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.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary show tonight at Southside Cavern in Stockholm, we’re giving away the song “Conceited”.
“Conceited” is a song that’s been a decade in the making. We began recording it on the day of the FIFA World Cup finals in 2006, and that day was actually the first recording session for us as a band. We laid down drum tracks for most of the songs that ended up on our debut album. However, none of the drum tracks from this first session were ever used since the evolution of the arrangements called for a do-over. This song was one of the ones that we decided to not continue working on at the time. The session was put on a hard drive that’s been collecting dust in a corner of the studio since then…
Fast forward to 2014, when we were invited to contribute a song to a compilation album The Southside Cavern Volume One – a collection of songs from bands who have played at The Southside Cavern over the years. Since the second album wasn’t finished we figured we should go through the archive and see if there was anything there worth revisiting. To our surprise, this track was sounding really great in its raw state and we decided to finish what we had started so many years ago. The result was released on said compilation on 31 January 2015.
Coincidentally, The Southside Cavern is a venue where we have played numerous times, and it is also the place we have chosen to have our 10 year anniversary on 23 March 2016. So, we thought it was fitting to release it as a single on this day. We hope you enjoy it.
If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you already know that we’re doing a show on Wednesday at the Southside Cavern in Stockholm to celebrate our first decade as a band. When we started out in that basement room at Södermalm, just a stone’s throw from this venue, we had no idea we would still be around ten years later. But here we are, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and come out to our shows and bought the music. Therefore, we invite everyone to this free event on March 23. We’ll be playing songs from the past, the present and the future! Opening up for us is our good friend and great songwriter Thure. See you there!
20.00 – Doors
20.30 – Thure
21.00 – The Genuine Fakes
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Christmas time is nigh, and our record label in Japan has decided to put out a 24-track Christmas compilation this year. Back in 2009 we released our rendition of Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas”, and now it’s going to be put out on CD for the first time. A limited number of copies will be printed, so head on over to the Thistime Online Store and place your orders while you still can.
The CD will be out on Dec 24.
Here’s the tracklist:
- Golden Bubbles – Tiny Hammers Time
- The Genuine Fakes – All I Want for Christmas
- Greg Pope – Christmas Snow
- Phlying Saucer – Over the Moon(ft.Nikki Simmons)
- SpecialThanks – Special Christmas
- Clueless – Do They Know It’s Christms
- The Higher Elevations – All These Winter Nights
- The Wellingtons – A Christmas Toast
- The Goodtime Dudes(Bobby Emmet & The Schreffman) – We Are The Goodtime Dudes (to say Merry Christmas)
- LL Cosmonaut – We Came In Peace
- Sugar Crisis – Unwrap Your Heart
- Rach and Danna (from The Coincidents) – Winter Wonderland
- Dreamboy – Christmas Kisses
- NUDGE’EM ALL – Christmas
- Jim Boggia – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
- Beaufiul Lies – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- The Smith Bros. – Every Day Is Like Christmas
- hello! – My Way home Winter Night
- Marcus Meston – No Time for Christmas
- Mimi Betinis – A Christmas Song
- Superfriends – Christmas
- Justin Kline – Merry Christmas Katie
- Neil Nathan – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
- The Sonic Executive Sessions – Christmas Without You
Thank you Bill for the nice review of The Striped Album – we love your blog!
Today we set the powerpop loose. Head on over to http://thestripedalbum.com and buy the download or the CD+download bundle. The download is €9.99 and the CD pre-order is €12. CDs will ship in time for the 17 Jan release date (EU), but you will get the download immediately. Happy listening folks! We’re thrilled to finally put this one out. Details on the US release will be revealed soon.
All our released singles to date are now available on iTunes.