Thirty years ago, on the 16th of December in 1986, Guns N’ Roses first record Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide was released. The same date has been chosen for The Genuine Fakes’ new single release, which is a tribute to the biggest band on earth. The song itself tells the story of a boy who hears Guns N’ Roses for the first time, after which his life is forever changed. That story is actually true, as the band’s singer Joey was that boy:
“I remember sitting there completely floored. It was “Paradise City” that I heard, and I couldn’t fathom how something could be that cool. It had a profound effect on me, and in that very moment, I knew that I had to become a musician myself. A dream was born, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
“Guns N’ Roses Saved My Life” is a grand pop tune, filled with hooks and melodies galore. For the attentive listener there are also some GNR related references, both in the lyrics and the sound. Naturally, the artwork is also a not-so-subtle nod in GNR’s direction – the Appetite cover re-imagined by designer Lee Hasler.
The second album is slated for release in 2017, and is co-produced by Jon Auer of The Posies/Big Star.
“Guns N’ Roses Saved My Life” is available on iTunes and streaming services. You can also support us by buying the song directly from us on Bandcamp.
Check out the fine Finnish powerpop blog One Chord to Another – loads of great stuff, reviews and videos! The blog mainly focuses on Finnish music but bands such as The Posies and Big Star are covered as well.
The album’s mixed and done! Now we’re sending it off to the mastering-guru to give it that magic finishing touch. A May release is what we’re aiming for. Prior to the album release we’re going to put out a single. More news on that soon.
You can listen to one of the tracks off the album on the Metro On Stage site. Please rate the song! Who knows, maybe your vote will get us a deal with Universal? 😀
We would also like to extend our thoughts out to Alex Chilton of Big Star fame who has just passed away in an apparent heart attack at age 59. He made such a huge impact on music history. We wouldn’t be here fakin’ it had he not inspired bands like The Posies to make such great music. Joey previously blogged about Big Star’s #1 Record as a part of his “Essential Powerpop Albums” list. You can read that post here.
By many considered to be the very first album of the genre, this next essential powerpop album is a true gem that everyone should be aware of. The importance of Big Star‘s debut album “#1 Record” from 1972 can hardly be ignored, influenced, as it has, bands like The Posies (whom I focused the last issue on), Teenage Fanclub and Matthew Sweet to mention a few. Big Star is a band that didn’t get its deserved recognition back when they started out in the early 70’s, but has gained some interest in later years – much like Nick Drake.
This is yet another of those albums that, in my opinion, doesn’t have a single weakness. Not a bad track. It’s got the real rocker tracks like “Don’t Lie To Me”, “In the Street” and “Feel”, as well as beautiful ballads such as “Thirteen” and “The Ballad of El Goodo”, which might be one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
Big Star disbanded in the mid-70’s but reformed in 1993, adding Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from The Posies to the lineup. They also contributed to the 2005 album “In Space” which is a fine piece of work, although it doesn’t even come close to the debut.
Here’s a YouTube clip from The Tonight Show with the new lineup performing “In the Street” (which you might recognize from That 70’s Show, for which Cheap Trick recorded their own version)
Browsing YouTube I found this fantastic clip with Cheap Trick and the cast from “That 70’s Show”.
The song In the Street was originally performed by 70’s band Big Star. A cover-version of the song was recorded by Cheap Trick in 1999 for use as the theme song for the television show That 70’s Show. Great TV-show, great music and a cool video. Definitely worth checking out!