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Monday Music Pick- “Closer- The Ballad Of Burt & Linda” by Cheap Trick

Anyone that knows me, knows I am, simply put- a Cheap Trick nut.

Having seen them over a hundred times since 1980 (most recently, just this past Saturday in Atlantic City), it would be hard to argue that fact. They are truly an American classic, and unfortunately a dying breed- good, old-fashion, straight-forward Rock & Roll. Melodic rock with driving guitars; catchy hooks; fun, happy music; and in my opinion, the best damn vocalist in the genre.

For those of you that thought their career ended with “Live At Budokan” over thirty years ago, I have news for you- this band is alive and kicking, and kicking hard.

Their most recent release “The Latest”, released in 2009, is their most polished release, cover-to-cover, since “Dream Police, waaaaaaay back when. Not that everything in-between didn’t have a few gems on them- “The Latest” just sounds incredible all-around. Production, performance, and song quality is impeccable.

My personal favorite track from “The Latest” is number 12 of 13 on the disc-  “Closer- The Ballad Of Burt & Linda”. It evokes a sort of 60’s psychedelic-ambiance, with its mid-tempo rhythmic groove and razor-sharp vocals by none other than Robin Zander, but it’s the lyric content that puts this song over the edge.

It is based on the true story of  Burt and Linda Pugach, and also spawned an independent film. I’ll break it down for you with the abridged version. The story goes as such: Burt and Linda fell in love back in the late-50’s. Linda found out, right before their wedding, that Burt was married with child. Linda confronted Burt, who said he was getting divorced and will produce proof. After showing Linda the papers, she suspiciously checked them out to find they were bogus. She called off the relationship, starting dating other guys- which drove Burt into insane jealousy. So, determined to ruin her life, he hired some men who in turn threw lye in Linda’s eyes, causing her to become blind.  14 years later, when Burt was let of of jail, they married, and are still together to this day.

To read the full story, go here.

Cheap Trick has always had a certain twisted humor to their lyrical content, and it certainly qualifies here. Knowing what this song is now about adds that extra element that puts this song over the top- although if it were fictional, would still stand on its own musical merit.

Lyrics:

Every day is a darker day
It’s always gonna be that way
One step closer to mine
I know it’s not respectable
But it is the best of all
One step closer

Relax your mind
It really dosn’t matter if the Heaven’s
gonna rain or shine
You’re better off blind
The love you don’t find
Makes you one step closer to mine
Closer

One step closer
One step closer

Relax your mind
It really dosn’t matter if the Heaven’s
gonna rain or shine
You’re better off blind
The love you don’t find
Makes you one step closer to mine
Closer

Monday Music Pick- “Disappear” by Army Of Anyone

The DeLeo Brothers (Dean, guitars; and Robert, bass) second project, outside of Stone temple Pilots, came in 2006, when they teamed with Filter front-man Richard Patrick, and session drummer Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth Band, Korn) to form the band Army Of Anyone.

The band’s self-titled debut release is the only one they ever did, but it rocks from beginning to end- and yielded a modern-rock top 40 hit with the scorcher “Goodbye”.  My personal favorite tune from the album however, is track #6, “Disappear” (Patrick, R. DeLeo). From the opening acoustic guitar-hook, the song grabs you. D. DeLeo’s encompassing guitar work and solo is accented beautifully, and represents just why he is one of my favorite axemen. R Deleo’s driving bass throughout, keeps time with Luzier’s unique and complex time signatures, and Patrick’s vocals are emotionally belted out. It is truly a gem of a song, but as it happens too much in this day of vapid, manufactured pop music, sad that it never reached the populous on a grand scale. That’s why I’m here. *wink*

Lyrics provided below the video.

Lyrics:

“Disappear” (Patrick, R. DeLeo) by Army Of Anyone

Let’s not go outside
too much work’s in here
heaven can’t help us
Watch the walls knocked down
Jesus lost his crown
heaven
won’t help us

Don’t look
don’t look at me now
I watch how the world works in here
I love how the world works in here
Yeah

I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’
I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’

Hearts melt with lies
Feeling ostracized
they won’t just help us
Mourning makes us cry
Singing last goodbyes
no one can help us

Don’t look
don’t look at me now
I watch how the world works from here
I love how the world works from here
Yeah

I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’
I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’

I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’
I try to disappear
Can’t you see what I’m sayin’

Monday Music Pick- “ReaLife” by Lollipop Factory

Every Monday (in theory, at least), I’ll post here, a song that grooves me. Hopefully it’ll groove you too. If possible, I’ll provide the entire song, via You Tube. If not possible, a link to hear a snippet of the tune. I’ve always loved introducing people to new material- some of the more obscure stuff. Enjoy.

For my first pick, I’ll take a song that has been stuck in my head- literally, for two weeks straight now. It’s from a Power Pop band, out of Ohio, called Lollipop Factory (you can see my blog about the live show I saw, HERE.

A great blend of influences here- from Queen to Klaatu, with a sprinkling of 10cc (yes, i’m really testing your 70’s music knowledge here).

Great tempo-changes, thought-provoking lyrics, off-the-chart vocals, and overall great production, has made this my “Get-up-and-go-in-the-morning” song. More potent than 3 cups of Espresso, “ReaLife” is sure to please.

I made a “video” for the song, being there was no other way to hear the whole song online. So please, don’t judge the song by the video! I just needed a platform to bring the song to you, and hey, I think it’s a lot better than watching five minutes of an album cover!

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