For your listening pleasure, KXM, the new project featuring dUg Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), and Ray Luzier (Korn), has released a sampler of every track from their forthcoming eponymous album. The tracklisting is as follows:
Leaving Araby - “I Hurt. Can I Hurt You?” (Slightly South of Scene, 2006)
If you can get past the monotonous refrain “I’m not quite sure what you’re waiting for,” this is a great track from this indie band’s 5-song debut EP.
U2 - "Love and Peace or Else" (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
Despite my waning interest in U2 by this point, I thought HTDAAB was quite a good album. This however is not one of my favorites.
Tool - “Faaip De Oiad” (Lateralus, 2001)
OK, so this isn’t a real track, but it totally freaked me out the first time I heard it.
King’s X - "Pray" (Live Love in London, 2010)
30 plus years on, and this trio shows it still has the chops in this 2009 show at the Electric Ballroom in London. Need proof? Watch the show here.
Jars of Clay - “Crazy Times” (The White Elephant Sessions, 2000)
A (very polished) demo version of the lead single from Jars of Clay’s second album Much Afraid from a demos and rarities companion piece to their 1999 third album If I Left the Zoo. Over the years, The White Elephant Sessions has actually become one of my favorite “albums” from the band.
Anthrax guitarist and co-founder Scott Ian has one of the coolest wives ever. Not only is Pearl Aday the adopted daughter of Meat Loaf (that ought to be enough right there, right?!), but she hosted a surprise party for Scott last night at LA’s Largo that included a performance of King’s X’s “Goldilox”—one of Scott’s favorite songs of all time—by none other than dUg Pinnick.
Basically I was serenaded by Dug. I had chills. His voice turned a square room into a round one and just blew everyone away.
As if that weren’t enough, the party featured sets by comedians Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman, and the house band for the night included Armored Saint’s John Bush and Joey Vera, Metalocalypse creator and voice talent Brendon Small (who also plays guitar for the show’s fictional band Dethklok) and Tool’s Justin Chancellor. Among the songs performed were Thin Lizzy’s “Cowboy Song” and “The Boys Are Back In Town,” KISS’ “Parasite,” AC/DC’s “Down Payment Blues,” and Cheap Trick’s “He’s A Whore.”
Pearl put together such an amazing event for me that actually got me to completely forget everything going on in our lives for a few hours. It was just sheer fun…
My birthday isn’t until the 31st but anything we do that night will be an anticlimax compared to last night.
Great unearthed footage (a digitized VHS copy no less!) of King’s X performing acoustic versions of “Black Flag” and “Over My Head” as VJ John Norris repeatedly refers to the band as Black Flag (in all fairness to Norris, it really did appear to be a simple slip-up that was difficult not to repeat once he had said it).
The Police - "The Bed’s Too Big Without You (Mono Version)" (Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, 1993)
The Police were the best at the new wave-rock-reggae thing. It’s interesting to look back and see how easily the band evolved from their punkier period to their slickly produced poppier latter days. Too bad their relationships as band members couldn’t evolve as well.
The Damnwells - "For My Own Good" (PMR (Poor Man’s Record) demos)
Nice little demo from another band with a definite-article-fronted name. I’m hardly never in the mood for some Damnwells when they pop up on shuffle.
Poundhound - "Love" (Massive Grooves from the Electric Church of Psychofunkadelic Grungelism Rock Music, 1998)
I think I have expressed my frustration before with the solo projects of the frontman of one of my all-time favorite bands, King’s X. As much as I love, love, love Doug Pinnick’s voice and his bass tone and playing style, I’ve never been able to really enjoy the Poundhound and dUg releases. As a part of King’s X? Love him. Side projects? Yep. Poundhound? Not so much for some reason. And unfortunately even the good parts of Massive Grooves haven’t stood the test of time as well as some of guitarist Ty Tabor’s solo material from the same period.
King’s X - "It’s Love" (Live Love in London, 2010)
Speaking of King’s X, the band recorded a 2009 show at the Electric Ballroom in London and released the footage as a DVD. You can read more here at my blog if you are so inclined. For an even better read, check out The Impaler’s impression. The entire show is great and stands as a testament to their talent and the music this criminally underrated band has put out over the course of its 30-year-plus career. “It’s Love” was probably one of the trio’s biggest hits, gaining pretty serious MTV and radio airplay, and it has long been one of my favorites. Some of the 3-part harmonies are a bit off in this particular performance, but who cares?
Weezer - "Undone (The Sweater Song)" (Weezer, 1994)
“This band’s my favorite. Dontcha love ‘em?” Not a favorite by a long stretch, but good enough—although way overplayed in my opinion—to close out this Five. Have a good one!
Def Leppard - "Hello America" (On Through the Night, 1980)
Hello, America indeed. NWOBHM era Def Leppard always puts a smile on my face.
King’s X - “Power of Love” (Gretchen Blows Through Chicago, 1989)
The instrument mix on this Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tour bootleg is fairly muddy throughout, but Doug Pinnick’s vocals cut through the sludge nicely on this Out of the Silent Planet track, as does Ty Tabor’s ripping solo. How he was never recognized as a guitar hero is beyond me. Here are a couple of performances of this song, the first from the same time period, with the second only a couple of years later:
Goo Goo Dolls - "Amigone" (Dizzy Up The Girl, 1998)
By this point, the songs on a Goo Goo Dolls albums could easily be separated into two factions—slick, radio-friendly compositions by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac’s power-punkish rockers, often informed by Tommy Stinson. And with songs like “Iris,” “Slide,” and “Black Balloon” gaining so much attention, it’s easy to see how Takac’s rougher, less polished work could be overshadowed and slip by anyone not paying attention to FM radio or MTV/VH1, which is unfortunate in this particular case since “Amigone” is equally as good as anything else on this album in my opinion.
Spock’s Beard - "Chatauqua" (Beware of Darkness, 1996)
Nice little acoustic number from the Beard’s sophomore effort that shows off Alan Morse’s chops a bit.
At the Drive-In - "Shaking Hand Incision" (In/Casino/Out, 1998) inscrutable |inˈskro͞otəbəl| (adjective) - impossible to understand or interpret
At the Drive-In is quite possibly one of my favorite bands with completely incomprehensible lyrics.