STRIKTLY FOR KONNISSUERS 09-25-00

“And the smallest streams, run to the rivers
 And every river, runs to the sea
 And every little bit of love I give to another
 You know what I believe, it comes back to me”

- Rick Springfield, Karma

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Kurt's Krap:

Just an opinion but Sony is nuts for holding back the release of Journey’s “Arrival”. Since getting my copy I have played it A LOT. And everyone that has heard me play it has the same comment…"it's awesome!”.

News Bytes:

Rick Springfield was arrested and charged with spousal abuse last week in Malibu, CA. He was being held on $50,000 bail. Apparently his wife’s sister called 911 after hearing the two argue and then tried calling back to say the situation was resolved. By then it was too late (as according to California law, in a domestic dispute there is no turning back once police have been called). Rick says him and his wife have since kissed and made up.

Rush drummer Neil Peart has remarried and is once again ready to rejoin his bandmates to get an album out next year. Can you believe their last, “Test For Echo”, came out way back in 1996?

Koch will be reissuing thirteen CD’s from The Kinks, including “Come Dancing: Best Of 1977-1986” which includes the following: Come Dancing, Low Budget, Catch Me Now I'm Falling, Gallon Of Gas, Superman (disco mix), Sleepwalker, Full Moon, Misfits, Rock And Roll Fantasy, Do It Again, Better Things, Lola (live, with intro), You Really Got Me (live), Good Day, Living On A Thin Line, Destroyer, Don't Forget To Dance and Father Christmas.

“Wingspan” is the title of a new compilation from Paul McCartney And Wings. Meanwhile, look for The Beatles Anthology”, out around the same time.

MTV is now saying that is was Bon Jovi’s acoustic performance on the 1987 Video Music Awards that led to MTV’s Unplugged.

The Who has decided to play the dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden as headliners. They were originally scheduled to open up for Jimmy Page/Black Crowes. Look for The Wallflowers to open these gigs.

Look for both Jason Falkner and Dweezil Zappa to appear on the new album from Lisa Loeb.

The tracklisting for “Bulletproof”, the upcoming album from Z rockers 24k: Bulletproof
Put The Blame On Me, She Is The Reason, 2000 Years, Consider Yourself Lucky, Black And Blue, Anything For You, Bad Day For Saying Goodbye, Stone Heart.

November 14 is the release date for the double CD live album, “Familiar To Millions” from Oasis (taped live on July 21 at Wembley Stadium in London). The tracklisting: Fuckin' in the Bushes, Go Let It Out, Who Feels Love?, Supersonic, Shakermaker, Acquiesce, Step Out, Gas Panic!, Roll With It, Stand by Me, Wonderwall, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Don't Look Back in Anger, Live Forever, Hey Hey, My My, Champagne Supernova, Rock 'n' Roll Star.

Motley Crue will reissue their “New Tattoo” album in Japan as a special “Tour Edition” that will contain a second CD with the following bonus tracks: First Band On The Moon (demo) and these live tracks recorded in Salt Lake City: Kickstart My Heart, Same Old Situation, Punched In The Teeth By Love, Doctor Feelgood, Don’t Go Away Mad, Hell On High Heels, Girls Girls Girls, Live Wire, White Punks On Dope and Shout At The Devil.

Firehouse release their latest album in November titled “O2” through Spitfire. Said to be a return to the sound of their first two albums, it contains the following tracks: Jumpin’, Take It Off, The Dark, Don’t Fade On Me, Id Rather Be Making Love, What You Can Do, I’m In Love This Time, Unbelievable, Loving You Is Paradise and Call Of The Night.

The new Ricky Martin single, “She Bangs”, was one again written and produced by Robbi Rosa and Desmond Child.

Audie Desbrow and Sean McNabb have left Great White. Keyboardist Michael Lardie meanwhile is on the road with Samantha 7, at least temporarily.

Look for a new compilation from Dio titled “The Very Beast Of”. The CD will have 16 tracks recorded from 1983-1994.

Venice webmaster Matt Levitz has added some very interesting features to their website, including commentary that is similar to the director’s comments on most DVDs. The site also has TONS of audio and video (including full shows) and is certainly worth a look for even the most casual of fans.

Z will be holding listening parties for the new Savannah album, “Forever’s Come And Gone”. Check it out in the UK at:

Friday Sept 29th@  Highwayman, Cheadle Staffs     [10pm - 10:50pm]
Friday Oct 6th @ Maximes ,Wigan [playback 9:40 to 10:30pm]
Saturday Oct 7th @  Rossetta Bar, Belfast  [10pm --]
Saturday Oct 7th @ Foundry, Birmingham    [8:45 -  9:30pm]
Saturday Oct 7th @  Rockstation, Worthing     [9pm--]
Saturday Oct 14th@ Cuba Cuba, Newcastle   [9:30pm --]
Saturday Oct 14th@ Ruskin Arms, London      [9pm ---]

Some comments from Matti Alfonzetti on his new MTM CD “Ready”: Blowing Up My Detroit (A cool old track written by John Palumbo. Charlie Sexton recorded it in the 80's too. I thought that it was so good that we decided to include it on our record.), Better Than Goodbye (Also an older song from an American songwriter duo), Ready (A rocker that I co-wrote with Stefan Bergström during the Skintrade era. Too good not to be released.), Angel (Wrote this track while staying in England together with a guy named Willie Dowling. I like this tune...), Blue Hero (A slightly different type of song that Nalle & Dave Nerge wrote. Sounds a little bit like ABBA huh?), Out In The Cold (An old track from the first Jagged Edge record. Remade version...), No Way Out (More old Skintrade material...), Am I Fooling Myself (Typical singer/songwriter track from sanford/britten/hall. Sounds very 80's.), Let Me In (Another yankee track that maybe didn't turn out as good as I had hoped.), Don't Let Our Love Go Down (A catchy song that Jamie Borger wrote...), In The Groove (A little heavier track in in the Whitesnake mold. Again,an old Skintrade track.), Things That Make You Cry (A somewhat Eagles- influenced track, with an awesome guitar-solo from Stefan.).

Rare MP3 Of The Week:

Danny Danzi’s awesome rendition of “Happy Birthday” has to be heard to be believed.

Noteworthy New Releases:

FASTBALL - The Harsh Light of Day

Moldy Oldys:

[What’s kicking old school on the SFK Deck O’ Death this week:]
Evan And Jaron – We’ve Never Heard Of You Either, Dan Reed Network – Live At Last, Tim McGraw – A Place In The Sun, Bee Gees – Greatest, Don Henley – Greatest Hits

Kurt’s Picks:

Barenaked Ladies – Maroon, WEA, 2000
[Similarities: Squeeze, XTC, Jellyfish]
The BN’s older quirky pop was an acquired taste, but a lot of that changed with the success of their last album, “Stunt”, or more specifically the single “One Week”. I’m happy to say they’ve picked up right where they left off, aiming their material more to the straight pop end of things with just enough quirk to keep in interesting. With some of the smartest songwriting around, the songs range from straight on arena rock (like “Too Little Too Late” and “Falling For The First Time”) to slower more intelligent fare (like the addictive “Pinch Me”) to rootsy, almost country-like tunage (the rather fab “Go Home”). There are a couple of lost moments where the band seems to try to hard. “Sell Sell Sell” seems to go nowhere and ultimately annoys. And “Tonight Is The First Night” is a pretty lame attempt at a love song. In the end though, this is another step in the right direction in the band’s quest for world domination, a thought that once seemed ludicrous. It’s not that funny anymore.

Early Edison – Early Edison, Owmagroin, 2000
[Similarities: The Clash, The Kinks, The Replacements]
Whoogah! This I was not expecting. Harnessing the rage and power of late 70s/early 80s punk pop with a 2000’s mentality, this is huge sounding guitar pop that is raw yet never loses any bit of melody. Brash and with healthy doses of attitude, this counteracts all the jangly pop of late with a ‘go for the jugular’ approach. With cliché-free songwriting and ear candy like “Milky Way?”, “Victim Of The Truth” and “Smile” filling the disc, this is an unexpected surprise. Think Blink 182 if they grew up twenty years ago, and that will give you a heads-up musically.

Marvelous 3 – ReadySexGo, Elektra, 2000
[Similarities: The Loveless, Cheap Trick, Kiss]
I’ve lived with this album for a little over a week now and after twice daily listens I think I can safely set it in stone that right here is the album of the year. From the opening melodic blitzkrieg of “Little Head” right on to the end of “Cigarette Lighter Love Song”, there is not a moment that leaves you dry. One glorious song after another pours out of your speakers and what shines through the most is Butch Walker’s superb songwriting, that reminds me a lot of Jonathan Daniels (Candy, The Loveless) with witty stories and plays on words (just check out “Grant Park” for unequivocal proof). Songwise, tracks like “Supernatural Blonde”, “Beautiful” (which may be the best song the band ever laid down) and “This Time” are so good they defy description. This is massive arena rock, with equal parts power pop, for the new millennium and in a year filled with melodic highlights, this runs away from the pack, far far away.

Ten – Babylon, Frontiers/Now & Then, 2000
[Similarities: Whitesnake, Queensryche, Giant]
Ten is a band that really seems to be a “love em or hate em” kind of band. While I personally liked their first two albums a lot, the past couple has done very little for me as I found their sound starting to stagnate. I’m happy to report that this concept album is a step back into the right direction. Taking equal elements of bombastic rock, AOR and prog, the band has nicely mixed all the elements of their past work. Though at times, it’s hard to shake that “heard it all before” feeling (“Love Becomes The Law” sounds exactly like a slowed down version of “The Torch”), overall this is the band’s best output since their mighty debut. And what’s more, like Queensryche’s “Operation: Mindcrime”, the songs easily stand out on their own as much as they do inside the confines of the storyline. Tracks like the mid-tempo “Give In This Time” and “Black Hearted Woman” are blistering arena AOR that are both instant and memorable, like most of the songs here. As on their previous work, guitarist Vinny Burns is the true star as his leads cut like a razor through each song. Gary Hughes is also in fine voice and his production is perfect for the job at hand. Ten fans will love it and even those that are indifferent towards the band may find themselves liking this one.

Joe Lynn Turner – Holy Man, MTM, 2000
[Similarities: Whitesnake, Rainbow, Deep Purple]
Joe has always been considered one of THE premier hard rock vocalists and this release goes far to prove that status. Sounding like a combination of all his previous efforts rolled into one, “Holy Man” caught me off guard with it’s power. Singing like his life depended on it, I don’t know if Joe has sounded better in recent memory. And the guitar playing of Akira Kajiyama has to be singled out as he does his best Blackmore impression and impresses too. While most of the songs are driving blues rockers, songs like “Anything” and the stunning slow yet sultry “Closer” stand out on the more melodic side of things. But, that’s not to take anything away from the other songs. Everything on here drips with class and quality. Old school hard rockers will appreciate this most, but there’s a little something for everyone to like here.

(Re)Views From The Hill:
[Note: these are reviews done by outside contributors and not myself – Kurt]

AOR Basement (Ian McIntosh):

No column, due to administrative screw-up!

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Name: Tarek Ali         

Place where you live: Toronto, Canada

Age: 27

Favorite artist: Def Leppard

Favorite song: Hysteria - Def Leppard

Favorite ballad: Is this love – Whitesnake

10 albums I would take if stranded on a desert island:

Vault- Def Leppard
Live Binge And Purge- Metallica
Greatest Hits- Journey            
Greatest Hits- Whitesnake
Mass Slaughter- Slaughter
Pull- Winger
Live At The Filmore- Testament
Detonator- Ratt
Greatest Hits- Cinderella
Stronger Than Death - Zakk Wyldes Bls.

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Feedback:

From: "Mark" MARKRENEEA@prodigy.net

Subject: Asia and HOL
The newest SFK mentions a new Asia album being released. A long time ago I heard rumors that John Wetton was going to reunite with the band. Do you know if there is any validity to this?

[I think if anything, this may have been for a one off project but John Payne IS (and has been) the voice of Asia for some time.]

For several years I have been looking for a solo release done by James Christian of House of Lords called Rude Awakening (I think). I was only able to find it once by a tiny company for $35.00 !! Do you know if it was worthwhile? I also heard that it was going to be re-released in the U.S but have not had any luck finding it. Can you give me any help or feedback?

[It is certainly worthwhile as it’s easily one of THE best hard rock releases of the 90s. Make sure you get the 5th anniversary reissue that contained some superb bonus tracks on Now & Then.]

I also heard (I think through SFK) that House of Lords may be reuniting. Do you know any more about this? What happened to David Glen Eisley of Giuffria? Did he ever do a solo or anything other than Giuffria?

[Yup. House Of Lords did reunite. As for David Glen Eisley, he has a new album due on Now & Then/Frontiers, but has also recorded a couple of albums with bands like Stream and Dirty White Boy. He also shows up in the odd acting gig every so often, as I caught him one night on 7th Heaven as I was flipping channels.]