No more intros. Not today, maybe not next week. Intros will come back whenever it chooses to emanate from its fur. Whatever the Hell that means.
511. NOMEANSNO – THE WORLDHOOD OF THE WORLD (AS SUCH). The Wright brothers have been trying since 1979 to remain firmly entrenched in perpetual obscurity. They must have great day jobs. If they keep NoMeansNo any more underground and anti-rape than what they already do, they might as well just switch over to the somewhat more accessible, but slightly less brainy Hanson Brothers alter-egos. Oh well, who the fuck could ever figure these Canadians out? “Angel or Devil” makes me feel good. Specially after a crappy moment.
512. THE NUNS – DECADENT JEW/SAVAGE. This three song EP certainly caught some eyes and may have sent out the wrong idea? I don’t know. I do know that “Decadent Jew” is a great piano-fueled garage punk number with the double assault of Jeff Olener and Jennifer Miro at the throats. Miro passed away last December after privately fighting cancer and living quietly as a secretary. I’ve been surrounded by death recently. It’s no fun.
513. CREAM – WHEELS OF FIRE. This double LP is propelled by concept and intervention. The first slab is a studio number with some good tracks like “White Room” and a pair of neat covers: “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Sitting On Top of the World.” The second platter is four live tracks that could at times test your patience if it weren’t for the delicious playing of Ginger Baker. He also finally gets some equal footing in the writing on this album.
514. THE MONKS – BLACK MONK TIME. Primal. Bare bones. Guttural. Perverted. A little psychedelic and full proto-punk with an evil streak… this band, these “monks” could only come from the dark psychologies of post-war Germany, right? Because they do. But it was five American GI’s stationed in Germany who comprised the band and there is no greater moment than when Larry Clark asks you to call him but to not forget he “hates you.” That’s fucking awesome. “Boys are Boys and Girls are Choice” is a pretty boss cut. Just like their monk hairdos.
515. ATA KAK – OBAA SIMA. Ata Kak hails out of Ghana but in reality he must be from the deepest reaches of outer space where disco music, steady-beat, Afro-pop, 1980’s gay clubs, party-time hip-hop and Casio-tone live in perfect harmony. I dare you to download this shit and sit still. It is impossible. Since I’m a benevolent creature and because my friend Aesop already did the hard part, follow this link http://cosmichearse.blogspot.com/2008/12/awesome-tapes-from-africa.html for download and also to follow the Awesome Tapes From Africa link. Nothing but great stuff there!!!
516. JUDAS PRIEST – ROCKA ROLLA. I think we’ve come so long here without addressing the power and influence of Judas Priest on music since this album’s release in 1974. The cover, mocking everybody’s favorite soda is pretty neat and the title track is replete with memorable guitar moments. I’ve always liked “Dying to Meet You” because I think Rob gets a wee bit over-theatrical on the vocals. Regardless of which, if anybody could ever explain the recording nuances of this record and why every issue and reissue packages the track listing differently, I’d be grateful.
517. TONE LŌC – WILD THING. Yeah yeah yeah; I know, now I’m pulling weeds trying to meet the goal of 4000 entries. Why worry with Lōc’s “Wild Thing” single and not the entire Lōc-ed After Dark album? Because I couldn’t point out the 2007 Peaches’ remix of this track then. See? Sometimes this crap makes sense. Not always, but sometimes. Huge hit for Tone, a small monetary reward for Van Halen and a video homage to Robert Palmer. Can’t you see how this song was designed for everybody’s advancement? The NAACP should give me an award.
518. LORD ROCKINGHAM’S XI – HOOTS MON/BLUE TRAIN. Clearly the winner here is the A side of “Hoots Mon” a tweaked and fucked rendition of the classic Scottish folk song “A Hundred Pipers.” These guys were the British equivalent of Booker T. & the MG’s but without the longevity, success, recognition and racial harmony of the former. Not that they were bad, some of their compositions were quite cool and rocking, which is exactly what a Lord of the British court would want, especially one named “Rockingham.”
519. LONNIE DONEGAN – DOES YOUR CHEWING GUME LOSE ITS FLAVOUR (ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?)/AUNT RHODY. These are both winners, but the A side novelty track for skiffle-man and proud Scot Lonnie Donegan takes the win here. Straight from 1959 this single is the perfect way to close out this entry and still leave time for supper. You know, if you sup and/or are into eating. Whatever. I hope your food retains its flavor overnight.