JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #876.614.255!
George Harrison – “Awaiting On You All” (Apple) :: Leave it to a white
guy from England to rhyme “Jesus” with “visas.”
The Madison Square Gardeners – Teeth Of Champions (self
released) :: From the guitars to the organ, the music is straight outta Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited but the
vocals are strictly of the Elliott Murphy Aquashow ilk—and that’s an inspirational combo that’s
hard to beat, especially when the songwriting is easily on par with both of those stellar songsmiths.
Ice Cube – “We Had To Tear This
Mofo Up” (Priority) :: Leave it to a black guy from America to rhyme “Jesus” with “Adidas.”
Ringo Starr – “The
End” (Apple) :: Best drum solo ever?
Paul McCartney – “Kreen-Akore” (Capital) :: Best drum solo ever?
Ron Bushy – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
(Atco) :: Best drum solo ever?
Criss – “100,000 Years” (Casablanca) :: Best drum solo ever?
John Bonham – “Moby Dick”
(Atlantic) :: Best drum solo ever?
Cole – “Topsy Part Two” (Apex) :: A million-selling, certified gold, number one single
from 1958 that’s just a drum solo? Best drum solo ever!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: De Staat – Machinery (Cool
Green) :: It ain’t often that an eclectic album scores high marks on the intelligent quotient test and then registers
an even higher rating on the crunge-o-meter, but De Staat’s funk-fuelled Machinery sho ’nuff does both:
first by oozing out a surfeit of creative artistic brain-power-pop (ref. Roxy Music; Devo; Robin Scott’s M); and then
by reeking with an unreasonable overdose of snarky sonic style and amped-up attitude (ref. KMFDM; Prodigy; Living Color).
Where to begin? With the herky-jerky Morse
code guitar-driven chunk rock of “Ah, I See” that sounds like a bouncing buzz saw skewering a sheet metal
trampoline? Or with the James Brown drill sergeant depiction of animal meat by-product processing on “Old MacDonald
Don’t Have No Farm No More” that’ll make you wanna chow down on a tasty Big Kahuna Burger?
What about the pec-pumpin’ beats of
“Sweatshop” that’ll have you in sync while you sate your iron addiction? Would I be remiss in missing the
crazy carnival whirligig of “Psycho Disco” that keeps on chooglin’ until the sows come home? It really doesn’t
matter because, from the sporadic synth-stuttering stylistics served up on “Tumbling Down” to the real cool hand
that “Keep Me Home” deals down with its spiritually soulful chain-gang wail, this is one radical record to be
Who – Magic Bus: The Who On Tour (Decca) :: Best live album ever!
Be seeing you!