As of this morning, I had 119 songs in my July 2012 Playlist which I have not yet had the chance to present to you. Today, I will knock that down to 115. I was reflecting on the added music for this month – an eclectic mix of old and new music – spanning a geographic and musical landscape that can only be called spectra-normous. I just made that word up – by the way. Interestingly enough, today’s random shuffle of those 119 songs yielded three songs from the same band. More on that later.
First up, we have our good friends and sure bet for a wildcard spot in our Band of the Year poll, The Dead Exs. They have a new album set to drop soon. A couple of weeks ago, we introduced a new song they released around the 4th for July. The song recently, reached number 3 on the Hype Machine’s Twitter chart. It’s called Relovolution and it shows off this hard working band’s dirty blues-rock style in fine fashion. It was an excellent way to jump start my day. You can get a free download below:
And while you are waiting for the new record – go buy their last record Resurrection by clicking the image below (Amazon.com). Also, The Dead Exs really want to come to Nashville and play Grimey’s – so if you’re in Nashville – spread the word!
Now, settle down and let me tell you about the band that shows up three times in a row on today’s shuffle. The Ratz were, are and ever shall be trailblazers in the Nashville Rock world. The band formed in 1979, played some legendary gigs and Nashville Rock landmarks Phranks n’ Steins and Cantrells, recorded a single, played with R.E.M. and The Brains among others and then disbanded in 1981 with it’s members going on to play in such bands as Factual, Raging Fire, The Enemy, Go Jimmy Dub and Royal Court of China. The band, older and wiser but still Ratz, reunited in 2009 and have since recorded some new and old songs. They have a gig coming up on August 11 at The End (which was once the legendary Elliston Square).
So here are the songs by The Ratz in today’s shuffle:
Drop to the Ground (New Song and Recording from 2010)
My Baby Don’t Love Me Cuz I Won’t Cut My Face For Her (Vintage Song, New Recording)
She Shaved Her Head and She’s Crazy
Go grab some music and check out Nashville80srock.net.
You can also check out The Ratz and other great Nashville Rock from back in the day on this must-have compilation:
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