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Joe Cocker Dead at 70

John Robert Cocker (20/05/44-22/12/14) of Sheffield, also known as ‘Vance Arnold‘ and “The Sheffield Soul Shouter“, has passed after a hard-fought battle with small-cell lung cancer.  His latest release, Fire It Up from November 2012, showed him to be in fine form even after seemingly an entire life of shovelling gravel vocally.  Cocker recorded 21 studio albums and 4 live recordings during his career, and received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and even an OBE.  He died in Crawford, Colorado.

According to Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, “Joe is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met.  His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time.  Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

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Cocker had the Number One single in the U.K. in November of 1968 with his cover of The BeatlesWith a Little Help From My Friends.  Performing this particular tune at the Woodstock Festival in New York in 1969 firmly launched his career.  In 1970 he toured behind the epic double-set, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, featuring Leon Russell (bandleader amongst other roles), Rita Coolidge and drummer Jim Keltner.  By 1973, even though his I Can Stand A Little Rain spawned a #5 hit with You Are So Beautiful (a cover of Dennis Wilson and Billy Preston’s song), his performances were often mired by alcohol and drugs.

In 1976, Cocker performed Dave Mason’s Feelin’ Alright on Saturday Night Live, joined by John Belushi in what marked an incredibly ironic moment.  The iconic Belushi, it seems, was emulating Cocker, but clearly poking fun at the same time.  Producer Michael Lang of Woodstock fame agreed to work with him if he could remain sober.

In 1982, Cocker recorded Up Where We Belong with Jennifer Warnes, a Number One hit from the soundtrack to the film An Officer and a Gentleman.  With this, they won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By a Duo.

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More recently, whilst Cocker was performing at Madison Square Garden on September 17, 2014 with Billy Joel, Joel stated that Cocker “was not very well right now” and asked that he be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Cocker died from lung cancer on December 22nd.  The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, were among the many who paid tribute to him.  Cocker’s agent, Barrie Marshall, said that “Cocker was without a doubt the greatest rock/soul singer to ever come out of Britain“.

For myself, I often recall the title track from 1987’s Unchain My Heart, an Otis Redding cover that had more of an edge than a lot of his material.  He will be sorely missed.  Goodbye and good night, Joe!

Elfie's Birthday Pick

Hullo loyal fans

Today is my 31st twenty somethingth birthday and so as a special treat I’m going to give you a video from one of my most favourite bands of all time.

You can’t really go wrong with an S&M Snow White can you……..?

Taking Over

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Not content with invading Shock of The New on the podcast I’m also taking over the blog! You can expect to see videos from the bands we feature, little bits of news about them and ever so occasionally my ramblings, rantings and pleadings to send music/beer/Rob Flynn/pictures of kittens… you get the idea.

So to kick things off, here’s a video from one of my favourite up and coming bands. They featured on the show a while back and I had the great pleasure of reviewing them when they went on tour with Black Star Riders.

Ladies, Gentleman, Minions and Fiends I give you Western Sand

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Discovering New Music

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As everyone reading this knows, The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is all about introducing you, the listener, to new music you won’t have heard before.  With that being the case, you’ll start to notice a few changes around here.  From now on, new album reviews will have a link to Amazon.co.uk, pointing to where you can buy either a CD or MP3 copy of that album.  At the end of each review, there will also be linked referrals to albums you’ll probably be interested in if you like the reviewed one.

One favour I would ask, as the spokesperson (and founder) of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, if you are going to buy any of these albums, please use the links provided.  This will mean that by the very act of buying that CD or MP3, you will be helping to keep the show going and helping you find more new music for no extra cost to you.

So it’s a real-life win-win situation!  Not only are you supporting the bands by buying their stuff, you’re also supporting The Wyrd Ways Rock Show in our quest to find you new material to listen to AND you’re getting it at Amazon prices (cheaper than iTunes, remember, and CDs don’t crash), delivered straight to your door AND direct to your computer, if you buy AutoRip.

I will be slowly adding Buy links to the other albums on the Reviews page over time.  Please be patient, since I’m the only one with the codes for that!

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Discovering New Music

WWRS

 

As everyone reading this knows, The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is all about introducing you, the listener, to new music you won’t have heard before.  With that being the case, you’ll start to notice a few changes around here.  From now on, new album reviews will have a link to Amazon.co.uk, pointing to where you can buy either a CD or MP3 copy of that album.  At the end of each review, there will also be linked referrals to albums you’ll probably be interested in if you like the reviewed one.

One favour I would ask, as the spokesperson (and founder) of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show, if you are going to buy any of these albums, please use the links provided.  This will mean that by the very act of buying that CD or MP3, you will be helping to keep the show going and helping you find more new music for no extra cost to you.

So it’s a real-life win-win situation!  Not only are you supporting the bands by buying their stuff, you’re also supporting The Wyrd Ways Rock Show in our quest to find you new material to listen to AND you’re getting it at Amazon prices (cheaper than iTunes, remember, and CDs don’t crash), delivered straight to your door AND direct to your computer, if you buy AutoRip.

I will be slowly adding Buy links to the other albums on the Reviews page over time.  Please be patient, since I’m the only one with the codes for that!

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show Subscribers Only Special

This is the sort of thing you’re missing out on if you don’t subscribe:

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Welcome to the first ever Wyrd Ways Rock Show Subscriber’s Special Edition.  These will be happening fairly regularly.  This first one was inspired by something I heard on Nicky Horne‘s Classic Rock Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio.

What you’re getting is (at least as far as I’m concerned) a playlist stuffed with some of the greatest opening tracks to some excellent albums.

Playlist:

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Rainbow – Man On The SilverMountain
Monster Truck – Old Train
W.A.S.P – I Wanna Be Somebody
The Wildhearts – Greetings FromShitsville
Slayer – Angel Of Death
Megadeth – Skin O’ My Teeth
Iron Maiden – Aces High
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Mötley Crüe – Wild Side
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done DirtCheap
Motörhead – Overkill
Black Sabbath – Neon Knights
Deep Purple – Burn
Kiss – Modern Day Delilah
Turisas – To Holmgard And Beyond
Metallica – Enter Sandman
Children Of Bodom – Hellhounds OnMy Trail
Korpiklaani – Vodka
Five Finger Death Punch – Lift MeUp
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Motörhead – Ace Of Spades
Deep Purple – Speed King
Whitesnake – Fool For Your Loving
Amon Amarth – Vallhall Awaits Me
Alice Cooper – Poison
Zodiac Mindwarp & The LoveReaction – Prime Mover
Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

If you want to become a subscriber and help support the show, click THIS LINK and choose one of the subscription options. Subscription deals start at £3.90 per month. The best deal is probably the annual subscription, which works out at 90p per edition, which is a 10% saving on the individual price.  There are also various subscriber bonuses on their way soon.

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Subscribing to The Wyrd Ways Rock Show Bonus Editions

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Did you know that if you pay the small sum of £1, you can get a version of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show that contains, on average, half an hour of extra exclusive material?  You’ll also get the show at a higher bitrate, so with better sound quality.  What you’ll also be getting as from the end of this month, is free entry to a monthly draw to win… stuff.  Every month, all subscribers’ names will be put into a metaphorical hat and one will be drawn out.  That person will win a random something from the Wyrd Ways Rock Show Prize Vault.

How much does it cost to subscribe?  One individual edition of the Bonus Edition will set you back £1.  That’s all.  £1.  If you want to see what’s available, click here.  For anybody from the US reading this, that’s around $1.66 as I type this.  Where else can you get heading for 3 hours of top quality music for If you decide to subscribe monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or even annually, you’ll qualify for one of the discounted rates.

Obviously, you’ll be able to cancel the subscription anytime you want, at which time you will still receive Rock Show links until your subscription expires.  I think it goes without saying that you can resubscribe whenever you want.

If this is something that interests you (and why wouldn’t it?), click here.  You can pay with PayPal or Direct Debit, direct from bank account.  It really is that easy.

American Head Charge Crowdfund New Album

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Resurgent NWoAHM band, American Head Charge have joined the increasing number of established bands eschewing record companies and taking their music straight to the fans via crowdfunding.  Spearheaded by Ginger Wildheart, whose 555% project set new records by reaching it’s 100% funded status in a matter of hours, this way of putting together the money to record and distribute an album seems to be gaining ground as big traditional record companies seem to be unwilling to put money into developing artists, and smaller companies are understandably less able to take risks.

The band have set a target of $46,000 to record a new full length album with producer Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Superjoint Ritual, Mudvayne & Otep) at the helm and get out on the road for a world tour.

A statement from the band on their Indiegogo campaign page states:

Our fans have made us what we are today, and we want to involve you in a much deeper way than ever before.  We have been face to face with many of you, and a large number of you have been to over 50 shows; we have become family. We’d like you to have the opportunity to be a part of this process, and to help make this record happen.  Without you, we are nothing.  We are counting on you to help facilitate creating a new American Head Charge record.  Let’s do this!

 

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Bad Boy Bieber

Normally such trivial matters would NOT be on my mind, but Bieber on the cover of the Rolling Stone?

What the hell?

My wife and I just sort of looked at each other and agreed that, what with the questionable financial climate, economy of the times, etc., we should cancel my subscription to this ‘magazine’.

Unfortunately, I’ve also recently had to cancel some other magazine subscriptions. The ones I’m referring to, of course, are Classic Rock, AOR, Blues, and PROG. I used to have subscriptions to all of these fine publications. Perhaps when I return to the full-time work force I shall do just that. That is all for today, thanks. More is surely to come later!

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