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Tuesday, 27 June 2006

I like to Shred

So I downloaded some of those sneaky releases of supposed Chinese Democracy songs. Inc Madagascar and a funny acoustic one about drugs (possibly a cover?) ne ways there sounds like Axl has something worthwhile to say in there…  the downloads were mostly live bootlegs so quality was poor and there was no context to as if the songs where finished or whatever…

And so curiosity piqued (is that the right word) I downloaded some Buckethead. For at one stage he was supposed to be the new Slash.  Fuck me this guy is a legend in his own lunch hour. I can see why Mr Rose was keen to have this slinger on board. From what I've heard it's a true shame these two couldn't establish a proper partnership.

Go listen to Buckethead's Nottingham Lace on Buckethead Land Vol2. It's a lesson in shredding and while listening I thought, fuck yeah, Axel could have sang over this guy no wukken furries.

If this Asian Liberty project ever comes about the first thing I'll be listening for is to see if any Buckethead lives. I'm more of a the bucket is half full than empty kind of guy, so I hope so…..

To round off here is a quote from Ozzy Ozzborne via wikipedia about the lad

"I tried out that Buckethead guy. I met with him and asked him to work with me but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket. So I came back a bit later and he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing! I said, 'Look, just be yourself'. He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says, 'No one calls me Brian except my mother'. So I said, 'Pretend I'm your mum then!'. I haven't even got out of the room and I'm already playing fucking mind games with the guy. What happens if one day he's gone and there's a note saying, 'I've been beamed up'? Don't get me wrong, he's a great player. He plays like a motherfucker!"

Thursday, 15 June 2006

I get up around 7, get out of bed around 9

Ha! Its the reason for the season or this blog! Popbitch has kindly sent us this gem on Steven Adler - the man we owe for helping come up with the name of this blog. Depending on your point of view - he's either living the rock and roll dream or is a complete nightmare.
Proudly Stolen from Popbitch:

   Guns n' Roses hit the headlines last week for
   their delayed London gigs, onstage oxygen
   tanks and much partying. But their behaviour
   had nothing on former drummer Steven Adler's
   recent UK tour with his new band Adler's
   Appetite. He was supported by rocker
   Adam Bomb who claims:

   * Adler used to borrow Bomb's phone to call
   his mother, "screaming at her like a child"
   and accusing her of wanting him dead so she
   could get his money.

   * Hurt his wrist when he tried to inject cocaine
   into it but completely missed the vein.

   * Smoked crack at his gig at Camden Underworld,
   then offered a crew member 200 pounds to
   beat up the dealer to get more.

   * Drank two bottles of Jagermeister every day.

   * Got thrown out of a 24 hour Tesco superstore
   at 3am for refusing to wear shoes.


The Exorcist and U2

Who knew that U2's Lady with the Spinning Head B side on 'One' was an homage to the movie The Exorcist? It's been bugging me for ages what the song was about. Was it drinking? Was it gambling? The answer struck me on the bus on the way to work.... given Bono's struggle with religious concern and the catholic church, its no surprise he addesses the matter of possession by demons via an exploration of the themes found in The Exorcist...

Lady with the Spinning Head. (This is Regan, the possesed child)

Here she comes (refers to the masturbation with a crucifix scene)
Lady luck again (ironic intent, its unlucky to be possessed)
Figure of eight (Though jailbait, Reagan is a lovely figure, an 8 at least)
Six and nine again (refers to sexual innuendo between the priests and Reagan and also the 69 times Regan threw up on the priests)

My lady with the spinning head (refers to classic head spinning scene in bedroom)

Whatever the deal (Priest offers the demon a deal to take him instead of Reagan)
She won't let me down (the demon takes that deal)
Wherever I go
She's always hanging 'round (refers to suicides throughout movie, and the final 'I'll just jump out the window' scene)

My lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head (again refers to the head spinning scene)

She's been gone
But I knew she'd be back (refers to the shitty sequel)
She's got the rent (nice apartment in the shitty sequel eh?)
She put me in the black

The lady with the spinning head (yada yada…)

Took my mind (having the devil possess you does cause a leave of ones senses)
Took away my car
Do you dare to ask
What I'm talking about (the church covers up quite a lot of demonlogy issues so this is Bono challenge the Church to come clean)

I'm on top
When she's around (again refers to the sexual tension between priests and Regan)
She's my ticket
Out of town (nowadays they take you out of town to the funy farm if you are possessed.)

La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head (yada yada…)

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Whitesnake Review

A guest post from Ian:

After being rescheduled from the 30th of May to the 1st of June because of lead singer David Coverdale’s sudden illness, the snakes finally rocked out at the Hammersmith Apollo.  

Opening with the front man’s former band’s (albeit 30 years since he left Deep Purple) classic Burn which segued into part of Stormbringer they set the scene for a stomping set.  They played all the early classics and from Slide it In, to Slow and Easy, to Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, to Ready and Willing.  Then came the hits off the huge 1987 album - Is This Love, Crying In the Rain, Here I Go Again, and Still of the Night.  There was also a new rocker thrown in and even time for a guitar solo slot from Doug Aldrich and a drum solo from Tommy Aldridge who incidentally hasn’t changed hairstyles for 25 years.

Disappointingly for me they didn’t play one song off the Slip of the Tongue album, the album I know best, for what reason I don’t know but I’m sure it wasn’t because the guitarists couldn’t play the Steve Vai era material.  The gig ended as it began – well sort of – another Deep Purple song – Solder of Fortune but sung solo by Mr Coverdale after the rest of the band had left the stage.

Anyway, great gig, great frontman with a great voice, hot band.  I don’t think I’ve been to a gig where the crowd has sung along with all the songs like they did at this one – it made for a great atmosphere.  

Stay tuned for a review of Guns N’ Roses from the same venue who I see this evening, and then Bon Jovi in Southampton on Friday, I don’t know when I’ll get time to write them but I’ll do my best.

Update: This is fucking great E!!! JJ

Tuesday, 6 June 2006

NME's Top 20 albums

Here's the list of the NME's Top 20  albums the below post referred to. It's interesting to note the Libertine's entry and that of the Strokes. Over time they will likely drop out because they are currently 'trendy' and not really great albums (not that I've heard 'em). Never listened to Revolver - I might check it out.
I'm surprised there's no Rolling Stones? This is a British based list, I wonder what a recent American one would look like.  Probably have fucking Kanye West all over it.

The top 20:

1. Definitely Maybe, Oasis
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, The Beatles
3. Revolver, The Beatles
4. OK Computer, Radiohead
5. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
6. Nevermind, Nirvana
7. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
8. Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd
9. The Queen Is Dead, Smiths
10. The Bends, Radiohead
11. The Joshua Tree, U2
12. London Calling, The Clash
13. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles
14. Abbey Road, The Beatles
15. Up The Bracket, The Libertines
16. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, Sex Pistols
17. Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin IV), Led Zeppelin
18. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
19. A Night At The Opera, Queen
20. Is This It, The Strokes

Friday, 2 June 2006

Plastic soul man, plastic soul

From this place

The debut album by Oasis, the band that best spread the Britpop craze of the 1990s, has been voted the greatest album of all time in a major music poll published.

Definitely Maybe," which featured chart-topping hits such as "Live Forever" and "Supersonic," beat "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the much-loved Beatles into second place in the survey of more than 40,000 music fans.
Another Beatles album, "Revolver," came third, followed by Radiohead's "OK Computer" and a second Oasis title, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?."
No surprises really. Oasis is the the most fucking awesomest band ever. The End. Amen.

Update: Of course true Oasis fans realise that Live Forever, nor Supersonic where not chart toppers in England - it wasn't till the release of Some Might Say, the single that preceded WTSMG, that Oasis had their first number one.

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