Blag Dahlia Shares Playlist Of Songs That Influenced Him: Listen – Hollywood Life

The mythical origin story of punk put the genre on the middle finger of the mainstream, born in a leather jacket with a safety pin through the nose, while mocking pop, country, Arena music rock and disco of the mid-1970s. However, punk music is not always… antisocial with these sounds. Because Dahlia flowers – leader of Shorty, the ironic (and sometimes obscene) kings of the punk world – this music has built the foundation for a thriving career since the mid-1980s. It’s also a career that shows a lot. different aspects, the latest is Introducing Ralph Champagne.

Dubbed the “American funny record,” Introducing Ralph’s Champagne see Blag adopt a new personality that mixes rockabilly, country, lounge and other classic sounds of yesteryear. “Ralph Champagne is my surrogate self, so I can do old stuff,” Blag said Turn when discussing the pre-release record this past fall. “He is the old and handsome version of the singer from The Dwarves. He’s the logical extension of the guy in The Dwarves gaining 30 pounds and retiring.

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Introducing Ralph’s Champagne was a way for fans of Blag and the Dwarves to see what inspired these anti-symbolists to start making music in the first place. “Punk rock saved my life because I needed the music and I couldn’t really play the really sophisticated stuff that I came across,” Blag said. Turn. “The funny thing is that after years of playing punk rock, I figured out how to make it more and more complicated and weirder and weirder, and more complicated.”

While sophisticated in sound, Introducing Ralph’s Champagne contains the same humorous and witty contrasts that have defined Dhalia’s career. (You can take Blag out of punk, but you can’t take punk out of Blag.) With that said, while the emphasis is on humor, the musical potential is equally sharp. Blag’s distinct voice shows that he is a devout student of the genres in discography, which makes it is a welcome addition to the secret collection of americana/outlaws.

It’s not hard to see some of Blag’s influence on Introducing Ralph’s Champagne, but thanks to a playlist he made EXCLUSIVE for hollywood lifefans can see the exact sound formula behind this collection of new songs.

Ramones, “I Don’t Care”

Blag: The Ramones is my goal in making music. Before them, I wondered how I got my ‘license’ to play rock music when I didn’t have much talent and was always in trouble. When I listen to Ramones, a bright light pops up in my brain: I CAN DO THIS! And the more trouble I get, the better it gets! I Don’t Care is not a song that is loved by the masses, but the fact that they dared to write lyrics so simple that they repeat a three-word phrase over and over again amazes me. Joey, Heart; Johnny, Gut; Tommy, The Brain; and Dee Dee, Soul. The greatest rock n roll band of all time is actually the Ramones.

Frank Zappa, “Bobby Brown”

Before I knew what punk rock was, I had almost every Zappa record I could find. The way he switches genres, effortlessly transitioning into rock, jazz, pop, country, funk, noise and experimentation, has broadened his ear in the best possible way. “Bobby Brown” is one of the dirtiest, worst, meanest songs ever written. My first band, Sexually Deprived Youth, performed this at my high school Art Focus Day in 10th grade. Still one of the proudest moments of my life. my life.

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Misfits, “Green Hell”

Dwarves stole so much from Misfits, it’s hard to believe. Danzig is the best singer-songwriter of the punk era. Green Hell is a favorite because there are very few ways to create a melody with repetitive chord progressions played too quickly, but he does it somehow. I’ve never known these words, and I don’t want to.

Bill Monroe, “Y’all Come”

I really like the old mountain music, you can feel the authenticity from the time when the real villagers were the ones who made country records. Bill Monroe was the first to use that style and imbued it with blues rhythms that were beginning to incorporate R&B. Monroe wrote a lot of classics, including the flip side of Elvis’ first hit Blue Moon of Kentucky, and while he didn’t write Y’all Come, his version has always impressed I like the purest example of a combination of blues and country music. green grass.

CW McCall, “Convoy”

This was a huge hit when I was a kid, but years later, when I listen to it again, it kills me for a variety of reasons. First, it’s an epic story, second, it tells me about a world I’ve never thought of before, and finally, it helps me navigate the cycle between country and hip-hop. . Blowfly has known about it since the days when he was inventing dirty rap, and Lil Nas X brought it to worldwide acclaim. It’s there if you know where to look! Inspired by this song, I wrote Contraband, from the Ralph Champagne Intro LP. From one classic, another is forged!

Wu-Tang Clan, “Reunion”

Speaking of hip-hop, Wu-Tang created the system we use in Dwarfs to this day: gain a huge army, keep adding new people, but never lose the ones. ex. That’s why the Dwarves keep getting better while our contemporaries struggle to match their own meager records from 1995. No one sets the rhythm like RZAHis sound is unmistakable, but this track is particularly strange with its hamstrings and rapper fusion.

GZA Start by calmly explaining why the recording you are about to hear is important, then Grime rushes in and makes you wonder if the whole thing is going to fall apart at any moment. RZA then contributed a rare verse of his own, preparing Method Man to beat the track home with his untouchable flow. Sincerely mention my favorite Clansman, Test deck, who does not appear on the track but continues to kill the first verse of the next song on the record, For Heaven’s Sake, causing the record to move in a different direction. A great combination of rappers, music and visuals makes WuTang the greatest rap group of all time.

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Sugarhill Gang, “The 8th Wonder”

When hip-hop is fun and rappers limit their beef with wax Sugarhill gang rule the rooster. Aside from inventing the term hip-hop and creating the first rap hit (Rapper’s Delight), they created this amazing piece of work that’s been copied by so many people it’s impossible to list them all here. Where is this Busta Rhymes received “Woo Hah Got You All in Check” from, as well as Kid Rock’s Dang Dang Diggy monstrous. This song points the way towards hip-hop’s ultimate total eclipse of rock music. Shout, shout, turn on this function.

Alicia Bridges, “I love the nightlife”

Disco has a bad reputation, but my mom sure loves it, and I’ve listened to this song a thousand times before realizing how great it is. The lyrics are cynical in the verses and positive in the chorus, the rhythms are infectious and her vocals stand out with the best soul and R&B divas of all time. The rest of the LP is also great, though much of it has been forgotten over time. When people say ‘one hit wonder’, I always wonder why that’s an insult. I’m a damn genius and have never been successful! But…

Jackson 5, “ABC”

Along with “Sugar Sugar” and “Yummy Yummy Yummy,” this was one of the first songs I heard on the radio as a kid. With an instant hit with an unbeatable pop lyric, this is a prime example of why in songwriting, simple is often better. You know this song, you love this song, admit it!

The Sonics, “He’s Waiting”

Sonics is the starting point of punk rock. Harder than all the British invasion groups, including the Kinks and the Who, they exemplify the ethos of the garage band of the ’60s. Play lots of Little Richard and James Brown songs in your orchestra. , then write something original the night before you go into the studio because you really just want to cover Little Richard and James Brown. While the UK-based The Beatles were releasing “Do You Want To Know a Secret,” Seattle-based Sonics released this instant classic about a wayward girl convicted forever with the Dark Lord. I had the opportunity to sing this song live with the band a few years ago in Portland, a bucket list moment that I will cherish forever.

Johnny Burnett & the Rock n Roll Trilogy, “Train Kept a Rollin’”

For those of you who say that an R&B original is always better than a Rock & Roll cover, I show you the final version of this song, made famous by the always anemic Aerosmith and a lot of bands that even worse than other. No version, including the original by Tiny Bradshaw, has achieved the absolute power on display here. Burnett’s voice crumbled like never before with a famous ’50s vocalist, but it was Paul Burlison’s insane guitar lead who showed the way to the future.

Johnny Marvin, “Me and My Shadow”

This can be hard to find on modern streaming platforms and there are countless versions of this song, but this early jazz version kills me every time. From the idyllic ukulele beats, to the dreary clarinet solo, it’s the lyrics that really draw you here. No song sums up the loneliness of the human condition better than this one. But it should be this version!

Fred Astaire, “Chek to cheek”

Irving Berlin was the most prolific and prolific musician of the golden age of American pop music. This song is lyrically constructed to perfection, from the opening line, “heaven I’m in heaven,” to the playful link about “fishing in the river or creek,” to the chords. dramatic stuff that encourages “dance with me, I want my arms around you, the charm of you will take me through,” right back to “heaven, I’m in heaven.” As my father could tell, they don’t write them like that anymore. I also like the more fun Boswell Sisters version, but Astaire’s smooth transitions and flawless moves make this the perfect blend of dance and song.


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