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Twenty Essential Tracks From Andrew Stockdale & Wolfmother

Wolfmother

October 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the release of Wolfmother’s self-titled debut album, which is also the focus of an upcoming reissue. This album includes the two tracks that would make Wolfmother a pillar of modern rock, “Woman” and “Joker and the Thief”. However, over the past decade, Wolfmother has built quite a repertoire of amazing, heavy hitting, and psychedelic rock and roll. So as with all other anniversaries of great rock bands, a time of reflection is in order. Here is my essential Wolfmother playlist. This list also includes the “third” Wolfmother album turned Andrew Stockdale solo effort Keep Moving.

Track: “Back Round”
Album: Cosmic Egg
The first single from Wolfmother’s second album showcases Stockdale’s amazing vocal ability. It was the first material released since original band members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left the band in August 2008. With monster guitar work and some great feedback during the bridge, this track is essential Wolfmother.

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Track: “California Queen”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“California Queen” features great lyrics and has an incredible natural progression leading into the first tempo change. This track also includes remarkable drum work by then drummer Dave Atkins.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TZPYWfJ6yU&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Caroline”
Album: Cosmic Egg
A progressive masterwork, “Caroline” builds from a ballad to a full band eruption. This is one prime example of Stockdale’s stellar songwriting ability.

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Track: “Cosmic Egg”
Album: Cosmic Egg
The title track to Wolfmother’s sophomore effort is a heavy rocker that hits highs and lows in perfect accord and features amazing vocal and guitar work from Stockdale. Stockdale described it in a tweet as, “a rollicking viking song!” and explained to NME that the album title refers to a yoga position. He explained: “I did a yoga class and one of the poses we were doing was called ‘cosmic egg’, and I thought yeah, that’s it. It’s like the fetal pose.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQK8_1lCi3o&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Cosmonaut”
Album: Cosmic Egg
A bit of a change of direction for Wolfmother, “Cosmonaut” has psychedelic overtones and a great bass line from bassist/keyboardist Ian Perez.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29sqfm5fjBE&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Enemy Is In Your Mind”
Album: New Crown
Incorporating more keyboards overlying the guitar line, “Enemy Is In Your Mind” is a standout from Wolfmother’s latest effort

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-TYesrThTg&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Heavy Weight”
Album: New Crown
With a monster riff, this track is possibly the best track on New Crown.

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Track: “I Ain’t Got No”
Album: New Crown
This track is classic Wolfmother, catchy with a great hook and guitar work.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWkY6xyxh_s&w=560&h=315]

Track: “In The Castle”
Album: Cosmic Egg
With a great mix of heavy guitar and a bit of psychedelic overtones, “In The Castle” is definitive Wolfmother.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrrm-a_96Ps?list=RDwrrm-a_96Ps&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Joker and the Thief”
Album: Wolfmother
The musical elements in ‘Joker and the Thief’ is what would set the tone for Wolfmother’s career; great lyrics, great vocals, and excellent guitar and keyboard work. In an interview with ultimate-guitar.com, Stockdale said: “I’ve totally ripped it off from Dylan. I was in a shop one morning walking into where we jam. I saw this AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck’ and I was like, ‘I want to write a stadium rock song.’ I went into the studio and said, ‘Doo-duh-lee, doo-duh-lee. What’s the best thing to do after that? Just do something cleaner – Doo, doo, doo.’ Because, you know, you’ve got to have a big intro and then you have to have a balls-to-the-wall riff to knock it on the head in the next stage.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je84VupqD58&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Meridian”
Album: Keep Moving (Andrew Stockdale)
The fact that Stockdale’s first solo effort wasn’t a Wolfmother album seemingly caused many of the great tracks on the record to fall under the radar, such as this gem.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMn_wuWo6j8&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Mind’s Eye”
Album: Wolfmother
“Mind’s Eye” is yet another example of Wolfmother’s incorporation of keyboards and how they became a key element to Wolfmother’s sound.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpE0US9vzxU&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Phoenix”
Album: Cosmic Egg
With Stockdale showing his immense vocal range, “Phoenix” is a great psychedelic rocker.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpfRSCeAkMY&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Pyramid”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“Pyramid” is another prime example of Wolfmother’s brand of psychedelic hard rock.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg_bNv0OzBg&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Sundial”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“Sundial” again showcases Wolfmother’s stellar use of keyboards and gaudy guitar work.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMhXmFxdzA8?list=RDTMhXmFxdzA8&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Vagabond”
Album: Wolfmother
The last track on Wolfmother’s debut album is a well written progressive track that stands among the best of their career.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThtGuKy27qk&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Violence Of The Sun”
Album: Cosmic Egg
One of Wolfmother’s best tracks in their catalog, building then exploding in true psychedelic Wolfmother fashion.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHmc7XzW8DA&w=420&h=315]

Track: “White Unicorn”
Album: Wolfmother
One of the many Wolfmother tracks utilizing keyboards that seems to be channeling Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Stockdale was inspired by a fashion model he had seen on television that was wearing a “White unicorn shirt with the unicorn spread across her shoulders.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVJYY5-s1Pw&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Woman”
Album: Wolfmother
“Woman” is the first single from Wolfmother’s debut which catapulted them to worldwide acclaim. At the time of its release, many called it the best rock track in over a decade.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQPNredrDO0&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Year of the Dragon”
Album: Keep Moving (Andrew Stockdale)
It’s very catchy, heavy, and includes one of the best guitar riffs from Stockdale. Stockdale told Artist Direct: “People look at the Chinese calendar and think, ‘This year, I’m going to be creative, have a great love life, make lots of money, and be healthy!’ It’s the whole idea that we change every year. We’re looking for experiences and hoping things will work out. Sometimes, you’re oppressed, down, and nothing works. We’re looking to these things in order to predict how we’re going to behave, so I figured I’d write a song about it. You look at yourself, how things are going, and try to work it out.”

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