Thank you to Deke and Tim for my fifth sit down with Andy Curran! This time, we ran through all of Coney Hatch history for a special episode of Tim’s Vinyl Confessions.
Here We Go Again: End of Year Lists 2021
2021: the year of the hamster wheel. It sure felt like we were spinning our tires all year! Sometimes inching a little forward in the mud, only to slide right back. What a year. But we did get some great music out of it.
Here at LeBrain HQ, if you go strictly by the numbers, there were two bands that dominated the year, both oldies acts from the 1980s: Coney Hatch and Iron Maiden! They (or members thereof) appear numerous times in the lists you’re about to read. Not so “oldies” after all eh? Five appearances for Iron Maiden, and a whopping seven for Coney and its members!
Even I was surprised by the lists this year! All my favourite things, and the stats of 2021, are curated below.
Top 11 Albums of 2021
11. Polychuck – Shadows Exposed EP
10. Suicide Star – Isolation
9. Max the Axe – Oktoberfest Cheer EP
8. Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH
7. Danko Jones – Power Trio
6. Accept – Too Mean to Die
5. Smith/Kotzen – Smith/Kotzen
4. Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
3. Lee Aaron – Radio On
2. Coney Hatch – Live at the El Mocambo
1. Styx – Crash of the Crown
Top Five Box Sets of 2021
5. Kiss – Destroyer
4. Whitsnake – Restless Heart
3. Def Leppard – CD Collection Vol 3
2. Triumph – Allied Forces
1. Metallica – Metallica
My Favourite Movies of 2021
5. Black Widow
3. Free Guy
2. The Suicide Squad
1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
(placeholder) Spider-Man: No Way Home – you have to assume it’ll be my new #1 when I see it!
Top 11 Interviews / Unboxings of 2021 (by YouTube views)
11. Robert Lawson interview
10. Sean Kelly interview
9. Suicide Star interview
8. Coney Hatch live LP unboxing
7. Andy Curran round three
6. Andy Curran part one
5. Paul Laine interview
4. Mike Fraser interview
3. Martin Popoff interview
2. Andy Curran + Mike Fraser interview
1. Iron Maiden Super7 figure blind box unboxing
Top Five List Shows / Deep Dives 2021 (by YouTube Views)
Top Reviews of 2021 by Hits
What’s in store for 2022?
- The Book of Boba Fett
- Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene
- Marillion – An Hour Before Its Dark
- Guns N’ Roses – Hard Skool EP
- new Sven Gali
- Scorpions – Rock Believer
- new Coney Hatch live with two new studio cuts
- new Journey?
- new Def Leppard?
- Bryan Adams – So Happy it Hurts
- Liam Gallgher – C’Mon You Know
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- Disney+: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, What…If? season 2, Secret Invasion, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
- The Mandalorian season 3
- New albums from Ghost, Rammstein, Ozzy Osbourne, King Diamond, Weezer and more
From Thunder Bay Arena Rock – Scotch on the Rocks
Andy has partnered up with the Unison Fund which helps out those in the Canadian Music industry that are going through tough times.
Andy has some pretty cool stuff lined up and is doing his part so I reached out to him late last week to see if he wanted to come on the show and talk about it.
So tonight live at 7pm, Andy joins myself and Mikey for a chat on this and perhaps a few other questions we will toss Andy’s way…
Special Thanks to Tee Bone who was whipped up another cool ad for Scotch On The Rocks!
This was a fully loaded episode folks! Thanks to my co-host John Snow and thanks to special guest Dan Fila…and surprise guest Shawn Minden!
Here are some of the facts/stories/news/scoops ahead:
- Hooking up with Sven Gali
- The lowdown on a brand new Sven album
- New songs coming with the assistance of Mr. Andy Curran [SCOOP!]
- Maybe even a leaked song title
- Playing some Maiden and Priest…soon!
- Dan’s craft, educating, and being a positive influence
- Dan’s influences and seeing them live
- Practice practice practice
- Working with David Bendeth
- An endorsement with Pearl Drums
- and of course Neil Peart
Dan, thanks so much for sharing your time and stories. Hope to talk again soon!
NEXT WEEK: Max the Axe!
Congratulations Deke on an historic first episode of Scotch on the Rocks!
All you need to know is Andy Curran and Sean Kelly both dropped by for an episode that you could have called “This Is Your Life Greg Fraser”. The Storm Force guitarist dropped tons of knowledge and great stories. Musicians: watch this episode.
Any time we talk with Andy Curran, we can count on two things:
- Amazing rock and roll tales.
- A few scoops!
This time out, we got some exclusive information about some new forthcoming Coney Hatch releases. Andy told us about one of the new songs to be included as a bonus on the new Coney live album, including the title and subject. He also dropped some details about a new band he’s working with, and involving a certain guitar player from a certain Canadian trio. Sounds interesting.
We also discussed some other releases Andy has been involved with: the Triumph Allied Forces box set, Kim Mitchell’s The Big Fantasize, and the Rush box set featuring next week’s guest Jacob Moon. Best of all, Andy showed us his El Mocambo bass up close and personal, with a detailed story behind it. He also told us about a charity idea that he has, and he wants your feedback. If you want a chance to own some Coney Hatch history, this will be of interest.
Thank you Deke and Andy for an awesome Saturday. Happy Record Store Day!
It’s another two-show weekend! Get ready to rock this Friday and Saturday.
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike and Friends
Friday – Episode 69 – Blind Buys
What is the best album that you bought “on spec” — without knowing much of anything about it? This is a great question for fun discussions. The subject was suggested by Kevin aka BuriedOnMars, who is one of our favourite guests here on the show. With him will be Sarca Sim and her own killer list. Aaron from the KMA will be on board with his best discoveries.
And…for the first time ever…all the way from Scotland…
…Joining this LeBrain Train in his debut appearance is J, the Vinyl Daft Dad, aka Jim Dead. This talented singer/guitar player/songwriter has been wanting to hang out for over a year, and now we finally get to do it. Well overdue! Not only is he a truly great musician, but also a wonderful human. This show, and these lists, are going to be prodigous!
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike and Deke
Saturday – Episode 70 – Andy Curran, round 3!
I’m sitting here in awe that Andy Curran is coming back to talk to us for a third time. The Earl of the Eighth Note, the masterful bassist and vocalist from Coney Hatch, is back to take care of some loose ends! I can’t think of a better way for you to spend a Saturday afternoon than checking out the rock and roll tales of Andy Curran. Now that we have the Coney Hatch Live at the El Mocambo album in hand, we have so much more to ask. We also have some special guest questions locked and loaded. Make no mistake — this will not be a repeat of the first two Curran shows!
I’d like to thank Deke, Andy and Chip for making this possible. As Deke says, we’re just fans. But we eat, breath and sleep this stuff. Andy has some of the best stories. I can’t wait to hear some more.
As usual, this is a show that you want to make sure that you catch live. We try to ask as many viewer questions as we can so don’t miss it!
NEW SHOW ADDED!
It only took four decades, but like a fine Chardonnay, time made it just parfait. Coney Hatch’s first live album, recorded back in October 2020 at the legendary El Mocambo is, in a word: perfect.
First, let’s define “perfect”. “Perfect” doesn’t mean “exactly like the studio versions”. Not when we’re talking about live albums. It means there’s an exciting vibe, great songs, top-notch performances, and a band that sounds like they’re out for blood. Coney sound as if there was no pressure — but they delivered their best anyway.
Four albums, 15 tracks, over an hour of tunes. Live at the El Mocambo represents the entire career of Coney Hatch, including all your favourites like “Stand Up”, “Devil’s Deck”, “Monkey Bars”, and “Hey Operator”. A couple great tunes from Coney Hatch Four (like “Marseilles”) prove that the Hatch lost nothing when they reunited a few years back. While everyone will have their own highlights, “Wrong Side of Town” absolutely smokes. The album is paced perfectly with more contemplative tunes like “She’s Gone” balanced out by bangers like “Boys Club”. Lots of songs about “girls gone bad”, according to Carl.
Andy Curran discusses Live at the El Mocambo
The on-stage banter by Andy Curran and Carl Dixon is warm and humorous. It’s clear that they appreciate where they are in their careers now, fortunate to have this amazing second run. In the back, drummer Dave “Thumper” Ketchum gives us an idea of how he earned that nickname. But let’s not forget the newest member, guitarist Sean Kelly, who proves why he is one of the most in-demand players you’re likely to hear these days. His ripping licks on this record are hair raising.
Another strength is that these guys have lost nothing in terms of vocal abilities. It’s all there. How Carl hits the notes he does, is actually unknown to modern science. Andy Curran has just as much expression as ever, the ying the Carl’s yang. When the band sing together on a big chorus, it’s arena-ready.
The first 100 copies came signed by all four members, and with a Coney Hatch can cooler! If that’s not an invitation to get your buzz on with this great album, I don’t know what is. It’s done in true bootleg style: plain white cover, with logo stamped on the front, and plain white labels on the records. The track listing is on a separate insert. The non-limited version is available for you to purchase so get on that right now!
That. Was. Epic!
0:32:00 – Andy Curran (Coney Hatch/Soho 69/Caramel/Leisureworld) joined us with a flawless connection! We picked up where we left off last week. We also got a couple exclusives from Andy! Stories you won’t read on the internet. Stuff like: auditioning for Doro Pesch in the mid 80s. A project with Adrian Smith that never came to fruition. Playing tennis with Steve Harris. Working as A&R with Rush. A wealth of information!
1:49:30 – Get ready to have your minds blown. Mike Fraser joined the show, and we got to sit and watch as he and Andy bantered back and forth — old friends reunited. This was truly a special moment to watch. From there we questioned Mike on the new Lee Aaron, and his work with Thunder, Dio, Satriani, Malmsteen, Black ‘N Blue, Power Station, The Wild!, Jackyl, the Crue, Metallica and AC/DC among many. This was Mike’s second appearance with us and we still had so much ground to cover!
I hope you enjoyed this supersized show. Four hours of rock and roll for you!
List shows return with Desert Island Discs! Featuring: Harrison Kopp, Uncle Meat, John Snow, Rob Daniels and a bonus list from Holen. Don’t miss it!
April 30: T-Bone is back to talk Van Halen’s 5150 with myself and the Meat Man.
May 7: Paul Laine with your co-host John Snow!
May 28: Dave Lizmi of the Four Horsemen!
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike and Superdekes
Episode 60 – Andy Curran and Mike Fraser double header
It’s the first ever double interview show on the LeBrain Train this Friday night! Warm up your coffees.
First up, we have Andy Curran back from last week to finish up our chat! The focus will be on the latter part of his career that we didn’t get to. Caramel, Leisureworld and beyond. Andy will be on at 7:00 PM E.S.T.
Second, it is the return of engineering wizard Mike Fraser! Although we quizzed him for a couple hours last time, we only scratched the surface. We didn’t get into Dio, The Wild, Satriani or Chickenfoot. Expect lots more great musical memories with Mike this Friday at 8:30 PM E.S.T.