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Welcome to Hell … or Houston – it’s all the same

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by 30daysout

It was this hot at 6:30 in the evening!

Houston hit its 17th or so (I lost track) consecutive day of 100-degree-plus temperatures today. That’s wild for Houston, the TV weatherman said, and I wondered: do they have weathermen in Hell?

Let’s hope so, because imagining every one of those dipshits frying up crispy in Hell’s Fry Baby is just about the only thing that brings a smile to my heat-parched lips these days.

Oh, I should tell you many of us in heat-fried Texas spend most of our time indoors, where the air conditioning is running full blast. And we ain’t too bad about keeping the cold beer and the cool rock and roll flowing, as well.

MP3: “Summer In The City” by the Stranglers

MP3: “Great Balls Of Fire” by the Misfits

MP3: “Heat Wave” by the Who

MP3: “White Light/White Heat” (live) by Lou Reed

MP3: “Ring Of Fire” by Eric Burdon & the Animals

MP3: “Hot Summer Day” by It’s A Beautiful Day

MP3: “Summer In The City” by Butthole Surfers

MP3: “Hot Hot Hot” (Radio Edit) by Buster Poindexter

MP3: “Hot Fun In The Summertime” by Sly Stone w/Bootsy Collins

MP3: “Summer’s Cauldron” by XTC

MP3: “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey

MP3: “Smooth” by Carlos Santana with Rob Thomas

MP3: “City Too Hot” by Lee “Scratch” Perry

MP3: “Hot Mess” by Cobra Starship

MP3: “Set the World On Fire” by Black Veil Brides

MP3: “This Wheel’s On Fire” by the Byrds

MP3: “Heaven, Hell or Houston” by ZZ Top

MP3: “Summer In The City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful

Sampler Daze: Rockbuster

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by 30daysout

100_2901_editedToday we take a last look at the rock samplers issued by CBS/Columbia … In 1970, the company dropped Rockbuster, another two-LP sampler issued in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The album had more of Columbia’s jazz-rock (Blood, Sweat and Tears, Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, It’s A Beautiful Day, The Flock), some singer/songwriter stuff (Poco, Byrds, Dylan), some prog-rock (Argent, Spirit) and some blues-rock (Redbone, Johnny Winter, Pacific Gas & Electric).

One interesting group was Black Widow, a British hard-rock foursome often confused at the time with Black Sabbath.  Black Widow used occult and satanic imagery with less subtlety than Ozzy and Co., and when they finally moved away from that crap in 1971 Black Widow actually lost popularity.  CBS dropped them a year later and the group broke up, although some of the original members have been recently threatening a comeback.

Redbone was also pretty interesting; they came out of Los Angeles in 1968 with a mixture of rock, R&B and Cajun influences, even though the group’s founders – brothers Patrick and Lolly Vasquez – were apparently Native Americans.  They had hit singles, including “Maggie” (1970), “Witch Queen of New Orleans” (1971) and “Come And Get Your Love” (1974).  Supposedly, Redbone never broke up but one of the brothers had a stroke in the 1990s and there hasn’t been much heard from these guys for a while.  Also featured was a group called the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble, known for combining rock and classical elements.  One of the group’s members was Michael Kamen, later known for his movie scores (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Highlander, etc.) and who died in 2003.

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