Sounds Like Saturday or: Buddy Rich

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I’ve been a musician since I was 14, a long time ago. I’m known as a bass player but I have to say that my favorite instruments to play and watch being played are the drums. It takes the whole body and exceptional timing to play them correctly. I am not very good at it. I have an electronic kit and I haven’t played them in a long time but I should get back to it. To work on my chops and it’s great exercise.

There are huge debates about who the best drummer is. From all styles, you’re likely to get about 12 different answers each. But, I think that almost anyone can agree that the best that has ever lived, as well as inspired most of the modern drummers we know today, either directly or indirectly, is Buddy Rich. He was amazing. So, for today, I’m offering a glimpse into his playing. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way.” – Buddy Rich

Currently/Non-Currently or: A Fond Farewell

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When Brian and I started The Less Desirables seven and a half years ago, we wanted a pop culture podcast that would allow us to talk about the things we liked, that we thought we knew, that people didn’t mind hearing us banter about. That ended up being music, sports, some tech, beer (of course) and movies. aperture2

What did I really know about movies? Well, not a whole lot. I just liked to watch them. I still do… I LOVE it. That is as long as I don’t have to go to the movies. I’m not one to really go to the movies. There are several reasons but I don’t just don’t, usually. But, I love watching them at home. I won’t go into the whole AFI Top 100 and Top 400 nominees and all that, you’ve heard it enough, but, to make a long story longer, I love to watch movies that aren’t “current.”

So, for that reason, we decided to call our little segment in which I talked about a movie that was, by any means, “classic” or at least not “current,” the “current/non-current movie of the week.” Catchy, eh? Well, probably not and by the time Eugene got there, he thought the name was dumb. Mostly because if we didn’t explain it to all the listeners, every week, the name made no sense. Eventually, I dropped that segment title and just called it the “movie of the week.”

In 2013, a/perture cinema came on board to be our “movies sponsor.” They were the sponsor of that section, not just the stuff that was top five in the theaters, not just the new stuff being released for home viewing but the “movie of the week” segment. a/perture cinema (all lowercase, by the way) is the area’s best art house cinema. Not only do you get quality films, you get hard to find films, you get stuff from the UNCSA School of the Arts, you get RiverRun International Film Festival pieces, things made from local filmmakers and the list goes on. It is right downtown WSNC and a fun place to watch a film. The best part (to me anyway) is that you can watch those films whilst drinking a beer or wine. And that without having to sneak it in via your significant other’s big bulky purse.

Fast forward to “today’s” The Less Desirables, the current version. It’s still a pop culture podcast but it’s more of a community bulletin board. There are always guests from the community (and sometimes outside our community) that come on to talk about their businesses, restaurants, breweries, theatres (the live action kind), teams, groups, music and so on. That segment has grown from 15-20 minutes way back in 2010 to about 40-50 minutes. That’s what we’ve really come to be known for. Beyond our love for the pop culture things, we love our community and love to promote the things going on in it.

So, with that section getting bigger, and leaving the movies, music, television and beer aspects in there, the show is consistently two hours long. That’s a long time for a podcast. However, we don’t feel that it’s wasted space, we keep it fun and entertaining, at least we think we do and we’re told we do. But, we risk running even longer every week. You love us, we know, but man, that’s a lot to listen to. So, we have to trim the fat somewhere. We’ve already dropped the technology section because that’s so fleeting by the time we talk about it, it’s already not the trend anymore.

We’ve already dropped the technology section because that’s so fleeting by the time we talk about it, it’s already not the trend anymore. When Eugene left he took the TV section with him. We don’t want to cut the guests down because that’s really our bread and butter now. Caitlin isn’t with us so she isn’t doing her “Caitlin’s Bowl o’Stuffs.” All that and it’s still two hours long. In my mind, music is the blood in my veins. There’s always something new and exciting, people want to see and hear it, we can do it whilst driving, cooking, jogging, walking, getting groovy with our significant others, anything. So, that isn’t going anywhere.

All that leaves one thing. Movies. Let me restate that I love movies, but really, because of my relationship with a/perture cinema, I couldn’t really talk about much because I couldn’t talk about Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu because it conflicted. I totally understood that and didn’t want to create any friction. But, I’ve gotten busy and coming up with a movie to watch (and taking the time to do it) then writing a post/review of it, that took a lot of time. So, as of this week’s podcast (October 4, 2017), we have decided to drop the movies section from the show. It will probably be filled with something else but it won’t be movies. I don’t necessarily like getting rid of it, but it truly makes sense to. That also means that as of October 4th, a/perture cinema is no longer our movies sponsor. The

That also means that as of October 4th, a/perture cinema is no longer our movies sponsor. They were the second or third major sponsor to sign up with us and we appreciate them for their years of dedication to us. We still will talk about big events and things they have going on, but not every week. We love that place and think that you will, to. Watch a film and have a drink and think of us!

So, there it is, goodbye to the movies section. I have loved you but it was time to go. I’d still love to talk movies with you, Dear Reader, send me some recommendations or ask me questions. I’ll talk about it here and if it’s a big enough topic, on TLD. I’d love to do that. Anywhat, this has gone much longer than I expected. Thanks for hanging in there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.” – Walt Disney

Pleasure on the Carpet or: Long Way to the Top (Eugeology Entry 39)

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A decent album last time. I was glad I heard it but it wasn’t my all-time favorite or anything. Yes, Jon and Eugene are still one more back again. Let’s get going on this week.

#39 – Long Way to the Top by Nantucket.

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Okay. Let me first start by saying a few things. One, I am hanging my head in shame. Two, I am in awe. Three, where… in the honey-baked Hades have I been? On the negative, let me say something, too: I have never liked “It’s a Long Way to the Top” from AC/DC. I just don’t really care for AC/DC in any form of the band. There are songs, yes, but for the most part, meh. Okay, there. That’s out of the way. Movin’ on…

Oh. My. Goodness. You get past that AC/DC cover (the whole album was dedicated to Bon Scott who had passed away before the album was released in 1980) and this album is alive!!! Caveat: I’m writing this on a Monday where I usually write on Thursday mornings. I’ve already listened to it my standard six times with number seven happening right now. As I said, I hang my head in shame because I had always thought that them being from North Carolina and having the name Nantucket they were a Southern Rock band and I don’t like that stuff. Yes, I am aware that Nantucket isn’t in the south. I think they really are a Southern Rock band, but this album isn’t very “suth’en.” I don’t even know that I’d actually call this a hard rock band as much as I’d call it a hard rocking pop rock band. I can only go by this album, though.

There are serious themed songs and some very not-serious songs; a little tongue-in-cheeky. The non-serious would be “Time Bomb,” “Rugburn” and “Zella” a final hidden track written about a dog. “Time Bomb” is about a jealous guy who thinks some other dude is after his woman and he starts threatening to go all “Al Capone” on him if he even gets near her house. “Rugburn” is about a guy meeting a girl but he’s too poor to have furniture but he thinks the carpet is comfortable and you can guess what happens.

Some serious stuff on the album, but probably the most serious is “50 More” which, from what I can tell, is about the Who concert in Cincinnati where several people died after a stampede when the arena only opened two doors to a general admission show and people were rushing to get the best spot in front of the stage. The lyrics go, “Fifty more through the door. Let em in, rock and roll. Twenty-five push outside, gettin’ hard to control. Understand it’s the end. Tragedy Ohio.”

There is cool saxophone all over this album from Eddie Blair is also the keyboard player. That’s not something you get from a lot of Southern Rock. What I love the most are the phenomenal harmonies and unpredictable melodies. They’re not what you’re expecting on your first listen and they’re both complex and fun. Larry Uzzell’s vocals are indicative of some range and dynamic presence. He has smooth transitions to those high parts and he gets a little gruff in spots and a little more tender when the time comes.

Tommy Redd – the guitarist and main songwriter – wrote some great tunes. Mark Downing’s leads aren’t showy but, these songs don’t really need that. I believe the tunes are meant to speak for themselves and not showcase virtuosity. Kenny Soule is a bouncy drummer that is, yes, my favorite word for drummers, solid. There are runs and fills and they’re great, but like Downing, it’s not showy. Pee Wee Watson’s bass work is pretty riffy and it’s cool. Listen to “Turn the Radio On” for a little showcase for PWW.

Where have I been, indeed? This is perhaps one of my favorite albums that Eugene has thrown on us. I don’t dislike any songs on here. Some I like more than others, but none that I dislike. And, so, I’ll admit, going back and listening again, I even started bobbing and singing along to “It’s a Long Way to the Top.” I can’t say enough about how I love when the harder tension is broken by lighter melodic harmonies. If I’m picking my faves, then I’ll have to go with “Time Bomb,” “50 More,” “Media Darlin’,” “Over and Over Again,” “Tell Me,” “Rescue” and my absolute favorite, “Rock of the 80’s.” That’s seven and there are only 12 (13 if you count “Zella”) tunes, so basically the whole thing. I’m looking for this on vinyl. I want this, badly. Thank you so much, Eug for assigning it. Again, I apologize to the “music gods” for avoiding this until now. I am ashamed…

Eug and Jon need to catch up!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


It’s gotten so meticulous. Almost ridiculous. Rock of the 80’s. Let’s have some fun. Rock of the 80’s. Bring out the sun. Rock of the 80’s. Let’s have some fun.
Let’s have some fun.” 
– “Rock of the 80’s” (Redd)

Black Butte Porter or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Beer of the Week, Black Butte Porter, by Deschutes Brewery.

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Groot says he’ll fight you for it…

 

So, Caitlin isn’t here any longer and we can have the dark stuff again. Truthfully, I’d trade the dark stuff to have her back but she had to move on. I’ve had a few Deschutes brews and I think they do a great job. It’s dark and a porter (my favorite kind of beer) and from a reputable brewery, then, yes! Let’s do it! It’s 5.2% ABV so not too heavy.

BeerAdvocate has changed its overall scoring system which I think is fantastic. It rates each beer on its own merit and not compared to other beers. On The Less Desirables, we still rate it against the style, but yet on its own merits. So, the new rating system has it at 4.18/5. Their rating starts around 3.75, considering that anything ranked by a drinker at that percentage must actually like the beer. So, this is a good score. Untappd has it rated at 3.83 caps out of 5.

Have you had this beer before? What did you think? If not, or you just have a hankering for more, head down to City Beverage and grab your sixer. Tell them that it’s the beer of the week and get 5% off your order. This weekend is their annual tent sale so they will have a ton of beer and wine, much of the beer and almost all of the wine opened for sampling and you can save up to 60% off of cases of beer and wine. It goes from 9am-6pm and they’re at 915 Burke Street!

Tune in later this evening or early tomorrow to hear what Danielle, the UNCSA folks coming in and I think of it!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink.” – Deschutes Brewery

 

A Face in the Crowd or: RIP Tom

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I have known my entire life that I’m a late bloomer when it comes to music. Some of my now-favorite stuff is music that I shunned as a kid and some into adulthood. I don’t know if it’s just stubbornness or if there is some kind of mental illness I have or if I’m just a plain-ol’-dumbarse. I think it’s a combination of all of that, really. But, this week, and really the last few months, have shown me how ignorant I am about that area I talk about being such a fan of, music.

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Again, a lot of it I will contribute to non-access, especially the hard rock stuff because it just wasn’t accessible to me. I had no way of knowing. But, some stuff… I was right in the path of and skirted around it. Tom Petty was one of those. I am so ashamed at my comments about him when I was younger. You see, I used to say that Tom Petty was proof that you didn’t have to have talent to make it. Now, before you go off and virtually slap the ever-loving bejeezus out of me, don’t worry, I have done it to my own self and it was hard and painful.

I don’t know why I didn’t like him. I don’t know why I didn’t hear the genius in his songs. I. Just. Don’t. Know. Why. Is his voice the greatest? No. But, like his pal Bob Dylan, when he sings his tunes you get the full emotion from it, regardless of the smoothness of his voice. But, even that, over time, I came to really enjoy his singing voice. He could really belt it, sometimes strained, but it always sounded like it was supposed to be that way. “Here Comes My Girl” is what I always think of when I think about that aspect.

As much as the local classic rock radio got on my nerves (when I listened to terrestrial radio), it did start turning my views a little. Then I got a greatest hits album and realized that, man, I do enjoy this stuff. Full Moon Fever hit and it was the final straw. This is good stuff. But, again, I wouldn’t admit it until much, much later. Now, I really enjoy listening to Tom Petty. I will say, though, once you’re outside of the hits, playing Petty as a musician, gets kind of boring. But, these songs are not written for musicians, they’re written to be enjoyed by music fans. Boring or no, they make for great listening. I have played a few of his songs with Threadbare Trio, Clay and Neal.

Tom passed away, then didn’t, then did yesterday/last night. We may still get some new music from him but it won’t be the same. We won’t get to watch videos or new live vids on YouTube. The good news is, we have his back catalog to keep us company, including his Traveling Wilburys stuff. I’m going to miss Tom as I’ve already played Damn the Torpedoes and Full Moon Fever on vinyl and will now have to start collecting his other stuff on vinyl. Rest in peace, Tom. You’re now “into the great wide open…” wherever/whatever that may be.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks. Some doors are open. Some roads are blocked. Sundowns are golden then fade away. But if I never do nothing, I’ll get you back some day. ‘Cause you got a heart so big it could crush this town. And, I can’t hold out forever. Even walls fall down.” – “Walls (Circus)” (Petty)

Heavy Sighs or: I Just Can’t

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Waking up to the Las Vegas massacre. Two attacks in the last few weeks in my favorite city, Paris. Attacks on police officers and civilians in Edmonton. One after the other after the other after the other.21199InFocus3

Gun control! Gun rights! Mental health issues! Trump! Racists! “Ungrateful and disrespectful millionaires!” Obamacare! Puerto Rico!

Insult after insult after insult after insult. I see it, hear it, read it. There should be a conversation about all of that and many other things. I agree with some of it, disagree with some of it. But, because we’re all in a fervor right now we can’t have any discussions. There’s no discourse, only division. Right or wrong we all have opinions about it and we’re all entitled to those opinions.

We have a problem in this country (and the world) that goes beyond voicing our own personal opinions. It’s compassion. It’s empathy. We’re all missing it. I’ll admit that I have a hard time with it although I don’t want to struggle. I want to make things better, but alas I’m but one person. Until everyone is willing to admit they have a problem with it, we can’t fix it. I don’t know how. I can’t begin to understand how. But, we’ve lost a lot of love for our fellow man, no matter what they believe, skin color, political beliefs, religious (or like me, the lack thereof) views and so on. I’m tired of the division.

Not one person can change the world, and I’m not trying to, really. I’m just imploring that you take time to think before saying, doing or being something that offends the daylights out of someone else and sets them off. We all need to also get a new fuse, preferably longer, and not blow up on everyone that disagrees with you or takes a knee during the anthem or likes a different sports team or what-the-heck-ever else. They’re doing the same thing you want to do. Expressing and exercising their First Amendment right to free expression and free speech.

If I change my profile pic to something that shows “solidarity” to some place, it’s not because I am a “hacktivist.” I’m not trying to gather people for a cause. I’m only expressing my thoughts going out to that place and the people involved. If you don’t like it, don’t look. But, just keep your mouth shut. I’ve had to learn to do that with a lot of the ignorance I see on social media and on television. People are hurting for many reasons and bickering and griping aren’t helping. Think about what they’re going through, just as you’d want them to be considerate of your feelings when it’s your turn to hurt… and it is always someone’s turn.

Stay classy World.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.” – Max Carver

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 9/30/17

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Before we went to Hoots Beer Company‘s anniversary/Oktoberfest release, The BCPF and I still made our routine morning happen, including walking, farmers’ market, Mary’s Gourmet Diner and, yes! Underdog Records. We got some good stuff, too. Here’s what we picked up!

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So, yeah, a good haul. We didn’t get to listen to as much as we usually do on Saturday, but we didn’t have a lot to wash because most of the used stuff was in really good shape, and Jonathan had cleaned some to gauge his pricing. While we were there, a young lady came in and asked Jonathan about getting into vinyl. I get excited about that. She was probably early- to mid-twenties. Jonathan is great for that kind of guidance. And, when you get into the collecting aspect, use Discogs to archive, and chronicle your collection.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory. Falling on my head like a new emotion. I want to walk in the open wind. I want to talk like lovers do. I want to dive into your ocean, Is it raining with you?” – “Here Comes the Rain Again” (Lennox/Stewart)

It’s a Podcast Life or: a Day For Us

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So, I’d reserved that I was going to do “Sounds Like Saturday” in lieu of the “Movie of the Week.” And, that’s true, I am. But, today is special.  Today, September 30, 2017, is International Podcast Day!! Since podcasts are the way that I identify with my “job,” what it is that I do, what I’m probably best known for and what I love outside of my wife and family, then it’s like a holiday for me! IPD-Round-400

If you’re not already listening to your favorite podcasts, or wonder what a podcast is, then I have failed you. It’s basically radio on demand. You listen when you want, to whatever you want to, however you want to. Podcasts are very versatile and offer something to everyone. But, beyond just what I do in podcasting (you know I produce five different shows), there are plenty of cool shows that I am a fan of, listen to and recommend many of them. You can listen to the big networks and big-named podcasts and I do recommend you do, but please, give all the independent shows a fair shake. You will definitely find something. In fact, I want to actually list my list of faves and I think that you should give them a listen. Here’s my list (just Google the names and find them, listen to them):

  • Two Peas on a Podcast
  • Super Pee Pee Time (hilarious)
  • Podcast Rock City (all things KISS)
  • No Encore Podcast
  • Ginja Ninja Show
  • Todd Cast Podcast
  • Epic Film Guys
  • Dumb All Over Podcast
  • The Podcast Macabre
  • Nerds With Words
  • Dinner And A Podcast
  • Hush Your Face
  • Super Hero Speak
  • David the Producer
  • Poop Culture
  • Fat Boyz 2 Men
  • Station Wagon Podcast
  • Brew Bloods
  • Designated Drinkrs Pod (no “e” in drinkrs)
  • Bizart Podcast
  • Everyone Has A Podcast
  • Podcast Train
  • Nerd vs World Podcast
  • Good Times Great Movies
  • Truth Cream Podcast
  • The Dad Show
  • The Middle Urinal

So, that’s a good start, right? You can also search the #PodernFamily on Twitter and get access a plethora of great podcasts, too. And, of course, I can’t leave off all the ones that I do. The Less Desirables Network is The Less Desirables, Fan Interference, The Beer Dads, The Man Who Ate the Town and Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking (to return soon). There are a few that I produce (or am producing) that haven’t come out, yet. I am not going to mention them because they’re just not ready, but they will be soon. So, to all my fellow podcasters, my cohosts, biz partners, etc. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“One of the beautiful things about podcasting is that I’m not beholding to some public entity.” – Bryan Callen

A Zinzendorf Anniversary or: Beer Dads on Site

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Tomorrow, September 30, one of the coolest breweries in WSNC, that would be Hoots Roller Bar and Beer Company, will be unleashing their fantastic Zinzendorf Oktoberfest, the FOURTH annual release of it, and they will be celebrating their fourth anniversary as well. Cool how all that happens at once, right?21740999_10209881300284884_7775695707539999009_o

Well, many of you may and many of you may not know that Hoots is the “presenting sponsor” of The Beer Dads podcast and is the “liquid reward” for The Man Who Walked the Town blog. So, in honor of this celebratory occasion, The Beer Dads will be doing a remotely recorded podcast at Hoots tomorrow starting around 6:30 pm. We’ll be talking with any of the Hoots people we can nail down and we want to talk with patrons, friends and fans of Hoots beer! Well, that and fans and friends of The Beer Dads.

The festivities for Hoots will be from noon until midnight. During the daylight hours, there will be bands playing on the stage and a fantastic BBQ guru serving food with games and other hilarities. And then, as the sun goes down, the night goes on to a DJ and the Bahtmobile food truck! Also, I know there’s a dunking booth during the day and that’s always fun, right? There is tell of some archival Oktoberfest brews from years past that Hoots has had in storage so it will be “vintage!”

So, tomorrow from noon until midnight, come have some great beer, great food, great music, fun games and, oh yeah, say hi to the Beer Dads. Hoots is located at 840 Mill Works Street. There will be several available parking lots up and down Northwest Blvd so don’t be afraid of parking. Come have a grand time!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We are hosting an all-day festival celebrating the greater Winston Salem community & the coming of the fall season. There will be live music, food, flea market, games, a dunking booth, raffle prizes, contests, brewery tours, and of course the release of the 4th annual Zinzendorf Oktoberfest!” – Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company

Spitfire! or: EZO (Eugeology Entry 38)

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Last week wasn’t what I had hoped it would be. I’m a Maiden fan but clearly in the Dickinson camp. Still waiting for Eugene and Jon to catch up (or even recommence) but I trudge on.

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#38 – EZO by EZO.

I’m not too familiar with this band, other than they were Japanese and the first two songs on this album are played on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation on a good rotation. Those songs are “House of 1,000 Pleasures” and “Flashback Heart Attack.” I did know that Gene Simmons co-produced it. He was doing that kind of thing in 1987 (well, before and after, too). I have to say that I haven’t really been a big fan of the EZO that I had heard. I mean the music is good and the vocals aren’t awful. I give them credit for rocking it. Just can’t get through most of it without laughing.

I’m not making racial stereotypes I’m stating what I hear. I mean this as non-offensively as possible. I always hear them sing “House of one sowsent pressures” and “frashback heart attack.” Now, none of that is bad, again, it’s just what I hear. Get past those two songs, however, and it’s a whole different story. While I say that I wasn’t a big fan of those previous two songs, I didn’t say I hated them. They were decent. But, what follows is well-written and much better quality songs. I really love the heavy pop sound and the vocal style on “Here It Comes,” “Big Changes,” and “I Walk Alone.”

There are some weird things that happen in the middle of songs. In “Here It Comes” and “Big Changes” there are some out-of-the-blue electronic (probably Simmons, the drums, not Gene) drum fills that are more mid-80s new wave than “heavy metal” but it was the 80s and weird stuff was commonplace. Knowing that Gene likes big bombastic drums I can see why some the end-fills on the drums are huge (like “Kiss of Fire”). The majority of the songs, all but two, are co-written by pals of Gene Simmons. Adam Mitchell who worked with KISS on several of their 80s albums co-wrote five of the nine. Jamie St. James, of the band Black ‘N Blue where Tommy Thayer – the current “Spaceman” in KISS – came from, co-wrote two, including “House of 1,000 Pleasures.”

I have to give Masaki Yamada a break on his vocals; English isn’t his first language. I know I talked about the opening two songs, but they’re not bad. I do find his voice grating a good bit of the time, especially as he growls through songs. I feel that is probably to cover up his English-speaking deficiency. His more melodic vocals, though, are pretty good.

Shoyo Iida is a really good guitarist and he burns the fretboard at times. I like his tone (which again, I’m sure is a lot of Gene’s doing) and his chops. Good and fast right-hand work, too, most of the time the fretwork gets all the glory but his picking hand proficiency is prevalent. He has two co-writing credits on the album.

Taro Takahashi’s bass work is solid bottom end. Again, his tone is great. His licks are not just following the guitar around and are standing on their own. He, too, has two songwriting credits. Listen to his fantastic work in “I Walk Alone.”

Hirotsugu Homma is the real deal. Although, on “Flashback,” at the very beginning, I can’t get the fact that there’s a lag in the kick drum beat, how did Gene and Val Garay not notice that? Or, perhaps I’m having a stroke. Either way, I hear it. But, the rest of the time, Hirotsugu is a beast!! Listen closely to his tom riffs and runs. Good stuff. Listen to the intro of “I Walk Alone” and hear what I mean.

So, this was a difficult album to listen to. Not because of it, but its availability. A peek behind the curtain: I listen in the studio using Napster and at home using either Alexa or album if I have it. Up to this point, we’ve not had a problem with getting the albums via streaming, somewhere. But, this one Eug had to get me and I was limited in where to listen, so my normal routine was thrown off. So, where I generally have a six-listen pattern, this was only three times. I heard what I needed to, though.

It’s a decent album that has some really shining moments. I’m glad I heard it and recommend 80s hard rock fans give it a listen, although I’m sure you are already aware of them if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s not my favorite, but I did dig it. Thanks, Eugene for turning us on to it and Jon, we’ll see you soon.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Well, I don’t want to play with fire, won’t be the one to take a fall. Don’t want to walk out on the wire. I see writing on the wall. I wanna stay, I wanna run. I’ve had a taste of what’s to come. She’s got me now and it’s too late. Here it comes, my heart is bleeding. Here it comes, that lonely feeling. Here it comes, I start believing. Here it comes, that lonely feeling again.” – “Here It Comes” (Takahashi/Mitchell)