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Often cited as one of the best songs of the 70’s, Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” is a song that once you hear it you will you will have trouble forgetting it. You could chalk all up to that commanding saxophone riff. While the rest of the tune has some other damn fine parts, that sax gets me every time, almost to the point I forget about that slamming solo at the end which always leave me pleasantly surprised each time I hear it. When I saw that there was a tune on my new (at the time) The Colour and the Shape record from the Foo Fighters, I pretty much skipped right to the song to confirm it was cover of the classic rock powerhouse and to hear how a band would re-imagine the song sans saxophone. Not only did Dave Grohl do the song justice by infusing that distinct Foo Fighters style into it, but he transcribed the sax parts to guitar and chose the perfect tone to give them the same commanding power that the original had. He also does a damn fine job with that killer solo, though I feel the original’s is still more rockin’. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Foo Fighters Version:
Original Gerry Rafferty Version:
Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification. If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal. The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them. I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much. It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while. Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet. Enjoy!
Last week’s “To The Oscars” poll was won by Alternate Reality for their video The King That Never Was. Great job and thank you for taking the time to vote. They pulled in 83% of the votes.
Grammy Season is coming. Whether you like the biased (did I just say that?) award shows or not, it’s nice to see at least some metal getting recognition they deserve. A Metal State of Mind is generally concerned with the category for Best Hardrock/Metal Performance although we wish the best of luck to all nominees in their respective categories.
This poll is based on the bands nominated for their work in 2011. You can catch the Grammy’s this year on 12 Feb 2012. Of the following, who do you think SHOULD win Best Hardrock/Metal Performance? Try not to go from the heart here, but if that’s the case, it’s a free country…vote how you please. Enjoy!
In other Grammy news, some rock/metal artists were nominated for the following categories (and we wish them luck):
Best Surround Sound album – Steven Wilson for Grace for Drowning
Best Recording Package – Chickenfoot for Chickenfoot III
Best Rock Album – Foo Fighters for Wasting Light
Best Rock Song – Foo Fighters for Walk
Best Rock Performance – Foo fighters for Walk
I have a feeling Foo Fighters is going to walk away with at least one award. Good luck to them.
This year has been great for metal and I feel the best is yet to come later in the year, namely September 2011. Housebroken did a great job outlining his top-10 for the first half of 2011. Let’s see how die-hard metal fans tastes compare and contrast. Here is my top 10 for 2011, January through June. I will keep this relatively short since I will be posting a full report on the Big Four sometime this weekend.
It’s that time of the month to talk about what you have been listening to. My list surprised me a little, but when I gave it some thought I see why my list for the month is a bit more mellow than usual. The reason for that was the long flight to the States. I tend to listen to less metal and more prog and other slower stuff to keep me realized. So here is what I have been into in April starting with #10 and working to my most played song on my iTouch. This list is based on about 600 songs loaded to my iTouch.
10. Biffy Clyro – Born on a Horse
9. Ensiferum – Twilight Tavern
8. Biffy Clyro – Mountains
7. Biffy Clyro – That Golden Rule
6. Bullet for my Valentine – The Last Fight
5. Biffy Clyro – The Captain
4. Cavalera Conspiracy – Warlord
3. Biffy Clyro – God & Satan
2. Children of Bodom – Northpole Throwdown
1. Amon Amarth – Destroyer of the Universe
I guess you can imagine which of these songs I worked out to and which ones were not on my workout playlist. Biffy Clyro is one band I first heard of when they were announced as headliners on the Saturday bill of U.K. Sonisphere in July 2011. Up to that point I never even heard of the band. There was a lot of grumbling on Facebook about it, but I had to hear them for myself. IMO, festivals are supposed to please a wide variety of people so seeing Biffy there is not surprising to me.
Of course, Scuzz and Kerrang starting playing Biffy videos and you what? Biffy Clyro really isn’t that bad. In fact my best comparison to Biffy Clyro would be Weezer and Foo Fighters, both of which I like. Biffy might be a bit harder and darker than Weezer, but in the same ballpark. So I bought their latest album, Only revolutions and listened to it a lot on the flight over. That explains why they appear so much on this month’s list. Their song Mountains was actually a good running tune along with the other metal I was running to. If you like Weezer or Foo Fighters you might go for Biffy. Check them out.
The rest of the songs on the list really kick ass and kept me motivated while running. I don’t have a lot of time to you use my iTouch since I am at school all day then busy with homework at night. I have been using my computer to listen to tunes more than my iTouch, which is mainly used to help improve my fitness level. So in May you might see a genre reversal on my playlist. But, you never know.
So what have you been listening to? Does your playlist change based on something like traveling or studying? Have you heard Biffy Clyro? What’s on your mind?
Here are a few of clips of this months iTouch top 10.