Posts Tagged ‘The J.Geils Band’

J_Geils_Band_Fright_Night_45_01I know it’s not Halloween or October for that matter, but I couldn’t resist choosing a song that some may find corny for Soundtrack Saturday. If you’re a fan of horror movies and horror films of the great decadent decade known as the 80’s then you are probably a fan of the classic film Fright Night which starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, and Stephen Geoffreys in this film of vampires and teenagers (to read the review, checkout the 31 Days Of Halloween post here) 80’s style. The film was released in 1985 and it boasted a soundtrack that could be the soundtrack to any Halloween party as well as it featured songs from artists like White Sister, April Wine, Devo, Sparks, Ian Hunter, Autograph, and today’s featured artist in Boston’s legendary The J. Geils Band. Synthesizers are in full effect on this track as Seth Justman does his best on vocals as Peter Wolf was not present in the band at this time and the song has a real catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head. It was still a weird part of the decade as bands were experimenting more and more with synths at the time like Van Halen had the year before with 1984. I would definitely check out the film for all the greatness of the 80’s as well as all the other songs you’ll hear during the film. So, let’s give this song a listen below:

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musicbowl 49As everyone knows, The New England Patriots are taking on the Seattle Seahawks and their Legion Of Boom in Superbowl XLIX (49). Both cities have a very unique music scene that has boasted some pretty big names over the years and with that being said, I present to you Musicbowl XLIX. New England may have a little bit of advantage as there are six states that make up the area to one city which is all Seattle is. New England has had some pretty legendary bands in Boston, The Cars, The J. Geils Band, and Aerosmith just to start this conversation. Seattle before a certain era had Ray Charles, Heart, Queensryche, and Jimi Hendrix was born there (Dick Dale was born in Boston). In the late 80’s and early 90’s a music scene exploded in the Seattle ea which would be known to the rest of the world as Grunge music which featured giants Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Melvins, and Alice In Chains as well as The Screaming Trees and Candlebox round out other bands in the scene. After a couple of Nu-Metal bands in New England formed like Staind and Godsmack, New England had it’s own musical scene explosion in The New Wave Of American Metal which boasted bands like Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and Unearth. Not to mention, we also had bands like Til Tuesday, Mission To Burma, Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Joan Baez, The Pixies, and James Taylor. I know Seattle has the Foo Fighters as the current biggest band of America, but you can’t mess with the history that Boston and New England has for music even though it gets no respect from Dave Grohl and his Sonic Highways show. So, I ask all of you to decide who do you think has the better music scene New England or Seattle? Here are some videos to help you decide:

File:Hotcakesdarkness.jpgThe Darkness is a band that when they first came out with Permission To Land back in 2003, nobody knew if they should take the band serious for their obvious influence of 70’s rock in there sound. We all kept presuming that the band would eventually fade away into the sunset to never be heard from again. In 2006, that simply became a reality for the band as the band split and went their separate ways. Then in 2012 part in thanks to a picture that Rob Zombie had posted on his Facebook page, I became aware that The Darkness and it’s original lineup had reunited and were releasing an album later that year. It made me think a little because Rob was one of my favorite artists and if he liked The Darkness then maybe I should as well. So on August 20, 2012, The Darkness which is made up of brothers Justin Hawkins (Vocals, Guitar) and Dan Hawkins (Guitar) alongside Ed Graham (Drums) and Frankie Poullain (Bass) had released Hot Cakes.

hot cakes 2Every Inch Of You kicks off the album and the songs build up to the point where Justin Hawkins screams “Every man, woman, and child wants to suck my c***” reminds me of the hey days of 70’s glam rock with it’s arena rock like hooks in a song about what made Justin Hawkins want to be a rocker. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us shows off the bands rock and roll capabilities with great harmonies in the chorus and great guitar riffs. With A Woman is an AC/DC like rocker which means it’s just down and dirty mixed with a dab of The Darkness style which is the way we like it. Keep Me Hanging On has a real funky riff to it that forces you to bob your head while listening to it. The track reminds me a little of Queen and a little of The J.Geils Band sprinkled in their. Living Each Day Blind is a total power ballad that reminds me of similar tracks released in the 80’s. It’s musically a very good track from the band which is a nice break from their crotch rock infused music that they usually write. Everybody Have A Good Time is such an anthem and one of my favorite tracks on the record that has remember the glory days of Thin Lizzy and T-Rex.

hot cakesShe’s Just A Girl, Eddie is the next track on the album that explores that blazing classic rock sound even further. You can hear all the influences the band has in this track from some of the bands I mentioned above. Forbidden Love is a track on the album that I could do without as it’s a little cheesy. Concrete is one my favorite songs in the record that serves as a high powered cry for love and it features some of the high pitch singing we’re used to from Justin. Street Spirit (Fade Out) is a brilliant cover of a Radiohead song that I have ever heard. It embodies the idea that you take a song and you make it your own while still respecting the original. Love Is Not The Answer is the last song on the album and it’s a track where Justin claims that Love can trick you so don’t think that it’s your best friend. The track is an rocking good time where you can imagine yourself sitting in a bar listening to this while soaking that he’s telling the truth. I loved this record the day it came out and it stayed in my CD player in my car for weeks. I really believe that it was a great comeback album for the band, now it’s just time to see what they do next. I am giving the album four stars out of five.