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Book review: Overkill The Untold Story of Motörhead by Joel McIver

Posted in Books, Get Ready To Rock!, Netgalley, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Omnibus Press [Publication date 21.08.17]

The original book was published in 2011, however since Lemmy’s death back in December 2015 the book has been re-issued as an enhanced eBook. Basically it adds a newly written chapter covering Motorhead from 2011 to date, plus you can click on links within the book to Spotify playlists of Motorhead classics and band’s influenced by them. A pretty neat idea, although if reading off a Kindle you’d need Wi-Fi access for Spotify.

The book gives a potted history of Motorhead, covering all their albums – although once you hit the mid-90’s onwards not much is said about the recording process, an album’s reception etc. Joel McIver is a big fan of the band and draws on three of his interviews with main man Lemmy for much of the text, along with fellow writer’s interviews with Lemmy and past and former bandmates including Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee and Eddie Clarke. There is some repetition of themes, particularly Lemmy’s collection of Nazi war memorabilia and his lifelong hate of heroin. The band’s history is only touched upon briefly in many parts and you do want to read more at some stages, although the band’s interviews give a good idea of what they thought about a particular album and the various record labels the band has been on. Like many 70’s bands Motorhead were royally screwed by record labels in their early days and suffered from endless rehashed live and compilation albums  that often detracted from the band’s newer albums and songs.

For a concise overview of Motorhead this book does the job and do make sure you read Lemmy’s ‘White Line Fever’ as well.

Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Posted in Books, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , on September 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Omnibus Press [Publication date 12.06.17]

The book focuses on their formation and subsequent first decade, where along with the Clash and the Sex Pistols, were one of the first punk bands. The influence of the band stretches far and wide, be it them taking on support bands who later broke big themselves like Black Flag or having their classic song ‘New Rose’ being covered by Guns ‘N’ Roses. The classic line-up of Dave Vanian (the only ever present throughout the band’s many line-up changes), Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Brian James are all interviewed by the author and often tell a varying version of key events ion the band’s history as you’d expect. They have had a fair few musicians through their ranks including Algy Ward (who went on to form Tank), Paul Gray (later seen in UFO), Jon Moss (Culture Club) and Lemmy often appeared on stage with them.

You find out lots of facts including Captain’s love of cricket (his solo career and hit ‘Happy Talk’ are also covered in depth) and interesting insights to the various offshoots including the Phantom Chords and Naz Nomad and the Nightmares. Plus of course the band were very rock ‘n’ roll with Captain often finishing gigs in the nude, and along with Rat Scabies causing mayhem and damage in recording studios and venues. There are plenty of these tales in the book.

The band suffered from a series of label issues and changing management, yet despite setbacks still managed to record some classic songs and Kieron Tyler is a fan, which helps when he assess the songs and impacts of the albums throughout those first ten years. He is honest in his assessment and makes you want to listen to the songs again

Although the book is looking mainly at the band’s first ten years, Tyler goes onto cover the more recent history of the band although not in as much detail. Good news for Damned fans is a new album is due possibly by the end of year and they show no signs of stopping yet.

Well researched and for once a band biography that includes author interviews with the various current and past members, rather than relying solely on archive interviews. Great read for fans of the band and music in general.

Peter Crouch – the DJ :)

Posted in indie, News, rock n roll, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch will be taking over the weeknight Radio X Evening Show between 7pm and 10pm from Monday 24 July for a fortnight. He will also host the listeners’ Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm while regular host Gordon Smart is on holiday.

Crouch told the station’s official website: “I love Radio X and the music the station plays so I’m excited about being in the hot seat. I have a few stories I’m looking forward to sharing, and some visitors I’m looking forward to welcoming to the studio. All will be revealed next week.”

Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

Albums of the Year – THUNDER

Posted in Albums of the Year, Classic rock, Music for 2015, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Thunder’s latest album ‘Wonder Days’ was the band’s first new one in six years. It has some great rock ‘n’ roll songs like ‘I Love The Weekend‘ and then some acoustic gems like ‘The Rain’. They are touring the UK next year and here’s hoping they keep on recording as well as this is one of their best albums. Vocalist Danny Bowes has lost none of his vocal power and soul, grab a copy if you haven’t already.

Voodoo Vegas return with a new EP!

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2015, rock n roll with tags , , on August 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

(Cracking band live, well worth seeing and looking forward to hearing their new EP)

Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’ and last years UK/European tour with rock legends Y&T; Bournemouth hard rock 5 piece VOODOO VEGAS have confirmed they will release their new EP ‘Hypnotise’ on 12th October 2015.

The new EP features 4 tracks of pumped up, high voltage rock n’ roll that will please anyone that’s a fan of hard rock music. Laying down a foundation of essential classic rock, Voodoo Vegas have stripped away their sound and put the pieces back together to create a collection of music that is modern, fresh and demands it be turned up, LOUD!

Frontman Lawrence Case picks up the story “Since the release of our first album, we’ve been focusing on touring, playing live and writing new material. When you tour with bands like Y&T and Status Quo, the pure class and calibre of these guys is unmistakable. Watching those bands play live out front and by side stage, it was obvious we were going to learn so much, not only to benefit our live show but also our perception on crafting the next chapter of Voodoo Vegas.”

So why an EP, why not the second album now? Case coolly replies “We’re living in an age where music comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Our focus was always going to be on raising our game via the live shows and I think by doing this EP now it allows us the flexibility of continuing to extend our reach out to live audiences in sync with this release. The second album is in the works but we felt we needed to bridge that gap firstly and this EP is a very good indicator of where Voodoo Vegas are going. Essentially this a prelude as to what happens next but doesn’t give the game away.”

Opening title track ‘Hypnotise’ is unmistakably Voodoo Vegas but with a twist, the song blisters along with effortless groove, hard driven guitars and hooks aplenty. ‘Tied Up’ maintains the pace but steps things up and showcases Voodoo Vegas as the true contenders they are. ‘Round & Round’ mixes things up with dueling guitars, bass breakdowns and a live ‘jam’ feel midway whilst ‘Killing Joke’ cements the EP together and will surely become a live favourite in the band’s set list.

The EP ‘Hypnotise’ was produced by Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) and recorded at Los Rosales Residential Studio in Madrid.“Working with Will on this project really helped us bring the new songs to life. The guys is a consummate musician and producer and has a great eye for detail. We learnt a lot working with him. The fact that it was off the back of his work with The Answer (their latest album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ which broke into the UK’s National Top 20 and hit No.1 on the Rock Chart) really spurred all of us on. As a band, right now we’ve never been stronger. It’s an exciting time for Voodoo Vegas.”

With the EP’s cover art once again drawn by noted comic book artist Jim Boswell, ‘Jimmy Silver’ makes his return but this time he’s not the city smashing giant as seen on Voodoo Vegas’s debut album. As the title track suggests, something’s afoot and just who is the mysterious lady luring Jimmy in with her charms?

All will be revealed over the coming months as Case explains “We wanted Jimmy Silver back but this time we wanted a twist, a backstory which you’ll find running across not just the EP but on the second album. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with this and we can’t wait to get the ball rolling!”

‘Hypnotise’ is released 12th October 2015 – pre order via iTunes now and get ‘Hypnotise’ single instantly:
itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hypnotise-ep/id1027803624

Track listing:
1) Hypnotise
2) Tied Up
3) Round & Round
4) Killing Joke

Voodoo Vegas are:
Lawrence Case – Vocals / Harmonica
Merylina Hamilton – Guitar
Ash Moulton – Bass
Jonno Smyth – Drums
Jon Dawson – Guitar

GRTR! review here: getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2015/08/ep-review-voodoo-vegas-hypnotise/