KISS – Knights in Satan’s Service?

Remember that groovy band Kiss… “Knights in Satan Service” Haha…I was a big fan when I was a kid. They were the first “shock rock” band I remember…They did songs about the good things in life… Sex!

They painted their faces and wore these cool costumes… They jumped around on stage and had fire and platforms and shiny drums. The bass player spit up blood and blew fire… It has been said they were the “hardest working band of all time”.

There band consisted of:

Cat
Star child
Vampire
Space Man

So where they the Kings in Satan Service? Or was this just a clever marketing publicity stunt?  Perhaps the movement to label all rock music as “the devils” music came up with this and when Kiss heard it they simply didn’t deny it thinking it would sell a few more records.

Oh sure their songs about rock and roll lifestyle sex and God’s of Thunder was a bit over the top in the 70’s… Not even close to what these guys are singing about now…  Come on now… Ever heard of the band Slayer?

Hey..Kiss is still rocking around out there.. Can you dig it?

Was Pink Floyd the Pioneers of Space Music?

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I have always enjoyed “space sounding music… And I am guessing that Pink Floyd was the first to do it.. Or do it right… The first record…Piper at the gates of dawn is really a spacey sounding record… Campy too…

It was recorded at the same time as The Beatles Sgt Peppers lonely hearts club band.  In my “hip opinion” it is a better record.

So the space music? Well listen to it… The opening song Astronomy Domine is just about as spacey as it gets…Then right into Intersteller Overdrive… Come on!?!

I heard Roger Waters say one tome that “nobody invented space music” Well, I dunno… His first guitar player Syd was certainly one of the first right? That guy is kinna a trip…  A tortured genius…. But then Syd Barrett was on a whole other level…

Many people I have talked to over the years are into Pink Floyd.. The later stuff… I try to turn them on to the Barrett recordings but many consider it just too freaking “weird”  It is that…. WAY out… In SPACE….

Give it a listen sometime…With an open mind….

Who’s playing the guitar on Beatles records?

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Ever wonder which guy in the Beatles is playing the guitar? They were all guitar players right? There seems to be some mixed opinions about this.

It has been known for years that Geogre Harrison brought in Eric Clapton to play the leads on While my Guitar Gently weeps during the White Album sessions.  I have often wondered who else is playing on that record. They were really starting to get on each other’s nerves by then.

Well, I was just reading a Beatles magazine that my daughter brought home for me and it has a articla about the recording of the Revlover album. It seems that Harrison was struggling with the solo on “Taxman”. He goofed with it for a few hours and Gearge Martin suggested that Paul give it a try.

So apparently Paul plays the guitar solo on Taxman. A Harrison song.

It says also that Paul plays the solo for the Lennon song Good Morning on the Sgt Pepper album. Geeze….Who knew?

Guess you can learn something everyday. Especially  when your kid brings home a magazine.

Learn Music From the Greatest Band Ever

Well who do you think is the greatest band ever to exist? Ya know there are just so many to choose from it’s hard to tell. I think by far the greatest pop band there ever was is The Beatles.

They simply hit every range of music and have influenced coutless artists over the years.  You want to learn about how to do music on your own? How to consturct songs? Listen to the Beatles first.

Some things the Beatles can teach you.

How to play percussion – In the times I have played with a band that had somebody playing percussion they usually didn’t know when to play and when not to play…They would simply shake something constantly throughout the entire song. If you listen to The Beatles who often used percussion, they didn’t do this but used the percussion to “build” a song.

How to sing and harmonize – I have heard people say “the Beatles can’t sing” Sorry…But your mistaken. They took pop singing to a new level.

How to construct songs – Verse, choirs, verse choirs, middle, verse choirs End.  They simply had the system down to perfection. And they often expanded on these simple techniches and took it to new levels.

Various rhythm ideas – Like to strum a guitar? Just learning? Pay attention to the strumming techniches done on Beatles songs.  The acoustic rhythms they did on so many songs is incredible. Different time signatures too.

Colorful Bass Playing – It’s amazing how much can be done with a bass on a song. Sure it can be overdone. But Paul did it to perfection.

Lyric Writing – From boy meets girl to girl loses boy to trippy kaleidoscope scenes, political revolution, drug craziness, religion, sexual orientation, comical storytelling. These guys did it all and more.

Studio Recording – Nobody had ever done the wacky stuff that they came up with in the studio. From fake stereo to delayed tape effects and backward guitars. Sure everybody does it now…They did it first.

Oh I could go on and on…But I’ll let ya disagree with me if ya want… Please, tell me why you HATE them guys…

Opinion: Free Music on the Internet

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Free music marketing. When you do a search for “free Music” or “free music downloads you don’t get any “free music” It’s all about radio.  Last FM consistantly  comes up #1 on in a google search… That is internet radio. Then it’s GrooveShark, Pandora Radio ETC.

These systems look and seem to work pretty good. But my goal is to get MY music heard. You know, little ole ME.

Not that the music I have done with different bands is any good or anything. But I’d like to get noticed anyhow… You dig? Heck, I wanna record contract and make millions of dollar too….  What garage band musician doesn’t?

Using basic make money online for beginners methods taught by this Grizz guy who I was introduced to by another blogger who teaches passive online income I have started a SEO campagn to try to drive traffic to my free music site.

To get “Free Music” hi on the search engine rankings could prove to be a impossible task. But what’s a mediocra song writer supposed to do? Except sing for a rock and roll band? I just gotta take on the challenge.

I’ll fill all you loyal Hip Opinion readers in later about how it’s going and let you look at the projects I have put together to try to get this agenda going.

Until Later… Happy Labor Day!

Acid Music; Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

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I have always thought that Magical Mystery Tour could have been recorded in the garage somewhere… Or some of it anyways… It’s not all that great of a recording.  Even though it is a great record over all…

George Martin has been hailed as such a great producer…And he was…But there are many other records from this period that have as good or better recordings.  The song “magical mystery tour” is paticarly noisy and muddy.

I remember back when the early Beatles CD’s first came out… They were all released in mono… To preserve the “original” recordings… They “fake stereo” vinyl records sound better.

Anyways, Magical has some magical music on it… I like the song “flying“… It is the picture of 60’s psychedelia… Love that trippy guitar.

The string arangements on “I am the Walarus” has to be the best in rock and roll. And that saxaphone (I think) playing on “Baby im a Rich Man” is the most bizarre horn part I have ever heard. That is Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones playing that… Miss that guy.

Other Highlighs

  • Hello Goodbuy – Great guitar line and simple lyrical message.
  • Your Mother Should Know – Dance to a song before your mother was born
  • Strawberry Fields Forever – Maybe the best John lennon Song ever.

I am here as you are here as we are all together – John Lennon

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