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The Kinks “State Of Confusion”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#159 in the Series) is the Kinks, State of Confusion.

We’re running with the Kinks today.  I wonder what they’re running away from on that cover anyway.  I guess it was the graffiti, again! They also used a graffiti themed cover on the previous release, Give the People What They Want.

State of Confusion was more later day Kinks.  This release was an album that I really liked. They were still putting out good music until the end.  Ray Davies continues to get it done to this day. His album from a few years ago, Working Man’s Café, is brilliant.

But I digress. State of Confusion actually had the highest charting single in Kinks history. Yes, that is correct. Come Dancing peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart.  It tied, Tired of Waiting at that spot.  I would have lost a boatload of money if you asked me that one.  I would have guessed Lola, All Day and All of the Night or You Really Got Me.

Back during this era, 1983, I used to see many Chicago Blackhawk games at the old barn, aka Chicago Stadium.  Then captain, Denis Savard was known for his creative skating.  Evertime he would do his Spino-o-rama, the organist would quickly play out Come Dancing.  I caught it.  I don’t know who else did. But that wasn’t as obscure as when this player named Craig Ludwig came to town. I saw him get beat up once on the ice and then our creative minded organist played Todd Rundgren’s Bang On the Drum All Day. Ludwig, get it?

Once again I digress… So back to State of Confusion. Amongst the other great tracks..we have the title cut,  Definte Maybe, Don’t Forget to Dance and Heart of Gold.

The kinks at this time were Ray and his brother Dave Davies on guitars, Mick Avory on drums, Jim Rodford, bass and Ian Gibbons, keys.

Ray Davies wrote and produced the complete effort.

It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.


Mandy Moore “Coverage”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#117 in the Series) is Mandy Moore, “Coverage.”

I told you I’d pull out some weird things on this blog. Well I bet this one really blows your mind!

Before I start, I want to express my sympathy to the family of Michael Been. Wednesday I featured Michael’s Band, The Call. The next day he passes away. Too weird.

Back to Ms. Moore. I bet your saying ‘What the ^%$( is he smoking!’ But take a look at this album. It’s an album full of cover tunes. (How many of those have we seen the past few years?) But what makes this one interesting is the song list that she chooses.

Her performance of these songs was quite good. Some not so much but others were pretty solid.

But let’s look at the songs. I was shocked when I saw this list. She really choose some of the best tunes of the 70s + 80s.

First up is XTC’s ‘Senses Working Overtime.’ Not a bad place to start. Good version too. Second song is The Waterboy’s ‘The Whole of the Moon. You got to be kidding me. What a choice!! I hope Mike Scott got to cash a check on that one.

Song Three, Todd Rundgren’s ‘Can We Still Be Friends.’ Four is Carole King’s ‘I Feel The Earth Move.’

Song Five is Elton’s ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.’ Six, A great version of Joan Armatrading’s ‘Drop The Pilot.’

Song Seven. Cat Steven’s ‘Moonshadow’. The rest of the album includes things like Joe Jackson’s ‘Breaking Us In Two’ Joni Mitchell’s ‘Help Me’ and John Hiatt’s ‘Have a Little Faith in Me.’

I’m not expecting anyone to run out and but this. But I just felt that the I’d mention this album because the song list just shocked the hell out of me. I thought you might get a kick out of hearing about it. I think it’s pretty ‘Cool!’

Coverage was released in 2003 and hit #14 on the Billboard Hop 200 album charts.


Utopia “Adventures in Utopia”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Utopia’s, “Adventures in Utopia”

For those of you that don’t know, Utopia is a band led by Philadelphia native, Todd Rundgren. He was joined by Roger Powell on keys, John ‘Willie’ Wilcox on drums and Kasim Sultan on bass. Everybody sang.

This was their release of 1980. They were just spitting out the music back then. And Todd, well he was at one of his busiest periods between mid 70’s and say, 1983. Some of my favorite music by him was done during that time.

‘Adventures in Utopia’ follows my pattern of, ‘The tour I saw was often my favorite album by that artist.’ But I’m not sure which was the chicken and which was the egg in that statement? Did I love the album so I saw the show? Or did I see the show because I loved the album so much?’ (Granada Theater, Chicago, Illinois)

Some stand out tracks here include, ‘Road to Utopia, Caravan, Set Me Free, Second Nature, Shot in the Dark, You Make Me Crazy, Last of the New Wave Riders, Love Alone’ and ‘Rock Love.’

Yup, if you were counting, that’s the whole album!


Hooters “Nervous Night”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#39 in the Series) is The Hooters, “Nervous Night.”

The Hooters are yet another band from that hotbed of music, Philadelphia. I’ve always loved the Philly sound, Todd Rundgren, Hall and Oates etc. There must be some thing in that water by the port.

“Nervous Night” was released in 1985 and features The Hooters ever present melodica. Hence the band name.

This is a party record. It has plenty of fun, up tempo rockers in the mix. The best of these include my favorite, the title cut, plus ‘Blood From a Stone, and Day by Day.”

The hits on the record were ‘All You Zombies’ and ‘And We Danced.’

Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, handle most of the songrwriting.

That’s enough for tonight. I’m tired. It’s been a rough weekend.