Alice Cooper is Maurice Escargot

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For Halloween I wanted to find something unusual from Alice Cooper and man, did I find it.

It’s probably the most terrifying thing you will ever see and hear from Alice Cooper.  It was an album called Lace and Whiskey

In 1977, Alice Cooper decided to pivot from The Godfather of Shock Rock to create a concept album around a character named Maurice Escargot, a buffoonish, hard-drinking detective.

He performed the title track on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Good luck getting through this video.

The album’s lead single, “You and Me”, was schmaltzy ballad. And Alice tried to create an Abba type pop song with “(No More) Love at Your Convenience”.

This is Alice singing “You and Me” on The Muppet Show in 1978

To be fair, 1977 was not a good year personally for Alice.

It was after the completion of the 1977 tour that Cooper checked into a New York-based sanitarium for his first treatment for alcoholism.

Alice’s nightmare is now a dream as the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee still has a compelling stage show and he seems in probably the best health of his career.

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2 For 2uesday

R.E.M. may have broken up back in 2011 but they are still active in their contributions to the upcoming election.  Case in point are their two contribution to 30 Days 30 Songs.  The first song is a live version of World Leader Pretend.  It’s a song from 1988 (also an election year) that is still relevant 28 years later.


The second song is “Despierta” by Filthy Friends. It’s a Seattle supergroup of sorts featuring R.E.M. guitarist Pete Buck, former R.E.M. touring guitarist and Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey, former R.E.M. touring drummer Bill Rieflin, Fastback guitarist Kurt Bloch and Sleater-Kinney lead singer Corin Tucker.  I hope this isn’t a one and done project.  I want more!

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Bill Hader

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I’ve always loved Bill Hader, comedian ever since I first saw him do his impression of Vincent Price.  I’ve now become a fan of his taste in music.

He recently did a guest DJ spot on KCRW and talked about his love of both punk and RUSH and mentioned Nomeansno.  I’d never heard of them and pulled it up on YouTube.  I’m glad I did.

He also talked about his love of XTC and that on YouTube you can see the exact moment that lead singer Andy Partridge gave up touring due to his intense stage fright. This is crazy as the band sounds so good and he just up and quits mid song while playing in Paris on March 18, 1982.

Since I’m talking Bill Hader, I have to salute his two bands from Documentary Now!  The Blue Jean Committee (a salute to Yacht Rock and The Eagles) and Test Pattern (a salute to Talking Heads).

Thanks for the music, Bill!


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New Music Friday

It might be hard to believe but 82 year old Leonard Cohen has been more prolific than Lady Gaga.

Although Lady Gaga released a covers album with Tony Bennett in 2014, it’s been three years since her last album of original material was released.

Meanwhile Leonard Cohen is releasing his third album of original material since 2012.

Lady Gaga is wisely sticking to being herself and not letting costumes and overproduced songs get in the way of her talent.  I like this first single and apparently so do 36 million people who have already viewed this video in only a month.


Leonard Cohen continues to explore what it’s like to be an elder statesmen in a pop-centric world.  In other words, it’s pure brilliance.


Lady Gaga "Joanne" Leoarnd Cohen "You Want It Darker"

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Get Out

Bob Dylan might have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for literature and played Desert Trip last week but this week we get to see another Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame icon and winner of the National Book Award, Ms. Patti Smith.

Patti Smith by Lynn Goldsmith 1976

Patti Smith photo by Lynn Goldsmith 1976

Patti plays a show tonight honoring the 40th anniversary of Horses at the Teragram Ballroom. On Saturday she’ll be in Santa Ana for Beach Goth Fest and on Sunday she opens for Bon Iver at The Hollywood Bowl.

Watching this clip reminded me of one of my favorite all time Saturday Night Live characters, Candy Slice as played by Gilda Radner.  Enjoy!

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Innovators/Imitators 2017 Rock Hall Nominees

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees were released so that means I’m disappointed knowing The Cure, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails and Devo are not even invited to the dance.

That said, it’s time for the 6th Annual Let’s Not Get Carried Away Innovators vs. Imitators to determine who deserves to get in. This method is based on My Morning Jacket’s “Wordless Chorus”. The line goes “We Are The Innovators, They Are The Imitators”.  So let’s begin with the theme song.


Bad Brains


Innovators: Like the Velvet Underground, anyone that bought their debut album immediately formed a band.

Chaka Khan


Imitator: Return nominee.   Love dancing to her music but doesn’t move the needle on inventive music



Imitator: This is getting to be a joke.  They’ve now been nominated 11 times.  It’s time to get them in or like the Baseball Hall Of Fame just admit they won’t get in and stop nominating

Depeche Mode


Imitators: No synth pop band should be allowed in until The Cure are in The Rock Hall

Electric Light Orchestra ELO


Innovators: It pays to tour and remind people of your legacy.  Jeff Lynne is also the only Traveling Wilbury not yet in so I think he’ll get the nod.

The J. Geils Band


Imitators: I think even lead singer Peter Wolf would admit their music was a tribute to the blues greats that came before them.

Janes Addiction


Innovators: If Guns N’ Roses can get in with two albums then so should Jane’s Addiction. They brought inventive guitar rock to the mainstream Alternative format and opened up doors for bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam

Janet Jackson


Imitator: Like Jane’s Addiction it was two albums Control and Rhythm Nation that are to be celebrated but I don’t think it’s enough to get into the Hall

Joan Baez


Innovator: How is she not in yet?  I saw this opening line in the AllMusic bio and couldn’t agree more, “The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong.” It’s embarrassing it’s taken this long for her to get recognized.

Joe Tex


Imitator: I pulled up “I Gotcha” on YouTube and it put an immediate smile on my face but I think James Brown and Sam Cooke were the true originals in the soul genre.



Imitators: Talented musicians fronted by a uniquely talented vocalist that made good pop/rock songs.  Nothing wrong with that but their song catalog is not close to innovative music



Innovators: This might be their 3rd time trying to get in. I think their tour earlier this year reminded everyone of their relevancy. They are the robots!  Let them in!



Imitators: Probably most known for cursing on “Kick Out The Jams” You can’t get more rock and roll than that.  Still not enough to get in.

Pearl Jam


Innovators:  Sure there were bands that came before them and might have been considered more innovative but there’s no denying their passionate music and equally passionate fan base.  I can’t imagine Rolling Stone magazine dropping the ball on this one and not letting them in on their first try.



Imitators: A good rock band.  Led Zeppelin taught them it could be done way better.

The Cars


Innovators: The Cars debut is still one of my favorite albums of all time.  Ric Ocasek is an under-appreciated song writer and producer and Ben Orr’s vocal on “Drive” is one of the most perfect things ever. Plus, I still think “Moving In Stereo” is the best use of a song for the movie “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” (as everyone probably knows clicking on this scene is obviously NSFW)

The Zombies


Imitators: I would not be upset if they got in but 3 top ten hits and one brilliant album is still not enough to ensure enshrinement into the Hall

Tupac Shakur


Innovator: If Dylan can win the Nobel Peace Prize, perhaps it’s not out of the realm of possibilities the Tupac could be recognized in 2045 for his writing.  He is a true innovator,  his words continue to inspire generations just now discovering his music and he should get in on the first ballot.



Imitator: I thought they might get in last year.  Their music is innovative but in the year of Joan Baez, Jeff Lynne, 2PAC, Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction , they’ll most likely be waiting until next year.

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2 For 2uesday

I rarely post about new bands just because it’s impossible to make an impression with one listen and no knowledge whatsoever on the band.  Once in a while though it’s fun to acknowledge that perhaps a band has potential and is worth your attention.

Secret Cameras


The band Secret Cameras hails from London and their first single “Going Places” is a nice combination of Gary Numan type synth pop and the driving rock sound of one of my favorites of the past decade, Secret Machines (is it a coincidence they share the “secret” name?).  The band is just getting started with an EP to be released in early 2017.  Hopefully they’ll make it out to the States next year.

Miniature Tigers

Sometimes a clever sample catches my attention.  Such is the case with Brooklyn’s  Minature Tigers.  They sample Millie Small (probably known best for the 1964 song “My Boy Lollipop“).  The band used Millie Small’s song “What Am I Living For“.  

As band frontman, Charlie Brand explains- “My friend Jeff Whitman turned me on to Millie Small when we were having dinner one night. I became obsessed with her incredible voice. I started chopping her song “What Am I Living For” up and sent it to Rick. He added those piano chords and some vocals and sent it back to me to finish.”Brand adds, “Mae (Whitman) gave me the line “Sleep more / Drink less / Find a better therapist” which led to the theme of the song. This song to me is really a big collaboration with my friends and loved ones.

Their album “I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy” comes out on October 28.

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Sir Roderick Stewart and Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart

Absolutely mind-blowing. Deeply honoured to be Sir Roderick Stewart.

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Last week Rod Stewart was honored for his services to music and charity and knighted by Britain’s Prince William at Buckingham Palace. He will be known as Sir Roderick Stewart.

Also last week, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. According to the Swedish Academy, Dylan won “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

One of the finest song interpreters of Dylan’s just so happens to be Sir Roderick Stewart.

Below is a Spotify playlist of Rod’s covers of Dylan.

This one wasn’t available on Spotify but should still be included.

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

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New Music Friday

If there was going to be one band that should release a new album in Rocktober it should be Kings Of Leon.

The band has been unapologetically rock-based for its entire career.  They are carrying the rock torch and not putting up a wall to keep out anyone deemed unworthy from enjoying their music.

That said, the new album from Kings Of Leon is called WALLS (I’m sure the title is pronounced with tongue firmly placed in cheek).  It’s actually an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs.

Their sound on this new album is bigger.    In an interview with USA Today, lead singer Caleb Followill says about their new producer Markus Dravs whose credits include work with Arcade Fire, Coldplay and Florence + The Machine…

“He came here and listened to some demos. The things he had to say weren’t 100% positive, so we were like, ‘We’re not gonna work with him.’ Then we found another guy but he wanted us to record in upstate New York in the wintertime. “So,” the singer says, with a deadpan look, “we were like, ‘Markus will work after all.’”

The sound of their first single reminds me of U2’s “Beautiful Day”

Fly that rock flag!

Kings Of Leon "Walls"

Kings Of Leon “Walls”

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Get Out

Are you going to the second weekend of Desert Trip but you think 3 days isn’t enough?  Rest assured there are a few options for you Thursday entertainment.  By the way, it looks like the first weekend of Desert Trip was a big success as prices on StubHub are going for a higher price then the first

Prefer to see Neil Young from 100 feet instead of 1/2 mile away?  Go to Pomona and see him in a theatre setting. As of this writing pit tickets are available

Neil Young and Promise of the Real

Neil Young Fox Theatre Pomona

Van Morrison

If Desert Trip is going to be an annual event,  I would put Van Morrison near the top of the list to play next year.  Added bonus for this Bowl show is the still dynamic Tom Jones.

Van Morrison, Tom Jones Hollywood Bowl

Ween Hollywood Palladium

This could be the biggest show.  It’s the return of Ween!  See them now when you can!

Ween Hollywood Palladium


Our LA girls have discovered the love of disco.  This should be a fun night.

Warpaint Fonda Theatre

Margo Price Troubadour

I saw her at Hotel Cafe earlier this year.  See her at the Troubadour now as she’ll probably be playing the Wiltern and Stagecoach in 2017

Margo Price Troubadour

Rick Astley

Never go give up on this guy.

Rick Astley  The Theatre at Ace Hotel





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