The Joup Friday Album: Ronnie Wood – Got My Own Album To Do

I've_Got_My_Own_Album_to_Do_-_Ron_WoodThe Joup Friday Album Ronnie Wood “Got My Own Album To Do” 1974 Warner Brothers Records

Ronnie Wood is a celebrated guitarist best known for his work as a bass guitarist and songwriter with The Jeff Beck group, vocalist and guitarist for The Faces and – finally – landing his dream job playing guitar and singing with The Rolling Stones (his favorite band). Ronnie Wood is a known figure in the world of rock and roll but is a very underappreciated songwriter and guitarist. Cry a river for Ronnie, right? Who cares? I do!

Sh!t Song Of The Week “Ride Like The Wind”

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 5.54.01 PMThe shit song of the week goes to the anticlimactic Christopher Cross song “Ride Like the Wind”. I really remember hearing it for the first time, as a kid shopping with my mom at a southwest side Chicago Zayre Superstore in 1981. A middle-aged store clerk was stocking the shelves with pet rocks and sizzle lean wearing brown slacks and white shirt. I noticed the guys name tag and it said his name was Marty and he said to me, “Hey Kid you like Christopher Cross”? I was really young and shy but I just kind of replied that I really didn’t know? He looked at me, kind of giggled and remarked “your too young kid to really enjoy good music just yet”. Well now flash forward I’m 40 years old at the time of me writing this and I probably have been exposed to more music than most folks and I can safely say to Marty no, age isn’t the problem man. Christopher Cross just simply bores the piss outta me. It reminds me of death and that if there is indeed an elevator to hell “Ride Like The Wind” would be blaring in a loop at a high decibel all the way down. The song also raises a question. If you could ride like the wind wouldn’t you expect a more aggressive or even a more provocative and magical sounding soundtrack? You be the judge but as far as I’m concerned “Ride Like The Wind” by Christopher cross is about as exciting as a yawning festival. Enjoy!

Shit Song Of The Week “Bad Day” Daniel Powter

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 6.55.04 PMThis week’s Shit Song of the Week is way too easy. I can already hear the complaints. However, instead of ripping on Daniel Powter for making this completely fabricated, pop turd I will instead simply try to convey how the song and video for ‘Had a bad Day’ makes me feel.

Sh!t Song Of The Week “I’m No Angel”

Playin_Up_A_Storm“Im No Angel” by Greg Allman is the shit song of the week. Right down to the lyrics “let me show you my tattoo” this song gives me personal images of seasoned, alcoholic bikers that would elect Ted Nugent for president if they could. Yea Gregg we know, you are bad-ass guy and this song probably paid for one divorce, three keys of slam and a new Soft tail Harley but it still lacks the integrity of “Tied to the Whipping Post” amongst other Allman Bros classics. If anything he is honest in telling the world he is no angel I am sure his insurance company is interested to know as well. The video is worth a watch because you can easily turn the sound down and stick in a song by Linyrd Skynard or David Allen Coe and nobody would know the difference. I once bought bunk hash off a guy in a forest preserve that looked like Gregg (maybe was him) and I recall this song wafting in the background next to the smell of the port-a-potty and really cheap Bar-S hot dogs that you buy at Family Dollar. I think his beer coozie said “My attitude is YOUR PROBLEM! ” that should have tipped me off? But live and learn. Enjoy!

The Joup Friday Album – Graham Parker & The Rumor: Howlin’ Wind

Howlin WindHowlin’ Wind by Graham Parker and The Rumor is an album of abundant substance. The story behind the band and the production of the record have a lot of sub-plots behind them so I will try to focus more on the record and its songs rather than try to form a family tree behind it. This will be hard because Howlin’ Wind was produced by Nick Lowe, features Dave Edmunds as a guest guitarist and was recorded at Eden Studios in London, a studio that had quite an impressive guest list from 1972 to 2007. You very well might have quite a few records that were recorded there: Elvis Costello, John Cale, Joe Jackson, The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Undertones, The Sex Pistols, Primal Scream and Oasis are just a few bands that have recorded at Eden Studios. That said, I will try to pin down the Album “Howlin’ Wind” and a give brief history of Graham Parker and the Rumor.

Shit Song Of The Week

Ok so I picture a guy in a shitty motel watching his wedding video, empty bottle of Cutty Sark on the bed, his big toe on the trigger of the Mossberg shotgun. Dave Mason is an extremely talented musician and songwriter. He worked with the likes of Derek and the Dominos, Traffic, Delaney & Bonnie, Early Fleetwood Mac, just to name a few. Mason is a well respected man amongst his musician peers no argument there. “We just Disagree” just lacks what I like about Mason and the tone of the song evokes memories for me of shit hole bars on the southwest side of Chicago. Places where grown men drink their cock off at the bar and call you a fag for wearing a scarf in the winter. I’ve physically seen a chubby old punter cry in his beer to this song and it was off putting. I swore I would never let it happen to me and if it did I’ll be listening to Jeery Lee Lewis sing “You win Again” over Dave Mason’s “We just Disagree” Enjoy this weeks shit song. Sorry Dave we just disagree.

Sonny does some growin’ up with Bruce Springsteen


Springsteen AutoI received Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run” for Christmas. As I stared at the cover, a picture of the Boss circa late 70s standing next to an old Corvette I got to thinking, why is he so iconic? Why do people love him? What is it about him that I know already? Bruce Springsteen has a certain zest and a romance for glorifying the mundane moments that shape a persons life. He is a purveyor of memories, his own personally and yours as well. Lyrics like, “Girls comb their hair in rear view mirrors” can conjure up many images maybe personal or something you saw in a movie. He is a poet, a film director and a storyteller all rolled in one. So why did I never get it? Why do I change the station when I hear certain Springsteen songs? I got along all these years without Bruce. I got board on a flight from Denver and started reading his book and I got sucked in to his story. That curiosity led to me revisiting some of Springsteen’s back catalogue throughout my reading.

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