Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals [#472]

Fine_Young_Cannibals_-_Fine_Young_CannibalsRoland Gift and chums in their first album of a two album career.

If you were around in the mid eighties you are probably already over familiar with Mr Squeaky voice squeezing out Suspicious Minds and crooning about Johnny coming home from this album or some woman driving him crazy from the follow up. If you weren’t, it’s likely you have heard their songs on compilations from the time.

This is another album where I’m unsure how it ended up in my music collection. I was never a big fan of FYC, finding the shrill warblings of Mr Gift a little too strong for my aural pallet. However that didn’t stop me doing a really good impression of him on stage at an amateur dramatics performance in Sheffield during the early nineties. Indeed, although the proliferation of the second album, The Raw & The Cooked, throughout acquaintance’s music collections was high, I suspect the only reason the first album exists on in my collection is because someone foisted it on me intending me to “like” it.

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Dare to be Stupid – Weird Al Yankovic [#333]

Weird_Al_Yankovic_-_Dare_to_Be_StupidWeird Al eh? What a funny dude.

In case you’re odd, or perhaps you’ve been living as some sort of gimp in a cellar for the past 30 years or so, Weird Al is an American entertainer who takes popular music and turns them into parodies. Sometimes quite well.

Dare to be Stupid is Yankovic’s third studio album.  Unfortunately, as an introduction to Yankovic it’s not a good choice. Nothing innovative or original here, just Yankovic going through the motions, and by motions I mean poo.

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Complete Mike Oldfield – Mike Oldfield [#298]

Mike_Oldfield_completeMore compilations. I’d like to say that you can tell the popularity of an artist by the number of compilation and “best ofs” they have. Sadly a great deal of musicians use “Best ofs”, Live concerts (as we will see soon with Bryan Ferry and others) and compilations (Box, Collection, Complete and otherwise) to fill the gaps in their “busy” schedules between drug taking, lying about in hotels with three or more women  and playing golf, usually to keep the fans interested or aware that they’re still out there….recording…being inspired….living the rock star life. You’d never see Geoff Love releasing a best of.

Today on Stegzy’s Music Project it’s Mike Oldfield and his 1985 compilation showcasing the wide range of musical talent he has. Featuring his memorable pop songs (Moonlight Shadow, Shadow on the Wall, etc), excerpts from his studio works (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, etc) and his film and television work (Blue Peter, Killing Fields).

This album was the first album I ever had on CD and I must have listened to it a thousand times over the years considering its age. I bought it from Boots in Liverpool in 1986 using gift vouchers received at Christmas to play on my shiny new CD player (also a Christmas gift bought from Boots). On the same visit I bought the Best of Donna Summer and probably a couple of computer games for my Commodore 64 from Bits and Bytes in Central Station. Bits and Bytes no longer trade, the Donna Summer CD cracked, flaked and went the way of the old dust bin along with the CD player and the stereo it was attached to. Boots no longer sell CDs or Hi-Fis but Mike Oldfield’s Complete Mike Oldfield triple CD compilation still exists and it sits. In a box. In the attic.

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Classic rock: 1985 – 1989 – Various Artists [#277]

Classic rock: 1985 – 1989 – Various Artists

Oh dear. It seems yesterday’s album featured some memorable songs. Today’s contains a similar selection of non-hits by bands you’ve heard of occasionally. Again, during the period 1985-1989 there were some really good songs and yet, once again, the compiler has managed to forage completely dull, non-entity tracks from their record collection. It kind of makes me think that the compiler worked in an all night garage.

With Talk Radio on.

CD1

01. Georgia Satellites – Open All Night
02. Gregg Allman – I’m No Angel
03. David Lee Roth – Tobacco Road
04. Jethro Tull – Farm On The Freeway
05. Robert Cray – Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
06. Status Quo – Burning Bridges
07. Bad Company – No Smoke Without Fire
08. Little Feat – Hate To Lose Your Lovin’
09. George Thorogood – You Talk Too Much
10. Doobie Brothers – Need A Little Taste Of Love
11. Hooters – Johnny B.
12. Steve Winwood – Split Decision
13. Fabulous Thunderbirds – Wrap It Up
14. ZZ Top – Sleeping Bag
15. Great White – Rock Me

CD2

01. Poison – Nothing But A Good Time
02. Billy Idol – Don’t Need A Gun
03. Pat Benatar – Sex As A Weapon
04. Foreigner – Say You Will
05. White Lion – When The Children Cry
06. Marillion – Incommunicado
07. Electric Light Orchestra – Calling America
08. The Stranglers – Always The Sun
09. Big Country – The Teacher
10. Europe – Superstitious
11. Pretenders – My Baby12. Lou Gramm – Just Between You And Me
13. Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
14. Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
15. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You’ve Got (’til It’s Gone)

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Classic rock: 1984-1985 – Various Artists [#277]

Classic rock: 1984-1985 - Various ArtistsClassic rock: 1984-1985 – Various Artists

The next three entries follow a similar pattern. That’s because the next three entries are very similar compilations. I could spare you the time but I’m cruel like that and I put the effort in to listen to these albums so it’s only fair.

The first in our trilogy of Classic Rock:198x – Time Life compilations is for the range 1984-1985, a glorious period in music, rich in a variety of hair, guitars and stadia. So it’s curious as to why the compiler chose the songs they did. I suspect that the compiler for Classic Rock: Symphonic Rock, which is also a Time Life compilation, worked on the same project.

Seriously that guy needs to broaden his music tastes.

1-1 Billy Idol Rebel Yell
1-2 ZZ Top Legs
1-3 David Lee Roth California Girls
1-4 Huey Lewis & The News The Power Of Love
1-5 Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield
1-6 Eurythmics Here Comes The Rain Again
1-7 Waterboys Whole Of The Moon
1-8 Kate Bush Running Up The Hill
1-9 Jon & Vangelis State Of Independence
1-10 Marillion Kayleigh
1-11 John Waite Missing You
1-12 Rick Springfield Jessie’s Girl
1-13 Glenn Frey The Heat Is On
1-14 Starship We Built This City
1-15 Tears For Fears Shout
2-1 Meat Loaf Modern Girl
2-2 Bonnie Tyler Holding Out For A Hero
2-3 Talking Heads Road To Nowhere
2-4 Talk Talk It’s My Life
2-5 Dio (2) Rock ‘N’ Roll Children
2-6 Deep Purple Perfect Strangers
2-7 George Thorogood & The Destroyers Willie & The Hand Jive
2-8 Los Lobos Don’t Worry Baby
2-9 Bette Midler Beast Of Burden
2-10 Nils Lofgren Secrets In The Street
2-11 Cars* Drive
2-12 Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is
2-13 REO Speedwagon Can’t Fight This Feeling
2-14 Chris Rea Stainsby Girls
2-15 Far Corporation Stairway To Heaven

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Back in the DHSS – Half Man Half Biscuit [#116]

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 17.12.47Back in the DHSS – Half Man Half Biscuit

Nope. Not a double posting. There are two DHSS albums by HMHB. This is the first.

This is early HMHB stuff, but still as scathing and well observed. Heavy on the punk side of things, but if you can hear through that, you’ll have a lyrical treat.

 

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