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The muck of the rising, long, hot, summer stretch between Independence Day and Labor Day is upon us. There are no celebrations for awhile, the crisp autumn season seems like a far off dream, and, well, as it always is this time of year it is HOT AS HELL!
So why not raise some?
If there’s one thing bands of all genres have in common, it is they occasionally want to cut loose, and raise a little ruckus. In honor of the two things summer has plenty of — parties and heat — here are some hell raisin’ tunes:
“Raise A Little Hell” by Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Husband and wife team, “Rev.” Peyton and “Washboard” Breezy Peyton, and their band know how to throw a party, with this video showing everyone from marching band nerds, to freak show performers, to roller derby rousers finding a common denominator in hell raising. You’ll want to join the parade:
"Raise Some Hell Tonight" by the Dirty River Boys
This band originally hails from my corner of Texas, and has developed a distinct punky, bluegrass sound. This fan favorite song with an Irish pub beat will get the party started. Check out this great live performance from Ray Benson’s Texas Music Scene:
“Raise Hell” by Dorothy
The L.A. rock band, named for their vocalist Dorothy Martin, mixes driving blues with hard rock. The result is pure energy, and in their contribution to our summer hell raisin’…the result is a family gathering food fight:
“Gonna Raise Hell” by Cheap Trick
All these newer bands may have some good sounds, but it takes some old school sensibilities from Cheap Trick to offer this “screw it all, let’s party” attitude to everyone:
“The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God” by Rob Zombie
It may seem like there is a whole bunch of hell raisin’ in the music biz, but remember who has been running that show ever since Robert Johnson stood at the Crossroads.
Take a crazy ride with Rob Zombie and friend (portrayed by actor Daniel Roebuck*)*, in “The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God” if you’re still not sure:
“Hell” by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Oh, but beware, summer revelers, as we spiral down the deep concentric circles of the hoary netherworld of musical mayhem. Make sure to get yourself to your place of worship this weekend. Hug your family, and repent, because as the Squirrel Nut Zippers warned us in their rousin’ song “Hell,” the Devil’s gonna be knocking. Cheers!
Image screen grab from Rob Zombie's "The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God."