Doc Rock #1 Death: “For The Whole World To See”

The BOMS Team warmly welcomes Doc Rock, an ER Doctor who works at a hospital in the wilds of Northern New England.  Doc Rock has been working the night shift for the better half of 25 years and can be found late night dealing with a variety of head wounds, gut shots, snow mobile chaos as well as treating the many mishaps based on over-indulgence.  Doc Rock’s crazy nights lend one to think he may enjoy quieter days.  This folks is not the case.   You can find Doc Rock in Bull Moose Music hunting through rock rarities by day as he blasts the likes of Bad Brains, The Stooges, Living Colour, Death as well as plethora of other artists.  His years of experience and bedside manor will come into play with his writing.  Quite simply the man has amazing taste in rock music and he has a way of reexamining an older album in ways you may not have thought to before.  Doc Rock will bring you monthly reviews on what he is listening to as well as what he sees and experiences in the world.  So ladies and gentleman roll up your sleeves and scrub up because it’s going to be a long night in Doc Rocks ER.

This is my debut entry, so here’s the deal. There’s a good chance I’m older than you are. And believe me; I haven’t spent much of that time sitting on my butt sniffing the Roses. Some of that period I’ve devoted to studying medicine, though I’ve also committed a prodigious (and admirable) number of hours listening to rock music. Along the way I’ve heard a bunch of musical gems. I’ve also listened to some real disasters.  So here’s my promise to you.  The young bucks on the staff will keep you abreast of the latest and greatest modern music coming down the pike. My job is more that of Rock Paleontologist. I’ll comb through my collection of 50 years of Rock and Roll and present to you only the real gems and promise to keep the disasters to myself.

Recommendation #1:  Death: “For The Whole World To See”

At a time when much of the Detroit music scene was dominated by Motown, three young African American brothers David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney recorded an album of politically charged hard rock bordering on Punk.  This three man power trio from mid-1970’s Detroit could be the long lost fore fathers of Bad Brains, 24/7 Spyz, and Living Colour.  The tapes sat dormant for over 2 decades gracefully aging until 2009 when Drag City Records officially released the album.  This was all apparently due to conflicts in 1975 with the label regarding the band’s controversial name “Death”.

Their music is as timely today as it was ahead of its time then. Take my favorite song on the album, “Politician in my eyes.” This ode to politicians slams their goals of self-enrichment and questions why they don’t have a clue about the people they should be serving.  The song’s lyrics and music ring as true today as they did in the 1970’s. The other songs on this album are amazing featuring drumming that is insanely tight, lyrics that pack a punch and guitar work will shake the dust off your old stereo cabinets.  My wife likes to remind me of the first time I listened to the album at a level that may have disrupted our neighbors.  The music struck such an amazing chord with me that I absentmindedly yelled loudly after each song “I really like that tune, and that tune, and that tune.”    I don’t care who you are, you shouldn’t be without this music.  It may be hard to find and you should stick closely to any music store that has it on the shelf.   ’til next time…..the doctor is in.  Side Note: This past year the SXSW music conference and festival invited the remaining members of Death out for a Q&A session and a performance.  The video below is them performing “Politician in my eyes.”

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