Are Two Drummers Better Than One?

Brian Auger – “Listen Here”

Absolutely yes! The more drums, the merrier! You’ve gotta love this classic Eddie Harris composition.

My Favorite Drum Maniac

Sandy Nelson – “Let There Be Drums”

This 1960’s anthem is as good as its title.

The Best Band Not To Make It Big

The Move – “Feel Too Good”

I got to know The Move when they featured Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan. They were so good, but were never as famous here as they were in the U.K., where they scored 9 Top 20 hits in the 60s. “Feel Too Good” is a classic, but way too long for the radio airplay of the time.

The Best Girl’s Name Song Of All Time?

Trio – “Anna”

But yes. This song totally bent my mind when I first heard it. I believe I laughed uncontrollably for some time and then had to play it least twice a day for a whole summer. This is the great German trio known simply as, Trio. You’ve probably heard their hit “Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me)” but you maybe haven’t heard this yet. It’s perfect.

“Common People” Stiffed In The U.S.

Pulp – “Common People”

Pulp really put it all together on this one. An amazing lyric about real life, great vocal, instrumentation inspired at every turn. There isn’t a wasted line or moment. “Common People” was a huge smash over in the UK, but not so much in the US, so if you missed it, check it out! This is one of my all time favorite songs.

Inspirational Female Talks About Love

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock And Roll”

The song that broke the first female TRUE rock n roll star. The “First Lady” of. Released in 1981. This song is older than me!?! I guess it’s just timeless. Because I still hear it at bars, sports stadiums, and in movies. I’m embarrassed to say the reason I know this song is because when I was 10 (before I knew about Joan Jett) Brittney Spears covered this song. I did my research to find out who did the original. I found out. And forever have been a fan. Thanks to Joan Jett for being the greatest female inspiration to this day.

Two-Tone Ska Classic “Missing Words?”

The Selecter – “Missing Words”

The first record I bought! 30 years after this song was released this record caught my eye at 1-2-3-4 GO Records in Oakland. My fellow band mates in The Uptones were always talking it up about some band named “The Selecter” and how they were the “IT” band of ska way back before I was around. I had to find out what this was all about! AND, with a lead super-cool chick singer? I’m IN! So I brought it home and listened to it nonstop. I still am! Here’s one my all time favorite songs.

Masterful Guitar Rumbles Into Rock History

Link Wray – “Rumble”

This classic instrumental track by Link Wray made an indelible mark on rock and guitar playing. The rhythm section just cooks along behind Wray as he methodically increases the tension, using the amp vibrato and his expert technique to speak volumes without words in a short space of time. This is as cool as it gets.

Bad Music For Bad People, Good!

The Cramps – “She Said”

The Cramps are a national treasure. I liked them before I even heard them play. I knew what they SOUNDED like just by looking at their PICTURE! Bad Music For Bad People, indeed. This is good.