Posts Tagged ‘british invasion

04
Feb
15

The Who 50th Anniversary British Tour Print – Release today 2/4/15

sperry-The-Who-50th-Anniversary-British-TourJust a quick post about a very cool print being released today at random by artist Chuck Sperry.  The print is a silkscreen, signed and numbered to an edition size of 260.  I suppose the price is available during the release.  You can learn more by clicking this link – http://chucksperry.net/

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03
Jun
10

Joe Strummer Print Release today!

If you read my  April 2010 post  entitled “The Art of The Music Business” you will appreciate today’s release of a print by artist Shepard Fairey (of Obey fame).  The print will be released at a random time (my experience has been between exactly 2:00 and 4:00 EST), so get on early and keep hitting the refresh button on your browser.

UPDATE!!!  It went up for sale at 1:00 EST so get it if you can!

Often his prints sell out in minutes so you have a good chance of NOT getting one, it is a very frustrating process, however to Fairey’s credit he does make his prints available at very cheap prices, the Strummer print is $70 and is in an edition size of 450 (signed and numbered by Fairey).

As with most of Shepard Fairey’s prints they skyrocket in value nearly the next day so they are a worthwhile investment and if you really appreciate art, not bad to hang on your walls if you get them professionally framed.  Joe Strummer was the cornerstone the British band The  Clash and this print does a nice job of paying homage to the rock icon.  Hat’s off to you Shepard, nice one!

If you are interested in seeing this print and more of Shepard Fairey’s art, click here and good luck on getting one!

30
Oct
09

The Libertines (2004)

LibertinesA few months ago I was listening to an NPR segment that focused on the music coming out of Britain.  The commentator felt it important to highlight a band called The Libertines. In NPR’s opinion The Libertines were one of the best bands in recent years to surface and perhaps, had made a significant contribution towards a second “British Invasion”.  “Poppy-cock!” I say, this band is truly dreadful to listen to and one has to ponder how they were able to get signed to a major label; tt truly is beyond me.  Sometimes I just shake my head in disbelief about the music that NPR reviews; and worse, what they feel important enough to bring to their listening audience’s attention. 

Most people who know me will agree that I am one of the most open-minded people when it comes to music.  I like metal, country, jazz, classical, rockabilly, punk, even easy listening (and the list goes on and on and on).

 However, I cannot bring myself (after multiple listenings both with and without scotch whiskey) to appreciate what these guys are offering musically.  From the first few songs I thought that NPR had been joking, wondering if this band was a spoof.  Perhaps The  Young Ones had decided to put out an album just for laughs sake.  Nope. This was a genuine album, by a band that actually thought they sounded good, and further more (adding insult to injury) so did a bunch of other people who had bought it.

The Libertines as a band are so poorly out of tune throughout the entire album.  Honestly it sounds as if the band got together at the last minute to play in their parents garage.  The first song  Can’t Stand Me Now is rememiscant of something The Clash would have put out (this album is produced by The Clash’s Mick Jones, so that explains much of the sound).  The Libertines clearly are trying too much to be The Clash, and perhaps that is there downfall.  The song is raw and  unrefined and I get this is the punk sound they are attempting to achieve.  Sadly, it’s not even done well to create something remotely entertaining.  In all honesty, and I have to laugh, the wood block or cowbell part of the song just reminds me of Will Farrell in the SNL band spoof.  To it’s credit Can’t Stand Me Now has a slight melodic rhythm for a portion of the song, but clearly it doesn’t save the listener from wanting to hit fast forward. 

The second song is Last Post on The Bugle, is also terrible.  The beginning is remiscent from some from either Morrissey, The Smiths, Big Audio Dynamite, or perhaps, The Clash, again (sigh).  The beginning of the song has the sound of either someone ripping paper or snorting coke, why?  It has no place in the song and is just random which again exemplifies the adolescent structure of their music.  Perhaps it the punk thing to do to just put in random distractions in a song to sound like you don’t care, right? The lyrics are not even in synch with any of the music and again, the listener is left wondering how these dudes ever got signed.

My ultimate favorite in this album is Don’t Be Shy.  It could quite possibly be the worst song ever written; and I’m not kidding, it’s truly awful.  Listeners who bought this album for this song (if there were any) clearly need to seek some medical attention and proves that there is “a sucker born every minute” if they bought this album for the “great music”. 

The first time I heard Don’t Be Shy I looked for the mallet to hit the gong, it would make every dog bark in your neighborhood.  Clearly this song was The Libertines attempt to really rock out and produce a song that jams, but it’s nothing but a humorous attempt at writing quality music and just falls so short of the mark.

Amazingly, this band was compared to the likes of The Hives, The Strokes, and other bands that had a raw garage like sound, yet made good music.  Perhaps it was simply that the album was produced by Mick Jones; if he put his seal of approval on the band they were good to go, I dunno.  What I do know is that the band has had terrible reputation for drug addiction.  One of the lead singers, Pete Doherty was both a crack and heroin addict which created more press for the band than their music.  But, any press is good press right?  I think that people may have found this facet of the band an intriguing part and thus purchasing the album. 

In sum, The Libertines were a bunch of kids that became successful in an impossible field, made millions, became reckless and addicted, and then broke up.  The only contribution I see this band making is proving that you can be absolutely terrible at music and someone, somewhere, will perhaps discover you and voila! 

The only good song on the album is Road to Ruin, but one song does not save an album.  If you want a punk bands to listen to you are better spending your money on bands like Rancid or The Used.

Please avoid this album at all costs.  I think this band was found to be cool and cutting edge because they actually were terrible and everyone knew it.  Sometimes liking bad music is a cool thing, I guess? Anyone with half a brain can tell that this band is not even remotely close to a conributing factor in the British sound at any level  They are simply just another garage band attempting to be a rebirth of The Clash sound. 

The offspring of the break up of The Libertines was called The Babyshambles, and a much more fitting name in my opinion.

The Libertines album gets a 0 out of 5.

11
Sep
09

Supergrass – Life on Other Planets (2002)

supergrass_lifeSometimes you find a band that is simply too good to keep to yourself and  just have to share it with the masses.  Supergrass is that band!

Supergrass was a band that I was familiar with for a few years, however at a very superficial level. I had heard their first hit “Alright” many times but it never led me to run out and buy their albums; the song was catchy but reminded me to much of “The Monkees”.  Apparently CBS or ABC had approached the trio after this hit to pursue a rebirth show reminicent of The Monkee’s 60’s program; the band according to rumor, declined the offer since they were serious about their music and were not willing to gamble their future on a corny TV pilot program.  This was clearly a smart decision.

A few years past and one day I decided on a lark to purchase “Life on Other Planets” on Ebay for $1.00, thus the risk would be minimal from a financial standpoint, and if I didn’t like it, well I ‘m sure I could get at least $2.00 at my local cd trade-in place for something else.  The result was I have become a big fan of Supergrass’s sound and believe this might be the best album I have heard in a long time. 

As compared to their earlier work (In It For The Money, I Should Coco, and the self-titled Supergrass) and later work (Road to Rouen, Diamond Hoo-Ha) it truly stands out as a landmark album and also an experimental one.  The album resonates with inspired sounds of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the signature sounds that make Supergrass unique in their own right. 

Song’s like “Rush Hour Soul” and “Za” are very catchy and begin the album at a very fast pace which are good; the tempo and mood of the album shift with songs like “Evening of the Day” and “Grace”, the best song in my humble opinion is “Prophet 15” that just makes the album all that more worthwhile listening to in so many ways. The lyrics are great and smartly written; this album is just so solid the whole way through listen after listen.

I would suggest picking up this little gem on Ebay or Amazon if you can get it for $1.00, although clearly it is worth much more. Granted, it may take a few times to grow on you but if you are willing to take the time you will soon appreciate how talented these guys truly are, enjoy!

Life on Other Planets – 5 out of 5