4 Years Ago (2017)
I was writing about the labels and streaming services.
Spotify is a service, that provides music to users. It was created by techies because the record labels didn’t have the clout to do what was required for their artists and the vast copyrights they hold. But for Spotify to work, it needed access to the vast libraries of copyrights the record labels hold. And in the process the three major labels got a stake in Spotify.
And the labels still control the narrative. They have done such a great job with their fake news stories about streaming rates killing music, but at the same time their revenue goes up due to streaming payments.
8 Years Ago (2013)
It was a Bon Jovi week. I tracked how “What About Now” dropped from #7 to #34 in a week.
Sales had dropped from 101,000 to 29,000 to 16,000. And news happened about Richie Sambora dropping off the tour due to personal issues.
In comparison to sales with other acts, “Babel” from Mumford and Sons was still moving 37,000 units, and “Night Visions” from Imagine Dragons was moving 47,000 units. Both albums had been on the charts for 27 and 30 weeks respectively at the time.
Then I did another post which had “What About Now” dropping from #34 to #50 at week 4.
It only moved 2,383 units for the week but the tour was selling out. I wrote that the album is the worst Jovi album ever. It debuted at number 1, then went to number 7 and then it went to number 34 and then at 50.
I even got creative and asked the question what could have Bon Jovi done differently.
But reading back now, I went on a misguided rant which is embarrassing to read but still part of this blogs history.
“Last Man Standing” from Bon Jovi is a classic song waiting to be rediscovered.
Everyone knows the hits. However, there are a lot of songs that deserve more attention than what they have received.
“Last Man Standing” is written by Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Falcon. The studio version was meant to be on 2003’s “This Left Feels Right” greatest hits package, however, it ended up on the “100,000,000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong” box set released in 2004. It was a laid back acoustic style ballad with slide guitar and all the country twang you can get into a song. An acoustic live version of the song was added to the “This Left Feels Right” DVD.
It was then re-worked into a great rock song for the 2005 “Have A Nice Day” album. The intro grabs you and makes you want to pay attention and the theme of the song is about kids turning up to a circus/freak show act to see the last real performer of live music.
I also wrote about “Undivided” which is another classic Jovi song waiting to be rediscovered.
“Undivided” was written by Bon Jovi, Sambora and Billy Falcon and it’s probably the heaviest song Bon Jovi has recorded. The producer was Luke Ebbin (who was introduced to JBJ by A&R legend John Kalodner) and the song was originally called “One”.
I wrote about how Black Sabbath was employing the same scorched earth marketing that Bon Jovi employed to promote their new album “13” and their first with Ozzy since 1978.
I got into Black Sabbath via Randy Rhoads and the “Tribute” album. The “Blizzard” and “Diary” albums became my bibles in relation to guitar playing. I needed to learn every riff, every lick, every bass line and every vocal melody line. It was an obsession.
On “Tribute”, I heard three songs that where not written by the usual Ozzy, Randy and Bob Daisley combination. I actually feel sorry for Bob Daisley. The Osbourne’s have tried hard to write Daisley out of the Ozzy history.
It was “Children of The Grave” that got my attention. The way it’s done on “Tribute”, with faster tempo and the wonderful Randy Rhoads Guitar Hero solo.
I was listening to a lot of Periphery at the time as well. And I wrote a post about their song “Ragnarok”.
I saw Periphery live at the Annandale Hotel in Feb 2013, as a sideshow they did from the Soundwave tour.
They were good. Very good. Technical and melodic. Technical and aggressive. Technical and progressive. Technical and rocking. Technical and serene. Technical and mechanical.
Ragnarok. The end of the world in Norse mythology by submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and be repopulated by two human survivors. Does this sound familiar to all?
This song explodes from the 2.20 minute mark to about 4.30. Check it out.
Andy Johns also passed away. He was a pretty big deal in my life as he was involved in quite a few influential albums for me.
Cinderella and the “Night Songs” and “Long Cold Winter” albums. Then came “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” by Van Halen. Ted Templeman was on board to record Sammy Hagar, as Andy Johns was too demanding for Sammy.
Majority of music lovers will remember the artists and the songs attached they wrote and the producers become forgotten.
I discovered a Swiss band called Polution that played a brand a rock I like, so I wrote about em.
I checked em out on Spotify to see if anything else has come out since and nothing has. So I guess another one bites the dust.