The Paranoid Squirrel ep 552

May 13th, 2017

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On this week’s The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show which originally aired at 11pm (BST) on Friday 12th May on Rock Radio UK I spun tracks by these artists;

Slade,
Die Toten Hosen (twice, with one featuring Johnny Moped),
Tiger Army,
Professor and the Madman (In a World exclusive I play a brand new track featuring Rat Scabies and Paul Gray),
The Bitten,
The Suicide Commandos,
Toads of the short Forest,
Motörhead,
The Ramones,
Pink Floyd,
Bob Wayne,
and Snakecharmer.

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 542

March 4th, 2017

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The Sonics are the first band up this week as it’s been announced that they are once again hitting the road. For the second week in a row I air some Acoustic Bernie Tormé, as a way of an apology as last week I got song titles mixed up. CJ Ramone has another new track played from his up and coming album “American Beauty”. The track in question also just so happens to be the title of Los Pepes’ forthcoming coming album, a track from which I obviously play. I’ve given up hope on The Hellacopters being added to this year’s Stone Free Festival which is probably a good thing as the only tickets left are right up in the Gods, right at the back. However, this doesn’t stop me from playing some Hellacopters featuring Scott Morgan, with Pelle Almgren’s first new track in about 10 years swiftly following in its wake. Not only do The Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell have a new drummer in the shape and form of Serra Petale but also have a brand stonking new single for me to impart and for you to enjoy. The track in question is called “Nightmare”. Moving over from Hastings to France it’s the debut appearance of Born Again and a track from their first LP “Strike With Power”. The Routes are an Anglo-Nipponese trio that are just about to released their fifth album “In This Perfect Hell” on Dirty Water Records. Like the Shovell and Born Again, The Routes, roots aren’t from this century. Theirs is buried deep in the Garageland of the 1960’s as you will hear. I was embarrassed to learn that former Soundtrack of Our Lives guitarist Ian Person has had a Pledge campaign running for nearly two years and I knew nothing about it until last week. Of course, I try and make up for my oversight by Pledging and then in turn playing something from it for you to enjoy. The King of PledgeMusic must be Ginger Wildheart who last Wednesday launched his latest offering “Ghost in The Tanglewood”, a Country album which was ready to be downloaded as soon as you and your money were parted. On the 24th I popped along to the 100 Club for the last date of sometime Wildhearts Bassist Scott Sorry’s UK tour. Opening proceedings were The WitchDoktors, who truth be told could quite easily have been the headline act, that also goes for main support the Role Models. Even with the early start time of 7:45 and only half an hour set, the WitchDoktors, certainly played like their lives depended on it, with the Role Models playing at a frantic pace like it was already too late for them, but at least they’d got to go out in style. Scott Sorry was welcomed back like a conquering hero, if not King, that it had been thought to have been killed in Battle. From the reaction the crowd gave Scott, I hope it’s not too long before he returns.
In other news it looks like The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show will become part of http://rock-radio.co.uk/ More news as I get it.

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 541

February 25th, 2017

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Welcome to Episode 541 of The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show where a familiar song by The Sweet, albeit the not often heard original album version, gets this week’s show off to a flying start. I then question the date surrounding the 40th Anniversary of the Damned’s debut album by playing Captain’s outvoted choice of debut single. The Plastic Tears are part of ‘Alive and Kicking’s’ album “Smacked! – A Tribute to Ilari “Claude” Peltola. Their offering I of course aired. Others contributing are: Eduardo J. Martinez, The Flaming Sideburns, The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Squirrel faves The Dead Furies, Danny Fury and The Anita Chellamah Band. You can pre-order it from HERE. Where you will also find the full list of artists and track listing. Dirtbag Republic release their new album “Downtown Eastside” towards at end of March, so to get you in the mood I play a track from it. I know I played The Scaramanga Six last week but as I’ve been getting down and up to “Owned pt. 1-4”, which along with “As We Take the Stage Pts 1-2” is available to download for free from their BandCamp, I decided to air that as well. Just before Christmas former Lord of Altamont Spencer Robinson released a 5-track cassette, yes cassette, of new music. Fear ye not as for the princely sum of $2 you can download all five from his Bandcamp site. The tracks are, as stated, a little darker than his previous collaborations; music for drinking, crying, driving and dying. One of which you will hear. Unless this is the first Paranoid Squirrel Podcast that you’ve listened to, you are all aware that Bernie Tormé is one of my two all-time favourite guitarists. On Monday I received my e-mail notification telling me that “Dublin Cowboy” Bernie’s latest Pledge album was ready for me to download. It’s a triple affair; Electric, Acoustic and Live. The live album was available to download as soon as you pledged and without blowing smoke up anyone’s behind; “Dublin Cowboy” is arguable Bernie’s best work to date. If you don’t believe me I play two tracks. One Electric and one Acoustic. If you want to hear him live, you can during April. Of course me being me I get the name wrong of the asousic track that I use as an example of a certain drum sound. Straight after Mr Tormé are New York’s hardest working Rock Band Dirty Fences and track from their just re-issued first ep, with the obligatory extra tracks. The Darts (US) those Garage-psych-rock grrls that make your head slam and your feet shake released in January “The Darts EP2” via Dirty Water Records. Of course, I play something from it, for your delectation. More new music and Stockholm four piece The Blasting Fondas have just released the “There Ain’t No Other Way” 7” on Beluga Records which gets an airing. Moving into the home straight and I play a track from Gary Lammin, from the Bermondsey Joyriders, debut solo album that was recorded back in 2003 with Dave Goodman Producing. It’s not what you might expect but nevertheless it is really good in a 60’s psychedelic slant with hints of the Stones “Their Satanic Majesties Request” couple with the Velvet Underground. Last but no means least it’s renowned Bad Religion frontman and acclaimed author Greg Graffin and the third track from his much-anticipated forthcoming album Millport” which ends this week’s show. The song is called “Backroads of My Mind” and offers some energised and uplifting country rock with exquisite vocal choruses and some crisp guitar from Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham.

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 513

August 13th, 2016

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As I finished last week’s episode with some Slade I decided to hammer home that the fact that the band were more than just one Christmas Record and a handful of badly spelt song titles by starting this week’s with the live version of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Preacher” taken from the “Ruby Red” double 7”. Once again the UK Subs are the subject of “Waiting for The Postman to deliver my stuff” with regards to their November 1977 4 track 7” Demo. Instead I play a demo track from their Cleopatra “Endangered Species” Deluxe 2CD re-issue. New music firstly takes us to the streets of my former neighbourhood Croydon, (I moved a whole quarter of a mile to the next borough) to the first release by The Fiascos. “Who are they?” I hear you cry. Well I shall enlighten you; Richie Hudson, guitar vocals, Keef Gibbs, guitar vocals, Robin Guy drums and Ben Lawson on bass vocals. Who released yesterday the aforementioned new release in the form of a single “Built For Speed” / “Olivia”. As I’ve already played the a-side on Episode 503 it’s the b-side that gets aired. Stand by for some great Powerpop magic! And if you’re quick off the mark the band are playing the Odd Shoe in Croydon tonight. A band that I didn’t get to see on the last Ginger Wildheart tour was, apart from the Main Grains, Massive Wagon. To readdress this I went out and got the band’s latest offering “Welcome To The World” and thoroughly enjoyed what I heard. Elements of Volbeat but without James Hetfield on vocals. Moving over to Italy for The Leeches and the b-side of their current 7” gets an airing. A bad I knew nothing about were Thee Oh Sees, but as I got sent their new CD “A Weird Exits” I thought I’d give it a spin. I’m sure Henry Rollins is a big fan. A band I do know a lot about are The Cadillac Three who have just released their new album “Bury Me In My Boots”. If you like Deep Southern Rock you’ll love them. Staying with the deep South, but this time the South in question is South London, it seemed only right and proper to play some Peckham Cowboys. Redd Kross’ Jeff McDonald’s 1999 solo album has just been re-released on vinyl, as the original which came out as a CD-R is rarer than rare thing, on the Bang! Record label. Of course I play a track from it. Crowd Funding Fan funded releases are up next with The Lords of Altamont kicking things off who are swiftly followed by the voice of The Bay City Rollers Les McKeown, who in turn is topped off by Sweet Creature who sport Martin Sweet from Crashdiet  and Tin Star from Gemini Five. Rounding things off for this week is a rough and ready demo from Billy Rath’s Street Pirates as it would’ve been the former Heartbreakers Birthday last Monday.  

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 511

July 30th, 2016

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In a fun filled packed show this week which, fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, exceeds its hour mark by five odd minutes. Getting things off to a flying start are the Watts and a track from their third album which is swiftly followed by The Drama Clubs Rejects a band that features ex Wildheart and an ex Almighty members. Keeping the interconnection going The Main Grains are up next who also sport an ex Wildheart member with a track from their “Don’t Believe Everything You Think” mini album. For the next section we move into the live arena with the debut live performance of Hey! Hello! Mkiii up at the Brooklyn Bowl. As you know Hey! Hello! features Ginger, The Rev, Ai, Toshi and new vocalist Cat. Let’s hope Cat has the staying power of Jeremy Corbyn as she has the vocal ability of Victoria and the stage presence of Hollis. Following Hey! Hello! were Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors. Ryan looked familiar in a Ginger Birthday Bash guest kind of way but two of his Traitors were recognised straight away as Rob Lane aka Laney 74 and drummer Michael Richards played with Johnny Monaco back in 2012. Of course closing the show were The Ginger Wildheart Band that for this tour features Electric Boy and ex Hanoi Rocks guitarist Conny Bloom, Toshi with Denzil sitting on the drummers’ stool. The last time I saw Ginger in full electric band mode was at his re-arranged Birthday Bash in April where I came away disappointed. Nothing could’ve been further from the truth this time around as I came away veritably skipping down the road as it was probably the best I’ve seen Mr. Wildheart in a long-time. Back into the realms of studio land and the Hip Priests, who I saw last night and you’ll probably hear next week, were selling an 8” Record. That’s right, 8”. Obviously I play it. A band that I’ve known all about since 1987 when they played the Clarendon in Hammersmith are Dinosaur Jr. No I didn’t go as I was over the road at Hammersmith Odeon seeing King Diamond. However, I’ve never owned anything by them. That was until “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” arrived in my inbox. Bearing in mind I’ve never knowingly heard anything by them I think that Dave Grohl probably spends most of his free time exactly doing that. Great stuff. Perversely I own all (no pun intended) of the Descendents releases but have never listened to any of them, that was until I received “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”. I blame Andy from the very excellent “Fear & Loathing” for me not listening to any Descendents…… It’s a fun filled punk pop album which means I’m going to slowly listen to the rest. Following on from the Descendents are The Reaction who were active between 1980-1981 releasing two eps in the process. Fortunately, these two eps along with a host of demos and live records were made available in 2011 by Cheap Records as the “Saturday’s Gone Wild” LP. Up next more new music in the shape and form a track from the new Bouncing Souls album “Simplicity” and don’t forget to look out for them at Rebellion with UK dates either side. The Sides Eyes and Redd Kross have just issued a split 7” called “Songs That Chargo Taught Us”. The Side Eyes tackle “Don’t Talk To Me” whilst Redd Kross blast us with the Go-Go’s classic “Screaming”. I only play one side, to find out which one you’ll have to listen……Henry Heston, former Virus frontman and rhythm guitarist who now resides in LA has just put together The Henry Heston Hollywood All-stars who also, amongst others, features his former Virus sparring bassist John Hess. Only one song so far has sneaked out which obviously I play. Closing this week’s show, even if I do run over my self-imposed one-hour mark, are The Head Cat that of course features Lemmy on vocals and acoustic guitar, Danny B Harvey electric guitar, Slim Jim Phantom drums and Jonny Bowler on Bass and a track from their live album “Rock ‘n’ Roll Riot on Sunset Strip”.  

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 506

June 25th, 2016

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Welcome to Episode 506 of The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show and on this week’s show I bring you firstly The UK Subs, not the track that I was intending to play as it hasn’t turned up in the post, yet. Over the last week, give or take, I’ve seen three bands that were jaw droppingly good. The first was The DeRellas who I hadn’t seen with Stevie and Bish supporting The Supersuckers last Friday, then last Saturday I wandered up to the o2 in Greenwich to The Stone Free Festival primarily to see The Michael Monroe Band who I knew were going to be good, but I wasn’t prepared for them to be that good, with Alice Cooper pretty much the icing on the weekend’s cake. Obviously I throw in some live DeRellas, Michael Monroe and Alice Cooper. I even find time for some studio Supersuckers. On the Pledge front Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefuls are front and centre with a new track from their as yet unnamed second album. Next weekend sees Slugfest 9 at The Dolls House, Abertillery in Wales. Three days of Glunk mayhem, to whit I play the Chuck Norris Experiment, The Razorbats and as Baz Francis from Magic Eight Ball is headlining Sunday’s acoustic shenanigans I play something by them. As The Damned were recently in Abbey Road recording a 3D (sic) version of “I Just Can’t Be Happy Today” I play the Radio Edit/Mix of the original 1979 single. Keeping with The Damned connection I play a track from Chris Constantinu, Paul Frazer & Judy Nylon aka The Mutants mini album “Time For A Drink” that features Rat Scabies on drums. The Misfits have a brand new ep out called “Friday 13th”. I did hope the line-up that recorded it was going to be Jerry Only, Danzig and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein as they are reuniting for a couple of Riot Fest dates. It isn’t but the ep is still good, hence I play a track from it. Richie Ramone has a new album out in a couple of months called “Cellophane”, but to whet our appetite has just released a single of it which obviously I play. And that’s your lot for this week.

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 505

June 18th, 2016

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Once again I’m on the “Hurry Up” as I head towards The o2 for today’s Stonefree Festival. However, I still manage to deliver an hour’s worth of music that you should hear on the radio but don’t. Before I get into the music side of things I rant on about a “Playlist” that Team Rock Radio posted on Twitter and FaceBook prompting me to post my own. Starting things off this week on the musical front are the Role Models and a track from their just released pledge album “Forest Lawn”. Up next it’s The Breakdowns as a way of an apology for missing them and the Role Models supporting Duncan Reid and The Bigheads at Some Weird Sin #42 on the 25th which is swiftly followed by The Phobics as I will be missing their gig also on the 25th at the New Cross Inn as part of the 2nd HIV/Aids Charity Punk Festival. Danish Rockers Volbeat have just released the “Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie” album on Spinefarm Records, of course a track from it is played. We then go Country with The New Black 7’s new single “We’ve Got Tonight”. As I was mightily impressed with the London SS’s live shenanigans at Camden Rocks a couple of weeks ago I went ahead and bought their 40 years in the making “No Beards, No Beerguts, No Beginners” debut 4 track ep. Only founding member guitarist Brady survives from the 1975 line up with others going on to form The Damned, The Clash, Chelsea and The Boys. Still in 2016 the London SS are still relevant as you will hear. Former Howling Mad lead guitarist Paul Elphick posted on my FaceBook Timeline that I should play some Bend Sinister. I was hurt that he didn’t remember that I’d ready played them on Episode 409 and saw them live with Big Elf at The Garage in November 2014, actually come to think of it Paul was the Merch Guy on that tour. Anyway. Bend Sinister, who are Canadian, have a brand new follow up album to 2014’s “Animals” waiting in the wings and the point Paul was trying to make was a new tune from it was available which obviously I play. Following straight on after Bend Sinister is a new track from The Watts’ new album “The Black Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. It’s been 8 years since The Hellacopters released any new material and 19 since the original line-up last put needle to vinyl. To coincide with the bands reformation to celebrate 20 years since “Supershitty To The Max” a two track 12”,on seven different coloured vinyl, was released earlier this month of new material that was written “at the time” but never officially released. As I’ve already played “My Mephistophelean Creed” I turn my attention to the b-side. Moving onto more new music and I play a track from Ulysses’ new album “Law And Order”, then as The WitchDoktors latest album “Voodoo Eye” came out yesterday it is only right and proper than I play something from it. As we head into the home straight The Members give us a new musical genre in the form of Deadpan Disco, but it’s Motörhead that finishes the hour off after I popped up to Hammersmith Odeon on Monday for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. As a tribute to Lemmy, Biff Byford and Nibbs Carter from Saxon were joined by Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee for a run though of “Ace of Spades”, “Born To Raise Hell” and “Overkill”. Credit to Nibbs for not trying to sound like Lemmy but playing the bass parts straight. I still don’t think we’ve had the fitting testimonial to an outstanding career from an outstanding gentleman yet. If we do I will be there.

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 495

April 16th, 2016

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“I Come Along On Saturday Morning Greeting Everybody With A Smile” Kicking things off this week I have two Helsinki bands; one old, one new. First up its Smack with a classic from their debut album “On You”. Secondly it’s 69 Eyes with a new track from their soon to be released “Universal Monsters” CD. A couple of shows ago I played some Pure Hell, well I play some more but this time it’s a track from their unreleased “Black Box” album that Lemmy helped produce and indeed added vocals to the song in question. Shooting back over to Scandinavia and new music I play you a track from“Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie” LP byVolbeat. I only own the debut album by Flotsam and Jetsam subsequently I’ve forgotten what they sound like, having not played in in 25 plus years. However their new self-title album I’m really enjoying. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I’m hearing, apart from some great Thrash drumming, hints of Progness. More Queensrÿche than Dream Theater I think. Obviously I play a track for your consideration. Gustav Wremer guitarist with Grande Royale contacted me with a “Check out my band” e-mail, so I did and was mightily impressed, with NickeAndersson at the production helm of their soon to be recorded third album, but it’s a track from their second album that I air. Pledge Music time and Brijitte West &The Desperate Hopefuls have just ventured down this route for album number two. Brijitte kindly sent me a track from said album which I of course play. Joining the former NY Loose vocalist in the Desperate Hopefuls are Richie Hudson, Keef Gibbs and Robin Guy from the Fiascos, although Robin can normally be found sitting on Sham 69’s drum stool. Following straight on afterwards is the title track from The Breakdowns new single “Charity Case”. The WitchDoktors new album “Voodoo Eye” and first since 2008s “$3 Hooker” is all set for release with a gig to launch it at The Alley Cat in Denmark Street on June 2nd and to whet your appetite I play a song from it. As promised on last week’s show I play a track from Desert Rockers the Mojave Lords album “Unfuckwithable”. Zen Motel make a much welcomed return to The Paranoid Squirrel with a track from their just released “Choking On The Chrome (Part 1) ep. Looking forward to part 2 if part 1 is anything to go by. A new, previously unheard live gig from Sonic’s Rendezvous Band recorded in April 1976 is just about to be officially released by Easy Action Records. Joining Fred “Sonic” Smith, Scott “Rock Action” Asheton and Scott Morgan on this recording is original bassist WR Cooke. Finishing things off this week its Vice Squad and a track from the Sophie Lancaster Foundation Charity CD which is due for release this Summer.  

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 481

January 16th, 2016

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Having been born in Beckenham and lived there, on and off, for the last 30 years David Bowie’s life and death had an impact on me. Whilst mainstream Radio Stations celebrated his life with great but obvious songs I go for a different approach by starting this week’s show with a Davie Jones With The King Bees song before going into a Motörhead track from “Bad Magic”. It’s not all doom and gloom with The Supersuckers and something from their “Holdin’ The Bag” album. Thee Martian Boyfriends are up next with an injection of some Farfisa organ. The Michael Monroe Band are bound for the United States next month, so to get our American chums in the mood and even more excited a track from “Blackout States” gets an airing. The Boys have just released a brand new video to whit I play the audio equivalent from “Punk Rock Menopause”. Non PC band Childbirth from Seattle have two tracks played one from each of their albums, which are “It’s A Girl” and “Women’s Rights”. Slade, who were the first band I got into back in March 1973, have that track, which set me on my musical journey played. A band who would be right at home in the early to mid 70’s are The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell who just so happen to have released a brand new 7” on Rise Above Records. Obviously the A-Side gets a good going over. Captain Blood, from Denver, Colorado, with their Horror Punk make their debut onto The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show. Turbonegro once again grace the airwaves with their latest single which came out last year. Sonny Vincent’s Son, Daughter-In-Law and Grandson were involved in a serious Apartment Fire suffering 50-80% burns, so Sonny has set up a GoFundMe Campaign to help with their Medical expenses, which you can donate to Here. Ghost Highway Recordings are also chipping in by giving all the proceeds from the “Lines On My Mirror” 7”, which I play, to the fund. The Royal Republic are the latest band to have a gig that clashes with an already booked ticket. (Ghost on March 2nd) Even so I play another new track from their up and coming album. AC/DC finish things off this week because.....well just because.        

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The Paranoid Squirrel ep 469

November 21st, 2015

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Welcome to another hours worth of music that you should hear on the radio but don’t with Marty Robbins kicking things off. Up next it’s two split singles courtesy of Ghost Highway Recordings. Firstly Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker do battle with Driving Rain then Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness get it on with Dollhouse. As a tribute to Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor I play a track from one of his lesser known bands The Muggers. The band also featured his Motörhead cohort Fast Eddie Clarke along with Speedy Keen on guitar and vocals who had had a huge number 1 hit with the Thunderclap Newman Band in 1969 with “Something in the Air” and on bass from The Heartbreakers and Iggy Pop was Billy Rath. Onto new music which includes Girlschool and a track off their new album “Guilty As Sin” and The Dictators NYC with their first new material in 15 years. Compare and Contrast is back, thanks Andy, with the Blues Magoos prosecuting The Dead Kennedys. Back to new music and The Local Band who comprise of Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Jussi69 (The 69 Eyes), Olli Herman (Reckless Love) and Archie Kuosmanen (Santa Cruz) have a tracked played from their upcoming ep of covers, then it’s off to Seattle for some Ramones inspired music from The Piniellas. Dom Daley of Glunk Records and Uber Rock’s review of Jukebox Zeros got me all excited and hopefully the track of theirs that I play will also do it for you. The Idol Dead have just released their version of the Dogs D’Amour “I Don’t Want You To Go” in aid of the Winston's Wish charity and the memory of Drugdealer Cheerleader drummer Ringo. The Eagles of Death Metal finish this week’s show off but not with the cover you might have been expecting, but then again......     

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