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CD Review: Rock ‘N’ Roll Music by Col. Parker

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Artist: Col. Parker
Album: Rock ‘n’ Roll Music
Release Date: 2001
Label: V2 Records

In LA’s musically incestuous post-80’s rock scene, the “Supergroup” tag can apply whenever two or more musicians, whose names possess the tiniest bit of marquee value, couple and spawn a project. That said, meet Col Parker is comprised of ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses guitar-slinger, Gilby Clarke, drummer Slim Jim Phantom, bassist Muddy Stardust (LA Guns) and accomplished keyboard mercenary, Teddy Andreadis, that began life as a glorified-bar-band. Rock ‘n’ Roll Music offers an upbeat mix of blues-based rockers and ballads punctuated with Clarke’s inspiring attempts to squeeze every Keith Richards guitar riff into one album, and spiked with humorous odes to decadent lifestyles long-abandoned (“Can’t Get that Stuff,” “Pushing 40 Blues”). Contains zero percent threats to the status quo or insights to the meaning of life. It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll, but I like it.

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CD Review: Beautiful Creatures by Beautiful Creatures

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Artist: Beautiful Creatures
Album: Beautiful Creatures
Release Date: August 16, 2001
Label: Warner Music Group

Like Vikings on a rampage, Beautiful Creatures’ vocalist, Joe LeSte (late of LA glam rockers, Bang Tango), leads his pack of hard rock revivalists on a quest to reclaim rock’s Holy Grail; a feat now unlikely to be accomplished by Axl Rose and his hired Guns. Both “Wasted” and “Stepback” recall vintage G’N’R, with scattered nods elsewhere to strip metal posterboys, Faster Pussycat, and “I Got It All” gets all AC/DC on your ass before the whole thing slides back into the garage. Despite the blues/metal pastiche of their material, the band’s relentless groove gives these songs the feel of a heavy rock rave. Those still jonesing for the glory days of Headbangers Ball would do well to mix a dose of Beautiful Creatures in with their regular diet of Appetite for Destruction, Slash’s Snakepit and Buckcherry.

This article was originally written for Rolling Stone’s Online Magazine. Though Rolling Stone remains in print and online, this article is no longer a part of their archive and has been added to the content base of The Worley Gig for our readers’ enjoyment.

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