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.




“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.




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.




A Band You Should Know About

Television – “Friction”

Great song from one of my favorite albums, “Friction” on Marquee Moon by Television. If you haven’t ever heard Tom Verlaine, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Love his voice but I especially love his guitar playing.




Terrifying Anthem Puzzlingly Beautiful

Danzig – “Mother”

When I first heard this song I was puzzled. How can a voice (Glen Danzig) be so terrifying but beautiful at the same time? The Misfits (Glenn Danzig’s most known-later band) has proven to be a huge influence on teenage youth generation after generation. As a vocalist myself I find it puzzling how it sounds like he’s talking, yet he is still hitting his notes spot on. This song is terrifyingly beautiful. I never thought I could say those words in the same sentence. But that’s exactly how I would describe this ear-catching tune.




Golden Music From Such A Weird Voice

The Pixies – “Bone Machine”

Walking through a record store in the early 2000’s as a young teenager trying to find something new. Mediocre Pop/Alternative music was being overplayed on the radio and my ears were TIRED. I rebelled. I went to find something different. I walked in and saw this picture of a nude woman dancing in the shadow with a crucifix looking thing hanging on the wall. How nutty! I had never seen anything like it. My first thought was “WHAT A WEIRD VOICE THIS GUY HAS!” His voice became a musical lemon. I would walk away due to the sour taste. But, I wanted more. I craved the pixies. I became obsessed with this record “Surfer Rosa.” I didn’t completely understand what the songs were about due to the vague imagery. But I didn’t care. It was awesome. It was different. I felt like I dug up a treasure chest. Instead of gold there was music inside!




Dirty, Raw, Song About L.A. Demons

The Distillers – “City Of Angels”

This band was at their peak when I was getting into my early teenage years. Once again. With a powerhouse of a female front person. So cool. So dirty. So raw. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. The lyrics to this song remain ironic. Even some years later after it came out in 2004. Every time I head down to LA. I make sure to blast this one. All I see is dead wings!!!




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.