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.
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.
Let me categorically state that I did not sit through the entirety of J-Lo’s latest music video – titled ‘Booty’ – because of the quality of music. In fact I tend to throw things against walls when I hear a J-Lo song playing. The only reason I sat through this music video was because it was an opportunity to watch Jennifer Lopez selling her soul to the devil of twerking and booty-shaking. I mean fuck me! It’s basically an admittance that your music will not sell you records, but your ass will. Pathetic! But erotic at the same time. Jeez, I am confused.
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!
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.
I was in Durban last weekend sipping on some vino at The Taste of Durban when I heard some cool melodies being issued to my ears from the stage. I weaved my way through the crowd towards the stage as I felt inclined to discover who or what was making the sweet melodies and unexpectedly found myself discovering the Jozi-based band The Motherland. The Motherland is a folk band who create authentic, original music with a somewhat indie/folk influence to it. I listened to them jam a couple of their songs and was really impressed with their lyrics and energy, to the extent that I bought their EP, which dropped the following day at the Fourways Farmer’s Market in Jozi.
Gents, it’s 13h30 on a Friday afternoon. I’m doing as little as I can right now. Fuckit! In my opinion it should be illegal to do any form of work after 13h00 on a Friday. It’s probably good that I’m no politician, but honestly, who works after 13h00 on a Friday in Cape Town? No one, that’s who. No-fucking-one! Here’s a little Metallica to get you up for the weekend! Live at the recent Glastonbury Festival no less. Have a rocking weekend. I’m out…