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Bill Wyman – Monkey Grip

I need to rewind two years, as Stone Alone was 1976 and this one’s 1974. Wish I’d paid attention to release dates and done them in reverse order. Ah well. This one, also found at Sonic Boom for $3.99 is… something else…

The Racy Lacy Anniversary Series, Part 2 (LP)

Look at that hunk of man on the cover, ladies. Oh my.

This record’s better than Stone Alone because it’s damn weird. It’s still pop rock, but it’s just absurd. Friggin’ banjos on a hoe-down country tune called Pussy, OK? Haha WTF is this. I can’t tell I wanna say it’s utter crap or the most genius thing ever.

Bill still cannot sing, but it has hilarious lyrics, wild wtf music, and enough funk rock to call it what it should have been.


NB: This was done the same year as the Stones’ It’s Only Rock And Roll, so perhaps it was an outlet for all the weird stuff the Stones would never touch…

Bill Wyman – Stone Alone

Well, with the ending of the massive 25-part Beam Me Up Scotty’s Series, there’s a hole in my schedule. I’m still doing the Lebrain Le-rocks Series every evening, as you know, but what about the mornings?

Simple: another new series! Because I’m on a roll! Now, as you may recall, my lovely wife and I recently spent a weekend in Toronto to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. For those playing the home game, year 13 is the lace anniversary. Racy!

We walked many miles across the downtown core, and saw/did many things (including Nuit Blanche, the aquarium, the AGO…), during our time in the city.  We had tons of fun! It’s good to get out and do things in bigger centers, now and again. 

Being the amazing, loving and incredibly patient lady that she is, my lovely wife made sure I got a wee bit of time in Sonic Boom and She Said Boom during our adventures. This was not the full, methodical dig of all the records that I usually like to do, but any time is better than none, so I made the best of it! And, of course, I found treasures…

So, let’s have a look through all of that stuff, shall we? YES WE SHALL!

The Racy Lacy Anniversary Series, Part 1 (LP)

Sonic Boom yielded this LP for $3.99… 1976, right around the time of Black And Blue… well, this is island infused disco pop. There’s no other words for it. Soul Satisfyin’ is odd, while heavy breathing Peanut Butter Time has a beat Pharrell has probably stolen a zillion times.… um, Bill? WTF? Covering If You Wanna Be Happy? Dude. Feet is no better.

Fact: Wyman cannot sing. This grooves, but badly. Shame, this one. Bad solo effort. Stone Alone indeed.

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