“Too late to talk about it”: Spirit – The Thirteenth Dream (1984)

Although their original line-up was together for just 3 years, Spirit are one of my favourite bands.  Now, while some chap named Jimmy Page might disagree, he was a big fan of their first album, and it is said that his walls were plastered with Spirit posters.  In fact, he liked them so much that he … Continue reading “Too late to talk about it”: Spirit – The Thirteenth Dream (1984)

All Hail the Crown – All Hail the Crown (Whammybox Records, 2011)

The story of All Hail the Crown is an interesting one.  The band has its roots in a project led by guitarist Kevin Wood to bring the lyrics left by his late brother, Andrew Wood, to life.  The story goes that Wood and Regan Hagar began to compose music and recruited Corey Kane and Shawn Smith to … Continue reading All Hail the Crown – All Hail the Crown (Whammybox Records, 2011)

“I’m the burning bush, I’m the burning fire, I’m the bleeding volcano” – The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (1980)

This was the first Rolling Stones album I bought on vinyl.  Not one that folks hold in high regard, but I've always had a bit of a soft spot for it. Don't get me wrong, there are times I just can't be bothered with it at all.  See, the thing with Emotional Rescue is that … Continue reading “I’m the burning bush, I’m the burning fire, I’m the bleeding volcano” – The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (1980)

“Out of the engine came a flame with a name. It burned up my mind and it made me insane”: Masters Of Reality – Masters of Reality (1988)

Another largely overlooked album here.  This one being Masters Of Reality's self-titled debut.  Often referred to as The Blue Garden on account of John Leamy's painting, it's an alternative rock masterpiece and one of my absolute favourites (so much so that I paid £36 for a CD copy once upon a time!).  Like Burning Tree's … Continue reading “Out of the engine came a flame with a name. It burned up my mind and it made me insane”: Masters Of Reality – Masters of Reality (1988)

“I found the simple life ain’t so simple”: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Van Halen are a band that I never paid any attention to.  Overlooked them completely, to be quite honest.  I knew Jump and part of me even liked it, but it was no more than a novelty really.  Big keyboards and guitars, flourescent lights, cocaine smiles and long hair.  That was my opinion on that … Continue reading “I found the simple life ain’t so simple”: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

“Run in the front door, run out the back”: Keith Richards – Talk Is Cheap (1988)

I remember not so long ago someone commented that they had the very same t-shirt I was wearing.  It was a Stones Tee.  Black with the logo … “the tongue”.  They didn't have the very shirt I was wearing, of course.  Given that we're in an age where bands like the Stones, Ramones and Led … Continue reading “Run in the front door, run out the back”: Keith Richards – Talk Is Cheap (1988)

“If you’re into Evil, you’re a friend of mine”: AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

The first AC/DC album I ever heard was Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.  An old friend had handed me the CD as a birthday gift back in the mid-to-late 90s.  I dare say 1997 or 1998.  Before that I was very familiar with a bunch of songs and liked some o' them, too (mostly Big … Continue reading “If you’re into Evil, you’re a friend of mine”: AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

“I got a million ways to make a million dollars, but some things come from the heart”: Kill For Thrills – Commercial Suicide (1989)

Kill for Thrills, anyone?  One of Gilby Clarke's pre-Guns N' Roses gigs and pretty much what you'd expect from a band featuring Gilby and formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Rumour has it that MCA snapped the band up following one show.  Fairly easy to understand given that Guns N’ Roses had just exploded … Continue reading “I got a million ways to make a million dollars, but some things come from the heart”: Kill For Thrills – Commercial Suicide (1989)

“There’s so much space I could cut me a piece”: Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (1988)

Ok.  So it's no secret to those who know me that I'm of the opinion that Jane's Addiction are simply one of the most important bands ever.  I guess it's not just my opinion; after all, it's a written-in-stone fact.  But in my own list of favourite bands ever they're easily in my top 5.  … Continue reading “There’s so much space I could cut me a piece”: Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (1988)

“What you got was a bunch of cowpokes on blues twisting knobs from outer space”: ZZ Top – Eliminator (1983)

That's what Billy Gibbons said about the recording of ZZ Top's eighth album, Eliminator.  Released shortly before I turned 4, but its success (hundred million zillion albums sold) and MTV's endorsement of its synth-tinged rock, ensured that I would hear a whole bunch of its songs throughout my youth and it would leave a lasting impression. … Continue reading “What you got was a bunch of cowpokes on blues twisting knobs from outer space”: ZZ Top – Eliminator (1983)