Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 12th November 2012

Cheap Trick – Busted and Lap of Luxury Many 70s bands brought in outside writers to boost their commercial fortunes in the 80s and Cheap Trick were no exception. These two albums haven’t aged well but there are still tracks like Never Had a Lot to Lose, Don’t Be Cruel and Ghost Town that make these worth having for CT fans. And speaking of CT fans…

Ginger Wildheart – 555% (Discs 1 and 2) I can’t put an album in my end of year list if I’ve only listened to two-thirds of it can I? I’m all about the thirty-five to forty minute running length so three CDs is a bit of an imposition. In other news: the excellent opening track Forget About It is currently the most played song on my iPod.

Paradise Lost – Draconian Times (Legacy Edition) One of the essential HMO albums. I like it so much I can’t even really think of much to say about it. Eh… how about Nick Holmes reminds me of Paul Calf so every time I see his face I think “You’ve got shit on your shoes”? It’s tough being me.

Fish – Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors Fish’s debut solo album. It’s less convincing in the rockier moments than when it turns sultry and soppy. Good to hear Janick Gers’s playing on here, but it’s long-time Fish sideman Frank Usher that walks away with the guitar honours for his gorgeous playing on Cliché.

Ian Hunter – Welcome to the Club Euphoric live album from Hunter and Mick Ronson. I listened to this coming back on the train to Glasgow from Ayr at the weekend. Coincidentally, my first Ian Hunter experience was a gig he put on in Ayr. Very small-time gig for such a Rock Legend but it turns out he grew up in Hamilton near Glasgow and his family used to go to Ayr for their holidays. He had a day off so he pencilled in a seaside gig for old time’s sake! I wasn’t familiar with him at the time but I made a point of going to see him because it wasn’t every day a Rock Legend came to Ayr and I thought I should encourage that sort of behaviour. I’m glad I did because it was a phenomenal show and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65 Excellent 2012 comeback album that finds the Doom legends reunited with their iconic frontman “Wino”. Now, before I knew about the band I assumed he was called Wino because he was… well… an alky. Well it turns out his surname is Weinrich which became Wino. Kind of like when my name, HMOverlord, gets shortened to HMO.

Reverend Bizarre – In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend My Saint Vitus experience was so enjoyable it put me on a Doom kick. So, what better to listen to next than an album from Reverend Bizzare, who bizarrely went to number one in the Finnish charts with the excellently titled Teutonic Witch. This is Sabbathy Metal taken to its logical extreme. Don’t like a chord? Then wait around, there’ll be another one along in three minutes.

SONG OF THE WEEK: I wanted to pick something a bit heavier but I can’t escape the fact that my favourite song this week was Angeline from Ian Hunter’s Welcome to the Club. This was a Mott the Hoople song called Sweet Angeline. I don’t know why she isn’t sweet any more but this is my favourite version of the song at any rate. I almost embarrassed myself on the train I enjoyed this so much.

[Ian Hunter – Angeline(Live)]

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8 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 12th November 2012”

    1. It’s definitely the better of the two. I only first heard these a couple of years ago. I’ve had the Sex America Cheap Trick box set and their 70s stuff for ages and was pretty content with those until a couple of years ago and I started fillings some of my CT album gaps.

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  1. Cheap Trick – Woohoo! Man, I saw these guys in concert. We went to see Pearl Jam in 1996, and the opener was supposed to be Iggy Pop, but he wasn’t allowed in the country for some reason. So CT stepped in and played in his place. They put on a great show. I still would like to have seen Iggy, but ya know.

    Ginger Wildheart – 555% (Discs 1 and 2) Neat! I need to check this out.

    Paradise Lost – Draconian Times (Legacy Edition) One of the essential HMO albums. I like it so much I can’t even really think of much to say about it. Eh… how about Nick Holmes reminds me of Paul Calf so every time I see his face I think “You’ve got shit on your shoes”? It’s tough being me.

    This whole segment cracked me up.

    Fish – Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors – wow, somebody played better than Gers? Damn.

    Ian Hunter – Welcome to the Club Euphoric – your concert story is cool.

    Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65 Cool!! I’ve heard some of their stuff, and I liked what I heard. And you are the HMO HMO, don’t forget. 😉

    Reverend Bizarre – In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend. I have never heard of this. Must find. To the youtubes!

    SONG OF THE WEEK: “I almost embarrassed myself on the train I enjoyed this so much.” Hahaha you mean you DIDN’T? C’mon, man!

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    1. I only saw CT once on a rare tour of the UK. They played a very short show for a headliner but it was great stuff. Disappointing it was so brief though as it was a hugely anticipated show! I think the drummer has/had back problems that prevented him playing for very long. I actually think he’s been replaced for touring purposes now but I’d need fact-checking on that!
      I cracked myself up writing the Paradise Lost segment! That Paul Calf clip is comedy gold.
      Gers vs. Frank Usher is two totally different styles so can’t really compare. Janick’s stuff on the album is just typical Janick but Frank’s playing on Cliche is his shining moment! Especially live. Just really tasteful stuff…
      The Ian Hunter concert was one of my best moments. It was a small club and there was hardly anyone there. He didn’t care and gave it his all anyway. It was like getting a private show! Amazing.
      I thought you might know Saint Vitus cause there’s a Black Flag connection there isn’t there. I think they played show together and were on the Black Flag guys label (Greg Ginn?). Great band.
      Hahaha no I didn’t embarrass myself… but only because I have a pretty high embarrassment threshold! 😉

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  2. Nothing here I am super-familiar with. Those two Cheap Tricks are interesting though. Ghost Town is an underrated song, but I do still love The Flame. Still a simply great power ballad, and Robin Zander is a singer without equal.

    I have Vigil (remaster with bonus tracks) but I always seem to go back to Kettle of Fish. I need to revisit. I always forger that Janick worked with Fish. AND Gillan.

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    1. Ah The Flame! I forgot to even mention that one. Great tune. Never Had a Lot to Lose is my favourite from these. It’s an excellent rocker. Robin is easily the star player on these albums. Such an under-rated voice.
      I’m looking at the liner notes for Vigil and Janick’s only actually on one song (View from a Hill) but he does make it count! Think this was just before he joined up with Bruce…
      I don’t have Kettle of Fish but I’ve got the Bouillabaise compilation which is pretty good… if a bit redundant now I’ve got a few more of his albums. I especially like Field of Crows, Raingods with Zippos and Sunsets on Empire. I’d kind of written him off for a while but he’s done some brilliant stuff.

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