3/9/17: Deep Purple & Aerosmith


Welcome to the Fuzz Factory. Home of thick guitar riffs, psychedelic rock twists, spaced out grooves and more cowbell.

This week the Compare/Contrast feature was two of the heavy hitters in the rock & roll world. Aerosmith & Deep Purple. Both bands have had more than one life. Aerosmith has had virtually the exact same lineup therein entire history. Deep Purple on the other hand have changed members often, with the rhythm section remaining the main constant. Both bands have stretches where one could argue they were the biggest hard rock band in the world. For the set of their music tonight, I featured their best years. Early 70’s for Deep Purple. Mid 70’s for Aerosmith. When both bands were popular but still hungry for more. When they rode the edge in more wats than one, and fell over that edge on more than one occasion.

I also played a few brand new songs as well. They were mixed in with rock and roll released over the last 30 years or so. Umm, yeah, the playlist rocked, but what else would you expect from the Fuzz Factory. Tune in every Thursday night 8-10 PM (EST) on SCAD-Atlanta Radio (www.scadatlantaradio.org).

Here’s the playlist.

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By Crooked Steps – Soundgarden

Angel Eyes – Jerry Cantrell

You’re So Vague – Queens Of The Stone Age

A Perfect Day Elise – PJ Harvey

Witches Hand – Popstrangers

My Iron Lung – Radiohead

Backteeth – Elevator To Hell

Yesterday’s Blowin’ Back – Dead Meadow

Break A Guitar – Ty Segall

We Are Floating – Archie Bronson Outfit

Smile – The Go

When You Were Mine – The Church

Hot Thoughts – Spoon

Fact 67 – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Top Yourself – The Raconteurs

Street Fighting Sun – Blitzen Trapper

Shela – Aerosmith

Lord Of The Thighs – Aerosmith

Combination – Aerosmith

Round And Round – Aerosmith

Space Trucking’ – Deep Purple

No One Came – Deep Purple

Sail Away – Deep Purple

Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple


Deep Purple & Aerosmith

Tonight on the Fuzz Factory, I’m gonna feature a couple of heavy hitters at the end of the show. Aerosmith and Deep Purple. Gonna only feature the prime years, when they were young, hungry and filled with toxins.

Beyond that, I’ve got plenty of great rock & roll to play for you. Including brand new songs from Ty Segall and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Here’s a taste of what you could hear…

4/14/16: Full Of Fuzz Rock

Fuzzed out guitars, is there anything better when gearing up for midterm? I think not. This week the Fuzz Factory returns to it’s core. The world of fuzz rock. Every so often, my world needs this more than anything else. Listening to it all is easy. Deciding on what to play is the hard part. I decided to mix in a few obscure oldies from the 70’s as well (Atomic Rooster, Josefus and Bang!). Together it was the loud groove you expect to come from this factory.

Here’s the playlist:

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Hypnotiser – Arrowhead

9 (Psychic Ills Remix) – Follakzoid

Gathering Of Ancient Tribes – Goat

Sleeping For Years – Atomic Rooster

The Sound – Birth Of Joy

Where The Eagle Flies – Black Pussy

Born To Lose – Black Label Society

The Spell – Mount Hush

Avon – Queens Of The Stone Age

For Your Blood – Mos Generator

Pendulum – Against The Grain

Cocaine – Feuerzeug

Sweet Remain – Vista Chino

Candi – Tad

Crooked Is As Crooked Does – Greenbeard

Halo Of Flies – Jello Biafra & The Melvins

Situation – Josefus

Keep On – Bang!

Pusher Man – Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Trackside Hoax – Fu Manchu

Drawback – Gomer Pyle

Kickdown – Truckfighters

No Way Man – The Atomic Bitchwax


11/12/15: Blue Oyster Cult & Alice Cooper


Well, well, well. It’s been a while.

Big apologies for the delay in posting playlists. I had surgery on 12/1 and have been laying low in recovery mode. That’s my one and only excuse and I am sticking to it.

Here is the first a few playlists I will be posting tonight. This was from the Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper Compare/Contrast feature. Both bands (yes, Alice Cooper was their band name first) consciously used the limits of what was considered normal subject matter for a rock & roll band and made for a good compare/contrast pairing.

Here’s the playlist.

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Vacuum Boots – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Jesus Says – Ash

Fireside – Arctic Monkeys

Tall Man Skinny Lady – Ty Segall

The Way It’s Meant To Be – The Features

I Got Love – Bend Sinister

Light Of The Morning – Band Of Skulls

Wet & Wild – Holy Wave

Please Let Me Know – Mystic Braves

Playing Dead – Night Beats

No Generation – Lions

Roseland – The Atomic Bitchwax

Miss Howls – Rosy Finch

Right Hand – All Them Witches

Señor Limpio – Corrosion Of Conformity

That’s A Fact, Jack – Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band

Bone Mountain – Arrowhead

No More Tears – Black Label Society

Stained Glass Cross – Down

Subhuman – Blue Oyster Cult

Dominance And Submission – Blue Oyster Cult

Is It My Body? – Alice Cooper

Halo Of Flies – Alice Cooper

Before The Kiss, A Redcap – Blue Oyster Cult

Elected – Alice Cooper

Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper

Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult


The Led Zeppelin List


This article ranking all of Led Zeppelin’s songs from worst to best has gotten a lot of attention Perhaps you’ve seen it. It’s not a bad article (http://www.vulture.com/2015/07/all-74-led-zeppelin-songs-ranked.html?_ga=1.193424622.2106476627.1437092159).

I love Led Zeppelin, but even more important, I love lists! Therefore I had to take the time to compile my own ranking of their songs. Keeping with the criteria of the article I excluded Coda, and all subsequent releases (including the limited amount of unreleased tracks that have popped up since their breakup in 1980.

First and foremost, Led Zeppelin were an album band. They didn’t edit their songs, they didn’t release singles for pop radio. Therefore a quick ranking of their albums (minus Coda) would be an appropriate beginning.

8. In Through The Out Door
7. Presence
6. I
5. II
4. III
3. IV
2. Houses Of The Holy
1. Physical Graffiti

Now the songs…

74. Moby Dick
73. Hot Dog
72. Candy Store Rock
71. Hots On For Nowhere
70. Gallows Pole
69. D’yer Mak’er
68. South Bound Suarez
67. Hats Off To Roy Harper
66. I Can’t Quit You Baby
65. Carouselambra
64. You Shook Me
63. The Battle Of Evermore
62. The Crunge
61. Black Mountain Side
60. Tea For One
59. Down By The Seaside
58. Your Time Is Gonna Come
57. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
56. Black Country Woman
55. Bron-Yr-Aur
54. Royal Orleans
53. The Wanton Song
52. The Lemon Song
51. Thank You
50. Boogie With Stu
49. Night Flight
48. The Rain Song
47. Rock And Roll
46. Since I’ve Been Loving You
45. Achilles Last Stand
44. Four Sticks
43. All My Love
42. In My Time Of Dying
41. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
40. Out On The Tiles
39. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
38. Sick Again
37. Dazed And Confused
36. Dancing Days
35. Trampled Under Foot
34. Friends
33. Whole Lotta Love
32. Black Dog
31. Fool In The Rain
30. For Your Life
29. Custard Pie
28. I’m Gonna Crawl
27. The Ocean 
26. In The Evening
25. Bring It On Home
24. Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
23. No Quarter
22. Going To California
21. That’s The Way
20. Houses Of The Holy
19. Communication Breakdown
18. Tangerine
17. Ramble On
16. Stairway To Heaven
15. Kashmir
14. Misty Mountain Hop
13. The Rover
12. Celebration Day
11. Heartbreaker
10. In The Light
9. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. How Many More Times
7. The Song Remains The Same
6. What Is And What Should Never Be
5. When The Levee Breaks
4. Ten Years Gone
3. Immigrant Song
2. Good Times, Bad Times
1. Over The Hills And Far Away

9/4/14: Classic Rock Cuts The Deepest

rock band names

I gotta admit, it’s been a strange week. Exhausting in an atypical way. All this left me without a grand plan for the playlist so a sense of forced inspiration was called upon. Throughout the week I was playing old music. Things from the 70’s or earlier. I thought about the concept of Classic Rock itself and how it’s become more and more typical in terms of what’s played on commercial radio. Unfortunately, the “deep cuts” are now only found on satellite radio and internet radio shows dedicated to the concept as a whole. With that in mind, I spontaneously put together my version of the deep cut concept.

Classic Rock cuts the deepest. The playlist is listed below.

Make sure to tune into the Fuzz Factory next Thursday (9/11) for the last 3 hour show of the summer. It’s also my birthday. That in itself is a reason to turn the volume up and celebrate. So you’re invited – be there for my birthday party. 9/11 from 8-11 PM on SCAD-Atlanta Radio (www.scadatlantaradio.org).

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Fun House – The Stooges

The Width Of A Circle – David Bowie

Lazy – Deep Purple

Collage – The James Gang

Ballad Of The Hard Man -Thin Lizzy

The Core – Eric Clapton

Make Me Smile/Now More Than Ever – Chicago

Glad – Traffic

Dreams – The Allman Brothers Band

Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits

Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin

Ezy Rider – Jimi Hendrix

I’m Coming On – Ten Years After

I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home – Grand Funk Railroad

On The Road Again – Canned Heat

Electricity – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

The Changeling – The Doors

Half Moon – Janis Joplin

30 Days In The Hole – Humble Pie

Franklin’s Tower – The Grateful Dead

Sway – The Rolling Stones

Glass Onion – The Beatles

Jump Into The Fire – Harry Nilsson

Climb Up On My Music – Rodriguez

Buick Mackane (original version) – T. Rex

Big City Funk – Dennis Coffey

Liar – Argent

When You Dance, I Can Really Love – Neil Young

Perfection – Badfinger

Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worry ‘Bout That Girl – The Kinks

Bootleg – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bummer In The Summer – Love

Fearless – Pink Floyd

Making Memories – Rush

Need Your Love – Cheap Trick



Classic Rock Cuts The Deepest

Tonight I compete with the NFL for the first time all year. I like football, so I wish there was a Friday night NFL game instead. Regardless, this week it’s just Green Bay vs. Seattle. Turn the sound down on the Packers getting pounded by the Seahawks and listen to the Fuzz Factory.

Classic Rock cuts the deepest. Don’t you think?