I was exposed to Chrome pretty early on, in both their career and my own as a music fan. A kid in my hometown, one of only a tiny handful of “punkers” (as we were called in the 7th grade), had Alien Soundtracks and we were all pretty sold on it, all of us punkers. They sounded like the Stooges channeled through a Philip K. Dick novel (or A Clockwork Orange, of course). Much later I saw Helios Creed in concert and his psychotic/psychedelic guitar playing turned my body into molecules. Then I’d be solid again. Then molecular. Someone stage-diving kicked me in the eye with their Doc Martens, but it was still a rad experience! Did I mention I was on acid at the time?
Here’s a clip for my top favorite Chrome song, “Meet You In the Subway.” Dig their bezoomny outfits, my droogie brothers!
Here are some 30 second excerpts from all of the tracks on the new Lou Reed/Metallica album Lulu.
What do you think?
Though it’s hard to judge an entire album based on 30 second clips, some of the bits sound to me like the highly amplified rumbling sludge of a lower intestinal tract infection fronted by the guy who works the complaint desk in Hell. Muddle machine music.
Track two, “The View,” is presented in its entirety.
Happy Birthday Harris Glenn Milstead, born today at the Women’s Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1945.
Glenn will be forever in our hearts as the one and only Divine - legendary star of John Waters’ movies, and singer of a slew of Hi-Nrg classics, “I’m So Beautiful”, “Walk Like A Man”, “T-Shirt and Tight Blue Jeans”, and “Shake It Up”.
I was fortunate to see Divine in concert in 1984, and it is a memory I will always treasure. To celebrate what would have been Glenn’s 66th birthday, here are a few of Divine’s hitsplus a seldom seen interview from Channel 4’s The Tube.
In the comments, Redditor calspach says, “That’s a whole new level of badass there. Somehow I think that most people that really knew him have already heard the pocketknife story down at the local bar.”
It always seems to work this way: I leave town and something awesome—that I would, for sure, attend—happens! I’m shoving off for NYC in the morning and look what’s rolling into town Oct 20th at the Nokia Theatre. This looks ultra nuts:
The Musical Box, the only band in the world to acquire from Peter Gabriel and Genesis the performing rights and access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow for “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, re-stages 25 years later the original concert in painstaking details.
The show, critically acclaimed, is a great success and is produced in some of the most prestigious amphitheaters in the world, such as London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Paris’ Olympia. In 2005, Phil Collins joins the band on stage in Geneva.
“The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” reclaimed its deserving glory.
In 2008, Serge Morissette, The Musical Box’ artistic director, participates in the re-editing of “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” and recreates the original slide show sequence for the DVD version of the album.
I’ve been listening to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway frequently in the past month, looking at the (very) few clips on YouTube relating to that mythical tour and reading all about it Internet. It’s currently the new (old) thing that I’m most excited about. Just last week I downloaded a live “quadraphonic FM” radio broadcast of a live show from the Lamb tour.
Man, would I love to see this concert! Normally they idea of a tribute band seems either horrible or goofy or both, but this seems more like a Broadway musical revival than a mere tribute band. Here’s a video:
This weekend in New York City, I have been invited by Mr. Greg Barris to participate in his latest Heart of Darkness event along with Greg Johnson and Dave Hill. Musical guests will be The Forgiveness, The Pauses and Tierney Tough.
The festivities get underway at 10pm at the Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Brooklyn.