Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
It’s not every day that a band gets picked up by a Hollywood actor out to start his own record label. It’s doubly rare to have the creation of your first album be the subject of a documentary film. Such is the case of Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, the artist of the next song in the list. DeLuca was a solo artist until he was spotted by record label Ironworks, the independent company of Keifer Sutherland. In fact, Sutherland took a personal interest in the band, as it was the first to sign with the label, even acting as the road manager for their first tour. However, things didn’t go so well, and the band basically fired Sutherland. This is all included in the film “I Trust You to Kill Me”, the aforementioned documentary, which shares a name with the Burden’s first album.
But beyond this drama, the music is actually good, especially the song included here, “Colorful”. It’s more towards pure rock than most others on this compilation, but there’s definitely some roots/blues influence. Plus, it’s quite catchy. But even the song stirred up controversy, in the form of its video. (You’ll just have to watch it to see why; of course a different version was eventually released.)
There’s another anecdote about the band that I can’t remember clearly and Google isn’t helping me out. From what I can remember, they were opening for a newly-reunited 80s band, but they said the wrong name in the introduction. For example, “thanks everybody, now enjoy Journey!”, when it was actually Poison. If I find it, I’ll edit this story later.
Next time: jazz/rock for a new generation.