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Category Archives: Rock

The Beta Band – It’s Not Too Beautiful

In 1999, this was definitely Indie-in-an-ideal-world; as in, it wasn’t Brit Pop or any of the other assorted beige cock-drippings that orbited around said “Brit-Pop”. This Scottish outfit had much more to them, and were at times rather expansive. In this track there’s a wonderful, and odd moment, where the track breaks into a section with a John Barry sample. It’s unexpected, yet works beautifully. This is from their self-titled 1999 debut album.


Frank Zappa – Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy

BDSM themes encased in Zappa-Rock; from his 1975 album ‘Bongo Fury’. The album was notable for featuring Frank’s childhood friend and legend in his own right, Don Van Vliet a.k.a Captain Beefheart; though the Cap’n doesn’t feature on this number. Get your Roger Daltrey capes on and rock on!

The Groundhogs – Cherry Red

Rock with a psych bent from 1971; delivered by the UK’s Groundhogs.

Frank Zappa – Stink-Foot

Frank gives us a lesson on this well known but rarely talked about condition ; from his 1974 album ‘Apostrophe(‘)’. Ah man, that ending/fade out.

Soundgarden – Drawing Flies

RIP Chris Cornell.

Soundgarden – Hands All Over

Before Grunge brought Rock back into an acceptable proposition for the masses, Soundgarden had recorded their 2nd album, 1989’s ‘Louder Than Love’. On said album was an expansive, undulating Rock masterpiece called ‘Hands All Over’.

Tad – Behemoth

Grunge, a time in musical history when guitars were grabbed back from the clutches of hair Metal. There were obviously the “big” names that came under this banner (no need to mention them here, and some were far more deserving of fame than others), and there were the lesser known names; like Mudhoney, Melvins, and Tad. Tad were named after big frontman Tad Doyle; and what better way to celebrate this band than their banger ‘Behemoth’. This track was also lovingly covered by Foetus on his 1990 tour; the same year the original came out on the album ‘God’s Balls’.

Pixies – Hey

A mighty, mighty song from the bands 1989 magnum opus ‘Doolittle’.

Donovan – Season Of the Witch

Country-Rock, UK style, from 1966.

The Beta Band – Assessment

Great song from the St. Andrews band; is this indie? Is it Rock? Who cares. The video was directed by the band themselves, and some have stated the video is ‘deep’ (shudder), but I suspect that the band just wanted to have a bit of fun with the idea of so-called progress. This song is from their 2004 album ‘Heroes To Zeros’.

On a side note, the video was ripped off by Romain Gavras for a Samsung advert.

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