As we all know, rock n roll is a hard life – with no certainties or superannuation payment at the end of your playing days. 99% of musicians don’t make much money at all – and as the years go by, many artists suddenly find themselves no longer in demand as they may have been in previous years. I don’t know any musicians nowadays who don’t have to work, (at least part time) to make ends meet – let alone support their chosen profession. Which brings me in a roundabout way to Mick Blood. Times have been tough for the Lime Spiders front man – and in recent weeks got a whole lot worse. Needing to leave Queensland for a fresh start in March, Mick set off looking for a new home. After a torrid time of several months, Mick finally found a new pad in Newcastle NSW and set about getting back into work and getting on with his life. But within a few days of moving in, Mick was bashed unconscious one June night in Stockton, leaving him with serious head injuries. He is now in hospital and requires a long period of treatment, recuperation and life re-building. Mick faces an uphill battle in retaining his accommodation and is quickly coming to the end of his life-savings after all that he has been through this year. A benefit gig is being held in a few days in WA to raise some money for Mick, but a web site has also been set up where you can donate a few dollars to help him out. As Mr Rockbrat and I have attested before on many occasions, the contribution Mick has made to Australian rock n roll over a long period of time is beyond significant and deserves way more recognition. The Lime Spiders gave us some absolutely incredible tunes, garage rock that was world class – ‘Out of Control’, the classic ’Slave Girl’, ‘25th’ Hour’,Wierdo Libido and ‘Volatile’ to name a few. Their 1990 album ‘Beethoven’s Fist’ is one of my favourite Australian rock albums ever, littered with rock classics and a WAY underrated album. (read a review of that album below). Mick’s shrieking vocal delivery was distinct – no one sounds like him, before or after. If, like me, you enjoyed the music of the Lime Spiders either live or on record, now maybe the time to return the favour and throw a few bucks Mick’s way when he’s not doing so great. For more information on the Mick Blood Benefit, head here. Get well soon Mick.
Review of Beethoven’s Fist LP by Cowboy Col (this originally appeared in Vicious Kitten Fanzine #3) in 1995
The Lime Spiders bit back hard in 1990, with what proved to be their final Long Player. They released an EP in 1992 which turned out to be their last hurrah, and in that year secured the opening slot for The Black Crowes on their first Australian tour. It was only through vigourous networking by Virgin head honcho Dicky Branson that scored them that gig – not. Black Crowes – Chris and Rich Robinson had hand picked them, after witnessing the rock n roll monster that the Lime spiders were, on a previous U.S tour. This record stands as one of the most complete rock n roll albums to come out of Australia in recent times. From go to whoa, every track is huge. ‘Cherry Red’. Hit single. Top ten. Should have been. Three minutes of high energy rock bliss, complete with sing-along chorus. The other standouts on this record include ‘Real Thing’, ‘I Get Off At The Next Stop’, the sonic relentlessness of ‘9 Miles High’ and ‘Silent Partner’. The opener – ‘Scene Of The Crime’ is another standout track, high quality, harmonized garage rock at it’s best. For mine, this album ranks as vocalist Mick Blood’s finest moment, in a long and inspired rock n roll career. Richard Lawson and Phil Hall provide the thunderous rhythm section, while Gerard Corben’s razer sharp guitar work is nothing short of amazing. ‘Beethoven’s Fist’ was produced by Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley and also features the talents of Mark Wilkinson (Girlies, Kcrunch, Brother Brick) guesting on additional guitar. Five years on, this album serves as a testament to The Lime Spiders. This ten song platter is chock full of loud, melody laced, uncompromising rock n roll, and no real fan of rock n roll should be without it.