Your humble Rock and Roll Reporter rummaged through a lifetime of music just the other day, and came up with a bunch of items he hopes YOU will be listening to soon as well:
1. “25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits”
The Monkees, The Banana Splits, Josie and her Pussycats, a whole slew of Kasenetz-Katzery and, of course, the hallowed Archies as well: What better possible way to kick off our countdown?
2. Allin, G.G. “The Troubled Troubadour”
At the time – roughly the length and breadth of the Reagan administration – some called this punk rock, some called it performance art, some called it a big pile of fecal matter (quite literally, as it sometimes turned out). And others just called the cops when the poop actually did begin to hit the fans …but in this mega-jaded age of Osbournes and Fox Television, G.G. in a way can seem quite quaint and oddly reassuring given half a chance, or even half an ear.
3. Animals “The Twain Shall Meet”
In the throes of his immediate post-original Animals, SoCal revelry, Eric Burdon produced four lysergic-drenched albums which continue to haunt the man (not to mention his most loyal followers) to this very day …yet for the magnum opus “Sky Pilot” alone, this second in the afore-mentioned series of long-playing parables truly deserves a nice close, San Francisco listen.