Shout (2000)

Disturbed is a Heavy Metal band out of Chicago. That said, I really don’t listen to their music all that much. Their music doesn’t come through my Heavy Metal playlists from Spotify/Pandora/etc. as much as I would expect.

This is “Shout 2000” by Disturbed, from their 2000 album The Sickness. It is a cover of the Tears for Fears song from 1984, just with a MUCH harder edge. (So far YouTube isn’t tripping over the privacy settings in my browser, if that happens in the future, use the link.)

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Ginger Baker: 19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019

I’m pretty sure that Cream is a band the younger generations haven’t heard of. Ginger Baker, Drummer of British Band Cream, Dies at 80.

Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker was one of the founding members of Cream.

The Rolling Stone magazine once ranked him the 3rd greatest rock drummer of all time

Cream certainly was an influence on Rock and Roll, and his drumming was a part of that. While they had several styles, I always think of them as Psychedelic Rock. I’m sure most tributes will direct you to listen to “White Room” followed by a minority referencing “Sunshine of Your Love,” (which I was sure was part of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack) but I’m not sure I like either of those songs.

For Rolling Stone Magazine’s tribute see Ginger Baker: 10 Tracks That Show His Drumming Genius. The opening video that shows his complete and utter insanity thru the years is worth your time. (Though it won’t play in Firefox with all my privacy settings turned up to 11.) That list of 10 songs highlights Baker’s drumming for Cream, and some things that followed for Baker. Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Baker Gurvitz Army, Ginger Baker Trio and more.

This is “Strange Brew” by Cream from the 1967 album Disraeli Gears. It was released as a single ahead of the album, the 1960s being mostly about singles. It doesn’t exactly highlight Baker’s drumming, but it is a song I like. If YT trips over the privacy settings in your browser, use the link. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

How About a Drum Solo to Start Your Day?

OK, so Tool should be on Metal for Mondays, but since I make the rules, I can break the rules. And Danny Carey is one of the best Rock drummers. Ever.

So he deserves some attention, and this song has one thing to do, which is highlight Carey’s mastery of his craft.

This song is “Chocolate Chip Trip” by Tool from their August, 2019 album Fear Inoculum.

I haven’t enjoyed drum work this much probably since Carl Palmer.

Island

Philip Glass is a composer whose work, or at least his early work, has been termed “minimalist.” He has had several operas produced, published one album that could fairly be called “pop” music in as much as he collaborated with Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson. This isn’t that.

Glass was referenced in a recent Musical Interlude about the new album from Tool, so I thought it would be appropriate to feature him, since I know that very few people have heard his music. (Or you’ve heard his music, and don’t know who he is.)

This song is “Island” by Philip Glass from the 1981 album Glassworks. This isn’t how I was first introduced to Glass, but this album was intended to introduce his work to a larger audience. It works. A newer “expanded edition” is available, but I’m not familiar with the new songs.

Supernova

Within Temptation is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band. They released an album in 2018, Resist, that I like quite a bit. While I knew of them before 2018, they didn’t occupy a very large part of my listening adventure before that album came out.

This song is “Supernova” by Within Temptation from their 2018 album Resist. (There’s a 2019 “Extended Deluxe” edition of the album as well.) If YouTube trips over browser privacy settings, use the link provided. Lyrics at this link. (YouTube isn’t tripping over your privacy settings much these days.)

Dancing in a Gypsy Camp

I think I mentioned that acoustic versions of Metal songs became a thing at some point. I’m not really sure how prevalent it is, or if it’s just that my eclectic tastes seem to run in that direction. In line with that however, Epica included a couple of acoustic versions of songs on The Holographic Principle. That’s a concept album from 2016 that deals with the idea that the universe is a simulation. I’m not sure it works as a concept album, but most of the music is first rate, and there are only a couple of songs I don’t care for. A couple of the songs are just fantastic.

This song is “Dancing in a Gypsy Camp” by the Symphonic Metal band Epica from their 2016 album The Holographic Principle. It is an acoustic version of “Dancing in a Hurricane” from the same album. While Simone Simons voice is incredible in the original, it really shines in this version. (YouTube. Browser Privacy Extensions. “Unavailable.” Use 1st link above.)

Actually this sounds more Flamenco than Gypsy to me.

Alligator (It’s the title to a song for a change)

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic band (do I need to say “English lyrics?”) that I first heard courtesy of Chicago’s WXRT (Chicago’s Finest Rock). They won Músíktilraunir in 2010. (That’s Iceland’s “Battle of the Bands” more or less.) Their debut album in 2011 was number 6 on the US Billboard chart and topped the US Rock and Alternative chart.

This is “Alligator” by Of Monsters and Men, from their 2019 album Fever Dream. Not really sure why the song has this title, because I can’t see anything about alligators in the lyrics. And have a band from Iceland ever seen an alligator? (YouTube. Privacy Settings in your browser. “Unavailable.” Use the link above.)

‡ There are things I love about living in the future. Like being able to listen to my favorite FM radio station from hundreds of miles away.