Part 20: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

I’m going to jump ahead.  My wife does not feature into the story until very close to the end, although she is a critical component to it.  I think it’s only fair that I introduce her early.   Jen has, shall we say…good but “flawed” taste in both music, and hockey teams.  (Take a guess which […]

#614: Believe It Or Not

GETTING MORE TALE #614: Believe It Or Not Who doesn’t love lists of musical firsts?  I’ve done my own, but here’s a record that I forgot to include. It wasn’t my first record.  As a kid, I had read-along story records:  Star Wars, E.T., The Black Hole, and more.  The E.T. record was cool because it […]

RE-REVIEW: KISS – Love Gun (1977)

The KISS RE-REVIEW SERIES Part 9:    – Love Gun (1977 Casablanca, 2014 Universal reissue) By the late 1970s, Kiss had achieved more than most bands do in an entire career.  In 1977, Marvel comics released the first ever Kiss comic.  Famously, as a publicity stunt, each Kiss member had a vial of blood drawn, […]

REVIEW: King’s X – Faith Hope Love (1990)

Complete studio albums (and more!), part 4 KING’S X – Faith Hope Love by King’s X (1990 Atlantic) This is where I hopped on board the King’s X train.  It was the quirky video for the irresistible pop rocker “It’s Love”.  It wasn’t the first accessible King’s X single, but it was the first I ever […]

REVIEW: Gillan & Glover – Accidentally on Purpose (1988)

IAN GILLAN & ROGER GLOVER – Accidentally on Purpose (1988 Virgin) Shit LeBrain’s Customers Said I was playing this album in-store one afternoon in the 90’s.  A customer walked up to me and asked what I was playing. “This is a side project by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover from Deep Purple,” I answered He responded, “Roger […]

The Lists: One Hit Wonders 11/27/2020

This no-disqualification episode was brought to you by Coffee! First of all — Thank you to all the participants this time out, including Kevin (Buried on Mars) and Deke (Arena Rock). While these two gentleman did appear, they did not do the traditional Nigel Tufnel Top Ten lists and so they are not among the […]

#775: Eleven

GETTING MORE TALE #775: Eleven It was eleven years ago this weekend that life changed forever. On August 31 2008, I dressed up in a tux, gathered a hundred of our closest family and friends, and got married.  It was the best decision I’ve ever made. We didn’t get to celebrate ten years.  At this […]

REVIEW: The Darkness – Live at Hammersmith (2018)

THE DARKNESS – Live at Hammersmith (2018 Canary Dwarf) “Gimme a D!  Gimme an arkness!”  It’s long overdue, but the world is now the better for it:  the first live album by The Darkness!  Including a few quality B-sides, The Darkness had enough strong songs for a live album back in 2006.  Time waits for […]

#465: LeBrain Week (Getting More Retro!)

  GETTING MORE TALE (Retro) #465:  LeBrain Week Ah, the 4-O’clock 4-Play, we hardly knew ye! My favourite half-hour of every day used to be 4 PM, on 107.5 Dave Rocks.  The Craig Fee Show.  Craig’s still slinging the rock, but the contest came to an end on April 27, 2012.  It was a fun […]

REVIEW: The Darkness – Permission to Land (2003)

THE DARKNESS – Permission to Land (2003 Atlantic) There was a time in the early 1990’s when I ate up all the new bands coming out. I bought every indi tape I could get my hands on in search of the “next thing” in heavy rock. I tweaked early to bands such as I Mother […]