While digging through my record collection, I found this gem, "Men Without Shame" b/w "Time is on Our Hands" -- a rock
and roll record featuring Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats.
Dig those threads.
This 45 is the first single from their self-titled first album recorded on hiatus from their more famous band. With the addition of co-founding guitarist, Earl Slick, the band created hard rocking music that exchanged the rockabilly of their former project for an 80s rock approach that include everything from ballads to mainstream rockers. While Brian Setzer was refashioning himself as a heartland rock inspired solo artist, Phantom and Slick opted for rocking out.
"Men Without Shame" is a 6 1/2 minute song that never outwears its welcome with Slick's impressive guitar chops front and center. The solo alone separates the song from the group's former projects. Slick's session work holds him in good stead as drummer Phantom and bassist Rocker show what made them such an adept and underrated rhythm section. Lyrically, the song does not hold up under such close scrutiny, but it does paint a picture of bad boys ready to tangle with anything, even though it approaches Ramones levels of simplicity in its rhyming schemes. This is not necessarily a bad thing since it is still heartfelt and catchy like all good rock and roll singles.
The band broke up after releasing Cover Girl in 1986, and the Stray Cats reformed, but their two records are more than just an interesting footnote in 80s rock.
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I recently finished watching the last season of Longmire, a show that I believe only got better when it moved to Netflix. A & E cancelled it, despite good ratings, because it did not directly appeal to the 18-35 age demographic. The writing and plot development improved as the show started focusing more on major themes and story lines and not story-of-the-week subplots. While the show's general premise is typical cop show fare, the strong characterization and settings give the show a primacy over other similar procedurals.
While I enjoyed the show, I never got around to reading the books even though I watched dutifully for six seasons. Once I started reading The Cold Dish, I realized how hard it will be not to binge the book series. The books are a treat. Craig Johnson's prose is punchy, and the characters are even better realized. Walt Longmire's love for Rainier beer and obscure literary metaphors, as well as other character's predilections and habits, become cr…
Combat Rock, released on May 14, 1982, was the record that monetarily put the Clash on the top of the punk heap. Even so, it has never been seen as a particularly good album, especially compared to their first self-titled album (both British and American versions) and London Calling. Even Give 'Em Enough Rope has more proponents. After the Clash released the double album London Calling, they released Sandinista to little fanfare. The triple LP felt bloated. Its predecessor had included experimentation and attempts to expand the band's repertoire, mostly as homage to the American roots forms that the band had consciously (or not) avoided on their first two albums. Sandinista was another beast entirely -- the band took an everything but the kitchen sink approach, experimenting with dub, hip hop, children choirs, and even took a hit on royalties so they could release it in this fashion.
Combat Rock continued some of this experimentation, also flirting with world music and purer po…
This year's viewing was a mixed bag. I ended up watching a ton of exploitation because I am trying to catch up on the DVD collections I own. Then I moved to Arkansas and did not have internet for a couple of months.
1. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Yorgos Lanthimos, A24
2.John Wick (2014), Chad Stahelski, Thunder Road
3.The Lure (2015), Agnieszka Smoczynska, Kino Swiat
4. Stage Door (1937), Gregory La Cava, RKO
5. The Milky Way (1936), Leo McCarey, Paramount
6. Adam's Rib (1949), George Cukor, MGM
7. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Ishiro Honda, Toho
8. Madhouse (1974), Jim Clark, AIP
9. The Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Otto Preminger, Columbia
10. Get Out (2017), Jordan Peele, Universal
11. Logan (2017), James Mangold, 20th Century Fox
12. John Wick 2 (2017), Chad Stahelski, Summit
13. Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947), Sidney Salkow, Columbia
14. Dr Detroit (1983), Michael Pressman, Universal
15. High and Dizzy (1920), Hal Roach, Pathe Exchange
16. Ask Father (…