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It’s just overkill

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Sorry, this isn’t about the band Overkill.  It’s about Men At Work.   I became a fan on day one when they first hit in America.  It was a combination of Colin Hay’s voice and Jerry Speiser’s drumming.  That guy was a beast!

 

I can remember riding my bike down to Benji’s house and listening to this every weekend.   It was just good stuff.

 

Business As Usual – 1982

Other than Helpless Automaton, there’s not another bad song on the album.  people Just Love To Play With Words, Who Can It Be Now, Underground, Catch a Star and I Can See It In Your Eyes are certainly my faves.  Down Under is good but way overplayed.

 

Cargo – 1983

Their follow-up wasn’t as commercially acceptable but I think I like it more in many ways.  The song Overkill is easily one of my favorite songs by any band in any genre.  The album is filled with really good songs like Blue For You, High Wire and It’s a Mistake.  Dr. Heckyl and Upstairs In My House are great too.  I never cared much for I Like To.  Little too goofy.

 

Two Hearts – 1985

This album was a bit of a let down.  It’s not bad, but it’s lacking.  Jerry Speiser left the band and they used a drum machine.  ugh.  The Man With 2 Hearts and Maria are the standout tracks.

 

I did finally see them in Virginia Beach in 1999(?).  It was only Colin Hay and Greg Ham left in the band.  Reggie, Dave and I got there when the opening band had about 2-3 songs left and the show was sold out.  I’m a bit of a fanatic for this band and told them I was going to force my way up front.  They looked at me like I was crazy.  I got up there right before they took the stage and was dead center.  It was a great show.  Sadly most people were there to hear the hits but they played some other non-hits as well as some solo stuff of Colin’s.  All of which I was familiar with.  I was raising so much hell between songs that Colin commented to me from the stage, “You’re nuts mate.  I love it!”  Great show.

 

Afterwards I got to hang out with Greg Ham and share some wine with him.  Super nice cat.  I didn’t get to meet Colin.  Greg said he’s not much on hanging out and is a bit shy. 

 

Good times.

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February 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm

i’ve gotta stop taking care of somebody else’s business…start taking care of myself…

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this aging thing sucks…

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February 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

The wrecking crew is out of hand…

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January 1987.  Junior year at my bastard filled high school of people that primarily listened to Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, INXS, The Cure and REM.  *shudder*  There was one other metalhead in my class that year that turned me on to this album and let me borrow it.  Holy shit, what an album.  Deny the Cross kicks in and just blows your head off.  From there to the end the album never lets up.  I took a very long shower today and had this playing.  I got through the 3rd song (Fear His Name) and was steadily rocking out the whole time.  The album is incredible.  My first band used to play In Union We Stand which sounded like it was written as a single but it sill kicked ass.  I can still hear J. Rob’s voice when we would play it live…”This is a song by Ova-Keel.”  hahha.  Brings me great joy.

The overtly suggestive Fatal If Swallowed, Power Surge and Overkill II are skull crushers.  Electro-Violence is my least favorite on the album and it’s still a damn fine song.

So…thanks to Overkill for putting out a great album.  Too bad Rat Skates left after the tour.  Fortunately I got to see this tour when they opened up for Megadeth on the Peace Sells Tour, May 23, 1987…my junior prom night.  Definitely worth missing the prom to see Megadeth/Overkill @ the Boathouse (RIP).

Sucks that the original video isn’t on Youtube.

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February 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

39 years ago today

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black_sabbath_bs1This album is the foundation of modern metal.  I first heard it around 1975.  Evil.  Dark.  Sloppy.  Brilliant.  Other than NIB it’s perfect.  Even though I prefer the Dio era to Ozzy’s, this is pretty much my favorite Sabbath album.

 

Good work guys.  Too bad they can’t write like this anymore.

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February 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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Estoy aqui!

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So, this is my first blog on WordPress since switching over from Blogspot. I’m really surprised that Google didn’t enhance that site much more since they seemingly can do anything.

Oh well, for anyone who is new to my writing, prepare yourself for the greatest boredom in the world.

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February 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Sixburgh!

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So, I’ve been watching Steelers football for as long as I can remember and have seen every super bowl game since IX, the Steelers’ first. Both of my parents were from western PA so naturally they were fans and it trickled down to me.

I considered going this year but decided to use my money a little rmoe wisely and pay off a credit card. Done!

When Super Bowl XXX was happening, I had a party at my house and I was married at the time. When O’Donnell threw the 2nd interception for a TD to the Cowboys I got a little pissed and kicked everyone out of the party. Yes, I take it a little too seriously sometimes.

This year’s game was pretty good. I had another party (3rd year in a row) and had about 12-15 people there throughout the course of the game. Lots of food and beer and great friends. I was pretty excited through the whole game until the 4th quarter when the Steelers got lax and let the cards start scoring. Typical Steelers football. Irritating.

Some things I noticed about the televised game and even more confirmed after speaking to a few folks who attended the game.

1. The cameras rarely panned the crowd. According to one friend who was there, he said it was easily 100:1 Steelers fans to cards fans. Not too surprising. NBC is a bunch of wussies trying to make it appear “fair” on TV.

2. The crowd noise seemed enhanced. When the Steelers made a big play, you heard cheers and such. But when the Cards made big plays, the volume seemed to double. I’d bet dime to a dollar NBC, again, was trying to make it seem like an even crowd.

But hey, whatever. The Steelers won and for that I am happy. There were awful calls on boths sides of the ball for both teams and a ton of no-calls. Harrison should have been ejected and I am not convinced that Warner’s fumble at the end was a fumble, no matter if the NFL claims they reviewed it in the booth.

Here’s the precursor to my party:

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February 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm