Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Buck Dharma joined by Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway: "Born to Rock" (1982)

Recently revisited Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser’s solo lp Flat Out. Funded in the wake of "Burnin' for You"'s success? The last time I saw Buck was with BOC in Isla Vista in the late 80’s. Such a sweet, recognizable guitar tone. On Flat Out Buck is credited with playing all “instruments, effects and noises.” On “Born to Rock" however Buck is joined by Alice Cooper Band greats Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway on bass and drums. Great track and those lyrics! “Your Loving Heart”: sound effects and six plus minutes with a solo in the second half right out of “Godzilla,” which in sum reminds me vaguely of Ariel Pink/Gary Wilson (in a good way). Best heart transplant song outside of Ray Steven's 1974 "Heart Transplant"? Then you have the R. Meltzer penned "Wind Weather and Storm" which is not yer mother's VOM. I had no idea that videos were made for the lp until this week. "Mad Max" meets Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" fer starters and the overall emotional tenor of the video "Yer Loving Heart" is worth a watch.

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