Posts Tagged ‘INXS’

Video Break: Original Sin

20 October 2010

INXS >> Original Sin. This one’s for the good old 80s…

Weekend Playlist

20 September 2010

“My earliest memory is shouting: at what and for what reason, I don’t know. Probably a tantrum; or I may have been rehearsing. I was always an early starter.” ~ Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead


Michael Nesmith & The First National Band | Magnetic South


LCD Soundsystem | LCD Soundsystem


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


M. Ward | Hold Time


Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack


James Brown | Star Time


The Rolling Stones | A Bigger Bang


The Kleptones | A Night At The Hip-Hopera


Mark Lanegan | Whiskey For The Holy Ghost


Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady


Kasabian | Kasabian


Daft Punk | Discovery


William Shatner | Has Been


The Pharaohs | In The Basement


Radiohead | In Rainbows


INXS | Listen Like Thieves


Motorhead | No Remorse


Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection


The Isley Brothers | 3 + 3


Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions

I Love Music – The Cover Art

12 June 2010

The title says it all. Here are 16 songs about how good music can make you feel…


[front cover]


[front inside]


[back cover]

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Here’s the playlist:

The O’Jays | I Love Music
Stevie Wonder | Sir Duke
The Spinners | Rubberband Man
The Rolling Stones | Dance (Pt. 1)
Wild Cherry | Play That Funky Music
Indeep | Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life
Metro Area | Dance Reaction
James Brown | It’s Too Funky In Here
Funkadelic | One Nation Under A Groove
Spearhead | Everyone Deserves Music
Black Mountain | Modern Music
Velvet Underground | Rock And Roll
The Blasters | American Music
INXS & Jimmy Barnes | Good Times
The Clash | This Is Radio Clash
Van Halen | Dance The Night Away

Doubleshot Tuesday: The Karate Kid/The Lost Boys

11 May 2010

[Today: Two sides of 80s soundtracks...]


The P and I watched The Karate Kid on Sunday night, and one thing that jumped out at me was how truly dreadful the soundtrack for that film is. Much of it sounds like processed elevator music or the warm up soundtrack for a motivational speaker – including a surprisingly unremarkable track by post-punk stalwarts Gang Of Four. The titles and lyrics of songs like ‘Moment Of Truth’ ‘Tough Love’ and ‘You’re The Best’ sound like they were snatched straight from the hundred word treatment for the movie. Much of this soundtrack is a prime exhibit of how soul-less music could be in the 80s, but glittering amongst the rubbish is Bananarama’s ‘Cruel Summer’ – a song so tied to that decade that it may as well live in a time capsule. ‘Cruel Summer’ finds a perfect home over the imagery of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) struggling to find a place in a new school and a new town. It’s a brilliant, affecting combination of music and film, a moment that will resonate for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider. Of course, ‘Cruel Summer’ isn’t even included on the movie’s original soundtrack, which has never been released domestically. Good riddance…

On the other side of the coin is the soundtrack to the film The Lost Boys, which is several notches better than it deserved to be. Album opener ‘Good Times’ – by INXS and Australian shouter Jimmy Barnes – is simply one of the great lost tunes of the 80s. Paying homage to Boney Maroney, Long Tall Sally and the pure spirit of all-caps ROCK & ROLL, this song distills the feeling of Friday night into 234 seconds of musical abandon. Throw in a few gems like Roger Daltrey’s convincing take on Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ and Echo & The Bunnymen’s solid cover of The Doors’ ‘People Are Strange’, and you’ve got the makings of one of the better soundtracks of the entire decade. Things get cheesy for a couple of songs on side two, but what’s an 80s soundtrack without a little cheese? And while I’ve got the question marks out, how in the world did a semi-forgettable film like The Lost Boys end up with a killer soundtrack, while a stone classic like The Karate Kid got stuck with garbage that isn’t even worthy of release?

Listen: Cruel Summer [Bananarama]

Listen: Good Times [INXS & Jimmy Barnes]

Listen: The Moment Of Truth [Survivor, from The Karate Kid]

Weekend Playlist

25 January 2010

“Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” ~ Steve Earle


Steve Earle | Townes


Bob Dylan | Together Through Life


Air | Pocket Symphony


Guns N’ Roses | Chinese Democracy


AC/DC | Black Ice


Jimi Hendrix | Live At Woodstock


Cat Stevens | Catch Bull At Four


U2 | Achtung Baby


M. Ward | Hold Time


Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women | Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women


The Allman Brothers Band | The Road Goes On Forever


Aerosmith | Rocks


Yo La Tengo | I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One


Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II


The Hold Steady | Boys And Girls In America


INXS | The Swing


New Order | Substance


The Staple Singers | Be Altitude: Respect Yourself


Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat


Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magik


The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken

Weekend Playlist

23 November 2009

“The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” ~ Bruce Springsteen


Townes Van Zandt | Flyin’ Shoes


Bar-Kays | Soul Finger


Ween | Chocolate & Cheese


Black Sabbath | Never Say Die!


Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll


The Four Tops | Anthology


X | Under The Big Black Sun


Bruce Springsteen | Darkness On The Edge Of Town


Sweet | Desolation Boulevard


Jackie Wilson | My Way
[Album cover not pictured]


Nick Lowe | Pure Pop For Now People


Dead Can Dance | Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun


Lee Perry & The Upsetters | Double Seven


MC5 | Thunder Express


Neko Case | Fox Confessor Brings The Flood


Robert Johnson | King Of The Delta Blues Singers


Mark Lanegan Band | Bubblegum


Outkast | Stankonia


PJ Harvey | Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea


The Meters | Funkify Your Life: The Anthology


INXS | Underneath The Colours


Sly & Robbie | Sly & Robbie Present Taxi


Paul K & The Weathermen | Love Is A Gas

Weekend Playlist

31 August 2009

“I’ve had three wives and three guitars. I still play the guitars.” ~ Andres Segovia

ZZ Top | ZZ Top's First Album
ZZ Top | ZZ Top’s First Album

Little Feat | Hotcakes & Outtakes
Little Feat | Hotcakes & Outtakes (Box Set)

Bob Dylan | Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan | Time Out Of Mind

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Tom Waits | Swordfishtrombones
Tom Waits | Swordfishtrombones

Beastie Boys | Ill Communication
Beastie Boys | Ill Communication

Parliament | Mothership Connection
Parliament | Mothership Connection

The Cure | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
The Cure | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

The Segovia Collection
Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection

David Holmes | Let's Get Killed
David Holmes | Let’s Get Killed

Tropicalia | A Brazilian Revolution In Sound
Various Artists | Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound

Peanut Butter Wolf | My Vinyl Weighs A Ton
Peanut Butter Wolf | My Vinyl Weighs A Ton

INXS | Stay Young (1979-1982)
INXS | Stay Young (1979-1982)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience | The JImi Hendrix Experience (Box Set)
Jimi Hendrix Experience | Jimi Hendrix Experience (Box Set)

The Coup | Genocide & Juice
The Coup | Genocide & Juice

T. Rex | Electric Warrior
T. Rex | Electric Warrior

Danger Mouse | The Grey Album
Danger Mouse | The Grey Album

Neil Young | Chrome Dreams
Neil Young | Chrome Dreams

Various Artists | Music From The Coffee Lands (Putumayo)
Various Artists | Music From The Coffee Lands (Putumayo)

The Black Keys | Magic Potion
The Black Keys | Magic Potion

The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You

Yo La Tengo | And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
Yo La Tengo | And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

Dave Alvin | King Of California
Dave Alvin | King Of California

The Replacements | Pleased To Meet Me
The Replacements | Pleased To Meet Me

The Undertones | The Undertones
The Undertones | The Undertones

M. Ward | Transfiguration Of Vincent
M. Ward | Transfiguration Of Vincent

Weekend Playlist

29 June 2009

Me, I’ve concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.” – Lou Reed

Freddie King
Freddie King | Hide Away
[Album cover not pictured]

Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution
Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution

John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken
John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken

Instant Funk | Instant Funk
Instant Funk | Instant Funk

Soundgarden | Louder Than Love
Soundgarden | Louder Than Love

Rodriguez | Cold Fact
Rodriguez | Cold Fact

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story
Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Calexico | The Black Light
Calexico | The Black Light

Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits
Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits

Miles Davis | 'Round About Midnight
Miles Davis | ‘Round About Midnight

Horace Silver | Silver's Blue
Horace Silver | Silver’s Blue

Donald Byrd | Mustang!
Donald Byrd | Mustang!

Alabama 3 | Outlaw
Alabama 3 | Outlaw

Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel
Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel

Basement Jaxx | Remedy
Basement Jaxx | Remedy

Radiohead | In Rainbows
Radiohead | In Rainbows

Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll
Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll

Gomez | Bring It On
Gomez | Bring It On

Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack
Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack

Various Artists | More Oar: A Tribute To The Skip Spence Album
Various Artists | More Oar

Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Sleeps With Angels
Neil Young | Sleeps With Angels

Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3
Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3

Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains
Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains

Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk
Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk

Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up
Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up

Culture | Trod On
Culture | Trod On

Led Zeppelin | Coda
Led Zeppelin | Coda

Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV: The Boxed Set
Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV (Box Set)

Black Sugar | Black Sugar
Black Sugar | Black Sugar

Weekend Playlist

15 June 2009

With stardust in his hair, moonbeams in his eye and liquor in his belly, your intrepid blogger is currently traveling all over this great country of ours. From the home base of Oakland, CA to Newport, RI for a long weekend with the in-laws, I’m now halfway back and enjoying a quick visit with an old friend in Chicago. Many thanks to Orville & Wilbur Wright, for inventing the airplane, and then following that up with an even cooler invention – the iPod…

Various Artists | I'm Not There Soundtrack
Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack

Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud
Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L’echafaud

The Beta Band | The 3 EPs
The Beta Band | The 3 EPs

The Budos Band | The Budos Band II
The Budos Band | Budos Band II

David Holmes | Let's Get Killed
David Holmes | Let’s Get Killed

Gorillaz | Demon Days
Gorillaz | Demon Days

Beastie Boys | Root Down EP
Beastie Boys | Root Down EP

Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood
Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood

M. Ward | End Of Amnesia
M. Ward | End Of Amnesia

Kruder Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™
Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™

David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Prince | Sign O' The Times
Prince | Sign O’ The Times

Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac
Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac

Herbie Hancock | Headhunters
Herbie Hancock | Headhunters

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio
Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio

Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life
Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life

Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime
Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Tom Waits | Rain Dogs
Tom Waits | Rain Dogs

Ol' Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please
Ol’ Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please

Zeph & Azeem
Zeph & Azeem | Mixed Messages
[Album cover not pictured]

Sonny Clark | Leapin' And Lopin'
Sonny Clark | Leapin’ And Lopin’

Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack
Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack

The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer
The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer

Steely Dan | Gaucho
Steely Dan | Gaucho

Beck | Guero
Beck | Guero

Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty
Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty

Furr | Furr
Furr | Furr

Madhouse | Serve 'Em
Madhouse | Serve ‘Em

Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog

Black Sabbath | Vol 4
Black Sabbath | Vol 4

Motorhead | Iron Fist
Motorhead | Iron Fist

Iggy Pop | circa 1977
Iggy Pop | Cleveland, OH 3/21/77
[Album cover not pictured]

Rolling With The Kid

4 February 2009

dk's high school ride | 1972 VW Bug

I spent most of yesterday looking around on Facebook and making contact with people I haven’t talked to in years. I discovered that roughly half my graduating class from high school (Springfield High School, Class of ’87) is on there, and, well… what a trip. Seeing the people I grew up with looking like adults and posing in pictures with their spouses and children is both disorienting and flashback inducing.

In the spirit of the flashback, I decided to take a few minutes to reflect on some of the music that accompanied my high school years. The town I grew up in (Springfield, OR) is a very blue collar place, supported mostly by a dying wood products industry. In her book about child-murderer Diane Downs, author Ann Rule described Springfield as an ugly step-sister to neighboring city Eugene (and I’m not sure which hurts more – the semi-truth of that analogy, or that I just cited Ann Rule as an “author”). She may be right, but Springfield is a place with many interesting nooks and dramatic vistas, and I spent a lot of my teenage years behind the wheel of a red 1972 VW Bug, driving all over that town and dreaming of the day that I could leave its sawmills and orchards behind.

All of my trips up Hayden Bridge Road and down Main Street were punctuated by music from my modest collection of cassette tapes – remember those? Some have held up pretty well, others are as embarrassing as the bowl haircut I sported in my 5th grade photos, but they were all part of the soundtrack of a time when I was a restless kid, rolling down the road to somewhere else.

Prince | Sign O' The Times
Prince | Sign O’ The Times

dk says: Prince was an essential for me in high school. Around The World In A Day, Under The Cherry Moon, and 1999 all got play, but Sign O’ The Times was the dominant tape in my deck.

Listen: [link removed]

AC/DC | Who Made Who
AC/DC | Who Made Who

dk says: The original AC/DC best-of, this compilation leans heavily toward the Brian Johnson years, but rocks from start to finish.

Listen: Ride On

INXS | Kick
INXS | Kick

dk says: The band behind my first concert, it seemed like everyone at Springfield High listened to these guys in 86/87…

Listen: Need You Tonight

Beastie Boys | Licensed To Ill
Beastie Boys | Licensed To Ill

dk says: This tape stayed in the deck for two straight months during spring term of my senior year.

Listen: The New Style

Def Leppard | Hysteria
Def Leppard | Hysteria

dk says: This one really speaks for itself.

Listen: Animal

LL Cool J | Bigger And Deffer
LL Cool J | Bigger And Deffer

dk says: I knew every word of this album back in the day, but it hasn’t held up well.

Listen: Get Down

Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet
Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet

dk says: This one also speaks for itself, although it led to a good debate here.

Listen: Or not.

Dead Or Alive | Youthquake
Dead Or Alive | Youthquake

dk says: This one has drawn some verbal fire from friends and family over the years, but it’s still a thumbs-up in my book.

Listen: Lover Come Back To Me

The Cars | Greatest Hits
The Cars | Greatest Hits

dk says: Not necessarily a favorite, but a staple nonetheless…

Listen: Since You’re Gone

Billy Idol | Vital Idol
Billy Idol | Vital Idol

dk says: Billy Idol is funny. And another debate ensued

Listen: Catch My Fall

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QUESTION: What did you listen to when you went cruising during high school?


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