Jumpin’ Jive

Jumpin'jive

 

In my collage apartment (which was shared by 5 guys named Moe) back in 1982, there were two things that sat up on the living room mantel. One was a pile of change which everyone contributed to when they got home, and the other was the turn table which often had this album spinning on it. Long before the neo-swing trend of the late ’90s, Joe Jackson bucked his punk roots and delivered this fine collection of toe tappin’ finger snappin’ gems, from an era gone bye, as tight and well oiled as if the King of Swing, the Duke himself, were in the room when they were laid down. This was one of the many soundtrax in that apartment, and once a buck ten in change was collected, one of us would run out to the ‘Stop and Rob’ down the street and pick up a pack of smokes. The rest of the night would be spent playing Speed Monopoly or just running our mouths until the last of those community squares were extinguished.

Boys – take it right on down to the gator
Oh boys – gotta take a side elevator
Can’t you hear those hip cats call
Come on boys let’s have a ball

The jip-jam-jump is a jumpin’ jive
Makes you dig your jive on the mellow side…

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Black Ticket Day

blackticketday

 

You get up at dawn, get dressed wrap your ankles, put on shoes, yak tracks, gloves and hat and hit the trails in sub zero cold, running on frozen mud snow and ice.
It’s Lunacy.

…You say that it feels good, Never guessed that it would, On this black Black ticket day – Glory hallelujah

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Chunga’s Revenge

Chunga's Revnge

 

The many faces of Frank Zappa.  As a rocker and producer, he creating a huge volume of work, over 60 albums, in his lifetime. At times he was theatrical and perverse. He combined elements of classical, jazz and rock on great records such as Hot Rats and The Grand Wazoo. And he was also a guitar virtuoso as displayed on the 1970 release Chunga’s Revenge.

Side one kicks off with a Transylvania Boogie guitar jam followed closely by some good old fashion road blues. There is more great guitar, piano and high intensity scat in The Nancy & Mary Music. And in Would You Go All The Way, Zappa takes a jab at USO booster Bob Hope. Great jamming all the way through!

Chunga’s Revenge.
Enjoy

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So

 

Last year Real World Productions released the 25th Anniversary box set celebrating Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” masterpiece So. The album came out in 1986 and the box set contains the remastered version of the original album, a two disc live performance and most interesting a DNA CD containing the working demos and sessions that eventually created this great work. The box has been a year in the making, which explains the bad math.

I got the excitement of introducing this record to my daughter this past week, and seeing her wonder and expression when I showed her a few of the videos that accompanied it back in the MTV video days. I still think they are pretty cool even by today’s standards, and her curiosity and questions of how they were created are acknowledgement of that.

Sledgehammer

“Big time, so much larger than life…” enjoy today’s run!

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Love Spit Love

 

Eight down, 992 miles to go. It’s January 1st and I’m hitting the reset button. The goal, 1000 miles in 2013.

In 1994 Psychedelic Furs front man Richard Butler retooled their post-punk syth sound, creating Love Spit Love. Along with guitarist Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer on drums and brother/bassist Tim Butler, I believe Love Spit Love’s self titled debut is every bit as good as any of the Furs albums. Butler and Fortus create an intensity with vocal and guitar that harks back to the first Psych Furs album 14 years earlier. Lots of great hooks to kick off the new year!

“I don’t want your talk, talk, talk just give it time, give it time…”

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