It’s All Rock & Roll to Me – Part 2

rock n roll


I mentioned yesterday that I have days at work when I barely do more than turn on my computer, but then there are those days when I’m in front of it for 8 to 10 hours. BMFBV1D1 & BMFBV1D2 are my soundtracks for days like that.

There is a little of something here for just about every musical taste so Enjoy! 



BiteMeFanBoy-Vol 1 Disc 2

Playlist length: 9 hours 54 minutes 55 seconds

          1. The Chameleons – Silence, Sea And Sky (1:59)
          2. The Chameleons – Looking Inwardly (4:29)
          3. The Chameleons – The Fan, The Bellows (3:32)
          4. Paper Fleet – Be Your Man (2:26)
          5. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – Bradman (7:26)
          6. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – To Her Door (3:18)
          7. Placebo – Special Needs (5:16)
          8. +/- – Trapped Under Ice Floes (3:27)
          9. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Mona (7:01)
          10. Razorlight – Stumble and Fall (3:05)
          11. Red Elvises – Red Lips Red Eyes Red Stockings (2:47)
          12. Red House Painters – All Mixed Up (5:50)
          13. Ride – Vapour Trail (4:17)
          14. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes (4:45)
          15. Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard – Pop Zeus (2:28)
          16. Ryan Adams – Luminol (Rock N Roll) (3:24)
          17. Ryan Adams – Somehow, Someday (4:24)
          18. Sarge – Stall (3:45)
          19. Say Hi To Your Mom – Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks (4:07)
          20. Sigur Rós – Fyrsta y Samskeyti (directo) (14:24)
          21. Sigur Ros – Star Lfur (6:47)
          22. Sigur Rós – Untitled #8 (aka popplagid-the pop song) (11:42)
          23. Singapore Sling – Guiding Light (6:14)
          24. Scissorfight – New Hampshire Ist In Ordnung, Wenn Du Gerne Kampfst (3:00)
          25. Smog – Dress Sexy At My Furneral (5:30)
          26. Smoking Popes – Need You Around (3:42)
          27. Social Distortion (Live at the Roxy) – Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) (6:51)
          28. Soledad Brothers – Goin’ Back To Memphis (4:21)
          29. Starflyer 59 – The Lights On (3:07)
          30. Starflyer59 – Underneath (4:35)
          31. Stars Of The Lid – Archsong (18:00)
          32. Stars – Ageless Beauty (4:05)
          33. Stars – Your Ex-lover Is Dead (4:16)
          34. Stellastarr* – Untitled (5:08)
          35. Stereophonics – Dakota (4:57)
          36. Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator (6:36)
          37. Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Feel The Illinoise! (6:45)
          38. The Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies) (5:10)
          39. The Bats – Half Way to Nowhere (5:17)
          40. The Bigger Lovers – I Resign (3:16)
          41. The Boo Radleys – It’s Lulu (3:04)
          42. The Butterfield Blues Band – East-West (13:13)
          43. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Work Song (7:53)
          44. The Chills – Familiarity Breeds Contempt (3:21)
          45. The Chills – Look For The Good In Others And They’ll See The Good In You (3:29)
          46. The Chills – Submarine Bells (3:41)
          47. The Clarks – I’m A Fool (3:54)
          48. The Clarks – Snowman (4:18)
          49. The Clean – Stars (5:20)
          50. The Clumsy Lovers – Single Girl (4:44)
          51. The Code Talkers – Flying Saucer Lights (6:02)
          52. The Consultants – Hollow-Bodied Evening (3:10)
          53. The Cure – Just Like Heaven (3:33)
          54. The Dambuilders – Candy Guts (3:23)
          55. The Dentists – An Agony In Twelve Fits (3:47)
          56. The Dentists – Faces on Stone (2:44)
          57. The Dream Syndicate – Halloween (6:12)
          58. The Field Mice – Emma’s House (3:36)
          59. The Field Mice – Sensitive (5:04)
          60. The Field Mice – When Morning Comes to Town (5:13)
          61. The Fine Print – Packed to Sell (6:53)
          62. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?? (3:32)
          63. The Frames – Fitzcarraldo (8:13)
          64. The Frames – Happy (4:56)
          65. The French Kicks – One More Time (3:20)
          66. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love (3:02)
          67. The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget (3:26)
          68. The Go-Betweens – Quiet Heart (5:20)
          69. The Gris Gris – Everytime (3:49)
          70. The High Dials – Soul In Lust (4:18)
          71. The Housemartins – Happy Hour (2:21)
          72. The Ivory Coast – Swope (3:34)
          73. The Jam – Going Underground (2:56)
          74. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy – Girl-Go (5:54)
          75. The Jazz Butcher – she’s on drugs (3:49)
          76. Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died (4:59)
          77. The Juliana Theory – To the Tune of 5000 Screaming Children (3:48)
          78. The Juliana Theory – Duane Joseph (4:09)
          79. Legendary Pink Dots – As Long As Its Purple and Green (6:04)
          80. The Meat Purveyors – Tallboy (2:56)
          81. The Mendoza Line – Sasha Goes Too Far/It Could Be the Nights (4:50)
          82. The Motet – Power (11:23)
          83. The Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women (original) (4:38)
          84. The National – Abel (3:37)
          85. The New Year – Gasoline (3:33)
          86. The Oranges Band – All The Ghosts in Your House (1:18)
          87. The Pernice Brothers – Flaming Wreck (5:34)
          88. The Reverse – Blood on the Tape Machine (3:45)
          89. The Sound – Winning (4:18)
          90. The Stills – Yesterday Never Tomorrow (5:20)
          91. The Sun – Must Be You (3:15)
          92. The Undertones – You’ve Got My Number (2:37)
          93. The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (4:07)
          94. The Walkmen – The Rat (4:27)
          95. The Weakerthans – Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call (2:44)
          96. The Wedding Present – Anyone Can Make A Mistake (3:19)
          97. The Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? (2:34)
          98. The Wedding Present – Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable? (2:34)
          99. The Wedding Present – Shatner (2:06)
          100. The Wildweeds – No Good To Cry (2:39)
          101. The Wildweeds – Never Mind (2:05)
          102. The Wipers – Youth Of America (10:21)
          103. The Woodentops – Get It On (3:19)
          104. This Mortal Coil – I Come And Stand At Every Door (3:53)
          105. Tram – Now We Can Get On With Our Lives (4:33)
          106. Trans Am – I Want It All (3:56)
          107. Trembling Blue Stars – Sleep (4:23)
          108. Tristeza – Opiate Slopes (5:37)
          109. TullyCraft – Cowgirls On Parade (3:12)
          110. The Twilight Singers – Too Tough To Die (4:02)
          111. Velvet Crush – Atmosphere (3:53)
          112. Velvet Crush – Superstar (3:46)
          113. Velvet Crush – Time Wraps Around You (4:13)
          114. Velvet Underground – The Gift (8:18)
          115. Versus – Crazy – Maker (I’m Still In Lo (6:25)
          116. Versus – Shangri La (3:39)
          117. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Christmas in Nevada (3:43)
          118. William Shatner – Common People (4:33)
          119. Windy & Carl – Antartica (22:06)
          120. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel (4:16)
          121. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day (4:28)
          122. Zykos – Understanding Fire (6:07)
          123. Die Toten Hosen – Goodbye From Janet & John (1:00)


BMFBV1D2 – Part 1      BMFBV1D2 – Part 2

BMFBV1D2 – Part 3      BMFBV1D2 – Part 4

BMFBV1D2 – Part 5      BMFBV1D2 – Part 6

BMFBV1D2 – Part 7


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Fear and Loathing During the Long Hot Summer of 2013

Being forced indoors because of last week’s heat, humidity gave me an opportunity to reshelf and reorganize my CDs; while also providing a chance to listen to and rediscover some CDs I’d forgotten about. One of those forgotten CDs is the audio version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For the book’s 25th anniversary a standout cast of “counterculture vets and latter-day hipsters,” which included Harry Stanton (narrator), filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Duke), Buck Henry (desk clerk) and Harry Shearer (police chief) was assembled to record an audio version of the book. 

While the audio version is truer to the book then “Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film version with Johnny Depp,” both versions  pale in comparison to the book.

For those of you who haven’t read the book I highly recommend reading the book first (if for no reason other than Ralph Steadman’s illustrations) and then listen to the audio version.  


Books by Hunter S. Thompson


The Rum Diary: A Novel by Hunter S. Thompson
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
The Curse of Lono
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s
Songs of the Doomed
Screwjack: A Short Story
Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie (Gonzo Papers, vol. 4)
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1)
Fear and Loathing in America : The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist
Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk


Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

Playing Time: 75:53


fear and loathing in las vegas

1. On the Road to Las Vegas (9:38)
2. Strange Medicine in the Desert (7:20)
3. Covering the story… Ugliness and Failure (4:19)
4. A Night on the Town… Drug Frenzy at the Circus-Circus (3:55)
5. Paranoid Terror… A Flashing of Knives and Green Water (8:37)
6. A Savage Invitation from the Police (2:57)
7. AAWW, Mama, Can This Really be the End… Down and Out in Vegas with Amphetamine Psychosis Again (5:03)
8. Another Day, Another Convertible and Another Hotel Full of Cops (2:21)
9. Savage Lucy (10:33)
10. A Terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs (2:35)
11. Getting Down to Business… Opening Day of the Drugs Convention (4:01)
12. Breakdown on Paradise Boulevard (7:41)
13. Heavy Duty at the Airport… (1:39)
14. End of the Road… (5:14)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas  [Part 1] [Part 2]


 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is available from these Sellers


Fear & Loathing (Book) Fear & Loathing (DVD)
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Third: What is Rock?

Several week ago I picked up the 2007 re-release of the Soft Machine’s 1970 album Third. For those who missed my 2007 post about the band a brief introduction to the band may be in order.  

The Soft Machine, along with Pink Floyd and Tomorrow, were Britain’s first underground psychedelic bands. Along with Caravan, Gong, Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North and National Health they were major players in the”Canterbury Scene” of British progressive rock.

Third was the group’s third album but it was their first on Columbia Records.

With its mixture of jazz and contemporary electronic music this sprawling double album

incited the Village Voice to call it a milestone achievement when it was released.

Each side was devoted to a single composition, two by Mike Ratledge, and one each by Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt,

with substantial help from a number of backup musicians, including Canterbury mainstays Elton Dean and Jimmy Hastings.

 Aside from Wyatt’s “Moon in June” the album virtually dispenses with vocals and “conventional rock songs entirely.”

Even with their “tape loop effects and hypnotic, repetitive keyboard patterns” the two songs by Mike Ratledge, Slightly All the Time and Out-Bloody-Rageous are the closest the album comes to fusion jazz. 

Culled from two live performances in 1970, Hugh Hopper’s “Facelift” in parts bears a fleeting resemblance to King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man”, though it’s more complex and there are several dissimilar sections. “Facelift” with its

pulsing rhythms, chaotic horn and keyboard sounds, and dark drones …. predate some of what Hopper did as a solo artist later.

Lyrically Robert Wyatt’s “Moon in June”  is

a satirical alternative to the pretension displayed by a lot of rock writing of the era

Hailed by some critics as a popular music milestone and considered a landmark by progressive rock and jazz-rock aficionados Third helped to push the boundaries of what might be considered rock. Many rock listeners, however, found the album’s music far too oblique and at nearly 75 minutes long something they were unwilling to sit down and commit to listening through. 


Third [2007]

Playing Time: 74:20


soft machine - third

Disc 1 [Original album]
Playing Time: 74:20

1. Facelift [Live] 18:48
2. Slightly All the Time 18:13
3. Moon in June 19:07
4. Out-Bloody-Rageous 19:12

[Part 1] [Part 2]

Disc 2 [Bonus Disc]
Playing time: 38:58

Recorded at The Promenade Concert at The Royal Albert Hall
for BBC Radio Three on 13th August 1970

1. Out-Bloody-Rageous 11:57
2. Facelift 11:22
3. Esther’s Nose Job: Pig / Orange Skin Food / A Door Opens And Closes / Pigling Bland / 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom 15:39


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Hampton Grease Band (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Halifax)



Sprung on an unsuspecting America (and Halifax) the Hampton Grease Band’s, Music To Eat, sold so poorly when it was originally released in 1971 that it has the dubious distinction of being the second worst selling record in Columbia Records’ catalog. Only an instructional yoga album sold less.

In 1996 the

Deluxe Reissue of 1971 classic featuring Bruce Hampton and Glenn Phillips (with expanded liner notes)

was back “by popular demand”  and once again most people ignored it. Well, that is, most people. I’ve bought it twice… so what does that say about my musical tastes?

1971 (and perhaps 1996) America simply wasn’t prepared a band with a lead singer who’s voice has been described as making

Beefheart sound like Pavarotti

whose stage shows and song lyrics were

more Dadaistic than Frank Zappa

and whose overall sound was likened to the

Grateful Dead circa Live Dead and the jamming versions of Zappa’s bands.

Being compared to Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa/The Mothers or the Grateful Dead meant that the Grease Band already had three strikes against them before they even stepped into the batters box; as Captain Beefheart and Zappa operated on the fringes of 60’s – 70’s popular music; while with the Dead there was no middle ground, you either loved them or hated them.

Formed in the late 1960’s, the original line-up of this Atlanta based blues-rock-oriented outfit consisted of Harold Kelling and Glenn Phillips on guitars, vocalist Bruce Hampton, bassist Charlie Phillips and drummer Mike Rodgers. Eventually Mike Holbrook replaced Charlie Phillips and Jerry Fieldings replaced Mike Rodgers.

The group developed their reputation playing at small “underground” clubs and as a supporting act for

 psychedelic/progressive acts like the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, and the Allman Brothers. 

but it was their live shows where

the band often betrayed the Zappa influence in their theatrical, sometimes confrontational stage show, in which Hampton would throw chairs at the audience, or sing while standing on a pizza.

The confrontational stage shows and the absurdist lyrics of their songs may have polarized their audiences but it also piqued the curiosity of Columbia Records.

Signed by the Allman Brothers manager Phil Walden to a contract the group quickly recorded two albums worth of material.

On the tapes the group presented Columbia Records half the songs approached the 20 minute mark, and many

lurched unpredictably between melodies and tempos…(but) none of (them) could be construed as having money-making potential.

Some songs lyrics came right off a can of spray paint, “Hendon,” or from an encyclopedia article, “Halifax” and all sung by a lead singer, Hampton,

whose amelodic rants cross-bred soapbox preachers with bleacher bums

Doing the only “logical” thing, Columbia released the album as a double album and unsure on how to market the album they marketed it as a comedy record thus contributing to its failure.

Shortly after the album’s release the band guitarist Harold Kelling left the group and

despite a well-received show at the Fillmore East with Frank Zappa, CBS dropped the group.  

The band then signed with Zappa’s Bizarre/Straight label but nothing materialized from that association and the band would finally break up in 1973.

Group members, notably Bruce Hampton and Glenn Phillips still remain musically active. Hampton has recorded extensively with both The Aquarium Rescue Unit and The Codetalkers while Phillips has released close to a dozen instrumental records, several for the indie label SST. (I covered the music of Phillips in a October 2009 post and really should refresh those links.)

This is a difficult album to listen to, especially if you do it all at one sitting. I’d recommend starting with the album’s first song, “Halifax” (especially if you’re a fan of the Dead) and then skipping right to the last song “Hendon.”  Listen to the rest as the mood strikes you, but I’ll leave that up to you.


Hampton Grease Band / Music To Eat (1971)


music to eat

Disc 1
Total time: 57:13

1. Halifax (19:41)
2. Maria (5:33)
3. Six (19:31)
4. Evans (12:28)

Disc 2
Total time: 31:22
1. Lawton (7:50)
2. Hey Old Lady · Bert’s Song (3:22)
3. Hendon (20:10)


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