SATURDAY MORNING WITH HOWIEZOWIE PLAYLIST:
“How To Have The 'Sublime & Bleeker Reasons Your Offspring Would Walk 500 Miles To Rock the Park in July' Talk”
15 July 2017
With special in-studio guest Danny Miles of July Talk!
'Pulp Up the Fiction'
Kapt. Kutter Mash Up #53
Hard Harry has a short-wave pirate radio station. The call-ins are not what you'd expect in the middle of Arizona in the early 90's.
Samuel L. Jackson
Pump Up the Volume
Pump Up the Volume is a 1990 comedy-drama film written and directed by Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis.
Mark Hunter (Slater), a high school student in a sleepy suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, starts an FM pirate radio station that broadcasts from the basement of his parents' house. Mark is a loner, an outsider, whose only outlet for his teenage angst and aggression is his unauthorized radio station. His pirate station's theme song is "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen and there are glimpses of cassettes by such alternative musicians as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Camper Van Beethoven, Primal Scream, Soundgarden, Ice-T, Bad Brains, Concrete Blonde, Henry Rollins, and The Pixies. By day, Mark is seen as a loner, hardly talking to anyone around him; by night, he expresses his outsider views about what is wrong with American society. When he speaks his mind about what is going on at his school and in the community, more and more of his fellow students tune in to hear his show.
Nobody knows the true identity of "Hard Harry" or "Happy Harry Hard-on," as Mark refers to himself, until Nora Diniro (Mathis), a fellow student, tracks him down and confronts him the day after a student named Malcolm commits suicide after Harry attempts to reason with him. The radio show becomes increasingly popular and influential after Harry confronts the suicide head-on, exhorting his listeners to do something about their problems instead of surrendering to them through suicide—at the crescendo of his yelled speech, an overachieving student named Paige Woodward (who has been a constant listener) jams her various medals and accolades into a microwave and turns it on. She then sits, watching the awards cook until the microwave explodes, injuring her. While this is happening, other students act out in cathartic release.
Eventually, the radio show causes so much trouble in the community that the FCC is called in to investigate. During the fracas, it is revealed that the school's principal (Annie Ross) has been expelling "problem students," namely, students with below-average standardized test scores, in an effort to boost the district's test scores while still keeping their names on the rolls (a criminal offense) in order to retain government funding.
Realizing he has started something huge, Mark decides it is up to him to end it. He dismantles his radio station and attaches it to his mother's old jeep, creating a mobile transmitter so his position can't be triangulated. Pursued by the police and the FCC, Nora drives the jeep around while Mark broadcasts. The harmonizer he uses to disguise his voice breaks, and with no time left to fix it, Mark decides to broadcast his final message as himself. They finally drive up to the crowd of protesting students, and Mark tells them that the world belongs to them and that they should make their own future. The police step in and arrest Mark and Nora. As they are taken away, Mark reminds the students to "talk hard." As the film ends, the voices of other students (and even one of the teachers) speak as intros for their own independent stations, which can be heard broadcasting across the country.
“I like the idea that a voice can just go somewhere, uninvited, and just kinda hang out like a dirty thought in a nice clean mind. Maybe a thought is like a virus, you know, it can... it can... kill all the healthy thoughts and just take over. That would be serious.”
~ Happy Harry Hard-On
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 black comedy neo-noir crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue.
Pulp Fiction's narrative is told out of chronological order, and follows three main interrelated stories: mob contract killer Vincent Vega is the protagonist of the first story, prizefighter Butch Coolidge is the protagonist of the second, and Vincent's partner Jules Winnfield is the protagonist of the third. The stories intersect in various ways.
The film begins with a diner hold-up staged by a couple, then picks up the stories of Vincent, Jules, and Butch. It finally returns to where it began, in the diner. There are a total of seven narrative sequences; the three primary storylines are preceded by intertitles:
"Prologue—The Diner" (i)
Prelude to "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
"Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife"
Prelude to "The Gold Watch" (a—flashback, b—present)
"The Gold Watch"
"The Bonnie Situation"
"Epilogue—The Diner" (ii)
If the seven sequences were ordered chronologically, they would run: 4a, 2, 6, 1, 7, 3, 4b, 5. Sequences 1 and 7 partially overlap and are presented from different points of view, as do sequences 2 and 6. In Philip Parker's description, the structural form is "an episodic narrative with circular events adding a beginning and end and allowing references to elements of each separate episode to be made throughout the narrative." Other analysts describe the structure as a "circular narrative".
Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic (Pump Up the Jam/1989)
"Pump Up the Jam" is the opening track on Belgian act Technotronic's album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. Released as a single, it was a worldwide hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom in 1989 and in the American Billboard Hot 100 in early 1990. The song was later certified triple platinum. Vocalist Ya Kid K was initially overshadowed by Congolese model Felly Kilingi, who appears lip-syncing in the music video and was featured on the first album cover as a marketing tactic. Ya Kid K was ultimately recognized upon a U.S. tour and a repackaged album cover that featured her instead of Felly.
Saturday Morning With Rock The Park Block (9:35)
Where's Your Money – Bleeker (Erase You/2016)
Bleeker Ridge was formed by two sets of brothers: Taylor and Cole Perkins, and Dan and Dustin Steinke. They came together in 2003 when all four met at a music shop in Orillia, Ontario, when Cole Perkins and Dan Steinke were 12 years old. They first started playing covers of Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh songs before releasing two independent CDs: Undertow (2004) and The Rain (2007). The band was scouted by various members of the music industry, but were often considered too young. Joe Kresta, an A&R director, saw the band in 2005 when he was with Universal Music Canada. Kresta said he was "totally amazed at what these 14-year-olds were doing, they had their shirts off, long hair and it was almost odd, these voices and that sound coming out of these little guys. There were guitar licks that you see guys three times their age doing, but I wasn’t in A&R at the time, so I walked away thinking, ‘Hey, that was really something special,’ but they still hadn’t found their own identity."
The band's name Bleeker Ridge is from the street names where the two sets of brothers lived: the Perkins' lived on Bleeker St. and the Steinke's lived on Ridge Ave.
The band later signed with Roadrunner Records. In the Summer of 2010, the band toured Canada with Airbourne as one of two opening acts, along with Social Code. They released the album Small Town Dead, produced by Bob Marlette, on September 21, 2010 in Canada. The first single from the album was the title track "Small Town Dead". The song charted on the Canadian Active Rock Charts, reaching the top 10. In Spring 2011, Bleeker Ridge performed on the Canadian leg of the Jagermiester Music tour alongside My Darkest Days, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.
They also released "You Would've Liked It" and "Sick of You" as singles in 2011.
Mike Vandyk, "Dutch", joined the band shortly after the album's release. Mike had been a session/recording & tour bassist for the band.
In April 2013, Bleeker Ridge released "Last Cigarette" as a single from their soon to be released album "Four", followed by "Go Home" a few months later. June 4, 2013, Bleeker Ridge's album "Four" was released.
After completing the recording of their new album with James Michael, who along with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba form the band Sixx:A.M., Dustin was asked to play drums for them on their Japanese debut at the Nippon Budokan on February 19, 2015 as part of VampPark Fest hosted by the rock band Vamps. After a successful show in Japan, they asked him to play drums on their first tour, the Modern Vintage Tour.
In January 2016, Dustin left the band and signed on with Sixx:A.M., and Bleeker Ridge changed their name to Bleeker. Dan left the band a few months later.
Bleeker are steadily building a rock solid name for themselves in their native Canada. But despite an altered band name and a slightly revamped lineup, Bleeker's aesthetic and work ethic remain as sturdy and as unshakable as ever. Musically, Bleeker cross-pollinate the swagger of The Rolling Stones with psych-tinged groove, and therefore they fall among Royal Blood, The Black Keys, and Jet in the alt rock spectrum. But what sets them apart is an ever-so-subtle current of loose cannon danger that courses through every riff, note, and melody of their latest album Erase You.
Hong Kong Phooey – Sublime (Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits/1995)
Sublime was a ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell(vocals and guitar), Eric Wilson (bass), and Bud Gaugh (drums). Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian, was the mascot of the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. In 1997, posthumous songs such as "What I Got", "Santeria", "Wrong Way", "Doin' Time", and "April 29, 1992 (Miami)" were released to U.S. radio.
Sublime released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums (one of which also contains never-before released material), three EPs, and one box set. Although their first two albums—40oz. to Freedom (1992) and Robbin' the Hood (1994)—were quite popular in the United States, Sublime did not experience major commercial success until 1996 with their self-titled third album, released two months after Nowell's death, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single "What I Got", which remains the band's only No. 1 hit single (on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart) in their musical career. As of 2009, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, including about 10 million in the U.S. Alone. Michael "Miguel" Happoldt and Marshall Goodman "Ras MG" contributed to several Sublime songs.
In 2009, the surviving members attempted to reform the band with Rome Ramirez, a young guitarist and admitted Sublime fan from California. However, not long after performing at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name as they needed permission from Nowell's estate, which owns the rights to the Sublime name. This prompted the lineup of Wilson, Gaugh and Ramirez to change their name to Sublime with Rome, which has since released two albums.
Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits is a tribute album of songs from Saturday morning children’s television shows and cartoons (mostly) from the 1960s and 1970s. The project was produced by Ralph Sall, with the songs performed by alternative rock artists. It was released in 1995 by MCA on LP, CD, and cassette, and peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200. Promotion for the album included a comic book from Marvel Comics and a music video collection hosted by Drew Barrymore.
Hong Kong Phooey was a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1974, to December 21, 1974. It was a parody of kung fu shows and movies of the time. The main character, Hong Kong Phooey himself, is the clownishly clumsy secret identity of Penrod "Penry" Pooch, working at a police station as a "mild-mannered" janitor under the glare of Sergeant Flint ("Sarge").
Penry disguises himself as Hong Kong Phooey by jumping into a filing cabinet despite always getting stuck — and unstuck by his striped cat Spot — and once disguised, gets equipped with the "Phooeymobile" vehicle that transforms itself into a boat, a plane, or a telephone booth depending on the circumstances by banging his gong or changes automatically whenever necessary.
He fights crime relying on his copy of The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu, a correspondence-course martial-arts instruction handbook. However, his successes are only either thanks to Spot, who provides a solution to the challenges, or the direct result of a comically unintended side effect of his conscious efforts. The humor of incompetence of the main character (a recurring theme of each episode), Hong Kong Phooey, is not unlike the recurring theme in Klondike Kat, whose successes are only thanks to unintended circumstances, not his own skills as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The background was designed by Lorraine Andrina and Richard Khim.
Hong Kong Phooey was voiced by Scatman Crothers (who also sung the original theme song). Sergeant Flint was voiced by Joe E. Ross, best known as Officer Gunther Toody in the early '60s television series Car 54, Where Are You? As Flint, Ross revived Toody's famous "Ooh! Ooh!" exclamation. Sergeant Flint was very similar both in voice and appearance to Botch, assistant zookeeper at the Wonderland Zoo on Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch, whom Ross also voiced. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show used the limited Hanna-Barbera laugh track.
Pretty Fly For a White Guy – The Offspring (Americana/1998)
The Offspring is a punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada. The Offspring went through several lineup changes over the years, and Holland and Greg K. have been the only constant members. The band were often credited—alongside fellow California punk bands Green Day, Bad Religion, NOFX, Pennywise and Rancid—for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the 1990s. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide, being considered one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time.
The Offspring have released nine studio albums. Their first three albums for the independent record labels Nemesis and Epitaph earned them a cult following. The band's third studio album, Smash (1994), became their first commercial success, and has sold over eleven million copies worldwide, setting a record for most albums sold on an independent label and becoming the first album on Epitaph to obtain gold and platinum status. After signing to Columbia Records in 1996, the Offspring continued their commercial success with its next four studio albums — Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), Americana (1998), Conspiracy of One (2000) and Splinter (2003) — reaching platinum, multi-platinum, platinum and gold status respectively. Splinter was followed five years later by Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008), and then four years later by Days Go By (2012). The Offspring is currently in production of their tenth studio album, which is due for release in 2018.
"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" is a song from Americana and was released as the first single from the album. It achieved significant pop and rock and alternative radio play and popularity, peaking at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, and number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song reached the charts in over 15 countries and topped the charts in nine of these, including Australia, where it went four times platinum, and the United Kingdom, making it one of the most commercially successful singles released by the band.
. Beginning with a sample of the pseudo-German nonsense phrase "Gunter glieben glauchen globen" from Def Leppard's song "Rock of Ages," chanted as a replacement for the traditional "1, 2, 3, 4" to start the recording, the song ridicules a "wannabe gangsta" who is immersed in hip-hop culture not because he truly loves or understands it, but because it is trendy, makes him feel tough ("friends say he's tryin' too hard, and he's not quite hip/but in his own mind, he's the, he's the dopest trip"), and because he believes it attracts women ("and all the girlies say I'm pretty fly, for a white guy"). As summed up by Dexter Holland, the people described in the lyrics "are from, like, Omaha, Nebraska, regular white-bread boys, but who act like they're from Compton. The song was the genesis of the metal/post-avant-garde movement with its early tendencies in the genre defining the late 90's early 00's. It's so fake and obvious that they're trying to have an identity." Holland detailed that he meets many teenagers like those in his native Orange County, "going to the mall, where they buy FUBU, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ice Cube's latest record." Given rap culture is the starting point, Holland clarified that it was not an attack on African-Americans, but "poseurs of any kind", but without wanting "to be preachy about it... We're getting amusement out of it more than anything else
sCreamGrrrl's CanCon Corner (13:53)
For my CanCon corner I decided to go with a 90s theme to coincide with Friday night’s Rock The Park I Love the 90s night. For me the 1990s was one of my favourite decades for Canadian indie music. At the start of the 1990s, I was a young 20 year old, who just graduated from college, living in the Greater Toronto area where the live music scene was exploding with a countless amount of superb Canadian Independent Bands emerging. In fact, the Indie scene was thriving right across Canada and Canadian rock took a distinctive turn. Glam metal and Arena rock was on its way out with indie rock and grunge taking over the radio airwaves. The start of the 90s was all about not listening to the mainstream, being different and discovering all the new unknown independent artists but the ironic thing is, as the decade came to an end, all the indie alternative music became mainstream. It truly was a fascinating and exciting time for music. So with that in mind, I selected 4 songs from bands across the country that made an impression on me. And when we return, I will tell you a bit about my song selections. Enjoy:
Record Body Count – Rheostatics (Melville/1991)
I Am Here – The Grapes of Wrath (These Days/1991)
Cracked – The Watchmen (McLaren Furnace Room/1992)
I Don’t Want To Think About It – Wild Strawberries (Heroine/1995)
The last song you just heard is called I Don’t Wanna Think About It from the Toronto band Wild Strawberries’ 1995 album called Heroine. The band is made up of husband and wife duo Ken and Roberta Carter-Harrison who are both doctors by day and decided to form the band in 1993 for fun in their spare time. They self-produced their first EP and their single "Life-Sized Marilyn Monroe" gained airplay on Canadian radio, prompting Nettwerk Records to sign the Wild Strawberries. The song we played was from their second album Heroine. They had another album 2 years later called Quiver. Sarah McLachlan played guitar on and appeared in the video for the song "I Don't Want to Think About It". The band participated in all three years of the Lilith Fair music festival, which McLachlan founded.
Before the Wild Strawberries you heard the song Cracked from The Watchmen’s 1992 debut album titled McLaren Furnace Room. The group was formed in 1988 in Winnipeg and the band toured Canada extensively, becoming a popular live act, largely on the strength of its energetic shows, which invariably featured an a cappella performance at some point in the set by the vocalist of the band Greaves. Greaves often covered songs by Billy Bragg, Simon and Garfunkel, Lyle Lovett, The La's, Tom Waits and others during these solo spots, and fans came to look forward to them as a highlight of each show. The band was discovered by producer Chris Wardman while playing at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern. Wardman offered to produce the band, and they released their debut album, McLaren Furnace Room, in 1992. The album was named for one of the band's rehearsal spaces, the furnace room of the McLaren Hotel in Winnipeg. The Watchmen released 5 albums. They had 3 gold records and one platinum record. They split up in 2003. I just learned that in 2014 there was a documentary DVD and a book released of the band called Uncovered which I am totally excited about. We’ll have to pick that one up HowieZowie. I love those guys.
Prior to the Watchmen, you heard the song I Am Here from the Grapes of Wrath’s 1991 album titled These Days. The band formed in Kelowna BC in 1993 with three members, Chris Hooper, Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane. In 1984, they signed to Nettwerk, and released a self-titled EP that year. Their 1987 album Treehouse was produced by Tom Cochrane. Their album Now and Again was their most successful record. When they toured that album, the notable opening act was the then-emerging singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Their first album was released in 1984 and they have 7 albums to-date with big gaps of times frames between releases. In 1992, the album These days and the song we played for you “ I am Here” received the 1992 CASBY Award for Favourite Album, and "I Am Here" won the CASBY for Best Song. I saw the band once, 25 years ago, playing in a small tent with only a few seated tables in Toronto’s Fort York historical battle ground back in 1992 and must say, it was magical, a most vivid memorable show that I can easily return to in my mind. I will always hold that memory dearly. I really hope those guys return to the musical circuit.
And we started off SCGCCC with the Song Record Body Count from the Rheostatics 1991 album titled Melville. They formed in 1978, in Etobicoke, and actively performed and recorded for 27 years, from 1980 until officially disbanding in 2007. I was at their last show at Massey Hall when they surprisingly announced during their performance that they were calling it quits. The audience was in shock and the show was mind blowing. What I recall most is Martin Tielli walking through the aisles of the hall and rows of the audience as fake snow fell threw out the entire venue upon us all. It was so beautiful to hear and see. Magic. Since then, The Rheos have had a number of reunion performances at special events, and as of late 2016 are writing new material and performing again. Although they had only one Top 40 hit, "Claire" back in 1995, they were simultaneously one of Canada's most influential and unconventional rock bands, a band whose eclectic take on pop and rock music has been described both as iconic and iconoclastic. In particular, two of the band's albums, Whale Music and Melville, have been cited in numerous critical and listener polls as among the best Canadian albums ever recorded. And if you haven’t already done so, I recommend that you read the award winning novel by Paul Quarrington called Whale Music which inspired the Rheos to make their album Whale Music. The novel is liberally based on reclusive pop genius Brian Wilson. The author loved the album Whale Music so much that he chose the band to compose the soundtrack to the film version of his novel. So, “Music from the Motion Picture Whale Music” was released in 1994, putting the band in the odd position of having two almost identically-titled albums in its catalogue. Anyhow, the Rheos are certainly one of my top favourite Canadian Acts. The band's style is highly eclectic, feeding off the creative cross-pollination of each member's distinct musical style. They have displayed a willingness to experiment with just about any musical idea. Tielli's material leans towards progressive rock, Bidini brings quirky humour and new wave influences to the table, Vesely brings a relatively mainstream pop-rock orientation which means that his songs garnered nearly all of the band's radio airplay, and Clark's songs added a punk-flavour to the mix.
While this eclecticism has appealed to the band's fans, it also made them difficult for a major label to market – some of their later albums, especially Introducing Happiness, was described by critics as playing more like a compilation album than the work of a single band with a coherent and unified vision. Bobby Baker of The Tragically Hip remarked in 1997, "I think maybe they're a little too good for their own good. “
So there you have it, this week’s SCGCCC. I hope you enjoyed my 90’s song selections!
July Rock Talk Block (11:27)
[Song of the Red Bellied Woodpecker]
Paper Girl – July Talk (July Talk/2012)
[Song of the Blue Jay]
Gentlemen – July Talk (Live @ The Do512 Lounge - SXSW 2015)
[Song of the Mourning Dove]
Picturing Love – July Talk (Touch/2016)
[Song of the Red Wing Blackbird]
[Song of the Cardinal]
Sez their website: “Striking a balance between Americana and indie-rock, July Talk isn't easy to pigeonhole. Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by Crazy Horse and youʼd have a start.”
Formed in 2012 in Toronto. The band consists of singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay, guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist Josh Warburton, and drummer Danny Miles. July Talk released its self-titled debut album with Sleepless Records on 16 October 2012 and its second album Touch on 9 September 2016.
Universal Music Canada released an extended version of the album in 2013. July Talk received a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2015. The album went gold in Canada the same year. It was released to American audiences in the spring of 2015 through Island Records, and was joined by an EP in Canada titled For Your Bloodshot Eyes.
With a reputation for explosive live shows, July Talk has found most of their following on the road. Since the release of their debut album, they have toured Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, and played numerous festivals, including the WayHome Music and Arts Festival near Toronto, ON; Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, GA; Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA; Osheaga in Montreal, QC; Isle of Wight Festival in the UK; and Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX.
The band’s second album, Touch, was released on 9 September 2016 by Sleepless Records in Canada, Island Records in the United States and Universal Music Group/Vertigo Records in Europe. "Push + Pull", the album’s first single, held the #1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Radio charts for more than twelve weeks in the summer of 2016 and was released on American Alternative Radio in September 2016.
Picking Danny's Brain Block (13:22)
Where It's At – Beck (Odelay/1996)
"Where It's At" is the first single from Beck's 1996 album, Odelay. Beck wrote the song in 1995. He premiered it at Lollapalooza 1995, in a version very similar to its incarnation on Odelay. He has played the song very often since 1995, although he regularly experiments with the music and lyrics.
"Where It's At" has a number of spoken samples that Beck and the Dust Brothers incorporated into it. Many of these come from an obscure sex education album titled Sex for Teens: (Where It's At), a subtitle Beck borrowed. Other vocal samples incorporated into "Where It's At" come from "Needle to the Groove" by old-school hip hop group Mantronix ("we've got two turntables and a microphone..."), as well as The Frogs ("that was a good drum break"). The song also references Gary Wilson, one of Beck's influences. Beck also pays homage to Captain Beefheart by dressing as Captain Beefheart was dressed in the Trout Mask Replica album photo sessions at 1:27 in the video. The video features a parody of William Shatner's video of "Rocket Man" or perhaps a reference to Chris Elliot's parody of same. An adaptation of the song in Futurama was also used with Bender playing the 'washboard' in various parts, during the episode in which Beck makes an appearance throughout the show.
Beck earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 76 on its list of 150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.
So What'cha Want – Beastie Boys (Check Your Head/1992)
The Beastie Boys were a hip hop group from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of their career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar).
Originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines, in 1978 by Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach(drums), the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, contributing two songs from their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. Berry left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch "Cooky Puss", Schellenbach dropped out and the Beastie Boys made a full transition to hip hop, releasing a string of successful singles. They toured with Madonna in 1985 and a year later released their debut album Licensed to Ill. The group sold 26 million albums in the United States and 50 million albums worldwide, making them, according to Billboard, the biggest-selling rap group since the magazine began recording sales data in 1991
With seven platinum or better albums from 1986 to 2004, the Beastie Boys were one of the longest-lived hip hop acts worldwide. In 2009, they released digitally remastered deluxe editions of their albums Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. Their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, was released in 2011, and received positive reviews. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, "just the third rap group to enter the Hall, after Run–D.M.C. (2009) and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (2007)." The following month, MCA died of cancer of the parotid salivary gland. In June 2014, Mike D confirmed that he and Ad-Rock would not continue the Beastie Boys, out of respect to MCA.
"So What'cha Want" is the second single from the album Check Your Head, released on June 2, 1992. The song samples "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane featuring Biz Markie, and "I've Been Watching You" by Southside Movement.
Kool Thing - Sonic Youth (Goo/1990)
Sonic Youth was a rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. In their early career Sonic Youth were associated with the no wave art and music scene in New York City. Part of the first wave of American noise rock groups, the band carried out their interpretation of the hardcore punk ethos throughout the evolving American underground that focused more on the DIY ethic of the genre rather than its specific sound.
The band experienced relative commercial success and critical acclaim throughout their existence, continuing partly into the new millennium, including signing to major label DGC in 1990 and headlining the 1995 Lollapalooza festival. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do", using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements.
In 2011 Ranaldo announced that the band was "ending for a while" following the separation of married couple Gordon and Moore. Thurston Moore updated and clarified the position in May 2014: "Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can't really function reasonably." Gordon refers several times in her 2015 autobiography Girl in a Band to the band having "split up".
"Kool Thing" was the first major label single from the album Goo. It was released in June 1990 on Geffen Records. The song was inspired by an interview bassist/singer Kim Gordon conducted with LL Cool J for Spin in which the two artists clashed. Although he is never mentioned by name, the song's lyrics contain several references to LL Cool J. Gordon's lyrics make reference to several of the rapper's works, including the single "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and the album Walking With a Panther. She also repeats the line "I don't think so", which appears in LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali". Chuck D also contributed some vocals to the song.
Bonus Blog Cuts:
Birdwatching with Danny Miles: https://nowtoronto.com/music/bird-watching-with-july-talk-danny-miles/