Category Archives: Ballads

Class tunes are key to getting the Noblest Rogue through his day – so let us talk music here.


How often do you get to see a true Rock ‘n Rolla opening up about his childhood, his wild days and his drug habits? Not often, right? Most interviewers tend to stroke the star’s ego for fear of insulting and end up tiptoeing around the touchy questions we all want to hear the answers to. In so doing, we end up hearing the same bullshit answers which is about as entertaining as an Australian rugby derby. Thankfully veteran Irish presenter Gay Byrne doesn’t give a toss about insulting anyone and asks deep questions like “What’s it all about?” “Why are we here?” “Is there a God?” and “What happens when we die?” In this gem of a ‘The Meaning of Life’ episode, Gay tucks into Rock ‘n Roll legend Noel Gallagher and manages to get him to discuss some pretty personal experiences. Noel is as cool as ever. Naturally.

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What better way to ease into the last few hours of your working day by listening to a little bit of Roy Orbison? I truly believe, with all my heart, that if we humans could hear the angels sing, they would all sound like Roy Orbison. They man had the voice of a saint! In fact the tone he hits at 02:09 gives me the shivers. It’s a beautiful thing! The song itself never really received the acclaim it deserved upon its release in 1989, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and thus returning Orbison to the Top 10 for the first time in 25 years. Incidentally the song was released after Orbison’s death in December 1988 and is considered by many, including myself, to be his best work. Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me. RIP

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Jeez but the Travelling Willbury’s takes me back a year or two. This is pure Rock ‘n Roll classic at its ultimate best! The English-American supergroup consisted of music legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and recorded two albums together in 1988 and 1990, although The Voice of An Angel Orbison passed away before the second was recorded. Take a second to appreciate the members of this band…mind blowing! Here’s a fun fact: ‘Tweeter and The Monkey Man’ is considered a playful homage to The Boss, who was often hailed as “the next Dylan” early in his career. The lyrics include the titles of many of his songs, and the song borrows many of his themes. You know what to do next, right? Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me.

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I’ve enjoyed the indie-folk tunes from Of Monsters and Men recently. The band is from Iceland and are pretty alternative. As most are who hail from Scandinavia. They’re music remains within the above mentioned indie-folk-vibe but the music videos they produce gives an insight into their vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not questioning it. In fact, I kind of dig it. Check out the music video below for their song ‘King & Lionheart’. Most of their videos follow a similar theme. Regardless, the music is cool. Plugin and turn this up!

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Dire Straits need no introduction and neither does this songs. It is one of the all time classics songs from the British Rock band and if you consider yourself a fan of Rock, you should know this song. Here they perform ‘Romeo & Juliet’ live on their Alchemy Tour. Enough chit-chat, you know what to do. Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me. Continue reading


You know what time it is, don’t you? No, not hammer-time. It’s Throwback Thursday time which is the best kind of way to remind yourself that it is almost the weekend. For today’s Throwback Thursday, we head back to 1983. A year which saw the world gripped by the fear of nuclear war between east and west, a year which saw Luke Skywalker defeat the Darkside and Journey release their classic hit ‘Separate Ways’. Although it never did too well back then (peaking at #8), ‘Separate Ways’ has established itself as a classic rock song hit and has featured in 2010 Disney film ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the 2008 film ‘Yes Man’. For interests sake, the music video for this song (featured below) is considered to be one of the worst music videos ever made. EVER. Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me.

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