Rage against the machine (The ’59) #206

The ’59 2018 #206: 180725

Rage against the machine (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 34 – 1992.

The eponymous debut studio album from Rage Against the Machine was released on November 3, 1992 by Epic Records. It reached No.17 on the UK album charts the following year.

The album’s lead single ‘Bullet in the Head’ refers to the ideology that the government uses media to control the population, drawing comparisons between typical residences and Alcatraz. The track was transferred intact from the band’s demo, also self-titled.

Bullet in the Head features many innovative guitar techniques by Tom Morello. These use a DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter and wah-wah pedal. Morello picks the open D and G strings on his guitar with the DigiTech Whammy in the open (furthest) position to raise the pitch by two octaves. This creates a ‘sampling’ sound. You can also hear Morello picking a natural harmonic on his guitar and then raising the pitch with the Whammy pitch shifter.

The band debuted “Bullet in the Head” at their first public performance at California State University, Northridge in The Quad on October 23, 1991.

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Skindred – Roots rock riot (Epic #295)

The Epic 2017 Project #295: 171022

Skindred – Roots rock riot (2007)

Skindred hail from Newport in Wales and were formed in 1998. They rather uniquely blend heavy metal and reggae to produce their own take on alternative rock.

They are well known for their energetic and involving live performances, and have won several awards including “Best Live Band” at the 2011 UK Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and the “Devotion Award” at the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.

Roots Rock Riot was their second album

Rammstein – Mutter (Epic 2017 #251)

The Epic 2017 Project #251: 170908

Rammstein – Mutter (2001)

Mutter (German for “mother” – obviously) is the third album by Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 2 April 2001 through Motor Music. The album’s cover image is a photograph of a dead fetus, which was taken by Daniel & Geo Fuchs. Overall the album has spawned six singles which is, by far, the most singles released from any Rammstein album.

Fairtrade Floyd – In money we trust (Leaping ahead #2)

Leaping Ahead project 2016 #2: 160102

[A song to travel to]

Played almost entirely on a ‘Diddley-bow’ – an amped one-string guitar – this cracker from the Austrian band Fairtrade Floyd is one of my iPod travelling songs of choice at the mo. It’s on several playlists and floats the proverbial boat every time.

25 songs in 25 days #20

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 20 – the last song alphabetically in your i-Tunes library.

Your wife is calling – Lee Ving (2013)

Last year the BBC screened the riveting Dave Grohl rockumentary about the legendary Sound City studios based in Van Nuys, LA. As soon as I knew there was to be a soundtrack release featuring new recordings mixed and mastered on the original analogue desk salvaged by Dave Grohl when the studio closed and then lovingly restored and installed in his own Studio 606, I ordered it on iTunes.

Here are 11 tracks from various artists all recorded at Studio 606. Lee Ving’s boisterous number is track 5.

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25 songs in 25 days #19

One song per day along with an explanation of why you picked it. Day 19 – the first song alphabetically in your iTunes.

Abraham Lincoln by Clutch (2012)

Not much to say about this one by way of explanation, except that it’s rather good and comes from the band’s 2012 album ‘Strange Cousins from the West’ which I downloaded last month.