Monday, March 19, 2018

(Finished March 19th, 2018) Stone Temple Pilots 1992's "Core" and 2018's "Stone Temple Pilots"


Stone Temple Pilots "Core" had it's 25th anniversary in 2017. "Core" was Stone Temple Pilot's debut album. Many people didn't like "Core" because many thought it was a rip off of the grunge movement which was quickly coming to it's end. I never understood that thought, I just thought it was a great rock record that kicked butt.

A lot can happen in the now 26 years that "Core" has been released. The most obvious change is at lead singer. Scott Weiland was their first singer, he sang with them from 1989-2002 and 2002-2013. He died in 2015 from a drug overdose. Then Chester Bennington sang with the band from 2013 to 2015, he tragically died at his own hand in 2017. With that kind of ominous past, I'm not sure why anyone would want to be this band's singer. However Jeff Gutt is the new lead singer of STP, he sounds a lot like Weiland, which I'm sure didn't hurt him. STP is doing the Journey model, if you can't have Steve Perry singing, then get someone that sounds like him.

I'm going to alternate songs from their first CD with their newest CD, which is self-titled. If that confuses you their last two CDs have both been self-titled. First I'll post one of the newer songs, then two songs from "Core", then a new song so on and so on.

"Middle Of Nowhere":

"Piece of Pie":

"Naked Sunday":

"Six Eight":


Were STP going for their own "When The Levee Breaks" here? "Where The River Goes":

The second single from their 2018 self-titled CD. "Roll Me Under":

"Dead and Bloated":


"Never Enough":



"Good Shoes":

"Wicked Garden":

"Sex Type Thing":

The first single from STP's latest CD, "Meadow":

And quite likely my favorite Stone Temple Pilots CD, the amazing "Interstate Love Song":


Sunday, March 18, 2018

(Finished March 18th, 2018) Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", Part 2


9) "Sweet Painted Lady":

10) "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)":

11) "Dirty Little Girl":

12) "All The Girls Love Alice":

13) "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)":

14) "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting":

15) "Roy Rogers":

16) "Social Disease":

17) "Harmony":

Back in 1973 these small vinyl discs were released called 45's. The lead single was on one side and usually what was a throwaway song was on the other side. The throwaway song was on the B side. These 3 songs were released on the "Yellow Brick Road" 30th Anniversary.

18) "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)" (B-side of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"):

19) "Jack Rabbit" (Another B-side of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"):

20) "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)" (B-side of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"):


(Finished March 18th, 2018) Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", Part 1


On October 5th, 1973 Elton John released one of his most classic CDS, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Elton John's seventh CD sold over 30 million copies and in 2014 a 40th anniversary edition was released. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is *17 songs, the most well known songs are "Bennie and the Jets", of course "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", the Marilyn Monroe tribute "Candle In The Wind" and "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting." The CD went #1 in England, America, Canada and Australia. This CD is #91 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 CDs of all-time. Elton John has 6 of those Top 500 CDs. (*Technically there are 17 songs on the CD, but some consider the opening track "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" as two different tracks.)

This was originally released as a double CD, clocking in at 17 tracks and over 76 minutes of music. As in the above paragraph it contains some of his most classic songs. Jamaica was the place this CD first started being recorded and several songs capture that blissful, island feel. Eventually after difficulties recording in Jamaica, the rest of the recording was moved to France. Finally the overdubs were done at Trident Studios in London.

As always Elton John wrote the songs with his long time song writing partner, Bernie Taupin. They wrote 22 songs for it, using 18 of the songs on the double CD. (Thanks Wikipedia for all biographical details, blamed me for all factual inaccuracies.)

As things were back in the day, there was a lot less time between releases. "Yellow Brick Road" was actually the second CD John released in 1973. It came about 8.5 months after "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player". Then just 7 months later he released "Caribou". Now it's usually takes 7 or 8 years to get 3 CDs from a musician, unless you're Taylor Swift or Rihanna.

The band behind the CD:

Additional musicians
NB: it is unclear who provided the uncredited percussion on "Jamaica Jerk-Off", "Funeral for a Friend", "Social Disease" and "I've Seen That Movie Too" or the drum machine on "Jamaica Jerk-Off", but these were overdubs either by Nigel Olsson, Ray Cooper or possibly a studio percussionist.

1) "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding":

2) "Candle In The Wind":

3) "Bennie and the Jets":

With special guest Billy Joel 4) "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road":

5) "This Song Has No Title":

6) "Gray Seal":

7) "Jamaica Jerk Off":

8) "I've Seen That Movie Too":


Saturday, March 17, 2018

(Finished March 17th, 2018) An Introduction To The Prophets of Rage


The foundation of the bands Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave is also the foundation of the new band The Prophets of Rage. Those three foundational people are guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. For Rage Against The Machine the singer is Zack De La Rocha and for Audioslave the singer was Chris Cornell. For The Prophets of Rage the singers/rappers are Chuck D, of Public Enemy fame, and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

For some reason I didn't check out this band when they first came out. I'm not sure why. I loved both Rage and Audioslave- both are two tremendous bands. Finally after reading enough reviews I finally checked out Prophets of Rage and so glad that I did. I love this CD, it's fantastic. The only thing I would change is the overuse of the f bomb.

"Radical Eyes":

"Un--- The World":

"Legalize Me":

"Living On The 110":

"The Counteroffensive":

"Hail To The Chief":

"Take Me Higher":

"Strength In Numbers":

"Fired A Shot":

"Who Owns Who":

"Hands Up":


"The Party's Over":

"Killing In The Name":

"Shut Em Down":

"No Sleep Until Cleveland":

"Prophets of Rage":


Friday, March 16, 2018

(Started March 15th, 2018) August & September 1991: Two of The Best Months of Rock Music Ever? Part 2


Starting Part 2 with Guns N' Roses' second and third best CDs, very few CDs will ever be as good as "Appetite For Destruction".

"Use Your Illusion 1":

"Live and Let Die":

A lot of terrible versions of this song floating around on the internet, this is one that's a bit better than most. "Double Talkin' Jive":

"November Rain":

"Don't Damn Me":

"Use Your Illusion 2":

"Civil War":
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door":
"Pretty Tied Up":

"Don't Cry":

"You Could Be Mine":

Ozzy Osborne released "No More Tours" on September 17, 1991.
"No More Tears":
"Mama I'm Coming Home":
"Road To Nowhere":

Soundgarden released "Badmotorfinger" on September 24th, 1991:

"Rusty Cage":
"Searching With My Good Eye Closed":


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

(Finished March 15th, 2018) August & September 1991: Two of The Best Months of Rock Music Ever? Part 1


Obscure musical trivia note of the night. The following CDs were released in August and September of 1991. Metallica "Black" (their best CD), Pearl Jam's "Ten" (their second best CD), Rush's "Roll The Bones", G N' R's "Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 (not as good as "Appetite", but still has a lot of great songs) Ozzy's "No More Tears", Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger", RHCP "BSSM", Nirvana's "Nevermind" and just to shake things up a bit The Thompson Twins "Queer".

The text above is different as I posted it first in a group I'm in on Facebook and then just copy and pasted directly to my blog.

While reading the third issue of Planet Rock magazine and in the bottom of the first paragraph this nugget appears about how great the new releases were in that two month period of August-September 1991. When I read that I knew I had discovered tonight's blog. I went to Wikipedia and discovered some other great CDs that were included in that same time frame and I've included those as well. Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks, Vanessa Williams and Simply Red also released CDs in that two month period- but this blog is focusing on the great rock music of that time.

In no particular order, but let's start off with the CD that made me become a Metallica fan. The so-called Black Album (because of it's cover with a picture of a snake you can sort of see.) This CD is so good that I would have been fine featuring every song from it. It was released August 12th, 1991. 

"Enter Sandman":

"Sad But True":

"The Unforgiven":

"Through The Never":

"My Friend of Misery":

"The Struggle Within":

The Spin Doctors "Pocket Full of Kyptonite" was released August 20,1991. No one is ever going to say this is a classic CD, but it has two unforgettable ear worms.

"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong":

"Two Princes":

"Off My Line":

Released one CD was Pearl Jam's "Ten"- the debut CD what became my second favorite band. Also a band I'm going to go see in their sorta home city in August. 

"Even Flow":





 Released on September 3rd, 1991 was Rush's "Roll The Bones". The "Roll The Bones" song featured Geddy Lee's rap debut and surprisingly I still love that song.

"Roll The Bones":

"You Bet Your Life":

"Face Up":



Monday, March 12, 2018

(Started March 12, 2018) 1977: The Best Songs of All Genres 1/2 of W and Y


This is the last one in the series of blogs about the best songs of 1977.

Bob Marley and the Wailers "Waiting In Vain":

Elvis Costello "Watching The Detectives":

Boz Scaggs "We're All Alone":

Dave Mason "We Just Disagree":

Al Stewart "Year of the Cat":

Debby Boone "You Light Up My Life":

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. "You Don't Have To Be A Star":

"You Can Never Tell":
"You Make Loving Fun":
"Your Smiling Face":
Carly Simon "You Belong To Me":
Meat Loaf "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth":
Neil Diamond and Barbara Striesand "You Don't Bring Me Flowers":