Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Head Cat - Fool's Paradise (2006)

LEMMY KILMISTER (The Rockin Vicars,Sam Global,OPAL BUTTERFLY,Hawkwind,Motorhead): Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
DANNY B. HARVEY (Rockats, 13 Cats, Lonesome Spurs): Guitar, keyboards, bass
SLIM JIM PHANTOM (The Stray Cats): Drums & Precussion
Few musicians are as synonymous with heavy metal as Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister. But long time fans know that ol' Lemmy has tackled other styles over the years, including British Invasion pop (as part of the Rockin' Vicars) and space rock (as part of Hawkwind). Additionally, Lemmy has covered a few country and/or rockabilly tunes over the years, including a metallic version of "Stand By Your Man," Carl Perkins' "Matchbox," and Johnny Cash's "Big River." So it shouldn't come as a surprise that in the early 21st century, Lemmy launched a rockabilly side project, the Head Cat. Taking a break from more… his beloved Rickenbacker bass, Lemmy handles vocals (which resemble little of the throaty growl of his Motorhead work), acoustic guitar, and harmonica duties, and is joined by ex-Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and lead guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Danny B. Harvey. As evidenced by their 2006 debut, Fool's Paradise, the trio is one rockin' good time — a much needed antidote to the computer/software enhanced state of popular music. Expectedly, this isn't going to melt your speakers upon first listen like Ace of Spades did all those years ago. That said, it's certainly a worthwhile listen for die-hard fans to hear Lemmy tackle covers of some of his favorite standards — "Not Fade Away," "Well All Right," as well as the two aforementioned tracks, "Big River" and "Matchbox."
1 Fool's Paradise 2 Tell Me How 3 You Got Me Dizzy 4 Not Fade Away 5 Cut Across Shortly 6 Lawdy Miss Clawdy 7 Take Your Time 8 Well... All Right 9 Trying to Get to You 10 Learning the Game 11 Peggy Sue Got Married 12 Crying, Waiting, Hoping 13 Love's Made a Fool of You 14 Big River 15 Matchbox

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