Corrosion Of Conformity
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Is it just me, or is the first album you actually hear from a band the measuring stick by which you compare everything else from that band? When I look at my musical collection, it's like that. I look at a band like Testament, where the first album I heard from them is SOULS OF BLACK. Everything they've done since is measured against that in my head, and everything before that in some way seems to be not quite up to that release in my mind. I'm not sure why that is, but I find that my first taste of a band is where I ground myself. While some releases can be better than that first release (THE GATHERING for me is far superior, as is FORMATION OF DAMNATION), I just don't see PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH in the same light. Maybe because it was old before I ever heard it. Dumb, I know.
It's funny how this band has continued to survive, even given the fact that so few people can actually name a single song that they've ever done. D-A-D is a band that's most famous for having to change their name from "Disneyland After Dark" after being legally threatened by Mickey Mouse. That said, they had one album that was fairly successful, NO FUEL LEFT FOR THE PILGRIMS, and a long career of localized success in Denmark after it.
I think to give a fair analysis of my musical taste when it comes to UFO. I am not, on any level, a fan that's been there from the start of this band. They are OK, but certainly not a band I've ever considered to be great by any level. I never really followed them, so the who's who of the lineup is not of great concern to me like it might be to other fans of the band. Further, I'm definitely not one of those guys that celebrates Michael Schenker as the god of the six strings like so many do. I have all his work, and I'm yet to be really bowled over by anything he's done. As it relates to UFO, I'm not one of those guys that will immediately dismiss an album with Vinnie Moore on it because it simply doesn't feature Schenker.