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The Best Rock Instrumentals & Opinions on Trouble

Who needs lyrics? This week, Jim and Greg play the Best Rock Instrumentals.

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Best Instrumentals

The history of rock ‘n’ roll is filled with memorable lyrics, but sometimes it's the wordless songs that stick. This week, Jim and Greg celebrate the Best Instrumentals. Not just any“instrumental”track will do. Both Jim and Greg agree, no“fa fa fa's”or“la la la's”admitted. Here are their lists:

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Trouble The Distortion Field

Call 'em doom metal or stoner rock, the Chicago band Trouble has been bringing the heavy since 1979. The band's new album The Distortion Field reunites original guitarists Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell, and subs in Kyle Thomas for longtime vocalist Eric Wagner. Does the reunited band fare better with the critics than Black Sabbath did recently? Greg says yes, though there are four or five Trouble albums he‘d rank above The Distortion Field. The band hasn’t updated its original sound: an innovative merger of British heavy metal and psychedelia. That's fine by Greg, but he does miss the conceptual heft Wagner gave to earlier Trouble lyrics. Greg gives The Distortion Field a Burn It. Jim agrees. He needed some head-banging this week, and for that The Distortion Field does just fine. Burn It.



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Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Beyonc'e,“Grown Woman (Live Performance,”Unreleased, 2013
  3. The White Stripes, We're Going to Be Friends, White Blood Cells, V2 Records, 2002
  4. J.J. Cale, Crazy Mama, Naturally, Shelter, 1972
  5. Link Wray & His Ray Men, Deuces Wild, Deuces Wild (Single), Swan, 1964
  6. Dick Dale, Misirlou, Misirlou (Single), Deltone, 1962
  7. Duane Eddy, Peter Gunn, Gold, Spider Music, 1986
  8. The Beastie Boys, Sabrosa, III Communication, Capitol/Grand Royal, 1994
  9. The Meters, Cissy Strut, The Meters, Rhino, 1969
  10. Booker T. & the M.G.s, Green Onions, Green Onions, Stax/Atlantic, 1962
  11. Booker T. & the M.G.s, Time Is Tight, Time Is Tight (Single), Stax, 1969
  12. Wire, The Commercial, Pink Flag, Harvest, 1977
  13. Frank Zappa, Peaches en Regalia, Hot Rats, Bizarre, 1969
  14. Led Zeppelin, Moby Dick, Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969
  15. Four Tet, My Angel Rocks Back and Forth, My Angel Rocks Back and Forth, Domino, 2004
  16. Simple Minds, Themes for Great Cities, Themes for Great Cities: Definitive Collection 79-81, Stiff Records, 1981
  17. Uncle Tupelo, Sandusky, March 16-20, 1992, Rockville Records, 1992
  18. Higher Intelligence Agency, Spectral, Colourform, Headphones, 1992
  19. The Future Sound of London, Antique Toy, Dead Cities, Astralwerks/Virgin, 1996
  20. Radiohead, Meeting in the Aisle, Airbag/How Am I Driving?, Capitol, 1998
  21. Deltron 3030, Mastermind, Deltron 3030, 75 Ark, 2000
  22. Money Mark, Revolt of the Octopi, Mark's Keyboard Repair, Full Frequency/Pgd, 1996
  23. Trouble, Paranoia Conspiracy, The Distortion Field, FRW Records, 2013
  24. Trouble, Hunters of Doom, The Distortion Field, FRW Records, 2013
  25. N/A, Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2001: A Space Odyssey (soundtrack), Sony Classical, 1968
  26. Blondie, Call Me, Call Me (Single), Polydor/Chrysalis/Salsoul, 1980
  27. Michael Shelley, Mix Tape, I Blame You, Bar/None, 2001
  28. Liz Phair, Wild Thing, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Girly Sound/Self-Produced, 1991

Footnotes Katy Perry announces new album Lady Gaga's Artpop Beyonce's website Beyonce at the Superbowl Greg's Beyonce tour review Jack White News Jack White donates to baseball field Jack White protects Masonic Temple Jack White donates to foundation JJ Cale obituary JJ Cale,“Crazy Mama” Trouble The Distortion Field Sound Opinions reviews Black Sabbath