Sunday, May 14, 2017

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #117

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. Treat Me Like Your Mother, by The Dead Weather

I've been finding myself listening to this song more and more lately. Not necessarily for the lyrical content, but because of the attitude and dark atmosphere it provides. I guess if you're feeling like you have some pent up rage that you can't seem to get out this is a good tune to help you feel that release you have been looking for. It's not necessarily even an angry song. It just has that feeling to it where you can get your true raw aggressions out to it.

2. Last Ride, by Danzig

Danzig put out another single from his upcoming album last week. It's pretty good. Though you can still tell that his voice has aged, this sounds a lot more like the classic iconic Glenn Danzig dark evil Elvis vocal style that many of us have become familiar with over the decades. It's rather laid back in terms of instrumentation, but that kind of makes sense considering that the vocals are without a doubt the main focal point in the song.

3. Reptilia, by The Strokes

This song always made me imagine cruising down an empty highway late at night either on a motorcycle or in a convertible. It just has that night time solitude pedal to the metal feel to me. Probably because of that steady bass line. It isn't really a flashy song, but when you're going more for a feeling rather than showing off what you can do on an instrument you don't really need to be able to do that. Regardless, this is speaker blasting material.

4. White Wedding, by Billy Idol

Can't go wrong with a classic, now can you? Yeah this one gets way too much radio airplay, but that's ok. At least it isn't another forgettable 'repeat stuff' kind of pop song that you hear on the mainstream channels. That said, Billy Idol still kicks ass. He has a real punk attitude and that spirit shines through in all of his music whether or not it is directly punk rock or not. If anyone could make a song about a white wedding rock, it would definitely be him.

5. Paradise By the Dashboard Light, by Meatloaf

Ah, yes. Songs about pressuring a guy into a commitment. That is totally the way to start a healthy lasting relationship, now isn't it? Even if this song has some questionable morals it is still a classic. You can't really go wrong with Meatloaf's brand of Broadway meets rock n' roll. Everything with him has always been a huge theatrical-like production, but I think that is why we all know and love him to begin with.

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