Most people pick 1972′s, “Machine Head”, as their favorite Purple album. Great record, but I pick 1984′s, “Perfect Strangers”, as the best Deep Purple album ever. It was made right after Ian Gillan’s stint with Black Sabbath and the recording of their, “Born Again”, album, released in 1983.
The drummer on this video is Chuck Biscuts. He is known for being the drummer on the first four Danzig albums. But he also pounded the skins for: D.O.A., Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and most recently, Social Distortion. Chuck can REALLY play the drums. Just watch him on the video. Intense and slammin’.
Keith Morris, lead singer of the Circle Jerks, was also the original singer of Black Flag.
Chuck Biscuts also toured with the Flag, and he recorded the unreleased demos for the, “MY WAR”, album. But he didn’t drum on any of the official Black Flag releases.
Why do you think that President Obama is an un-American political extremist?
1.) You cannot accuse him of being a: “Nazi”, “Communist”, “Socialist”, “Muslim Terrorist”, and Liberal Democrat all at the same time. You realize that these are completely different things?
2.) Obama carried over BUSH’s economic bailouts.
3.) Obama carried over BUSH’s TARP programs.
4.) Obama carried over the primary members of BUSH’s economic team and kept the same Federal Reserve Chairman.
5.) Obama kept all of the same Generals BUSH used to run the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars when he came into office.
6.) Obama has NOT pulled us out of Iraq. BUSH started that war.
7.) Obama INCREASED the troop levels drastically in the War in Afghanistan. BUSH started that war too.
8.) Obama has NOT closed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
9.) TAXES have actually WENT DOWN for 98% of the population. We currently have the lowest overall tax levels since the Eisenhower Administration.
10.) Obama DID NOT fight for “single-payer”, “national” or “socialized” health care (like liberals, progressives, and some independents wanted him to do). The new heath care bill gives more customer’s to PRIVATE insurance companies.
and last but not least…
11.) HE HAS DONE NOTHING IN THE WAY OF REGULATING GUN OWNERSHIP, GUN RIGHTS, ETC. HE HAS NOT CAME FOR YOUR GUNS. NOTHING HAS CHANGED AS FAR AS THE SECOND AMMENDMENT. YOU STILL HAVE ALL THE SAME GUNS AT HOME THAT YOU HAD WHEN GEORGE BUSH WAS IN OFFICE. YOU CAN STILL BUY ALL OF THE SAME GUNS YOU BOUGHT WHEN GEORGE BUSH WAS IN OFFICE. YOU KNOW THIS TO BE A FACT. LOOK IN YOUR GUN CASE…THEY ARE ALL STILL THERE. FYI: he has also got an “F” rating with the gun control lobby!
If anything, Obama is TOO CONSERVATIVE for most progressives, liberals, and left-leaning independents. The left should be much more unhappy with the Obama Administration than the right.
Obama did partially nationalize GM. But that seems to have worked and GM is paying back the money much sooner than expected. They will be a privately-owned company again in the future.
Obama did ban the use of torture, but even John McCain agrees with that. And torture doesn’t work anyway. If you torture someone bad enough, they will tell you ANYTHING you want to hear…NOT necessarily the truth. And we, as a nation, have always been against torture. Muslim terrorists are no more dangerous, or evil, than Hitler’s Nazis, who killed six-million Jews in the death camps…but we didn’t torture the Nazi’s? There have always been evil people in the world who want to “destroy the American way of life”. There is nothing new under the sun, and “terrorists” are no scarier that those muscle-bound neo-Nazi, skinheads with swastikas tattooed on their faces safely held in supermax prisons all around the country. Do you think that Muslim terrorists have some kind of “X-Men” like, superhuman, abilities to break out of supermax prisons…that our own BAD ASS, KILLERS don’t have? A skinny-guy with a beard and a turban is so much scarier than a skinhead or a child molesting/child murder, huh? For some reason we don’t need to keep serial child murders in Guantanamo Bay? Seems like a supermax prison holds ‘em just fine.
And as far as the health care bill. One great thing about it, that I think even most conservatives and tea baggers agree with, is that health insurance companies can no longer drop you for a so-called “pre-existing” condition.
I personally know people who hate Obama, democrats, progressives, liberals, and fear the impending threat of the “socialist” take over of America. These same people made their livelihoods: in the military (a socialist institution by definition), worked for state and federal government jobs (more socialism), were members of unions (progressive, liberal, democratic politician supporting organizations), collect medicare (more socialism), collect social security (more socialism), collect supplemental social security for a parental suicide (more socialism), collect supplemental social security for a special needs child (more socialism), collect a union pension (conservatives and republicans have always wanted to destroy all unions), get V.A. health care benefits (more socialism), and collected State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Checks (more socialism). Almost every dollar they ever received was from one form of “socialism” or another, and it’s still the primary source of their income…but If President Obama dared to try to expand medicare to cover everyone in the country, they talk like it would be like the second coming of Hitler?
The first time I heard the Red Chili Peppers was at one of their live shows in Oakland, California at a club called the Omni. It was during their, “Uplift Mofo Party Plan”, 1987 Tour. The Peppers were the headliner, Primus, and a group called Dot 3 were the openers. All of them, at the time, were crossover punk/rock/funk bands. I hadn’t heard The Red Hot Chili Peppers (though I saw adds for their first two albums in Flipside Fanzine), Primus, or Dot 3 yet…but ALL of them sounded like the BIG BOYS to me. Big Boys were an amazing punk/funk band from Austin, Texas in the early 1980′s. So diverse, so cool, so honest, and soooooooo funky. They were one of the first american hardcore bands to be associated with the term “skate-rock”.
They could play lightning-fast, straight-up American hardcore, Joy Division/Gang of Four-styled post-punk, or pure booty-shaking funk. All of which they did flawlessly. On their album entitled “No Matter How Long the Line is in the Cafeteria, There’s Always a Seat!” (1984) they play several Big Boys-style punk and funk songs, but they also do original “tribute” tracks to some of their hardcore (and post-punk) contemporaries like: Black Flag, Husker Du, Minutemen, Bad Brains, Gang of Four, etc. (available on the second-half of their discography, “The Fat Elvis”. These are not covers, but original tracks written in the same styles as the above mentioned bands.
They also had a really cool logo…an “anarchy” (“A”) symbol, with the middle-line of the “A” replaced by the horizontal-view of a skateboard. You can see it at the start of the video posted above.
Big Boys were also really into the whole “D.I.Y.” (do it yourself) thang. They used to end every show by saying to the crowd, “OK, NOW GO START YOUR OWN BAND!”
Die Kreuzen was one of the most criminally underrated and under appreciated bands of all-time. I first heard about them in the early-1980′s, at about the same time I heard of Husker Du. I remember thinking, “cool, two new hardcore bands with German-sounding names”. Actually, “Die Kreuzen” is German for “the cross”. But, “Husker Du” is Swedish…for “do you remember”. Both bands are actually from the American mid-west. I put them on my “Top 11 Greatest Hardcore Bands” list. They started out as a fast metallic/hardcore band. And then, by their second full-length album, they morphed into a progressive, psychedelic, alternative metal band. Their second album, “October File”, was a huge influence on the progressive thrash metal band, Voi Vod (Canada).
Almost like Rush meets the chaotic sounds of early-Black Flag…
All the albums listed below were made by bands from Seattle, or at least from the state of Washington, and were also part of the “grunge” movement of the late 1980′s-to-mid 1990′s. Four of the bands started out on the Seattle based alternative rock label, Sub Pop Records: Soundgarden (they were also on Black Flag’s SST Records, however), Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Tad. Sub Pop was the “cool” label for this kind of stuff. They were like the “SST Records of grunge”. Or, for you metalheads, the “Metal Blade Records of grunge”. The super-cool drone band, Earth, also started out on Sub Pop. Earth never “made it big”…too extreme and challenging a listen for most folks. And they definitely weren’t a “grunge” band. But they are still making great albums to this day.
1.) Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (1991 A&M Records)
2.) Temple of the Dog (1991 A&M Records)
3.) Mother Love Bone – Apple (1990 Polydor/Polygram Records)
4.) Soundgarden – Ultramega Ok (1988 SST Records)
5.) Nirvana – Bleach (1989 Sub Pop Records)
6.) Alice in Chains – Dirt (1992 Columbia Records)
7.) Tad – Salt Lick (1990 Sub Pop Records)
8.) Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff & Early Singles (1988-1990 Sub Pop Records)
9.) Soundgarden – Louder Than Love (1989 A&M Records)
10.) Alice in Chains – Facelift (1990 Columbia Records)
11.) Nirvana – Nevermind (1991 DGC/Geffen Records)
Earth’s Discography (studio releases):
Earth – Extra-Capsular Extraction (1991 Sub Pop Records)
Earth – Earth 2 (1993 Sub Pop Records)
Earth – Phase 3: Thrones & Dominions (1995 Sub Pop Records)
Earth – Pentastar: In the Style of Demons (1996 Sub Pop Records)
Earth – Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method (2005 Southern Lord Records)
Earth – Hibernaculum (2007 Southern Lord Records)
Earth – Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull (2008 Southern Lord Records)
Like I said earlier in this post, Earth is not a “grunge” band, but they were on the “grunge” label, Sub Pop. Kurt Cobain also did back-up “screams” on the first Earth release, “Extra-Capsular Extraction”. Kurt Cobain and Earth main man, Dylan Carson, were really good friends. But Dylan Carson also has the notoriety of introducing Kurt Cobain to heroin and buying him the shotgun with which he killed himself. Apparently Kurt told Dylan it was for self-defense, and Dylan had no idea Kurt was suicidal.
Yes, all those songs are from the same band, on the same album. Quite different sounding, huh?
The 1989 album, “Naked City”, by American composer/jazz-saxaphone artist, John Zorn, has to be the most diverse, crazy, all-over-the-place, incredibly cohesive, intense, loud, noisy, atonal, melodic, mellow, relaxing, tight…album of ALL TIME. NO HYPERBOLE! It is all these things at the same time. An incredible musical experience. It features, more traditional mellow jazz, noisy free-jazz, surf music, psychedelic, 50′s doo-wop, soundtrack music, country/western music, New Orleans zydeco music, punk rock, rock, funk, reggae, re-worked jazz standards, and straightly-played jazz standards…oh yeah, and grindcore. Both melodic and atonal music, loud and quite sounds, blazingly fast tempos, and ultra slow tempos…all of it. And the music starts and stops “ON A DIME”. The craziest start/stop rhythms and time changes of all-time. TIGHT has a whole new meaning after you hear this album. Even the SUPER noisy free-jazz squeals and ultra-fast, grindcore blast parts sound TIGHT and very musical (but still noisy). I also can’t stress enough, that even though it is a “throw everything but the kitchen sink in one song” type of album, it’s an incredibly COHESIVE sounding album. One mark of good progressive, fusion, technical, or experimental music is that if they make crazy, complex stuff sound like a standard pop, rock, of folk song (i.e. it’s complex but, “catchy” at the same time). Hard to do. The album features both, melodic and atonal music, loud and quite sounds, blazingly fast tempos, and ultra slow tempos. That all start and stop “ON A DIME”. The craziest start/stop rhythms and time changes of all-time. TIGHT has a whole new meaning after you hear this album. Even the SUPER noisy free-jazz squeals and ultra-fast, grindcore blast-beat parts sound TIGHT and very musical (but still noisy).
John Zorn’s group also called “Naked City”, along with his other band, Painkiller (featuring avant-garde producer/bass player, Bill Laswell and former Napalm Death drummer, Mick Harris), are John Zorn’s reaction to the late 1980′s/early 1990′s grindcore scene led-by the U.K.’s, Earache Records’ bands: Napalm Death, Carcass, and Godflesh. And the Japanese Hardcore of groups like Boredoms and S.O.B.
A lot of bands do the crazy “mix-a-bunch-of-styles-together-in-one-song” (and/or album) thing…think: Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, The Clash, Dream Theater, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Greatful Dead, Lou Reed/The Velvet Undergound, Blue Oyster Cult, Willie Nelson, The Minutemen, The Meat Puppets, Rush, Big Boys, Janes Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age, Parliament/Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, Saccharine Trust, Gone (Greg Ginn), The Blasters, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, King Crimson, Miles Davis, and Mr. Bungle. All very diverse. All these groups either played many different genres of music on an album, or they mixed many different styles into one song. Naked City gots them ALL beat in the ol’ diversity department.
The group features a bunch of jazz heavyweights in it’s ranks: John Zorn (alto saxaphone), Bill Frisell (guitar), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Fred Frith (bass), Joey Baron (drums), and special guest, Yamatsuka Eye (from Boredoms) on vocals. These guys can really play.
If you are adventurous in your musical tastes and desire something “new”. Buy it. If you are a corporate-fed, conformist, musical-simpleton. Your money will be wasted. You won’t like it.
Light ‘em up
This album needs to be listened to all-the-way-through, as a complete, almost “conceptual”, piece of musical art. Hearing these few cuts I posted from youtube is NOT the real way to experience the sheer genius of Naked City.
Guns n Roses also covered, “I Don’t Care About You”. They do an ok version, but the original smokes it.
Fear was requested by John Belushi to replace the Dead Kennedys for the, now infamous, 1981 Saturday Night Live Halloween episode. Fear was Belushi’s favorite band in the whole world at the time. Fear was subsequently banned for life from ever appearing on SNL again.
Fear is the sh*t. But for some reason they always get left off of “all-time greatest hardcore/punk band” lists? I even left them off of mine…they probably belong on that list.
Fear singer, Lee Ving, is also an actor who has appeared in many major motion pictures including: Flashdance (1983), Streets of Fire (1984), The Wild Life (1984), and Clue (1985).
Lee Ving also sang on the original version of Dave Mustaine’s (Megadeth), MD45, side-project. A latter, re-released and remixed, version has Dave Mustaine on vocals. I heard they lost the original Lee Ving vocal masters, and/or some Megadeth fans didn’t like Lee’s bluesy vocals. So they recorded Dave Mustaine singing the lead vocals to appeal to the fans who didn’t like the original version. If you are interested, make sure you seek out the original version. It’s better than the re-released version.