Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday Shuffle: Hank III, Machine Head, Infectious Grooves, Lillian Axe, The Ramones

Today we start in anger and end in fun ...

Hank III, “Punch Fight Fuck” (live). From a live bootleg recorded at Juanita’s in Little Rock, Ark (2007). III’s tribute to G.G. Allin is really at its best in the live setting. This is one of the better III bootlegs that I’ve got swimming around on my hard drive, too. 

Machine Head, “Aesthetics of Hate.” From the album The Blackening (2007). This angry thrasher from the album that many consider Machine Head’s masterwork was a violent, rage-filled diatribe against the murderer of Pantera’s “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. I think Rob Flynn’s screamed “I hope you burn in Hell” is an emotion that most fans of Dime can relate to.

Infectious Grooves, “You Pick Me Up (Just Throw Me Down).” From the album Sarsippius’ Ark (1993). In my opinion, the second Infectious Grooves record didn’t compare to the first. There’s a lot more funk than metal on the record, and in this song. But Rob Trujillo rips it up on the bass, which is the primary driver of the tune.

Lillian Axe, “Deepfreeze.” From the album Psychoschizoprhenia (1993). This is another album that I consider a lost classic. Psychoschizophrenia saw Lillian Axe pulling more progressive influences into their music, and after the less than impressive Poetic Justice, it was a refreshing turn. This song has a great, memorable chorus that still sticks with me.

The Ramones, “Judy is a Punk.” From the album Ramones (1976). Second verse, same as the first. Music doesn’t get much more fun than The Ramones’ earliest stuff. This song always puts a smile on my face when I hear it.

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