Rush – The End of an of Era

The Canadian group Rush is a bit hard to categorize. They went from hard-rock to progressive-rock, to heavy synthesizer and back to hard rock. I liked some of their music and hated some of it. On January 19, 2018 they announced that they were done.

We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.

This is “Tom Sawyer” from the 1981 album Moving Pictures by Rush, from the end of their progressive-rock era.

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Monday Metal

A Geek with Guns gives us even more music. Monday Metal: Unfold Legend by Operadyse

I’m in the mood for something that sounds epic.

Operadyse is a French Symphonic Power Metal band drawing heavily on fantasy for their lyrics. (Yes the lyrics are in English.) It consists of Franck Garcia (Vocals), Gianni Nardonne (Keyboards), Damien Marco (Guitars), Stéphane Lambert (Guitars), Laurent Maurel (Drums), and Franck Hermanny (Bass).

What I Am

Heard this on WXRT’s (“Chicago’s Finest Rock”) Saturday Morning Flashback a while back. I had almost forgotten about Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians. This is probably their best known song. “What I Am” is from the 1988 album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. They are still around, with an album from 2006 and current concert dates.

Harp Twins Cover Nightwish

Last week we had “Nemo” by Nightwish. Today we have that song covered by Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as The Harp Twins.

The Kitt sisters seem to have a penchant for doing harp covers of metal songs, and while I don’t always like them, this one seems to work.

And if it isn’t too non-PC, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Weapon of Choice

While I liked very little of Fatboy Slim’s music, there is no denying that he helped bring Big Beat style to the mainstream. Though the only song I ever recall hearing on the radio was “Right Here, Right Now” which was not his best effort.

But since I do like Big Beat (The Crystal Method comes to mind) I thought I would have a song by Fatboy Slim I do like. The video, staring Christopher Walken, is classic. It won a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2002. This is “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim (also known as Norman Quentin Cook). It was only ever released as a single in 2001.

Going Under

Evanescence is a hard-rock band fronted by Amy Lee. Most people know the single “Bring Me To Life” from their 2004 album Fallen. Radio stations didn’t want to play “a chick with a piano” on rock radio. (Proving they were assholes in 2004. Are they still? Probably.)

The record label actually pushed the band to have a male lead singer – because the music industry in the US is completely insane. They can only repeat things they’ve seen before. (Reminds me of Hollywood on that score.) They finally got a male voice on “Bring Me To Life,” but Amy Lee was never happy about that. (They recently released a version of that song with only Lee’s voice.)

This is “Going Under” from the same 2004 album, Fallen. (Can someone who worked for a radio station in 2004 explain to me how this isn’t hard rock? A chick and a piano? Really?!?)

The Diva’s Song – Performed Live

While The Fifth Element was a pretty forgettable movie, it did have a few redeeming qualities (aside from Milla Jovovich that is). One of them was “The Diva’s Song.”

This is an incredible version from Jane Zhang, of Chengdu, Sichuan, China. This song is supposed to be impossible for a human to sing. Almost. (A couple of my other favorite scenes from the movie are after the break.)

After the break, we have “Count to 10” and “Anybody else want to negotiate?” from the Fifth Element.

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