• June 4 to June 11: You got the money. I got the soul.

    12 Jun 2006, 23:27 by m0rph3us

    Last week I went back to the old school. I was originally a rock kid and grew up on the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and the Smashing Pumpkins, but I then began to dabble in electronica and later hip-hop during my university days. As much as I love these genres now, there's still nothing that quite matches the raw sonic assault of quality hard rock.

    Looking at my charts this week, you would think I lived in West Auckland. For the non-Kiwis on here, West Aucklanders are renowned for wearing black AC/DC or Metallica t-shirts and drinking very cheap beer. Enough said.

    1. Clutch - 44 plays
    Perennial #1. Rock personified. The Elephant Riders.
    'Nuff said.

    Rock out to: Burning Beard

    2. Alice in Chains - 34 plays
    There has been such a rash of AIC impersonators that sometimes one forgets how groundbreaking their hard-blues-rock sound was when it first emerged. But AIC's razor-sharp riffs, Layne's vocal brilliance and the wickedly surreal vocal harmonies they got going…