Speed Metal Can Be Punk, If It’s Motorhead

Motorhead – “Ace of Spades”

Um…. two songs define my relationship with punk rock more than all others. The first is “Ace of Spades” and the other is “Changes”. If you can’t figure out why these songs are so important, then:

1) I Pity Your Soul.

2) Fuck You.

Lyrics Are Overrated, The Snare Matters More

Agent Orange – “Miserlou,” Pipeline,” “Mr. Moto”

Lyrics are overrated.

Let’s have the following medley “speak” for itself.

The snare sound is like hitting a bag of broken glass with a hammer.

Buddy Holly Was A Geek, Not A Creep.

Buddy Holly – “Everyday”

Buddy Holly was creepy.

I have to make this VERY clear: I Love Buddy Holly.

The first Rock and Roll that I intentionally listened to was NOT the Beatles, Not the Rolling Stones, and Not the Who. It was mutha fuckn Buddy Holly. I learned how to load my Dad’s reel-to-reel tape player with Buddy Holly’s Greatest Hits. Like I said, I Love Buddy Holly. But good lord, christ almighty, when used in a soundtrack like “We Need to Talk ABout Kevin”, songs like “Everyday” become far weirder than I think poor Buddy could have ever imagined. David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino should be ashamed for not recognizing how creepy this song could be in the correct context.

Can you say “Glockenspiel”?

Best song ever? Best song ever.

David Bowie – “Changes”

What, I need to say something about this?!

Bubblegum = Garage? Impossible!

The Equals – “Baby Come Back”

I came to love the Equals after first loving the Eddy Grant 80’s hit Electric Avenue. The Equals are simultaneously Bubblegum and Garage. A tough combination to pull off without falling completely into one or the other camp.

Punk Rock Homicide Shocks Nation

999 – “Homicide”

This is one of my favorite songs by the hugely influential English band, 999. It’s one of the tunes that inspired me to play, and I’ve been bugging the Fashion Slaves to cover this one! Maybe we will but either way check it out, I love this.