Archive for December, 2011

In the music world, there are “jam bands.” Fleetwood Mac used to be one of these, albeit a british blues band. The Mac daddy and friends return to this with the b-side to the 1987 smash hit Little Lies entitled Ricky. However this time that semi-jamlike sound gets a nice 80’s production makeover.

Ricky is a Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham-penned track. It doesn’t have much as far as lyrics go, but it shows off the rest of the band’s musicianship, especially the licks from bass player John McVie, whose bass playing serves as the main melody of the entire song. McVie shines well on this track.


The young grinch who tried to hurt rock fans worldwide by lying about Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi‘s death was arrested on Dec. 24th according to news sources. The federal government tracked the IP address of the boy’s computer.

The man, a highschool student and Pennsylvanian musician, admitted via a friend’s twitter account that he started the hoax. He did it because he was sick, tired, and possibly even jealous of the Bon Jovi frontman.



Rolling Stone 


From the home of the Wild Heart in Houston, TX to wherever you’re at, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this clip from the Arsenio Hall Show with the New Kids on the Block and remember to “have a funky, funky Christmas” and a happy holidays!

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If you know the Wild Heartwell, it’s a widely-known thing that I LOVE Seinfeld. However, there is one particular episode

Happy Festivus from the Wild Heart

that strikes my fancy: The Strike. This one is perhaps best-known as The Festivus.

With that said, I present to you the Wild Heart’s celebration of Festivus. HAPPY FESTIVUS! LET’S RUMBLE!

Airing of Grievances:

The airing of grievances gathers everyone you know and you tell them how they have wronged you in the past year.

  • Heart – you come to Houston AGAIN and every time you do, you jack up your ticket prices. As a fan, I find this completely appalling. I haven’t seen your act since 2008’s Human Tour when I was in college. Between then and now, the economy went to hell and now this jobless college grad cannot afford to go to your concerts. Please lower your ticket prices!!
  • Amy Grant – Your “2 Friends Tour” COMPLETELY avoided coming to Houston. I really wanted to see you live again and performing all your old hits, as well as Michael W. Smith. So I suggest that you stop snubbing Houston, and come to some place like the Berry Center, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, or even the House of Blues. Otherwise I am done listening to your music!
  • KTRU – I go in for an interview twice with you dumbass hipsters and you refuse to hire me twice! You act all anti-record industry yet what do I see when I walk into your studios but a big white banner that says “TOM WAITS FOR NO ONE!” Guess what? He was signed to Asylum and Island Records – both are major labels. He’s currently signed to Anti records, the US distributor to Kate Bush. Hate to break it to you but that’s a major label too. Yet somehow you don’t like me because I tell you the artists I am currently loving are Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush. You are nothing but hypocrites. Thanks for crushing my on-air dreams.Oh and one more thing, since you are based at Rice University: GO COOGS!
  • Stevie Nicks – Why did you have to snub Houston for the “Heart and Soul” tour? I wanted to see you perform that duet of Young Turks with Rod Stewart Not cool! But thanks for coming for the “In Your Dreams” tour. That was amazing!
  • White Stripes, Rilo Kiley, & R.E.M – Why did you all break up? We need you to save us from the clutches of the evils of bad music such as Lady GaGa & Katy Perry!
  • Ke$ha – I couldn’t help but notice that your song “C U Next Tuesday” is an acronym for “cunt.” As a college educated woman who took at least 9 hours of womens studies classes, I find this VERY offensive. Just because a guy calls you that doesn’t mean that it is okay. It’s degrading a female to a mere body part and nothing more. Take a freaking lesson from the women’s lib movement from the 70’s Ke$sha!
  • The Ton Tons – How come you never got back to me about covering you guys?
  • Nameless haters of that know who they are – What the hell gives you the right to take shots at the Wild Heart? BTW keep up the hatin’ because people like you only make people like me stronger! To quote Pat Benatar: “Knock me down it’s all in vain. I get right back up on my feet again! Hit me with your best shot!” It’s never cool to make fun of someone’s album collection. Vinyl is cooler, better sounding as far as decibels go, but you are a clueless jerk who only cares about making other peoples lives miserable.

And now for the toasts of 2011

  • All of the local bands that I have covered this year – Nightbird – Stevie Nicks Tribute, Spare Parts, Spare Heart – Heart Tribute, August 83, Kozmic Pearl – Janis Joplin Tribute, Love It To Death – Alice Cooper Tribute, and BlackRozeHouston. I have loved every minute of covering you guys. Houston’s music scene is like a hidden gem of musical talent. All of y’all keep up the good work and I think you will go far! Special thanks to John Hill and Jennifer Nguyen for giving me this idea.
  • Glee – One of the best things that you do, aside from the funny storylines with Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, is that you introduce classic rock numbers to a new generation. You did this well with last season’s salute to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. No thanks to the show, a new generation got to hear snippets about the emotional drama that went on behind the scenes but also hear the songs themselves as performed by the cast. I want an encore! However can that encore be with something by Yes or Styx?
  • Stevie Nicks – Your new album, In Your Dreams, is AMAZING! It reminds me of your old 80’s albums like The Wild Heart, Bella Donna, and The Other Side of the Mirror. Also, your In Your Dreams tour was pretty magical – least your concert in Houston was. (Never have I been to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion where a concert was done in 103+ degree heat under a big full moon. Even better, your merchandise wasn’t too expensive and my mom liked the keychain I got her.
  • Lindsey Buckingham – I won tickets to your concert at Cactus Records. Though I am unfamiliar with your solo work, I must say you were pretty amazing at the Verizon Wireless Theater. Also, I must give you mad props for performing my favorite Fleetwood Mac song, Tusk.
  • Cactus and Black Records – Without you lovely people, I would not have been able to cover 2 major shows (Lindsey Buckingham and Lost 80’s Night at StereoLive with Animotion, When In Rome, and A Flock of Seagulls), survived a bad day at work, and helping me to climb the ladder of success with blogging.

In the 1980’s, Fleetwood Mac member and successful solo artist Stevie Nicks was at the top of her game. However, she was hiding a rather heavy cocaine habit. By 1985, when her bestselling Rock A Little album came out, it was having an effect on her overall performances.

Nicks is usually known for being a mystical-womanlike figure when it comes to her image and overall sound. This is what keeps her fans coming back for more. However, this is not so with One More Big Time Rock & Roll Star, the b-side to Nicks’ hit single Talk To Me. 

One More Big Time Rock & Roll Star is void of any of the mystical greatness that made such ballads as Leather and LaceTwo Kinds of LoveOutside the Rain, and even 2011’s Secret Love great.

This song was meant for the Rock A Little album, but didn’t make the cut and for a good reason: it simply doesn’t measure up to Nick’s previous solo work.

Journey is one of those bands that is liked by many people because of their versatility. They can rock hard, but they can also show their sensitive style too. However, when they combine both their hard rock sound and sensitivity, they do rather well. On Only The Young, this is where they shine!

Unfortunately Only The Young has a tragic story behind the song. Journey had recorded it and it was intended for their Frontiers album in 1983, but it was pulled at the last minute and ended up on the soundtrack to Vision Quest. One day, they received a letter from a mother whose young son, named Kenny, was in the terminal stages of Cystic Fibrosis. Kenny was a huge fan of Journey and wanted to meet them before he died. The meeting was arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

So the band went to meet Kenny and gave him a Walkman and a cassette copy of Only The Young. The next day, Kenny died. He had the walkman with the cassette in his hands when he died.

This made lead singer Steve Perry break down crying so much to the point that the nurses had to take him out of the room.

Either way this chance encounter resulted in the band using this song as the opener for the Raised on Radio tour.

Only The Young is a great track because it perfectly captures what it is to be young in both lyric and sound. But the best thing about this song is that it offers hope to those that are enduring.

Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

In 1974, a relatively unknown British blues band named Fleetwood Mac was in dire straits: they constantly had issues in retaining a guitarist. Original guitarist and founding member Peter Green suffered a mental breakdown. His replacements either had an affair with drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood‘s 1st wife, joined a cult, or simply got sick of the drama that plagued the band. Also, their move to the US from the UK didn’t make matters better because they were still without hits. The Mac was in trouble.

But this all changed one day when Mick was in the studio and heard a track called Frozen Love by a duo called Buckingham Nicks, which consisted of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks. Mick was very impressed with Buckingham’s guitar-playing and asked him to join the band. Buckingham accepted, but with one stipulation: his girlfriend Stevie could also join. They were a “package deal.” Mick accepted the proposal and on July 11, 1975, Fleetwood Mac, along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, released their 2nd self-titled album.

The addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks is like a breath of fresh air for the band in both their songwriting and overall sound. This is shown from the beginning with the upbeat Monday Morning by Lindsey Buckingham, where he declares “Monday Morning you look so fine/ Friday I’ve got travelin’ on my mind/ First you love me then you fade away” – which is a possible foreshadowing of tension and ultimate breakup that would arise during the recording of their next album between he and then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks.

However, things really heat up with the classic Stevie Nicks-penned Rhiannon – a mystical song about a beautiful welsh witch. Unfortunately this is a track that is better when Nicks performs it live because the actual recording doesn’t do justice to how she performs it live.

Longtime Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie makes a rather excellent contribution in the form of World Turning. McVie and her teamup with Buckingham is amazing. It proves that, even though she is the balladeer of the bunch, she’s an excellent rocker as well.

Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled album was a step in the right direction with the addition of the two newcomers. At the same time, it is only a preview of what is to come with Fleetwood Mac. Though it’s not Rumours, this album is highly recommended.

Thanks to the lovely people at the Houston Press Rocks Off blog, the wild heart has discovered a new way to make other people

Hall and Oats can help you with everything

go insane: give all “maneaters” (a.k.a “mean people”) and “rich girls” (a.k.a “snobby people”)…………or at least make you happy.

It’s called Callin’ Oats. They can help you with everything: relationship problems, problems with your cat scratching the furniture, people problems, problems with your dog getting into the trash, therapy sessions, and so much more.

Janet Jackson is quite possibly one of the best live performers of all-time. After all, she did learn from one of the greatest music artists of all time, her brother Michael Jackson.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to see her live at, I kid you not, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She was pretty good! She is a rare artist that can rock, dance, and look good while doing it.

However I like this video of her because she is soo young and green. This was back when she was just an actress on Diffrent Strokes. But she proves with this video that there is something about her that makes her special.