November 30, 1987 |
Some of L.A.'s Rock 'n' Roll Landmarks: 1--Whiskey a Go Go: Birthplace of the Doors and Buffalo Springfield and one-time home to Otis Redding, Them, Van Halen. 2--Beverly Hills Hotel: The original "Hotel California." 3--Hard Rock Cafe: Elvis' motorcycle and guitar are inside, a 1950s Cadillac outside. 4--Alta Cienega Motel: Where Jim Morrison lived much of his adult life. 5--A&M Records: Former Charlie Chaplin studio that became site of "We Are the World" recording by USA for Africa.
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May 14, 1989 |
FIREHOSE "fROMOHIO." SST . 1/2 Guitarist and singer Ed Crawford is, like this recording, a product of Ohio, and the San Pedro-based power trio's third LP finds them aiming for a straight-to-the-heartland message. They balance their familiar dice 'n' slice, genre-leapin' riffin' with more straightforward song structures, ranging from the edgy "What Gets Heard" and the jittery Latino funk of "In My Mind" to the road-dog rockers "Time With You" and "Some Things" to the anthemic "The Softest Hammer."
July 20, 1986 |
"JOHN EDDIE." Columbia. Max Weinberg's drums pound, the songs build to big, emotional climaxes and the singer's got a lump in his throat as big as Asbury Park. In other words, here's Another Jersey Rocker with more than a superficial resemblance to you-know-who. Eddie's style is simpler and less ambitious: He alternates odes to lost love with chunky, sassy riff-rockers and writes more about youthful lust and heartbreak than the streets of his hometown.
March 23, 2005 |
Nearly everything in rock is derivative of something, but that still doesn't make all of it rehash. The Doves walk that line as well as any contemporary band, drawing from well-chosen influences to create something fresh of their own, swirling somewhere beneath feathery layers of feeling and crisp pop melody. The group from Manchester, birthplace to generations of essential British rockers, fittingly does show traces of the Smiths and others in its sound. And yet it's a U.K.
November 4, 1986 |
When Iggy Pop (then Iggy Stooge) whirled out of Detroit in the late '60s dancing like James Brown and singing his cranked-up white suburban blues, he came on as a nightmare offspring of American culture, a vision of the heartland gone haywire. He hit the rock world like a fragment of anti-matter trailing a comet's tail of debris. His confrontational performances and crude intensity formed the foundations of heavy-metal, and he embodied the attitude that would later crystallize as punk.
June 21, 1987 |
* * * "GYPSY BLOOD." Mason Ruffner. CBS Associated. If the success of Robert Cray and the Fabulous Thunderbirds means that record buyers are developing a taste for blues-based American rock 'n' roll, Mason Ruffner deserves to be that audience's next discovery. On his second album, the Texas-based guitarist, singer and songwriter stomps his way through a batch of greasy, trashy roadhouse rockers, some of them dressed up in synthesizers and other modern duds.