Flashback Friday-ish: The Cult – Born Into This

Last year I wrote a Flashback Friday piece about how I first came to know The Cult. You can read it here if you wish. Last week saw the release of The Cults’ eighth studio album (and first in six years), Born Into This. Since I am and admitted Cult fanatic, I decided to go grab it during that first week and after reading bad review after bad review I decided to write something about it. Hell, the kids over on Blabbermouth were so down on it that I started to question if I really liked it or if I liked the band so much I was forcing myself to like it. I only had to think about how much I hated the Drive-By Trucker’s (my favorite band) last effort, A Blessing and A Curse, to know that probably wasn’t the case. Besides, Blabbermouth is a lot like Pitchfork, it is entertaining in small doses and most everything I like is completely reviled over there.

Now, I am not gonna sit here and tell you this is the best album The Cult has ever done, it simply doesn’t compare to anything circa Sonic Temple and before. However, it is the best thing they’ve done since Sonic Temple, IMO. The fact that it is their most rock album since Sonic Temple probably has a little to do with that. There, just one old time Cult fan’s opinion.

The Cult – Born Into This
The Cult – Diamonds
The Cult – Dirty Little Rock Star

The Cult’s Official Site, The Cult on MySpace, Buy Born Into This

Flashback Friday: Hank Williams Jr.'s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (1982)

It was the summer of 1982. I was 11 years old and was either gonna be an NFL football player or a professional fisherman when I grew up. I spent Monday thru Friday working for hours at my Grandmother’s, where I shoveled horse stalls, fed calves and mowed/raked the yard for spare monies. In my downtime I would head out into the pasture that was their backyard with my tackle box, fishing rod and my best Bill Dance swagger.
Those were good times. Taking a puff off a cigarette would be one of my firsts that summer, which would also include my first taste of Jack Daniels, my first (and only) attempt to dip Copenhagen, and also my first memorable encounter with Hank Williams Jr. It happened on rainy morning while I was reorganizing my tackle box. There it was on the table, Hank Williams Jr.’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1. I stuck it in the tape player, pressed play, and I went back to my tackle box. The moment I heard “A Country Boy Can Survive,” I was obsessed. Fuck the tackle box, I wanna hear that again.

[Rewind] [Stop] [Play] more [Rewind] [Stop] [Play] more [Reeeeeewind] [Stop] [Play] oops [Fast Forward] [Stop] [Play] shit! [Rewstop] [Play] close enough.

That acoustic guitar…the Mississippi river…something called a stock market…a woman! dogs! GUNS AND TRUCKS! Country folks can Survive! We grew good ol’ tomatoes and homemade wine (hey, my family does that!)….here comes the chorusCause you can’t stomp us out and you can’t make us run cause one of them ol’ boys raisin’ his old shotgun…we say grace and we say ma’am and if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn….oh shit! he said damn!...then a dead friend from that Yankee New York city….

Done. After repeated listens I moved on. “Dixie On My Mind”! More shit talk about New York! “Family Tradition”, “Whiskey Bent”, “Old Habits” and “All My Rowdy Friends”. I begged my Grandmother to take me to buy a blank tape so I could record this….this, the GREATEST TAPE EVER!

Over time, I’ve come to realize that this isn’t “the greatest tape ever,” but it probably is the best Hank Jr. album ever. Through my rock phase, punk phase, metal phase, new wave phase, goth/industrial phase and every other phase a person goes through growing up, I always had a copy of this album. When I finally got my first CD player it was one of the first cd’s I bought…it and Skatenigs, Stupid People Shouldn’t Breed.

Autopsy IV fact: I’ve performed Karaoke exactly one time in my life. I was drunk and I did “Family Tradition” at my local drinkers’ bar….Hank, why do ya drink? TO GET DRUNK! Why do you roll smoke? TO GET STONED! Why must you live out the songs that you wrote? TO GET PAID!…yup, it was a total sing-along.

And if you think I ain’t listening to this on my way home today, then you are just plum silly.

Hank Jr. – A Country Boy Can Survive
Hank Jr. – Family Tradition
Hank Jr. – Dixie on My Mind

In case you were wondering: Kid Rock is not related to Hank Williams in any fashion what so ever. As Hank III says in Not Everybody Likes Us:

Just so you know, so it’s it’s set in stone, Kid Rock don’t come from where I come from:
Yeah, it’s true, he’s a Yank, he ain’t no son of Hank:
If you even thought so, god-damn, you’re fucking dumb.

Hank Williams III – Not Everybody Likes Us

Flashback Friday is What I Am…

Do any of you remember Friday Night Videos? That’s where this tale begins. I was spending the night at my grandmothers one night watching Friday Night Videos with my aunt when “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians came on.

I was in love.

Oh yeah, I also really dug the song but this 14 year old was totally into Mrs. Brickell. One of the super cool things about staying at my grandparents house was that they had a VCR and anytime I was there I was taping music videos so I had the song preserved in all it’s SLP glory to play….over and over and over and over and over….and I did. For a couple of months there Edie Brickell was the only woman for me. It took a while but I eventually got the “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars” cassette but I never really got into it. Time passed and my taste in women grew sleazier as my awareness of sex increased and my infatuation for Edie passed.

I did not hear anything else of hers until I got Windows95 and the video, Good Times, from her solo debut, Perfect Picture Morning was included on the disc. I really liked the track and decided to pick up the disc. I liked Perfect Picture Morning much more than the material I had heard before and still listen to the cd from time to time. It was also at that time I learned that she had married Al Paul Simon. I had to deal with a few demons from my youth and come to some degree of closure regarding our brief but torrid love affair but I came through.

Last year Edie & the New Bohemians released the cd Stranger Things and to be honest, it was pretty boring. Nothing on it was the awesomeness of What I Am. Edie is scheduled to release a new solo cd later this year. For better or worse I’ll be checking it out.

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians – What I Am
Edie Brickell – Good Times
Edie Brickell – Tomorrow Comes

The video that launched a 14 year olds love affair:

from the Win95 cd comes the Good Times video:

Who the fuck is Emma Bunton? I dunno either but she did a cover of What I Am that has left me wondering why she bothered:

a new Siouxsie Sioux album?

As I have mentioned before. I spent a great portion of my 20’s lurking about in goth clubs. One thing is for sure no matter if the club is in Tampa, New Orleans or Baltimore, Siouxsie Sioux will get some ear time and if your friends are from the goth scene then every cd case in every car will have a Siouxsie and the Banshees cd in it. I never minded. Hell, I’d rather hear her over The Bauhaus anytime.

To my surprise this morning I see that Siouxsie is about to release a new cd:

New Mantaray Album 25.06.07

Siouxsie’s new album is to be called “Mantaray” and is released on September 10th 2007, it features the new single “Into A Swan” (which is released digitally on 13th August and on CD, 7″ and other formats on August 27th).

Other track titles include About To Happen, Here Comes That Day, and Drone Zone.

It also seems that the video for “Into a Swan” has already showed up on YouTube. I’m surprised that it doesn’t sound dated. Heck, I like it!

The Classics:

Siouxsie & the Banshees – Peek A Boo
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Cities in Dust
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Kiss them for Me

Flashback Friday: Danzig

Long before Thrall made “Mother” a rock radio hit, and long before some random fat dude knocked Glenn Danzig out on youtube, I thought Danzig’s self-titled release was the greatest thing in rock music. From 1988 to 1994 they could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. Right around 1994/1995 Chuck Biscuits (drums), Eerie Von (bass) and John Christ (guitar) all left the band (or got fired) and, in turn, my interest waned and I have not heard anything Glenn has done since. However, for those formative years of 15 to 21 the band takes up an enormous portion of my soundtrack. Though I had not listened to any Danzig in years, I found myself thinking about all of this the other day holding a used copy of the self-titled disc in my hands at my local record store. I decided to pick it up for at least one listen, if nothing else. The second the opening riffs of “Twist of Cain” started, I was right back in my teens. Windows down. Stereo cranked. Devil Fists in the air and a ‘fuck you I’m evil‘ look for the old lady beside me in traffic. I do not care what sort of a caricature Danzig has become over the years. For my youth, Danzig was dangerous and that made him cool.

Danzig – Twist of Cain (from Danzig I)
Danzig – Mother (from Danzig I)
Danzig – Long Way Back From Hell (from Danzig II: Lucifuge)
Danzig – I’m the One (from Danzig II: Lucifuge)
Danzig – Heart of the Devil (from Danzig III: How the Gods Kill)
Danzig – How the Gods Kill (from Danzig III: How the Gods Kill)
Danzig – cantspeak (from Danzig IV)
Danzig – I Don’t Mind the Pain (from Danzig IV)

original lineup

War Pigs:

Normally, this would be where I post about this weekends events in the Tampa/St. Pete area but this weekend there is nothing going on in my world for a number of reasons:

  1. Last Sunday I tried to rip my arm off in a mountain biking accident and recovery has been a slow process. Wednesday night at the Shack*Shaker show it was killing me despite very little movement so I am gonna lay low in hopes it gets better.
  2. Also, ninebullets.net is getting a laptop upgrade! While I sit at home and self-medicate my arm I will begin the process of moving everything from one laptop to the other.

Crap reasons, I know. FWIW: I am going fishing tomorrow.

Okay, enough livejournal.

Yesterday I posted about the new Cake cd and included their cover War Pigs with the post. Which created an itch to hear the Faith No More version of the song. So I decided today would be a War Pigs day. Enjoy.

War Pigs – Black Sabbath
War Pigs – Cake
War Pigs – Faith No More
War Pigs – Hayseed Dixie
War Pigs – Sacred Reich
War Pigs – Tesla

That Tesla version is from the bonus disc of their new cd, Reel to Reel. It also contains a new acoustic version of Paradise. So, to get a little Flashback Friday on y’alls asses:

When I was a teenager my friend’s cousin or aunt or something (i do not remember the relation) came down from New York to visit. Holy crap, I fell head over freakin’ heels for her. I was in full-blown infatuation. When she was leaving I made her a mix tape and Paradise (Five Man Acoustical Jam version) was my big finale of the tape. For months after she left I pined over her and playing Paradise more times than anyone ever should…

Tesla – Paradise (Reel to Reel Bonus disc version)
Tesla – Paradise (Five Man/Autopsy’s Grand Finale version)

And for no reason other than a burning desire to close the post on a more butch note:

Butthole Surfers – Sweat Loaf

Introducing: Hurricane Season 2007

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy. That’s this year’s list of hurricane names. There are six lists that rotate and they do not change unless there is a hurricane that is so devastating that the name is retired, then another name replaces it. Today is the official beginning of the 2007 Hurricane Season. A couple of weeks ago we had an early arrival with the formation of Tropical Storm Andrea. Unless you live on the East or Gulf Coast, Hurricane Season probably doesn’t mean shit to you until we are knee deep in shit and CNN is into full sprint with their 24 hour coverage.

Truth is, it doesn’t mean shit to us, either, which is why when a place actually does get hit there are so many issues. Evacuate? Shit no, that bastard will turn before it hits us. I have actually evacuated twice, and both times the storm turned. So here is to another year of panicked weathermen, price gouging, gas runs, cones of confusion and hurricane parties. Tonight the wife and I are gathering with some friends for a kick-off party. We got the glasses, the mix and plenty of rum.

So here’s to hurricane season. May it be a quiet one, and here are some hurricane songs to go along with the drinks:

Jimmy Buffett – Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season
Bob Dylan – Shelter From The Storm
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
John Fogerty – Walking In A Hurricane
The Shiners – Hurricane Blues (awesome song)
Catherine Feeny – Hurricane Glass
Levon Helm – Hurricane
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane

I really didn’t wanna include this one but I figured if I didn’t I’d get 10 emails and/or comments telling me I forgot it:

Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane

What’s the term everyone who finds themselves inside the cone of confusion gets to hear ad-nauseum? Hunkerfuckingdown. Seriously, what hurricane songs post would be complete without a hunker down song?

Th’ Legendary ShackShakers – Hunkerdown

And this seems like as good a time as any to post my favorite Buffett song ever: The Ballad of Spider John

As a side note: This is my favorite and most lasting picture from Hurricane Katrina:

I don’t know what it is about this picture but for some reason it seems to capture everything about the event for me. Like everyone else, I watched the events in New Orleans from the comfort of my dry living room. I judged the NOLA government, I judged FEMA, I judged Washington, I judged the rioters and I judged the shit that went down in the Superdome. I judged it all….over dinner, from the comfort of my dry, air conditioned living room. For the Southeast and Gulf coasts, it really isn’t a matter of if so much as when will we get hit. The Tampa/St. Pete area has been really fortunate. So far. Watching the Katrina events unfold, it was scary knowing that your town could be next. FEMA still sucks and will fall short again in 2007. If nothing else, that is guaranteed.

Flashback Friday: Air Guitar to the Gods

When I was a kid my father had a Kenwood component stereo system that was l.o.u.d. and our house sat right in the middle of an orange grove and the nearest neighbors weren’t near at all. Over the Summers when we were old enough, we’d be home during the work week. During those times I would test just how loud that stereo system could be via my father’s
extensive vinyl collection.

Money For Nothing was released in 1985 by Dire Straits on the Brothers in Arms album. I was 12 years old. My mother’s broom doubled as my axe. The album version of the song has this huge intro that slowly builds into the beginning of the song and good god what a beginning. To this day that beginning absolutely demands that you turn the radio up to the threshold of pain…for either you or your speakers. Home alone, at the age of 12 with a super stereo and the baddest ass broom slash guitar in Plant City I was a fucking broom guitar god. Sometimes I would even rig up a mic stand and use the Pledge can as a mic. What? When I was playing living room rock star I took that shit serious. Money for Nothing is on my iPod and to this day that shit rocks and does not sound dated.

Here are a few Money for Nothing tid bits from Wiki:

  • “Money for Nothing” won the Grammy for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with a Vocal in 1985 at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.
  • The observations of the character included references to a musician “banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee” and a description of a singer as a “little faggot with the earring and the makeup”, and lamenting that the artists got “money for nothing and chicks for free”. These lyrics were widely criticized as sexist, anti-gay and racist statements, and in some later releases of the song the lyrics were edited for airplay; “faggot” for example is often replaced with “mother”: “little mother, he’s a millionaire“. The entire second verse was edited out for content and length for radio and video airplay, and on the 7” single. This edited version is included in the compilation album Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits.

Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

In later years I got an actual electric guitar but I never learned to play that intro. I think I am gonna d/l the tabs and try and learn it this weekend.

As a quick aside: In my opinion, Dire Straits is a terribly underrated band in the general populous. If you say Dire Straits most younger folks will have no idea who you are talking about and the older ones think, Money for Nothing or Walk of Life. I just wanted to take this moment, since I was talking about Dire Straits and all, to post my favorite two Dire Straits songs. One of which (Sultans of Swing) rates as one of my personal top 10 songs ever.

Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet

Flashback Friday: Consolidated

Here comes another band from my goth/industrial youth. I came to know Consolidated via their mega (at least in the Tampa clubs) dance floor hit; “You Suck” featuring The Yeastie Girls. A track with a female rapper tellin the male populous it’s time to go on down, if you know what I mean….if not, just listen to the track down below (pun fully intended). While that song is what Consolidated is best known for in Tampa, they were a lot more than that. Allow me to quote from their Wiki entry:

Consolidated was an American radical activist recording and performing group, formed in 1988 and best known in the early 1990s as an alternative dance/industrial music band. They were distinguished by left-leaning political activism and radical lyrics, as well as their innovative sonic collages which blended industrial and hip-hop styles.

For a year or two Consolidated dominated the the cd player in my car. Their hybrid mash up of hiphop and industrial was pure genius in my mind. All the while their left leaning political preachings were taking root in my political belief system. I would request Butryic Acid on a regular basis at the club and then punch and kick (read: dance) with a complete reckless abandon if it got played. One night I even managed to pull the muscle on the back of my arm and could not pick anything up for 2 damn days.

Now when I think back, I wonder if they were before their time. Years later the hip-hop hybrid sound became all the rage and much less talented acts made a boat load of money. So, on this Friday I raise a pint of Bass to Consolidated and vow to put No Answer for a Dancer on every mix cd I make next month.

Consolidated – Butryic Acid
Consolidated – No Answer for a Dancer
Consolidated – You Suck (featuring The Yeastie Girls)
Consolidated – You Suck (Jack Dangers mix)

Flashback Friday: Nine Inch Nails

First, let me state that I haven’t seriously listened to Nine Inch Nails in years. I’m over it. Just don’t have the tortured confusion and self-obsession I had in my early to mid twenties. Does a band that is still actively touring and recording music deserve a flash back? This question oddly reminds of the time Gus Van Sant was asked “Why in the hell would you want to do a shot-by-shot remake of Psycho in color?” He serenely replied “So no one else would have to.” Yes, it will have to be done sooner or later, and since I’m still on a high from seeing them live in Amsterdam at Paradiso with Ladytron opening, now seems like a good time.I didn’t even start listening to industrial music until late 1995, on the downward side of the genre’s peak years of the late eighties and early nineties. My first girlfriend upon moving to Florida got me into bands like KMFDM, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Skinny Puppy, and of course NIN. Pretty Hate Machine was released in 1989, virtually ignored upon it’s release, it hit both platinum and double platinum status in 1995 on the success of The Downward Spiral. Nails had evolved with Broken and The Downward Spiral but there is still no better example of pure nihilistic synth pop/industrial than Pretty Hate Machine.

I’ve never spoken to anyone about their listening experience of Pretty Hate Machine, but for me it involved a lot of self deprecating, crying, and drinking. I was truly a tortured soul, no really.. and the album felt like it was written specifically for me, seriously.. why are you laughing? As I seemed to be the only person on the planet who was feeling these things.. It’s easy to make light of those feelings now, but at the time you’re feeling them it does seem like that’s all there is. Hence Pretty Hate Machine easily falls into my top three most played albums of all time. Yeah, Nails can be an obsession when you’re down in it. Which brings me to the review of show in Amsterdam.

How in the fuck does a successful musician of 41 years channel the anger of an isolated and disaffected youth? Beats the fuck out of me. I’m thirty and it’s difficult for me to feel aggressive about anything anymore, except maybe being stuck in traffic. Color me impressed. Trent brought it and then some. The guy doesn’t even own a phone. The venue, Paradiso, may be the perfect place to see a concert. The sound was amazing, easily in the top three, if not the top venue I’ve ever heard. A sold out capacity crowd of 1200 which was small enough to retain the intimacy of a club show, yet large enough to feel the energy of a stadium full of crazed fans. The visuals were minimalistic, three six foot multi-colored led light boards on stage, and your normal stage lighting. Nothing extravagant like the lighting for The Fragile tour. I liked the minimalism. It kept the focus on the band, and with a stage that was barely large enough to fit all their gear, this was a good thing. The set list was played in almost the same order as the Beside You in Time DVD. I’d like to say they played some new material, but I can’t be certain as I was mostly drunk, mostly.Having a renewed interest in the band, I listened to some tracks from the upcoming Year Zero which sounds much like the Nails of Broken and The Downward Spiral. In retrospect this makes With Teeth appear to be a transitional album, Trent moving from self absorption to external exploration, and I can tell you one thing, he doesn’t like what he sees. Take these lyrics from My Violent Heart, “you have set something in motion, much greater than you’ve ever known, standing there in all your grand naivety, about to reap what you have sown. Time will feed upon your weaknesses, and soon you’ll loseWeight Exercise the will to care, when you return to the place that you call home, we will be there.” I’ve got to say, Nails lost me for a while, but I’m back, “on hands and knees, we crawl, you can not stop us all.”

Nine Inch Nails – Down In It
Nine Inch Nails – The Only Time
Nine Inch Nails – Wish (Autopsy’s personal favorite NIN song)

Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero will be released on April 17. You can stream the entire cd here.

Autopsy Note:
The above was written by James. You may think of him as the guy that takes time out of his day a couple of times every week to edit my monograph, rambling and hanging prepositional half drunken efforts into reasonably lucid pieces for you guys to read. For free no less. He is also a photographer. Well. He recently registered a URL and has moved all of his photographs over onto it. Below are a some samples of his work. I love the pictures of Amsterdam. The work is great and the subject is sex for money. Can’t beat that with a hard dick. So check out his site and make him your myspace friend.

Here are some samples of his work: