Archive for rock music

The 10 best rock tunes featuring the cowbell

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2018 by dc


Whenever any musician yells, “MORE COWBELL!” in a studio, you know there’s a lot of fun being had. Its metallic rattle just adds that added bit of earthiness and clanking joy that nothing else can really match (not even a tablespoon in a family sized tin of baked beans).

The obvious usage of the cowbell seems to appear in rollicking good Americana stompers like the Kings of Leon‘s, ‘Red Morning Light‘ and Creedance Clearwater Revival‘s, ‘Born On The Bayou‘. The rhythmic clanks add a real ‘good time’ vibe to both those tracks, but there’s more to this top ten than just thumping Americana. There’s the slacker rock oddness of Guided By Voices‘, ‘Rhine Jive Click‘, Lou Reed‘s scathing and swaggering, ‘Vicious‘ and the over played but still uber-cool, ‘Low Rider‘ by War.

Without further ado, here’s my ‘MORE COWBELL’ top ten:

War Low Rider
Lou Reed Vicious
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Abba Zabba
Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime
Blue Oyster Cult (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
The WhoMagic Bus
Guided By VoicesRhine Jive Click
Kings Of LeonRed Morning Light
Creedance Clearwater RevivalBorn On The Bayou
NazarethHair Of The Dog

So that’s the Slacker Shack‘s ‘cowbell rock’ top ten. As always, there’s some arguments to be had. What have I missed?

The 10 best rock tunes featuring the saxophone

Posted in Lists, Music, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2018 by dc

Mention rock music and saxophones in the same sentence and some music fans will snort, roll their eyes and quite possibly flounce away from the conversation dramatically, never to return. These folk are probably still haunted by the revelation that that Blockbusters‘, Bob Holness didn’t play the sax solo on Gerry Rafferty‘s ‘Baker Street’. Or maybe they get flashbacks of Tim Capello‘s ludicrously oiled and muscley torso belting out sax bursts near the start of Joel Schumacher‘s Lost Boys – or Kenny G‘s permed mullet bobbing up and down on Top Of The Pops in the late 80’s.


Whatever the reason, the saxophone maybe much maligned in rock music, but I bloody love it. There’s something about that wild, raspy, sexy sound that tickles the funk in me. Not in a cheesy, run me a bath and get out the scented candles type of way, it’s more earthy and guttural than a thousand slow jam solos would con you into thinking.

Anyway, as part of Slacker Shack‘s ‘Niche Best Of… Lists‘ series, I’ve put together my ten favourite ‘SAXy Time’ rock tunes list – and I’ve even gone and Spotify-ed it too. Check out my choices below and argue with me in the comments:

Pink FloydMoney
Lou Reed Walk On The Wild Side
Brian ProtheroePinball
David BowieYoung Americans
The Doors Touch Me
The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar
Roxy Music Do The Strand
Electric SixDanger! High Voltage
BeckThe New Pollution
Radiohead The National Anthem 

Dead Captain – The Fear – new video

Posted in Art, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by dc

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Tameside duo, Dead Captain released a Halloween themed tune earlier on today.

The Fear‘ is a spooky bit of garage rock from the duo and can be downloaded or streamed for free here.

They’ve also released a new lo-fi video to go with it – check iot out below:

Lynyrd Skynyrd portrait

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2017 by dc

Back October / November time last year I had the pleasure of undertaking a Lynyrd Skynyrd portrait commission. I decided to base it on a publicity shot from the early 70’s. Check it out below and come and follow Dunstan Doodles on Instagram:


Future Of The Left – I Am The Least Of Your Problems

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by dc

Here’s the latest tune from Welsh noiseniks Future of the Left‘s forthcoming album The Plot Against Common Sense.

I Am The Least Of Your Problems, follows on from last year’s Polymers Are Forever and March’s Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman EP’s/singles, and is a typically meaty punch-in-the-face rabble rousing tune from the four-piece – thumping along in delightfully hectic style. Check it out below:

The Plot Against Common Sense is the band’s first full-length studio record since 2009’s awesome Travels With Myself and Another, and gets released on 28th May.

Here’s album the tracklist:

01 Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman
02 Failed Olympic Bid
03 Beneath The Waves An Ocean
04 Cosmo’s Ladder
05 City Of Exploded Children
06 Goals In Slow Motion
07 Camp Cappuccino
08 Polymers Are Forever
09 Robocop 4 – Fuck Off Robocop
10 Sorry Dad, I Was Late For The Riots
11 I Am The Least Of Your Problems
12 A Guide To Men
13 Anchor
14 Rubber Animals
15 Notes On Achieving Orbit

And as I’ve not posted it up before, here’s the video for ‘Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman’ from back in March:

R.E.M. have split up

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by dc

Today R.E.M announced that they are splitting up.

For over three decades the group have been one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed rock bands on the planet, producing a whole string of brilliantly received albums.

The group enjoyed their best run of success in the late 80’s and early 90’s with the albums, Green (1988), Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992).

In a career spanning thirty one years they produced fifteen albums and toured the world dozens of times.

Speaking about the split, singer Michael Stipe said: “I hope our fans realise this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.”

According to bassist Mike Mills the decision was amicable, “There’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off.”

Read all about the split over at The Guardian website here.