Let’s Play Twister with Fear Factory and Herb Alpert

Time for another rotgut and mild refreshment mix.

Fear Factory. Formed in 1990. Mostly a fusion of death metal and industrial electronica. Here from the expanded version of their 1998 Obsolete is Messiah. Pretty simple song really but good at keeping the fingers tapping if played very loudly.

Today’s chaser is Herb Alpert‘s “Angelina” off his big solo album Rise from 1980.  Kind of  a Jimmy Buffet gig but with singing replaced with trumpeteering. We like it because it reminds us of a beach at sunset with outdoor grills … lots of food, lots of friends, lots of fun. On the other hand, it also makes us think of tourists in ugly tropical shirts that think immersing themselves into the local culture is buying some stupid little leather and wood statuette because all of the natives must have them and it is surely a good way to let the kids know that Mom & Dad went on a great big adventure.  It also reminds us of a a James Bond movie from the Roger Moore era (o, travesty) where Mr. Bond walks into an outdoor beach bar wearing a white polyester suit and fat tie holding liver-killing beverate, smiling smarmily at leggy girls in large brim hats and big round sunglasses as they laugh obligatorily at the jokes of old, sunburned rich men with hairy chests, big guts and skinny legs. Yes, the 1970’s were hell. If ever there was a decade to remove from the annals of time. Nonetheless, Rise closes out the decade (yes it was released in 1980, but it really belonged in 1979) with several songs that, while tremendously dated now, are still immensely enjoyable. Hope you agree. Don’t care if you don’t.


And just because we’re feeling lazy, here are some other ones we suggest might be worth a listen.

Nina Hagen. What we specifically remember about our first listen back in the 80’s of Nunsexmonkrock is that Nina was nuts. Or at least a great show person. It’s no surprise really that the bi-product of a post-Nazi cum Communist East Germany FUBAR would not be a well-grounded, socially graceful, delicate flower. No, Nina was much more like sandpaper chaps. Here for your listening pleasure is “Born in Xixac.” Nina pokes the USSR in the eye and chainsaws her way through a quirky little tune.

The Roots with Cody ChestnuTT. “Seed 2.0” … kind of an odd ditty about agricultural reproduction. The guitar track is super catchy, though.

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