Why Californication is Actually Genius

A while ago, I posted an article about how ‘Hook’ by Blues Traveler was a genius piece of songwriting that people might have not noticed the first time round. More recently, I found myself listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song ‘Scar Tissue’ and wound up listening to the title track from that 1999 album ‘Californication’

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Why ‘Hook’ By Blues Traveler Is Actually Genius

This is a song I came across purely by chance. But at the same time it’s a song I had heard a million times before I just didn’t know it yet. In fact, even if you were to go and listen to it now, you will have heard the song before, even if you’ve not actually heard it before… If you get me…

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Local bands and Social Media

Happy 2015 to my small band of readers. Hope all is well. This is a blog inspired by a Facebook group called ‘Things Local Bands Do’ and it makes you realise how much of the stuff posted there is actually real. Its pretty scary when you think about it.

I love Facebook. Okay, I’ll rephrase: I love the concept of Facebook, it’s that some people don’t use it for the specific things that Mr Zuckerberg had in mind when he first coded it. We’ve all seen those posts: “1 like=1 prayer”, “share if u fink dis is a discrace!” and so on, and so on, and so on. Great for keeping up with old friends you haven’t seen in ten years or those who live on the other side of the ocean (shout out to the Jam Session guys), not so good if all you see is the riff-raff that you stayed inside to avoid in the first place.

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Slash & ‘That’ AFD Sound

When I was about fourteen years old, Green Day released American Idiot. I rinsed that album. When I first heard that Les Paul Junior tone I remember thinking That’s a great sound! I wanna sound like that! I was also taking guitar lessons, and I was not interested in learning scales or theory (Although now I wish I had, I’m making up for lost time), I just wanted to play ‘punk rock’ in my bedroom all day bashing out the nine minutes of Jesus of Suburbia.

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