Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go! The Weekend Starts Here By Andy Neill [BMG Books] The household name typically attached to British music television is Top of the Pops. While that long-running BBC program certainly cast a long shadow, it was actually predated by a scrappy upstart that set the tone and remains a pop culture touchstone for… Continue reading Ready Steady Go!

Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll: My Life in Small Faces, Faces and The Who By Kenney Jones [Thomas Dunne Books] “Even to this day I still can’t properly get to grips with how quickly it all happened,” writes Kenney Jones in his new autobiography Let the Good Times Roll. “At the age of 15 I… Continue reading Let the Good Times Roll

Cover Me

Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time By Ray Padgett [Sterling Publishing] The term “cover songs” comes from record labels covering their bets. If a song by some artist was a hit, then when asked if a label had a particular popular song, they could say, “We’ve got it covered,”… Continue reading Cover Me

The Who: What and When

Fans of The Who will have two good excuses to hobble down to the neighborhood tone vendor on April 20th. Firstly, Geffen’s issuing a double CD/triple vinyl live album captured at a show at New York’s Fillmore East in April 1968. Heavily bootlegged in the early ’70s, the live recording was originally intended to be… Continue reading The Who: What and When

Garbage

One Man’s Trash: Butch Vig Talks Garbage, Producing, Drumming, and His Scrappy Midwestern Roots Looking back at it, Garbage seem like one of the unlikeliest success stories of the 1990s. Granted, by mid-decade drummer Butch Vig had made a solid name for himself in the music industry – but primarily as a producer of some… Continue reading Garbage

Dave Davies

Hidden Treasure: Dave Davies is Happy, Healthy and Back on the Open Road One might call guitarist Dave Davies an under-appreciated legend. Sometimes credited with the earliest use of guitar feedback on record – though many other including Link Wray lay claim to that innovation – as lead guitarist, harmony vocalist and occasional songwriter for… Continue reading Dave Davies

Shel Talmy

Ready Steady Go! Shel Talmy Reflects on Making London LOUD One of the reasons why I think I gravitated toward bands like The Who and The Kinks in my teenage years (first and second major concerts I saw, as a matter of fact) was simply the blunt, raw aggression of their sound, contrasted with the… Continue reading Shel Talmy

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Burn After Reading: Arthur Brown’s Still Crazy, All Fired Up and Ready to Go One of the most remarkable singles in a year full of remarkable music, 1968’s “Fire” was unlike most anything else on the radio. Backed with malevolent swirls of organ and brass punctuating a hard-driving arrangement, the operatic vocals of Arthur Brown… Continue reading The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Pete Townshend’s Deep End – Face the Face

By the mid 1980s The Who were in limbo. Actually, they’d officially (if temporarily) broken up. And nearly everyone by that point acknowledged that they should’ve hung it up the morning after Moon croaked instead of plodding away uninspiringly for five more years. In theory, Kenney Jones (ex-Faces/Small Faces) may’ve seemed like an ideal choice… Continue reading Pete Townshend’s Deep End – Face the Face

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Part 1

Ain’t Waitin’ on Tomorrow: Kevn Kinney Shares His Thoughts on a Rejuvenated Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ During the second half of the 1980s, I’d go see nearly every local show they played. Scarred But Smarter remains one of my favorite albums by an Atlanta band. Even through the mid ’90s, after they’d evolved into a more standard-issue rock band… Continue reading Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Part 1

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Part 2

You do that every year there. “Yeah, that I have been trying to put the brakes on every year, those things. We did the Thanksgiving thing, that was every year, and I felt like fucking Tom Turkey! Everybody was like ‘Yeah, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, that’s the Thanksgiving Atlanta band!’ I don’t wanna be that! Now… Continue reading Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Part 2

Tommy Keene – Excitement at Your Feet

Is it possible for an album to sound both totally illogical and perfectly natural? If so, Tommy Keene has threaded that needle. Without ever generating a signature song (1984’s “Places That Are Gone” probably comes closest) or a radio staple, through perseverance and chops Keene has established himself as arguably the standard-bearer for American power… Continue reading Tommy Keene – Excitement at Your Feet