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ok…review time again..this time it’s a seven inch single from UFO. it’s a british release…hard rock / metal bands release seven inches in the UK market, not like here in the states so it’s always pretty cool to get one. this ufo release is from the album “making contact” which was the 11th ufo record and it came out in 1983. side ‘A’ is the single, “when it’s time to rock”, and the ‘B’ side is something that wasn’t released on anything but this seven inch..“everybody knows”. making contact is the record when pete way, original bass player for ufo, parted ways (no pun intended) with the band and joined “fastway” which had fast eddie clark from motorhead in it, “fastway” get it? which was pretty good. pete then did his own thing called “wasted”, get it, pete way – wasted?..which wasn’t all that good …anyway, making contact was the last ufo record paul chapman did with the band. chapman is the guy who replaced michael schenker on lead guitar for the last four ufo releases to this point. so the bass playing duties on here were split between chapman and neil carter (long time ufo member) who also played the keyboards and guitar. i’m not sure who played bass when they toured this record…anyway, back to point, “when it’s time to rock” is one of those rock anthem songs, a pretty good one at that. it’s about a street gang and how the own their block.. the chorus goes, “When it’s time to rock, We’re the only ones, No one takes this block,’Cos we’re number one”, total rock anthem. down side is by this time in ufo’s career, they are way too old to be a street gang, same with their release “no place to run”, first chapman record, the title track is again about a street gang with the band being well past teenage street gang years. so ufo revisits ‘no place to run’ and ‘when it’s time to rock’  and their youth, no big deal, as long as they do it well i’m willing to look past their age…and they do it well so all is good.
the B side, ‘everybody knows’ is a typical ‘later in their career’ song about a woman that everyone knows her name. kind of silly, but if it’s done right, it’s good with me..so it’s good with me.
the image on side one is of a naked woman with several arms working a telephone switch board, which is also on the cover of making contact..i don’t know the artist who did it…but like the single it’s done well.
below is the the “b” side of the record with a live shot of the band and below that is the song “when it’s time to rock”, give it a listen and tell me what you think, you got my two cents.

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a few new pieces are up in the ORIGINAL ARCHIVE GALLERY

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back to record reviews…my last one has been a while, it was february 3rd, so it’s about time, isn’t it. this one is ufo’s mechanix.
mechanix is ufo’s third effort minus michael schenker who was replaced by paul chapman, and i think the best of the three. the songs flow really well in the order they appear on the record, which isn’t always the case with some records. the first song “the writer” (below) is about music critics, “I’ll put you up there, or i’ll bring you down. nothing moves without me in this town” it goes. apparently UFO isn’t too found of the writers. this song actually got some air play on wmms in cleveland, so i’m assuming it got played in other markets as well.
mechanix then goes right into “something else” which is a cover, but i don’t know who they are covering, regardless they make it their own version and it rocks. my too favorites are “we belong to the night” and “dreaming” (below as well) .
the cover art is pretty clever, it’s a direct take off on a WWII soviet union propaganda poster. it was done by john pasche who designed the famous tongue and lips for the rolling stones, and david juniper.

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i don’t really have anything to share today…so i thought i’d just share a picture of rommel sleeping under a pillo..yes he needs a hair cut bad.

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another perfect day

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people who know me know i’m an angel fan…pretty much everything they did through “on earth as it is in heaven”, after that i’m not to partial to…..but the earlier stuff rules…anyway, someone take me to this event! all the members will be there, first time since 1980!

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hey! i did a podcast interview the other day for theDAMNcast and it’s for their episode: 118. very swell people there at the damn cast and it was a pleasure spewing out a bunch of bs for however long it was. i’m in the second part of episode 118….so if you want to check it out it is HERE on itunes.. and their web page is HERE…give it a listen.

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you know when you’re driving around and come to an intersection with a light and you want to turn left? you know how you have to wait for you to get the green and for all on coming traffic to pass? well….don’t you hate it when there is someone in front of you planning to make that left turn too and you’re sitting at the red light, it turns green and the car in front is the first one with the chance to turn left…and they sit there, they don’t pull up into the intersection…the light turns to yellow, they make the turn and then it turns red leaving no one behind them a chance to turn as well….i hate that.

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check it out…got the new burned out skake board decks ready for pre-order…signed and numbered limited edition of 100.

Please be aware that this is a pre-order item. Expected to ship on or around March 18, 2016 *

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