Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mondo Christmas

Santa and his elves threatened by Martian robots from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

At Christmas time, we all still sit around with our kids re-watching yet again, Charlie Brown and the Grinch, Rudolph and Frosty, classics that have lasted for generations and will still be loved 50 years from now. Separate from the classics though, there's a hodgepodge (love that term) of movies, specials, plays and cartoons dedicated to the season, some quite good, but that never hit the popularity, let alone the staying power of the "big 4". Let's take a look at a few of the more memorable ones.

The team of Arthur Rankin and  Jules Bass were the absolute kings of Christmas cartoons during the 60's and 70's with their stylish, quality "Animagic", stop motion films, most famously Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the duo's best looking projects was 1968's, The Little Drummer Boy, a thoroughly horrifying story of a small boy who after witnessing his parents brutal murders, survives as a beggar drumming in the streets, while being ruthlessly exploited by his "uncle" who also happens to be one of the most egregious collections of negative Arab stereotypes ever to show up on national television. To make a long story short, the drummer kid's pet lamb is killed in an accident just as they are heading to meet the baby Jesus, and after offering the newborn messiah a ripping drum solo, Christ gives his power to raise the dead a test drive and resurrects the sheep, restoring faith in God and humanity.

The Little Drummer Boy is actually very well done with beautiful animation and what is actually a very strong and moving story, but one that is so marred by the racial stereotyping that it really is not likely to be aired very often these days, and probably deservedly so.

For real Christmas depression though, there's The Littlest Angel, a 1969 all-star, made for television musical about the tribulations of a small boy adjusting to heaven that terrified the seven year old me causing nightmares and the brand spanking new concept of the existential terror brought by the reality of death.

Merry Christmas!!!

E.G. Marshal as God and Johnny Whitaker as the Littlest Angel, freaking me out at age seven

The below scene where our young hero Michael, played by Family Affair's Johnny Whitaker returns to his parents house to retrieve his prized collection of rocks and trinkets  that he wants to enter into a contest for what's going to be used to create the star signalling the birth of Jesus, while his mother and father sit and worry where their child has gotten to, when we know his crushed and very dead body is at the bottom of a ravine just waiting for mom and dad to find the next morning when they go looking for him.

Watching Michael obliviously going about his business, knowing what his parents were going to discover truly upset young me. I'd seen plenty of adults die on television, it was the 60's after all, but I'd never really seen a dead kid before, let alone one who was just so darn jolly about it. On a more positive note though the special did have Fred Gwynne singing and nice bits from Tony RandallCab Calloway and E.G. Marshal, the prey of the sentient cockroaches from George Romero's Creepshow, as God.

Let me tell you about a double feature I went to sometime around 1970 that starred old St Nick in two of his more surreal appearances.

The Devil "Pitch" from 1959's Mexican production of Santa Claus

Santa Claus (1959) is a great example of the kind of children's films to come out of Mexico during the 1950's and 60's. Brightly colored, without a touch of subtly, Santa Claus and his band of international children helpers face off against Pitch, a mostly evil devil determined to stop this Christmas nonsense once and for all. A very weird film, but totally a good time, filled with bizarre imagery and situations that somehow remind me in a way of the kind of stuff Jose Marins would bring of course in a much more adult manner, in his Coffin Joe films.

Long since slipping into the public domain, here's the complete, badly dubbed feature for your pleasure.

The second film, which is also not so coincidentally in the public domain is the much better know Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

I'm not going to go too deeply into the plot (what there is of it), and I don't even really care that a young Pia Zadora is the cute as pie little girl. All I think that really needs to be said, is Martians trying to steal Christmas, and Santa not putting up with any crap from a bunch of green guys in space ships.

Both films should be watched by anyone who really loves Christmas.

I also wanted to mention two high quality animated adaptions of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

Created in 1971 by artist Richard Williams, his version of the classic won an academy award for best animated short. The style resemble the ink drawings of the original Victorian era and have a lovely creepiness that is perfect for the holiday ghost story. It is by no means a perfect version, but there are some wonderful images, and it was a very worthy attempt at the tale.

Surprisingly there's another version of the Dickens classic that manages to capture the spirit of the tale with both style and a sense of humor that most people might not expect, and yet Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol is a first rate adaptation of the story, with Magoo playing it straight as Scrooge.

Finally I wanted to post this version (at least the second filmed) of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from the great Max Fleischer.

From all of us here at Studd, to each and every one of you...Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friendly Christmas Sacrilege

Judeo-Christian Values, National Lampoon (December 1974)

Christmas is sometimes just a little too family friendly for my taste, which as most of you know is mostly a little questionable. So to keep the saccharine levels down and to prevent either diabetes or tooth decay, here's a little something to keep us old grumps happy...

Truly dark humor from Robert Smigel in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, just remember if you're a star it's all about you.

Frosty the Snowman is nothing compared to the Fleischer Brothers truly disturbing Snow Man.

I know it really isn't all that Christmassy, but it's too fun not to share.

1950's: It's a Madison Avenue Christmas

RJ Reynolds Tobacco advertisement, 1951

It's the holiday season, a time for family and friends, a time to contemplate the tiny bits of happiness we have in this life, and to do what we can to share this simple joy of living. Such as making sure that everyone in the family from grandpa to the dog get's his share of good, wholesome American tobacco.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Big Grab Bag of 1970's Memories

Here we are in the 70's when everything really is horrible and it really stinks. 
The mass media, everything on television everything everywhere is just rotten. 
You know it's just boring and really evil, ugly and worse. - Lester Bangs

Lester Bangs, despite being a world class grump, was right, the 1970's were a pretty weird and unhappy time for the United States, from the National Guard opening fire on students at both Kent State and Jackson University on one end, the loss in Vietnam and the debacle of Watergate in the middle, and a great big Iranian hostage crisis to round the whole mess out. The 70's was also a time when the idealism and hope of the young people of the 1960's turned into the cynicism and self-absorption of the yuppies. It was a boiling cauldron of a time.

Probably not the boiling cauldron I was referring too, but
I've been waiting for a chance to post this cover for months.
Besides, beats posting yet another still from Bewitched

But it was also a time when African Americans, Latino Americans and Gay Americans were getting their first taste of real political and economic power, it was the era when women were making giant leaps into the working world and it was a time when ALL of them began to demand to be treated equally.

People were angry, but dammed stylish 

It was like Dickens said about another revolutionary era, "the best of times, the worst of times".

But I'm not looking to get too serious here, instead I just wanted to explain a little bit, about why it is that when you are talking about the 1970's, you get such a wide field of styles and subjects. How the same decade can produce both John Denver and Johnny Rotten, and have both of them work as equally valid symbols of their era.

Both John's are fully legitimate symbols of the 1970's, it was a complicated decade

Okay, enough preaching, let's have some fun....

Say what you will about the disgraced President Richard Nixon, but it is pretty undeniable that he truly was a cartoonists dream....

TV Guide, February 1972, Nixon goes to China

The nose, the 5 o'clock shadow, the beady little eyes, our 37th President, was a cartoon natural.

Balrog Nixon 1971

The 1970's was a great time for parody, both high..

Neal Adam's Son-O-God, National Lampoon 

And low..

Charles's Girl's, Tunnel Vision, 1976

The 1970's gave us the awesome nature shows like the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, with narration by the great Rod Serling.

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

And then there was good ol Marlin Perkins and the ever endangered Jim Fowler in Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Of course not all television in the 70's was nature shows.

Take the classic annual TV blow-out, Battle of the Network Stars for example.

Cheryl Tiegs vs Victoria Principal

Yes, Battle of the Network Stars, where stars from major networks television programs would go against each other in silly sporting competitions that a few of them took, just a little too seriously.

Robert Conrad loses his mind on national television

In the 1970's, both Planet of the Apes and Logan's Run were made into television series with the exact same plot.

Not quite Michael York or Jenny Agutter

Logan's Run was about three people in a post Apocalypse future, moving from society to society and having new adventures in a world they don't really understand.

Meanwhile, the Roddy McDowell series, Planet of the Apes, was about three people in a post Apocalypse future, moving from society to society and having new adventures in a world they don't really understand.

A young Jackie Earle Haley is stuck in the Planet of the Apes

While the nighttime series Planet of the Apes was pretty bad, they did manage to do a surprisingly decent job with the Saturday Morning cartoon series.

The animated Planet of the Apes 1976

It was the first time that Apes were shown with aircraft and tanks, television and other items from modern society, and it was the only version I have ever seen that actually made it look like an actual PLANET controlled by apes.

And that was cool.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong

From the statement released by Neil Armstrong's family through NASA....“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

Neil Armstrong was born in Ohio in 1930, served in the conflict in Korea, became a test pilot and then an astronaut, first on Gemini 8 and then Apollo 11, and on July 21st, 1969 he became the first human being to set foot on the moon.

Back on Earth Armstrong kept out of the public view dedicating himself to teaching and engineering, and setting a constant example of honor and dignity.

Today, Neil Armstrong left this world, but all of us are better for his having been here.

I mourn for our loss, but I also feel hope. Hope for our children and their children and for the entire human race, because men like Neil Armstrong took those first tentative steps into the universe.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cool Superhero Cartoons

From Filmations Teen Titans shorts, Speedy and Wonder Girl

Here's an interesting fact.

Long before classic heroes, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow ever made their first filmed appearances, their teenage sidekicks, Speedy and Wonder Girl were actively kicking butt every Saturday as part of the rotating cast of character on CBS's televisions Superman / Aquaman Hour.

With the huge success of televisions Batman, DC was anxious to get as many of their characters on the air as possible. So along with the exciting adventures of Superman, and his whole cast, along with Aquaman, Aqualad and Tusky the Walrus, the show also had shorts with numerous DC stars. The Atom, Flash, Hawkman and Green Lantern all got their adventures plus a few team-ups as the Justice League.

On top of that they also had several adventures with the Teen Titans.

With Robin not available because of licensing, sometime Titan and long time Green Arrow sidekick was picked as a substitute, and regular member Wonder Girl was part of the team, even though Wonder Woman was apparently not around because the producers of Batman were shopping a pilot around about the Avenging Amazon.

I know, how could something this wonderfully cheesy not get picked up for a full series, or even a pilot.

So there you were with the Titans, made up of Speedy, Wonder Girl, Aqualad and an badly miscolored Kid Flash having adventures years before their mentors ever made it to the television screen.

Of course when Wonder Woman did make her television premiere, it was in a most surprising place....

Yes, local librarian Diana Prince and her secret identity of Wonder Woman came to the aid of none other than the Brady Kids.

Of course a few years later when Green Arrow finally made an appearance on the Super Friends, they sort of got him confused with the Atom.

Filmations quality really varied from some very well done material to absolute dreck, but I think they hit a real high point late in the studios history when they made a straight forward adaptation of Captain Marvel featuring almost the entire Shazam cast.

First rate animation for the era, plus great tongue in cheek scripts taken from the original material made for a really fun cartoon.

I know it's getting off topic here but there is one other Filmation cartoon I wanted to mention even though it isn't really superhero based, but I was a huge fan of the late 1960's series, Fantastic Voyage, based on the Asimov film of the same name.

It was a nice looking series with a James Bond twist and well worth a look.

That's it for now.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Peter, Paul & Mary

Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow and Noel "Paul" Stookey

I’m going to talk about why I’m a big fan of the popular 1960’s folk group, Peter, Paul & Mary, but first a bit of background.

When you are talking about folk music one of the most important factors people tend to look for is authenticity.

Woody Guthrie (love the guitar sticker)

Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie along with great songwriting talent exuded this deep authenticity, of dirt, poverty and desperation, where you could easily see any of them (not just Woody), in some 1930’s work camp singing about revolution around the campfire with Tom Joad at his side.

Pete Seeger

As fate would have it, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s folk music exploded in popularity on university campuses across the United States.  Keep in mind, by the late 1950’s that original rush of rock n roll had ended. Elvis was in the Army, Pat Boone’s Tutti Frutti had sold something like ten times the copies that Little Richard had, and in those dark days after the death of Buddy Holly and before the British invasion brought a new intelligence and creativity to rock music, if you wanted to hear something challenging to your intelligence, something political radical or music about important issues, it was folk music that you listened to.

The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio from San Francisco and the Brothers Four out of Seattle, were all nice white boys from middle class homes, who came out of college singing songs about labor riots and civil rights, but with such clean cut wholesomeness to their style that middle America embraced them.

The Brothers Four

Of course all that changed in 1962 when scruffy, middle class Jewish kid Robert Zimmerman moved to New York from Minnesota, and revolutionized music.

Bob Dylan

See the thing is that after a few decades of Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the like, nice wholesome boys like the Kingston Trio, no matter that they were singing music that at the time, was revolutionary, are pretty much at best nostalgia acts these days.

I tend to think that in a way the same thing happened to Peter, Paul & Mary
Put together in 1961 by a manager looking to create a recording act out of the New York coffee house scene, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, enjoyed quick success with their excellent harmonies and arrangements, making Peter, Paul & Mary one of the most successful, and one of the most openly political acts of the 1960’s.

The thing about Peter, Paul & Mary is that unlike, Seeger or Dylan, is that they had smoothness to their sound that in my opinion just isn’t really embraced or understood by modern audiences. They just aren’t really viewed by modern fans of folk music as being particularly “authentic” or street level, and as such while not quite forgotten, Peter, Paul & Mary they do tend to get ignored.
And that’s a shame because Peter, Paul & Mary were excellent singers, who put out beautiful songs.

Let’s listen to a few…..

If I Had a Hammer

Written by Pete Seeger, If I Had a Hammer was a 1949 call to arms of American labor. This clip is of the trio singing their version of the song at the 1963 Civil Rights march on Washington DC, shortly before Martin Luther King would come out and give his immortal "I Have a Dream" speech.

In many ways it was because of Peter, Paul & Mary that these old labor songs seeped into the popular consciousness, to the point where these songs became wholesome enough for elementary schools.

Too Much of Nothing

The original version of Two Much of Nothing, by Dylan and the Band is one rough song, sounding like a bunch of miners singing in the dark. Under Travers, Stookey and Yarrow, the song becomes much more mainstream, and maybe that does cause the song to be lose something to some fans, but listen to that chorus and tell me that isn't just a beautiful hook.

Say Hello to Valerie
Say hello to Marian
Send them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion

Just lovely.

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

This is another Dylan cover by the band that's just beautiful, and probably my favorite version of this classic.

Stookey's voice on the lead just carries the weight of the lyrics, while at the same time just singing in this clear and beautiful voice. It's a real treat.

Let me say that I know this kind of folk stuff is not normal Studd material, but I really like Peter, Paul and Mary and think that their music has worth and should be put out there for a new generation to appreciate.

Okay, since you've all put up with this salute to whitebread, lets finish with the one you all really wanted to hear...

Puff the Magic Dragon

One of the great songs about childhood.

Enjoy Yarrow's nice little introduction where he addresses certain rumors.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Lp's

At a garage sale I came across a Sanyo turntable, receiver and some mid-level speakers for next to nothing that was in almost perfect shape. It looked like the original owner had bought it right before the beginning of the CD era and pretty much just let it sit somewhere for the next 30 years. It plays perfectly, with great sound and the needle itself looks like it’s brand new.

There has been a whole bunch of debate over the years about what sounds better, analog or digital with strong opinion on both sides of the subject. Now me, I can't speak for the science of it all, but all I know is that to these imperfect ears, the music just plain sounds better on a record then on a CD or MP3.

Granted a lot of this has to do with the record player being a high end system with a good receiver and decent speakers as opposed to my computer speakers which is what I listen to most stuff on. So even if the better sound of analog is just my imagination, I like the sound of records regardless

So here I am with this very nice stereo system all set up and ready to go and  but unfortunately, like most of the rest of us, I got rid of all my records. Now I held out longer than most, but the last of my albums went away at least three years ago and even then they had sat for quite a while just gathering dust.

As luck would have it, Colorado Springs has two excellent places to shop for old lp’s,  Independent Records and Earthpig Music. And with the expenditure of a
round $50.00, I was able to make a nice start rebuilding the collection.

Sure some of these records are pretty obvious choices for any basic record collection, but still I was happy to be able to find some of them as easily as I did.

The nice thing about moving to an outdated entertainment technology is just how easy it can be to find the music you want to listen to. I was able to fins many of the records I wanted right off the bat, although there were certain bands that were very hard to find, like the Cure, or were every single piece of vinyl was marked up to collectors pricing, like the Grateful Dead. But even then that still left a whole bunch to choose from.

1. The Beatles - Revolver

The Beatles - Revolver (1966) 

While there are Beatles albums I probably "like" more than Revolver, there are none that I wanted to listen to on album again more. From the opening notes of Harrison's Taxman, all the way through to Lennon's classic Tomorrow Never Knows, Revolver is one of the best albums by the best band ever.

2. / 3. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food / Little Creatures

Had to get some Talking Heads, there was no other way about it. This classic post-Punk band is one of my all time favorites. Led by the enigmatic and brilliant David Byrne, Talking Heads proved that a band could be both smart and danceable.

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)

More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads second album and their first with producer Brian Eno is funky, loud, outrageous and fun. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, The Big Country and Stay Hungry are some of the best songs with the best piece the bands rocking cover of Al Greens, Take Me to the River. This was the first record by Talking Heads I bought when I was about 16 years old, and it had to be one of the first records in any new collection I was going to begin.

One of Talking Heads most commercially successful albums was 1985's Little Creatures

Talking Heads - Little Creatures (1985)

Little Creatures is a collection of some truly dark songs, almost all about alienation, loneliness and the emptiness of the modern world. And yet Byrne and company stunningly disguised all the depression and nihilism inside of a bouncy pop album, making Little Creatures one of those albums that will catch up with you and knock you off your feet when you least expect it.

4. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits (1969)

The version of Jimi Hendrix Experience's Smash hits is the later American, stereo release, that contains pieces from all three of the bands studio releases. Obviously as a hits collection the album lacks the depth of material found on the original albums, but as a basic catalog of the bands most impressive work, this nicely produced, well mixed collection is more then satisfactory. All the hits are there from Purple Haze and Foxy Lady, to the more blues inspired, Hey Joe, and of course Jimi's blistering version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. I need to get the full albums as I find them, but in the meantime, Smash Hits will hold any fan of the maestro over.

5. / 6. /7. Elton John - Greatest Hits / M.U. - The Best of Jethro Tull / The Best of Dave Edmunds

Again three more excellent greatest hits packages to hold me over as I rebuild buying the original albums. Elton John's Greatest Hits is a nice collection of the hits from the artists early years, while the Jethro Tull collection has pieces from throughout the bands most productive period. Finally the Dave Edmunds hits collection is just a fine package of the rockabilly/blues inspired work of this British great. Again, I highly recommend the original albums these songs come from, but as hits packages go these are really hard to beat.

8. Pete Townshend - Empty Glass (1980)

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass (1980)

Who guitarists Peter Townshend's first full length solo record 1980's Empty Glass has the songwriter taking a serious look at just what 15 years of fame and the hard living that came along with it had wrought in his life. Such classics as Let My Love Open the Door, Gonna Git Ya, and Rough Boys, make this one of Pete's best works solo or otherwise. Plus this is another of those records I had when I was much younger that I just can't possibly picture having a record collection and not having a copy of.

9. / 10. Laurie Anderson - Home of the Brave / Mister Heartbreak

Two by Laurie Anderson

If I'm going to go full on analog, then I better get something out of the ordinary, something intelligent, something odd and most of all something fun, and all of those choices work when you are talking about the great American composer, musician and artist, Laurie Anderson. For decades Anderson, with her synthesized violin and wall of filters has been making both biting commentary about the human condition, but great and incredible music in the meantime. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing Anderson, I can't recommend wither of these two records, Home of the Brave or Mister Heartbreak enough. Home of the Brave is the soundtrack from Anderson s performance film of the same name, while Mister Heartbreak is a more straightforward studio release, but both of them are filled with wonders for the ear like the classic Sharkey's Day and the amazing Language is a Virus, songs that only get better the more times you play them. 

Another of my MUST artists.

11. The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)

Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)

The first album by Alan Parsons, producer of Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon and his musical partner Eric Woolfson is a series of songs based on the works of Poe. The first side is straight forward enough with several enjoyable pop songs based on stories such as the Raven, Tell-Tale Heart and Cask of Amontillado, but side two's full length instrumental work, Fall of the House of Usher is what makes the album such a treat. It's a full bore progressive rock symphony with blaring horns, rising violins and spooky synthesizer, that luckily just misses being overblown by about three notes. Another fine treat from the 70's

12. The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea.

The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (1979)

The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea. From a series of concerts in 1979 to raise money and awareness to help the victims of the Cambodian genocide, this collection was not only for a good cause, but it also has some great live performances from some of the best bands of the early New Wave. Bordered with nice traditional live sets of the Who for side 1 and Paul McCartney & Wings for side 4, in between though, you've got live performances from the Clash, the Pretenders, the Specials, Rockpile with Robert Plant, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, and a great live cut from Queen. The performances are all first rate and really provide a great slice of the culture circa 1979.

13. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

Yes, I bought it, I admit my taste is sometimes questionable

Okay, look, I know it's cheese, but I'm a complete sucker for Earth, Wind & Fire's version of Got To Get You Into My Life and Aerosmith's amazing version of Come Together. The rest of the album goes from the so-so to some of the very worst cheese ever recorded by a group of people on too much cocaine. Still it was only a quarter so there you go. Plus the poster inside the album is awesome.

14. Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces (1979)

Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Armed Forces (1979)

Armed Forces is in my opinion the seminal Elvis Costello album. What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding, Oliver's Army, Accidents Will Happen and Two Little Hitlers are among the very songs Costello ever wrote and this entire album is just full of energy and great music. Armed Forces is to me anyway one of the great rock albums.

15. / 16. Led Zeppelin - IV / In Through the Out Door

The mighty Led Zeppelin 

Of course there is no way I can get a bunch of records from the 70's and skip the might Led Zeppelin. And here are two good ones to choose from. First there's the classic IV, an album that pretty much everyone alive who speaks English and is over the age of 40 knows by heart. Sure Stairway's the most famous song, but Going to California and When the Levee Breaks are my personal favorites. In Through the Out Door is the last studio album the band released before the death of drummer John Bonham and features some of my favorite songs by the band including All of My Love and Fool in the Rain. 

17. / 18. Pink Floyd - Meddle / Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd the kings of vinyl

Oh come on now, you new Pink Floyd was going to come into this at some point. We're talking albums and when you are talking vinyl Floyd is king. I straight up admit to buying the only two Floyd albums in the store and would have just as happily bought any of their other works too. Meddle is in my opinion where the second lineup really starts to take off, One of These Days still blows me away after all these decades. it is still one of the great guitar works of all time. And what's there left to say about Dark Side of the Moon, progressive rocks perfect work?

19. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols album is not the best record ever recorded, but it's absolutely one of my very favorites. There is not a single song on the entire record that isn't a classic. From the blistering opening of Holidays in the  Sun until the last chord of EMI, Bollocks never misses a beat. The only issue I have is that it should be Glen Matlock up there instead of Sid, but I guess that's just how rock n roll works eh kids?

Well that's the start.

Now to get some Miles Davis, and Queen, the Cure and The The, Neil Young and John Coltrane, and boy do I need some Johnny Cash.

More to come.