I can remember where I was when I first heard Auto-Tune turned up to 11. I was coming up to a particular curve on my commute and the radio announcer introduced a song by Cher and “Believe” came on. It was like Cher in a carnival mirror—and I liked Cher back in the day. She has a voice others would want to be able to mimic. While the albums may sound dated now, the voice she shared on Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves and Half-Breed is inimitable—it’s masculine, feminine, sexy, strong, and Cher.
Blue Cheer is the original heavy metal band, before the label is even invented. A power trio named for a popular and a particularly potent brand of LSD manufactured by Owsley Stanley (dubbed by the L.A. Times as the infamous LSD Millionaire who was further immortalized in the Grateful Dead tune, “Alice D. Millionaire.” When prison curtailed Owsley's output, The Brotherhood of Eternal Love stepped in to fill the void with the, at the time, ubiquitous Orange Sunshine. The Brotherhood, themselves a fascinating story, were notorious for hiring radical 60's lefties, The Weathermen (from the Dylan song, Subterranean Homesick Blues... “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”) to bust Timothy Leary out of jail. But enough digression.
Knopfler’s last three albums was released in 2012 as Privateering. Bad grammar aside, Knopfler’s last album was three in one—and not just because it was a triple CD release, either. The first time I heard it I thought it sounded a great deal like a mixed fry-up of the weekend’s leftovers. There’s Celtic (as in Chieftans and Van Morrison Celtic), and blues, and that old Dire Straits sound all tossed together on three CDs. What he could have done, just saying, is put out three separate CDs and given us a coherent repertoire.
Only two tunes to choose from on the episode “Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami,” though the choices are fairly good ones. A coin flip would do; if you have to choose the choices are “My Absent Will” by Meredith Bragg & The Terminals and “Let's Get It Crackin'” by DeeTown All-Stars.