The Guardian went next level nerd and reinserted a bunch of iconic album covers back into their natural habitats using Google Street View.
You can check out the set in full HERE.
As the youngest of three siblings and with parents that had distinct musical tastes I had a fat chance of getting my music played at home. So as a result I was influenced by/had to endure…………
With a Dad born in 1921, big band/swing was all the go with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Glenn Miller getting a 78’s run….
My Mum being a lot younger than my Father went through her mung bean era ………Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water was on high rotation, spinning as long as it lasted in the charts (76 weeks)……. i knew that album’s song lyrics as well as I knew my Dr Seuss books at the time, although as a young child I could never get my head around this……
I`m not talking about your pigtails
But I`m talking `bout your sex appeal
Hit the road and I`m gone ah
What`s my number
I wonder how your engine……..Ba ba ba ba
Once my Mum had her run with Baby Driver & Co my brothers took full control of the household’s music…..Brother/Thing number one was into Supertramp Crime of the Century, Linda Ronstadt Simple Dreams, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Joe Cocker, Cat Stevens while Brother/Thing number two was getting off on Slade, T-Rex, Joy Division, The Jam, The Beat, The Specials, The B-52s, Devo, Talking Heads, Blondie.
Many a record was scratched through the race to the turntable, but with such an eclectic mix that’s where my passion for music began.
I grew up on a healthy diet of Country Music & 70’s Rock’n’Roll, which was pretty strange for a kid in Newcastle. Well, not so much the 70’s rock’n’roll part, but the Country part, definitely … I was too young to know, I just loved music!
My first musical performance was in the primary school hall where I sang/yodelled Frank Ifield’s She Taught Me To Yodel in front of all my school mates … seriously …
I was waaaay too young to know!!! Ha!
My folks moved from Armidale to Newcastle in their early 20’s to find work and have a family, and they brought their record collection with them.
Despite the strong country presence in the house my first favourite song was Walk Of Life by Dire Straits. I can remember doing the “walk of life”, whatever my interpretation was at the time, around the living room at full pelt as a young kid! I had the “action”, I had the “motion” and I loved singing at the top of my lungs “Oldies Goldies” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, my favourite lyrics, obviously …
As the years progressed some of my fondest, and most vivid, music memories were weekend morning drives to the beach, in the ute, with music BLARING!
The tape collection was limited, but they were all favourites from Garth Brooks: The Hits; Lee Kernaghan: Three Chain Road; Led Zeppelin IV; and a greatest hits record Mum and Dad had brought back from their trip to the USA, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 20 Years Of Dirt.
I didn’t know about genres back then but I loved the fast songs; Ain’t Goin’ Down Til The Sun Comes Up, She’s My Ute, Black Dog (air guitar central), Rock’n’Roll (air drum central), High Horse … and I loved the slower ones too; Unanswered Prayers, Stairway To Heaven, Stand A Little Rain …
Oh yeah, and my dad had a serious obsession with Rodriguez: Cold Fact, in particular the song I Wonder. My first job was in a record store and my first mission from dad was to order this album on CD!
I remember when we got a CD player. That was cool. The music sounded better and you didn’t have to rewind and fast-forward to find tracks!! It also meant that a new collection started to form from which I discovered Jim Croce: Photographs and Memories; Sam Cooke: Wonderful World; Fleetwood Mac: Rumours; and my doorway into a new musical universe, a Triple M Compilation called “Unleashed In The 70’s”.
Unleashed In The 70’s was EPIC! The Angels, Lou Reed, Meatloaf, ZZ Top, Dylan, Sabbath, JJ Cale … and heaps more.
I needed to play guitar.
To convince my folks I would be “committed” to the instrument I had to teach myself for 3 months on an old nylon string my mum had in the back of her wardrobe.
The first song I ever learned wasTake It Easy by The Eagles (from a chord book) and the first song I ever performed on guitar was The Vasectomy Song by John Williamson … again, seriously.
From there I distanced myself from my parents record collection, going on to discover Metal, Rap and Punk music. I played in bands that played all these genres. I wrote tunes, we toured, we spent time in recording studios, we independently released EPs …
Now, all these years later, I find myself releasing my first record! A record that both sonically and song wise can clearly be traced back to the very first influences in my musical memory, in the ute, on the way to the beach!
So yeah, they f**cked me up good …
Look. We admit it. We have a soft spot for people who love music the way we do and so we do love Numero. Why? Because of the awesome Prince related compilation of early Minneapolis jams “Purple Rain” full of unheard mystery. And for the funky Good God gospel compilations. And for rediscovering the black rock soul psych of fathers Children. And for the utterly brilliant Nicaraguan political salsa of Alfonso Lovo. And for understanding that its about finding the music and making the packaging and getting it right.
Done right all types of music can be intriguing and worth a revisit.
So we are particularly in love with “Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles” - a compilation which promises to take us back to the wave of kids who were influenced to heaviness by Purple, Zeppelin and Sabbath and which Numero bills as “music that hails from an occluded realm, somewhere just beyond the pot-addled minds of its creators …(and)… replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom”. How could that fail.
But frankly do we love it because it’s going to be cool? or because we read a review on Noisey by J.Bennett? Whose band Ides of Gemini we are sadly ill informed about but based on the below are clearly awe inspiringly doomy -
We have edited Bennett’s wisdom below but you can read it all here and stream some songs but you get the gist
“it was sort of a given that everyone in the ‘70s with a guitar and/or a moustache was getting high. If your body managed to escape the draft, your mind required its own way out, and a veritable legion of pasty North American teenagers found one in the holy trinity of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and local dirt-weed….. Toss in a mom’s-basement-dwelling escapist undercurrent of Tolkein novels and pre-Dungeon & Dragons role-playing games, and you’ve got the basis for Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, Darkscorch is a different beast, featuring 16 dope-huffing, Hobbit-humping, one-off rock bands from the late, great 1970s. Which means lots of band names that act as double-entendres for getting high as hell: Stonehenge. Stone Axe. Stoned Mace.
A band called Medusa, not be outdone—or only to be outdone, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing—by a band called Gorgon Medusa. Songs entitled “Sorcerer,” “Wizzard King,” “King Of The Golden Hall” and “Song Of Sauron.” A band called Air that isn’t two French guys with a keyboard and a drum machine. You get the drift. Bands that played mostly keggers, strip clubs, and high-school dances but managed to score the occasional dream gig supporting the Stooges, MC5 or Bob Seger System (like Saginaw, Michigan’s faded sons Sonaura, who opened for all three). Sometimes they’d break up during a smoke machine debacle while opening for Frijid Pink (that’d be the aforementioned Gorgon Medusa, who hailed from Chicago). If they managed to get out of town, they slogged across touring circuits that consisted of the shittiest third of the Rust Belt—or, like, Greater Ontario. There were bands that practiced in farmhouse coal chutes (like Indiana’s Stoned Mace). Bands that flirted with majors, released one LP, and then quit to become lawyers and produce Buddy Miles records (like Tampa’s Wizard). Bands led by guys who, today, can’t even remember the last names of the other dudes in their own band—like George Bisinov, vocalist/guitarist for Houston’s Space Rock, a band that recorded their lone single in a studio located under a bowling alley. Think about that for a second.
They did all this, of course, while baked out of their tits.
It doesn’t even matter if the stories in the liner notes are true. All the best legends are based on a solid foundation of oft-repeated rumours or outright lies.
The songs on Darkscorch Canticles are largely hit or miss. But the hits are so worth inhaling.”
Doesn’t that sort of sound too good to miss? And (naturally) it comes on GATEFOLD double vinyl.
We told you they do this shit right.
Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles is available now online (don’t f**k around and buy the digital though, cop the gatefold vinyl with all the extra bits) and at all record stores that know what’s up.
The good people over at NME put together a list of the 40 strangest/weirdest/most insane rock star rider requests and we picked out a handful of our faves.
Rock gods, decent househusbands. Led Zeppelin always wanted an iron and ironing board to keep those chest-bearing shirts crisp.
We knew Axl Rose was a tricky customer but last month we got an insight into what makes him tick. Square melon.
One of the all-time classic rider requests was 80s hair-metal giants Van Halen and their insistence on M&Ms with the brown ones removed. A great tale of unfettered rock egos, until you hear this was just a test to check that venue bosses read right to the bottom of the list.
In their heyday they didn’t really need it, but these days the Red Hot Chili Peppers request fresh underwear.
Well, the list wouldn’t be complete without the spandex kings of profane. Motley Crue basically requested everything they could think of, but notable items included a submachine gun, a detailed schedule of local AA meetings and – naturally – a 12-foot boa constrictor.
To check out the rest of the list head over to NME
via Noise 11
Around The World (from Californication, 1999)
Scar Tissue (from Californication, 1999)
Snow (Hey Oh) (from Stadium Arcadium, 2006)
Factory of Faith (from I’m With You, 2011)
Can’t Stop (from By The Way, 2002)
What In The World (David Bowie cover)
Throw Away Your Television (from By The Way, 2002)
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie (from I’m With You, 2011)
Under The Bridge (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1991)
Look Around (from I’m With You, 2011)
Californication (from Californication, 1999)
By The Way (from By The Way, 2002)
Chad, Josh and Mauro Ocean Jam (Led Zeppelin cover)
Higher Ground (from Mother’s Milk, 1989)
Soul To Squeeze (from Coneheads soundtrack, 1993)
Give It Away (from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1991)
Following the worldwide success of the incredible Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique remix project Caught In The Middle of A 3 Way Mix (produced with fellow Solid Steel DJs; Moneyshot and DJ Food) UK DJ extraordinaire DJ Cheeba returns with another documentary style mix, this time around he has gotten busy charting the huge influence and mass appeal of arguably the greatest rock band of all time: Led Zeppelin.
This mix has been made to coincide with the release of Celebration Day and digs chronologically (1969-1975) through the band’s first six albums, picking out key tracks, their influences, subsequent covers and some of the notable examples of where they were sampled in hip hop, dance music and pop.
From Good Times, Bad Times to Kashmir this is a DJ mix made for everyone from the die hard fans who were there in 69’ to the kids who only know the name from the iconic tee shirts.
Check it out below and be sure to turn it up loud… there’s no other way to hear it!
Hit the jump below to see the insane tracklist in full.
God damn I love the internet, especially when you stumble across websites where it’s obvious the people that curate them obviously have a lot of spare time on their hands to well and truly ‘get their nerd on’ and deliver something super cool.
Pop Spots NYC is definitely one of these kind of sites and is my current online obsession. This site is put together by Bob Egan, who by day is a commercial real estate agent but on nights and weekends he dedicates most of his spare time to searching out the locations where iconic record covers were shot and documents the whole process as if he’s some kind of pop culture detective.
The focus is mainly on Bob’s hometown of New York City but in a recent post he solved some UK album location mysteries too.
Check out some of his handy work in the pics below and be sure to head over to the website for the full story behind each album cover he locates. Amazing stuff.
And if you can get past the annoying presenter, the below vid sums it up pretty well.