Category: Rock + Roll

The Cure “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#188 in the Series) is The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Kiss Me 3, is a 1987 release by the highly popular, and rightly so, English rock band, The Cure. It was their seventh studio release and was a double album. It contained a number of hit songs. “Just Like Heaven,” the third single released off the album reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was the first Top 40’hit for the band. “Why Can’t I Be You” was the first single and reached #54 on the singles chart. “Catch” was the second single and did not chart. “Just Like Heaven’s” success was followed up by single #4....

The Style Council “My Ever Changing Moods”

Posted 07 Nov 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1984, Albums of the 80s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#186 in the Series) is The Style Council, My Ever Changing Moods. The Style Council was a 1980’s band made up of guitarist Paul Weller and keyboard player Mick Talbot. Weller was previously a member of The Jam while Talbot was in various bands including Dexy’s Midnight Runners.   They released six albums in the decade. My Ever Changing Moods was probably their most successful in the US. The album was known as Café Blue world-wide but not here.  Record label Polydor was trying to capitalize on the success of the single with the same name.  Plus we have a thing against the French.  Ok, maybe that had nothing to do with it! The...

Judas Priest “Sad Wings of Destiny”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#175 in the Series) is Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny. Back to some metal.  I’m sure some might be saying ‘ug’ while others are saying, ‘It’s about time,’ but as you know, We try to spray to all fields here. Sad Wings of Destiny is EARLY Priest, real early.  This was released in a period when they weren’t even sure if they were going to make it.  This was their second album. One of the things that I always liked about this album was the fact that it did have a touch of prog-rock in it. I think that was something missing from some popular metal bands later.  To each, his own....

Court Yard Hounds “Court Yard Hounds”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#171 in the Series) is self-titled debut from, Court Yard Hounds. This was my surprise find of the year.  It’s one of my favorite albums of 2010. For those of you not familiar with Court Yard Hounds, they are Emily Robison and Martie Maguire from the Dixie Chicks. I’ve always liked the Dixie Chicks.  Taking their name from a Little Feat song got them going in the right direction from the start with me!  However, I never was a huge fan that saw them in concert or bought more than an album here or there. (I do think the single “Not Ready to Make Nice” is superb!) So one night I’m watching David Letterman...

Rod Stewart “Every Picture Tells a Story”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#169 in the Series) is Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells a Story. When you look back at his career, it’s amazing how many times Rod Stewart has reinvented himself.  He’s segued from blues rocker to disco to rock and roll to crooner etc.  His popularity also was all over the place. He went from loved to hated to questioned to loved and everything in between. During all that time, he never released a better piece of music than Every Picture Tells a Story.  I feel this will always be considered his Magnum Opus. Gasoline Alley was strong, Blondes Have More Fun sold more, Foot Lose and Fancy Free had more airplay. But you...

INXS “Shabooh Shoobah” .. Today’s “Cool Album of the Day”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#166 in the Series) is INXS, Shabooh Shoobah. I always had a warm spot in my heart for INXS.  I’m not sure why, I think because they’re just different. I can’t really explain it.  But I always felt that they had a sound that could not be compared to anyone. I think it was because of that slight bit of funk tossed into their overall makeup. I’ve heard people say the early stuff had a U2 sound to it. I don’t think anyone was copying U2 in the 1980. Much less a band from Australia like INXS. Two songs really stood out for me.  They were the first and the last.  The One...

Matthew Sweet “Earth”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#163 in the Series) is Matthew Sweet, Earth. It’s time for me to go a little obscure with the blog once again.  After all, I think that’s what sets us apart. It’s amazing when I look back at my ‘yute’ and think about how many unheard of bands I liked, that hit on their next release. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that I was any kind of ‘A+R’ guy that just didn’t happen to be an ‘A+R’ guy.   The reason for most of this success in coming was that I had an unfair advantage.  Being a music distributor, I was often given promo copies of new music that I...

The Tubes “Remote Control”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#162 in the Series) is the Tubes, Remote Control Remote Control, 1979 was the album where The Tubes decided to tone down the outrageous and wackiness at least a little.  Well, not as outrageous, but a heck of a satire on the overgrowth of television. So there might not have been anything as memorable as “White Punks on Dope” from their debut, but overall, this is a great Tubes album. Besides toning down the crazy, they also wanted to tighten up the sound some. Well how would you do that in the late Seventies, or late eighties or ever for that matter. You make a phone call and ask Todd Rundgren to produce...

The Kinks "State Of Confusion"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#159 in the Series) is the Kinks, State of Confusion. We’re running with the Kinks today.  I wonder what they’re running away from on that cover anyway.  I guess it was the graffiti, again! They also used a graffiti themed cover on the previous release, Give the People What They Want. State of Confusion was more later day Kinks.  This release was an album that I really liked. They were still putting out good music until the end.  Ray Davies continues to get it done to this day. His album from a few years ago, Working Man’s Café, is brilliant. But I digress. State of Confusion actually had the highest charting single in...

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young "Déjà Vu"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#158 in the Series) Is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Déjà Vu. I was just sharing the story on Facebook about remembering buying Déjà Vu back in 1970.  I purchased it at the famous Chicagoland record chain called Hegewisch Records.  I was spending the summer at a cousin’s in Calumet City. We road our bikes to Hegewisch  and quickly we were in the store.  I plopped down my $3.49 and we we’re off.  All their LPs were $3.49 back then.  I still remember the sticker on the shrink wrap!   On the way back I wiped out on the bike and the album went flying.  Fear not, it was OK.  I still remember the...

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