The Alarm: Strength, and Walk Forever By My Side
In our heirloom series we feature under-appreciated classics that are deserving of a bit more recognition and adulation. Today, I take a look at The Alarm’s 1985 classic Strength, with a deeper look into my favorite song from the album “Walk Forever By My Side,” including thoughts from the man who wrote it, Mike Peters.
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You know, that I know, that you know, that Greg Kihn is a bad ass… right? The affable man of many hats wants you to know that it’s OK if you don’t. He’s only a platinum selling rock star, award-winning novelist, Bay Area DJ, who is pals with members Grateful Dead, played in a band with Joe Satriani, and won the prestigious WCAO Baltimore, MD talent contest at the age of 15. Greg Kihn hasn’t put out a record of new material in 21 years until he released his new album ReKihndled in March of this year. He really has had a storied career, and loves to talk about it in the affable way your Uncle loves to tell you stories of his youth.
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Gabriel and the Apocalypse are a rock ‘n roll band whose unique style of lyrics are making waves in the world of metal. It’s apparent that their newest album, Ghost Parade shocks the mind into thinking about how our world operates while driving hard issues in the realm of humanity and animal decency.
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Normally, I would say this is an interview but since it was my first time actually interviewing an artist that wasn’t a friend, I learned that I had some technique still to learn. Fortunately Dru Cutler is a true professional and a kind, caring musician.
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Famous Last Words’ J.T. Dollas
I had a chance to sit down with J.T. Dollas, the dynamic Famous Last Words front man, when they cruised through Orlando a few nights ago. As the band’s tour came to a close, he shared thoughts on how the band has matured over the years, the idea of concept albums, the role of MySpace, and his biggest fan back home…
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Ask any punk rock, or left of center, band who their major influences are, and they might say the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, or The Ramones. But I would bet money that many of those musicians also cite the Los Angeles band X as a staple of the American punk sound and a major influence. Elaine Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake took their influences and found the thread that runs through punk, classic rock, and country music married them together and came out with a hybrid that was all their own.
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Interview with Orlando’s Carly Jo Jackson
Carly Jo Jackson is a vibrant young performer who stole the show at Florida Music Festival with an invigorating showcase that left the Orlando crowd thirsting for more. Jackson is a “local kid” who is on the cusp of great things. She’s a free spirit just gushing with talent.
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Terri Nunn is the voice of the grossly underrated rock band Berlin. She has produced a crazy, large body of work from her time as an actress, to belting the signature song from the Tom Cruise, behemoth of a movie Top Gun. She has been keeping the Berlin fire warm touring with her own version of the band for some time. Terri has recently reunited with writing partner, and original Berlin member, John Crawford to record and tour behind a new album. She also took some time to sit down for a lengthy interview with RARA’S farm to discuss her acting career, the song that put the band on the map, and her love of Heart’s Ann Wilson.
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