By Friday, we’ll all be saying hello to February 2013, celebrating Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and the Year of the Snake. But before we do, we’ve got one last Music Monday for this month to enjoy.
Bet you missed Lemmy’s bass, huh? Anyway, I’m throwing the controls into shuffle play, so let’s see what comes up! Shall we?
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“Success” – The Merry Thoughts: Founded in Neuss, Germany circa 1983, the gothic rock quartet released two full-lengths — 1993′s “Millennium Done I: Empire Songs” and 1996′s “Psychocult: The Interim Versions” — plus a few EPs and singles before record label issues broke the Sisters of Mercy-esque band in 2000.
“Punish Your Machine” – Front 242: Closer to the version found on the Belgian EBM group’s 1998 live album “Re:Boot,” Richard Jonckheere leads the chant at the close of their show in Lokeren, Belgium during their 2004 Catch the Men tour. Though all is quiet along the western front at this time, Front 242 will be performing at this summer’s M’era Luna music festival in Germany.
“Rock N Roll Train” – AC/DC: 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Australia’s (by way of Scotland) biggest export, and while no album will be released to commemorate the occasion at this time, the long-running hard rockers did drop “Live at River Plate” late last year. In the meantime, you might be able to catch lead singer Brian Johnson in the pits at Sebring, if not on the course itself, with his Highway to Help team, created to support the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Neversea” – The Eden House: The British Isles collective, whose roots can be traced back to Fields of the Nephilim and This Burning Effigy, feature a rotating cast of musicians and vocalists, with bassist Tony Pettit and guitarists Stephen Carey and Andy Jackson (the latter known for his work with Pink Floyd and FOTN) as the core of the collective. When not singing on-stage and in-studio with the collective, vocalist Valenteen pens her own country folk works.
“Rebel Yell” – Billy Idol: Finally, I leave you with this 2005 performance of the English rocker’s single from Rock am Ring at the Nürburgring in 2005. The single fared well at home the second time, but only reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time of its release. If this doesn’t want to make you go out and find a proper pair of leather pants, I don’t know what will.
Photo: Flickr/Kris Krug.