Goddamn, I am clever. So do you guys (I know you don't, Mom) remember Wolfmother? They were these Australian fellows who formed a band and could not manage to stay together for more than three years (to be fair, one of the original band members is still trying to make a new incarnation of Wolfmother happen). But more importantly, do you remember their 2005 self-titled debut album?
That was the cover art. Well, I remember Wolfmother. Okay, so you could argue that this band sounds like a total Led Zeppelin rip-off. But honestly, if you're going to steal from a classic rock band, Led Zep is a really fantastic choice. I have to give Pandora credit for reminding me about them, but then I went and listened to the entire album and WOW. There are so few albums out there now that I can listen to all the way through (In fact, my friend berated my iPod for not having enough "complete" albums on it but like, I just can't waste the money). I like every song on Wolfmother and it just flows SO WELL (there is not a less douche-y way to say that, I checked).
Obviously, everyone likes "Woman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzqTz_i1NXQ). It's big and 70's and really catchy. I personally love "Joker & The Thief" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nigSVYeBYEI&feature=fvst) for its awesome, 80's-stadium guitar and "Vagabond" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObFknA9M0H), which is a song that happens when Led Zep's "Tangerine" makes a baby with The White Stripes' "We're Going to be Friends." Also "Tales From the Forest of Gnomes" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzV1NY_Mib4) is a delightful song and not just because the word "gnome" is so funny. Oh, and there is a MEAN flute solo on "Witchcraft" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYkKi6kKX50). Seriously, each track is completely worth listening to.
This album may be too derivative to be legendary and the band as it originally was may have not lasted long enough to really make an impact, but sometimes it's just fun to remember a simpler time (2005) and re-listen to an album that just made you feel effing GOOD. Okay, time to get on a plane to Boston (NOT similar to Silverlake) to see my friend Siobhan get married (that Roy is VERY lucky)...Happy Friday!