Last Action Hero Soundtrack
To coincide with the Oscar's I'm dedicating this weeks edition of The Noiseletter (Monday 7-9pm) to Metal in the Movies, playing only tracks that have featured on a movie soundtrack. So figured I'd better do a featured album along that theme too.
And there was no doubt about which album would feature. Yes, there are loads with great music in and way too many to mention here, but the Last Action Hero soundtrack is the only time I've bought the music from a film before actually seeing the film.
The compilation contains music from AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Anthrax and Aerosmith, most of which were previously unreleased, along with the legendary Michael Kamen collaborating with Queensryche and Buckethead. All topped off with the film's title track being supplied by no other than Tesla.
Ten years on, I still spin it regularly. Now if only the'd put as much effort into the move itself.
TINA & MALCOLM
IAN HUNTER & THE RANT BAND
When I'm President
Anyone who saw Mott The Hoople’s triumphant 2009 reunion, will know Ian Hunter is not only alive and well, but kicking and screaming too.
If those shows were a majestic journey through the past, his subsequent work has been about the here and now. 'When I'm President' is a big confident rock n' roll record, swaggering and delicate in roughly equal parts. It’s Dylan fronting the E Street band: passionate, fiery and full to the brim with hooks.
All in all proof positive of the enduring, cleansing redemptive power of rollicking guitar bass and drums topped off with a sand and glue voice giving it plenty. 'When I'm President' sounds like the work of the youngest, hungriest, most alive guy on the planet. Hard to believe that Ian Hunter is 73 years young!
TINA & MALCOLM
Welcome To The Crossroads
The best thing about festivals for me is discovering new bands that you've not heard of before, which is exactly what happened to me at Hellfest in France back in June.
I stumbled across a band called KORITNI who blew me away with their modern take on hard rock. When I got back I got a copy of their latest album 'Welcome to the Crossroads' which is their third studio album released earlier this year, and I've almost worn it out by playing it so much.
Koritni are from Sydney in Australia, and keep true to their influences, if you like songs with big riffs and catchy choruses, you'll be sure to love these guys. Vocalist Lex Koritni sounds like a cross between Cormac Neeson, Joel O'Keeffe and Miles Kennedy (on happy pills) and the rest of the band are just what you'd expect from this style of music. What they do may not be particular new or exciting, but they do it very well.
It's also worth noting that the album features guest appearances from Jeff Scott Soto, Jeff Waters and Rusty Brown.
TINA & MALCOLM