Something In The Air

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

:: Something In The Air ::

Yeah, ok, this cover shot makes it obvious to anyone why I bought this album, but when I came across it, it had even more significance to me than you might think. See, I work with a guy named Mike Cavanaugh who, legend has it, moved to L.A. from Baltimore in the late 80s along with his hair metal bandmates to make it in the music biz. Now, Mike's kind a what you might call a "macho" kinda guy, but from what I understand, his stage outfit consisted of a pink jumpsuit. You can bet your bottom dollar I immediately scanned this cover and sent it out to everyone at work. Bwahahahaha!

Page Cavanaugh is no slouch and (as far as I can tell) is still gigging around L.A. at the age of 86. Want to know more? Go here.

I can't find any info on this particular pink jumpsuit wearing Michael Cavanaugh (the liner notes point out that he and Page are "non-related"), but during his time with Page, they sang in perfect... unison.



Sunday, January 27, 2008

:: Help ::

It was 20 years ago this year, when Markus Pepper...oh, never mind. So this looked promising, based on the homemade looking cover, and the come hither stare of the Sean Astin-channeling-Taco-looking young man plastered on it. Once I heard the first two tracks on this short 4-song EP, I could hardly wait to check out what he did to the Beatles' Help. But I had to wade through one more song, Big Money, which is the only original on here. I was going to include it here, but instead I am going to let you recreate it in your mind. Think of the movie Fletch. Think of the kind of music there was in the movie Fletch. Now pretend there's a montage where someone's making big money. That's exactly what it sounds like, and you didn't even have to waste any precious ear time.

So yeah, Help. The intro is pretty befuddling, and honestly if you don't already know this is a cover of Help, it takes a few seconds to realize that it is. Look, I'm not saying you can't retool a classic song like Help utilizing drum machines, programmed slap bass, and a vocal styling that might make people think you'd lose a slap fight with Rick Astley; I'm just saying you shouldn't, because one day you'll end up being mocked by some smart ass with a computer and some spare time. As unseemly as this version of the song is, the hilariously out of place guitar solo that takes the song to fade out really puts the icing on the cake.

Record Robot In Blue In Heaven LP Shocka!

Hey, kids. While the Robot is almost ready to go live again after its winter hibernation, I see there's been quite a bit of clamoring for one of my favorite 80's albums, All The God's Men by Blue In Heaven.

I hear you, and I want to help.

I really wish they'd reissue this on CD with some bonus tracks, but until then, scratchy vinyl rips of this will have to tide us over. Those of you who mentioned that you were willing to pay for this are very kind, but we aren't in the business of selling mp3's; in fact we aren't in business at all. We do this for fun, and it always costs us money. So we're more like a government than a business.

Of course, if you enjoy us in general, or feel so compelled after we post something you've been looking desperately for, you can always click the PayPal donate button over to the right and help us defray the costs of hosting, etc. Cheers.


:: All The God's Men ::