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Throwback Thursday SOTD: Lou Reed – “Perfect Day”

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

To celebrate what would have been Lou Reed’s 75th birthday, our song of the day is his 1972 hit “Perfect Day”. The song was the B-Side to Reed’s hit single “Walk on the Wild Side” but an argument can be made that it’s a better song. “Perfect Day” was on his second solo record , 1972’s Transformer, a beautiful album that was produced by none other than David Bowie and Mick Ronson. The duo went so far as to play on the actual single with Ronson handling the piano and string arrangements, and Bowie on keyboards. Their influence is all over the record, and can be felt wholly on “Perfect Day”.

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Christopher Sluka – Introversions

meshuggah28082013You know what?…. I don’t much care for music snobs… I fall into the “if it’s good, than it’s fucking good, and there is nothing you can do about it…club” I love the blistering, continental drift of Meshuggah, as much as I love the inspirational groove of Stevie Wonder, I fall for Gordon Lightfoot every time, Mike Patton is my hero, and good lord the synth-driven songwriting of Tear For Fears is stellar.

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My Bowie Life

There has been a flood of David Bowie everything this week, and rightfully so. His offering to the art world will be sorely missed.

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He transformed the cultural landscape musically, and dramatically, touching all aspects of culture, fashion, and art. Many artists become artists with the assistance of inspiration of the Bowie aesthetic.

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RARA’s Six Pack with David Uosikkinen

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On Tuesday, October 2nd David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket will rock the World Cafe Live. They’ll be featuring the release of their spin on The Trammps disco classic “Disco Inferno,” the sixth song from In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia.

Uosikkinen, the charismatic drummer from The Hooters, is back with an all-star cast of Philadelphia rock legends. We sat down recently with him and shared a six pack, Rock And Roll Animal style. Here’s his RARA’s Six Pack:

Cretin: Growing up, you played in a band called The Kooks – Are you familiar with the current band with the same name.
Uosikkinen: I know the band. What I’ve heard I really liked. My band, The Kooks was in high school where we weren’t writing songs, we were covering songs. I think the name is great; it looks cool in print. Two “O’s” just like The Hooters.

Cretin: What was your all-time favorite venue to play in Philly?
Uosikkinen: I’ve got a soft spot for The Bijou Cafe – it was a really famous place; Electric Factory Concerts used to book shows there.  We played there once when there was a bomb scare and wrote a song about it called “Bombscare.” It was my favorite place to play back in the day.

Cretin: Favorite cover song?
Uosikkinen: I think it would have to be “Friday On My Mind” by David Bowie. Great Song

Cretin: I saw you open the show at Live Aid. Was that the most exciting momoent for you on stage?
Uosikkinen: Right before I sat down at my drums Jack Nicholson came out and shook my hand. I have to say that was pretty cool.

Cretin: How old were you before you learned how to spell “Uosikkinen”?
Uosikkinen: (Laughs heartily) My last name was such a challenge going through school, you have no idea. It was okay going through elementary school because you had one teacher, but when you started going into Jr. High School, with seven different teachers, every one butchered it. It got to the point where I made up versions of my name. I’d change the spelling, I’d shorten it, and say Dave Oskin. Back then it was impossible for people to say, now it’s a lot more common to hear different sounding names.

Cretin: Any food you missed when you left Philly and moved to Los Angeles for a few years?
Uosikkinen:Cheese steaks. No question.

If you enjoyed this quick chat with David, check out our full length interview from earlier this year: David Uosikkinen Chats About Philly Rock

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Rock On – Cretin