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U2 On Saturday Night Live… September 26, 2009, Some Metal Thoughts…

Posted in 1980's alternative rock bands, 1980's rock musicians, 1980's rock bands, 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's rock bands, 1990's rock music, alternative rock bands, alternative rock music, comedy shows on television, embarrassing rock music performances, late night television shows, political rock bands, Rock, rock & roll, rock & roll hall of fame inductees, rock and roll, rock and roll hall of fame inductees, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music commentary, rock music on television, rock music reviews, rock vocalists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyOh, what a wonderful world it is, especially when you have the extremely deep pockets of NBC. To dole out whatever millions of dollars it probably took to get the no longer relevant U2 on Saturday Night Live, hey NBC… whoopee do!!!! Hey Saturday Night Live and your big daddy NBC… getting U2 on your no longer funny show is not impressive, it’s a pity. Could someone please tell Bono that he did not invent Rock and Roll? The sunglasses are very dated, Bono. Could someone please remind The Edge that it is a guitar that he is trying to play? Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. have always known how to play their respective instruments, at least the rhythm section of U2 is able to keep any semblance of their music together, in some sort of respectable manner. The U2 of the early 1980’s was tolerable and/or semi-entertaining. Now as the decades go by, when U2 resurfaces, it is like a bad cold you can’t kick during beautiful Summer weather. Was that live performance from U2 a skit or was it supposed to be serious? Sorry NBC and Saturday Night Live, this is one viewer who woke up this morning and did not experience any life changing experience from your over rated, not ready for prime time musical guest.

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AFI – All Hallow’s E.P. is a Horror Punk gem

Posted in 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's punk rock albums, 1990's punk rock bands, 1990's punk rock music, 1990's rock music, Album Review, alternative rock bands, alternative rock music, alternative rock music albums, classic punk rock, cool album covers, creepy album covers, essential punk rock albums, essential punk rock songs, horror punk, horror punk album covers, horror punk album review, horror punk albums, horror punk rock music, horror punk songs, metal odyssey, Music, old school punk rock, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock cover songs, punk rock music, punk rock musicians, punk rock songs, rock and roll, rock music, spooky album covers, vintage punk rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

AFI "All Hallows EP" small picA couple of years ago, I purchased All Hallow’s E.P. by AFI… man, this is a cool Horror Punk gem. Released on November 3, 1999, on Nitro Records, this is AFI when they were creating Horror Punk and it is worth every penny I spent on it. A tidy E.P. it is, with four songs that are lathered with quality Horror Punk attitude and speed. Davey Havok on lead vocals sounds vintage, even though it has only been about a decade since this E.P.’s release. Every time I listen to All Hallow’s E.P., I walk away believing Davey Havok was born to sing this style of Punk Rock. I could listen all day to this Horror Punk style of AFI. I have been currently rummaging through my Metal and Punk Music collection, sifting through the spooky titles of both albums and songs and putting them on my daily rotation of music listening. Horror Punk will always stand out when searching for the creepy tunes, All Hallow’s E.P. is an obvious choice. With the Halloween season knocking at my Metal doorstep, rounding up the scary stuff to listen to has become an annual right of Horror passage for me.

The four songs on All Hallow’s E.P. are: Fall Children, Halloween, The Boy Who Destroyed The World and TotalImmortal. (That is not a typo, there is not supposed to be a space between the words Total Immortal for this song title). Halloween is a cover song, originally written and sung by Glenn Danzig when he fronted the legendary Misfits. AFI covers Halloween with all deserved and spooked out respect. The built in mechanism of the lyrics, coupled with the musical undertones of dread, makes these four songs explode with the dynamics of Horror Punk. My favorite track is… a tie. So, my favorite tracks are Halloween (due to it being a Misfits cover song and it is unreal good) and TotalImmortal. Being the last song out of the four, TotalImmortal is really the exclamation point of All Hallow’s E.P., it has the unrestrained Punk Rock energy that leaves me yearning for more of these songs from AFI.

AFI as they appeared on All Hallow’s E.P.:

Davey Havok on vocals

Jade Puget on guitar

Hunter on bass 

Adam Carson on drums

AFI "All Hallows EP" large pic

Violent Femmes – “Why Do Birds Sing?” is a unique album, a unique band

Posted in 1990's alternative rock music, 1990's college music, 1990's folk punk rock music, 1990's punk rock music, Album Review, essential punk rock albums, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock cover songs, punk rock music, punk rock songs, Rock, rock & roll, rock music, silly album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Throughout my travels to antique stores and thrift shops, more often than not, I come across albums and/or CD’s that grab my attention in milliseconds. I usually find the Metal, Punk Rock or Extreme Music that is not in stock at your local Walmart, Best Buy or f.y.e., therefore my journey’s to these eclectic shops are never in vain. Sure, the vast majority of underground and obscure music titles can be had online just about anywhere you look, I am an avid consumer of online purchases this way. However, it is just a tad more cool to actually hunt down or stumble upon a CD of a band that is not on any mainstream or commercial charts… not in the limelight whatsoever… and this band is unique, a definite qualifier for existing in the world of Extreme Music. Please excuse me, if I say that the three dollars I paid to bring home Violent Femmes “Why Do Birds Sing?”, (released in 1991), was a smart move. Three dollars versus the eleven dollars (or more) it would have cost me to buy this CD brand new online… not counting the shipping and tax costs. Used CD? Is there such a thing? Man, a CD really has to be scratched up and bent out of shape for me to consider it used.  Besides, I am not that naive to purchase a used CD without inspecting the surface wear of the actual disc itself. Crap, I better get on with the actual music found here, on “Why Do Birds Sing?” and stop this ranting about the science of used CD hunting and purchasing.

Hey man, anytime a band is considered, labeled or sounds like Folk Punk Rock, this said band is embraced by Metal Odyssey. What is more unique than Folk Punk? C’mon, this genre is flying under the radar for decades and is a survivor. I certainly remember there being a cult following for the Violent Femmes back in my college days. (I honestly never gave them a listen back then, I was either too broke to afford new tunes or too occupied with my core bands of Thrash and Heavy Metal). Life is all about exploring… and explore my ears have done with this Violent Femmes CD. To pursue the music that lies within “Why Do Birds Sing?”, for me, is paralleled to taking a road trip without a map. In other words, this album has been something I never expected, I never really knew what may be around the next turn, what will the next song be like? Will there be memorable tunes along the way?

Before I mention some of the songs on this album… just look at the album cover artwork found here. I am going to use the words – retrospective silly. Yes, I used the words retrospective silly on Metal Odyssey. This artwork captures the who cares what the system thinks of us attitude that is sweltering from the music of the Violent Femmes. There are no muscular barbarians, warlocks, monsters, skulls, science fiction backdrops or busty women on this album cover. The music that is within “Why Do Birds Sing” does not need any of these covers to win me over. The music holds it’s own, without the help of cover artwork… the Violent Femmes created some really good music here, all 13 songs of it. These Violent Femmes do a darn good cover on The Culture Club hit “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, for this genre of music, this song captivates as much as it rocks. “Hey Nonny Nonny” is a folk rocking, vocally punk rockin’, foot stompin’, knee slapping, pass me another beer, hip little song. “Used To Be” is a melodic, free flowing Rock & Roll song, reflecting on how a man and a woman used to be happy before their world ended… the lyrics never state exactly why their worlds ended. “Girl Trouble” definitely encompasses all things 1950’s Rock & Roll, only that the lyrics and vocals would never fit into the decade of the ’50’s. (This song definitely fits in with me). My favorite song on this album is “More Money Tonight” – this is the one track that does not have the Folk Punk Rock happening, instead it rocks like a late 1970’s Rolling Stones tune… vocally I swear I hear Mick Jagger himself. (I am not kidding).

In the grand scope of Folk Punk Rock, these Violent Femmes are and should be regarded as true stalwarts for their genre. If you are looking to get into a band that is so damn different from what you are currently into, the Violent Femmes will give you a taste of old time Rock & Roll, mixed in with some Folk, sprinkled with some eccentric lyrics, and layered with Punk Rock attitude and vocals. The crusty surface on all of these songs only make for a more diverse and unique musical trip. The Violent Femmes as they appear on “Why Do Birds Sing?”: Gordon Gano on vocal and acoustic guitar, Brian Ritchie on acoustic bass guitar, banjo, electric guitar and jaw harp, Victor DeLorenzo on brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, vocals and drums and Michael Beinhorn on piano.

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