Rich Dad Beer Dad or: Three Out of Five Ain’t Bad


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There was no The Man Who Ate the Town or Fan Interference podcasts today. TC has a broadcasting gig that he has to concentrate on and that delays FI. There weren’t much food happenings this week so we didn’t do TMWATT. But, we did publish an episode of The Beer Dads today and tomorrow is Apartment 5B and Wednesday is The Less Desirables! So, we’ll have a good bit of podcasts this week, still.

You can always watch the Fan Interference Twitter account as it has updates and there are plenty of back eps of TMWATT if you need that. You can listen to the current episode of The Beer Dads, right HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 11/3/18


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Started out yesterday with some crépes and headed on over to Underdog Records, one of The BCPF’s and my favorite places! Here’s what we got!



  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Superstition — The BCPF loves Siouxsie and the Banshees. It fits her once goth modus operandi. I like them pretty good, too, but she’s the true fan. This is from 1991 but is a reissue from 2018, It has “Kiss Them For Me.” New. In fact…
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Tinderbox — This is a little older, from around 1986 with “Cities in Dust.” It’s the 2018 reissue and is new.
  • Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York — I actually picked this up on Thursday, but didn’t enter it into Discogs until yesterday. Some disagree with me, but I think this is a fantastic album! It’s raw and you can almost hear Cobain’s pain but at times you can hear him sounding relaxed and chipper. Still, it’s great. #313 on the RS List. New.
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath — #243 on the RS List, this album was heavy, dark and awesome! It’s a great debut album. Possibly the birth of doom metal or heavy metal, this. New.
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman — So, if we go with Black Sabbath, why not go with its former singer? Yep. This is a great album. I don’t like it as much as Blizzard of Ozz or The Ultimate Sin, but I do like it a lot! New.
  • Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee — I discovered Nicole Atkins last week whilst finding something by someone playing locally and found a song that I liked on the first try and once I grabbed what I needed, I didn’t stop the album from playing. I then listened to it again. I felt it was something that The BCPF would like and I knew that I liked it, so I had Jonathan order it for me. She loved it. It’s like Dusty Springfield mixed with some Stevie Nicks with swing and jazz stylings that rocked. This is a must-listen, Dear Reader! New.
  • Warsaw – Warsaw — When Joy Division did their first demo, they were still going by Warsaw. So, this is that demo. The BCPF said she had it when it was actually Joy Division and the album was called Warsaw but this is an “unofficial release” and it sounded pretty good, albeit bass heavy. Not the gloom-and-doom Joy Division we came to know. New.
  • John Ralston – Shadows Of The Summertime — John played at Underdog Records on Friday night and we purchased this. Haven’t listened to it, yet, but we enjoyed him. New.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – Raise! — The one with “Let’s Groove” on it. I love that song; probably my favorite EWF song. VG+.
  • Prince – Controversy – I found this in VG- condition but I still couldn’t pass it up. I mean, it’s Prince and I didn’t have it already. So, now I do.
  • Smokey Robinson – Blame It On Love & All The Great Hits — I’ve never been a huge fan of Smokey. He’s got a great voice but I just don’t like most of the songs. The BCPF wanted it. She got it. VG+.
  • Lionel Richie – Great Love Songs With The Commodores & Diana Ross — I had this on CD, one of the first 100 or so that I got. I got it (on CD) exclusively for the song “Endless Love” but all the songs are great tunes. VG++.
  • Don McLean – American Pie — Let me go on record and say that I absolutely LOATHE the song “American Pie.” It ranks up there with “Freebird” as the worst song ever. But, The BCPF said we should have it in our collection. Okay… It was in the $1 bin so there’s that. VG.
  • Billy Joel – Turnstiles — Billy Joel for $1? Yep. I’ll take it. And, it looks to be in fairly good condition. I’m calling it VG+. This album has “New York State of Mind,”  “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,”  “Prelude/Angry Young Man” and “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).”
  • The London Symphony Orchestra – Tommy — 2xLP box set with Daltrey, Townshend, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr and a plethora of guests with the London Symphony Orchestra. A $1 bin find it’s in VG+ shape.
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Discovery — “Shine a Little Love,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Last Train to London,” “Confusion” and “The Diary of Horace Wimp.” I love ELO and didn’t really realize how much until I was researching for the VSS stuff last year. A $1 bin find. VG+.
  • Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me — This was sitting on the counter in front of Jonathan and I asked about it. It’s Berry Gordy’s son and has that one catchy tune with Michael Jackson. $1. VG+.
  • Foreigner – Double Vision — I had this (their sophomore effort) already but it was the 2nd pressing cover. This is the original cover. Including “Hot Blooded,” “Blue Morning, Blue Day” and the title track. I found it in the $1 bin and it is VG+.
  • Foreigner – Foreigner — The debut album with “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way from Home.” It was in the $1 bin and it’s also VG+.
  • Various – Peter And The Wolf / The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — Side 1 is Peter, Side 2 is Apprentice. $1 bin find. Not in the greatest of shape. Good at best. Fair most likely.

This haul was the biggest we’ve had in a while. Underdog Records was celebrating their fifth anniversary and there were sales happening. Remember that Underdog Records is THE Official Music Sponsor of The Less Desirables. Make sure you listen to the latest episode each week (on Wednesday night) to hear the weekly TLD/UDR special.

Discogs is where I keep my collection in check. It’s a great app and tool.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!

“All that I have left is the sound of my own breath and then darkness falls so quiet. Here’s a feeling I’ve had many times before. Every time you leave it’s your arms that I bereave then the next time to leave’s yours. I watch the ghosts of your footsteps by our door.” – “Darkness Falls So Quiet” (Atkins)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Dens Gonjalez


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Today is the 45th anniversary of Hall & Oates’ Abandoned Luncheonette album. And whilst searching for a cover of “She’s Gone,” I came across a shload of covers for Steelheart’s song called “She’s Gone.” This one got a lot of “reaction videos” made and I had to give it a listen, then I couldn’t pass up playing it. Sorry, Daryl and John. I have to admit, I love the original and still do, but this is pretty righteous… or not. You decide and enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“She’s gone out of my life. I was wrong. I’m to blame. I was so untrue. I can’t live without her love. In my life. There’s just an empty space. All my dreams are lost. I’m wasting away. Forgive me, girl.” – “She’s Gone” (Matijevic)

Sounds Like the Day Before or: Polease


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It’s late and I totally missed playing Outlandos d’Amour today as it was its 40th anniversary and it’s #428 on the RS list. So, instead, here’s a cover by the Polease. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“I loved you since I knew ya. I wouldn’t talk down to ya. I have to tell you just how I feel, I won’t share you with another boy. I know my mind is made up. So put away your makeup. Told you once, I won’t tell you again it’s a bad way.” – “Roxanne” (Sting)

A Change of Mind or: 3 Tickets to…


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If you listened to The Less Desirables a few weeks back and heard me say that I wasn’t going to get tix to the End of the Road Tour from KISS, well, I changed my mind. kissendoftheroadlogotour

I had said that I figured it would be in the “sheds” or amphitheaters and I hate shows at sheds. I especially hate it for bands that are clearly “arena” bands. KISS is an arena band. The bombs, the lights, all that is great for those up front but the people back on the lawn sucks for people having to watch it on the screens because they’re sitting a half mile away. That’s not worth spending my time driving, parking or even being there. I can sit in my own house, drink cheaper beers, use my bathroom, etc. But, arena shows are different. Even stadium shows are better than the sheds.

This show is at PNC Arena in Raleigh. I hate Raleigh, too and I’m pretty sure that they will at least add Charlotte soon, if not Greensboro, as well, but I didn’t want to take the chance.

Another issue I had was even though they’re encroaching upon 70 years old, they’ve talked “farewell tours” before. I fell for that in 2000. And, Paul’s voice has gotten less-than-stellar from all the years of abusing it. But, the more I thought about it the more I realized that I would be so disappointed with myself if they didn’t come anywhere around here again and I wasted my chance to see them one last time.

But, there were two more factors for my decision. The BCPF and 3B. I wasn’t allowed to see concerts until I was almost 20 years old. I finally told Ma Mère that I was going and she couldn’t stop me. Not the same here. 3B hasn’t had any interest in going to any concerts, at least that I know of, and he isn’t really a fan of rock music. I know, I failed him. But, he has grown up hearing me play KISS and has seen a few videos but seeing videos are not the same. Even at nearly-70, they still put on the show to trump all shows.

The BCPF knew this was coming before I mentioned wanting to go. She and I have gone to see a lot of concerts by artists and bands that she likes and I did get The Fixx for our anniversary but this truly my pick. She has also seen a few videos but I really think they both need to see the real thing.

This was not a cheap purchase. In order to get the tix when I did, I had to pay for a KISS Army membership and the seats are in the front row of the lower-balcony overlooking Gene’s side of the stage. I sat in this area in Greensboro once and it was a great view. Ticketmaster called the seats “premium.”

So, I went from not giving a hoot to excited. The bad part is I have to wait five months for this to happen. It’s a Saturday night so I may see if we can get a hotel and spend the night. That way we can Uber and not drive in and out of that stuff. I hate that traffic. Perhaps I’ll see you there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“You wanted the best and you got the best. The hottest band in the world…” – KISS

Carnival of Dark Souls or: Many KISSes


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Happy Halloween, first of all. And, now, let’s talk about an album that was the last before the makeup came back for KISS. Almost as polarizing as Music from ‘The Elder’ was but for slightly different reasons. True Long-Time KISS fans have always been on the fence about it, some think it’s a great departure while others feel it had nothing to do with KISS. KISS fans who kind of kept themselves in the perimeter mostly gave it nary a thought and newer KISS fans thought that it was groovy but probably didn’t get that it was KISS. This album, of course, is Carnival of Souls.



Gene, Paul, Eric and Bruce went back to the studio in 1995 after their successful release from 1991, Revenge. KISS started off as a trend-setter but after Dynasty and on, really, they were really followers. They did show some folks how to still party whilst creepin’ on their turf, though. Grunge and heavier rock was the thing at the time, so KISS decided it was their turn to do that, too. Really, Gene was already there with “Unholy” and “Spit” from Revenge. (which included some Vinnie Vincent songwriting).

I’ll be honest, here. I like this album, a lot, but I really don’t know much about it. I have listened to it only slightly more than Sonic Boom and Monster. I am listening to it as I write this to refresh my memory.

I’d say first, that there are a lot of “drop D” tunings on this album, even further if you consider that KISS (except on Dynasty and Unmasked) did almost everything a half-step down. It’s heavy, the heaviest they ever did. It certainly is the darkest-themed they have ever done; almost Black Sabbath-like. It also has a lot of odd time signatures. It’s “grown-up” songs, too. Not a lot of sex and party. It’s probably their most intellectually advanced album. Does that make for a good album? Probably not to most KISS fans. Someone once said, “where’s the f—ing!?” So, again, probably not to most KISS fans.

There were rumors of this album right after it started. This was right when everyday folks were starting to get and get onto the internet. BBSs were dedicated to KISS. Online chat boards were, too. I was part of a few of those. It was also about this time that I got hooked up with David and Bobby from Heavens Sake. David was a collector of KISS bootlegs and when the “leaked” bootlegs of this album dropped, David and I sat in my office above where the band rehearsed and listened to it. We weren’t quite sure what to make of it. But, I don’t think either of us disliked it. I don’t remember what Bobby thought when he showed up as we listened. The bootlegs didn’t really sound all that great and there was stuff missed with some of the songs misnamed.

The album starts with “Hate,” a Gene song. So, that makes three KISS albums (this being the last) where he gets to go first. I don’t know why I’m so hung up about that. Anyway, it was co-written by Gene with Bruce and Scott Van Zen, a commercial songwriter. Gene uses his “Unholy” voice here. A great, heavy groove sets this song on fire.

The only thing I don’t like about “Rain” is the lack of any effect on Paul’s voice. The whole thing is really dry which, I am not sure that it brings it out as dark as they wanted. But, it could be that it highlights the songs, but the vocals part is dry. Bruce played bass on this.

“Tell Me” is next. That’s not true. It’s actually called “Master and Slave” but the internet folks called it “Tell Me” probably because it sounds like it would be in the chorus. Oddly enough, this is the only non-Gene song on which Gene plays bass. I don’t know if he and Paul were having a spat or if he just didn’t do a good job (he’s not the most prolific bassist alive) or was he off doing something else? Who knows, I just find it interesting.

The next two are more melodic and ballad-like. “Childhood’s End” is named after a book by Arthur C. Clarke. It’s not autobiographical as many folks have said. The song is basically talking about when we’re born we don’t know hate; we haven’t killed anything or know a lot of bad. We grow into it and are taught those things. The subject matter, according to the box set’s liner notes, is “Two friends, one of whom died before his time, and the other one who lived and reminisced about his missing friend.” It was co-written by Tommy Thayer (who is now Spaceman in the band) and songwriter Curtis Cuomo who collaborates with Paul and Gene throughout the album.

“I Will Be There” is an acoustical ballad with heavy orchestration and allows Bruce to show off some serious acoustic guitar/classical-riffed solos. It’s dedicated to Paul’s son, Evan.

The only song to really be considered a single was “Jungle.” It did reach #8 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock charts (not to be confused with the Hot 200 where the Top 40 comes from) beating the previous best, which was “Heavens on Fire.” That’s a heavy-hitter, too. It also won Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Award for Song of the Year for 1997. It’s probably one of my least favorite tunes on the album but I still like it.

Gene recruited help from Van Zen and Black ‘N Blue’s Jaime St. James for “In My Head.” It’s heavy and mean. It’s weird but I feel that fits the scene for Gene’s head, indeed.

“It Never Goes Away” is Paul’s dragging tune. I like it but it drags on at like 4 beats a minute. Not really, but it seems like it. It’s more around 88 BPM. Continuing on the “kind of crazy train” that this album’s lyrical content provides, in, from what I can tell was a podcast called KISSaholics (#13), Paul says “(“It Never Goes Away”) Is a pretty cool song that says basically there’s all kinds of evil stuff that goes on and misery in the world but there’s really not a whole lot I can do about it. It never changes.” Well, okay, then. Bottom of the list for me.

I love the exotic beat happening in “Seduction of the Innocent.” It’s one of the more laid back Gene songs on the album and I dig it. Gene had announced this was being worked on as a follow up to Revenge. Co-written by Van Zen, who co-wrote seven of the tunes (out of 12) on the album.

My favorite tune on the album is “I Confess” which was co-written by Sammy Hagar’s cousin and Christian songwriter (how’s that for contrast?), Ken Tamplin. I love the deep darkness that the song puts forward, both musically and lyrically. The reverse swells and orchestration, along with the melody are amazing. I love this song.

“In the Mirror” is still grungy but still is kind of previous-KISS-like. Another thing this and other songs from COS have going on are some great vocal harmonies. That’s really all I have for this song.

Bruce finally gets his vocal moment. He sings the closing track, “I Walk Alone.” I think it’s interesting that both he and Eric Carr were in the band for a long time and both of them finally got their vocal debuts on their last album with the band. Now, I don’t think Bruce has a great voice, but I think Bruce’s voice was great on this song. It fit perfectly, in my opinion. This song is also the second longest song on the album, over six minutes. I’m a fan of this song, too.

So, the recording of this whole album, as I said, started in 1995. It was also in 1995 that KISS did MTV Unplugged and that led to the original lineup getting back together. That roller coaster hit a crest and was on its way, which we’re still experiencing. The monster (no pun intended) that thing became put COS on hold. It was released on October 28, 1997 which means it turned 19 this past Monday. Next year… wow, 20 years! Jeez.

Overall, I think it’s a great album. I just don’t think it is a great KISS album. Just like ‘The Elder,’ and Unmasked before it, if you take it out of the KISS context or at least what you expect from a KISS album, it can stand on its own. Okay, I’ll admit it, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s not a great album, but I think it’s a really good album. It has many fantastic songs. Songs that I feel Gene outdid Paul on. These songs fit Gene’s voice and musical mindset better than it did Paul’s. If you listen to Gene’s solo album, Asshole, you’ll hear more evidence of his heavier styles.

If you decide to give COS a listen, again, keep in mind that it’s not what you’d think a KISS album would be, but it’s experimental and I think worth listening to, more than once. I’ve listened to it three times whilst writing this post. Happy listening!

Until tomorrow, Keep KISSin’…
Scorp out!

“When I look into the mirror, just can’t believe, what do I see. There’s no wakin’ from this nightmare and you’re lost in your reality. So you tell me all your secrets. And you tell me that you’re innocent. There’s something in your eyes I can see and my face keeps looking back at me. You Confess. You can’t help yourself. This living lie that you can’t go on. You’re possessed. You can’t fool yourself. You’re the crime and you can’t go on.” – “I Confess” (Simmons/Tamplin)

What to Watch or: Wentworth


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I have been watching a show on Netflix for the last few weeks and I’m really enjoying it. It’s called Wentworth and at first, I thought it was a knockoff of Orange is the New Black, which I liked but got tired of really quick. It is about a women’s prison, well, correctional facility in Australia that shows a lot of the “political” and “hierarchical” situations including “top dogs” and “bosses,” crooked governors, secrets, and revenge.


©Fremantle Australia

The actors are great and the storylines are interesting. I’m on season three now (there are six so far). Wentworth is set in Australia and focuses on Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) when she first enters prison after being charged with the attempted murder of her husband. She is sent to Wentworth on remand, where she lives while awaiting her sentencing. She is in the absolute bottom of Wentworth’s tiered society is forced to learn how to survive.

Other stars include Nicole da Silva as Francesca “Franky” Doyle, Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett, Celia Ireland as Elizabeth “Liz” Birdsworth, Shareena Clanton as Doreen “Dor” Anderson, Katrina Milosevic as Susan “Boomer” Jenkins, Libby Tanner as Bridget Westfall, Aaron Jeffery as Matthew “Fletch” Fletcher, Robbie J. Magasiva as Will Jackson, Socratis Otto as transgendered Maxine Conway and the most interesting and scariest character is Pamela Rabe as Joan “The Freak” Ferguson. She is scary as heck, actually.

There are only 12 episodes per season and there are only six seasons, as of yet. You can watch them all on Netflix and I highly recommend it. Check it out.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“I don’t eat sausage, I’m vagitarian.” – Franky Doyle

Double Piggies or: What the Food!?


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Today, I welcomed a new co-host on The Man Who Ate the Town today, Ray Morgan. He did a great job and we had a great conversation. We talked about a few places closing (albeit temporarily) and discussed the NC ABC board. Lots of good stuff. You can hear that episode HERETLDNetwork

Also, we recorded two episodes of The Beer Dads and had some good conversations with great beer. You can hear that episode HERE.

I do want to talk for a second about the Ardmore Neighborhood Chili Cookoff (that we talk a little bit about today on TMWATT. It turns out that it has been postponed until January, so get your recipes ready and enter! You have an extra two months now to come up with that killer vat o’chili! Get cookin’!

Until tomorrow, happy listening!
Scorp out!

“I love to cook. I make an award-winning turkey chili.” – Joely Fisher

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 10/27/18


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After breakfast, The BCPF and I went and voted and then got down to Underdog Records and it was a beautiful day to be out and to be in my favorite store! Here’s what we got:

  • The Coral – Magic And Medicine — I have this on CD and when I got it many, many years ago, I didn’t care for it and didn’t give it another listen. Now that my tastes have changed and my mind has opened, I decided to give it another try and The BCPF and I both agreed that it was quite a fabulous listen. Plus, whilst it was brand new, it was in the “clearance bin” and we got it for less than $13. Win-win!
  • George Harrison – Somewhere In England — The first album that George recorded after John Lennon’s death and the song “All Those Years Ago” was written about and for Lennon. The whole album is great and we enjoyed listening to it. VG+
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – I Am —  Featuring the singles “Boogie Wonderland” with The Emotions and “After the Love Has Gone,” this was a great listen. We enjoyed it. It was in VG++.
  • Richie Havens – The End Of The Beginning — I honestly don’t know much about the album and it’s the only one of the ones we got yesterday that we didn’t listen to. VG+
  • A Flock Of Seagulls – The Story Of A Young Heart — Great synth pop from the mid-eighties. It was a fun listen but really, not a lot of memorable tunes. VG++

We also got Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN but it was a replacement for one we got from the $1 bin this past July. This one is in VG+ shape and the cover actually has the picture which was missing from our other copy.

It was a small haul but it was a decent one. Underdog Records is preparing for their anniversary which will entail live entertainment and some specials but the fun goes on all the time at Underdog. You don’t need “special specials” to get good deals. Jonathan always has good stuff waiting for you at prices you won’t find anywhere else. Anywhere. Listen to the latest episode of The Less Desirables to hear what this week’s TLD/Underdog special is.

I use Discogs to keep track of what albums I have in case I look to purchase any albums. It’s also good for CD collections, too.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!

“We’re living in a bad dream. They’ve forgotten all about mankind. And you were the one they backed up to the wall all those years ago. You were the one who imagined it all, all those years ago.” – All Those Years Ago” (Harrison)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Y2K-1


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Today is the 36th anniversary of Prince’s breakthrough album, 1999. Yes, he had albums prior and he was kind of known for them but 1999 was the one that broke him mainstream. And, yes, Purple Rain threw him to the top, but this started it. Far from its greatest hit, this is still a good representation of the album.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you. I only want you to have some fun.” – “1999” (Prince)