Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday Shuffle: Nirvana, Warrant, Cypress Hill, Amorphis, Hank Jr.

Something for just about everyone this week. Rock, hip-hop, death metal, country, you want it, it's there ...

Nirvana, "Plateau." From the album MTV Unplugged in New York (1994). I've never made any secret of my opinion of Nirvana and the fact that I believe they're the most overrated band in the history of rock. That said, I do love the Unplugged album, and "Plateau," one of a couple of Meat Puppets covers on the record, is a favorite.

Warrant, "All My Bridges are Burning." From the album Dog Eat Dog (1992). Warrant is one of those poster bands for the death of the glitzy 1980s rock, but Dog Eat Dog is an often overlooked gem. "All My Bridges are Burning" is more typical of Warrant's early sound than some of the other tracks on the album, and as a result it's not a favorite, but there are some great tunes on this record.

Cypress Hill, "Can't Get the Best of Me." From the album Skull & Bones (2000). With Cypress Hill being one of the few hip-hop groups that I actually like, I loved the rock disc of this record when it came out. Granted, it doesn't hold up very well with the years, and when I revisited it recently, it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. This was one of the better tracks, though, with "Rock Superstar" being really the only standout one.

Amorphis, "Majestic Beast." From the album Skyforger (2009). I'm of the opinion that Skyforger is the high point for Amorphis. There has rarely been a tune that fits its title better than "Majestic Beast." It's just a perfect blend of melody and brutal heaviness. One might say majestic.

Hank Williams Jr., "Gonna Go Huntin' Tonight." From the album Strong Stuff (1983). OK, have you pulled both hamstrings yet in this shuffle. Yeah, this song is perhaps a bit neanderthal in subject matter, but it's still a fun country rocker and brings back fond memories of when Bocephus could do more than spout political vitriol.

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