Category: Bernie Sparrow

The Doobie Brothers “Stampede”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#525 in the Series) is The Doobie Brothers, Stampede In my self-appointed, largely ignored role as The Commissioner of Rock & Roll I am often called upon to provide an opinion, mediate a dispute, and generally regulate some of the finer points of the music industry to ensure certain rules are not violated, musical commandments are not broken, and the purity and essence of the art form is maintained.  One very important aspect of this position is to provide a ruling as to what happens to a band name once the lead singer catches the dreaded LSS disease (lead singer syndrome) and leaves the band for seemingly greener pastures, band members quit, are...

Nazareth “Hair of the Dog”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#516 in the Series) is Nazareth, Hair of the Dog Listening to this album, along with good classic “old school” rock music in general, triggers a certain internal emotion that makes one long for the simpler times.  A time when being “face booked” meant waking up at 6:30 on a Sunday morning, naked, with your face planted in the unshaven arm pit of a chick named Shasta or Magnolia, neither of which could be correct since most of your brain cells were probably so fried that morning you were rendered incapable of remembering whether or not you even knew her name in the first place. A time when you did not need mountains...

James Gang “Yer’ Album”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#515 in the Series) is The James Gang, Yer’ Album Contrary to what popular opinion and what Don Mclean will tell you, the music did not die on February 3rd 1959 when the plane carrying The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly crashed into an Iowa corn field.  In reality “The Day the Music Died” was actually that fateful day in 1977 that the novelty song “Disco Duck” made it to number one on the billboard charts.  Sure there had been other apocalyptic signs that rock music had “jumped the shark” and was destined for decades of mediocrity, not the least of them being the popularity of Air Supply, the song “Horse...

Steppenwolf “The Second”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#511 in the Series) is Steppenwolf, The Second How do you follow up “Born To Be Wild”  and “The Pusher”? You release “Magic Carpet Ride” and Don’t Step on the Grass Sam” of course.  With their eponymous album Steppenwolf, John Kay and the boys established themselves as the cream of the stoner boogie-rock crop of bands that included Black Oak Arkansas, Mountain, Brownsville Station, Moby Grape, Foghat, and many others . The appearance of “Born to be Wild” in the film Easy Rider also didn’t hurt in cultivating their image as the ultimate biker and party band. Steppenwolf’s follow-up album, boringly but accurately released as Steppenwolf, The Second was in many ways a...

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