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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.

Axl/DC

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, News with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

There is one way to get rock fans in a tizzy and that is to change a vocalist in a long established band. Rumours became fact as Guns N Roses vocalist Axl Rose was confirmed as the replacement for Brian Johnson in AC/DC. Johnson was forced to step down from the band on medical advice or risk losing his hearing entirely. This then started the rumour mill that he had been dismissed by the band, fueled further when the band said they would fulfill this year’s love shows with a guest vocalist.

Pictures emerged recently showing AC/DC members and Axl Rose emerging from a rehearsal studio. There was no comment from the band, until it was announced officially on Saturday 16 April that Axl would be fronting the band. A massive social media storm ensued as many fans of AC/DC did not take overly well to the announcement, plus the elephant in the room was the lack of comment from the band or Brian Johnson himself over if he was out of the band on a permanent basis.

Johnson has now explained his version of events with a statement released today. He stated that that he has no choice but to leave the band for now, hoping continued medical treatment allows his hearing to improve enough to perform live. In the meantime he plans to carry on singing, “I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that.”

For now it all looks stable in the AC/DC camp. The next big test will be of course the upcoming live shows, including two here in the UK. Will Axl be up to his usual tricks like late appearances on the stage? One things for sure Axl and AC/DC will certainly keep each other in the headlines.

RIP – Lemmy

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, News with tags , , , , on December 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Growing up as a kid and getting into my lifetime love of rock and metal, Lemmy always seemed pretty darn scary! The facial warts and hair, the gravelly voice and his whole demeanour said ‘Mr Rock N Roll’. As I got older I realised he was a very down to earth person judging by his interviews and actions.

I have always been into the music, more than the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of drinking and drugs. But I admire Lemmy as he epitomises all that I love about rock – he is an indidvidual, looks after his friends (and fans), loves the music and doesn’t give a damn what trends are.  Plus he was born in my hometown of Stoke-on-Trent (well Burslem)!

Music wise I love Motorhead’s ‘1916’ and ‘Orgasmatron’ albums and a lot of their classic songs. The first song I heard by them was actually the cover they did with Girlschool as Headgirl, their awesome version of the rock ‘n’ roll classic from Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, ‘Please Don’t Touch’.

Motorhead were rock ‘n’ roll as Lemmy often stated in interviews, just very loud rock ‘n’ roll 🙂

“Very basic music – loud, fast, city, raucous, arrogant, paranoid, speed-freak rock n roll. It will be so loud that if we move in next door to you, your lawn will die” – talking about Motorhead’s music, via the BBC.

RIP Lemmy

 

We are Twisted F***ing Sister! – A documentary film by Andrew Horn

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Melodic rock, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , on December 3, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We are Twisted F*cking Sister! – A documentary film by Andrew Horn

MONODUO FILMS – distributed by Cargo Records

Released: 5th February 2016

How fitting that 2016 marks the release of the documentary film, “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!”, which recounts the untold story of Twisted Sister’s beginnings, at the same time that the band mounts their last ever tour, making their final farewell to performing after 40 years. As the band gears up for the big finish, the movie shows how it all began.

Once upon a time, they were the Grand Funk of Glam and the NY Dolls of Metal. Some considered Twisted Sister a joke, others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While the microcosm of Punk/New Wave was taking over NYC in the mid 70s – early 80s, Twisted Sister was battling their way to the top of a vast – and unique to it’s time – suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded NYC in a 100 mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe. Guitarist, Jay Jay French, says, “the history of Twisted is really our 10 years clawing our way through the bar scene. It’s who we are, and it’s why we are, and why we do what we do.”

The film follows the band from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing 4 shows a night, 6 nights a week in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late 70s/early 80s, to their bust-out appearance on the UK rock TV show, “The Tube”. Through it all, Twisted stood ready to do or die for the sake of “the show”, giving their all to the crowd, and demanding full attention in return. They refused to play the usual bar band role of “human juke box for drunk and horny teens” – you were going to be entertained whether you liked it or not.

They regaled their audiences with comedy rants, dragging them on stage for vomit inducing drinking games, engaging them in fits of disco record smashing and, at their most extreme, whipping them into club-destroying frenzy. The performances were low on style and heavy on the humour and attitude – but behind it all, always smart and full of self-awareness. Spinal Tap may have been clueless but Twisted Sister knew exactly what they were doing!

If you think you know them from their hit songs, the MTV videos and their massive stadium shows, this is the story of how they became that band – full of strange, and often hilarious, twists and turns. It’s about Rock ‘n Roll and the business of Rock ‘n Roll. It’s about perseverance and things blowing up in your face. It’s about finding yourself, finding your audience and doing literally anything, however wild, to connect with them. And even though we know how it ends, the roller coaster ride of getting there is what it’s all about. A mesmerizing, and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success.

“A sure-fire crowd pleaser…very, very, very entertaining” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Uproarious and poignant – a tale of excess, egotism and absurdity” – The Independent

Length: 137 minutes
Extras: Over 2 hours of Bonus Material

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/