Take One, One, One 'Cuz You Left Me

Hola Amigos! It's been awhile since I rapped at ya! (A special no-prize to the person who knows where that line came from....) I trust that you've all been well. I was trying to get out an article sooner to help take up the slack of there not being a new episode to listen to this week. Alas, life got in the way. You'll have to make due with the rather disjointed ramblings of this guy for now. I know, it's no substitute for the wit, charm, and grace that my three audio compatriots are able to dole out on a consistent basis, but maybe I can spread a small amount of joy....

As I sit and type I am currently listening to Violent Femmes Permanent Record: The Very Best OfIt's good, of course. How could it not be, it's got all the hits on it. And also some of the non-hits. I've often thought it was a strange process, the way bands (or, more accurately, record companies) go about compiling a greatest hits record. They serve a purpose, of course. The average listener wants to get a feel for a band, they go to the greatest hits record. (Or, if you're a 21st Century Digital Boy, you go to Spotify, but that's a topic for another time.) The greatest hits record does very little for the hardcore fan - they usually skip it, or if you're really a fanatic, you buy it anyway. Sometimes it has that extra track tacked on for the longtime fan - half of the time, it's not worth buying it just for that. A really good greatest hits record will take on a life of it's own - see The Eagles Greatest Hits - and for me as a young boy, that record was Ted Nugent Great Gonzos - the Best Of Ted Nugent. At the time , there was really no need for any of his other records, that one had it all. As I got older I was able to delve into his records more and discover some good deep cuts, but in High School, that was all a young man with a meager allowance needed. Overall, I'm not a fan of the greatest hits record, but they have their place. Except Aerosmith Greatest Hits. I'm not sure why you would want that, with the strangely edited version of "Sweet Emotion". But maybe that's just me. Feel free to give me your recollections of greatest hits albums. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones leave you cold? As always, we welcome feedback here at the print version of ABOG...

Lots o' new records just being released and coming out soon. I recently got my mitts on the 30th Anniversary CD of Judas Priest Turbo. It sounds great, and the included 1986 concert at Kansas City from their Fuel For Life Tour is incredibly good. Good song selection, well produced, it's going to stay on my rotation for awhile. Also just out is a new Godfathers album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise. I've only listened once, but I've liked what I've heard so far. It feels like I'm just adding to my backlog, while still trying to catch up on last years' releases. There just aren't enough hours in a day. A couple of concerts are coming up on the horizon as well. Mac Sabbath (a Black Sabbath crossed with McDonald's theme band - just youtube it, you'll see what I mean) will be in Milwaukee in the beginning of March on their "Mockstrosity" tour and the one and only legendary Sonics are playing in Chicago at the end of March. Can't wait!

Coming Soon: I will be trying to mirror the podcast a little for upcoming segments - I'll pick an album of the week format and discuss it - I'm not going to limit it to new releases though - if something has earwormed into my brain, I may just have to talk about it as well. As always, I'll take any suggestions for new bands or albums, or if there's something you want to get me to hear, let me know. I'm always willing to give it a spin. Unless it's Bro Country, that stuff just sucks.

Current Listening: Fuzz Fuzz; The Runaways Queens Of Noise; Judas Priest Turbo 30; Various Artists Twisted Willie - a Tribute To Willie Nelson; Unsane Scattered Smothered & Covered; Jim Jones Revue The Savage Heart