Wunderbar (The Living End album)
Wunderbar is the eighth album by the Australian rock band The Living End, released on 28 September 2018. It is the band's first album recorded in Europe. In September 2017, the band decided to write and record a new album to push themselves out of their comfort zone, they booked pre-production and recording sessions for January 2018 in Berlin during winter, giving themselves less than four months to write an entire album of new material. Frontman Chris Cheney said: "We had limited time to write, but it turned into a good thing because it meant full steam ahead."Many of the songs on Wunderbar tackle political issues—"Not Like the Other Boys" concerns social politics and "Death of the American Dream" takes on discrimination
Andrew Douglas Strachan is an Australian rock musician. In 1994, after growing up in Adelaide, he relocated to Melbourne where in 2000 he became the drummer of alternative rock group, Pollyanna. In 2002, he joined fellow alternative rockers, The Living End, they have issued four Top 5 albums on the ARIA Charts, Modern Artillery, State of Emergency, White Noise and The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating. Andrew Douglas Strachan grew up in Adelaide. Strachan completed secondary education at Aberfoyle Park High School studied Natural Therapies for three years and worked in hospitality doing restaurant work. Strachan had started drumming at the age of 12, receiving tuition from Frets and Stix music shop in Reynella. At age 15, he began in an Adelaide band, The Runaways, playing covers of 1950s and 1960s songs – similar to future The Living End founders Chris Cheney and Scott Owen, whose earlier group, The Runaway Boys was a cover band in Melbourne in 1992. In 1993 Strachan formed Poxsii Barccs with Gary Hopper on lead vocals, Paul Inglis on lead guitar and Toby Martin on bass guitar and backing vocals.
In 1994 the group moved to Melbourne. In 1996 he formed the rock trio, with John Baxter and Denny Brereton. In 1998 Strachan's former bandmate, Paul Inglis replaced Brereton on bass guitar, in 2001 the band folded after releasing one self-titled EP and two singles; as a member of Alcotomic, Strachan shared songwriting credits with Inglis on 13 tracks. Strachan was in Latrobe Valley-based pop rockers, P76, with Leigh Thomas on guitar and vocals, Danny McDonald on guitar and vocals, Tim Mills on bass guitar. By 2000 he had joined Melbourne alternate rockers, with Maryke Stapleton on vocals and Matt Handley on guitar. Early in 2002 Andy Strachan was introduced to alternate rockers, The Living End, upon the departure of their previous drummer Travis Demsey in February. While Strachan filled in on drums with the group – they played new material under the pseudonym The Longnecks – they continued auditions for a new drummer. Strachan reflected that the early shows as The Longnecks "were more nerve-wracking than the big shows...
There's always going to be guys in the crowd going,'I can't wait to see him fuck up'. But I was lucky in that Chris and Scott never treated me as'that ring-in bloke'". On the 20th March 2002, it was announced on The Living End website that he had joined the line-up, his first release with the group was an extended play, One Said to the Other in January 2003, followed by their third studio album, Modern Artillery, in October. For the album, Strachan shared songwriting credits on "Short Notice" with Owen. Allmusic's Johnny Loftus picked it as one of the album's best tracks, "1977 Upstarts colors won't wilt in the face of crackly drum programming and vocal filters. It's a representative song for a problematic yet still promising album stuck between engineered formula and real deal rock". Modern Artillery peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart, while, in February 2006, their next studio album, State of Emergency reached number one. Strachan won the 2006 Jack Award for Australia's Best Drummer.
The Living End's next album, White Noise peaked at number two while their July 2011 album, The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating reached number three. After their 2011 album The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating, The Living End took some time off from writing and recording. In this time, with help and encouragement from Woody Annison, Strachan recorded and released a 6-song EP under the name The Pants Collective; this EP was released on 30 May 2014. By 2007 Andy Strachan was married to Jacki and from 2008 they were living in Barwon Heads. Thelivingend.com.au alcotomic.com
Prisoner of Society
"Prisoner of Society" is a song by The Living End. The song was released in Australia on the 1997 EP "Second Solution/Prisoner of Society", it was released as a single, separate from "Second Solution", in the United Kingdom in 1998. The Living End had achieved mainstream success with the release of their third EP, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society in September 1997, it peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart and spent 69 weeks in the ARIA Top 100. "Prisoner of Society" reached No. 15 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 1997. On 18 September 1998 "Prisoner of Society" was released in the United Kingdom as a stand-alone single on the Reprise records label, where it reached No. 179 on the UK Singles Charts. The following year it was released as a single in the United States, where it peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. It provided a breakthrough for the band, bringing them to the attention of the Australian Rock scene. "Prisoner of Society" is a track on the motocross game Supercross 2000, is included in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour.
7" single Track listing engineered by Lindsay Gravina at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne. Mixed by Jerry Finn at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles. Chris Cheney - guitar, vocals Scott Owen - upright bass, backing vocals Travis Demsey - drums, backing vocals Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Prisoner of Society music video
Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style, influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady. Reggae relates news, social gossip, political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’ ‘Ska’ ‘Blue Beat’, ‘Rock Steady’, it is recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in rocksteady. Reggae is linked to the Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930's, aiming at promoting Pan Africanism.
Soon after the Rastafarian movement appeared, the international popularity of reggae music became associated with and increased the visibility of Rastafarianism spreading the Rastafari gospel throughout the world. Reggae music is an important means of transporting vital messages of Rastafarianism; the musician becomes the messenger, as Rastafarians see it,"the soldier and the musician are tools for change."Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, mento and draws influence from traditional African folk rhythms. One of the most recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; the tempo of reggae is slower paced than ska but faster than rocksteady. The concept of call and response can be found throughout reggae music; the genre of reggae music is led by the bass. Some key players in this sound are Jackie Jackson from Toots and the Maytals, Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Lloyd Brevett from The Skatalites, Paul Douglas from Toots and the Maytals, Lloyd Knibb from The Skatalites, Winston Grennan, Sly Dunbar, Anthony "Benbow" Creary from The Upsetters.
The bass guitar plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized; the guitar in reggae plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, Iyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism and religion in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing. Reggae has spread to many countries across the world incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from the Spanish speaking Central American country of Panama to the mainland South American countries of Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America. Caribbean music in the United Kingdom, including reggae, has been popular since the late 1960s, has evolved into several subgenres and fusions. Many reggae artists began their careers in the UK, there have been a number of European artists and bands drawing their inspiration directly from Jamaica and the Caribbean community in Europe.
Reggae in Africa was boosted by the visit of Bob Marley to Zimbabwe in 1980. In Jamaica, authentic reggae is one of the biggest sources of income; the 1967 edition of the Dictionary of Jamaican English lists reggae as "a estab. Sp. for rege", as in rege-rege, a word that can mean either "rags, ragged clothing" or "a quarrel, a row". Reggae as a musical term first appeared in print with the 1968 rocksteady hit "Do the Reggay" by The Maytals which named the genre of Reggae for the world. Reggae historian Steve Barrow credits Clancy Eccles with altering the Jamaican patois word streggae into reggae. However, Toots Hibbert said: There's a word we used to use in Jamaica called'streggae'. If a girl is walking and the guys look at her and say'Man, she's streggae' it means she don't dress well, she look raggedy; the girls would say that about the men too. This one morning me and my two friends were playing and I said,'OK man, let's do the reggay.' It was just something. So we just start. People tell me that we had given the sound its name.
Before that people had called it blue-beat and all kind of other things. Now it's in the Guinness World of Records. Bob Marley is said to have claimed that the word reggae came from a Spanish term for "the king's music"; the liner notes of To the King, a compilation of Christian gospel reggae, suggest that the word reggae was derived from the Latin regi meaning "to the king". Although influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, reggae owes its direct origins to the ska and rocksteady of 1960s Jamaica; the generic title for Jamaican music recorded between 1961 and 1967, ska emerged from Jamaican R&B, based on American R&B and doo-wop. Rastafari entered some countries through reggae music; the Rastafari moveme
Christopher John Cheney is an Australian rock musician, record producer and studio owner. He is the founding mainstay guitarist and lead vocalist of the psychobilly band, The Living End, formed in 1994 with school mate Scott Owen. Cheney wrote the group's top 20 hits on the ARIA Singles Chart: "Second Solution" / "Prisoner of Society", "All Torn Down", "Pictures in the Mirror", "Roll On", "One Said to the Other", "What's on Your Radio", "Wake Up" and "White Noise". In 2004 Cheney joined the super group The Wrights which put out a cover version of Stevie Wright's epic 11-minute track, "Evie" as a single. At the APRA Awards of 2009 Cheney won'Song of the Year' for writing The Living End's track, "White Noise". In 2005 he married Emma, the couple have two daughters and are co-owners of a recording facility, Red Door Studios. In 2011 the Cheney family relocated to Los Angeles. Christopher John Cheney was born on 2 January 1975 and grew up in Wheelers Hill, an outer-eastern suburb of Melbourne, his father is Noel Cheney.
At the age of five years he saw his first rock performance at VFL Park, close to his home – it was a gig by United States stadium rockers, Kiss. He attended Jells Park Primary School in between 1981 and 1987 and Wheelers Hill Secondary College, he studied Jazz at Box Hill Institute of TAFE between 1994 and 1995. Cheney started playing guitar at the age of six he taught himself how to play by listening to AC/DC cassette tapes over and over and practising what he heard, his major influence was a guitarist, singer-songwriter. On 22 September 2001, Cheney was injured in a car crash where his right leg was crushed and required a rod and three pins, he was confined to bed and used a walking stick for the next six months. He was unable to play the guitar, his future wife, was inside the vehicle but escaped with minor injuries. Cheney married Emma in 2005, they have two daughters: Scarlett Lyric. In October 2010 Chris and Emma, along with his manager Rae Harvey and her partner Woody Annison, opened their own recording studio, Red Door Studios.
On 25 April 2011 his father, died having been diagnosed with cancer the previous year. Late that year the Cheneys moved to live in Los Angeles, "Both our littlies are in school here... It's everyday life. You get up, mad rush in the morning, school drop-off, I come home, write a few songs, bum around and it's school pick-up again. It's life as we knew it, just in a different country". Chris Cheney met Scott Owen at Jells Park Primary School and they began their career together in 1992, in a Melbourne band, The Runaway Boys, who took their name from a Stray Cats album, Runaway Boys – which Cheney cites as one of his favourites; the group was a covers band playing The Clash material. In 1992 the group's first paying gig was at the Richmond Club Hotel and they soon followed with a residency at the nearby Corner Hotel; the Runaway Boys had a succession of drummers, "The first two guys and Grant, were at high school with us and they were never into 1950s rock'n'roll. We were a bit pushy at that point.
Grant was happy to play along, but when high school finished he was ready to move on and go to university". Cheney gigged on guitar in another band, Goodbye Sideburns Forever, though he was not recorded with them. Chris Cheney and Owen, on piano and double bass, were in The Runaway Boys. In 1994, the pair started to write their own material and were joined by Joe Piripitzi on drums to form The Living End, they released two successive extended plays, Hellbound and It's for Your Own Good, which contained their first radio single, "From Here on In". The track is co-written by Owen. In 1996 while Green Day were touring Australia, The Living End sent their second EP to the band, supported them on their tour, which led to radio station, Triple J, playing their first single. Late that year Piripitzi was replaced on drums by Travis Demsey. In September 1997 The Living End issued a third EP, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society, with four of its five tracks written by Cheney; the EP peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
It became the highest selling Australian-made'single' for the 1990s. On 12 October 1998, they released their debut self-titled album, which reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It included the singles "Save the Day", "Prisoner of Society" and "All Torn Down", they have since received recognition abroad, playing tours and festivals such as the Warped Tour in the United States and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the United Kingdom. Cheney wrote the group's other top 20 hits "Pictures in the Mirror", "Roll On", "One Said to the Other", "What's on Your Radio" and "Wake Up". On 7 October 2006 Cheney told fellow members of The Living End, he "found himself going through a personal and creative crisis... For the first time he was now experiencing writer's block"; however the crisis passed and Cheney started writing again. In February 2008, under the pseudonym Longnecks, the group trialled the new tracks. In July The Living End issued another top 20 single, "White Noise"; the related album of the same name followed that month.
On 22 July 2011 they released their sixth studio album, The Ending Is Just the Beginning Repeating, which reached No. 3. In 2003, Chris Cheney performed alongside Australian rock veterans You Am I at the Big Day Out in Melbourne, they performed a track by The Clash as a tribute to Joe Strummer. In October 2004 Cheney joined the super group The Wrights which performed a cover
Scott Bradley Owen plays the double bass in the Australian punk rock/psychobilly band The Living End. After playing the piano for many years, he decided that the keys would not work for a rockabilly band, so at age 17 he purchased and taught himself double bass, so he could play rockabilly with best friend and bandmate, the vocalist and guitarist Chris Cheney. During their live shows, Owen is known for pulling his "bass stunts", most notably standing on the bass, tilting it on an angle, resting his right foot on the curve by the f-hole and his left foot over the belly of the bass near the bottom of the fingerboard. Owen has written a number of tracks for The Living End, including "Flood The Sky", "I Want A Day", "What Would You Do?" and "Stay Away From Me". He co-wrote "So Lonely" and "Black Cat" with Chris Cheney and "Short Notice" and "E-Boogie" with Chris Cheney and Andy Strachan, he played double bass for Paul Kelly on his song "Song Of The Old Rake" and features in the filmclip, set in a Bendigo radio station.
Owen uses Ampeg separate channels for bass and slap pickups. Owen has two children and Ginger, with his wife Emilie
In the music industry, a single is a type of release a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song, released separately from an album, although it also appears on an album; these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released. Despite being referred to as a single, singles can include up to as many as three tracks; the biggest digital music distributor, iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks less than ten minutes each as a single, as does popular music player Spotify. Any more than three tracks on a musical release or thirty minutes in total running time is either an extended play or, if over six tracks long, an album; when mainstream music was purchased via vinyl records, singles would be released double-sided.
That is to say, they were released with an A-side and B-side, on which two singles would be released, one on each side. Moreover, only the most popular songs from a released album would be released as a single. In more contemporary forms of music consumption, artists release most, if not all, of the tracks on an album as singles; the basic specifications of the music single were set in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercially produced musical recordings. Gramophone discs were manufactured in several sizes. By about 1910, the 10-inch, 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most used format; the inherent technical limitations of the gramophone disc defined the standard format for commercial recordings in the early 20th century. The crude disc-cutting techniques of the time and the thickness of the needles used on record players limited the number of grooves per inch that could be inscribed on the disc surface, a high rotation speed was necessary to achieve acceptable recording and playback fidelity.
78 rpm was chosen as the standard because of the introduction of the electrically powered, synchronous turntable motor in 1925, which ran at 3600 rpm with a 46:1 gear ratio, resulting in a rotation speed of 78.26 rpm. With these factors applied to the 10-inch format and performers tailored their output to fit the new medium; the 3-minute single remained the standard into the 1960s, when the availability of microgroove recording and improved mastering techniques enabled recording artists to increase the duration of their recorded songs. The breakthrough came with Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Although CBS tried to make the record more "radio friendly" by cutting the performance into halves, separating them between the two sides of the vinyl disc, both Dylan and his fans demanded that the full six-minute take be placed on one side, that radio stations play the song in its entirety; as digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it has become possible for every track on an album to be available separately.
The concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more promoted or more popular song within an album collection. The demand for music downloads skyrocketed after the launch of Apple's iTunes Store in January 2001 and the creation of portable music and digital audio players such as the iPod. In September 1997, with the release of Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" for paid downloads, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell a digital single from a well-known artist. Geffen Records released Aerosmith's "Head First" digitally for free. In 2004, Recording Industry Association of America introduced digital single certification due to significant sales of digital formats, with Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becoming RIAA's first platinum digital single. In 2013, RIAA incorporated on-demand streams into the digital single certification. Single sales in the United Kingdom reached an all-time low in January 2005, as the popularity of the compact disc was overtaken by the then-unofficial medium of the music download.
Recognizing this, On 17 April 2005, Official UK Singles Chart added the download format to the existing format of physical CD singles. Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 on this chart through downloads alone in April 2006, for their debut single "Crazy", released physically the following week. On 1 January 2007 digital downloads became eligible from the point of release, without the need for an accompanying physical. Sales improved in the following years, reaching a record high in 2008 that still proceeded to be overtaken in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Singles have been issued in various formats, including 7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch vinyl discs. Other, less common, formats include singles on Digital Compact Cassette, DVD, LD, as well as many non-standard sizes of vinyl disc; the most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7-inch. The names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm, the standard diameter, 7 inches; the 7-inch 45 rpm record was released 31 March 1949 by RCA Victor as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs.
The first 45