Artist In Focus: Tom Petty

The second in a series of posts about some of my favourite musicians and their music. Tom Petty is from Florida and has been a musician since 1970. I saw him in concert in Dublin five years ago (2012) and he was stunning live. It has been tricky narrowing this down to six songs – I could have easily chosen a different set; he has so so many terrific songs. Some of these songs also prevented me from going crazy while writing my thesis! Okay, here we go:

  1. Free Fallin’ (from Full Moon Fever, 1989) This was my introduction to Tom Petty and his catalogue. Still sounds amazing.
  2. A Thing About You (from Hard Promises, 1981) Love this track, great upbeat number.
  3. The Waiting (also from Hard Promises, 1981) I first heard this one on a greatest hits album which I have. I decided to track down the album in the library – and in true Tom Petty style, it blew me away. Every song on the album is a smash.
  4. Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from Damn The Torpedoes, 1979) Apart from the greatest hits, this album is the only Tom Petty album I own. I fell in love with this song instantly. Perfect summer music.
  5. You Wreck Me (from Wildflowers, 1994) I came across this one when I was cataloguing all the music on my dad’s computer. I love this, I put it on my iPod straight away. The punchy beat just makes me want to dance. It’s a fantastic one to put on at a party.
  6. Runnin’ Down A Dream (also from Full Moon Fever, 1989) Probably his best-known song after Free Fallin’. An awesome driving song!

 

Stay tuned for more music soon! #ArtistInFocus #TomPetty #MyLifeInMusic

Artist In Focus: Black Stone Cherry

This is the first in a series of posts about the music I enjoy listening to. Today I am covering Black Stone Cherry, a quartet from Kentucky in the States. They are a modern rock band with a classic rock edge. Their sound is a mix of classic rock and southern rock, with a pinch of grunge thrown in for good measure. They have released five albums, the latest of which is 2016’s Kentucky.

My top songs by Black Stone Cherry:

  1. White Trash Millionaire (from their third long-player, 2011’s Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea)
  2. In My Blood (also from Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea)
  3. Cheaper To Drink Alone (from their fifth and latest, 2016’s Kentucky)
  4. Soul Machine (also from Kentucky)
  5. Bad Luck & Hard Love (from their fourth LP, 2014’s Magic Mountain)
  6. Dance Girl (also from Magic Mountain)

I love these songs because all six are quite upbeat and you can move to them. Another post in this series on the way very soon!! #ArtistInFocus #BlackStoneCherry #MyLifeInMusic

Best Music Videos I

I love music, and there are some music videos that just enthrall me πŸ™‚ Here are a few that I can think of right now, more will come!

Meatloaf & Cher – Dead Ringer For Love

I love this – Cher is rocking it #badassfemale

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street

Makes me laugh every time, though I hate Bowie’s outfit, it’s horrible….

Aerosmith & Run DMC – Walk This Way

Best rock/rap collaboration!

Van Halen – Jump

Best video when I feel down – David Lee Roth makes me smile with his adorable goofiness πŸ™‚

Motley Crue – Girls Girls Girls

My favourite video by the Crue!

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

I love how this video is shot πŸ™‚

My Favourite Bon Jovi Songs

When I was in my teens, I’d heard of Bon Jovi. Translation: I heard the hits, and I loved them. Now I am in my twenties, and my partner loves Bon Jovi – in other words, he has all of their albums. I on the other hand have only one, which is their greatest hits (2010). I got some of their albums from the library and also browsed them on YouTube. The albums I got are:

Cross Road (1994)

These Days (1995) – wasn’t as keen on this; liked a couple of the songs

Have A Nice Day (2005)

So here are my favourite tracks from each album:

These Days:

Diamond Ring (Diamond Ring)

If That’s What It Takes (If That’s What It Takes )

Cross Road:

Keep The Faith

Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night

Blaze Of Glory

In These Arms

Bad Medicine

I’ll Be There For You

In & Out Of Love

Runaway

Have A Nice Day:

I Want To Be Loved

Welcome To Wherever You Are

Last Man Standing

Last Cigarette

I Am

Complicated

Novocaine

Story Of My Life

Dirty Little Secret

There may be another post if I find other Bon Jovi albums…..

 

My Favourite Radio Station

My last post was about my favourite female rockers. Continuing the rock and metal theme, this post is about my favourite radio station, otherwise known as Planet Rock (slogan: Where Rock Lives). Planet Rock is a UK-based station, but can be heard online, on DAB digital radio, on your TV and through your mobile. At the minute I listen online through internetradiouk.com (handy for occasional boredom busting during work!) or very occasionally on TV (Sky 0110). My favourite DJs at Planet Rock are Wyatt, Darren Redick, Danny Bowes (singer with Thunder), Alice Cooper and Joe Elliott (singer with Def Leppard).

Some of the music I heard during the week came from Blackberry Smoke, AC/DC, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, Halestorm, The Treatment, Boston, The Kinks, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Black Stone Cherry, Whitesnake, UFO, Deep Purple, Guns N Roses, Jimi Hendrix and Motley Crue, among many many others. I started listening to the station last year and it definitely plays my kind of music – would listen to it all day if I could. I will have to wait until the TuneIn radio app has an update though; I have this app on my iPhone and iPad but Planet Rock is not on it (sort this out ASAP guys!!!). I am a proud Planet Rock listener!

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Female Rockers

The spark for this post came from a library book. I’m currently reading She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music by Lucy O’Brien.

I love music and rock music is my favourite genre. I would say 95% of the music I listen to is rock. I can find something in almost every genre to love – reggae, pop, rap, soul, country – and it is the same with rock. I don’t have many female rockers in my collection but that is probably because I haven’t explored this enough. With rock being such a broad genre, I will give anything a listen – made easier by the likes of YouTube and probably Spotify (note to self: download free version ASAP).

I have always loved Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Suzi Quatro and Cher. I thought they were feisty, smart, tough, fearless and badass – traits that I aspire to have. Even within country music, I admire women like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

I have recently started listening to Girlschool and the Runaways, and they sound brilliant. It is not just the music that draws me to these women; it is also their style, fashion sense and the way they carry themselves. They are confident and sassy.

This post is not to bash the several male artists and bands that regularly receive heavy rotation on my iPod but to give credit to the spunky females I adore.

Cher

Cher Sept 2010 – looking every inch the rock chick!

 

 

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro 1970s – sassy πŸ™‚

debbie harry

Debbie Harry 1970s – Blondie’s femme fetale

joan jett

Joan Jett 1970s – love her style

chrissiehynde

Chrissie Hynde – oozing cool like a female Keith Richards

What’s On My Stereo// Creedence Clearwater Revival

Time for another WOMS post. Creedence Clearwater Revival started in 1968 in California and consisted of John Fogerty (vocals/guitar), Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitar), Doug Clifford (drums) and Stu Cook (bass).

I love this band’s earthy sound and Fogerty’s raw, raucous voice. My favourite tracks on the stereo/iPod are as follows:

1 Proud Mary (from Bayou Country, 1969) Proud Mary

2 Have You Ever Seen The Rain (from Pendulum, 1970) Have You Ever Seen The Rain

3 Up Around The Bend (from Cosmo’s Factory, 1970)Β  Up Around The Bend

4 Sweet Hitch Hiker (from Mardi Gras, 1972) Sweet Hitch Hiker