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Tim Beam No Hits No Airplay So What! CD Review

TIM BEAM

AND THE DEAD FLOWERS

NO HITS - NO AIRPLAY - SO WHAT!

KICKOFF RECORDS

 

 

AN UNEXPECTED PLEASURE...

 

One of those great moments is when you pick up that CD and put it in the player and something special happens. When that happens and you know that you are not listening to a new release it’s then you think to yourself OK why have I never heard of these guys before? But when you turn over the cover to find it subtitled ‘1996-2011’ and realise that it’s a compilation that goes back almost 17 years you find yourself pulling yourself up from the floor…

 


How can I never have heard of TIM BEAM! I find myself shouting out of the window to my (thankfully) empty street. How can the world not be playing TIM BEAM songs! And that my friend is both the intense joy and ultimate frustration of the music industry.  

 


TIM BEAM and the DEAD FLOWERS – NO HITS, NO AIRPLAY – SO WHAT! Is obviously titled by a man who shares my frustration!

 


If you love your Rock and Roll loose and Stonesy (those are the Dead Flowers were talking!) and hanker after an artist who is a little bit Black Crowes, a little bit Tom Petty and also has touches of acoustic era Guns n’ Roses and Tyla (of Dogs D’Amour) but isn’t afraid to tinker with both punk and grunge flourishes then this is something for you.

 


Opening with the track ‘The Outlaw’ from 1996 you immediately know you’ve been missing out, it’s a ballad soaked in whiskey that sets up the punkier kick of ‘I Wanna Live Today’ that makes you think of what Motorhead might get up to if they were locked in a room with a stack of pop and country records. You’ll love it.

 


‘Kick Off’ takes us into sing-along punk territory set up on a driving riff before you get a glimpse at the creativity of the band with a wonderful cover of The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ which like all the best covers is made their own.

 


And that I guess is the story of the album – sonically we cover a lot of ground, but the results are always top class, there’s the fiery side to the band, and the introspective, the rock and the punk and it all melds together so well you wonder what this band has to do to get the attention it deserves.
So, on an album full of great tunes if we were to pick a few highlights they would have be the glorious cover of The Dogs D’Amour number ‘Cardboard Town’, the equally splendid version of The Eagles ‘Hotel California’  (it’s a testament to how good these songs are that we actually pick out the two covers).

 

 

Of the original material, really take your pick!  We love ‘Mother Told Me’; ‘Heroin Lady’; ‘When We Play’ and ‘The Ghost of My Money’ especially, but then again this is one of those albums where your favourites change pretty much every day.

 


We understand that Tim has plans this year taking in China and Spain for the first time, in the past he’s visited Australia and we missed him, don’t make that mistake!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

TIM BEAM AND THE DEAD FLOWERS NO HITS NO AIRPLAY SO WHAT CD ALBUM REVIEW