Monday, April 10, 2017

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #113

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

 1. Blue Orchid, by The White Stripes

I've always thought this was a fun jumpy tune to get you in a ready to go and better kind of mood. It pounds, punches, and drives. Personally the guitar nerd side of me loves the octave effect pedal Jack White uses in this tune. It's not a sound you hear a whole lot of other guitarists using and it hits me in just the right way. I've always been drawn to guitarists that do something different rather than just shred it up though, so maybe that's why I'm such a fan.

2.  Room Service, by Kiss

This is a fun straight up rock n' roll tune. It takes that old 50's rockabilly pattern, but puts it in the flavor of Kiss. It's all about being on tour and ordering "room service", if you catch my drift. It's not an extraordinary tune by any means, but it's still something good to crank and rock out to. Then again, the same can be said for a lot of Kiss tunes. When you need to get your does of rock n' roll they give you exactly what you need; nothing more, nothing less.

3. Brown Sugar, by The Rolling Stones

Speaking of bands that give you exactly what you need when you need to rock out, this classic tune by the Stones will also help you get there. It might get played on the radio way too much, but honestly it's for good reason. It among the other tunes on Sticky Fingers came out in what my opinion was the best time for the Stones creatively. This is back when they still had that roaring fire that helped them redefine rock n' roll and influence countless musicians in multiple generations.

4. Chemical Rain, by California Breed

This is a band I really wish would have lasted longer. It was made up of Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, Andrew Watt on guitar and backing vocals, and Jason Bonham on drums. They had a big rumbling pounding out your speakers Californian rock n' roll sound. This tune in particular feels like a nice blend of that style as well as grunge. It's slow, ginormous, and feels like you're getting barraged with a wall of sound. Listen to this one LOUD.

5.  Ain't It Fun, by The Dead Boys

This here is a punk rock classic. Some of you might not be familiar with it, though you may have heard the Guns N' Roses cover of it way back in the day. The original is pretty damn special too. It definitely fills you with pure raw emotion of the angsty sort. Makes you want to just kick something and punch right through some glass even though you know you'll probably hurt yourself just so you can get your aggressions out. It does its job and then some as a work of art.

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