One discovery I made quite quickly as I immersed myself deeper in Southern Rock in 1980 was that out of all the Southern Rock bands I listened to, Blackfoot was the heaviest. In fact, many people actually considered them to be heavy metal as the mid eighties approached. The “Strikes” album was a definite heavy album and the follow up “Tomcattin'” was just as heavy.
The album opens with “Warped” and that song convinced me from the get go that this was going to be another hard rocking album from Blackfoot. The next few tracks back this claim up as well. “On The Run,” “Dream On” and “Street Fighter” are all great rock gems. Then there are the next two tracks “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and “Every Man Should Know (Queenie)” that I heard on a live album in 1983. I’ll be visiting that one when I get to that pivotal year. Now the live versions of those songs are complete mind blowers so I should have been disappointed that they weren’t quite as heavy on the studio album. However, I wasn’t because they are both good classic rockers as are the next two tracks: “In The Night” and “Reckless Abandoner.” The one slow song on the album “Spending Cabbage” is no let down either. In all of the tracks, there are some heavy and hard riffs and some decent guitar solos from Medlocke and Hargrett and while none of the songs graced the top 40, (like I would care anyway) the album was well received by their loyal fan base in the Southeast and wowed a few Yankees like me.
2. On The Run
3. Dream On
4. Street Fighter
5. Gimme Gimme Gimme
6. Every Man Should Know (Queenie)
7. In The Night
8. Reckless Abandoner
9. Spending Cabbage
10. Fox Chase
Rick Medlocke- guitars, vocals
Charlie Hargrett- guitars
Greg T. Walker- bass, keyboards, vocals
Jackson Spires- drums, percussion, vocals
“Tomcattin'” is still considered one of the best Blackfoot albums by many of their loyal fans. For me, it is right up there with “Strikes” and that live one I mentioned. For me, the album stamps Blackfoot’s authority on heavy rock and proves that Southern Rock wasn’t something that was enjoyed by a bunch of rednecks.
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