this is the third piece i’ve done so far 2016

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1979….i’m immersed in metal…i’m buying records because of their covers, i knew nothing about AC/DC but when i walked into that record store and saw the cover of “if you want blood, you got it” with a guy shoving an SG guitar through his chest it had to go home with me….and it was a righteous purchase. purchased because of the cover, sold by the music. same with judas priest “unleashed in the east”, this guy was on a motorcycle on stage! record sold. anyway, i was touching on a few records outside of the metal, the first police record, elvis costello, and the cars, but metal was first and foremost. until a day when a friend introduced me to the record “replicas” by gary numan. this was different, yet still had a dark edge to it. synthesizers and guitars, with bowie style undertones, complicated yet understandable lyrics, and the visual aspect. the cover was amazing, this guy, in black with his skin and hair white, looking out the window to “the park”. you can see the refection of him and although he is standing with his hands to his sides, the reflection had his hands folded in front of him. this record was sold to me too, no question. i still treasure this album, it has inspired more of my work than i can count, especially then when i was 14/15…made the lasting impression. the tour came and i caught it at the cleveland music hall in early 1980. the stage and presence was just as dynamic as the cover and recordings. below is a youtube of “me i disconnect from you” plus more from that tour. his next release was “the pleasure principle” with the big hit “cars” on it. although i like that record, guitars were dropped for all electronc instruments and i feel it just wasn’t as dynamic as “replicas”, not as much texture. replicas is still played here.

 

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DAVID BOWIE

well if you haven’t, david bowie passed away today from liver cancer. what a genius he was, i can’t say i followed him, but to not be aware of him and his impact on the music world you would have to been living under a rock. “fame”, “golden years”, “young american”, “heros”, “ziggy stardust”,”scary monsters” and the list goes on…i have the up most respect for bowie and his music catalog. i admit, i only own one bowie record…”station to station” from 1976 which is brilliant, the song “tvc15” is on there and is from the movie he was in “the man who fell to earth” pictured above (see station to station youtube below). something that is special to us in cleveland with bowie is cleveland was the first american market to play his music and broke him in the states. we were the first city he played and came back on his first tour to play two sold out nights at the public hall in 72,. much larger crowds and venues for him here in the beginning and that had to do with our ground breaking radio station WMMS who also broke rush in america, plus a lot to do with sprigstien in america, although i don’t care much for bruce. we are the rock and roll capital of the world, that’s why we have the rock and roll hall of fame here…anyway, bowie, what a loss, but what a wealth of inspiration he left.

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second piece for 2016 – title is from the song “if tomorrow ever comes’ by cop shoot cop

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BLUE OYSTER CULT

blue oyster cult’s “Cultösaurus Erectus” is my DJ pick today. this was released in 1980 and was the record they toured on the famous “black and blue” tour when they were paired up with black sabbath. sabbath was touring “heaven and hell” which was the first record featuring dio on the vocals…i’m lucky i made it to that show here in cleveland. 1980 was a good year for metal, along with those two releases was judas priest with “british steel”, iron maiden “number of the beast”, scorpions “animal maganatism”, def leppard “on through the night”, ozzy “blizzard of oz” and ac/dc “back in black…was a good year to be a metal head, aerosmith may have put out “night in the ruts” that year too, but i’d have to google that….anyway, Cultösaurus Erectus is an amazing record, opening with “black blade” it doesn’t stop until “unknown tongue”, no soft spots or filler. this record was also produced by famed martin birch who made a name for himself with deep purple, fleetwood mac, black sabbath, and so on….now about the artwork…wow! what the hell is that thing, it is prehistorically mutated madness, i love it. it was done by artist richard clifton-dye and features a monster creature making it’s way through a mountainous terrain with a tiny BOC spaceship zipping by it’s lower jaw (see under the youtube below) i tell you what, as a 15 year old smoking bongs this cover tripped me out 😉
and as you can see in the picture, the jo approves of the cover too, and i don’t even think he’s high.

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first piece of the year..”why do you have to let it linger”

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B

ok, here’s one of my bauhaus records..actually it’s an ep. i’m gonna cut and paste what wikipedia says about them, they sum it up really well. but first..if any goth kid today doesn’t know about bauhaus they are posers…..i put the you tube of “telegram sam” below, one of my favorites of theirs….anyway…this is what wikapedia says about bauhaus …..Bauhaus were an English gothic rock band [1], formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). Although they dropped the numerical portion within a year of formation, the band was originally named Bauhaus 1919, in reference to the first operating year of the art school Bauhaus. Generally considered the first gothic rock group, Bauhaus were known for their gloomy sound and dark image. Musically however, the band was also quite diverse. Throughout their career, they incorporated a variety of genres, ranging from reggae to art rock.[2]
Bauhaus broke up in 1983. Peter Murphy began a solo career while Ash and Haskins continued as Tones on Tail and, later, reunited with David J to form Love and Rockets. Both enjoyed greater commercial success in the United States than Bauhaus had, but disappeared from the charts in their homeland. Bauhaus eventually reunited for a 1998 tour and again from 2005–2008.

I ALSO DID A BAUHAUS POSTER..CHECK HERE

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motor

in memory of lemmy, today’s DJ is the 1983 release by motorhead, “another perfect day”. this is my favorite motorhead record and the title track is my all time favorite motorhead song which you can listen to below. this was the 6th release by motorhead and it apparently was their least favorite, no accounting for taste i guess 😉 the cover art is amazing, it was done by Joe Petagno who also did work for led zeppelin and pink floyd. the artwork however was the bands favorite cover art, at least they liked something about the record….i’m sorry, another perfect day is an amazing piece of work, songs like ‘dancing on your grave’, ‘marching off to war’ and ‘back to the funny farm’ plus a dynamic cover art makes this release top notch.….rommel approves of it as well.

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PAILHEAD

ok, second day of the DJ blog…today is “pailhead” on wax tracks records out of chicago. Pailhead was a side project of the industrial metal band Ministry that featured Dischord Records founder and former Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye on vocals. The band’s sound was a dark combination of menacing industrial beats and hardcore punk, predating what Ministry would later do with Jello Biafra in another side project Lard. – got that straight off of wikipedia, couldn’t have said it better myself…anyway, pailhead is great stuff.

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