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Lost Classics!: Di$co Time!

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by 30daysout

Would Gene Simmons and KISS go disco? You bet! (Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline)

A few years ago, while riffling through my closet, I came across my old pea green leisure suit. In one pocket was a ticket stub to a Bee Gees concert, circa 1979 in the Houston Summit. (Yes, that was the one with the guest dancer appearance by one Mr. John Travolta, in town filming Urban Cowboy). Horrified at this perfect polyester time capsule, I bundled it up and gave it as a Christmas white elephant gift at the office party.

I bet there are some pretty famous people who can’t get rid of their disco mistakes so easily. Remember the Beach Boys’ disco cash-in from 1979, “Here Comes The Night”? So do we, unfortunately. How about the Electric Light Orchestra hiding behind an Olivia Newton-John vocal for the horrid “Xanadu” (1980)? Or Paul McCartney’s “Goodnight Tonight” (1979)? Truly frightening.

Unbelieveable, really.

Even artists you wouldn’t expect to do disco, people with a lot artistic integrity, did some booty-shaking tracks back in the day. They may have tried to disguise it, but a disco by another color still smells … well, you know. How about Bruce Springsteen’s “Cover Me” (1984) – a bit late in the game but you can’t deny that driving backbeat. The Eagles doing “One Of These Nights” (1975) might have been a little early in the curve so you can give them the benefit of the doubt, but had it come out a few years later it would be disco. And what about “The Magnificient Seven” by the Clash (1981)? Hmmm.

Then there are the Rolling Stones. How many disco songs did they actually do? Aside from “Miss You” (1978), there’s “Emotional Rescue” (1980) and probably “Beast of Burden” (1978). And the less said about “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” by KISS (1979), the better.

So do you have a leisure suit in the closet? Break it out, dust off your old dance moves and let’s shake some tail on this Saturday night to your favorite rock acts gettin’ down with some disco!

MP3: “One Of These Nights” (live) by the Eagles

MP3: “Cover Me” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Goodnight Tonight” by Paul McCartney & Wings

MP3: “Here Comes The Night” (1979 version) by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John & the Electric Light Orchestra

MP3: “The Magnificent Seven” by The Clash

MP3: “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (2009 version) by KISS

MP3: “Discotheque” by U2

MP3: “Emotional Rescue” by the Rolling Stones

MP3: “Shakedown Street” by the Grateful Dead

MP3: “Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd

And why not?

MP3: “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart

MP3: “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees

Video Du Jour: KISS Helps Parents To Rock

Posted in Rock Moment with tags on October 17, 2012 by 30daysout

KISS is always involved in something new … here’s a PSA for their newest venture, “Helping Parents To Rock.”

In case you haven’t figured this out, it’s from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

KISS official web site

Video Du Jour: KISS

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on August 28, 2012 by 30daysout

Just for laughs, here’s KISS performing “Strutter” in Tulsa, 8/26.

Thanks to KISS Online for the video.

Hurry! Get Your KISS Monster Book!

Posted in News with tags , , on August 7, 2012 by 30daysout

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley examine the KISS Monster Book.

For years we knew that KISS were masters of marketing, even back in the 1970s. Gene Simmons’ reality TV show let that particular secret out of the closet, if the merciless merchandising of KISS the past 30 years wasn’t tipoff enough.

So now there’s the KISS Monster Book, a literally larger-than-life photo book spanning the band’s four decades. For starters, the book itself is 3 feet tall!

It features photography from such masters as Richard Aaron, Fin Costello, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Tom Hill, Steve Jennings, Andrew Kent, Barry Levine, Eric McKenna, Evan Mover, Michael Putland, Denis O’Regan, Chip Rock, Al Soluri, Mark Sullivan, Mark Weiss and Neil Zlozower.

It’s a limited edition; only 1,000 copies will be printed. And you can choose a custom cover with the flag of your country. So what’s the price tag? Only $4,299 … but wait, there’s more!

Each copy will come personally signed by all four members of KISS! Don’t wait, get your copy now – before it’s too late!

KISS Monster Book official website

YouTube: KISS Monster Book promo

Video Du Jour: KISS

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , on July 30, 2012 by 30daysout

KISS and Mötley Crüe are on tour this summer … is the world ready for that? Here’s the last part of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” from a few nights ago in Tampa.

Tour info at KISS online

Rockin’ Into the Weekend

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by 30daysout

The late, great Ronnie James Dio.

Many people will be celebrating this weekend – Passover, Easter or just two or three days off from work. Let us be the first to welcome you to the weekend … here are some hard rockin’ tunes to help get you in the right mood.

MP3: “Shout It Out Loud” by KISS (2009 version)

MP3: “Holy Diver” by Dio

MP3: “The Ripper” by Judas Priest

MP3: “Caught In A Mosh” by Anthrax

MP3: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

MP3: “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera

MP3: “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (live) by AC/DC

MP3: “Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Revolution Rock” by the Clash

MP3: “Kick Out The Jams” by Rage Against The Machine

MP3: “And The Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen

Video Du Jour: KISS

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on April 4, 2012 by 30daysout

Why the hell not? KISS, as featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” recently.

KISS Online – official website

Signs That The World May Actually End in 2012 (Part 1)

Posted in News with tags , on March 22, 2012 by 30daysout

Labor Day Disaster Special

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by 30daysout

Man, it’s been a rough summer. I don’t have to tell you, but: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, heat, wildfires and so on. I’m waiting for that plague of locusts next, you know?

But it’s not like us to bitch (much) so we thought we’d compile some disaster – natural and otherwise – songs for your Labor Day playlist. There are plenty more elsewhere on this blog, so scroll down and pick ’em up!

MP3: “Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Black Rain” by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Carole King

MP3: “Fire and Rain” by the Isley Brothers

MP3: “Hotter Than Hell” (live) by KISS

MP3: “Hot Thing” by Big Star

MP3: “Burnin’ For You” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Behold the Hurricane” by the Horrible Crowes

MP3: “Walking In A Hurricane” by John Fogerty

MP3: “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

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

MP3: “My City Of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen

MP3: “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones

More Disaster Playlists:

End of the World, Part 1

End of the World, Part 2

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

Ridin’ Out The Storm

By the way …

Hurricane Warning!

Fire, Flooding, Greed and Vengeance

Hurricane Warning: Shelter from the Storm

 

Homework assignment:

News story from the Associated Press: “An Extreme and Exhausting Year”

Attention, Walmart shoppers!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2011 by 30daysout

Treasures await you at Walmart.

The other day I cut out of work a little early because I had to get some groceries for supper. So I thought I’d save some time and pennies by dropping in to the local Walmart. My attention was diverted by one of their distinctive “discount bins,” this one with CDs for five bucks apiece.

All this for 20 bucks!

Now this bin had nothing really rare, and there was an awful lot of junk – Reba to rappers to crappy country, you had to dig for the rock and roll. And although I already own most of this music, I found some keepers: Destroyer by KISS, Captured by Journey, a Lynyrd Skynyrd collection.

I also picked up Flashback with the Grateful Dead, a shallow best-of on Rhino Records’ budget Flashback label. With “Truckin’,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “U.S. Blues,” “Shakedown Street” and “Touch of Grey” among others, it’s a nice one to have in the car. Same with Journey’s 1981 effort Escape: studio versions of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Stone In Love” and “Open Arms,” and four bonus tracks including live versions of “Believin'” and “Open Arms” (recorded in Houston!).

There were a lot of those Millennium Collection discs from the Who, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Steppenwolf and others, as well as must-haves like School’s Out by Alice Cooper, The Captain and Me from the Doobie Brothers and Live at Budokan from Ozzy Osbourne. And there were some Elvis collections, lumping his stuff in packages like Elvis Country and Elvis Rock – a few well-known tunes surrounded by a shitload of filler.

I really didn’t need another copy of Destroyer and I probably won’t listen to the live Journey Captured unless I’m really drunk. But it felt strangely good to buy music in a physical form, even if it was at a Walmart. So if you need to get your classic rock on, or just need a CD or two to spin at your July 4 cookout, you know where to go.

MP3: “King Of The Night Time World” by KISS (from Destroyer)

MP3: “Too Late” (live) by Journey (from Captured)

MP3: “Shakedown Street” by the Grateful Dead