Weekly Band Profile: Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.)

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Name:  Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.)
From:  Huston, Texas
Web Site: http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/Lifespan: 1982-Current
Genre: Hardcore/Thrash
Best Release: Thrash Zone
Releases:
Albums:
Dirty Rotten LP
Dealing With It!
Crossover
4 of a Kind
Thrash Zone
Definition
Full Speed Ahead
Live Albums:
Live
Live at CBGB’s 1984
EP’s:
Violent Pacification
The Dirty Rotten Power
Info:
 
One of the first bands, if not the first to master the ‘Crossover’ genre in music. D.R.I. basically took elements of thrash and hardcore and made it all their own, here was a band that the metal and punk kids could enjoy together, and they did. D.R.I. released a good amount of albums and gained a foothold that wasn’t go be released on both the thrash and hardcore world. Like many bands of this type they’ve had their revolving door of members but they always seem to have a good core to the music. They haven’t released an album since 1995 but you can still catch these guys on tour.

Weekly Band Profile: Mega City Four

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Name: Mega City Four

From: Hampshire, England

Lifespan: 1987-1996

Genre: Indie/Pop Punk/Power Pop

Best Release: Magic Bullets

Releases: Tranzophobia

Who Cares Wins

Terribly Sorry Bob

Sebastopol Rd.

Inspiringly Titled – The Live Album

Magic Bullets

Peel Sessions

Soulscraper

Members: Wiz, Danny Brown, Gerry Bryant and Chris Jones

Info:One of the great indie/pop punk bands of England, Mega City Four lasted almost ten years, put out eight albums and made a lifelong impression on many people. Started by Wiz and his brother the band played and had a growing rep as a great band to see (too bad I never got to see them). They lasted until Wiz left to join the Doughboys, in 2006 they reunited for a tour but Wiz collapsed during practice and died. A tragic end to a great band but they left behind many great records.

Weekly Band Profile: Toys That Kill

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Name: Toys That Kill
From: San Pedro, CA
Web Site: http://www.toysthatkill.com/
Lifespan: 1999-Current
Genre: Punk
Best Release: Shanked
Releases:
Albums:
Control the Sun
The Citizen Abortion
Shanked
EPs and Splits:
Razorcake Sister Series Vol. 1
Don’t Take My Clone
Flys
Fleshies/Toys That Kill split
Toys that Kill/Ragin Hormones
Members:
Todd Congelliere
Sean Cole
Jimmy Felix
Chachi Ferrara
Info:
From the ashes of F.Y.P. Todd C formed Toys That Kill. New members and a slightly different sound than the previous band yet still holding things together in a similar fashion. Toys That Kill are a little more polished than F.Y.P. was in a lot of ways it’s the next evolution of the group. They’ve put out a good number of 7”s and splits and have had three albums to date, each even better than the previous. If you enjoy some ridiculous punk rock than chances are Toys That Kill are just what you’re looking for.

Weekly Band Profile: George Jones

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Name: George Jones
From: Vidor, Texas
Web Site: http://www.georgejones.com
Lifespan (Musically): 1955-Current
Genre: Country
Releases:
Grand Ole Opry’s New Star
Hillbilly Hit Parade
Long Live King George
Country Church Time
White Lightning and Other Favorites
George Jones Salutes Hank Williams
Sings Country and Western Hits
Songs from the Heart
George Jones Sings Bob Wills
Homecoming in Heaven
My Favorites of Hank Williams
I Wish Tonight Would Never End
Blue and Lonesome
George Jones Sings Like The Dickens!
I Get Lonely in a Hurry
The Race Is On
Mr. Country & Western Music
New Country Hits
Old Brush Arbors
Country Heart
Love Bug
I’m a People
We Found Heaven Right Here on Earth at “4033”
Walk Through This World with Me
Sings the Songs of Dallas Frazier
If My Heart Had Windows
The George Jones Story
My Country
I’ll Share My World with You
Where Grass Won’t Grow
Will You Visit Me on Sunday?
George Jones with Love
George Jones Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne
George Jones (We Can Make It)
A Picture of Me (Without You)
Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You)
In a Gospel Way
George Jones Sings His Songs
The Grand Tour
Memories of Us
The Battle
Alone Again
I Wanta Sing
Bartender’s Blues
I Am What I Am
Still the Same Ole Me
Shine On
Jones Country
You’ve Still Got a Place in My Heart
Ladies’ Choice
Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes
Wine Colored Roses
Too Wild Too Long
One Woman Man
You Oughta Be Here with Me
Friends in High Places
And Along Came Jones
Walls Can Fall
High-Tech Redneck
I Lived to Tell It All
It Don’t Get Any Better Than This
Cold Hard Truth
The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001
The Gospel Collection
Hits I Missed…And One I Didn’t
Burn Your Playhouse Down – The Unreleased Duets
George Jones and Gene Pitney:
For the First Time! Two Great Singers
George Jones and Gene Pitney
George & Tammy & Tina
George and Tammy Super Hits
God’s Country: George Jones and Friends
Info:
When most people think Country Music they may think that garbage for what passes as country now such as Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw or Keith Urban. Or if you’re into the punk scene you may think alt-country like Lucero. However there are still some faithfuls that will think true country like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and this man, George Jones. This is what I think of when I think Country music. With an amazing career that includes over 150 hits he’s one of the names you should have in your head when you think country music. He’s got a cool nickname, “Possum” and has had his fair share of booze to pave the way to country stardom. Hell the man drove a lawn mower to the liquor store, if that doesn’t say country music man I don’t know what does. Introduced to country music early on through radio he started learning it when he was nine. Today he is one of the most respected men in the genre, having influenced just about every person that has everything to do with country weather they realize it or not. And despite some of his music being over fifty years old, it still holds up better than a lot of new stuff being made.

Weekly Band Profile: Lich King

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Name: Lich King
From: Greenfield, MA
Web Site: http://www.LichKingMetal.com
Lifespan: 2007-Current
Genre: Thrash Metal
Best Release: Toxic Zombie Onslaught
Releases:
Necromantic Maelstrom
Toxic Zombie Onslaught
World Gone Dead
Members: Tom, Brian, Joe
Info:
Tired of bands that claim to be thrash but turn out to sound more like a shitty death metal band? Think thrash is dead and in the garbage? Well lucky for you (and me) there is Lich King. One of the few bands still keeping thrash metal alive and well, still keeping it amazing and thrashoriffic. If you’re going to name five of the best thrash bands currently going and you don’t put Lich King on that list, it shows you’re in league with false metal. Influenced by the bands that carved out the path for real thrash Lich King has taken that and pumped out three classic thrash albums. I hope for the sake of thrash there’s no end in sight to this awesome onslaught of metal.

Weekly Band Profile: Electric Eel Shock

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Name: Electric Eel Shock
From: Tokyo, Japan
Web Site: http://www.electriceelshock.com/
Lifespan: 1997-Current
Genre: Metal/Rock
Best Release: Beat Me
Releases:
Albums
Maybe I Think We Can Beat Nirvana
Live Punctured
Slayers Bay Blues
Go Europe!
Go USA!
Beat Me
Transworld Ultra Rock
Sugoi Indeed
Singles/EPs
Go America
Do The Metal 7″
Rock & Roll Can Rescue the World Split 7″ w/The Riverboat Gamblers
Big Mistake 7″
Members:
Akihito Morimoto (Aki)
Kazuto Maekawa
Tomoharu “Gian” Ito
Info:
Do you want a band to show you the metal? Electric Eel Shock will show you the metal! Most rock bands have more than three members but not EES, they only have three guys and they get it done like they’ve got six. There’s a ton of energy and fun that comes with this garage rock metal band from Japan, they’ve been around for a while and continue to tour and release stuff like machines. Too garage rock to be called a metal band and too metal to be called just a rock band, Electric Eel Shock runs the border between the two and does it with great success. If you ever get a chance to see these guys do not pass it up, they put on a hell of a show that you will not forget. I’ve only seen them once, they opened up and they stole the entire show. They might be a small band but they put on a big performance.

Weekly Band Profile: Blues Brothers

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Name: The Blues Brothers
From: New York
Lifespan: 1978–1982, 1988–present
Genre: Blues
Best Release: Briefcase Full of Blues
Releases:
Briefcase Full of Blues
The Blues Brothers: Music from the Soundtrack
Made in America
Best of the Blues Brothers
Dancin’ Wid Da Blues Brothers
Everybody Needs the Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers Band Live in Montreux
Red, White & Blues
The Definitive Collection
The Very Best of The Blues Brothers
Blues Brothers & Friends: Live from House of Blues
Blues Brothers 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Blues Brothers Complete
The Essentials
Info:
Started as part of a musical sketch by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi for Saturday night Live the Blues Brothers grew into something so much more. They’ve put out some great albums, are responsible for one of the greatest comedy movies of all time, which was then followed by an ok sequel and have even been featured in video games. After the death of Belushi in 1982, the Blues Brothers have continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour then again in 1998 for a sequel to the film, Blues Brothers 2000, which most people seem to hate. I imagine because it could not feature John Belushi, which admittedly was a huge blow to the band. In this post Belushi era of the band Aykroyd has had help from Jim Belushi and John Goodman (who co-starred in Blues Brothers 2000) in character as “Zee” Blues and “Mighty Mack” McTeer. While I have not seen much of this version of the band I imaging they can still go, as it still has half of the heart and soul with Dan Aykroyd who’s a blues man till the end.

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