First ABBA, then royalty

Did y’all know that Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA fame is a princess? Since 1992, when she married Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss of Plauen, she has been known as Her Serene Highness Princess Anni-Frid Synni Reuss, Countess of Plauen. You’ve learned something here today. Okay, I know you’re dying for it. Here’s her hit single, which […]

Black Country Communion

The more I listen to their album, the more I realize that it’s just sick how good these guys are.

Music update

I have a handful of new CDs I’ve been working through. Finally getting Deep Purple’s Perfect Strangers was a great look back at the mid-’80s reunion of the Machine Head band lineup.  Rolling Stone rated it two stars out of five back when it came out, so you know it’s really very good.  The title song […]

Gerry Rafferty and life and stuff

The news that Gerry Rafferty had died came just days after a guy I knew killed himself. So I was already pondering the demons that drive people to such desperation.  Reading that Rafferty had fought depression and alcoholism and suffered from severe liver damage added on more lost soul to the tally. None of that changes […]

It’s a little-known fact that Rasputin played harmonica for Canned Heat

Great group, great song — not particularly good-looking fellas, though.

Asia (the band, not the continent)

Ah, this stuff brings back memories… In their earliest commercial lineup, Asia comprised John Wetton of King Crimson, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Steve Howe of Yes, and Geoff Downes of The Buggles and “neo-Yes”  — a progressive rock dream team. It was short-lived dream.  But a dream nonetheless…


I like these guys.

Friday: Time for the Scorps

Ah, the good side of the ’80s! Enjoy!


I was a huge fan of Eric Clapton for many years, but I felt like he got way too namby-pamby back in the ‘9os.  That being said, I’ve always liked this one: But not as good as this one: I think I’m a huge fan again… UPDATE: Nice to see him bringing the kids along.  I have […]

These people should be hung from a lamppost

The ones who’ve brought us a minivan commercial featuring Judas Priest’s “The Hellion,” that is. Dont’ get me wrong.  With all the drivel on TV, I welcome hearing KK Downing and Glenn Tipton’s guitars screaming at me from my set.  But for a minivan? And what’s with the chinless androgyne who is apparently, to the […]