Archive for Good Ol’ Rock


Posted in Music, Reviews with tags , , on 11/12/2012 by Jen Healey

Hi all!  Life has, as it does, been keeping me busy and I have been a neglectful blogger!  So, here’s a little wave (pardon the pun)  from me and a share-session with another amazing new song that I have discovered courtesy of Kerrang Radio.

In a Moment – click here (stupid VEVO won’t let me embed this vid, just skip the ad and enjoy).

I was really surprised when I heard that this was a song by the Stereophonics, as I’m not usually into their stuff, but I really love this song.  Maybe I’m mellowing with age?  But let’s not go there just yet, as I have another dreaded birthday looming large, urgh!

I do plan to post again soon, in-between planning for the big day (Christmas), work and family.

Happy preparations!

Stones are still rockin’!

Posted in Music, Reviews with tags , on 08/11/2012 by Jen Healey

Lately I am really enjoying some of the music on Kerrang radio, as the CD player in my car has been out-of-order for some considerable time.  The track I like in particular is the new studio single from the Rolling Stones –

Mick’s still got it!  I love it!  I reckon I’m going to put ‘GRRR!‘ to the top of my Christmas wish list.  Yes, I mentioned the dreaded C word, sorry!

What are you listening to this week/month?

England made…

Posted in Comedy Genius, Music with tags , , , on 31/10/2012 by Jen Healey

Whilst going through my bag of paperwork, which I’m not embarrassed to say has been overflowing for months, I found a list of bands born in the UK.  I can’t claim to be much of an anorak when it comes to music, so I cannot take the credit for knowing that the following bands were British, that belongs to the comedian Steve Hughes and his amazing rant about the X-Factor (urgh).  I had to write the list down (thank goodness for Sky+) but these are all from our little island –

  • Black Sabbath
  • Judas Priest
  • Iron Maiden
  • Venom
  • Motorhead
  • Def Leppard
  • Deep Purple
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • The Beatles
  • The Smiths
  • The Cure
  • The Damned
  • The Jam
  • The Police
  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Clash
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Kate Bush
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • David Bowie
  • Queen
  • Pink Floyd
  • Radiohead
  • Supertramp
  • Chemical Brothers
  • The Prodigy

Now I don’t enjoy all of these performers, but you have to admit that it is a pretty formidable list.

Here is the man himself making a great point –

The vid is a little sketchy, but you get the idea.  The full gig is very much worth a watch –

Full show here…

Happy Halloween y’all!


In a Rush

Posted in Music with tags , on 02/07/2012 by Jen Healey

It’s been a while since we talked music and I’m in the grip of a mild music obsession with Rush.  So let’s visit with them shall we?

YouTube abuse alert!  Please excuse the stupid flippin adverts.

This post will be mostly vids yoinked from YouTube, but it is the best way to share my perspective on a truly awesome band.

I am in the process of discovering the genius of this band beyond the epic song ‘The Spirit of Radio’ –

A song that has been in and out of my life since my early teens, but I never explored any of their other material, until now.

If you prefer the perfection of the album version – here it is, with the fab lyrics.

I could not believe that Rush completely consists of three guys – just three!  Amazing!  Did you check out that drum kit?!

I bagged a bargain the other day in Leamington Spa, buying one of their albums (Time Stand Still – collection) for a meagre £4!  It is ace!  The first track is ‘The Spirit of Radio’, which is worth the purchase price alone, in my humble opinion.  I agree heartily with Jack Black (love him or hate him) who makes a very good point here –

I don’t know what he’s doing with his hand!  Ah well, he is at least able to recognise the quality of both the music and lyrics.

Other songs that I am unable to stop listening to are :

Tom Sawyer –

Album version.

You’ve gotta love a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, including South Park in your concert, that definitely counts.

Freewill –

Album version. 

Time Stand Still –

Yes, yes, the video is tres tragic, but it was the eighties and I think the song more than makes up for the bad vid.  However, in this case, I would actually recommend listening to the album version!

Apologies to those of you who do not share my opinion on Rush, as an opinion, it is of course subjective.  I would say, however, that the musical ability of these guys cannot be in question.  They have been a major influence in the world of rock music, and probably beyond.  I have much more research and listening to do to catch up on the years of music I have missed.

I’m looking forward to it.

They were bloody good!

Posted in Mental Morsels, Music, Musings with tags , , , on 10/09/2011 by Jen Healey

Lately I’m listening to quite a bit of music that harks back to my teens, after quite a long stint of listening to Type O Negative, classic rock (judge all you like, you know it’s good) and not a great deal else.

As the CD player in my car has officially handed in its notice, and I’m not posh enough to have mp3 capability in it, I have been subjected to listening to the radio on a regular basis.  Hmmmm.  It sometimes surprises and delights, but the majority of it sucks!  Kerrang radio seems to be the least worst of the stations that I flick through whilst driving.  They have recently played some fairly awesome tracks from decent bands, which were really unexpected.

For example, Skunk Anansie 

Yes, back in the day, I did indeed love to wear the black lipstick whenever possible.  I remember really ‘reading into’ the headmistress of my high school saying that I looked “awful” in my metal/goth-ness one non-uniform day as she walked past me in the corridor (incidentally, this is the only occasion that she spoke to me during my days at high school).  What better representation and reinforcement of my angsty ‘fuck the system’ feelings could I have asked for?!  I didn’t think much to her button-down pastels and tweedy, ultra conservative erm… style?!!!  You don’t see me saying that kind of thing to others about their clothing/make-up choices.  Flippin’ old trout with her rudeness.  Humph.

But I digress, Skunk Anansie were a huge part of my teenage playlist – not that it was called a playlist in the 90’s, probably a mix-tape.  Yeah I went there.  They disbanded for many years but are back together and recording again I believe.

Another band that fell off my radar, by which I mean I forget about them for big chunks of time, then really enjoy having a good old (private) sing-a-long when I hear them on the radio, are Placebo.

Pearl Jam also seem to be getting a good airing at the moment, yay!

Pantera featured pretty heavily and was a regular in my cassette Walkman on the school bus, playground and in odd maths lesson – I had a lot of long hair that made this possible.  In fact after Guns n Roses they were my next favourite band in my early teens.  Later on discovered the awesome world of industrial metal in the form of White Zombie, Ministry and the mighty Nine Inch Nails.  This video combines both NIN and The Crow – which was watched many times and graced my bedroom wall.

Brandon Lee was hot, especially made up and wearing black.

It is a shame when a band that you love becomes associated with an unhappy time in your life, or is that just me?  But I’m all for revisiting those albums, after a decent chunk of time has passed, so that I can take them back.  I’m starting to agree with the cheesy notion that, the past should not interfere with the present to the degree that it impairs your enjoyment of things that used to give you pleasure.  With that in mind, I’m ‘taking back’ some of the bands that I didn’t listen to because of the memories that they evoke.  I figure that letting the past control what you do in the present is not going to help anyone to move forward.

Taking it back…  🙂


The Immortal… Guns n’ Roses

Posted in Music with tags , on 28/02/2011 by Jen Healey

I feel that I may have ‘jumped the gun’, if you pardon the pun, in my ‘Gothic’ blog the other day by starting with my favourite band – Type O Negative.  In truth, my taste in music today was hugely influenced by the first band I ever listened to over and over again, for what has to be years of my life.  No not East 17, although when they first came out I embarrassingly had a brief pre-teen crush on Brian Harvey (Shhhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!), it was of course Guns n’ Roses (who offered the much more respectable eye-candy fayre in the forms of Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke and Axl – in that order).  From the tender age of eleven I listened incessantly to ‘Appetite For Destruction’ and then later ‘Use Your Illusion I and II’, with the compulsory shouting of the naughty swears (with much gusto) on the track ‘Get In The Ring’ on the latter album, at every possible opportunity. 

The video of this concert, below, being left at our house by a lodger was how I stumbled and fell for Gn’R and I’ve never looked back, unless you count nostalgically dipping my toe into a bit of Michael Jackson, Queen, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie on occasion, as that was what I was mostly raised on.  Here’s Guns live in Paris…

From there I discovered all manner of awesome guitar licks, angst-ridden lyrics and kick-ass metal, rock, grunge and all the variants on these themes.  Bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Pantera, Down, Sepultura, Biohazard, Therapy, Nailbomb, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo, Fear Factory, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, White Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Tenacious D, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach… I’m sure I’m forgetting some others!  And not forgetting the classics such as Jimi Hendrix, Journey, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors and the Beatles even, are all bands that I associate with my teens and twenties, that are the soundtrack for my corner of a generation. 

And, for a final bit of name-dropping, my cousin (Martin Kearns) is the drummer of the doom-metal outfit Bolt-Thrower.  A wee fact that I’m pretty proud of.

Another good habit.

Posted in Journal, Music with tags , on 16/02/2011 by Jen Healey

Following yesterdays theme of habits, I have another habit/compulsion that I indulge in on an almost daily basis, which isn’t too bad considering I have two little people to tend to, namely practising on my piano.  Now please don’t misunderstand me, I am not being boastful, because I’m an absolute beginner who never learnt how to read music, so trust me I am no great shakes at playing it.  But I love my bargain eBay buy, bought for me by my hubby for an extravagant 99 shiny new pennies as an early Christmas present, although it nearly cost his back also, as he moved it with a slipped disc. 

It’s not fancy, but it does have bags of shabby, worn character and is a touch out of tune I’m sure (how would I know though, apparently they can go out of tune when they are moved), but that’s what makes it mine. 

Here she is…

Ain’t she bootiful! 

My mission this year, in addition to writing everyday, is to learn to play like this…

I’m absolutely in awe of the skills possessed by anyone who is accomplished enough to play like that and, of course insanely jealous of them!  

For now…

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