I'd planned an early night but our windows are being shaken by the "Vans Warped Tour" which is on not far from World Wide Woozle's secret HQ. I must admit that I'd seen a couple of posters for the show but there are only a couple of bands that interest me so the gig had quickly slipped out of my head.
The Offspring - Self Esteem (1994) - http://youtu.be/Abrn8aVQ76Q
Reel Big Fish - Don't Stop Skankin' (2012) - http://youtu.be/ox2mpOiUUmc
I'm sure every TV, radio and online source of information is all over the very sad passing of Nelson Mandela. At 95 you'd have to say that he had a fair innings especially when his time in prison is taken into account. I sincerely doubt that the world will see such an influential person for a very, very long time if ever. Let's hope that his family can decide to play nice and the end of this statesman and legend is truly dignified.
Hugh Masekela - Mandela (Bring Him Back Home)(1987) - http://youtu.be/XKCk8o5xzaM
If you're shopping for anything these days you can find someone on the internet reviewing it or talking about it. This is especially true of guitars and guitar gear. It's no challenge at all to watch a whole heap of video reviews of say overdrive pedals and then walk into a music shop with an idea of what you want to try. You also get to hear and see some pretty good guitarists in action. Recently I was looking into a few pedals and one reviewer played the riff from this next song. It's a ripper so I thought I'd treat you all to the song...
Reef - Place Your Hands (1996) - http://youtu.be/bihoNRc8GDQ
Zoë went, along with 40,000 others, to see Taylor Swift play in Sydney this week. I've got a soft spot for "T.Swizzle" because she writes a lot of her own stuff, plays the guitar live, has 2 hour concerts and of course did a gig with Def Leppard. From what I've heard it was a fantastic spectacle. Plenty of merchandise came home too! It's cool to see big name artists working hard for their fans rather than being aloof gits.
Def Leppard & Taylor Swift - Pour Some Sugar On Me (live 2011) - http://youtu.be/Yo5WQjPwumw
Thanks to DJ DJ for letting me know about the Beastie Boys continuing to refuse to have their music used in advertising even if it is a parody. It's an interesting case but good to see that they stuck to their guns. More information here if you're interested in reading more. Here's the song in question...very un-PC.
Beastie Boys - Girls (1986) - http://youtu.be/0e8j3-TuzCs
Cyclists love coffee. For many it's the chance to chin wag with friends after working hard on the bike. And for some it's essential so that the ride can continue. One morning I was sitting at my third favourite coffee shop enjoying the early morning sun and great company when Tom Petty came on the radio. Such a cool riff and vibe. Rock on!
Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance (live 1999) - http://youtu.be/N_hzZO0OKDs
After a bit of a backwards and forwards email chain this week with some very thoughtful friends I'm looking for thoughts from my listeners on their favourite debut albums as well as the first singles from them. We've already discussed quite a few but feel free to hit me up with yours... you can get in contact using robwoozle at gmail dot com. Here's a couple to get you thinking...
Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun (1977) - http://youtu.be/2Ah1JM9mf60
Crowded House - Mean To Me (1986) - http://youtu.be/M_eeE52wN70
The Killers - Mr Brightside (2003) - http://youtu.be/gGdGFtwCNBE
The Strolling Bones have let us know how much they will charge for concert tickets here in Australia. Prices range from about $200 up to $600 a pop. Ouch. The shows will sell out. The Stones will make money. But will they rock and roll?
Jane's Addiction - Sympathy For The Devil (2012) - http://youtu.be/GhSKYtE9Clo
I heard a short piece on the radio this week about the famous film that introduced reggae to the world (apparently). I certainly don't mind some tunes from Bob Marly, Peter Tosh or Jimmy Cliff so I think I'll check out "The Harder They Come" over the holidays. Stay tuned for a review. DJ Al-ee-sun got me a Jimmy Cliff cassette once when she went to Jamaica.
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come (1972) - http://youtu.be/xGE4dnrPPZQ
That's enough for this week.
"No such thing as spare time,
no such thing as free time,
no such thing as down time,
all you got is life time..." - Henry Rollins, "Shine", 1994.