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List: Five From the Boneyard

I’ve been dipping in and out of Julian Cope’s entertaining book Copendium and came across his concept of the “boneyard” position. Basically, the boneyard is the penultimate placing on an album. Cope reasons that, if a band is stuck with a filler track it has to use, it will be placed in the album’s boneyard where it’s more likely to be overlooked. It got me thinking. So, for a fun experiment, I’ve picked five albums at random to see if this concept holds up. I’m going to take a look at each one and decided if its penultimate track belongs in… THE BONEYARD!

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UFO – A Fool in Love (from the album No Heavy Petting)

Here’s some mid-70s UFO, by the short-lived line-up with Danny Peyronel on keys. It’s most notable for its opening tracks Natural Thing and I’m a Loser. The rest of the album, while good, doesn’t quite live up to the classic opening. But the album’s B-Side features a couple of great deep cuts in the moody On with the Action and the cosmic ballad Martian Landscape. Our penultimate track, A Fool in Love, is lost between those two. It isn’t awful but it’s a bit of a throwaway and I feel like it’s been buried between those two epics for a reason. Boneyard? YES

[UFO – A Fool in Love]

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AC/DC – Love Hungry Man (Highway to Hell)

Hmm… obviously a classic album but what about track nine, Love Hungry Man? Is this anyone’s idea of a classic AC/DC track? It does sport a great chorus but it’s a bit laid-back and lazy otherwise and the bass fills sound like a desperate attempt to liven up a dull tune. Far from a disaster but definitely not one of Acca Dacca’s shining moments either. How about we avoid offending the band’s adoring legions and call this the “least-good” song here? Boneyard? YES

[AC/DC – Love Hungry Man]

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Black Sabbath – I (Dehumanizer)

Dehumanizer was a lumbering, colossus of an album from the reformed Mob Rules lineup. It’s not held in the same esteem as that album or its predecessor Heaven and Hell but I’ve always thought it a rewarding album-for-life. So get it up ye. And its penultimate track I is one of the best songs Dio Sabbath ever put out. Pure invigorating metal bravado. Black Sabbath smashing faces in… but with a smile. Boneyard? NO

[Black Sabbath – I]

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Iron Maiden – 2 AM (The X Factor)

Maiden’s first album with Blaze Bayley has some under-rated gems but is also quite heavy-going and joyless. I had thought the penultimate track here was The Unbeliever, one of my favourites from the album, but it turns out it’s actually 2 AM: a track I had forgotten existed. Doesn’t bode well does it? It’s one of the least flabby tracks which is good but the lyrics are absolute shite: a brainless, artless mid-life crisis from a band that is supposed to be cleverer than this. Boneyard? YES

[Iron Maiden – 2 AM]

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Megadeth – How the Story Ends (Endgame)

This 2009 album is still the pinnacle of modern Megadeth and one of the greatest albums of the ’00s. How the Story Ends (odd title for a penultimate track?) is a sturdy anthemic chugger that, along with the raging Headcrusher, helps recover Endgame after a slight mid-album lull. The riffs are a bit stock by Mustaine standards but it’s a catchy, engaging tune that adds to the album. Boneyard? NO

[Megadeth – How the Story Ends]

So, the boneyards have it… but only just. It’s close enough that another random selection might have went the other way. Obviously, the concept relies on there being a filler track in the first place (and the artist being self-aware enough to know that a given track is sub-par). Also, for the sake of discussion, Cope applies the concept chiefly to vinyl but does the boneyard concept apply equally to albums designed for CD or Spotify?

Hope you enjoyed this. Let me know what you think about the boneyard position and my examples. Got any good examples of your own? Or exceptions? Chip in below.

Noise-some Notes – 4th October 2015

What a surprise.
What a surprise.

Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the last week or so. New shit has come to light etc…

Candlemass 30th Anniversary

2016 will be the 30th anniversary of Candlemass’ debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. Lots of exciting plans have been announced to mark the great event. A new EP with new vocalist Mats Leven and a box set planned too. I’ll doom dance to that!

And you can doom dance to this too! A free download of a massively rare Candlemass demo!

New Megadeth album ‘Dystopia’

The new Megadave album details have been announced and there’s a new song to check out too. I didn’t find the new song particularly involving though: too by-the-numbers for my liking. I do like the album cover though!

Shrines and Obscene Entity

I reviewed the excellent debut from Shrines. It’s still monopolising my listening time and still getting better with every listen. Read about them here and expect to see them in my end-of-year list. Also, some of the band’s members are also in a band called Obscene Entity. The advance word on their upcoming full-length is very positive so I treated myself to their self-titled EP on Bandcamp.

Excellent Library Sale Shopping

I did excellent library sale shopping. Got these and only came out £2 lighter.

Shee-ah!
Shee-ah!

PaRtY-cAnNoN Win the Internet (Again)

PaRtY-cAnNoN have gone viral again. Well, their logo has anyway. You can read about their new album here if you haven’t already.

Week in Listening

I bought the new Bowie box set Five Years 1969-1973 so there’s been lot of that going on. I’m listening to Live Santa Monica ’72 as I write this. But other than Shrines and Bowie what has the HMOverlord been listening to this week? Here’s some highlights.

PaRtY-cAnNoN’s EP Partied in Half got a spin. The “old enough for what?” intro is the best opening to a CD. Ever. Primordial’s sublime The Gathering Wilderness is still as stirring as ever. And speaking of stirring, Big Country’s Steeltown and The Seer have been hitting that spot too. I’m enjoying Atheist’s Unquestionable Presence a lot. It’s fantastic proggy death metal with Martin Walkyier-style vocals and the new reissue is well worth your time and money. And, on the subject of proggy death, I also listened to Gorguts’ Obscura. It sounds a bit like Gojira being shoved down a big flight of stairs. Excellent! Been listening to the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set a bit too but I only seem to have a limited endurance for Hendrix these days. I can only get into it in small doses.

And that’s been my week pretty much. Hope you enjoyed the notes and links and… happy listening!

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Had another book binge recently, but with very little expenditure!

Henry and Glenn Forever – Tom Neely 80p!

A little Indie Comic Book depicting Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig’s life living together as a gay couple with practicing Satanists Hall and Oates staying next door. This works because it’s actually pretty affectionate and knowing, obviously put together by fans rather than detractors. I dare say Glenn might not see things that way… A nice curio for the collection.

A Life In Metal- Dave Mustaine £2

I’ve already read a library copy but couldn’t resist picking this up for just 2 quid. It’s the hardback too so it’s a nicer edition with bigger photos. I found this fairly entertaining but a bit disappointing. Dave’s a big personality in Metal, for better or worse, but this didn’t really capture his charisma or voice with its generic auto-biographical style. Probably worth another read though, the sort of thing I’ll batter through in a couple of days.

My Appetite for Destruction – Steven Adler £3

Another bargain at Fopp. I’m fairly sure this will be the standard “I got rich and then took loads of drugs” fodder but you never know. There has been a ton of these kind of books coming out lately. They are usually nothing special but are quick, fun reads for in between meatier books!

Watch You Bleed, The Saga of Guns n’ Roses – Stephen Davis £3

Another bargain and it’s pure coincidence that it’s another G n’ R book. I’ve had my eye on it and it was cheap. It may well sit on my shelf for months or years before I even pick it up. This hasn’t had the best reviews ever, and has even been accused of factual inaccuracy by the band’s former manager in the pages of Classic Rock magazine. Might still be a good read though…

Rip it Up and Start Again – Simon Reynolds £4

Simon is not shy at tackling mammoth subjects in his books and this is a look into the post-punk years of 1978 to 1984 taking in PiL, Black Flag, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more! Not the hugest area of interest for me but Reynolds has a great way of putting the stories of the bands and genres into context and giving them a fascinating narrative. I’ve already fired through a couple of chapters and I’m enjoying it a lot.

Saving the best for last…

Classic Black Magic (Omnibus of The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter and Gateway to Hell) – Dennis Wheatley FREE (a lovely gift!)

In case you think this doesn’t fit in a music blog, can I just say: “The Goat of Mendes… the Devil himself!”. The most Heavy Metal thing that has ever happened in the history of forever.

 

 

We’ve Got Ourselves a Reader! – Book Haul

Despite my best efforts to avoid buying more music I still feel compelled to visit at least one music shop every Monday. Obviously this can cause all sorts of problems!

Last Monday I went to Fopp in Glasgow and was relieved to discover that there was no music I was interested in. Then I went and spent £14 on books. I’ve been reading quite a bit lately and I really don’t want to replace my music buying addiction with a book buying one so I’ll need to be careful about this!

3 of those books were music related so I thought I mention them here although I’m not including them in my tally of money spent. If this gets out of control then that’ll be another blog entirely!

When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin – Mick Wall £3

I have to say I’ve worn Led Zeppelin’s music out. It’s too over-familiar to do much for me now and they are covered so frequently in the press I’m a bit sick of the sight of them. I like Mick Wall’s writing though (especially loved Run to the Hills, his Maiden biog) and this got some good reviews when it was published. While the Damned Utd style internal monologues look like a naff idea, I’m hoping this might help breathe a bit of life into their music for me. I’d also be keen to check out Enter Night, his recent Metallica book, although I hope to god Mick doesn’t try and imagine what’s inside any of their heads. I hate to think what warped internal monologue resulted in Lulu.

Electric Eden (Unearthing Britains Visionary Music) – Rob Young £3

This is an absolute steal at £3. I started reading this on loan from my local library (support your libraries!) but didn’t have time to get through it all! It’s an exhaustive look at British Folk music and how its influence has seeped into all sorts of music and culture ever since. From Fairport Convention to Talk Talk! Not very HM related obviously but there’s still plenty of interest here for anyone that likes music and there is enough folk influence in a lot of HM and Progressive Rock to justify reading up on this stuff.

Englands Dreaming – Jon Savage £3

I’ve had my eye on this for a while. I’m not hugely up on the Punk stuff and when I was younger I hated it! Over time my taste in Rock and Metal has worked round to the fringes of Punk so I don’t feel as opposed to it as I did when I was an opinionated young ‘un. I thought The Filth and the Fury film was fantastic and I’m hoping this book might hit the spot like that did.

All worth a punt at £3 each I’m sure you’ll agree.  If you have a Fopp nearby I suggest you pay a visit because there is a great range of bargain books there at the moment.  If anyone out there has any opinions on these I’d love to hear them!