fire to your feet with their crankin' fun-time rollers.

These guys wail and jam with abandon and must have been something to behold "live". (Anyone care to share!?)

The album cover of this 1973 release..."Hello"...might have unintentionally been partial inspiration for another rather "infamous" Spinal Tap album (many albums issued were unreadable)...but no matter.
The music is catchy, loose and fun as hell. These guys can play. In fact, guitarist Francis Rossi, is one of the lost diamonds in the kingdom of guitar-spankage.

Lost Gem:--> "Roll Over Lay Down"...an awesome rocker that burns and churns with a great middle. One of the greatest boogie rock songs ever.

Have you heard this gem?


When I got home that night early one morning
Seeing the note written in ink pinned to the door
Drinking the drink cold from the fridge on the table
I drank a toast you were the most the night before.

Roll over lay down and let me in
Roll over it's a long way where I've been
Roll over lay down and let me in
Roll over lay down.

When I get home tomorrow night after this morning
Show me the care you showed in the note the night before
Maybe I won't take a drink from the table
Reckon I'll lay me straight down on the floor.

When I get home tomorrow night after this morning
Show me the day, show me the note the night before
Maybe I won't take a drink from the table
Reckon I'll lay me straight down on the floor.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Gems In My Mailbox!

Time For Mailbox Gems!


The Lawsuits
"Hot Love"
(2012)


I've had The Lawsuits playing steadily through my car speakers all day. With a refreshing Americana synergy, solid vocals propound lyrics about missed chances and close calls...almosts and do-overs. This five-member band outta PA play good time loose but never sloppy. They're having fun but they intend on keeping all the marbles.

"Hot Girls Make Porn" - The Lawsuits




Houka Monks
"Houka Monks"
(2012)


The passive/aggressive rock funkiness from Houka Monks is both radio-fresh and pleasingly strange. Like a mysterious Ray Bradbury traveling carnival show that sets up in the middle of the night - You might have trepidations about going...but you're absolutely going just the same.

"Halleluja" - Houka Monks



Dastardly
"Bury Me In The Country"
(2012)


This alt-blue-country band still shows veneration to the traditional mountain spices...but Dastardly hangs out the laundry like Violent Femmes with a Black and Decker moonshine kit. Original songs zig and zag with precise and unexpected arrangements. Dastardly aren't the first to swag tradition...but they're certainly one of the good'uns.

"Fever" - Dastardly


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Lost Book Gem: "Off Season" - Jack Ketchum (1980)


"They're running up behind you and they're coming all about.
Can't go east 'cos you gotta go south."
--> Queen <--

Horror stories about friends heading off to cabins for some rest-&-rec only to meet up with nasty strangers has been done...ten times ten.

So anybody attempting to write another one had better know how to bring it. And hard!

But it was 1980 when Jack Ketchum delivered this gut-wrenching page-turner. And even after some forced editing...."Off Season"...still received a huge backlash for its gore and violence. So much so, Ballantine Books withdrew their support after the novel's first printing.

Jack Ketchum...a real nice guy.

Thirty years later, this controversial gorefest still maintains cult status. It has since been reissued in Ketchum's original unedited version ...and that's really the way to go.

"Off Season"
is a fast, disturbingly fun novel about surviving in an extremely twisted situation.

Veteran readers of the genre might not flinch too much...but they'll still be rewarded with a few tasty Jack Ketchum surprises and possibly a palpitating heart-dance or two.

Grab your reading glasses babies.

"Ogre Battle" - Queen / Queen II (1974)


Now once upon a time an old man told me a fable
When the piper is gone and the soup is cold on your table
And if the black crow flies to find a new destination...that is the sign.
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre battle fight.

He gives a great big cry and he can swallow up the ocean
With a mighty tongue he catches flies, the palm of his hand incredible size.
One great big eye has a focus in your direction
Now the battle is on...Yeah yeah yeah!
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre battle fight.

The ogre men are still inside
The two-way mirror mountain
Gotta keep down right out of sight
You can't see in but they can see out
"Keep a look out!"
The ogre men are coming out
From the two-way mirror mountain
They're running up behind you and they're coming all about
Can't go east 'cos you gotta go south.

Ogre-men are going home
The great big fight is over
Bugle blow that trumpet cry
Ogre battle lives for ever more.
You can come along
You can come along
Come to ogre battle

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Lost RADIO Gem: "Street Corner Serenade" - Wet Willie (1978)


"I still think about those happy days and our street corner serenade."
--> Wet Willie <--

Lost "Radio" Gem:...a single that may have charted, but deserved better.

Wet Willie, for better or worse, has been cataloged under the Southern Rock flagship...but they had a decidedly different way of delivering the noise.

Led by Jimmy Hall's solid blue-eyed vocals and tight sax/harp play, Wet Willie brought a unique funkiness to the genre.

Never heavy on the guitar, (ala Skynyrd, Outlaws)...Wet Willie were more a of southern Southside Johnny and were always under-appreciated.
Wet Willie
When..."Manorisms" (1978)...was recorded, Wet Willie had mostly left the SR genre behind for a more soulful rock presence and it turned out to be their best album since their definitive "Keep On Smiling" (1974).

Lost Radio Gem: "Street Corner Serenade" (#30 BB charts)...is a simple, catchy, roll down your window feel good jam. It has a "Boys Are Back In Town" vibe without the thunder...but with the same...summer's here... attitude. Vocals and harmonies are perfect.

Have you heard this gem?


Down on the corner back in my home town
Me and the fellows used to gather round
We sang a song with a happy beat
I can still hear that harmony
When we sang de de de de de Whoa
De de de de de whoa yea yea
De de de de de whoa
De de de de de whoa

Guido he's the one who sang down low
Crazy Johnny was our baritone
I'm the one who took the lead
And little Jackie made our song complete
When he sang de de de de de whoa
Made me feel alright
De de de de de whoa yea yea
De de de de de whoa
Come on sing it now
De de de de de whoa
And then we sang ahhhhhh oww
Ah ha haaaaaa oww woo hoo ah oww

I still think about those happy days
And our street corner serenade
Maybe someday we'll get together again
Down on the corner me and my old friends
We'll sing de de de de de whoa
Feel alright de de de de de whoa
We could sing all night
De de de de de whoa
Come and sing it with me
De de de de de whoa
De de de de de whoa

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