30 March 2010
26 March 2010
Something 4 The Weekend # 159
25 March 2010
Maneuver The Drum Sideways
After hanging around YouTube a bit tonight, checking out the Bongwater offerings, I gotta say, I'm disappointed. Considering the boho artsy leanings of the band, you'd think they could make better music videos, or at least work with better directors. Nope, the pickings are pretty slim, and what we've got just doesn't impress. Here's one for "The Drum". Kinda ho-hum. It was 1990, and I'm thinking it was the era of the lo-fi music video, the obvious reaction to the big budget glossy videos of MTV's first decade.
23 March 2010
Tuesday's Fortune: 23 March 2010
19 March 2010
Something 4 The Weekend # 158
17 March 2010
Alex Chilton, Rest In Peace
Burnin' Sideways For You, Maneuver
BUCK DHARMA RULES!
I all-capped that fact because it needs to be remembered that Buck Dharma wrote and sang one of the five best rock songs of all time, a song so perfect that we forget just how perfect it truly is. I'm talking about "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", of course, a song we've heard so many fucking times it's easy to take for granted, and yet you know as well as I do that it's one of those rare songs that will still be taken for granted 100 years from now...200 years...In other words, a timeless song.
Buck Dharma wrote that tune. He also wrote this song, "Burnin' For You", which isn't as good a song as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", but is flawless in it's construction and the second composition of Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's that I believe is timeless. Like "reaper", this song will be taken for granted 200 years from now, but it'll be played nonetheless.
If two timeless rock songs weren't enough, Buck Dharma also wrote "Godzilla", which might be seen as a novelty song, but also contains not only one of the most recognizable riffs in hard rock, but also a brilliant two-note lead guitar thing that sets the whole fucking thing on destruct - two notes that are as recognizable as the riff itself. Two little notes so completely entwined with that riff that they are inseparable. "Godzilla" is not a perfect song, but it just might be timeless.
One man, three timeless hard rock songs...
Indeed, BUCK DHARMA RULES, even in a gold lame' blouse.
16 March 2010
Tuesday's Fortune: 16 March 2010
12 March 2010
Something 4 The Weekend # 157
09 March 2010
Tuesday's Fortune: 9 March 2010
05 March 2010
Something 4 The Weekend # 156
04 March 2010
A Band By Any Other Name Still Smells Like The Drummer's Sweatband
As I've mentioned before, I've always been fascinated by band names. So much so, that I've accumulated my own extensive list with the help of friends and enemies over the past 25 years. Further, I'm willing to admit that our own list contains at least 75% ridiculous and horrible band names that no sane person would ever use to conquer popular culture. Plenty are inside jokes (never a good idea for a band name) while others are merely the result of substance abuse.
(Also - I was once in a band called Those Amazing Foreheads, which is probably worth keeping in mind...)
The difference is - the bands on the following list ARE trying to make a living as professional musicians, and in my own opinion, have one huge strike against them from the get-go by choosing the monikers they have chosen. Hindsight should inform us that at least 90% of these bands will never have any lasting relevance in pop culture, and this failure has almost nothing to do with the music (some of these bands are very good at what they do) and almost everything to do with luck...and their names. I've listed 40 of these 100 bands here, but I could have named a many, many more that aren't half bad, but aren't really half-good either.
Anyways, I realize that after 60 years of Rock'n'Roll, it's become a bit difficult to come up with a cool and original name, but it's not impossible. These kids today, they're either trying too hard, or not trying hard enough. I dunno - you be the judge.
Canada Water (huh?)
Abandon Kansas (first there was Kansas, then there was Bleeding Kansas...)
Zlam Dunk (Slam Dunk might not have been so bad, but that fucking Z!)
Worn In Red
Flood Of Red
The Bigger Lights (What does this mean?)
We Are The In Crowd
We Are The Union
Two Hours Traffic (ugh)
Litany For The Whale (the worst band name on this list)
Freelance Whales (a close second)
Exit_International (underscore essential)
DD/MM/YYYY (meh, maybe not that bad, but certainly a mouthful - "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome dee dee, em em, why why why why!")
How Dare You (choose such a weak sauce name)
Nightmares For A Week
Those Who Lie Beneath
Cymbals Eat Guitars (Snares Chew Pianos...Rototoms Regurgitate Double Bassoons)
Let's Get It (Get what? I don't get it.)
The Riot Before
The Joy Formidable (Can a band with "formidable" in their name actually ever succeed? Let's find out.)
A Silent Film
All The Day Holiday (???)
Sent By Ravens (Why? Sent for what purpose? What do these ravens want? Why can't these damn ravens do it themselves?)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
1,2,3 (I maintain that 15,16,17 is as good a name)
The Wonder Years (naming your band after a movie or TV show is almost never a good idea)
Stray From The Path
Here We Go Magic
The Downtown Fiction (as opposed to The Uptown Non-Fiction, The Suburban Biography, and The Rural Self-Help Manual)
Red Knife Lottery
A Loss For Words (Indeed, I am...)
Brian Bonz & The Dot Hongs (I assume this is a play on "Hot Dongs", but that still doesn't make this name any better in my mind)
Goonies Never Say Die (really? REALLY? REALLY??? )
The Color Turning
Miss May I