Wherein I feature three songs I dig and play them for you like a DJ. No deep historical analysis or ME’s usual blathering on. Just tunes.
In 2009, Rolling Stone said this of the band on the cover: “Kings of Leon: The God-Fearing, Booze-Swilling Rise of America’s Hottest Band.” This band of three brothers and a cousin came from a family of self-described hillbillies. (I watched an interesting documentary about them called Talihina Sky.)
In an era when rock seemed to be on the ropes, these guys came out of a strong church background and sang and played their way to fame and fortune. I dug them and thought, well, rock and roll ain’t dead. Then one day in 2011, lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage in Dallas, never to return and they canceled the rest of the tour.
I could be wrong here but it seems to me like it’s all been kinda murky ever since then. Their last album came out three years ago and I read just the other day that they fired their long-time manager. And they are doing a limited tour. So here’s hoping there’s still some fuel in the engine.
Anyway, from their 2008 album Only By the Night, here’s the naughty, naughty, “Sex On Fire:”
I wrote about the Red Hot Chili Peppers a while back. I’ve just always dug this band. Totally individual group. Funky rap I suppose you could call it. This has some of that great Flea bass on it. They are currently on what looks like a limited world tour.
From their 2016 album, The Getaway, “Dark Necessities:”
We all know Bryan Ferry from his years in Roxy Music. But he has also had quite the solo career. In 1985 he released an album called Boys and Girls and had one of his biggest hits – and one of my favorites – with a song called “Slave To Love.”
We’re too young to reason
Too grown up to dream
Now spring is turning
Your face to mine
I can hear your laughter
I can see your smile
Slave to love (na na na na, na na na na)
slave to love (No I can’t escape, i’m a slave to love)