The Song In My Head


May or may not… and my absence…
June 30, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: America, britain, britpop, britpop songs, indie, Music, polara, pop, rialto, rocknroll, space, supernaturals

First things first…SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I know I have neglected this blog for a over a month. I was out on tour and the blog itself had some technical issues I had to fix. But all of these things have been resolved and we are back on track! yay!

I just wanted to post today on a few bands that you may or may not have heard of from the hey day of the mid-90’s britpop era. 97′ was the great and final year of britpop before it really died, and there were many bands that snuck in and said goodbye before you really knew who they were. While the U.S was busy with watered down versions of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam bands, the Uk was busy with watered down versions of Oasis, Blur, and Pulp.

The first of these was Rialto. They completely sound like if Oasis and Pulp were mashed together to make James Bond theme music. The next is The Supernaturals (For some reason it seems like there were a million “super” bands in the 90’s). This band in particular was written off by the british press but they really write some amazing pop tunes and had quite a few hits. Then there is Space.. you probably remember them from the Austin Powers soundtrack. And finally, the band Polara isn’t british but I feel their sound fit well enough in that genre. Surprisingly all of these groups are still around in one way or another. Just go to wikipedia to find out what they are up to. I am too lazy today for links.. haha.

Rialto “When We’re Together”

Space “You And Me Against The World”

The Supernaturals “The Day Before Yesterdays Man”

Polara “Pantomime”

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Toys In The Attic (This one’s for Dougy!)
April 9, 2008, 5:50 pm
Filed under: 1, 80's, britain, Hot For Teacher, indie, punk, Toy Dolls

Every now and then, I sometimes forget what RocknRoll is really all about. When those days happen, I quickly run to my computer and turn on the TOY DOLLS. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning, I remember what the missing ingredient is…. FUN!

The TOY DOLLS represent everything a true punk band should aspire to be. Many “pure” punk rockers discard this band as simply a novelty act.. but I guarantee that you will be hard pressed to find any successful punk band not list them as an influence.

I have a great story about my 7th grade science teacher (who was 23 and smoking hot) all impressed that I listened to the Toy Dolls. I thought I was the shiznit until she said she couldn’t wait to go home and tell her BOYFRIEND! (noooo!!) At the time, she was like 6 feet tall and I was like barely 4’11”, so I don’t think our love was destined to happen.

Here are my favorites from their first 3 albums:

Dig that Groove Baby

Bless You My Son

Dougy Giro



Apples and…. well, apples.
March 2, 2008, 9:57 pm
Filed under: 1, 90's, America, apples in stereo, indie, pop, rocknroll

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Prior to the internet era, The Apples (In Stereo)  seemed like mythic pop Gods to many aspiring musicians.  What you knew about the band was completely built around Fanzine articles and college radio play. I used to lay awake in my dorm room dreaming about riding a bus out to Colorado to join the Elephant Six and have Rob of the apples produce my albums.  This was the first band that made me realize what record production was all about. 

Their first album Fun Trick Noisemaker was a startling debut of Velvet Underground heroin guitars mixed with Beach Boys melodies and themes.  What was really amazing was that this band recorded it all on a four track.  Now a days, do-it-yourself albums are the norm with computers making everyone think they are the next Rick Rubin.. but back in the early 90’s, no band I ever heard of was doing this.  They owned their own studio, produced all their own records, ran their own label, and played on their friends albums.  The best part was.. they actually sold lots of albums!

As the nineties were coming to a close, and the new millenium began, the Apples topped the college charts with every album that they released.  They still have some of their early dirty psych sound, but they have become more polished, using advanced recording gear, and writing songs that are more sophisticated and precise.

Here in order of the first four albums they put out, are my favorite tunes:

Green Machine Haley (b-side demo)About Your Fame The Bird That You Can’t See