DRUNK GIRLS by LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
LCD Soundsystem is a musical project fronted by American musician, songwriter and producer James Murphy, co-founder of record label DFA Records. It has released three critically acclaimed albums, with 2010’s This Is Happening also charting in the Billboard Top 10.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD by CHARLIE RICH
Charles Rich (Charlie) (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer and musician. A Grammy Award winner, his eclectic-style of music was often hard to classify in a single genre, playing in the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel genres.
In the latter part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname The Silver Fox. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl”. “The Most Beautiful Girl” topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the pop singles charts.
He died in his sleep on July 25, 1995, in a Hammond, Louisiana motel. He was 62 years old. The cause of death was a blood clot in his lung. He was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN by MC 900 FOOT JESUS
MC 900 Ft. Jesus is the stage name of Mark Griffin, a classically-trained musician turned rapper and experimental musician born in Dallas, Texas.
Griffin’s stage name came from a sermon by Oral Roberts, in which the televangelist claimed that he had received a vision of a 900-foot-tall Jesus, who commanded him to build a hospital on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
Griffin’s first album, Hell With The Lid Off (1989) was released under the name “MC 900 Ft. Jesus With DJ Zero”, but the MC has sole billing on Welcome To My Dream (1991) and One Step Ahead of The Spider (1994).
AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED by CAGE THE ELEPHANT
Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in mid-2006. Since their formation, the band has gained a large following in the US as well as the UK and Canada for their sound and their high-energy live performances.
The band signed with Relentless Records after showcasing at the 2007 South by Southwest music festival, and then moved to London, England. They released their eponymous debut album, Cage the Elephant, on 23 June 2008 in the UK and April 21, 2009 in the US/Japan/Australia/Canada.
The album obtained mostly favorable reviews. Their single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart and was featured in the Gearbox Software video game Borderlands.
THE ONLY TIME by NINE INCH NAILS (NIN)
Nine Inch Nails (also known by the acronym “NIN”) is an American industrial rock project, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.
NIN’s music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. On stage, NIN often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows.
ON A SIDE NOTE: I can’t believe that this album is 22 years old! Man, I’m feelin’ old.
Since we’re plugging THE BOTTLE BABIES today, here’s a FREE mp3 off their first album—-appropriately entitled “WHISKEY TALKIN’”.
FEFU by THE DWARVES
The Dwarves is an American punk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, as The Suburban Nightmare, in the mid-1980s. They are currently based in San Francisco, California. Formed as a garage punk band, their career subsequently saw them move in a hardcore direction before settling into an eclectic punk rock sound. They have been described as “one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age”.
The band became notorious for self-mutilation, on-stage sex, and taking hard drugs, and their live shows would often only last around fifteen minutes, occasionally cut short due to injury caused by spectators. They are known for their simple, loud, yet nuanced punk repertoire, and controversial lyrics. Since the garage punk sound of their early days, they developed a more direct hardcore punk sound, often identified as “scum punk” due to the intentional perversity of the lyrics. Around the turn of millennium, the Dwarves developed more of a manic pop punk influence. Bits of hardcore, surf rock, pop, hip-hop, and rock & roll all factor into the band’s current punk rock sound.
Their shows have been notable for some aggressive fights on stage (with the audience and even a cop), and because HeWhoCannotBeNamed performs either in nothing but a jockstrap or totally nude, apart from his trademark wrestling mask.
CUPCAKES by MS. TERRI O’MASON
Terri O’ Mason was a stag party singer in the 1960’s. She sung provocative songs that were heavily covered in sexual innuendo. Her most famous song is “Cupcakes”.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: I love this song. It’s one of my Top 10 songs of all times. If you don’t laugh (or at least crack a smile) at this song, there’s something wrong with you.
IN THE SUMMERTIME by MUNGO JERRY
Mungo Jerry is an English rock group whose greatest success was in the early 1970s, though they have continued throughout the years with an ever-changing line-up, always fronted by Ray Dorset. They are remembered above all for their hit “In the Summertime”. It remains their most successful and most instantly recognisable song. Their name was inspired by the poem Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, from T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
According to Joseph Murrell’s The Book of Golden Discs (1978), ‘Mungomania’ was possibly the most startling and unpredicted pop phenomenon to hit Britain since The Beatles.
DIRTY DEEDS by AC/DC
AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although the band is commonly classified as hard rock and are considered pioneers of heavy metal, they have always classified their music as rock and roll.
To date they are one of the highest grossing bands of all time. AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1978 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.
The group briefly considered disbanding, but Scott’s parents urged them to continue and hire a new vocalist. Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their highest selling album, Back in Black.
LITANY by GUADALCANAL DIARY
Guadalcanal Diary is an alternative jangle pop group from Marietta, Georgia. The band formed in 1981 (originally as “Emergency Broadcast System”) and disbanded in 1989. They reformed in 1997 and toured without a new album. The band originated in Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta, but they were often billed as being “from Athens, Georgia” in the early 1980s.
The group’s music was characterized by clear, bright guitar sounds, upbeat rhythms, and Murray Attaway’s clear, high tenor. Lyrically, the band mixed absurd, punk humor (“I Wish I Killed John Wayne,” “I See Moe,” “Watusi Rodeo,” “Cattle Prod”) with melancholy and spiritual themes (“Lewa Wechi,” “Always Saturday,” “3:00 AM,” “Litany”).
SONIC REDUCER by THE DEAD BOYS
The Dead Boys were an American punk rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. Among the first wave of early punk bands, the Dead Boys were initially active from 1976 to 1979, briefly reuniting in 1987, 2004 and 2005.
The Dead Boys evolved out of the band Rocket From The Tombs and were originally called Frankenstein. When the band members relocated to New York City in July 1976, they adopted the Dead Boys moniker which came from the RFTT song “Down In Flames”.
Moving to New York City at the encouragement of Joey Ramone, the Ramones’ lead singer, the Dead Boys quickly gained notoriety for their outrageous live performances. Lewd gestures and profanity were the norm. On more than one occasion, lead singer Stiv Bators slashed his stomach with his mic stand. They frequently played at the legendary rock club CBGB and in 1977 they released their debut album, Young, Loud and Snotty, produced by Genya Ravan. Their song “Sonic Reducer" is often regarded as one of the classics of the punk genre, with Allmusic calling it "one of punk’s great anthems."
The Dead Boys only have two official full length studio releases, however many labels have released rough material and outtakes in the years following their initial 1979 breakup.
WHERE IS MY MIND? by THE PIXIES
The Pixies are an American alternative rock band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986.
The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass guitar, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in the USA, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.
GOODY TWO SHOES by ADAM ANT
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard on 3 November 1954 in Marylebone, London) is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave / Post-Punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring ten UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983, including three No.1s.
Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. He is also an actor, having appeared in over two dozen films or television episodes between 1985 and 2003
His greatest American chart success was 1982’s Friend or Foe album, which included the hit single “Goody Two Shoes" which made it to #1 in the UK and Australia, and #12 in the U.S.
He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 21, and has spoken candidly about his experiences with the effects of the illness. In an interview for The Sun, Adam Ant also discussed the side-effects of medication for his bipolar condition: “In the past I’ve been a robot. It’s been an out-of-body experience. Bipolar means up and down and that’s me… Music has always been the best medication.”