CBC had a music program called Ear to the Ground in the early 1990s. Their Rockhead episode aired at the tail end of 1993 (judging by the New Year’s ads). Rockhead, of course, included producer extraordinaire Bob Rock on lead guitar — and as a writer and musician, he’s as good as the bands he produced. But what made Rockhead special was not Bob himself. It was the singer he discovered, Steve Jack, a new screamer who could easily compete with the big boys on the scene.
Apparently Bob Rock experienced some resistance from people who thought being a successful producer should be enough. This is discussed alongside some killer live and rehearsal footage. Drummer Chris Taylor and bassist Jamey Kosh also get some camera time to talk about the boss! Other topics:
Four years of effort to get the record out
Going from unknowns to opening for Bon Jovi in Europe
Being true to your roots
The evolution of the songs and trying to say something “a little more deep”
The problem with the show Ear to the Ground was that they played a lot of music, but not complete songs. This meant it was both light on interviews, and light on music. Sort of a soupy in-between. You be the judge.
I really should have included these in my list of 88 albums that went under-appreciated in the 1990’s. I loved these, still do, and my life wouldn’t be the same without them.
In alphabetical order:
BLUE RODEO – Just Like A Vacation (up there with Sloan as one of my fave live albums of all time)
FISH – Kettle of Fish 88-98 (my introduction to his solo music, a great set!)
HELIX – B-Sides (a misnomer: no B-sides included, but all great tracks that didn’t make albums)
GEORGE LYNCH – Sacred Groove (pure smoke!)
SANDBOX – Bionic (I guess Mike Smith makes significantly more money playing Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys)
SANDBOX – A Murder In The Glee Club (brilliant, brilliant concept album on insanity. Genius!)
REEF – Glow (I think these guys were pretty big in the UK but unknown here)
ROCKHEAD – Rockhead (see my review for all the details)
SLOAN – Between The Bridges (can’t believe I forgot my fave Sloan studio record!)
THIN LIZZY – Dedication: The Very Best Of (the song “Dedication” was my intro to Lizzy!)
BILL WARD – Ward One: Along The Way (I have a review forthcoming, one of the best solo Sabs ever)
THE WHITLAMS – Eternal Nightcap (Aussie band, saw them open for Blue Rodeo, blew me away)
ZAKK WYLDE – Book of Shadows (thanks HMO! Liked it so much I bought it twice)
I really hope I didn’t forget any more. Embarrassing. Check these out…all great albums front to back!