10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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Here is why I don’t listen to the radio anymore. I’m driving to the store, flipping through stations, and land on WLUP’s midday show and the DJ says to me something like, “Here is one from that 80’s one hit wonder, Midnight Oil.” Then she proceeds to play Bed’s are Burning. WTF! How do these people get these jobs?

So I go home and look up the DJ on the web and she is this 20 something with cartoon rock hair and tattoos everywhere, pushing her chest out and giving her best Joan Jett sneer. So basically she was, at the very least, in diapers when this band was at the height of its popularity putting out great records, yes entire records, like 10 to 1, Blue Sky Mining, and Diesel and Dust, their masterpiece about Australian Apartheid, which by the way, is still alive and well down under.

Midnight Oil (originally called Farm) was formed in Sydney in 1971. The group changed its name to Midnight Oil in 1975 and formed its own label in the late 70’s. They were politically active and outspoken. They earned their first gold record for Head Injuries in 1979, and followed that up with Place Without a  Postcard which went platinum on the strength of the hit single Armistice Day. The follow up to that was Today’s Runner 10 to 1 which spent two years on the Australian Top 40. This is a really great album! Between 1988 and 1993 they had 8 top 10 singles on the billboard charts, and the group has released 14 albums in its over 30 year run.

So how about this, try turning the radio off, logging into soundtrax and enjoying some full albums of really great music.

“One hit wonder”. . .Shite!

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Desolation Angles

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My personal favorite from these guys, Today’s Runner, Desolation Angles interlaces big time FM rockers with beautiful acoustic ballads to create a really pleasurable listening experience. The cover has always reminded me of my brother and sister-in-law in the 1970’s. Hot cars and a pretty woman. This one is perfect for a train ride downtown to hit the auto show. Enjoy some Bad Company.

Desolation Angles
Rock N Roll Fantasy
Crazy Circles
Gone Gone Gone
Evil Wind
Early in the Morning
Lonely for Your Love
Oh Atlanta
Take the Time
Rhythm Machine
She Brings me Love

… and something for the return trip.
Straight Shooter
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Striking it Rich

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Here is one my brother Jerry introduced me to in the late 70’s. Dan Hicks was truly unique, an exceptional performer, talented song writer and lyricist. His humor and distinctive style drew on folk, jazz and country and earned him a devoted cult following. Born in Little Rock, Hicks grew up in San Francisco’s Bay Area. For a short while he played drums for the Charlatans, one of the area’s first psychedelic bands, before changing to guitar and forming the acoustic group Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks in 1968. The Licks put out several great albums including Where’s the Money? Last Train to Hicksville and Striking it Rich. At the peak of his success, Hicks dissolved the band dropping out of the music scene for much of the next decade. He resurfaced in the mid 90’s with a new band, the Acoustic Warriors and in 2000 he reformed the Hot Licks releasing a new album, Beatin’ the Heat, which featured guests like Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer.

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks continued to perform over the next 15 years. He passed away this past Saturday following a two year battle with cancer. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, you are in for a treat. Enjoy Striking it Rich.

We have lost another great one. Dan Hicks 1941-2016

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That’s The Way Of The World

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We have lost another one. Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring 1994. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Founded in Chicago in 1969 their debut album Earth Wind & Fire was released in 1971. They embodied cosmic, spiritually uplifting vibes which made them one of the most popular and beloved soul groups of the 1970’s.

Rest In Peace Maurice White…

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