Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy Birthday John Lydon

John Lydon turns 60 today.

Happy Birthday!

Here is what's probably my favorite P.i.L. song, to celebrate. May the road rise with you, Mr. Lydon. Thanks for all of the music.

And here is a shot of him much earlier, in some recently unearthed shots of the Pistols playing in Caerphilly.

(left to right - Glen Matlock, John Lydon, Paul Cook, Steve Jones)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

265 Motorhead songs at the same time

This is pretty stunning.

And loud.

And yet listenable and fascinating.

I actually really like it. But then again, I love Lightning Bolt, so this just might be in my wheelhouse of melodically horrifying noise.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Status Quo - Pictures of Matchstick Men

Pictures of Matchstick Men.

I probably heard this song first as a cover by Camper Van Beethoven (my second favorite Beethoven!). My sister listened to a lot of Camper Van Beethoven and I certainly heard it first thanks to her. They do an excellent version, with a violin doing that amazing guitar riff from the original.

Ozzy Osborne and Type O Negative did a version for the Howard Stern movie. I like that one as well.

But the original?

Fucking hell. That guitar riff is amazing.

If you were thinking, I had no idea who did this, then Status Quo is probably one of the best bands you've never heard of.

Check out Ice in the Sun (which might be better than Pictures, even) and Technicolor Dreams:

They transformed a little later into more of a 70s/80s rock band than a late-60s psychedelic group. I just wanted to highlight some of the early stuff I like so much.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ozzy Osborne: All The Young Dudes

Thanks to an amazing two and half hours of Bowie and Bowie covers on station manager Ken's show on WFMU this morning, I heard this:

Ozzy covering "All the Young Dudes" - written by David Bowie, and given to Mott the Hoople by Bowie.

Pretty amazing.

The WFMU show is streamed, if you want to hear Ozzie's cover, weirder ones like the Langley Schools Music Project doing Space Oddity, and more. This was my workout music this morning - unexpected but great.