Andy Summers Album Guide

Sure, you liked Andy Summers’ guitar playing in the Police – the spiky punk/reggae inflected licks colored by jazzy chords and atmospheric effects – but where to start with his solo albums? He’s got albums a-plenty, and if you count his duo records with other musicians, the number climbs higher. His playing is always unique,…

The Police’s “So Lonely” and a Mondegreen

Funny how we can mishear the lyrics to a song and the whole meaning can be changed (a “mondegreen“, as it were.)  I was sitting in a café the other day and “So Lonely” by the Police was playing in the background. In my mind I was brought back in time to when I was…

The Mystery of M.O.I.

It’s not a spine-tingling who-dunnit, not a long-unsolved case which has baffled the experts, has nothing to do with hip-hop singer M.I.A., or with me or moi (as they say in France). Rather, it’s a mystery who a mid-1980’s Toronto area band called M.O.I. were. I recently bought a used record put out in 1985…

Rush’s Deep Cut “Red Lenses”

Rush’s 1984 track “Red Lenses” is a textbook example of a “deep cut”: a track not well known and generally overlooked when an album first came out. Often deep cuts get their moment much later, when everyone’s tired of the hits and explores a little farther. Well, that’s not exactly the case with “Red Lenses,”…

Sting’s Jazz Fusion Neil Young Cover

“Here’s a new song that’s guaranteed to bring you right down…it’s called ‘Don’t Let it Bring You Down’ [a few tentative guitar strums] It sorta starts off real slow and then it fizzles out altogether…”, jokes Neil Young to the crowd in the spoken intro to his song “Don’t Let it Bring You Down” from…