Rod Stewart – Out Of Order

Another recent vinyl score, I have to admit I wasn’t sure I wanted to listen to it right away. I knew I was gonna want it in the collection (I have a whole whack of them already, so why not fill in the blanks?), but did I want to play it right now? Well… Aw screw it, I threw it on.

It’s a typical Rod record. Meaning, there are the hit songs (Forever Young and My Heart Can’t Tell Me No). There are the other songs you know (Lost In You, Crazy About Her). There are the old cover tunes (the funk rock almost-unrecognizable Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, and Try A Little Tenderness). There are songs where it seems obvious he’s coasting a bit (The Wild Horse, When I Was Your Man). But in general, he does a fairly good job, he sounds like only Rod Stewart sounds, and his band is rock steady behind him. In other words – it’s a Rod Stewart solo album. This time, it just happens to be from 1988. 

Also, I know they were probably trying to be artistic and show off that ridiculous haircut he’s made his trademark, but I really doubt that I would authorize a photo of the top of his head for the friggin’ album cover.

Out Of Order: taking you back to the 80s, where Rod does what he does best: singing about wanting love, having love, lost love, how much he loves to dance and rock, and (in subtext) how horny he is all of the damn time.


Posted on March 10, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. U know the summer of 88 is when this slab of vinyl was picked up by moi.
    At the time I dug some of Stewarts stuff but I had heard he was working with Andy Taylor he of course of Duran Duran fame I was intrigued as he was working with a guitar player.
    Now I’m not a Duranie by any stretch but he did do the PowerStation(good funk rock) and of course the TRex cover and he realeased in 87 a solo record called Thunder which features a stand out track Don’t Let Me Die Young….it’s a great record check it out anyways so yeah I thought I would give this a twirl as Rod was paired up with a guitarist.
    This is a good record you know on those days u just wanna chill with a good glass of wine….and after all these yrs it’s still the only Stewart album I ever bought.

    Cool blast from the past dude!

    Check out Thunder by Andy Taylor.


    • Wow, you were an early buyer! I saw Taylor’s name on there and thought that was cool. But then some of those musician types are talented and the type of music doesn’t need to match what they do in their day jobs, so good on him. Oh man, Power Station, that takes me back. I’d forgotten about that! I will indeed keep an eye peeled for Thunder, I appreciate the recommendation.

      Also funny:

      A quick check of, the site where I’m trying to list everything I own (as also linked at the top of the main KMA page), tells me I already had this Stewart record on CD. So… now I own it twice. Go me!


  2. Cool stuff u got…going thru H what caught my eye was the two Healys and Haywire….
    Some forgotten good stuff there man….and your Stones collection is the shit brother…


    • Hey thanks! That list over on the WOM has truly been a labour of love – and it surely isn’t finished yet. I’ve still gotta add all my Guided By Voices (and related) CDs, finish off my vinyl list (I would be done if I stopped buying the damn things). There’s lots of linking left, especially in the various artists section of CDs, and I’ve only done the KMA back-links to the end of 2007…

      Let’s put it this way, I doubt it’ll ever be done. But it’s great fun and actually a useful resource. I have so much crap here I use my own web site to remember whether I have something or not! Ha.

      Also of note: I have ALL of my CDs ripped to mp3 on my iMac. And I have a 120 GB iPod, so the whole shebang fits in my shirt pocket. The iPod’s getting close to full, though. Crazy.

      Yeah the Healey is tha bomb. I love those two records. I wanna get the covers record again too. I used to own it, sold it off like a dummy ages ago. Shouldn’t be too hard to find. I got to see him live once, he was in a stank mood and still played like a god. Incredible.

      And the Stones stuff? Well, I had help with that. I got a box set from my Mom one Christmas/Birthday/something that covered 1971-1989. That’s a good swath. So I only had to buy 1964-1971! 🙂 And those that came after, of course…

      And hey, if you’re looking for all the Rod Stewart, you’ll find more under the vinyl (when I get that updated). I have about 5 CDs and about 15 vinyls. Go figure.

      Keep checking back to the WOM, Deke. I’m always updating it. It’s a helluva project, and worth it (to me, anyway).


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