Hammer of the Gods

GOD BLESS THE DAMNED BASS PLAYER!

The Damned, a very brief and incomplete history of one the longest ( but not continuous) running punk bands. The original line-up was Dave Vanian: vocals, Brian James: guitar, Rat Scabies: drums and Captain Sensible: bass guitar. Being one of the original London punk bands, forming in 1976, they were the first of this lot to release a single: "New Rose" on Stiff records. They also earned credit for being the first British punk band to release a full length album, also on Stiff, "Damned Damned Damned" , which produced the bass pulse driven, single "Neat Neat Neat". And to chalk up one more first for the band, in 1977 they became the first British punk band to tour the United States.

Also in '77, they added second guitarist Lu Edmonds. When it was time to record their second album, "Music For Pleasure" the Damned sought out Syd Barrett as a producer, but he declined or didn't want to leave the house or something like that. So they settled for his Pink Floyd bandmate, Nick Mason. Before the record was even released, Scabies quit the band, stating his utter dislike with the record as his reason. The album bombed commercially and critically, and after the promotional tour for "Music For Pleasure", The Damned broke up in early 1978. This would only leave room for many reformations and a long list of bass players to follow.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Super Bowl XLVII

Faking the Thunder? Seriously, I think not. Sweet Petunia, I don't know why I still get surprised by the way some of the most insignificant things get blown to global proportions in our Age of Information. But all this hullabaloo about Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, miming or faking their performance during the Super Bowl halftime show, well, by gawdangit, it just makes my mind wobble. You were sitting at home, a friends place or a bar or wherever, watching the game and you felt somewhat slighted by the halftime performance... produced to pacify and entertain you. My thought or suggestion to all the folks whining, complaining or just observing and making a lot of noise, like a baby, those who felt cheated or disparged....next time the RHCP are performing anywhere near you, purchase a ticket, attend the show and if you have the same feelings afterwards, than cry out to the high heavens in protest. In aftermath of experiencing the RHCP live and you were disappointed,  I suggest you lubricate your butt-hole or take a muscle relaxer (if prescribed ), because your ass is much too tight to let the punk/funk in! Cheers, suckas! (THUD) ----that's sound of me slamming my mouse down in staged rage and frustration.

And just in case you haven't seen it anywhere else, here is Flea's explanation:

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.

"We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.

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Hammer of the Gods-Happy, Birthday, Jimmy Page

James Patrick "Jimmy" Page was born on January 9, 1944. Jimmy Page is the leader and guitarist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. I think that says it all. Happy Birthday, Jimmy Page!

JP +JPJ

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Happy Birthday, Mike Watt!! Have a Hoot!!

Okay, technically, tomorrow is Mr. Watt's birthday. But today is Thunderous Thursday, and the master of the "Thud Staff" gets a big ol' shout out and happy birthday wishes from Flying Monkey Moto Gear!!

Captain of his Destiny, Mike Watt was given props one of the first full blown, Thunderous Thursday features I ever did. You can find that here

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Paz Lenchantin: A Perfect Circle, Zwan and now, The Pixies

A thunderous Happy Birthday wish to Paz Lenchantin! The mult-talented (bass, vocal, piano, violin and other stringed instruments), celebrates a life enriched with music. Her skills first caught my ear and eye as the original bassist for A Perfect Circle. Upon first hearing the APC song "Judith", I was wondering why Maynard Keenan took on a side project that sounded so much like his main gig, TOOL's earlier material, but after hearing the rest of the album "Mer der Noms", I realized it had a character of it's own. But back to the first single, "Judith", it was the video for this song that made me give them more attention. Okay, not trying to come off as sexist, but you can't help but notice, it 's a woman pounding the thick bass riff on the song, it's what she does during the break in the song when she's not playing, during a very brief break, she whips her hair up, and ties it in a small bun atop her head, then comes back in with full-on rock fury!! One of the coolest "rock moves" I've ever seen!!

After much touring and recording with APC , she went on to join Billy Corgan's post (first break up) Smashing Pumpkins project, Zwan. This was a hefty position, anchoring the bottom end, with bombastic drummer, Jimmy Chamberlain (also Smashing Pumpkins alumnist), and adding supporting vocals and finding a place amongst 3 guitars! She really shined in this band, with her breathy vocals and incredibly tasteful and melodic basslines, that somehow cut through the triple guitar assault and defined many of the songs on the band's only album "Mary, Star of the Sea". I really dig this record, and felt it was overshadowed by Corgan's past with Smashing Pumpkins and never really had a chance of stepping into the light of it's own, which it truly deserved.

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Alec John Such-The Artist Formerly Known as the Bassist for Bon Jovi

Seriously, this started off as a lazy attempt at doing a much neglected "Thunderous Thursday" post. So I just googled "bass player birthdays" and I got a hit on the guy from Matchbox 20, who I absolutely know nothing about, except that Rob Thomas sung for them (and he also help revive Carlos Santana's career), and Alec John Such of Bon Jovi fame.  I recognized his name right away, which sort of surprised me, because I never considered myself a Bon Jovi fan. But they wrote some catchy songs....songs that you don't want to admit to liking, but dagnabbit, if you don't sing along whenever you hear them!

And with no shame do I admit, although I do not own a copy, I confess that "Slippery When Wet" is a classic rock and roll record album!! This record spawned some of the bands most popular songs, "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Never Say Goodbye", "I'd Die For You" and the root-octave bass pulse driven, "Livin' On A Prayer". All anchored by the man sporting the precisely-trimmed soul patch, Alec John Such. Not being an true fan, I only know that Alec John Such was dismissed from the band in 1994 and went on to manage a few New Jersey area bands and owns a motorcycle shop in New York City ( I couldn't find any further information on this). But with all that said and done, Happy Birthday, Alec John Such!

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Jerry Only: The Misfits

It's "Thunderous Thursday" and Halloween, how could I not feature Jerry Only of the Misfits! Let's face it, the Misfits are probably more known as a iconic brand more so than as a actual kick-ass band. Which is a damned shame, because the Misfits wrote some of the catchiest and solid songs of early American Punk Rock and Hardcore! During their heyday, they pretty much wrote the book for "Horror Punk" and eventually burned the pages and moved on.

There are two Misfits albums that always make it to my Halloween playlist, the classic "Walk Among Us" and their shift to a more hardcore/brutal sound, "Earth A.D./Wolf's Blood" Although "Walk Among Us" was the first full length album issued by the band, it was the third they recorded. The sound of this record is pure rock and roll, 50-60's style vocal melodies over a raw punk rock instrumentation. All smothered with horror and sci-fi inspired lyrics and the make-up and "devil-lock" hairstyle (originated by Jerry O!), sort of made them the punk rock equivalent to KISS! The Misfits were not out to change the world, but to entertain the audience.

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