Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bryan Adams, Moist

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Vavoom!

Fantastic swing jump blues big band dance music (now there’s a mouthful). Nice mix of covers and originals and that guitar, too. Oh man, and what a smokin’ band behind him. Long live the swing revival! And for all of that, he still sounds, at times, like the Stray Cats. It’s a cool mix, that sound. I liked the original blend of old and new on In The Mood (Gettin’ In The Mood). Fun times! … Listening to this sort of thing reminds me of when I listened to jazz and swing almost exclusively and it makes me miss it, as though all the metal and punk and rock since then is great, but (perhaps) not where my heart truly lies. We never forget our first love.

Moist – Silver

Essential mid-90s CanCon. These guys were everywhere, and with great reason. Solid rock tunes, and David Usher’s distinctive voice, ensured that. Big hits like Push and Silver are engrained in our brains, yet the rest of the record is just as solid. I loved the piano all over this record. This band had an instantly recognizeable sound.

Bryan Adams – Waking Up The Neighbours

Looking back now, it’s easy to see how, over the years, Mutt Lange turned Bryan Adams into Shania Twain into Def Leppard… The only thing missing here, then, is more exclamation points on the song titles. But back in 1991 I loved this CD, I played it to death. We saw this tour, in London (with Sass Jordan, Extreme and Steve Miller Band). These are still strong songs, that knack for a tune and a lyric is still here and as strong as ever. Loaded with hits and shoulda-beens. This album is really satisfying, in that way, for fans (like me) of his early work. This thing was HUGE.

17 thoughts on “Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bryan Adams, Moist

  1. deKE says:

    Wow man I actually own all 3 of these hear….Waking up The Nieghbours is a solid record ….Moist had a good run and Setzer..dude sang Sexy & 17 back in the day..props tot that


  2. stephen1001 says:

    I’m pleased this is a safe place to confess Bryan Adams adoration!

    I had the cassette of Waking up the neighbours on, no more than a month ago. There will never be another tonight remains a favourite. Ditto Thought I’d died and gone to Heaven. Oh and Can’t stop this thing we started – a lot of chatty titles & a lot of gems!

    I prefered creature to silver but Machine Punch through may be Moist’s finest hour. I thought the guitar player was underrated, never flashy, but he always seemed to come up with the right part at the right time (the end of Leave it alone comes to mind). Less than pleasant band name of course!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh sure, we’re Adams fans around here. Just not the REALLY schmaltzy stuff he’s tended towards in later years. But no denying those songs.

      I just remembered blasting WUTN the night the Jays won their second World Series, being in residence at university and everyone just going nuts. There Will Never Be Another Tonight indeed!

      Wasn’t Machine Punch Through the hits collection? (looks it up) Yes it was! That’s why it was so full of great songs! 😉 I always quite liked their name… evocative, I’d say. Yup that guitarist had the knack. Great stuff.


      1. stephen1001 says:

        I’d say by celebrating Joe Carter’s home run you would be WUTN but who would be asleep during game 6!

        Speaking of unheralded guitarists, Keith Scott always supplements BA’s tunes nicely


  3. J. says:

    I had both the Adams and the Moist albums at one point. Wasn’t really mad about Moist, I have to say. I considered revisiting the Adams album a few months ago … I remember there being a couple o’ good numbers on there.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Moist seemed to be everywhere for a while, here. David Usher went on to do some solo records too, rode that wave as far as possible.

      The Adams is still solid. I thought about maybe writing that it dates itself a little bit, now, but I left it out because that’s true of a lot of records. I think you might find more hits than memory recalls. Roll up yer sleeves and give ‘er! 😉


      1. J. says:

        Yeah, time has not been kind to a load of albums from the mid-to-late-80s and early 90s. Particularly those the majors were pushing for radio and such like. I’ve found that when listening to some of my favourite Steve Earle stuff. Songs are still incredible, but the production … ouch.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Agreed. It’s funny though, because some of the albums that didn’t age well, that sound actually adds a filter of kitsch value to the memory of the old album. And other times, it wrecks the memory! I find there’s no predicting when which will happen!

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