Fanatics! We have put together a stellar playlist for you to check out tomorrow night.
It took me a long time to get into the MC5 album Back In The USA. It wasn't that the songs weren't great -- they are. It was always the production that bugged me. I wished they could have had the sound of their third album, High Time, on this one. Producer Jon Landau effectively neutered the songs in the studio. Perhaps he was attempting to get the band on the radio? I don't know. Great songs laid low by sterile production. Listen around it.
New in our line up is Au Ras Au Ras, a band headed up by Tess Brunet, who you may know from the We Are Night Sky album by Deadboy and the Elephantmen. Here's a video, slightly dated but well done, that will give you some idea about what she's up to.
I got a lot of letters about the Tinariwen record, Fanatics wanted to hear more of it, so of course, we put another song into the play list.
You may notice that way down the list we re-visit the Sway Machinery record, I am really liking that one. We get into another live Dax Riggs track from the files kindly sent in by a Fanatic weeks ago. Tonight, Dax tackles a Pixies song and does it well. He seems to move into other people's music completely when he covers a song. The Cramps check in with a live cover of Green Fuz, live from the City Gardens in Trenton NJ. I think you can still download that one for free on the internet.
All in all, a great show that I hope you will enjoy. Remember, Los Angeles area folks, The Stooges are coming to the Palladium September 7. I have not seen Iggy play there for twenty years. Last time I did, I was standing next to Lux and Ivy!
Stay cool and STAY FANATIC!!! --Henry
Henry can be reached at: Henryontheradio@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter @henryrollins.
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