Sunday, March 25, 2007

UFO 'Lights Out'

Guys… Have you attended a rock show wearing a pink T-shirt?

For the first time in my life, I wore a pink T-shirt. And I wore it to Somewhere Else to see Benjomatic perform where tattoos and black T’s run rampant. I think I pulled it off. I offset the shirt with a Miller High Life constantly in my hand. I still think a cigar would have most certainly planted the flag of “maleness”. But it’s not good to overcompensate.

I thought for sure Mike Morrison, formerly of the death metal bands False Prophet and Bush Hog, would have taken someone else’s cigarette to snuff out on my arm. But he didn’t. And quite frankly, he disappointed me when he didn’t even bring it up. I thought for sure that Dianna and I would get a lecture on how Satan was cooler than pink shirts. For some reason, it occurred to me that one man’s evil is another man’s pink shirt.

Since Friday night, I’ve been listening to the musical choice of the day. Yeah, I broke my own stupid and borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder by continuing with UFO ‘Lights Out’.

If you don’t know, I only listen to one musical choice for the day. And there’s plenty of extra weirdness that goes along with making those choices, but I won’t go into all that.

I have always been a casual fan of UFO’s music. When I worked for Capitol Records, I made for damn sure that I got as many UFO CD’s as I could. The members of UFO can’t walk around Europe without being noticed. But here in the States they could easily defecate in an aisle at Toys ‘R Us without being caught.

The UFO Family Tree includes Motorhead, Fastway, The Scorpions, Whitesnake, Waysted, and The Michael Schenker Group.

I’ve had ‘Lights Out’ for at least 8 years and I have never truly listened to it. I knew the hit “Too Hot To Handle” along with the title track, but that was about it.

Man, was I surprised! I now know why UFO’s ‘Lights Out’ album is considered one of the greatest hard rock albums of the 1970’s. Not only does that joker rock out, but it also possesses many songs rich in melodic beauty. From the meaningful lyrics to the Schenker’s powerful and yet understated guitar playing, it is a masterpiece. Feel free to check it out yourself.

And keeping with my tradition that I started with KIX… Those of you with MP3 players, I urge you to download these three UFO tunes wherever you purchase digital music.

“Rock Bottom”

“Too Hot To Handle”

“Shoot Shoot”

Well, I managed to squeeze out a “hush puppy” of an update… But I have to inform you that I may not be able to properly tend my garden with regular updates again this week.

My Aunt Jo doesn’t seem long for this world. I may have a funeral to attend in the very near future. The call about her being on life support came when Dianna and were at Somewhere Else. And ironically, the call came after attending a wake for my neighbor Beverly. I haven’t gotten any updates since the news broke.


  1. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Two things I found found very funny about your post:
    1. I used to be in a band that played the UFO song "Shoot Shoot".
    2. I actually know Mike Morrison from the Bush Hog days...

    I bet you thought I was going to mention the pink shirt...

  2. No... I thought you'd mention who you are...

    Do we know each other?

  3. Anonymous11:56 AM

    No, I don't think we know each other. My name is William Daugherty. I'm a musician, a loyal Rock 92 listener, and read your blog from time to time. I did however used to live in West Virginia (Lewis County)years ago.

  4. William,

    Nice to see that you made it to the "promised land" of NC! I guess we don't know each other. Feel free to stop by one of our remotes sometime and introduce yourself.

    I'd like to meet someone that actually claims to read my blog. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous10:31 AM

    If I see the Rock 92 van out and about, I'll stop in and say hey!

  6. I hope to have a Rock 92 Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt for you!