Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lost Gem: "Vagabonds of the Western World " - Thin Lizzy (1973)

"Make sure he grows up like me...and I'm a vagabond."
~ Thin Lizzy ~

Thin Lizzy, not surprisingly, finds itself with its 3rd Lost Gem. This time, the title track from their 1973 offering..."Vagabonds of the Western World ".

Other songs from this underrated album could easily have been chosen...but the restless Canterbury Tale spirit that singer/bassist Phil Lynott...drummer Brian Downey and the awesome...guitarist Eric Bell evoke is ageless.

Lost Gem:--"Vagabonds of the Western World "...One of Lynott's best vocals served with a cock-nasty swagger. And when the Lizzy Boys bring everything together...absolutely nothing is held back.  Nothing!

Have you heard this gem?

I could tell you the story of a vagabond.
A playboy of the western world.
One day by chance he came upon
A fair young maid, a country girl.

He told her that he loved her.
And he took all of her silver.
He told her that he needed her too.
He said "Hey baby, you got eyes of blue"
But he was a vagabond.

Blue eyes, oh baby blue, oh blue eyes.
The kind of eyes that say "I do" eyes.
Oh baby blue, oh blue eyes.
Oh baby blue, oh blue eyes.

He roamed around the cities
Searching for his fortune and fame.
No lady ever got to know his name.
Shame, but that was his game.

Gave a girl a baby boy.
He said "This child is my pride and joy".
"I'm busy running wild and free".
"Make sure he grows up like me".
And I'm a vagabond.

Oh I could tell you a story of a vagabond.
He was a playboy of the western world.
He wore an earring in his left ear.
You see his father he was a gypsy.

You just might meet him upon the highway
Pretty fine dancer too
But he leave you blue, he'd leave
He'd leave you woman .

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lost Gem: "Hard Day On The Planet" - Loudon Wainwright lll (1986)

"Everyone has a system,
but they can't seem to win.  
Even Bob Geldolf looks
alarmingly thin."

~ Loudon Wainwright III ~

The tongue-wagging folker...Loudon Wainwright III...appears on the "Lost Gem" list again with a rather resigned look at our world's state of affairs.

Pulled from "More Love Songs" (1986)...the listener will find several songs worthy of owning.

Lost Gem:--> "Hard Day On The Planet"...has a catchy upbeat push with a rather bleak downbeat message. Amusing, in a sad understanding way.

Produced by (and featuring) legendary Richard Thompson...25 years later, the song could have been written this morning.

Have you heard this gem?

The dollar went down and the President sick.
Who's in charge, now? I don't know, take your pick.
A new disease every day and the old ones are coming back
Things are looking kind of gray, like they're gonna get black.

Don't turn on the TV, don't show me the paper.
Don't want to know he got kidnapped or why they all raped her.
I want to go on vacation till the pressure lets up.
But they keep hijacking airplanes and blowing them up.

Its been a hard day on the planet.
How much is it all worth?
Its getting harder to understand it.
Things are tough all over on earth.

It's hot in December and cold in July.
When it rains it pours out of a poisonous sky.
In California the body counts just keep getting higher.
Its evil out there, man, that state is always on fire.

Everyone has a system, but they can't seem to win.
Even Bob Geldolf looks alarmingly thin.
I want to get on that shuttle get out of this place.
But there's gonna be warfare up there in outer space.

I've got clothes on my back and shoes on my feet.
A roof over my head and something to eat.
My kids are all healthy and my folks are alive.
It's amazing but sometimes I think I'll survive.

I've got all of my fingers and all of my toes.
I'm pretty well off I guess, I suppose.
So how come I feel bad so much of the time?
A man ain't an island. John Donne wasn't lying.

It's business as usual; some things never change.
It's unfair and unkind and unjust and it's strange.
We can't seem to learn; we won't seem to stop.
Maybe some explosions would close up the shop.

Maybe that would be fine: we would be off the hook.
We resolved all our problems, never mind what it took.
And it all would be over, finito, the end.
Until the survivors started up all over again.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lost Gem: "Can't Shake It" - Angel City (The Angels) 1980

"You can't buy my soul with gold, but my heart is up for hire."
~ Angel City (The Angels) ~

Angel City (The Angels) are a hard-rockin' band from Australia with plenty of songs that should have become classic radio fodder in the States.

But, as often happens in the music business...Angel City (The Angels) simply got lost in the shuffle.

When Epic Records brought the band to America...the band had to endure several name changes. Originally called..."The Angels"...they quickly became..."Angel City"...only later to become..."The Angels From Angel City".

The band's 1980 release..."Face To Face" (US version)...carries a wicked jam-punk factor...with a slice of AC/DC.  Highly recommended.  

Lost Gem:--> "Can't Shake It" a great head-knockin' rocker with solid power chords and driving beat.  And when singer "Doc" Neeson breaks it down around the 3:00 mark...well...the desperation simply bleeds.

Have you heard this gem?

Young man in Morocco buys a diamond ring.
Takes it across the water just to see what luck it brings.
Young girl dressed in midnight sets his blood on fire.
You can't buy my soul with gold, but my heart is up for hire.

I can't shake it, I can't shake it.
I can't shake it, just can't shake.
I can't shake it, I can't shake it.
I can't shake it, just can't shake.

Driving in your Fleetwood to the sport of kings today.
Top hat, cane and ascot, that's the game you play.
Jumpin' from a window, shirt half off your back.
Better take the elevator -- yeah -- and find another track.
Good stuff!

Casey Chambers