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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The best Nebula post, ever

More goods from my deep stash of heavy psych/stoner bands,
 a bit of a lesser-known one it seems to me at least relative to some of their contemporaries. Guitarist/vocalist Eddie Glass started the band after departing Fu Manchu, and the latter band's fingerprints are all over the sound (nothing wrong there).... Glass brought with him Fu Manchu drummer Ruben Romano as well as bassist Mark Abshire for the original lineup..... the band is Glass' project, pretty much exclusively, as they have been through more than a couple of bassists and drummer since then.

I'll tell you what....these are quite consistently good albums.....they have a sort of garage band sloppiness to them that is sort of unusual in the often technically proficient stoner scene, NOT that there are not plenty of wah wah pedals, screamed vocals, out-there lyrics, and heavy pounding bass is STONER ROCK! LIke Kyuss? Fu Manchu? JACKPOT!

The oldest I can locate from them is a 1998 EP, a very good one too, entitled "Let It Burn", sounding, as you might expect like a psychedelic Fu Manchu record, and that would not be such a bad thing...."Raga In the Bloodshot Pyramid" and "Sonic Titan" give you a good idea of what's in store....I hear that this disc is kind of hard to locate, not sure, I've had mine forever....if it IS, well, you are most wel!

The NEXT oldest I can locate from them is a "Split EP" ("Split EP's" on which 2 bands shared the recordin, were quiite big in the early days of stoner rock for some reason.....I guess cause noone had the jack to make a disc by themselves.....personally, I have always HATED splits because they FUCK UP MY FILING STYSTEM.......the nerve) with Lowrider, features four tracks from each band.....the early (1999) Nebula is in good form, "Full Throttle" and "Back to the Down" stand out.....I'll give ya the Lowider tracks too, without comment, they were decent as well and I'll give them a post sometime.  By the way, Nebula DO have an older EP entitled "Sun Creature" also from 1999....if you can find a copy of it you are a better man than myself, but I hope ya share it here) if ya do have one!

Later in 1999 they released their first full-length, the great "To the Center"'s the most psyched of their discs and features a BUNCH of good rocking tracks, such as "Synthetic Dream" and "Fields of Psilocybin"......recommeded for stoner fans.

Next disc was 2001's "Charged", they crank up the amps a small bit, but these guys knew who they were and what they meant to ....heavy psych/stoner like "Giant" and the epic "All the Way" ae highlights, don't miss this one either.

2003's "Atomic Ritual" finds a maturing band, taking things (and themselves) a bit more seriously (wittness the Alistair Crowley quotes all over the cover)....however, it IS a good album as well. The two-part title track (part 2 is a dreaded "hidden track") and a few more bring the goods, this is probably my LEAST favorite of their albums, but it's certainly not bad.

For 2006's "Apollo" thy retruned to more spacy sound, reminiscent of "To the Center" but more mature, more well thought out, and simply an excellent album. The TOTALLY weird finale "Opiate Float/Orbit" is worth the price of admission here for my money.

Their most recent release is an EP, 2009, entitled "Heavy Psych".....lives up to its name quite well, with a bunch of good numbers that they'd often do in concert, such as "The Dagger" and "Aphrodite".....always wondered why they didn't tack on some filler and make it a full length, but what are ya gonna do?

They gave it a good run, they were a good band, as I said somewhat not as appreciated as they might be in stoner circles..I have some live boots from them including a show I attended which I found VERY enjoyable, they they rocked the house with a good, long loud set that the crowd was REALLY into!

The show I attended was from 8/14/09 in wonderful Columbus Ohio (GO BUCKS!), they played a fine set which a friend of mine recorded..... his track list doesn't QUITE match up, I think the tunes are all their but they are not split as listed below and I don't have time to correct'll see what I mean Also have a Chicago set from the DAY BEFORE the Columbus one, another good set, fun to compare the two shows on consecutive nights, the Columbus show to my ears was the better of the two.....I note they changed their set list up a good bit (remember those Police boots with IDENTICAL set lists?).My third and final show is from Helmond, 2/13/10, possibly the same tour as the other two sets, with a version of "Sister Morphine" (!) thrown in for good measure.

I guess they're done, they haven't officially broken up, but in general three years away is an indicator.  And if you have ever seen/heard a copy of "Sun Creature" (or "Dos EPs", which combines "Sun Creature", the stuff from the Lowrider split, but also three new tracks, this would be the one to have, actually, if anyone it and wants to share it!

Hope you guys enjoy these, I have often turned to Nebula when I need some good, psych stoner stuff......they were a good band. Well done.

LET IT BURN-01 Elevation/02 Down the Highway/03 Let It Burn/04 Vulcan Bomber/05 Dragon Eye/06 Raga In the Bloodshot Pyramid/07 Sonic Titan/08 Devil's Liquid

NEBULA/LOWRIDER SPLIT EP-NEBULA-01 Anything From You/02 Full Throttle/03 Back to the Dawn/04 Fall of Icarus/ LOWRIDER-05 Lameneshma/06 The Gnome, The Spirit, The Sun/07 Shivaree/08 Upon the Dune (Full Version)
TO THE CENTER-01 To the Center/02 Come Down/03 Whatcha Lookin For/04 Clearlight/05 Freedom/06 Antigone/07 I Need Somebody/08 So Low/09 Synthetic Dream/10 Fields of Psilocybin/11 Betwen Time/12 You Meant Nothing
CHARGED-01 Do It Now/02 Beyond/03 Giant/04 Trvelin' Man's BLues/05 Instant Gravitation/06 This On/07 Ignition/08 Shaker/09 Goodbye Yesterday/10 All the Way
ATOMIC RITUAL-01 Atomic Ritual/02 So It Goes/03 Carpe Diem/04 More/05 The Beast/06 Out Of Your Head/07 The Way to Venus/08 Paradise Engineer/09 Electric Synapse/10 Strange Human/11 Fin/12 Atomic Ritual Revisited
APOLLO-01 Orbit/02 Loose Cannon/03 Fever Fray/04 Lightbringer/05 Future Days/06 Ghost
Ride/07 The Alchemist/08 Trapezium Procession/09 Controlled/10 The Eagle Has Landed/11 Fruit of My Soul/12 Decadent Garden/13 Wired/14 Opiate Float/Orbit
HEAVY PSYCH EP-01 Pulse/02 The Dagger/03 Aphrodite/04 Dream Submarine/05 In the Depths/06 The Other Side/07 Crow of Thorns/08 Lead Sky/09 Little Yellow Pill/10 Running of the Bulls

CHICAGO 8/13/09-01 Bardo Airways/02 The Dagger/03 Pulse/04 Aphrodite/05 Full Throttle/06 To the Center/07 The Way to Venus/08 Crown of Thornes/09 Giant/Clear Light/10 Little Yellow Pill/11 Elevation/12 Down the Highway/13 Intermission/14 Let it Burn/15 It's Been a Long Day
COLUMBUS 8/14/09-01 "We're Gonna Play Right Now!"/02 Instant Gratification/03 The Dagger/04 Pulse/05 Giant/Clearlight/06 Aphrodite/07 Devil's Liquid/08 The Other Side/09 The Way to Venus/10 To the CeEnter/11 Crown of Thornes/12 Bardo Airways/13 Down the Highway/14 Long Day/15 Let It Burn/16 Sonic Titan/17 Vulcan Bomber

HELMOND 2/13/10-01 Tuning and Shit/02 Perfect Rapture/03 The Dagger/04 Giant/Clearlight/05 Search and Destroy/06 Aphrodite/07 Dream Submarine/In the Depths/Heavy Psych/08 All the Way/09 Let It Burn/10 Pulse/11 Come Down/12 Void/13 The Other Side/14 Fields of Psilocybin/Sister Morphine/15 The Eagle Has Landed/16 Lead Sky/17 Down Highway 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Best Atomic Bitchwax post, ever

Surprised to discover that I haven't ever done a post on these dudes,
they have been around for a
while and legitimatly bring the noize......something of a stoner rock supergroup/side project, currently utilizing Monster Magnet bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella, and vocalist/guitarist Finn Ryan who was fomerly in the criminally underappreciated Core.

So, what do they sound like, for the unfamiliar? Well, maybe something like a hybrid of Monster Magnet and Core (duh) filtered through some hard psychedelia of the early 70's, along with some SERIOUS riff-rock of the late 70s, I think that would sum it pretty well.....Scott what the fuck are you TALKING about? I don't know, these guys rock out and are quite a bit more (shall we say) "experimental" than many straight-up stoner bands, they do take chances, and the results are for the most part positive.

OK, they let their imaginations run amok by titling their first effort "Atomic Bitchwax I" (there'll be more titles of this ilk to come), it's really a good one with its blend of short, smart riff rockers ("Hey Alright") and longer, trippier stuff like "The Formula".....lineup for album #1: Kosnick, guitarist Ed Mundell, and drummer Keith Ackerman.

Once again, they let the imaginations go crazy once more opting to call it "Atomic Bitchwax II", again, it's a good album of heavy stoner rock, even featuring an Atomic Rooster cover, and the by-now obligatory mix of short, dynamic riff-rockers ("Ice Pick Freek") and longer, "stonier" material ("Soild").

Next they chose to release the killer EP "Spit Blood", which features the fab "Cold Day in Hell" as
well as an unecessary cover of AC-DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" which I thought sucked the FIRST time around (that's just ME, ya know).....quite a good EP though, recommended for fans, for an EP of throwaways and outtakes etc, it's A-1.

Finn Ryan replaced Mundell for the third "official" release, entitled (wait for it) "Atomic Bitchwax 3", it is a really good one, actually, with a cover of Deep Purple's "Maybe I'm a Leo" and concentrating more on the riff-rock stuff and less upon trying to be creative......

The next EP "Boxriff" is basically a full-length, featuring four new studio tracks and a complete live set, for the first time they show off their substantial live chops (we'll hear A LOT more of them later)..

Bet ya can't guess what they named thier next album? Bzzzzzz times up, it is "Atomic Bitchwax 4" beleive it or not. Pantella joined the lineup for this one, and actually, it's quite a good one as well....they continue their penchant for strange cover material ("Astronomy Domine" in this case), and a collection of excellent hard rockers such as "Revival" and "Wreck You"'s a good one, not as good as "I", but a good one....if you guys like this stuff you'll want em all, because they have NEVER released a dog-shit album (as of yet at least).

Their next, and I suppose most ambitious effort is "The Local Fuzz", which consists of one track, some 40-plus minutes long.......this trick has been tackled by others, notably Sleep ("Dopesmoker"), but it DOES work here, 50 minutes of slamming guitar riffs, and, well, more slamming guitar riffs....

So that would be it for their studio efforts up until now, but as luck would have it, I have a buncha
boots too......five of em to be exact, covering pretty much the entire "career".......the oldest being from Youngstown Ohio (Ohio YAY!) in 2004, with some good versions of their early stuff, such as "Shitkicker" and "Hey Alright", as well as a cover of the Melvin's "Honey Bucket". Next we have a set from 2006, Hickory North Carolina, from where I have several sets from several great stoner bands, is Hickory some sort of stoner mecca?

A couple of sets from 2009, one from Freiburg, which mixes some old and new material, and from later in the year at Basel Hirscheneck with a very similar set list, as both feature versions of Pink Floyd's "Pigs". By 2011 they were still doing "Pigs" evidently, as they do on this Luzern Switzerland show, they also attempt to tackle as least PART OF "Local Fuzz" which gets pretty revved up.

These guys are pretty tight, and relatively underappreciated, I think......all of these at least have thier moments, let me kow what you think of em if you have a minute!

ATOMIC BITCHWAX-01 Stork Theme/02 Birth to the Earth/03 Hey Alright/04 Crazed Fandango/05 Hope You Die/06 Ain't Nobody Gonna Hang Me In My Home/07 Kiss the Sun/08 Gettin' Old/09 Last of the V8 Interceptors/10 Shitkicker/11 The Fomula

ATOMIC BITCHWAX II-01 Ice Pick Freak/02 Forty-Five/03 Play the Game/04 Smokescreen/05 Cast Aside Your Masks/06 The Cloning Chamber/07 Marching On the Skulls of the Dead/08 Dishing a Heavy Dose of Tough Love/09 Solid

ATOMIC BITCHWAX III-01 The Destroyer/02 You Oughta Know/03 You Can't Win/04 Dark
Chi/05 Maybe I'm a Leo/06 Force Field/07 Going Guido/08 The Passenger/09 If I Had a Gun/10 Half as Much

SPITBLOOD-01 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep/02 Liquor Queen/03 Get Your Gear/04 Cold Day In Hell/05 Spit Blood/06 Black Trans/07 U Want I Should

ATOMIC BITCHWAX IV-01 Pawn Shop/02 Middle Man/03 Daisy Chain/04 Giant/05 Revival/06 Astronomy Domine/07 Don't Do It/08 Sometime Wednesday/09 Super Computer/10 Run/11 Wreck You

BOXRIFF-01 STD/02 So Come On/03 Turn Me /04 Kiss The Sun/05 Intro/06 Force Field/07 Hey Alright/08 Kiss the Sun/09 Stork Theme/10 The Cloning Chamber/11 The Destroyer/12 Maybe I'm a Leo/13 Gettin Old/14 Ice Pick Freak/15 Forty Five/16 Birth To The Earth/17 Shit Kicker

THE LOCAL FUZZ-01 The Local Fuzz

YOUNGSTOWN OHIO 9/5/04-01 Liquor Queen/02 Hey Alright/03 Dark Chi/04 Unknown/05 Cast Aside Your Masks/06 Going Guido/07 Honey Bucket/08 Shitkicker/09 Birth to the Earth

HICKORY NC 12/10/06-01 Tuning/02 Ice Pick Freak/03 Tuning/04 STD/05 Tuning/06 The
Destroyer/07 Tuning/08 Maybe I'm a Leo/09 Tuning/10 So Come On/11 Long Break/Tuning/12 Gettin' Old/13 Astronomy Domine/14 Stork Theme/15 The Monolith Problem/16 Force Field/17 Banter/18 Hey Alright/19 Shit Kicker/20 Birth to the Earth

FREIBURG 4/21/09-01 Stork Theme/02 Shitkicker/03 So Come On/04 Destroyer/05 Kiss the Sun/06 Giant/07 Revival/08 Maybe I'm a Leo/09 Super Computer/10 Hope You Die/11 Gettin' Old/12 Wreck You/13 Encore Break/14 Pigs (Ryan Solo)/15 Pigs (Three Different Ones)/16 Force Field

BASEL HIRSCHENECK-01 "Where Is Bob?"/02 Stork Theme/03 Shit Kicker/04 So Come On/05 The Tuning-Up Song/06 The Destroyer/07 Kiss the Sun/08 Giant/09 Revival/10 Hope You Die/Gettin Old/11 A Guy From the audience climbs on stage/12 Super Computer/13 Wreck You/Ain't Nobody Gonna Hang me In My Home/14 Encore Break/15 Pigs/16 Force Field

LURZEN SWITZERLAND 4/21/11-01 "Missin' Finn"/02 Intro Jam/03 Stork Theme/04 Shit Kicker/05 So Come On/06 The Destroyer/07 Chris Talking/08 Giant/09 Kiss the Sun/10 Hope You Die/11 Chris Talking/12 Local Fuzz (portion)/13 Pigs On the Wing/14 Pigs (Three Different Ones)/15 Encore Break/16 Gettin Old

Quite a bit o work for the Big Guy, hope I've introduced an unfamiliar band that you'll like to some of ya.......requests, and comments, and pictures of your neighbor's 19 year old daughter, are always appreciated!

May not get all these many links up today (I will try) because I am going to see the (sure to be) fab "Hunger Games: Catching Fire".....I thought the first film was awesome, thought the books were great (of the books, "Catching Fire" was my fave)....I will never understand people's thinking,ever, it' hard to imagine people flocking to see this (the certainly ARE), and actually grasping the subtle favorite book ever was Orwell's brilliant "1984", and
this series is an incredible updating of those very deep, layered themes......I won't go into a whole thing about it right now, but it seems to me that people rarely go to see "good" movies anymore, they are in general so blank-brained they prefer to see the recent spate of films which are, simply put, about 2 hours of explosions.........often people can surprise me, pleasantly, with their intellect. It was great, and surpising, that the mainstream actually LIKED Talking Heads, and Seinfeld, and "The Hunger Games",all of which at fist glance would seem to be FAR over the heads of most of them....still not convinced they all "get it", but I give them huge points for at least making the attempt.

Having some trouble with the Youngstown set, may or may not be able to get it uploaded but GOD ONLY KNOWS I AM TRYING, to the very best of my diminished ability, I AM TRYING!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The best Joe Jackson post, for MY money at least

....just for the reason that pops up so very often when it comes
to alot of the 1980's new-wave type
bands, I've ran down the names before....Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Boomtown Rats, a others.....started out doing shit that I thought was GREAT, and then went in a direction that didn't quite get it done for me. For Costello, three albums, for the Pretenders, three albums.....for Jackson, three albums is pretty generous, and like the others, he enjoyed a lot of SUCCESS after I quit listening to their stuff, but that isn't the point, they just weren't doing stuff that I found enjoyable.....
a my senior year, 1979, it was a great year for music, a LOT of great albums coming out, but Jackson's "Look Sharp!" was a monster that could stand up to any of them.

A great, great album it is, too....a maybe somewhat more accessible, maybe not QUITE as angry an "angry young man" in the mold of Costello or Graham Parker.....the album is LOADED, plain and simple. A unique new-wave/ska/power pop blend meld perfectly with Jackson's "common man" voice and often staggering lyrics (neary of the Costello/Parker quality).....let's run down the highlights: there are deceptively rockin' tracks like "One More Time" and (especially) "Baby Stick Around"......the wonderful ska-rocking "Sunday Papers".....the snide single "Is She Really Going Out With Him", and best of all the title track which cuts like a switchblade...."Okay, whatcha say, tell me what they're wearing this year....". Excellent album, still listen to it quite often today.

The fall off (for me, personally, only, I must point out again).....the follow up "I'm the Man" also has
a killer title track (although being perfectly honest, I prefer the Monotones cover version on "Twenty First Century Power Pop Riot" which I have just GOT to post sometime), another good single "It's Different For Girls", more reggae tinged stuff ("Geraldine and John")'s a decent, yet fairly forgettable album, maybe a 2.5 star compared with 4.5 for "Look Sharp".

Next came "Beat Crazy", creditted to The Joe Jackson Band (rather than simply "Joe Jackson" ala the other two albums), and as though to drive the point home, bassist Graham Maby handles vocal chores on the first's a fairly forgettable album, and titling a track "In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)"? This Roxy Music fan shakes his head, although the chances of anyone confusing the two are about the same as confusing this Joe Jackson with the left fielder the 1919 Chicago White Sox (a fascinating character in his own right, but I digress, badly)

And that is that for me......I didn't like "Beat Crazy", but after that, Joe went in all kinds of different directions that didn't appeal to me. Old-style swing/blues were his new fasacination, he enjoyd some success with it and props to him for exploring new turf, I just didn't (and don't) care for it.....he had a few other singles which were big, I think "Steppin' Out" was the most notable, but this, for me, was a post-"Armed Forces" Costello, a post-"Learning to Crawl" Pretenders, just something that others enjoyed mightly but just weren't my cup of, well, "Joe"......God what you wouldn't give for my incredible sense o humor!

Have three live shows from the peak years of 1979-80, first a short (8 song) set from Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead NY 8/31/79......oddly, it does not include "Is She Really Going Out With Him?", his best known number at the time, perhaps this is an incomplete show I am unsure.

Also from 1979, this one earlier in the summer from Amsterdam Holland, this is a much better listen, a fine set list (includes pretty much all the top tunes from the first two albums) and an encore of "Ain't That a Shame".

From 1980 we have a set from Asbury Park NJ, this is a good set as well, includes some "Beat Crazy" stuff as well.....sounds like he was a pretty good live performer as well, these are worthwhile.

Often, he is lumped in a group with Parker and Costello (I did so myself earlier), and, like those two, his best, early work not only stands the test of time, but sounds BETTER today than it did then, Joe simply had LESS great stuff than the other two, but "Look Sharp" and parts of "I'm the Man" really still get the job done for me anyway.

I'm glad he enjoyed some success with his sytlistic changes, wasn't for me, but none of these guys has to please me personally.....thanks for some good tunes Joe.

LOOK SHARP!-01 One More Time/02 Sunday Papers/03 Is She Really Going Out With Him/04 Happy Loving Couples/05 Throw It Away/06 Baby Stick Around/07 Look Sharp!/08 Fools In Love/09 (Do the) Instant Mash/10 Pretty Girls/11 Got the Time
I'M THE MAN-01 On Your Radio/02 Geraldine and John/03 Kinda Kute/04 It's Different For Girls/05 I'm the Man/06 The Band Wore Blue Suits/07 Don't Wanna Be Like That/08 Amatuer Hour/09 Get That Girl/10 Friday

BEAT CRAZY-01 Beat Crazy/02 One to One/03 In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)/04 The Evil Eye/05 Mad At You/06 Crime Don't Pay/07 Someone Up There/08 Battleground/09 Biology/10 Pretty Boys/11 Fit

HEMPSTEAD NY 8/31/79-01 Look Sharp/02 Get That Girl/03 Friday/04 One More Time/05 Geraldine and John/06 Sunday Papers/07 Baby Stick Around/08 It's Different For Girls

AMSTERDAM HOLLAND 6/1779-01 Look Sharp!/02 Geraldine and John/03 Get That Girl/04 Sunday Papers/05 Baby Stick Around/06 Don't Wanna Be Like That/07 Fools In Love/08 Is She Really Going Out With Him/09 Happy Loving Couples/10 I'm the Man/11 Throw It Away/12 Got the Time/13 Aint That a Shame

ASBURY PARK NJ 8/9/80-01 One To One/02 I'm the Man/03 Beat Crazy/04 Look Sharp!/05 Mad at You/06 Kinda Kute/07 The Evil Eye/08 Pretty Boys/09 On Your Radio/10 Friday/11 Talk/12 Fit/13 Is She Really Going Out With Him/14 I Don't Wanna Be Like That/15 Intros/16 One More Time/17 Ovation and Talk/18 The Harder They Come/19 Got the Time

Monday, November 18, 2013

For Psyclist Part 2, Hope ya don't have all THESE either!

For my man Psyclist, in the style of the other day's post,
here are some more complete albums and/or
anthologies by some of the great Nuggets-era bands....really enjoyed the albums the other day in a goofy sort of way, once again these are far from "classic" albums in general, but they are interesting in their own way, a different view of these artists other than being observed in light of their one or two "hits", lumped together in (admittedly wonderful) various artists compilations.

So, let us begin with the underappreciated Peanut Butter Conspiracy, from Los Angeles ca. 1966....they consisted of guitarist/vocalist John Merrell, vocalist Sandi Robison, bassist/vocalist Alan Brackett, guitarist/vocalist Jim Cherniss, and drummer Spencer Dryden. They released a pair of very good albums, "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading" (great title) and "The Great Conspiracy"....I've got em both but I think that would maybe be a bit much, so let's go instead with "Living Dream" which focuses on the highlights of both albums.....this is really fine pop-psych, their best known number "It's a Happening Thing" is here, as well as lesser-known (but still way cool) stuff like "Why Did I Get So High" and "Turn on a Friend".....HIGHLY recommended for the uninitiated

The Remains were legendary in Boston, and of course gave us one of the greatest of all singles of the Nuggets era, "Don't Look Back" (as well as the lesser "Why Do I Cry").....they released but one album, and a very good album it is, here it is in all of it's glory......the Remains were guitarist/vocalist Barry Tashian, keyboardist/vocalist Bill Briggs, bassist/vocalist Vern Miller, and drummer Chip Damiani.....better known than the above discussed Peanut Butter Conspiracy (thanks to appearing on "Nuggets" I would guess), but also highly, highly recommended if you are not already indoctrinated.

Mouse and the Traps, from Texas, are best known for the incredible "A Public Execution", THE most perfect Dylan ever recorded, and a handful of other singles.....we have here "The Fraternity Years 1966-68", which includes all of their singles for that label (as best as I can determine they never released a "proper" album)......nothing here comes close to being as great as "A Public Execution", but it has its moments ("Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice", "Sometimes You Just Can't Win").

The Blues Magoos released a pair of excellent albums, the (now) nearly comical sounding
"Psychedelic Lollipop" and "Electric Comic Book", which both fit nicely onto a single known for "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" which missed Nuggets, which is fine because Nuggets contained the mind-melting definitive version of the oft-covered "Tobacco Road". They underwnt numerous lineup changes and actually did release a few forgettable albums after these two, but these are the ones you want.

Finally,we have the Electric Prunes, who had about 100 different members and existed in one form or another for about 50 years, releasing about 75 albums, but whose REAL claim to fame was the fantastic "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" (The first time I heard it as a kid, I loved it, thinking the lyric was "I had too much to DRINK last night").....they also gave us the nearly-as great "Get Me to the World On Time", with its way cool intro ("here I go.....higher, I go....higher higher")......they had another interesting track or two, and what we have from them is a good compilation, "Lost Dreams" which touches all the bases and pretty much keeps the "garbage time" portion of their existence to a minimum........

So, OK, what do ya think? I could probably scrape up enough stuff to do one more post of this type, unsure of whom I have left for it but likely I have something.......anyway, I hope you guys, and especilly Psyclist, found a track or two that you maybe hadn't heard before. I try, REALLY try to keep a variety of ALL of my favorite music here, wittness the Police sandwiched between two Nugget-rock post.....but I NEED to know, what do you want? I know I ask this a lot, but I AM curious......the "hate rock" posts were not requested by anyone (thank goodness), but they did, I hope, start some decent thought and discussion (about free speech, NOT about "racism" and the like, which truly WAS my point)........but if you look back, when some Hawkwind was requested, we got that up fairly quickly, and of course THESE posts are for Psyclist (for whom I would do ANYTHING!)......sometimes I am devoid of ideas, so PLEASE help a brother out, there is a band you'd like to see profiled, well, you never know WHAT I might have back there in the CD room......trying to keep the blog interesting and trying to keep a wide VARIETY of rocking shit available to the masses. Thanks for your input!

Life/03 You Can't Be Found/04 Why Did I Get So High/05 Dark On You Now/06 The Most Up To Now/07 Peter Pan/08 Turn On a Friend (To the Good Life)/09 Lonely Leaf/10 Pleasure/11 Too Many Do/12 Living Loving Life/13 Captain Sandwich/14 Living Dream/15 Ecstacy/16 Time Is After You/17 Wonderment/18 I'm a Fool/19 It's So Hard

THE REMAINS-01 Why Do I Cry/02 When I Want to Know/03 Ain't That Her/04 All Good Things/05 I'm Talking About You/06 My Babe/07 Say You're Sorry/08 Baby I Believe In You/09 You Got a Hard Time Comin'/10 I Can't Get Away From You/11 Me Right Now/12 Time of Day/13 Once Before/14 But I Ain't Got You/15 Diddy Wah Diddy/16 Mercy Mercy Mercy/17 Lonely Weekend/18 Heart/19 Thank You/20 Say You're Sorry/21 Don't Look Back

MOUSE & THE TRAPS-THE FRATERNITY YEARS-01 A Public Execution/02 Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice/03 Nobody Cares/04 Cryin Inside/05 I'm a Man/06 Lie Beg Borrow and Steal/07 I've Got Her Love/08 I Am the One/09 Like I Know You Do/10 Sometimes You Just Can't Win/11 All For You/12 Do The Best You Can/13 Look At the Sun/14 You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)/15 Promises Promises/16 I Satisfy/17 Requium For Sarah/18 L.O.V.E. Love/19 Ya Ya/20 Good Times/21 Hand In Hand/22 You Are My Sunshine/23 I Wonder Where the Birds Fly/24 Mohair Sam/25 As Far as the Sea

THE BLUES MAGOOS-01 We Ain't Got Nothin Yet/02 Love Seems Doomed/03 Tobacco Road/04 Queen of My Nights/05 I'll Go Crazy/06 Gotta Get Away/07 Sometimes I Think About/08 One By One/09 Worried Life Blues/10 She's Coming Home/11 Pipe Dream/12 There's a Chance We Can Make It/13 Life Is Just a Cher O' Bowlies/14 Gloria/15 Intermission/16 Albert Common Is Dead/17 Summer is the Man/18 Baby I Want You/19 Let's Get Together/20 Take My Love/21 Rush Hour/22 Thats All Folks

THE ELECTRIC PRUNES-LOST DREAMS-01 Shadows/02 Ain't It Hard/03 Little Oliver/04 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)/05 I've Got a Way of My Own/06 Luvin'/07 I Happen To Love You/08 Are You Lovin Me More (But Enjoying It Less)/09 Hideaway/10 Try Me On For Size/11 The Great Banana Hoax/12 You Never Had It So Good/13 Dr Do-Good/14 Get Me To the World On Time/15 Captain Glory/16 World of Darkness/17 Train for Tomorrow/18 Big City/19 Wind Up Toys/20 It's Not Fair/21 Sold to the Highest Bidder/22 Everybody Knows You're Not In Love/23 Long Day's Flight

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Some random Police rarities

Really hadn't listened to too much Police in the last decade (or more), used to really like some of their stuff (although not NEARLY as much as some of their hardcore fan base, some of the most frothing-at-the-mouth that I can recall encountering)......but, thinking back to the first time I ever heard "Outlandos d'Amour", I recall how unique they sounded, and for my money they never really did release a bad album......and as a singles band they were the shit, rivaled only by maybe the Cars as the top singles act of the early 1980's.

To rehash the obvious for anyone who was in a coma in the late 70's-early 80's, the Police were vocalist/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland, and they struck gold with their very first single "Roxanne", from the previously mentioned LP, "Outlandos d'Amour"....."Outlandos" is a wonderful album, sounds fantastic all these years later, a fine blend of reggae-punk-jazz that formed a sound that was uniquely theirs.....the subsequent albums, "Regatta de Blanc", "Zenyatta Mondatta", "Ghost in the Machine", and "Synchronicity" are really all pretty great, in my opinion, and all contain some amazing singles......I am not about to put all of those albums up, because if you are a fan of the band obviously you already have them....I think, though, that just for the hell of it, I'll put up "Every Breathe You Take: The Singles" along with the rarities I have, just because it works SO WELL (as a singles collection)......really great band, capable of both great albums AND great singles.

So, "Every Breathe You Take" is just a bit skimpy (only 14 tracks, two of which is are updated versions of "Message in a Bottle" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me", but it does hit MOST of the essentials, "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King of Pain" (my favorite).....hell,  don't know, maybe they technically weren't "singles", I think this could easilly have been a 2 disc set had they included "Next To You", "So Lonely",  "Murder By Numbers", "Synchronicity II"......anyway, it is what it is, and I'll include it here as the "updated" numbers, I suppose, qualify as "rarities"

Well, what do we have here?  I never saw the band live, have seen some concert footage of them and they seemed like the real deal on stage as well.....I have two live sets for you, Rockpalast 10/15/80 and Melbourne Australia 2/22/81.....both are high quality recordings, and quite energetic show, and the damndest thing is: the set lists are basically INDENTICAL.....huge fans of the band, help me this just a coincidence or did these guys NEVER change their set list? I mean, I assume both shows were from the same tour, but ZERO change in the set list? Don't think I've ever seen that big deal, just kind of odd. I had to check them to make sure they weren't the same show with one mislabled (they aren't)

We have the very interesting and entertaining "Lost BBC Tapes", evidently from around the same time, 1981 or so, as the set list is somewhat similar to the Melbourne set, still not bad at all. "Rare Unreleased Demos" is exactly what it proclaims, and for fans of the band this is a jewel, and I don't think it's all that common floating around the web.

So, I had more or less forgotten about the Police, for whatever the reason I was listening to "Synchronicity" the other day and as often happens, I was struck by how damn good these guys were. They were at one point INCREDIBLY popular, which, wrongly on my part, is genrally viewed by myself as a negative......but in this case, they were so popular just because they were so damn good.....sometimes, not often but sometimes, the masses get it right.

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE THE SINGLES-01 Roxanne/02 Can't Stand Losing You/03 Message In a Bottle/04 Walking on the Moon/05 Don't Stand So Close to Me/06 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/07 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic/08 Invisible Sun/09 Spirits In the Material World/10 Every Breath You Take/11 King of Pain/12 Wrapped Around Your Finger/13 Don't Stand So Close To Me '86/14 Message In a Bottle (New Classic Rock Mix)

MELBOURNE 2/22/81-01 Don't Stand So Close to Me/02 Walking on the Moon/03 Deathwish/04 Fallout/05 Man in a Suitcase/06 Bring On the Night/07 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/08 Truth Hits Everybody/09 Shadows in the Rain/10 When the World Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around/11 The Bed's Too Big Without You/12 Driven to Tears/13 Message In a Bottle/14 Roxanne/15 Can't Stand Losing You/16 Next to
You/17So Lonely

ROCKPALAST 10/18/80-01 Don't Stand So Close to Me/02 Walking on the Moon/03 Deathwish/04 Fallout/05 Man in a Suitcase/06 Bring On the Night/07 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/08 Truth Hits Everybody/09 Shadows in the Rain/10 When the World Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around/11 The Bed's Too Big Without You/12 Driven to Tears/13 Message In a Bottle/14 Roxanne/15 Can't Stand Losing You/16 Next to
You/17So Lonely

LOST BBC TAPES-01 Next To You/02 Roxanne/03 Truth Hits Everybody/04 So Lonely/05 Message In a Bottle/06 The Bed's Too Big Without You/07 Can't Stad Losing You/08 So Lonely/09 Fallout/10 The Bed's Too Big Without You/11 Message In a Bottle/12 Roxanne/13 Walking on the Moon/14 Death Wish/15 Bring On the Night/16 No Time This Time

RARE UNRELEASED DEMOS-01 Spirits In the Material World (Sting's Original Home Demo)/02 Invisible Sun (1st Version)/03 One World (demo)/04 Hungry For You (demo)/05 Secret Journey (demo)/06 Invisible Sun (2nd Version)/07 Don't Beleive Me Baby/08 Don't Think We Coul Ever Be Friends/09 Don't Look at Me/10 It's Never Too Late/11 Daytime Job/12 Secret Journey (1st version)

Friday, November 15, 2013

For Psyclist....hope ya don't have ALL of these

My great friend and frequent blog contributor Psyclist has asked for a bit more Nugget-rock, happy to oblige, I thought maybe it might be interesting to put up a few full albums by some of those individual bands rather than Various Artists comps......I hope you don't have ALL of these, buddy, I do have more (Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Remains, Blues Magoos, others) who I didn't use this time, I plan on doing a similar post to this one with some of those aforementioned bands, especially if these are well-recieved.......please remember though....alot of these were "one hit wonders".....and often times there is a reason for this. In other words, expect no really great "albums" per se here, but hopefully you will run across a track or two that you find of interest.

OK, let us start out with the Castaways, of course the creators of one of the greatest of "Nuggets" singles, "Liar Liar" (always remember the first time I heard it as a kid, thought it was great and creepy as hell).....we have here "Liar Liar: The Best of the Castaways"......well, I'll tell ya, not a lot of great stuff here, to be honest. Like so many of the bands of this era, they jumped around from garage-punk to Beatlesque pop to psuedo-psych, all in search of that elusive second hit. They never found it.
From Minneapolis, Minnesota (wonder if they were Vikings fans growing up?), they consisted of James Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Dick Roby on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass and Dennis Craswell on drums.....Folschow, according to Wikipedia contributed the freakish falsetto vocal which makes "Liar Liar" the slab of greatness that it is. They never released an album, evidently, having to their credit a handful of singles which I'm sure must ALL be here.....for laffs, there is a remake of "Liar Liar" done in 2000, evidently James Donna still performs using the "Castaways" name, sure as hell beats having to work for a livng.

Next up are the legendary Count Five from San Jose California.....of course you know "Psychotic Reaction", their wondersome Yardbirds rip, but unlike the Castaways, these guys actually did get to release an album.....and it really isn't bad, nothing one tenth as great as "Psychotic Reaction", but really, what IS? "Double Decker Bus", "Pretty Big Mouth", and "Out in the Street" are respectable/listenable stuff. Have you ever read Lester Bangs' "Psychotic Reactions and Carbeurator Dung" in which he created a fictitious career for the band? If not I recommend you get it and read it TONIGHT, it's wonderful. Might as well credit the lads individually here, as well, John "Mouse" Michalski played lead guitar, Roy Chaney was on bass, Sean Byrne handed rhythm guitar and vocals, Craig Atkinson played the drums, and  Kenn Ellner playing tambourine, harmonica, and lending a hand on vocals.

Bubble Puppy, from San Antonio, also released an album or two, although they are known basically for "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass", which is from the album featured here, "A Gathering of Promises". Pretty fair Texas-styled psych, quite a listenable disc. Bubble Puppy were Rod Prince and Todd Potter as twin lead guitarists, Roy Cox on bass, and David Fore on drums.....they released a second LP, 1971's "Demian" which I have never heard......just a feeling I have, but I wonder if it is maybe a decent listen, at least for psych fans?

The Standells, while best known of course for the amazing "Dirty Water", were a bit more of a legit big time act. The set I have here is an odd one, not only does it NOT contain "Dirty Water", it is actually a TWO DISC rarites etc, that might be a bit much, but beleive it or not it is really quite a decent listening experience......two discs may be a bit much, but it is, what it is it is as they say....I also have a couple of live Standells albums on the shelf that pretty much sound like they were recorded from the next building......this set is MOST interesting, if you like the Standells of'd think they'd have found an alternate take of "Dirty Water", but hey.....this is worth your time. Fun fact: the lyric in "Dirty Water" referring to "Frustrated women, they have to be n by twelve o'clock" refers to a curfew instituted by Boston College, at least that is what I've always heard.

Chocolate Watchband released a number of fab singles, "Let's Talk About Girls" and "Are You Gonna Be There" being the most notable, and both are included on "No Way Out", their 1967 LP....the rest of the album? Uhh, well.....file under "not great", but we can certainly forgive a LOT for "Are You Gonna Be There", right? The band was more or less a revolving collection of studio musicians, trying to name them all would be difficult, but they certainly did give us a few incredible singles did they not?

Let's wrap it up for today with a compilation of some good stuff from the Zakary Thaks, "Face to Face" as I can they never really released aoper "album", but they did of course have a zillion singles, most of them classics......lots of good stuff here, "Bad Girl", "Face to Face", "Mirror of Yesterday".......this is a good one.

So, we have a few "comps", also a few "album releases" as we normally think of them, and even one extensive two-disc rarities it goes for these bands....and, as I mentioned earlier I have  a bunch more of this kind of stuff (REALLY wanted to include The Peanut Butter Conspiracy on this one but couldn't find the disc, I know it's back there somewhere.

Any other bands of this vintage you'd like a full "album" or two from? Let me know....any interest in the live Standells (you'd REALLY have to be a Standells fanatic)? Can't really think of everything I have off the top of my head, I know I have comps from the Monkees, Strawberry Alarm Clock, God knows who all.....but I need your input. Who do you want to see next time I do a post of this nature?

Hope your Saturday is going well!

LIAR LIAR BEST OF THE CASTAWAYS-01 A Man's Gotta Be a Man/02 Everytime/03 Goodbye Baby/04 Lead Me On/05 Liar Liar/06 Sam/07 She's a Girl In Love/08 Why Should This Happen To Me/09 Watching Time Go By/10 Work Song/11 (I) Feel So Fine/12 Hit the Road Jack/13 Walking In Different Circles/14 Just as High/15 Lavander Popcorn/16 What Kind of Face/17 Words On Fire/18 Bad Hair Day/19 Lucille/20 That Was Then This Is Now/21 The Music That I'm Making/22 Liar Liar 2000

PSYCHOTIC REACTION-01 Double Decker Bus/02 Pretty Big Mouth/03 World/04 My Generation/05 She's Fine/06 Psychotic Reaction/07 Peace of Mind/08 They're Gonna Get You/09 Morning After/10 Can't Get Your Lovin'/11 Out in the Street/12 Contrast

A GATHERING OF PROMISES-01 Hot Smoke and Sasafrass/02 Todd's Tune/03 I've Got To Reach You/04 Lonely/05 Gathering of Promises/06 Hurry Sundown/07 Elizabeth/08 It's Safe to Say/09 Ro St. Stephen's/10 Beginning

BAD GUYS DON'T WEAR BLACK DISC 1-01 Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White/02 Ten O'Clock Scholar/03 Animal Girl/04 Can't You Diggin/05 Poor Man Prison/06 Sol Drippin/07 Don't Say Goodbye/08 Take a Ride/09 When I Was a Cowboy/10 Get Away From Here/11 Love Me/12 Batman/13 Our Candidate/14 The Boy Who Is Lost/15 It's All In Your Mind

BAD GUYS DON'T WEAR BLACK DISC 2-01 School Girl/02 I Hate to Leave You/03 Lookin at Tomorrow/04 Don't Say Nothin at All/05 Try It (Alternate Vocal)/06 Rari (Extended Version)/07 Misty Lane/08 You Were the One/09 Standells Love Theme/10 Medication (Instrumental)/11 Don't Tell Me What to Do/12 The Shake/13 Someday You'll Cry/14 Peppermint Beatle

NO WAY OUT-01 Let's Talk About Girls/02 Midnight Hour/03 Come On/04 Dark Side of the Mushroom/05 Hot Dusty Road/06 Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In)/07 Gone and Passes By/08 No Way Out/09 Expo 2000/10 Gossamer Wings

FACE TO FACE-01 Mirror of Yesterday/02 Please/03 Face To Face/04 Bad Girl/05 I Need You/06 Won't Come Back/07 Weekdays Blues/08 Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps/09 Green Crystal Ties/10 My Door/11 Outprint/12 Everybody Wants to Be Somebody/13 Footsteps Jam/14 The Mirror's Reflection

Links in a little while.....please leave comments, I NEED you guy's input so we can continue this as the world's greatest music blog (or at least in the top 65,327 or so).

The best Pussy Galore post, ever

With some bands I've profiled, that "best" terminology is kind funny (The Seeds? GG Allin?), even though I love the stuff by the Seeds and GG Allin, calling it the "best" feels kind of weird.....and according to SPIN Magazine's "Alternative Record Guide" : "Pussy Galore made music so scuzzy, so rancid, so unclean, you didn't just want to wash your hands after listening-you wanted to go to confession".......I bet you are already racing to download them, just off of that description, which is pretty accurate in a witty sort of way.

They started out in the mid 1980's in Washington DC making a noisy/bluesy/punkish/garage stew, rife with attempts to "shock", basically the playground of guitarists Jon Spencer and Julia Cafritz, drummer John Hamell filled out the original lineup. They released the 7" EP "Feel Good About Your Body", .....I don't have it, but for some reason, I have a few stray tracks from it, listed under "Bonus Tracks ' below....I've had these for o long I don't know WHY this is, but "Die Bitch" and "HC Reellion" are here from that masterwork, the other two tracks, have no idea.....I think the guy who gave me the disc tried to cram a pair of EP's on here (Groovy Hate Fuck, Sugarshit Sharp) and I guess filled up the disc with someof his other favorite tracks? Well, he's long dead so it will remain a deep dark mystery.

After this release Hammell was replaced by former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, and also added 16 year old guitarist Christina Martinez to release the aforementioned "Groovy Hate Fuck" EP......for what it is, this is a fine work, with deliberate offensiveness such as "You Look Like a Jew", "Pretty Fuck Look", and loads more. Recommened.

In 1987 they committed the rather odd move of covering the Rolling Stones "Exile on Mainstreet" album in its was a very limited release,cassette only, but we have it here in all of t's glory....... bizarre in the extreme.

The first proper "album" released by PG was 1987's "Right Now!", most (including myself) would consider it their best work, 19 short blasts of grimy punk, how bout titles such as  "Fuck you Man", "Pig Sweat", and the legendary "Pussy Stomp" (sample lyric: "stomp stomp stomp stomp pussy stomp tonight!", dont cha just LOOOOOVE it?).....dabblers would be well advised, I think, to start here.

The next EP, "Sugarshit Sharp", is also quite entertaining, "Adolescent Wet Dream" being a highlight, and what could be more bizarre than a cover of  Einsturzende Neubauten's "Yu Gung", whch actually includes samples from both Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype"and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two"........a Sonic Youth-like move, perhaps, as was, now that I think about it, covering the whole Stones album, perhaps they could be taken as maybe a less-sophisticated, trashed-up version of that band?

Anyway, this just about tells the story......the lineup went through numerous changes leading up to 1989's fairly weak "Dial M For Motherfucker", which, while including typical Pussy Galore gems as "Eat Me" and "Solo=Sex", the magic was gone.......they would release an unremarkable live album, another full length entitled "Historica De La Musica Rock", neither of which I have, and at least one more EP, "Pussy Gold 5000", and a compilation of their older tracks entitled "Corpse Love: The First Year", which I don't have either, but parts of it show up on the "Bonus Tracks" section below, as discussed above in reference to "Feel Good About Your Body".

For my money in the right frame of mind, this can be some pretty cool shit....I remember one friend calling "Right Now!" the absolute worst album he'd ever heard (he should hear "Dial M For Motherfucker"), this is hard shit to take, I won't kid you, but I like it, and perhaps some of you will as well. As I said before, if you are unfamilar, start with "Right Now!" and "Sugarshit Sharp", then if those are of interest to you check out "Exile" (as a curiosity) and the rest. Let me know what you think, too, this is (I think) a fairly forgotten band, who really, at least, were fairly original and outrageous........enjoy I hope.

GROOVY HATE FUCK (EP)-01 Teen Pussy Power/02 You Look Like a Jew/03 Cunt Tease/04 Just Wanna Die/05 Pretty Fuck Look/06 Spin Out/07 No Count

EXILE ON MAIN STREET-01 Rocks Off/02 Rip This Joint/03 Hip Shake/04 Casino Boogie/05 Tumblng Dice/06 Sweet Virginia/07 Torn and Frayed/08 Sweet Black Angel/09 Loving Cup/10 Happy/11 Turd On the Run/12 Ventilator Blues/13 I Just Wanna See His Face/14 Let It Loose/15 Stop Breaking Down/16 Shine a Light/17 Soul Survivor

RIGHT NOW!-01 Pig Sweat/02 White Noise/03 Uptight/04 Biker Roc Loser/05 Wretch/06 Rope Legend/07 Fuck You Man/08 White People/09 New Breed/10 Alright/11 Knock Up/12 NYC: 1999!/13 Punch Out/14 Pussy Stomp/15 Trashcan Oildrum/16 Fix It/17 Really Suck/18 Rancid/19 Hell Spawn

SUGARSHIT SHARP (EP)-01 Yu Gung/02 Penetration in the Centerfold/03 Handshake/04 Adolescent Wet Dream/05 Sweet Little Hi-Fi/06 Brick/07 Renegade!

DIAL M  FOR MOTHERFUCKER-01 Understand Me/02 SM57/03 Kicked Out/04 Solo=Sex/05 Undertaker/06 Dwada/07 Dick Johnson/08 1 Hour Later/09 Eat Me/10 Wax Head/11 Wait a Minute/12 Evil Eye/13 Adwd #2/14 Hang On

LEFTOVER BONUS TRACKS-01 Die Bitch/02 HC Rebellion/03 Don't Give a Fuck About You/04 Kill Yourself/05 Asshole/06 Get Out/07 Do I Look Like a Bitch

Links in a little while, gotta say, variety has been the name of the game of late, noone could argue that! I know my good friend Psyclist is wanting some more 60's psych, so perhaps I'll seek out something for him on that line for tomorrow (don't TELL him!).......anything you guys want, though, let me know, and if I got it, it'll be up!

Have a great weekend, rock on!

(In case you are interested, the cover pictured directly above is for "Dial M"....the sticker on the shrink wrap says "New Album By Pussy Galore" and that is the only text on the cover. I guess that it is sometimes thought that "New Album...." is the actual title, although I have never heard that until today while reading a bit....anyway, the original title was supposed to be something like "Eat Shit and Die Slowly" (something like that, not gonna look it up), the record company objected, then evidently approved "Dial M For Motherfucker", I guess it doesn't matter if the name doesn't appear on the cover, so I wonder why they didn't stick with the original title? The things I lay awake at night pondering!

Vikings vs. Seahawks this weekend, I have watched ever second of every Vikings game this season....perhaps NOW you understand my penchant for masochism?