Archive for the ‘ToeZoo’s Classic Albums’ Category

Why?  Because this was my first ever record, that’s why.  I was 6 years old, and 6 year olds love Rock ‘N’ Roll Clowns, right?  Actually, i’d had no idea who they were till my sister Dora bought the KISS comic book.  I was all like, “who the fuck is this?”.  Well, i didn’t quite say that, but that was basically the sentiment.  I thought they were actual super heroes, and i made my Dad take me down to Odyssey Records to buy my first album.  The sleeve was alot for a little boy to take in, to say the least…

I studied every pixel of that sleeve, and it probably fucked me up for life! But i loved it and later my dad even bought me a velvet painting of the cover from the corner of some desert lot in Las Vegas! It wasn’t all about the cover however, the music was great (to my youthful ears) and i immediately became a member of the KISS Army, serving for the next 5 years. You can see/hear why…

Love Gun” would later also become the home for my “Rock & Roll Over” album, as the sleeve was lost somewhere in Overton; my dad and his friends were probably rolling joints on it, and it got “lost“…

This was perhaps an even better sleeve, but the music wasn’t as good (to my youthful ears), though this song is great…

I contend that if KISS hadn’t begun to court the ‘tweens’ of the day and broken up when members started to leave, they would be much more respected today. The music wasn’t great, but they have a few gems, and overall it’s far superior to some of the other garbage of the era. I mean, who doesn’t love 70’s Glam Rock? However, once Ace Frehley left, so did i! I mean, he was clearly the coolest member…

I grew up and out of dumb Rock N’ Roll, but KISS will always have a special place in my heart, even though, like Devo, they make me feel kind of dirty when i listen to them now…

Tony
Media Producer
PlayNetwork, Inc.

The early 90’s were an exciting time in music. The 80’s were over and i was discovering for myself more music than ever, growing out of The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen and the like… “Baggy” had started a couple of years earlier but was fading into House music, which left me cold. That’s when “Shoegaze” grabbed hold of me. There were fantastic songs coming out of this genre, and a couple of great albums as well. One such album was the debut from English band Lush, titled “Spooky“. I was in love with this album, and with Emma Anderson, the other singer-guitarist. Have a look and a listen…

In 1992 Lush played The Palace in Hollywood (now The Avalon Hollywood), and some friends and I made the trip over. Back then, all the shoegaze bands played The Palace and did signings at the late-great Aron’s Records. We headed down, but i refused to wait in line. However, i did hang around hoping Emma would see how great looking i was and come over and introduce herself. If that’s sounds cringe-worthy, i also stood in front of her at the show trying to grab her attention! You know what? I was surrounded by hundreds of other smelly 20-somethings trying the same thing. Embarrassing. I realized that night how ridiculous I was and killed my infatuation right then and there. However, the music still sounds great!

Back in the day, i only had a cassette player in my car, so i had to dub the CD onto one side of a 90 minute Maxell. The other side was their collection of British EP’s, “Gala“.

I spent 2 years driving around the desert with the top off of Beowulf blaring this lovely drug music! I didn’t do drugs then, but with Shoegaze music you didn’t need to. Just turn the volume up as loud as possible! Lush eventually jumped on the Britpop bandwagon and lost me. After the death of drummer Chris Acland in 1996, they disbanded. However, I do think it’s time for a Coachella reunion show!?

Tony
Media Producer
PlayNetwork, Inc.