Let’s rock!

This week I delved into the solo career of the amazing Deep Purple frontman, Ian Gillan. I already knew from his work in Black Sabbath and in Jesus Christ Superstar that the man could do almost anything with that voice, but I never had the curiosity to check his other work. However, I’ve been immersed in hard rock in the past few weeks, and I decided to see what he had been doing while DP was on hold, and I found this awesome band called Gillan!

Check this video and you’ll get my drift!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IimJVGDAEM0]

One of the best things about Ian are his witty lyrics. In the above song he speaks about a sinner who becomes righteous before dying and when arrives in heaven sees that the place is no fun, and decides to go to hell instead. Another great song of his (this time in Purple) is Anyone’s Daughter, where he speaks about doing the daughters of a lot of people and the trouble that arose from it, before finally settling down with a rich man’s daughter 😛

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7D07APU7hs]

Songs for walking in the city

Yesterday I was walking from the university to catch the train back home, and, as usual, i put on my earphones and entered a different world.
By chance, I picked my best of Uriah Heep playlist randomly and started playing the amazing One Way or Another. The damn song has such a good vibe that I immediately started walking by its rhythm, looking like a madman 😛

Then, I thought about some songs that are perfect to walk in the city, smiling and feeling good. Okay, sometimes one may look like someone who works in the Ministry of Silly Walks (remember Monty Python?), but the feeling is so good that a few people staring at you is not a problem 😛

So, here’s a bunch of songs I like to listen to when in my regular train-university and vice-versa walk.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that is not a Queen‘s song! But for me it’s 100 times better than the original by Free (also with Paul Rodgers singing), which is also a freakishly good song!

Ooops, I almost forgot, here’s the (now) usual playlist!

Once upon a time, a great riff was born


Today I’m going to speak about one of my favourite old-school bands, Deep Purple! Most of you probably know them for Smoke on the Waters (yes, the track on the header of our blog :D) and its amazing yet simple riff. Who hasn’t heard the “tan-tan-tan, tan-tan-tan-tan”? However, there is much more to them, with a big lot of amazing musicians having played there.

I was fortunate enough to have seen them live two years ago, and what a memorable night it was! Even in their 60’s, the band was very tight, and played all (well, almost) of their classics. It is interesting to be there, along with a lot of people in their 20’s, enjoying awesome music with people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s. I remember seeing an old man, who could be my grandpa, dancing like he was on lsd 😛

The band connects very well with its audience, with the then-keyboardist playing some Portuguese tunes in his classic solo (Cheira bem, cheira a Lisboa was whistled and sung by everyone there). Unfortunately, I couldn’t find satisfactory videos, so I’m posting an awesome version of Perfect Strangers, with an amazing intro by Mr. Jon Lord, the Hammond organ wizard. Check it out:

Finally, not to defraud the audience of this blog, here’s a very good version of Smoke on the Waters by Rainbow, a band that Ritchie Blackmore, one of DP’s founders and the man with the axe, created in the 70’s after leaving Deep Purple. In this version, Ritchie displays all his virtuosity, with a great intro to the song. Worth listening, really.

I’ll probably return to Rainbow later, so I won’t spoil the fun now. by introducing you all to them 😛