It’s been a really shitty week.
Letdowns. Oral surgery. Roy Oswalt traded to the Phillies.
I need some great songs to break me out of this. I need loud guitars, sing-along choruses, air guitar opportunities. I need to rock my way out of this funk.
So from one of the greatest hits-that-never-was (“Understanding Jane”) to classic guitar wanking (Leslie West) to the Johnny Winter Experience (yes, you read that right), here are Ten Terrific Tracks sure to wipe that glum off your puss…
(01) The Sex Pistols – “Anarchy In The U.K.”
(02) The Icicle Works – “Understanding Jane”
(03) The Kinks – “Rats”
(05) The Johnny Winter Experience – “Bonie Maronie”
(05) Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds – “Train Tracks”
(06) Mountain – “Mississippi Queen”
(07) Archie Powell and the Exports – “Enough About Me”
(08) Iggy and the Stooges – “Raw Power”
(09) The Wildhearts – “Battleship Chains”
(10) The Faces – “Pool Hall Richard”
Rock didn't die. Not in Detroit, anyway.
If you were wondering why no one seems to be carrying the torch for bands like Cactus and The James Gang and Humble Pie, you can stop. The Muggs play white-hot power trio blues rock like the aforementioned bands did; timeless riff-dominated, air-guitar, roll-down-the-window-and-blast-it glorious rock’n’roll…and they’re from Detroit, natch! But their brand of hard rock is an organic outgrowth from the classic origins, not an exhumation of days gone by. It’s somehow simultaneously fiery and tasty, subtle yet hammer headed. And my god, does it sound great when you play it loud.
(Hear some live Muggs from Can You Hear Me TV.)
The Muggs are a three-headed force of nature that share both musical and personal chemistry – the backstory to the band is as incredible as the music. Bass player Tony DiNardo suffered a severe stroke in 2001 that left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak. Unwilling to consider replacing him, his bandmates waited two years while he recovered and taught himself how to play the bass lines on a Fender Rhodes Mark 1 (and no, you can’t tell the difference). So now drummer Matt Rost locks down the groove with DiNardo once more, which frees up guitar monster Danny Methric (also the axeman for The Paybacks) so he can flat out wail. I could tell you their whole story, but why not let the boys speak for themselves.
They’ve won a slew of local awards, are getting great press and are building up a fanbase, but they probably have more fans in Europe than they do here in the States. Did we learn nothing from Jimi Hendrix? Apparently not…Mitch Ryder still lives and record in Germany because sometimes they just don’t get it over here. And no, they didn’t win The Next Great American Band contest – how could they? The Muggs play rock’n’roll music!
The Muggs on MySpace. Buy The Muggs and On With The Show.
The Muggs website is here. No, they are not the ugliest band in the world. Don’t make me name the band that is.