Saturday, February 26, 2011

Injected - Burn it Black

Scorpion King
I was given a copy of the Scorpion King Soundtrack when it first came out almost ten years ago.  I was familiar with many of the bands on that soundtrack, but some of them were new to me, one of those new bands was Injected.  The Injected song on the soundtrack is "Burn it Black".  I really liked the song, but I have never heard any of their songs or heard of them outside of this one soundtrack to a movie I've never even seen.

Burn It Black [Explicit]
Now, I can quickly and easily find out more info. about little known bands like Injected.  All I have to do is search for them on youtube or pandora or wikipedia and I can usually find out some good info. and even hear their songs.

Here's Injected playing "Burn it Black" live.  I don't think it's as good as the studio version, but here it is anyways:

INJECTED was a great hard rock band from Atlanta. After many, many years of owning the Atlanta rock scene, they signed a major label deal and put out the album Burn it Black (produced by Butch Walker) in 2002. They spent that year traveling the country rocking arenas, clubs, and everything in between, converting many unsuspecting audience members into hardcore INJECTED fans. 

The next few years were spent working on the follow-up to BiB which was to be called The Truth About You. But changes at their label left the band with no support and few options. Under the circumstances the band members decided to go their separate ways. 

From - Shanon -  the webdude - from

Friday, February 25, 2011

Prodical Man and Dazed and Confused

Before Ted Nugent went solo he was in the band, The Amboy Dukes.  I believe that this band is best known for their songs, "Journey to the Center of the Mind"and "Baby Please Don't Go".  However, they have some other great songs.  One of these songs is "Prodigal Man".  "Prodigal Man" is off their 1968 album, Migration.  In particular listen to the guitar solo in 3:42-4:53.  By the way there is a longer version of this which contains an additional 3 minutes of classic rock. 

Now, listen to Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused".  Listen to 3:30-4:50.  Doesn't it sound very similar to 3:42-4:53 of "Prodigal Man"? 

Is it just me or did the Amboy Dukes do some of "Dazed and Confused" before Led Zeppelin?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rollins Band - Obsence

This is Rollins doing his thing, and I can't think of any other band who has songs that sound anything like this, and I'm not referring to Rollins.  Remove Rollins from the picture, and does any band sound like this besides them?  I don't even know how to describe their sound.  I like to use the term  hard jazz or hard blues.

As demented as many people may think his lyrics are in this song, including the bass player at the start of the song when Rollins is just improving a rant,  I think there is a lot of truth to them.  How often do "we love someone and hate them at the same time?"  And as much as we like to point the finger at others to remove the speck from their own eye, we really need to think about ourselves first and get the plank out of ours first.  I think he points out our sinful natures very well.  I'm always convicted when I listen to this band. 

End Of Silence
"Obscene can be found on this CD"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pink Floyd - Childhood's End

I'm always amazed at the number of people who love Pink Floyd and wear their T-shirts but are only familiar with The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon.  I'm at least stoked when I find someone who knows that the entire album Wish You Were Here is great, and that it's hard to find a better Floyd song than "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" and that "Shine On" is in fact so amazing that "Wish You Were Here" falls short in comparison (although they are two completely different types of songs).

An album they made which I rarely see or hear mention of is Obscured by Clouds.  I doubt many will agree with me on this but, I think that it's a better album than The Wall.  I mean seriously, how many songs on The Wall are actually great!  I think just one, "Comfortably Numb" and then some others are good, and some others, thank God I grew up in the era of the CD so I could just hit skip or record a tape or burn a CD that just contains the good stuff.

Obscured By Clouds
Click to learn more about Obscured by Clouds

Here are some notes I copied from adadmasrinsky's youtube channel:

Childhood's End appeared on the Pink Floyd rock album, Obscured by Clouds, which was based on the band's soundtrack for the French film La Vallée, by Barbet Schroeder. Some copies of the album refer to the film by its alternate English title, The Valley. The LP was released in the UK on June 3, 1972 on Harvest/EMI and then in the U.S. on June 15, 1972 on Harvest/Capitol. The album reached #6 on the UK album charts and #46 on the U.S. album charts (where it was certified Gold by the RIAA in March, 1994). In 1986, the album was released on CD. A digitally remastered CD was released in March 1996 in the UK and August 1996 in the U.S.

The Song Childhood's End was inspired by a science fiction novel of the same name, by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, orignally published in 1953.

This song reminds me of the Sinai, Egypt, where many of the images from this video are shot.

The lyrics go as follows:
You shout in your sleep
Perhaps the price is just too steep
Is your conscience at rest
If once put to the test?
You awake with a start
To just the beating of your heart
Just one man beneath the sky
Just two ears
Just two eyes

You set sail across the sea
Of long past thoughts and memories
Childhood's end
Your fantasies
Merge with harsh realities
And then as the sail is hoist
You find your eyes are growing moist
And all the fears never voiced
Say you have to make your final choice

Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why?
Some are born
Some men die
Beneath one infinite sky There'll be war
There'll be peace
But everything one day will cease
All the iron turned to rust
All the proud men turned to dust
And so all things, time will mend
So this song will end

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Iggy Pop - Passenger

I had never listened to Iggy Pop.  However, I am a big fan of the Rollins Band.  Someone told me that I should look up Rollins speaking on trying to top Iggy Pop, and how no matter how hard he tried to beat Iggy, he couldn't show him up.  If Rollins wants to beat a guy on stage, I would think he could do it if he wanted to, but he can't beat Iggy no matter what he tries or how hard tries doing it.  Here's some videos of Rollins speaking on trying to beat Iggy on stage.

The PassengerSo after watching these videos, I thought maybe it would be worth buying an Iggy CD. I went with Lust for Life since I found it used. I wanted to get a Stooges CD instead, but they were all new and listed at full price.

To my surprise most of the songs sounded like David Bowie.  I even thought I heard David Bowie singing on some of the tracks.  I checked the notes and Bowie actually wrote the music to most of the tracks, and Iggy just wrote the lyrics.  So the music on Lust for Life didn't meet my expectations from hearing Rollins speak on the man, but I've watched some live videos and Iggy does fit Rollins' description in some cases.

The song that stood out to me from Lust to Life was "The Passenger".  Here's a video of "The Passenger" from Youtube edited together with old school Hollywood clips:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood

This is the first blog post for On Rock!  I chose to feature the band Corrosion of Conformity and their song "Wiseblood" because I just started to listen to them this week.  

Click on the arrows in the Prezi presentation below to read my comments about them and to listen to their song, "Wiseblood". You might need to wait a moment for the presentation to load.