Without a doubt – the BEST KISS album of all time, is quite possibly Paul Stanley’s ‘bootleg solo album from 2005.  From the man who penned such Dylan like lyrics as ‘You Make Me Rock Hard ‘, and ‘Uh All Night’  comes an album chock full of the man’s stage banter. Released in 2005, this  fan-made disc compiles 70 tracks worth of Stanley’s distinctive song introductions and on-stage banter. If it’s one thing KISS do well – its the cliche. Their music is cliched, their interviews are cliched, and of course, the on stage banter has more cliches than you can shake a stick at.  Just for you – ‘PEOPLE’. I said ‘ JUST FOR YOU PEOPLE!’ HERE IT IS – The best and only KISS album you really need. Get it here.  You can Google the artwork.

Simmons - cliched, boring and irrelevent

Simmons – cliched, boring and irrelevent

Not surprising to note that the most odious man in rock n roll , Gene $immons, has again offended people with his comments. This time the buffoon with the ridiculous looking wig has been caught with his foot well and truly in his mouth, and has hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

Simmons has claimed that “poor people should show millionaires more appreciation”, and that “without the 1% of super-rich, including himself, the economy would not thrive and the world would descend into chaos. The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the US pays no taxes. The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist there would be chaos and the economy would drop dead,” he told UTSanDiego.com. Simmons said, “Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.” What a turd. For a guy who is work 175 million pounds, and has acquired his wealth from many working class (and working poor) people, an ounce of humility would be too much to ask wouldnt it. How about  opening up the Gene Simmons Hospital ? How much bloody money does one person need anyway ?

For a man who spent his entire career singing about his crotch and playing big dumb rock to a largely teenage audience – his relevance in 2014 is way overstated. And before all the blindly devoted KI$$ naysayers start jumping up and down, let me state that I loved big dumb rock – during adolescence. Get the point, cartoon rock for teens and now, pre teens.

Simmons says, “People often confuse my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. I’m like an animal in the jungle that pisses on the ground and doesn’t ask permission,” he said. Big surprise there, Simmons talking in cliches. “We are your humble servants”, “You are my bosses” – he says of KI$$ fans. Hopefully his latest verbal diatrebe will open up the eyes of some KISS drones to what a bore he really is. What astounds me is that interviewers and the media at large still care what he has to say – when in reality he has been trotting out the same self absorbed clichés for 30 years. His main topics of conversation are – himself, his wealth and his appendage. He tries to come across as an intellectual, yet has the wit and repartee of an oaf – and consequently ends up sounding like the obnoxius and delusional git that he is. When will he and KI$$ go away? Enough already, go away.

Read the entire article here: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/gene-simmons-poor-people/

If you want to hear another example of this obnoxious buffoon, listen to the interview he did a few years back with Terry Gross on NPR. Simmons feels threatened by Gross’ superior intellect. https://archive.org/details/TerryGrossInterviewWithGeneSimmons






glam_savagesWhat: Glam Savages 1986 Sydney Gig Poster
Winning Bid: $30.50 AUS
Starting Bid: $8.95 AUS
Sale Date: 17 June 2014


…’Official Aussie screenprinted gig poster…with a pasted-on section with details of three Sydney gigs in Darlinghurst and Kings Cross (Sydney), on 29th and 30th July, and 1st August 1986…unusually with playing times quoted as well…

These guys included Mark Easton, ex of The Kelpies and Soggy Porridge, and rhythm guitarist Ron Barrett, plus bass player Nick Szentcuti (plus a couple of others), but these 3 went on to form the original Candy Harlots in mid-1987.’

 I love it when this kinda stuff pops up on eBay. As is correctly stated in the spiel, this band was a forerunner to the Candy Harlots – the loud, leather n’ sleaze outfit who had the Syndey underground in a spin back in the late 80s…and a band whom we followed all over Sydney. Cannot be certain but I ‘think’ some of the Candy’s tunes like ‘Vicious Love’ had their beginnings in Soggy Porridge and Glam Savages days – but the memory is hazy. Anyway, I love it when cool stuff like this surfaces every so often. Dig it ! Video footage of this band is pretty much non-existent, so I will add some Soggy Porridge and Candy Harlots instead. If you wanna know more about Mark Easton, check out the audio interview we did with him some time back.


In April this year, Rolling Stone Magazine wrote a very good article about the life of former KI$$ guitarist Vinnie Vincent entitled ‘The Long Kiss Goodbye – the Search For Vinnie Vincent.” Short of a book coming out on Vincent, this article is the next best thing and sure makes an interesting read. Aside from introducing to the band guitar solos with a million notes, (that were not in the least bit annoying), Vinnie was also the one to introduce wigs to KI$$, a tradition that is still maintained. All jokes aside though, his is a sad tale of self loathing, alcoholism and self destructive personalities if ever there was one. From ripping off KI$$ fans (accurately described as “somewhere between Deadheads and Trekkies on the obsessiveness scale”), to keeping dead dogs on ice, and even to the Hendrix topping act of  pissing on his own guitar, this is a story worth reading. I challenge you to sit through the Vinnie guitar solo from Quebec 1984 (above) for the entire 6 minutes. It’s about as tedious as driving in congested traffic. Better, read the entire article below.



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ImageAs a self-confessed girl-band geek, I often scour YouTube to see who is out there making waves. It is often like trying to locate your lost white cat in a snow storm – there are so many videos of shitty guitar players who feel it necesary to upload bad sounding recordings of their horrendous offerings.Some time back I struck gold – discovering a 26 year old Parisian gal who plays the meanest rock-guitar since Miss Orianthi. Her name is Juliette Valduriez – not too much is known about her. Fact is that some of her home-made video clips have attracted hits of over one million views each and she has over 70’000 subscribers. She is not just a shredder – she plays with tons of feel and emotion which cannot be learnt – it is a gift. Her 15 recordings include covers of Ozzy, Stones, Hendrix, Motorhead, Floyd and a…

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‘About Time’ was released late last year, and it is Foley’s first album in 30 years. That’s right – the smouldering blonde with the piercing eyes and dulcet tones is back in a BIG way – with ‘About Time’ being the best thing she has done to date. Her voice still sounds as strong and identifiable as ever, yet the big difference between this and her previous albums  – is that ALL the tunes on ‘About Time’ are memorable, making it easily her most complete album. When looking for album inspiration, Foley looked to the music that started her down the rock ‘n’ roll road as a teenager in St. Louis, the three-minute masterpieces that made her into a singer – The Shirelles, The Rolling Stones, The Shangri-Las. Those influences (and more) are in abundance on ‘About Time’.  There’s plenty to appeal to the Ian Hunter / Mick Ronson  purists whose influence blue printed much of her first album, with likable, catchy  rockers (‘Worried Woman’, ‘Nobody Ever Died From Cryin’),  yet if you are thinking ‘Night Out’, think again. In 2014, Foley’s vocals are ripe and refined, treading towards Americana and blues/jazz terrain that give her songs not just immense appeal, yet show in no uncertain terms that that Foley is on top of her game as a vocalist. However it’s the sheer quality and depth of the songs that give her the space for expression as a vocalist, and collectively, the songs on ‘About Time’ are superb. Most of the tracks are written by Paul Foglino, an award-winning songwriter from NY’s folk/country faves 5 Chinese Brothers. ‘If You Can’t Be Good’ with its lyrical twist and catchy melody lines is stunning roots country, as is ‘All Of My Suffering’. In fact it’s hard to find superlatives to highlight each tune when all are standouts. The brooding slow blues of ‘Guilty’ highlight robust and sultry vocals that never sounded better, or stronger – whilst ‘Madness’ conjures up images of Bourbon Street’s smoky clubs  from yesteryear. The catchy ‘If You Had A Heart’ is draped in melodic sensibilities. Infectious pop of the highest order and in a just world would be Top 10.  The reflective ‘Any Fool Can See’ is another goodun, one of several tunes that show Foley looking back over her past, (‘I’ve Been Around The Block’ is another). The plaintive ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ has a sanguine charm that leaves the listener with a smile on their face – and after 12 tracks I’m left wanting more! Foglino has proved himself to be a top shelf songwriter, and the perfect foil for Foley. ‘About Time’ is one of the surprises of the year – and my favourite album of 2014 – (a claim I don’t make lightly with half the year just done!) yet it is quite simply – that good. Foley is more than just a pretty face, she always has been the real deal – and with ‘About Time’, she should justifiably get the respect she deserves. 9.5 out of 10.

Head to her web site where you can download Cowboy Col’s album of the year for only 10 bucks!


Pink Sapphire circa 2014

Pink Sapphire circa 2014

Japan had many good hard rock bands in the mid/late 80s and into the early 90s, but very few great ones. That remark is not intended as an affront to the dozens of notable heavy rock/metal bands that Japan produced in the mid to late 80s (including EZO, Dead End, Terra Rosa, Blizzard, Rajas, Show-ya, Steffanie, Saber Tiger, Bow Wow, Princess Princess, Ann Lewis, Mari Hamada and Ziggy to name a few). Time has shown though, that whilst these bands enjoyed success in their homeland, with the exception of Loudness, few enjoyed international success of any significance. All terrific bands, yet the style plied tended to be a little derivative of everything else coming out of Hollywood, NY or London. Imitative bands were not particular to Japan however, as pretty much every country (Australia included) had their own bands who carbon copied the LA style. There was one Japanese band though who stood out from the pack. Pink Sapphire. These girls emerged in the late 80’s and released a handful of album and singles before winding up in 95. They played hard rock that was polished – with an emphasis on pop (harmonies and strong melody lines) kind of like Cheap Trick. They released a few albums on Japan’s Hummingbird Records and all are excellent. They emerged with 1990’s ‘PS I Love You’ and followed it the following year with two kick ass albums, ‘From Me To You’ and the hard rocking ‘Happy Together’. 1992 saw the release of ‘Today and Tomorrow’ before the final album 1993’s ‘Birthday’. A best of album, ‘Best For You’ was released in 1995 – and then they were gone. Great rock ‘n’ roll endures – and in Pink Sapphires case, the music still sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did 20 odd years ago. I’ve always been a sucker for a good pop tune built in a hard rock frame – and Pink Sapphire excelled at this. I think many people tended to make the mistake of painting them with the “cutesy all girl band” brush. Yes, they were attractive ( a quality that has helped to sell records since rock ‘n’ roll began), but more significantly, in musical terms they were a very accomplished outfit who were WAY underrated. For girls who were all 20 or 21 – they were making music that belied their youth – rock ‘n’ roll that was indeed, world class and as good, if not better than anything coming out of LA at the time (if that’s the benchmark). Strong melodies, catchy and infectious pop with a hard edge. Vocalist Aya had a deep, appealing, mezzo voice that gave their songs a rich, distinctive quality. Guitarist Takako played with a lot of feel and emotion – not lead guitar 101, though she could shred with the best of ‘em. Her guitar parts are memorable and melodic. Bass player (and founding member) Miki has always been rock solid on bass, and with Harumi hitting hard and keeping time on the drums – musically they were super tight, a sum of all the parts. The songs were obviously well crafted, as they still sound great today. Over the past few years, whenever I have been in Japan, I have trawled through record stores and have managed to pick up most of the bands catalogue (except for a couple of CD singles). I even have the two official VHS videos they released, and their bio book that came out many years back, ‘Stand Up’. In my humble opinion, Pink Sapphire are one of the BEST bands to come out of Japan – ever, and to this day remain my favourite Japanese band, and somewhat of an indulgence of mine (tolerated by my wife – who herself is partial to belting out a Pink Sapphire tune at karaoke :) In recent years – interest in the band has increased, so much so that in 2012, a new best of CD called ‘Golden Best’ was released (You can buy that from Amazon).With renewed interest, and after years of waiting, Pink Sapphire reunited for a one off reunion show on the 26th of April, 2014 at Shibuya. For several years, information on the band and the various solo members was scant – yet with the recent reformation they now have an official blog and some other merchandise for sale. There’s plenty of photos of the recent reunion too. As I mentioned, very few Japanese bands of the 80s/90s were world class. Pink Sapphire being one of the exceptions. Time will tell whether the one off reunion will result in something more permanent – one can only hope so. Before Pᴉnk – there was Pink Sapphire – and it’s great to see them back!