Even though I have way more than the 57 channels (and nothin’ on) that Bruce Springsteen sang about there are some nights when I click through the listings and find nothing appealing.
Another reality show? No thanks. Though I do like Kitchen Nightmares.
Look, a movie based on a comic book! No. I’d still rather watch the original TV Batman.
So on those nights I turn to Youtube for a few hours of music videos and I often play the same ones again and again….
Champagne Supernova by Oasis
Call them Beatles copiers if you want but this is a great song with a chorus that recharges my batteries. Hey, and if you are going to borrow musical melodies why not borrow from the best?
Simple Man by Shinedown
The studio version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic appeared on Shinedown’s Leave a Whisper album. This video was recorded in someone’s living room! Most of the big voices in popular music today belong to females but this guy has pipes! He’s belting it out without showing off. If you’re a guy and you love your Mom the lyrics seem to dig a little deeper thanks to soulful vocals of Brent Smith. And speaking of females, how about….
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
I love Amy Lee’s voice (and she’s pretty darn cute). Evanescence was made for a hard rock fan afficinado like me. I was a big fan of Pat Benatar and another hard rockin’ lady I’ll be featuring further down, but when Evanescence burst on the scene ten years ago with Lee’s powerful soprano soaring above grinding guitars, I was in heaven. Some detractors point to the band’s second single, “Going Under” and it’s unnecessary use of voice processing to suggest Lee is less than great but it was one song. Check out the ballads. She’s awesome. And did I say rock guitar? Check out…
Highway Song by Blackfoot
Blackfoot didn’t achieve the success of fellow southern rockers like Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers or even Molly Hatchet but this song has a killer guitar solo. It’s similar in style to Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and “Green Grass and High Tides” by the Outlaws. Starts slow, builds to a wild, extended guitar jam that seems to go on forever, which is musical ecstasy if you’re a guitar lover. And now, back to that female I alluded to earlier….
Metal Queen by Lee Aaron
This one takes me back to my youth, and catching Lee at The Gasworks or “The Knob” in Scarborough. I interviewed her for my college newspaper and got to know Lee (real name Karen Greening) so that made me a fan for life. The female Conan the Barbarian set is a bit cheesy but it’s fun. Even now, I think back to Karen’s stories about the making of the video and suddenly its 1982 again. Sometimes its nice to be transported back to one of best periods of my life so thanks Karen, John Albani, George Bernhardt, Jack Meli and Attila Demjen (though Frank Russell played drums on the album).