Velvet Underground vs. Reckless Kelly

The Weekly Mockumendation segment on the very popular Mockers Podcast continues to inspire great pop culture match-ups and this week is no different as we have the Velvet Underground vs. Reckless Kelly! Maybe a few of you have heard of at least one of these bands but in case you haven’t here is a blow-by-blow look at the battle…

COMBATANTS: The Velvet Underground has always been one of Andy Mocker’s favorite bands so it was only a matter of time before he threw them into the Mockumendation Arena sponsored by The Perfect Fart. Andy chose their 4th studio release (and final with Lou Reed) “Loaded”, which is regarded as their most accessible effort…

-Reckless Kelly is a country/southern rock band that Jamie Mocker hath brought to the Mockumendation Arena sponsored by The Perfect Fart…a quick Wiki search reveals this band has been around since 1998 and have released nine studio records !! In a show of Mockumendation kinship, Jamie selected the band’s 4th studio release as well, 2005’s Wicked Twisted Road…

1-Velvet Underground (I Found A Reason)…Some Brian Wilson DNA on our opening track…harmless, mid-tempo track replete with solid harmonies and ‘ba ba ba ba ba’s’…Coming to Cum!!

2-Velvet Underground (Lonesome Cowboy Bill)…Ramshackle sing-along as Lonesome Cowboy Bill still rides the rodeo, even down in New Orleans…it’s early in the morning but after listening to this song I am tempted to pull out a beer and keep up in the chorus game…

3-Velvet Underground (Head Held High)…Reckless Kelly appears to be a bit scared to take the stage at the Velvets continue their set with this blistering rocker…screw it, grabbing a beer-a new blog post on the website deserves its own celebration anyway…

4-Reckless Kelly (Stick Around)…Early returns from Eric and I listening to this record on our way home from the Rhode Island Comic-Con are are that the members of Reckless Kelly grab their brushes for a paint-by-numbers approach to country rock…not quite so mainstream I completely reject it, but not as indie sounding as Jason Isbell or Drive-By Truckers…this tune is solid…

5-Velvet Underground (Cool It Down)…In hindsight, I think my brother Eric will be docking this record vocal points as Lou Reed’s voice is quite erratic…another catchy chorus as Reckless Kelly looks on helplessly from the green room…

6-Velvet Underground (Rock’n’Roll)…One of the band’s most famous songs and I would wager that both my brothers in podding have heard this one…a great ode to the healing powers of rock’n’roll music and it’s all right!

7-Velvet Underground (Oh! Sweet Nuthin’)…By this point, the Velvets no longer had violin player John Cale in the fold and his replacement, Doug Yule sings the lead vocal on this meadering, repetitive tune (he also was lead vocal on notation number 2)…WIKIPEDIA FACTOID: Turns out Yule had a huge hand in this record and Lou Reed even says that this record isn’t really a ‘Velvet Underground’ record…(Special Note to Eric Mocker: Remember when you are making your decision-this isn’t Velvet Underground!)

8-Velvet Underground (New Age)…Yule continues to rule!! “You’re over the hill right now and looking for love!”…this slow burner still brings out the Patented Andy Mocker One Finger Salute!! Rock solid, finally a Yule-tide season I can get behind!!

9-Velvet Underground (Sweet Jane)…The onslaught continues as Lou Reed brings out the big guns with the band’s most famous song…

10-Velvet Underground (Ocean)…Paging Reckless Kelly…paging Reckless Kelly…The ‘Loaded’ album I downloaded from Google Music has some extra tracks on it (all of which were played on the car ride home, which left a distinctive boring impression on my brother Eric, so it will be anyone’s ballgame come decision time)…the ‘here come the waves’ coda of this song is great but it takes a little too long to get there…

11-Reckless Kelly (Motel Cowboy Show)…This is the song I have heard the most from the Wicked Twisted Road and it’s a solid earworm, if a bit too long…don’t understand the middle part of this tune, why stick this modular section in the middle of an already good tune…

12-Velvet Underground (Ride Into The Sun)…More Brian Wilson DNA and a vocal coda¬†(“It’s hard to live in the city”) that country folk can relate to…As Eric will attest to, I completely disagree with the sentiment of this song title…

13-Reckless Kelly (Dogtown)…Strong fiddle-age on this record…no surprise that this guy hung out in Dogtown a little too long thanks to the wily ways of an ex-flame…

14-Velvet Underground (I’m Sticking With You)…B-side curio sung by longtime Velvet drummer Mo Tucker (although she was pregnant during the recording of the record and didn’t drum on ‘Loaded’–Yule’s brother Billy actually drummed on some of the songs)…

15-Reckless Kelly (Sixgun)…With the car screech sound effect I thought Mockumendation Hall-of-Famers Motley Crue had invaded the stage…this song reminds me of the bands I heard in my weekend in Nashville, great at the time but completely forgettable when you leave the bar…barely able to choke down that beer I opened back in notation 3…

16-Reckless Kelly (Wretched Again)…A couple of hard-rocking, beer swilling numbers in a row as Reckless finally takes control of the stage…I like this one a lot, “I’m back to being wretched again!!” POTENTIALLY IGNORANT BAND CRITICISM: The illustrated, cartoon-ish album cover art appears to be a blatant Drive-By Truckers rip-off…

17-Velvet Underground (Who Loves The Sun)…More ‘ba, ba, ba, ba’s’ on this easy going sing-a-long…

18-Reckless Kelly (Nobody Haunts Me Like You)…Grab your whiskey ‘cuz it’s hard-worn country ballad time!

19-Reckless Kelly (Baby’s Got A Whole Lot More)…Wow, quite the lyrical change from the last notation…instead of haunting, now his baby has a whole lot more than anything else he is looking for!

20-Reckless Kelly (Broken Heart)…Much like this song I don’t really have anything original to say…completely serviceable and harmless but not filling by any means…

21-Reckless Kelly (Wicked Twisted Road)…Acoustic, title track gets the album back on solid footing…two thumbs up for that one…

22-Reckless Kelly (These Tears)…See notation number 20…

23-Reckless Kelly (Wicked Twisted Road (Reprise)…Wow, a three and a half minute reprise? They really rode this song hard! All instrumental too…the slight beer buzz has me itching to hit all random at this point as I’m getting a tad bored with these underwhelming mockumendation selections…

24-Velvet Underground (I Love You)…Extremely ramshackle album outtake–nice job by Yule to trim the fat from the official release…I really hope Eric doesn’t hear the off-putting Lou Reed vocals on this song or it might be instant disqualification for ‘Loaded’…

25-Reckless Kelly (A Lot To Ask)…This lying whore thinks she can just get back with our boy Reckless but not so fast because that is a lot to ask…

26-Velvet Underground (Train Round The Bend)…Blissful, fuzzed-out rock’n’roll stomper is the final Velvet statement of the morning…

27-Reckless Kelly (Seven Nights In Eire)…We finally get the reason why this album was mockumended as we have a hideous southern rock/Irish hoedown hybrid song!! Jamie Mocker is a big fan of Ireland (particularly the island that appears in the new Star Wars movies) so I am connecting the dots!

FINAL VERDICT: This is going to be an interesting decision for Eric and I fear he is going to yell at both of us…be sure to listen to Episode Seventy-Seven of The Mockers Podcast to find out who prevails! Thanks for reading and good night and good luck!

 

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