Saturday, 21 January 2012


Noticed that there is no January Woman of the Month. Sadly, there wont be one for very long, unless Doctor Who comes calling, but, belatedly, I suppose I better make one.
Rachel McAdams (again...)
Lana Del Rey (looks good in bed?)
Christina Perri (Obsession overload)
and The Drummer From Queen in the 'I Want to Break Free Video'.
Tough call, decision soon!

Apologies, HERE is the youtube link:
And some artwork, as promised

Album of the Week.

So, last week, predictably if you've been around me over the past two weeks, Appetite for Destruction claimed top spot in the Album of the week feature, with Velvet Revolver's debut album, Contraband coming a close second.
This week a new top two has emerged; Stone Temple Pilot's Core and The Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker.
Both terrific, both extremely different. Crowes' bluesy, southern states' style blended with heavy undertones of old school rhythm 'n' blues makes an album of tracks which can stand up in their own right, while the two most successful singles off the album, the crunch-ridden hilbilly riffed Twice as Hard and the het-up cover of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle are a must listen. Also worth looking out for the version of Twice as Hard featuring Stereophonics on Jools Holland some years ago.
Then there's the Pilots. Weiland may have been imbibed in the Seattle Sound scene (in more ways than the music), but the album is an unsung hero lagging behind Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden et al. That sais, if you're looking for a grunge/alternative wail, look no further. Singles off the album, Sex Type Thing and Plush are a masterclass, while the rest (Creep and Naked Sunday are my picks) are just as worthy.

On the balance, though, for me it has to be the Crowes. Not that I'm biased, which I am, but the Crowes album appeals more. If I had to choose either in a Tony Blackburn-style Desert Island thing, it's be Shake Your Money Maker. Here's a link to youtube, some album art to follow.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Album of the, er, Update.

Ok dudes and dudettes, from now on as well as woman of the month, we shall be having a frequent album of the moment.
Now before I start doing it, I'm not sure how often I should update this feature.
A month is a long time for me and an album, so weekly sounds good, right?
That overwhelming wave of 'yes!' settles it.
Album of the week then, and this week I thought old school (potential badasses take note of the spelling).
This week I've been listening to a 1980's inspired mix of Velvet Revolver's first album, Contraband, and dabbling to and fro in the Guns 'n' Roses back catalogue, of which, without being cliché, Appetite is by far the best.
But which to choose?
I think, on balance, it would have to go to Appetite. Put it this way; every girlfriend I've had has a copy of it, and so should everyone else. It is one of those must-have albums for rock fans everywhere. In fact, that's probably a better idea for this feature. Yes.
And so it shall be, Jack A. Graham's Must-Have Albums. New for 2012.
So it's been a while since my Christmas poo feature last month but I'm pleased to say I'm back! (Or rather my laptop is)
My laptop broke a short while after christmas and was being repaired, so now you have the treat of more incessant and pointless spewings from my mind. More to follow soon