Monday, December 19, 2011

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes GNR & RHCP

Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses & Red Hot Chilli Peppers

The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early '90s, best known for hits like "Welcome to the Jungle," ''Sweet Child O' Mine" and "November Rain," leads the 2012 class of inductees announced on Wednesday. Also making the cut is the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys; rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group the Small Faces/the Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

Nyro, who wrote such hits as the 5th Dimension's "Wedding Bell Blues" and Blood Sweat & Tears' "When I Die," is the only female act to make it this time around. The hall passed on Donna Summer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart and Rufus with Chaka Khan, who were on the ballot for 2012.

But it wasn't just women who were denied entry into the rock hall for next year. Voters also passed on hip-hop pioneers Eric B. & Rakim, War, the Cure and the Spinners.

Guns N' Roses blazed on the rock scene in 1987 with their official debut, "Appetite for Destruction." Fronted by siren-voiced singer Axl Rose, with Slash and Izzy Stradlin on guitars, Duff McKagan on bass and Steven Adler on drums, the group dominated music with its aggressive rock grooves. Early in their career they were criticized for lyrics in the song "One in a Million" deemed as homophobic, misogynistic and racist. They were also defined by their dysfunction, gleefully embodying the mantra of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

The band sold millions and millions of albums, providing a sharp contrast to a pop world defined by the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson. But the group's turmoil, often on display before the whole world, would cause the core to fall apart by 1996.

Their trajectory was the opposite of the Chili Peppers. Despite troubles that included the drug-related death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and the departure of guitarist John Frusciante, the band, fronted by Anthony Kiedis, with Flea on bass, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, released its 10th album, "I'm With You," this year.

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Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The king of all rockin' Christmas presents

We will wrap up (pun intended) the last minute Christmas presents with the king of all presents, a lifelike singing and talking Elvis.

Designed using motion-captured facial animations and a leather jacket styled from the Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Special, the robot lets you listen to, sing along with, and learn more about the life of the King of Rock and Roll.

The robot offers four primary modes: Alive mode, which animates Elvis, tracks movements, and makes the occasional famous Elvis remark;
Song mode, in which Elvis sings eight of his best-loved songs;
Monologue mode, where Elvis describes his life and times;
and Sing Through mode, which lets you sing along with Elvis or turn his vocals down and sing over the top

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rockin' Christmas present - HB #2 Drumstick

You know the type of person (or are the person) that picks up a pair of office pencils and does an impromptu drum solo, like they're playing to a crowd of thousands - not to a water cooler and the laser printer. Indulge their (or your) fantasy with these perfectly formed drumstick pencils!

Excellent for musical kids or adults who haven't yet out grown the rock star dream. Now you can take your drum solos to the office, school, or anywhere else the drumming bug hits you!
Made from wood with a HB / #2.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rockin' Christmas present idea - DJ Cat Scratch Turntable

It’s time to get educated son, so gather the kitties on your turf and drop some beats!  Bust a move and get a DJ Cat Scratch Turntable so your alley cat can start scratching and grooving!  Your cat’s natural ability to spin and scratch will shine when you place this on the floor!  Check out the hook while your kitty revolves it!

100% cardboard which is partially or fully recycled.  

Measures 15.25 inches long x 13.75 inches wide x 5.75 inches tall.

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Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Rockin' Christmas present idea - AudioBulb

A light bulb wireless speaker!

It fits unobtrusively within a recessed can light receptacle, replacing a standard light bulb, for discreet audio and lighting. Providing crisp audio, the full-range, 10-watt speaker receives interference-free wireless audio signals from up to 50' away from its transmitter, which docks with any iPod/iPhone equipped with a 30-pin connector.

The speaker has integrated LEDs that provide bright light similar to a 60-watt light bulb. The included remote controls volume, play/pause, and light dimming to 50% of brightness. Transmitter has an auxiliary port for connecting other audio inputs. Includes two speakers; supports a total of eight speakers. from -

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rockin' Christmas present ideas

Okay folks - in case you haven't heard Christmas is coming.

Luckily, I've put together some rocking Christmas presents for you. I'll be posting them up over the next few days so stay tuned.

First up is this Gene Simmons AXE for PlayStation 2 & PlayStation 3 guitar simulation video games.

This high quality 3/4th size replica is personally sanctioned by Gene Simmons to give you the ultimate "God of Rock" experience.

Larger than standard video game guitars, the AXE is the tool of choice for those who want to take their guitar expertise to the next level.

Through wireless control with a huge range of up to 30 feet (8 metres), the AXE will give you the freedom to express yourself like never before.

The Gene Simmons AXE comes equipped with highly durable components, replicated paint finish and full features that make playing your Guitar Hero and Rockband games a Rock Star experience.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bob Dylan Tribute album ft. Ke$ha, Pete Townshend, Sting, Ziggy Marley, Myley Cyrus & more

Spanning four discs and 72 tracks, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International packages together new or previously unreleased Dylan covers from artist of all different genres and generations.

The compilation will feature covers of the folk legend's material from a host of artists, including Sting with his rendition of "Girl from the North Country", Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age with "Outlaw Blues", Pete Townshend covering "Corrina, Corrina" and My Morning Jacket taking on "You’re A Big Girl Now"

Adele will contribute a session version of her cover of Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love', which also featured on her debut album '19', while Ke$ha will offer a new rendition of 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' and Miley Cyrus will cover ‘You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go’

'Chimes Of Freedom: Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International' is set for a January 30, 2012 release. All the proceeds from the compilation will be donated to Amnesty International.

Amnesty International was founded in 1962, the same year that Bob Dylan released his debut album.

The tracklisting for ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International’ is:

Disc 1
01. Raphael Saadiq – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
02. Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape
03. Rise Against – Ballad of Hollis Brown
04. Tom Morello The Nightwatchman – Blind Willie McTell
05. Pete Townshend – Corrina, Corrina
06. Bettye LaVette – Most of the Time
07. Charlie Winston – This Wheel’s On Fire
08. Diana Krall – Simple Twist of Fate
09. Brett Dennen – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
10. Mariachi El Bronx – Love Sick
11. Ziggy Marley – Blowin’ in the Wind
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Changing of the Guards
13. Silversun Pickups – Not Dark Yet
14. My Morning Jacket – You’re A Big Girl Now
15. The Airborne Toxic Event – Boots of Spanish Leather
16. Sting – Girl from the North Country
17. Mark Knopfler – Restless Farewell

Disc 2
01. Queens Of The Stone Age – Outlaw Blues
02. Lenny Kravitz – Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35
03. Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli – One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
04. Blake Mills – Heart Of Mine
05. Miley Cyrus – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
06. Billy Bragg – Lay Down Your Weary Tune
07. Elvis Costello – License to Kill
08. Angelique Kidjo – Lay, Lady, Lay
09. Natasha Bedingfield – Ring Them Bells
10. Jackson Browne – Love Minus Zero/No Limit
11. Joan Baez – Seven Curses (Live)
12. The Belle Brigade – No Time To Think
13. Sugarland – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Live)
14. Jack’s Mannequin – Mr. Tambourine Man
15. Oren Lavie – 4th Time Around
16. Sussan Deyhim – All I Really Want To Do
17. Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Recorded Live at WXPN)

Disc 3
01. K’NAAN – With God On Our Side
02. Ximena Sariñana – I Want You
03. Neil Finn with Pajama Club – She Belongs to Me
04. Bryan Ferry – Bob Dylan’s Dream
05. Zee Avi – Tomorrow Is A Long Time
06. Carly Simon – Just Like a Woman
07. Flogging Molly – The Times They Are A-Changin’
08. Fistful Of Mercy – Buckets Of Rain
09. Joe Perry – Man Of Peace
10. Bad Religion – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
11. My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row (Live)
12. RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
13. Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren – Abandoned Love
14. Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss and Freelance Whales – New Morning
15. Cage the Elephant – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
16. Band of Skulls – It Ain’t Me, Babe
17. Sinéad O’Connor – Property of Jesus
18. Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project – Shelter From The Storm
19. Ke$ha – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
20. Kronos Quartet – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Disc 4
01. Maroon 5 – I Shall Be Released
02. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Political World
03. Seal & Jeff Beck – Like A Rolling Stone
04. Taj Mahal – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
05. Dierks Bentley – Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)
06. Mick Hucknall – One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
07. Thea Gilmore – I’ll Remember You
08. State Radio – John Brown
09. Dave Matthews Band – All Along the Watchtower (Live)
10. Michael Franti – Subterranean Homesick Blues
11. We Are Augustines – Mama, You Been On My Mind
12. Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
13. Kris Kristofferson – Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
14. Eric Burdon – Gotta Serve Somebody
15. Evan Rachel Wood – I’d Have You Anytime
16. Marianne Faithfull – Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Live)
17. Pete Seeger – Forever Young
18. Bob Dylan – Chimes Of Freedom

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wurlitzer jukebox takes centre stage at New Plymouth Operatic Society's Christmas show

Our 1953 Wurlitzer jukebox takes centre stage at New Plymouth Operatic Society's Christmas show "Ready To Rock" at the Plymouth Hotel. Between a three course meal, performers get the crowd up, dancing, and throwing their knickers to rock hits from Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Billy Joel, Elton John, Dire Straits, CCR, all leading to a stellar finale by Queen (complete with special Christmas guest).

Were you at opening night? If you've got a great shot of the jukebox in action send it to us here

Cast for the show: Cameron Curd, Nathan Butler, Shaun Murphy, Stacy Manklelow, Sophie Mawson, Rachel Barker ,Jenny Murray, Courtney Muggeridge. Technical crew: Don Boyd Musical Director, Mel Henshilwood Choreography, Brent Howard Lighting, Howard Rozon Production Manager and Mark Leauthard with music production.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The greatest guitarist ever is...

100 Greatest Guitarists

Rolling Stone assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Featuring:
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys),
Brian Bell (Weezer),
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple),
Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket),
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains),
Billy Corgan,
Dave Davies (The Kinks),
Tom DeLonge (Blink-182),
Don Felder (The Eagles),
Kirk Hammett (Metallica),
Lenny Kravitz,
Robby Krieger (The Doors),
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam),
Tom Morello,
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth),

Carlos Santana,
Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
Eddie Van Halen,

They voted and Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist ever!

Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage. On songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile," his instrument is like a divining rod of the turbulent Sixties – you can hear the riots in the streets and napalm bombs dropping in his "Star-Spangled Banner."

His playing was effortless. There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it feels like it's all flowing through him. The most beautiful song of the Jimi Hendrix canon is "Little Wing." It's just this gorgeous song that, as a guitar player, you can study your whole life and not get down, never get inside it the way that he does. He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don't appear in any music book. His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil.

There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn't really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he took what was to become Seventies funk and put it through a Marshall stack, in a way that nobody's done since.

It's impossible to think of what Jimi would be doing now; he seemed like a pretty mercurial character. Would he be an elder statesman of rock? Would he be Sir Jimi Hendrix? Or would he be doing some residency off the Vegas Strip? The good news is his legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time

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Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

20 Years today since Michael Jackson's Dangerous was released

Dangerous is the eighth studio album by Michael Jackson, released on November 26, 1991.

It became his second to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, where it spent the next four consecutive weeks. Dangerous spent 117 weeks in the Billboard 200, thirty more than Bad. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide.

The Track Listing
1. Jam
2. Why You Wanna Trip On Me
3. In The Closet
4. She Drives Me Wild
5. Remember The Time
6. Can't Let Her Get Away
7. Heal The World
8. Black Or White
9. Who Is It
10. Give In To Me
11. Will You Be There
12. Keep The Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
14. Dangerous

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hawera's Push Bike Pub Crawl is going to be Giant this year

Hawera's controversial Push Bike Pub Crawl has gone full cycle with the South Taranaki District Council officially riding pillion for this year's event.

And as any good passenger would do, the council is pulling its weight by booking London-based Kiwi alternative rockers I Am Giant for a concert to coincide with the end of the December 17 ride.

For the last two years, Hawera police had tried to stop the event, which had grown from a ride attended by a few hundred locals to one pulling in thousands from around the country.

The event was regularly marred with boorish behaviour and drunkenness but police struggled to stop it, hindered by the fact it often had no official organiser.

Council's decision to come in on the act is acknowledgment the ride cannot be beaten and so must be joined.

I Am Giant were booked as headline act at the inaugural ALT Fest at the Hawera showgrounds after the council researched what sort of music pub crawlers would appreciate.

"We thought, if we were going to do this we're going to do it properly," council chief executive Craig Stevenson said.

It turns out council's economic and tourism manager Phil Waite had his finger on the pulse of what sort of rock band would fit the predominantly younger demographic.

"He did most of the work on pulling it together and researching it," Mr Stevenson said.

"Hopefully we'll get a really good crowd in there and bring a few people from out of the district."

To minimise how much ratepayers will have to pay, the ticket price has been set at $27.

People can bring their own alcohol into the R16 event but the amount and use will be controlled.

The pub crawl is an unofficial 30-year-old ride held on the Saturday before Christmas.

The rock-fest is the planned gathering after the ride in which riders cycle from Hawera to Normanby and back.

After police attempts to shut the bike ride down in recent years, the concept of a controlled gathering at the end is seen as a way to continue the ride.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

20 Years today since U2's Achtung Baby was released

Achtung Baby is the seventh studio album by rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 19 November 1991 on Island Records.

After criticism of their 1988 release Rattle and Hum, U2 shifted direction to incorporate alternative rock, industrial, and electronic dance music influences into their sound. U2 began recording Achtung Baby in Berlin's Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After weeks of tension and slow progress, the group made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song "One".

The Zoo TV Tour were central to the group's 1990s reinvention. The Zoo TV stage featured dozens of large video screens that showed visual effects, video clips from pop culture, and flashing text phrases. Live satellite link-ups, channel surfing, prank calls, and video confessionals were incorporated into the shows. Bono portrayed several characters he conceived, including "The Fly", "Mirror Ball Man", and "MacPhisto".

Achtung Baby is one of U2's most successful records. It spawned five hit singles, including "One", "Mysterious Ways", and "The Fly". The album has sold 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Not to be out done by Pearl jam's documentry PJ20. U2 have their own doco "From the Sky Down" about production of their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The film documents the difficult recording period, the band members' relationships, and the record's legacy. Archival footage and stills from the recording sessions appear in the film, along with unreleased scenes from the group's 1988 motion picture Rattle and Hum.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rock 'n' Roll = Tequila

Mötley Crüe and Van Halen used to battle it out in record stores. But now, band members from each—Vince Neil and Sammy Hagar, respectively - are going head-to-head in liquor stores. Both legendary rockers have new gigs fronting their own tequilas.

Hagar, a rock ’n’ roll hall-of-famer, started Cabo Wabo Tequila back in 1996 - years before every celebrity had a liquor brand. The Red Rocker was looking for a house spirit for his bar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and took the process seriously. “I went down and found the tequila and designed the bottle with friends,” he says “If I wanted a celebrity brand I would have named it Sammy Hagar’s Tequila.” He has little respect for many of the vanity projects on store shelves. “For someone just to put their name on a bottle, that’s crap,” he says. His hard work has paid off - the tequila is now available across the country and a few years ago, he sold 80 percent of the brand to Skyy Spirits for $80 million.

Neil, whose Tres Rios Tequila launched a few years ago, admits that he’s following in Hagar’s footsteps. “Sammy already has taken his brand to a whole other level,” he says. “I hope I can get to that level.” He’s on his way. By June Tres Rios will be available in more than 30 states, with duty free and Europe soon following. He’s also a big fan of tequila and, in true rocker fashion, likes to drink it straight from the bottle. “It tastes better that way,” he insists. (Look out this spring for Neil’s aptly named solo album, Tattoos and Tequila.)

For the moment, Hagar and Neil remain friends. “Vince is a cool guy,” says Hagar. “Anyone in their right mind would try to get into the liquor business.” And they also have a common competitor: Justin Timberlake, who launched 901 Silver Tequila last year. Let’s hope he knows who he’s messing with. -

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, November 11, 2011

G3 to hit NZ

Not since Gtaranaki's Slash, Jennifer Batten (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson,Natalie Cole) and Uli Jon Roth (Peter Gabriel, Tim Finn, Peter Frampton) have we had such legandary axe slayers under one roof!

The legendary G3 guitar gods - Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather - will bring their combined guitar pyrotechnics to New Zealand for the first time in March next year.

The two-and-a-half hour shows in Auckland and Wellington will feature individual sets by each guitarist with their own bands before joining Satriani and his band on stage for an all-star jam.

Since it began in 1996, versions of G3 have toured almost annually, selling out shows in the US, Europe, South America, Japan and Australia.

Founded by Satriani, who last performed in New Zealand at the G-TARanaki Festival in 2008, G3 has featured many celebrated guitarists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, Adrian Legg and Eric Johnson.

Grammy award-winning Vai has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and has worked with legends such as Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake.

Founding member of Toto, Steve Lukather has a career spanning more than 35 years. As well as selling more than 30 million albums with the band, Lukather has played on more than 1500 other records, including Michael Jackson's Thriller and albums by Miles Davis, Elton John and Alice Cooper.

G3 Live in New Zealand:

Wellington - Michael Fowler Centre, March 22

Auckland - Logan Campbell Centre, March 25

Tickets on sale from November 25 from Ticketek.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CCR set to put a spell on New Plymouth

Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, I Put a Spell on You & Lookin' out My Back Door Set to rock the TSB Bowl of Brooklands with Creedence Clearwater Revisited in February
They play all the classic, with the same passion as the original CCR
The band, formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, (Creedence Clearwater Revival without the Fogerty brothers)

New Plymouth District Council events manager Brent Thawley said it was great to have the band locked in, and also to see events coming back to the Bowl.

"This is a summer tradition to have bands playing there and these guys played to 15,000 in Queenstown last year so it would be great to match that," Mr Thawley said. And while a playlist including Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising and Lookin' Out My Back Door, will hum across Taranaki's famous open air venue, Mr Thawley promised there was more to come.-

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Songs for Halloween - This Is Halloween

This Is Halloween (with an epic light show)

and Marilyn Manson's version is much creepier

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Song for Halloween - Love Gamebusters

How about mixing it up for Halloween with Lady Gaga VS. Ghostbusters - Mashup Remix

Download for free this re-mix here

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Song for Halloween - The Pogues "Haunting"

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

We're Comin' To Kill Ya - Song for Halloween

With all the classic lyrics like "I like hemoglobin in my mouth... humans taste like trout", "I'll drink your blood if you got sickle-cell anemia", raping & a country flavor will make We're Comin' To Kill Ya by Zachariah & The Lobos Riders go off at your Halloween party.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Song for Halloween - Killer

Building up to Halloween we have some songs you might want to break out. Also dress up as anyone from Kiss and you are assured to win the best dressed this Halloween!

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Snoop Dogg wants help growing his crops

Last month, Ian Neale from Newport earned a place in horticultural history by cultivating the 38.8kg (85.5lb) swede. Now Snoop Dogg want to know his secrets, to help grow his... umm... well crop.

Snoop did a shout out on youtube "Man, I want to tell you something, when I do my show in Cardiff, I want you to come backstage and see me because I do vegetation myself and I want to know your secret. So Ian Neale … come see your boy Snoop Dogg, I've got two tickets for you when I get to town. Ya dig?"

Mr Neale told Sky News Online: "I've never heard of him... I'm a country and western man myself." The 68-year-old has been growing oversized vegetables for 30 years, and has previously produced a beetroot weighing 23.5kg (51.5lbs) and cucumber that grew to 107cm (42.12in).

Mr Neale said he had decided to take Snoop up on his offer after a woman who works with him told him off for not accepting the free tickets.
"She nearly wiped the floor with me... So we're going to go along together," he said.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mortal Kombat Rap

19 years ago today Mortal Kombat was released on arcade, so I thought I would share this Mortal Kombat Rap - If you like the song you can download it here (

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shatner takes on Black Sabbath

Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who you can see collaborating with the veteran TV star on the track below.

Wylde says, "He's super cool. We had an awesome time working together."

Searching for Major Tom is due for release later this month (Oct11) but if you can't wait, I have hunted it down for you. Enjoy (or not...)

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

20 Years today since Red Hot Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the fifth studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on September 24, 1991. Produced by Rick Rubin, it was the band's first record released on Warner Bros. Records.

The musical styles of Blood Sugar Sex Magik was  first album to be produced by Rick Rubin. It differed notably from the techniques employed on the Chili Peppers' preceding album, Mother's Milk, They originaly wanted Rick to produce Mother's Milk.

Peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, the album has sold over seventeen million copies worldwide and was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' was their break through album to the world stage. Blood Sugar Sex Magik produced an array of hit singles including the hugely successful "Under the Bridge", "Give It Away", "Suck My Kiss" and "Breaking the Girl". Guitarist John Frusciante quit the band mid-tour in 1992 (until returning in 1998) due to his inability to cope with the album's popularity.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is recognized as an influential and seminal component of the alternative rock explosion in the early 1990s.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

20 Years today since Nirvana's Nevermind was released

NIRVANA, the trio comprised of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, hailed originally from a coastal fishing town in Washington and rose to become one of the most influential rock bands in history with irreverence, intense honesty and an overriding passion.

Nevermind is recognised as a rock classic, although on release Rolling Stone gave it a paltry three stars, the cultural shift it initiated was felt instantly on release — and the profundity and depth of that shift becomes even more apparent when seen through the prism of the two decades of art and music created in its wake.

Released in September of 1991, "Nevermind" despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, it rose within a few months to the No. 1 slot on Billboard's U.S. sales chart. "Nevermind" was propelled to No. 1 across the globe by their young fans worldwide that identified with the band and embraced their anthem. January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts.

Smells Like Teen Spirit is now seen as a breakthrough – when grunge went mainstream – although at the time Kurt Cobain admitted he was just trying to imitate The Pixies. Since then, it has sold more than 30 million albums.

NIRVANA changed the course of popular music forever and remains an inspiration to those who have followed.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has it past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, September 23, 2011

R.E.M. the pioneers of alternative rock

"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.
REM on the floor, crowd on the stage.
At the Pier, Raleigh NC, 1980 - Photo by: Chris Seward

Early 1990s, Nirvana and Pavement viewed R.E.M. as a pioneer of the alternative rock genre with the release of their two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992).

1994 sees R.E.M. return to thier rock roots from the 1980's with the release of Monster. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. Including Berry collapsing on stage during from a brain aneurysm. He recovered and rejoined the band, but left in October 1997, saying that he no longer had the drive or enjoyment level to be in the band, and that he wanted a career change.

After Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a trio. Their musical style changed but hey continuid to release Gold & Platinum Albums up untill the release of Collapse into Now. No tour was anounced to support the album and 6 months later R.E.M. announced their split on its website.

But all is not lost R.E.M. will release a career-spanning Greatest Hits album through Warner Brothers in November.

In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now.

MIKE - "During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.

"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

MICHAEL - "A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it.

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It's been amazing."

PETER - "One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.

"Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it's only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world."

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

20 Years today since Guns 'N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II was released

Use Your Illusion I is the third studio album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was the first of two albums released in conjunction with the Use Your Illusion Tour, the other being Use Your Illusion II. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, selling 685,000 copies in its first week. Each of the Use Your Illusion albums have been certified 7x platinum by the RIAA. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992.

Use Your Illusion II is the fourth studio album by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Bolstered by the lead single "You Could Be Mine", Use Your Illusion II was the slightly more popular of the two albums, selling 770,000 copies in its first week and debuting at #1 on the U.S. charts, ahead of Use Your Illusion I's first week sales of 685,000. It was also #1 on the UK Albums Chart for a single week.

What do you think is it still as good as it was 20 years ago, or  songs like, You could be mine & November rain past their used by date? - Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

20 Years today since Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears was released

No More Tears is the sixth studio album by English heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne. Released on 17 September 1991, the album charted at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and 7 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.

No More Tears spawned five singles, of which four reached the top ten of the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including the number-two "Mama, I'm Coming Home", and it contains the Grammy winning track "I Don't Want To Change The World". It is also one of Osbourne's two best-selling albums in North America, along with his debut Blizzard of Ozz, having been certified four times platinum by the RIAA and double platinum by CRIA. To date, sales stand at over 5,000,000 copies worldwide.

Motörhead's, Lemmy collaborated with Ozzy on this album, he co-wrote such popular tracks as “Hellraiser,” “Don't Want to Change the World,” “Desire” and “Mama I'm Coming Home.”

And just recently Ozzy was credited in part to reuniting a lost autistic boy in California.

Joshua Robb ran away into the wilderness near his elementary school in San Barnardino on September 12 and was missing for approximately 24 hours. A team of about 60 people on foot and in vehicles scoured the lands in attempts to find the boy. The boy's father, Ron, requested that his son's two favourite tunes, Osbourne's "No More Tears" and country artist Alan Jackson's "Good Time," be blasted over the San Barnardino National Forest's public address system. The thought was that even though Joshua is allegedly fearful of loud noises, the familiar songs would draw him out of hiding.

"I heard them blaring 'No More Tears' and it was a short time after that we heard the rescuers had found him," Ron Robb told NBC.

The boy, scratched & bruised, was taken to a local hospital, but is reportedly fine otherwise.

What do you think is "No More Tears" still as good as it was 20 years ago, or has song like this one below past its used by date?

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pearl Jam duet with Jimmy Fallon

Pearl Jam are are in the middle of their 20th anniversary celebrations that include a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary, soundtrack and book, and now a "Balls In Your Mouth" duet with Jimmy Fallon.

Pearl Jam also broke out a never-before-played song, "Olé," and also released the studio version of "Olé" for free on its site.

Here is a sneak peak at what you can look forward to in the PJ20 documentary - Eddie Vedder & Kurt Cobain slow dancing.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Has Katy Perry cheated to equal Jackson's record?

Katy Perry has tied Michael Jackson's record for the most No. 1 singles from the same album. The pop star accomplished the prestigious title when her latest song Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) got to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It is her fifth hit from her album Teenage Dream and she now shares the joint honour with Michael Jackson's Bad album which was released in 1987.

But did she cheat her way to the top? Some commenter's have pointed out some of the ways she got her #1's to #1

The studio version of Last Friday Night was unable to get to #1 alone so she released an remix a few days ago and for "charting purposes" it charted under the name "Last Friday Night". She also reduced the price of her songs to 69c in a desperate bid to try and get to #1.

Michael Jackson NEVER did this. He never released new remixes to help him get higher in the charts nor did he have to lower his prices. I have no idea if Katy got the other #1's fairly (If she did, that's really awesome and congrats to her!) but one thing for sure is that she does not deserve this title until she is able to get one more #1 fairly and without pulling this crap off.

What do you think did she cheat her way to equal Jacksons record?

Katy's other tracks that topped the charts from the album are California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework and ET.

Michael's songs that made it to number one are I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and Dirty Diana.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blink-182 - New album Neighborhoods

Eight years since Blink-182 released their last album. Frontman Mark Hoppus has said the band are expanding beyond their radio friendly punk sound for the album, and "Up All Night" kicks off with some experimental (well, for Blink-182) guitar riffage and a quasi-ska drum beat.

You can download the song by heading here and "fixing" the boken sign. (It took me 21 goes!!)

Yet another song from their forthcoming album Neighborhoods. "Heart's All Gone"

And just released After Midnight. Band member Mark Hoppus told BBC Radio 1 that 'After Midnight' was a song written and recorded after they had postponed their UK tour - so there is a silver lining.

Neighborhoods, drops September 27th via Geffen Records.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger musical debut

Arnold Schwarzenegger political career might be over, but hold on to your socks because here is the Total Recall: The Musical.

If that wasn't enough hot on the heals of that obvious success is Conan the Barbarian: The Musical

Don't laugh David Hasselhoff has a musical!

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taylor Swift adds another show to her NZ tour

Her first two New Zealand shows were instant sell-outs, so Taylor Swift has announced it will be third time lucky for many of her Kiwi fans.
The four-time Grammy winner is hot property, with shows scheduled for March 16 and 17 selling out at a lightning pace. A third show has been confirmed for March 18.

Throughout her worldwide Speak Now tour, Swift has performed a number of cover songs, including tracks by Mumford & Sons and Uncle Kracker, as well as covering songs of artists from whatever city she happens to be playing in. In Canada, she covered Justin Bieber, in New Jersey she performed Bon Jovi; in addition, she played Fall Out Boy in Chicago and even Eminem in Detroit. What will she play in NZ?

Taylor Swift announces second NZ concert

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Press Release:

Demand for tickets for Taylor Swift’s first-ever New Zealand concert has been exceptionally strong during the pre-sale, with fans clearly signaling that they want a second concert by Swift.

So Michael Coppel is thrilled to announce that a second concert will be scheduled in Auckland at Vector Arena on; SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012  Pre-sale tickets to Taylor Swift’s second concert will go on sale from 12 noon Thursday August 25 through Ticketmaster.

The four-time GRAMMY winner’s SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.
Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

Taylor’s 2011 Tour includes 98 shows in 17 countries spanning three continents, and her Speak Now album is the #1-selling album in all genres of music over the past twelve months.

Don’t miss Taylor Swift’s incredible Speak Now World Tour playing at:


Ticketmaster online pre-sale: 1pm Wed Aug 24 until 5pm Thu Aug 25

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.