Tuesday Six – 4/17/2012

I’m back, sorry for flaking out last week. It’s been a great week, with some killer live music, amazing weather, and playoff hockey in full swing. Got a couple of tribute picks this week for 3 musicians from bands that I love who are no longer with us, and dearly missed.

 

1. Child’s Play – My Bottle

I just learned today that Brian Jack, the lead singer of the 80’s Maryland metal band Child’s Play has passed away. Details are unclear as of right now, but this one kinda hits home. These guys were staples of the DMV metal scene in the 80s and early 90s, and anyone around that scene remembers or has opened for Child’s Play at some point. As most people know, I am super picky about what bands from the “hair metal” genre I listen to. I always gravitated to the heavier stuff once I discovered bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Testament back in the day. Child’s Play were definitely one band of that genre that I loved, in part because they were local heroes, and also because they had a bit more of a simplified, pure rock approach. More substance, less style. Sure, they prettied themselves up like most of the other bands of the day (sans makeup) but the music did the talking. We have definitely lost a Maryland rock legend. RIP, Brian.

 

2. Clutch – Immortal

Went with friends last week to see Clutch  at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. Fantastic set, as always, but the venue left quite a bit to be desired. Poor sound, and an awful layout of the club made it extremely crowded, and left me hoping there wasn’t a fire during the show. They opened with this great song.

 

3. The Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

On April 15, 2001, Joey Ramone lost a long battle with lymphoma, and the world lost a true punk legend. It’s no secret how iconic the Ramones were, and their influence is felt all throughout music today. From 1977’s classic Rocket to Russia, “Sheena” is one of their many songs that crosses genres yet still somehow remains punk at its core. The Ramones successfully blended surf, 60’s girl group, and classic pop in with their trademark NY punk sound to create music that was fun, beautiful, yet still send a message, however apparent or veiled. Joey’s sound will live forever, and as the years go by, more lost treasure are being found – Joey’s second posthumous album, Ya Know? will be released on May 15, 2012.

 

4. Type O Negative – Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity

Peter Steel, the singer/bassist for Type O Negative, passed away of heart failure on April 14th, 2010. Mixing dark humor, metal, goth, and various other styles, Type O Negative were definitely one of a kind. This song, from their debut album Slow, Deep and Hard, is an opus in 3 parts, combining sounds reminiscent of Peter’s previous band, Carnivore, and the keyboard and harmony-laden gothic sound that would become their trademark. And we can’t forget to mention the fan favorite sing-along line, “I know you’re fucking someone else!”

 

5. Pantera – Piss

An outtake from the Vulgar Display of Power recording sessions, this was just released last week, and damn is it good to hear some new Pantera. Fans will recognize the main riff in the song, as it was used for the song “Use My Third Arm” on Far Beyond Driven. Turn it way up!

 

6. Led Zeppelin – Hey Hey What Can I Do

Something about the warm weather really gets me in a classic rock mood. Tunes like this were made for warm weather days. One of my favorite Led Zep songs, this one always gets me smiling, and I can’t help but sing along.

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