Maybe I’m getting old, or maybe I find that what passes for contemporary rock ‘n’ roll and indeed film, just doesn’t resonate with me. Consequently, I find myself constantly digging deeper back into the past – particularly when it comes to music and film. Of late, I have found myself listening to a lot of … Continue reading Rockbrat Contends: That the birth of rock ‘n’ roll was in the 1940s and not the 1950s
1989 was indeed the year for hidden hearts. In that year, there were four artists alone who released versions of the Desmond Child/Paul Stanley penned epic, ‘Hide Your Heart’ – yet which one is the best ? Hide Your Heart – although co penned by Stanley – is total Desmond Child, which means it sounds … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Who Recorded The Best Version of ‘Hide Your Heart’? KISS ? Ace Frehley? Bonnie Tyler ? Robin Beck?
I was reading a recent communiqué by Dennis Val, guitar player with one of Sydney’s better rock bands, Love Child, in which he was talking about the lack of Australian artists on radio, and how hard it is to get original Australian guitar rock heard on the airwaves nowadays. It got me thinking not just … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Where Is The Next Generation Of Australian Rock Fans ?
We live in a strange time. YouTube can lift the profile of certain artists (PsY, Ed Sheeran) into the stratosphere. I fail to comprehend, even slightly, the frenzy associated with Ed Sheeran, irrespective of whether his music resonates with me or not. Six billion YouTube views, 70 million online followers. His 2018 Australian Tour is … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is Ed Sheeran the Paul McCartney of his generation, or the product of over zealous social media hype?
The answer to this question is - arguably, yes - yet I need to qualify the response. If you ask a dozen people the same question, you will no doubt end up with twelve different answers - for the word 'best' is of course subjective. Yet in order to be somewhat objective - lets ensure … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is Dan Baird & Homemade Sin the Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In The World ?
Are Talking Heads the most overrated band of all time ? They are certainly up there. I never understood Talking Heads. They were a band whom never spoke to me – and as a consequence, were a band I never had any time for. Nerds. Art school nerds. History as shown that they came up … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Were Talking Heads The Most Overrated Band Of All?
Gwyn Ashton is a musician who is revered by his peers. He has hordes of appreciative fans (mainly scattered throughout Europe), and has had his fair share of accolades placed upon him over the years – bestowing his prowess and originality as a guitar player. Original ? You bet. Master craftsman of his instrument ? … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Why Gwyn Ashton Is Not A Household Name?
We live and breath rock n roll. We know good music when we hear it - and like so many others, are major fans of YouTube guitar-star...Juliette Valduriez. Consider this: in the space of two short years, Juliette has uploaded fifteen home-made videos. Blazing takes on rock monsters like 'Bark At The Moon', 'Voodoo Chile', … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Juliette Valduriez – Where Are You ? (Où êtes-vous ?)
In April this year, Rolling Stone Magazine wrote a very good article about the life of former KI$$ guitarist Vinnie Vincent entitled 'The Long Kiss Goodbye - the Search For Vinnie Vincent." Short of a book coming out on Vincent, this article is the next best thing and sure makes an interesting read. Aside from … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About The Secret Life Of Vinnie Vincent
On the weekend I was dial surfing on the radio – when I thought I’d listen to what was playing on the country music channel. After listening to two tunes laden with clichés for the truck driving beer drinking set (and maybe some of their boyfriends too), I retreated back to the safety of classic … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Could Country Music Lyrics Get Any More Clichéd? Step Up Luke Bryan, Step Up Lee Brice
Amongst four Young brothers (and one sister Margaret), its well-known that three of those brothers went on to phenomenal music careers. Easybeat George, Malcolm and Angus to AC/DC (obviously) – but what do you know about the other brother, the one that stayed behind in Scotland, Alexander Young ? The Young’s parents, William (1911–85) and … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: About the ‘other’ Young brother, Grapefruit & Accept.
What is there left to say about Orianthi ? Every superlative to describe her ability and talent has been written. I watch some of her performances online and they often leave me speechless. Last year, Australian Guitar Magazine offered up their 'Definitive Top Ten Australian Guitarists of All Time' list. Having been a rock fanatic … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders: Is Orianthi the greatest guitarist alive today ?