Froback Friday – 20/04/2018

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Hi kids, Az here.

This week’s Froback takes us all the way back to around 1999 to watch a direct-from-VHS-to-YouTube copy of the film clip for The Bomb by Sydney’s greatest export, Unpaid Debt.

This is the full, original lineup – ska punk at its finest.

Yeah yeah, I’m biased. I went to school with two of the band members – Tim Walter, original guitarist/only one not allowed to have a mic for being too silly, and their second singer Joe Cool.

I always found it stunning during the early to mid 2000’s that there were so many people in Sydney that didn’t realise that Joe wasn’t the original singer in the band. He came along much later after being in a ska band called Little More Than You – a ska band that would have done well themselves if the lineup was kept together. I remember being at a show in Penrith watching LMTY support Area 7 and reconnecting with Joe for the first time since we finished Year 12 and then finding out a week later that he was switching bands and singing in Unpaid Debt instead. I was floored.

No disrespect to Joe but I’ve always felt that the original lineup of Unpaid Debt never got enough recognition for how awesome they were and objectively the best local band in Sydney at the time – even better than other popular bands at the time like Bagster and The Mad Dash.

So for a bonus clip (or four), here’s a full show of Unpaid Debt playing the old Cowshed in Penrith in Sydney’s West in the late 90’s. See for yourself how great they were.

Froback Friday, 13/04/2018

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Hi everyone, happy Friday the 13th.

For this special horror occasion, it seems only appropriate to play some of the devil’s music – metal. Our selection this week is an old song by the theatrical horror metal band Cradle of Filth., just to set the mood.

And yes, it’s old – and you are old if you can remember when it first came out. This was released about 11-12 years ago.

We’re committed metal enthusiasts in the Johnnies. We don’t play it ourselves because we don’t aim to copy our favourite bands in our own band but our love for metal nonetheless runs deep. If you ever see us at a show, ask us about our favourite bands and watch our eyes light up with passion when discussing the topic. 🙂

For bonus clips, it made sense to open up the discussion a bit. Who’s the best?

Top 10 screamers

Some people will be shitty with where the singers of Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold sit on this list but I really liked the number one choice.

Top 10 heavy metal riffs

This was fun to watch.

Top 10 modern metal guitarists

Hard to argue with this one – it’s just hard to pick only ten. Babymetal‘s late guitarist was a god that will one day have temples built for him in Japan. He deserves a mention.

Top 10 drummers of all time

Take one guess which genre of music features prominently on this list. Disappointing that Alex Van Halen only got an honourable mention but at least he was acknowledged.

What do you think? Argue away, it’s fun.

Froback Friday, 6/04/2018

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Hello slightly more overweight people. I hope you enjoyed eating chocolate over Easter.

For this week’s Froback we are tavelling back to 2001 to consume the awesomeness of Sugarcult‘s best ever song, Bouncing Off The Walls. You know, the guys you thought were a one-hit wonder that did that song Memory? Yeah, this song is better.

The fun thing about this clip is the fact that it contains both Deadpool himself Ryan Reynolds and Miss “I was in American Pie and my breat implants ruined my career so now I’ll do anything for a paycheck” Tara Reid in a completely unrelated plot of… doing something… in this clip. Hanging out in their bedrooms and staring at themselves? Seriously. I had to rewatch this clip twice just to try and figure out WTF the story there was all about.

It’s funny because it’s stupid though- and the band go off performing the song so it’s still a very watchable clip nonetheless.

These days, Ryan Reynolds probably regrets agreeing to biting his toenails, shaving his nosehairs and kissing a mannequin in this clip. That Pizza place TV show he was on would have just been axed that year so he would have been desperate for money from a new revenue stream of any sort. Clearly.

By the way. That show. What the fuck. It was called “Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place”, was later renamed to just “Two Guys and a Girl” and yet by the end of it there were three guys and three girls. THEY CHANGED THE NAME TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT BECAUSE THE PIZZA PLACE WAS DITCHED FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL BUT THEY COULDN’T COUNT THE FINGERS ON THEIR FUCKING HANDS.

Anyway…

For a bonus clip, I’ve included another single of Sugarcult’s that is very underrated. Most people don’t know about it – but once you do, you’ll be glad that you do. It’s called Stuck In America. It’s in the setting of a Japanese talk show – you know, continuing the theme of having stuff happening in the film clip that has nothing to do with the song. It’s a rad song though, trust me. Enjoy.

Here’s the same song being performed live. They are one of those rare bands that sound as good live as they do on the recordings.

Froback Friday, 30/03/2018

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Hi all, Az here with a very special Easter edition of Froback Friday.

For this week we take you all the way back to 1986 for a special punk super team-up called Easter – presumably because the song Feed The World would have been dominating the Christmas super team-ups at the time and these guys wanted to be rebels.

This musical lineup consists of:

  • Mike NessSocial Distortion
  • Danny DeanANTI
  • Chad CarrierBig Mess
  • Korky OllertonDetonators

Here it is:

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking. I’m kind of cheating. It’s not a song about Easter, it’s a band called Easter.

Well, you know who’s cool in the music scene that does special songs about Easter? No one.

Case in point: As a bonus clip, here’s a group called Punk Rock Jesus doing a song called Hot Cross Buns. It’s stupid. I’ve included it here in this post so that you can hate watch/listen.

Enjoy.

Froback Friday, 23/03/2018

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Hi all, it’s Az here with your weekly dose of music that you almost forgot about.

Just yesterday I was writing an article that was suggesting that Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine would make a much better frontman for AC/DC than Axl Pose.

And then it hit me. Damn, I’ve got to put a Bullet song in this Friday.

So I can’t go past this gem from back in 2005, featuring every guy’s former ex-girlfriend and a reminder of past crazypants episodes:

There’s a reason why this clip has had 111m views. It’s fucking mad.

Those close to our band will know that I’m a bit of a BC Rich nut and the fact that Matt Tuck used to be a BC Rich endorser is not lost on me. He’s moved on from them now (most endorsers do) but I forgive him. In fact, I have to totally confess to my massive man crush on the guy.

As a bonus clip, I’ve included a full concert. That’s a first for me in this segment. It’s a show that Bullet did less than 12 months ago in Moscow but it’s one of my favourites of theirs that I’ve seen. If you spend the time watching it yourself, you’ll know what I mean. The Venom album was a big comeback for them and this setlist is basically the perfect selection of songs of theirs and in the perfect order. I really should make a Spotify playlist of it or something and share it.

Froback Friday, 16/03/2018

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This week’s Froback Friday is brought to you by Pamela Anderson‘s arse. Literally.

Pretty funny really. This is the band Lit, walking around on a piece of arse whilst singing about how a girlfriend makes them miserable.

I really like the song – I would even call it one of my most favourite songs by Lit. Even though the clip doesn’t match the lyrics, I thought that you all would be interested to watch it and the below par CG used to put it altogether.

And you can imagine that the reason this clip is what you see is because if Lit as a band were given the option to walk around on Pamela’s butt, in her prime, the band were going to do it – context be damned.  I mean, what exactly makes you miserable by walking around on all of Pamela’s delicate bits? Can you smell the cum of half of the entire 80’s pop metal scene seeping out of her vagina?

My guess is that their answer is: who the fuck cares. It’s Pamela. It’s logic that’s hard to argue with.

As a bonus clip, here’s Lit performing the song at Woodstock back in 1999. Am I the only one who thinks that their lead singer looks like Joe from Unpaid Debt?

Froback Friday, 9/03/2018

You just have to watch this.

Now, if you haven’t heard of The Chats before, you’d take one look at old mate ranga’s hairdo and think “what a great piss take clip”.

Nope, this whole thing is for real.

Check out this news clip:

Ken Oath.

These guys have been touring after hitting viral fame on YouTube. Here’s a clip of them playing recently at The Crowbar in Brisbane.

It’s funny – if you search for “The Chats Crowbar” on YouTube, you’ll find a lot of other uploads of this same show by people in the crowd as well. There was a lot of excitement about these guys coming through town in Brissy.