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Street Dogs at The Majestic

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What can I say? This has to be one of the hardest working bands out there. These guys come on stage and bring the house down every time I see them. The Street Dogs are without a doubt the best band you never heard of. Mike McColgan is probably the only singer I have every heard that can make me enjoy a protest song. I don’t agree with his position on Iraq, but he is a combat vet and has earned the right to say whatever he wants. And he does it paying the utmost respect to our troops.

Look for The Street Dogs on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, and back in Detroit in the fall.

A short synopsis:

D.O.T.W. met the hardcore, mohawked girl of his preternatural fantasies.

Ron must have ingested some type of top secret meth prior to this show as he not only stayed awake, but also spent most of his evening in the pit.

Re-Todd spent most of the night on the periphery stalking a specimen of east side dishwater blonde.

Young Jake once again showed promise in the pit. He stayed mostly on the side lines, but came up with a number of sneaky maneuvers that just made me proud.

Dr. Hooligan… Dr. Hooligan once again showed why he is the Dean of the School of Moshing and, with Ron’s help, showed a kid with a green mohawk why you don’t mess with the master!

Crash, Stashe, Jaws and T were AWOL.

I am once again grinning like a retard as I write this. I am also wincing when making certain movements due to a friendly fire accident courtesy of Hooligan. Bruises cover my arms and chest, I have a blister the size of Rhode Island on my foot, and possibly a separated sternum. I also have the requisite smile you couldn’t get off my face with a jack hammer and C-4. It’s nights like this that keep me young, or very well may one day cripple me.

I’m off to the Nevada desert at 04:15 tomarrow for a week long training exercise.

Have a great week.

Scolai 

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April 19, 2008 at 9:37 am

Hallelujah

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Okay, a lot of videos this week, if you had had my week you would understand. I promise to have my head back in the game next week.

In the mean time, I heard this one for the first time the other night when I was forced to watch an episode of American Idol. Big fan of the song… the show? Not so much.

I am posting the American Idol version because the Buckley original has been removed from You Tube, probably by some corporate pencil neck at Buckley’s label. Don’t you just love greedheads?

Tell me Paula’s NOT an Addict.

Scolai

Scolai Edit:

You guys deserve better than that. Here’s the Allison Crowe version, it definitely rivals Buckely’s.

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March 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm

HOOLIGAN…Don’t Schedule The Intervention Just Yet!!

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February 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Meat Loaf

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No, not a new recipe from the “Scolai Institute for Culinary Arts.”

Meat Loaf the artist. Meat Loaf, who will probably go down in history as the artist most screwed over by greedy music industry execs.

Meat and Jim Steinman have yet to see dollar one from “Bat Out of Hell,” an album that has sold more than 37 million copies. What a pain in the ass it must be to have to pay the people that actually create the product.

Anyway, here are two of my favorite Meat Loaf tunes. Whether I was trying to get over a break-up, or just trying to get some, these songs bring back great memories.

Scolai 

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February 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Frank’s Way

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The King, as evidenced yesterday, did a fine job with this song, but I have to give my personal nod to Francis Albert.

Who can deny that at the height of his powers he was the coolest guy in the universe and a man that personified doing things “MY Way”?

And, of course, I have to add my all time favorite Sinatra song:

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December 19, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Will T. Massey

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As much as I love any kind of loud, hard driving music, I am still moved by the spectacle of a performer, a guitar, and a spotlight. I lost track of Will T. Massey for a few years. He is another of the songwriters I seem to gravitate to even though our political beliefs are diametrically opposed.  I heard that he had taken a break from public performances, but had recently returned to the stage. Back in the early 90’s I thought he was one of the best singer/songwriters going. I took a round about path to find this video (Antonio Righetti to Jimmy George to Elvis Presley. I know, Who, Who and The King have what in common with Will T. Massey?), but finding it, I thought I would post it. I am forgiving him his association with the Maines(as in Natalie) family. Here is Will T. Massey with “It’s Midnight All Day Long.”

 Scolai

And a bonus: Rainy Day Penny

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October 23, 2007 at 2:21 pm

David Allan Coe

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DAC has been a hero of mine since I first heard “Long Haired Redneck.” I got to meet him some years back, he was good enough to talk to me for a few minutes and later, his wife brought me two pictures he had signed for me. A few years later, my wife and I were at a small club here in Michigan, where David was playing. Kid Rock jumped on stage and played guitar and sang back-up and a few leads for an hour and a half. That was a great show.

David Allan Coe is the last true outlaw in Country Music, and one of the few legitimate outlaws in any musical genre (99% of the candy assed rappers out there wish they had his rap sheet and street cred). He is also a fantastic live performer and greatly underestimated as a  songwriter.

Here’s an updated version of an old song:

Scolai

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June 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm