Alex Kane loves cheap stuff
cheap stuff (Epic)
Music is my life, so anything that moves me, that teenage rock n roll heart that never dies unless you kill it yourself, is my favorite album. What’s in this league? New bands like Palaye Royale, Starcrawler fired me up and let me know that next gen rock n roll understands and is in very good ambitious, strong, driven and smart hands, but it’s not the question.
I can tell you, though, the band and the album that changed the whole direction of my existence and other than the statute of limitations running out those guys made me ruin my life so I should have them prosecute. haha. Cheap Trick’s debut record, hands down.
It was/is my voice. I found a rebellious soul mate there with squirting flowers. Nothing was like this album before it. It was the best of The Who, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Zepp, etc. all rolled into one. They sang pop songs about serial killers and were as heavy and twisted as anyone before them, but in a less literal and drawling way. You knew from the intro of “Hot Love”, this band didn’t give a damn and was going to do it their way, you could join them or get the hell out of their side. And the more I learn about music after being pro for almost 40 years now, the more blown away I am.
Arrangements have literally not (no problem ever will) outdated. The chord vocals that made 6 guitar strings and (mostly) 4-8 bass strings sound like every piano fell down a stairwell echoing its gigantic, monstrous way is true, tried and tested, sweat it out in clubs for years playing for 5 people on a tuesday in a shit hole in the wall bin genius. I remember seeing the advertisements in Circus magazine, the four characters of the band being broken down and described over four pages, seeing Rick for the first time, in the black and white advertisement, and thinking, THIS guy is now my rock of all the time. roll hero and I just know that there is something crucial to my entire generation in the collective brain of this band. All of my stage moves were learned playing air guitar on this thing for hours in my early teens in my bedroom.
Once I started playing for real, I just needed to learn the real world chords and add them to the moves. As luck would have it, I was jamming in Hollywood the night Cheap Trick found out they were inducted into the RnR HoF. I was playing songs with Robin Zander (the greatest American rock singer not in Aerosmith). In my mind being born and raised in Chicago and needing to bond (or at least be tolerated by him) I said to Zander “If you’re not inducted, this place is neither rock n roll nor a hall of fame.” He liked it. I’m telling you, dear reader, if you don’t have this record and memorize it, you don’t know rock & roll at all or how it makes your teenage rock n roll heart beat faster.
Alex Kane loves cheap stuff: shark island Lineage 2.020 the album is out now.