Monday Morning Music Shuffle – %^#%^&# DST Mix

Man, I’m dragging today – even though I left the Basement after The Amboy’s set (more later on this), and I’m totally blaming this on the beginning of Daylight Savings Time this past weekend.  For those you who live in areas which do not have Daylight Savings Time (aka the sane world), every spring we set our clocks ahead one hour in the spring and then set them back in the fall.  Inevitably, it takes my body several days to get used to this change, and the fact that I’m waking up now while it is still pitch dark doesn’t help.  The only good part is having an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon, but it’s at best an antiquated idea and more precisely a dumb idea…

This morning’s shuffle includes some older songs ahead of tonight’s scheduled addition of new songs to the MP3 player. 

(Webb Wilder – Hybrid Vigor (1990) –
Webb Wilder is the last of the full-grown men.  He is an electrifying artist and the idol of idle youth.  He has a credo (“Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need ’em!”).  Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi – he has been a fixture on the Nashville music scene since I formative years.  Back in the day, I got to see Webb Wilder and his band the Beatnecks several times at clubs in Nashville and the surrounding towns and villages. Today’s track, Safe Side (amazon lists the song as On the Safeside), comes from the 1990 major label (Island) release Hybrid Vigor.
(Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (1982) –
I wrote about Violent Femmes the other day when I was talking about hearing the band’s most famous song, Blister in the Sun in a few different commercials.  That song as well as today’s track, Kiss Off , comes off of the band’s 1992 self-titled debut album.  The song (as well as the whole album) are filled with adolescent rage, snottiness and desire.
“I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record!
Oh, yeah? Well, don’t get so distressed
Did I happen to mention that I’m impressed?”
Violent Femmes were not a punk band, but definitely are punk-influenced in attitude and energy. 
(Live – Mental Jewelry (1991) –
Live were and apparently soon will be again (with a new lead singer) an alternative rock band from York, PA. Their debut album, Mental Jewelry, was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame who coincidently also produced one of the Violent Femmes’ albums.
Today’s track is Pain Lies on the Riverside

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Webb Wilder: Tough It Out - Dolby
Webb Wilder: Tough It Out – Dolby
Rockabilly legend Webb Wilder gets the shack shaking with an electrifying concert captured live at WorkPlay in Birmingham, Alabama and highlighted by a variety of fan favorites including “Human Cannonball”, “Sputnik”, “Down on the Farm”, and “Miss Missy from Hong Kong”. Additional interviews and a documentary about Webb offer all the information fans could ever want about their favorite rockabilly legend, and a bonus compact disc allows them the opportunity to enjoy every classic moment as they hit the open road with the engine full throttle. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Violent Femmes: No Let's Start Over
Violent Femmes: No Let’s Start Over
Alternative music legends The Violent Femmes perform twelve of their biggest hits in this release of a 1984 performance captured live at the Lyceum Theater in London and featuring a set that includes “Blister in the Sun”, “Add it Up”, “Prove my Love”, and more. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mental Jewelry Mental Jewelry
Live’s debut album was an impressive set of righteous, hard-driving alternative rock; Mental Jewelry was in the vein of such college-radio favorites as U2, but was more vulnerable and less sanctimonious. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi Performers: Chad Gracey – Vocals, Percussion, Drums; Chad Taylor – Vocals, Guitar; Ed Kowalczyk – Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic); Patrick Dahlheimer – Bass, Vocals