- Aleister Venosa
Multi-instrumentalist Glen “Greno” Murrell has been playing in rock bands since the age of 12 in 1982. Originally inspired by punk rock, his first band, Outrage, was together from 1983 to 1990. He also played in bands such as Patch and Freeloaders before relocating to Colorado Springs in 2007. Since then, he’s formed the Anonymous Collective record label and has played in Springs-based bands Circles and Squares, Davy Jones Locker and Son-G, and currently drums/sings in Menagerie. Greno has released 15 solo albums to date. In his free time, he likes collecting records, watching sports and spending time with his family.
Essential Saturday night listening: Some records surprise and challenge you with each listen; Mr. Bungle’s California is an essential work from a musical giant. I first heard this record driving around Santa Rosa, California, with my friend; it encapsulates a time and musical place in my heart.
Essential Sunday morning listening: I must give the nod to the brilliant Stone Flower (1970) by Antônio Carlos Jobim. This album is both hypnotic and haunting. Jobim was the master of Brazilian bossa nova, and this record is his melodic centerpiece.
First record I bought with my own money: In the summer of 1980, everyone was listening to AC/DC’s Back in Black. It inspired my friends and I to pick up instruments (along with the advent of punk rock) This record still sounds great after all these years, and Angus [Young] is a true rock icon.
“Wish I’d written that” song: No pure rock anthem compares to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Although deceivingly complex and a little cheeky, this song has rightfully gained new fans with each generation. Plus, it’s my daughter Alex’s favorite song.
Favorite one-hit wonder: San Francisco’s Blue Cheer were once known as the loudest band in the world (before the Melvins) and their rendition of “Summertime Blues” is heavy, loud and powerful. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.
Obscure classic you may not have heard: The 1980s band Talk Talk had a few electronic-sounding pop hits in the early ’80s, but evolved in a different musical direction for 1991’s Laughing Stock. The album is melodically sparse and unique in so many ways that it requires repeated listening.
Artists more people should know about: From New Mexico — Sweet Nothin, Beard, Spare Change and Cinematica; from California — The Loons, Samvega, Barefoot Hockey Goalie, Eric “Shaggy” Cullen, Stumbling for Miles; and all the local bands we’ve played shows with.
Guilty pleasure: I remember riding in the back of an Econoline Van listening to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on our way to the yogurt shop in the late ’70s. This album has some great songs. Infectious boogie-rock from the Gibb brothers, The Trammps, Kool and the Gang, and so much more.