Posts Tagged ‘ace frehley’

The Bull Pit #120 – New York, New York

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

skylineSongs by NY bands Wyldlife, Late Cambrian, The Rats, Rob Skane, Toilet Boys, The Nuclears and more.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios ( Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO. 
Brought to you by Bull Lee Media

“Even the Losers”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

tom pettyOne of the covers I recorded back in 2008 was Tom Petty’s “Even the Losers” from the album Damn the Torpedoes, which will always hold an especially nostalgic place in my heart.

When I was a kid my dad used to run the San Diego Mission Bay Marathon. We lived near Temecula, which was a little over an hour north of SD. My parents would drive down the day before the run and leave my little brother and I with our Aunt Doris who lived down there. She was in her early 20s and we thought she was the coolest human on the planet. Her boyfriend was cool too, and used to crack us up. One of the funniest things he said was when we were watching I Was A Teenage Werewolf which starred Michael Landon, and he said “Where’s Hoss!?” For some reason we thought that was the funniest thing we’d ever heard. I still think about that moment from time to time and laugh out loud (if you’re too young to remember, Hoss was the name of Landon’s overweight brother on Bonanza).

Anyway, being the music-starved record fanatic kids that we were, Doris used to take us to Tower Records and buy us albums. We were used to the record stores in Riverside which pretty much only had the top 40 albums. The music selection at Tower was amazing. We would spend hours running around there. Some albums we picked out during those visits were the first Cars album, the KISS Solo Albums (I, being a guitarist, got Ace’s, and my brother, a drummer, chose Peter’s), and Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes. It is impossible for me to listen to any of those records without feeling tidal waves of nostalgia.

So when I was trying to think of covers, Petty was high on my list as he is probably my favorite all-time singer-songwriter. The song that I love most, aside from “Louisiana Rain”, on Torpedoes is “Even the Losers”. You can hear me rush like crazy on bridge of the recording, that’s how excited I was to play it.

Ray from the CoverMe blog has featured my version of the song on a Tom Petty tribute along with Petty covers by Wilco, Matthew Sweet, Johnny Cash and others.

Go here to check it out. Thanks Ray!

Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

michael-myers-mask-1Today the heat was even bad on the West Side so I decided to go to a movie (no air conditioning in my house). I intended on going to see Inglorious Basterds, but chose at the last second to buy a ticket for H2 instead.

I heard Rob on Howard Stern last week and the interview made me interested in seeing the film, despite the fact that all I heard was negativity from everyone I know about it. My friends are all purists though. They are John Carpenter fans who think the original Halloween was the greatest work of art ever to bless the screen.

Zombie’s Halloween won me over in the first scene by using KISS‘s “God of Thunder”. There is one scene in H2 where Laurie wears an Ace Frehley shirt, the black velvet-looking image from his first solo album. That album is high on my list of positive childhood memories so he gets props for that, no matter what (I’ll be seeing Ace in 12 days at the Viper Room and I plan to hit you all with a long fanboy review of the show the next day). In general, the visual style of the film was good as Rob’s stuff always is. Another nice touch was an Alice Cooper poster in Laurie’s bathroom.

I’m no film critic so I’m not going to pretend to be one. There are enough people out there with opinions. I just would like to say that Tyler Bates’ score was extremely boring. Rob needs a better composer.

Oh, and I hear this is the second time Zombie cut Ezra Buzzington out of one of his films. I was hoping to see E.B. but he was nowhere to be found.

The film goes a little David Lynch on us, I thought that was pretty cool. Rob said he was taking the supernatural out of the story, but I don’t see that to be the case since Michael’s visions are shared with his sister. I won’t spoil anything, go see it if you liked his take on Halloween.