I’ve not been sleeping particularly well recently. Something to do with being in the middle of a global pandemic plus some other personal stuff going around and around in my head at night. I’d run out of my usual podcasts so went searching for something new and interesting.
Why did nobody tell me about The Queen Podcast? Hosted by Rohan Acharya and Queen archivist and documentarian Simon Lupton, the podcast is joined by Queen superfans (and comedians) John Robins and Sooz Kempner and tracks the Queen discography album by album, side by side, track by track.
Today would have been the 59th birthday of legendary Metallica bass player, Clifford Lee Burton.
Cliff tragically lost his life on 27 September 1986, aged only 24 years, in a bus crash in Sweden while Metallica were promoting their Master of Puppets album. I once had a poor quality bootleg recording of his final concert at the Solnahallen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 26 September 1986.
I’ll be spending the day listening to the first three Metallica albums, Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets as well as various early live recordings.
Last night I was reviewing (for my 195 metal CDs project) a forthcoming EP from IDOLOS, an atmospheric black metal band who claim to come from the planet Venus (whose atmosphere, I learned today, is so hot it would cook a pizza in seven seconds).
After listening to their EP, which was an unlisted video, the YouTube algorithm served me up this glorious chunk of Finnish psychedelic black metal from Oranssi Pazuzu. It is wonderfully different.
The band takes its name from oranssi, which is the Finnish word for ‘orange’ and Pazuzu, a Babylonian wind demon. In the words of Barry Norman, and why not!
Anyway, that’s my listening sorted for this week: working my way through their back catalogue.
I’ve always been more into albums than singles; I like to listen to complete collections of music than a more radio-like random playlist. And even better if I can listen to the whole body of an artist’s work, to hear how they have developed over the years.
This week, inspired by waking up to a Led Zeppelin song on the radio, I’ve had a Led Zep-a-thon.