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.