Salutations blog folks, this week our bloggers took turns writing reviews of music picked by other contributors. I ended up with a 1986 album called Ragin”, Full-On by fireHOSE, I was 9 when this album came out, I lived through the entire 80’s and had never heard of this album or band. Spotify lists it under alternative, but I feel like it’s more New Wave. I love music. I listened to nearly 30,000 minutes this year according to the aforementioned Spotify, however I truly fucking hated this album.
One of my life goals is to always seek out new music. Find new bands and songs to fill up the background of life. Growing up it seemed like my Dad’s musical tasted stopped about 1987. Early Bon Jovi and late Aerosmith was it for him. His favorite band of all time is Lynard Skynard. He used to rant and rail against my grunge music. He’d fuss at me for Nirvana and Soundgarden being in his words “Outta tune.” I like a lot of weird crap. I love Pavement, no one has ever heard of Pavement that I know of. They had hits, toured with STP and the Pumpkins. Stephen Malkmus would go on to form the Jicks after years of Pavement. So I get liking or loving underground bands. However, I fucking hated fireHOSE. Like I didn’t get it at all. It was like a straight B-52’s wanted to be Devo, with some PHISH jam band funk thrown in. I mean seriously, I’m not really into the talking your lyrics out unless its legit rap.
I honestly couldn’t make it through the whole album. I figured we aren’t Rolling Stone and we don’t get paid for reviews. I mean if I don’t like a book I stop reading it. The crazy thing is that whatever fame FIREHOSE had, they were actually just a follow up band to a more revered, yet equally as unappealing group called The Minutemen. I didn’t listen to them. I picked the two songs with the longest titles for my 2 weekly song picks.
You should give Pavement a spin.