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Australia Week :: Let us rejoice for we are music

Australia down underTo end Australia Week let us ask a question. Where would the world be without the music coming from Down Under? Consider the cultural impact made by these bands and artists: AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS, The Vines, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, Natalie Imbruglia, Nick Cave, Counting Crows and so so many others. And don’t deny the guilty pleasures of The Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Air Supply. You know you sing along at the top of your lungs to “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” when you’re alone in the car.

Australia’s most important export may be its culture. And in truth, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had a little Aussie in us?

For the finale of Australia Week let’s do a flashback to one of my all-time favourite bands from the Land of Oz, Men At Work. Can’t you hear the thunder?

– DMitch

 

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A Message For You…

It ain’t Friday…but I figured there is no time like the present for a flashback.  From their 2008 appearance in Tokyo, Sting, Andy and Stuart rock it old school with one the all-time iconic tunes.  Such a cool version…
Check out this and other songs by The Police on [itunes link=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/message-in-a-bottle/id110871?uo=4″ title=”The Police on iTunes!” text=”iTunes “]!

-Drago

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Friday Flashback :: Smithereens


Arguably, one of the most underrated alt-rock bands of the 80’s & 90’s, The Smithereens, to this day goes down as one of my all-time favs as I quite literally have every album and know most every song, even the deep tracks, by heart.  So, naturally, when they came to the Northern Virginia’s State Theatre a while back I just had to go.  Some may say that the band has long since passed their prime…and they’d be right.  However, these cats still rock out loud.  They are not even the least bit pretentious.  In fact, they are far from it.  While most of the alt-rock veterans would rather play their “brand new” stuff (that nobody cares about) the Smithereens plastered the filled to capacity crowd with their most notable tracks from every album in their arsenal.  It was epic.
I was fortunate enough to actually meet and hang out with the band a little bit after the show (that’s me with drummer Dennis Diken) and they were the epitome of cool.  In fact, I talked with bassist Severo “The Thrilla” Jornacion about playing the bass line to “Blood and Roses” featured above.  His response? “The first time I played it I thought I my fingers would bleed…it is such an honor to play that song.”  With all the nit-picking in the music industry today it’s somewhat refreshing to hear someone give deference to their predecessor, in this case, former bassist Mike Mesaros.
We could have picked any number of tunes from The Smithereens catalog…“A Girl Like You” or “Only A Memory” would have been the more than obvious choices…but “Blood and Roses” was one of the tunes that was instrumental in my alt-rock conversion.  Thusly, I pay homage to the song and the band today on the Friday Flashback.  Enjoy my friends
Check out all the stuff by The Smithereens on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-smithereens/id529246?uo=4″ title=”Smithereens on iTunes”] !

– Drago