The Pistols, “Silly Thing”

The Pistols (Sex Pistols tribute band), “Silly Thing.” Here is their webpage. Formed in 2004 and still around somehow. Never cut an album. From London. Still playing in clubs. This is filmed in some little club in the UK.

Believe it or not this is a tribute band. They sure are good though, and the men playing Jones and Rotten look exactly like the people they are portraying. They can play too. Some say this guy can’t sing, but I like his voice. I swear these guys are almost as good as the real thing. I wonder when they were around?

Blondie, “Hanging On the Telephone”

Another absolutely perfect song from that glorious era. I was a 22 year old university student at the time. A very special time, one of the best times of my life! This is another song that defined the era. Blondie, “Hanging on the Telephone,” from Parallel Lines, 1979. They just don’t make music like this anymore. What happened? The original was written by the Nerves. Maybe I’ll put it on sometime. This is a case where the cover is better than the original.

Debbie Harry was always utterly gorgeous. She still was in 2014 at least. A beautiful older woman. And she was a punk! And she’s still a punk! Punk til death! Rock til you drop!

Television, “See No Evil”

Very, very good music. Early punk rock out of New York. Television, “See No Evil,” from Marquee Moon, 1979. The lyrics are poetic, reminiscent of symbolist poetry like Baudelaire and Verlaine. In fact, the lead singer took his stage name, Tom Verlaine, from the famous French poet. Truly fine music from a beautiful era that was defined by its very special and timeless music. Damn this takes me back.

Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”

Rod Stewart and the Faces, “Maggie May”, from Every Picture Tells a Story, 1971. I can’t believe how great this song is. Or that it’s 50 years old. Good God, rock music has turned to crap, eh? This was the B side to “Reason to Believe” but it was such a great song that soon radio stations were playing this more than the A side. This is said to be “folk rock.” It can also be called “roots rock.” I never knew folk rock could be so great!

Sex Pistols, “Lonely Boy”

Another great song from those early post-Pistols sessions in spring 1978 after the band had broken up, all produced by Paul Goodman. Paul Cook on drums, Steve Jones on guitar and vocals (his vocals are very good!), and Andy Allen on bass. Released on 1979’s Great Rock and Roll Swindle album. I thought this was another great rock song from the old days, but once again, it was written by Cook and Jones!

The Professionals, “Join the Professionals”

The Professionals, “Join the Professionals,” 1980, from the debut album The Professionals, which was never released due to infighting about royalties with the bassist they hired, Andy Allen. Allen also played on “Silly Thing,” posted earlier. The album was scrapped, but it was re-recorded as I Didn’t See It Coming, 1981.

It was later released on a bootleg in 1990 and then later released as an album in 1977.

This song was recorded at the time of the album but due to legal problems it was not released until over a year later, when it appeared as single in June 1981, which was right around when I heard it on the radio.

I heard it in June 1981 on the radio and I was taken aback because I had never heard the song or the band before. But I was immediately drawn to it because it had this “certain sound” about it. Of course that certain sound was nothing less than the Sex Pistols’ great rhythm section of Paul Cook on drums and Steve Jones on guitar. The production was done by none other than Cook and Jones themselves! They did a good job!

The Professionals is the band formed by that rhythm section ion 1979 after the breakup of the Sex Pistols in 1978.

Sex Pistols, “Silly Thing”

Absolutely superb song from 1979’s Great Rock and Roll Swindle, the last album ever produced by the Sex Pistols. I was always certain that this was a cover of some great old rock song by, say, The Who, but this is actually a Cook/Jones Sex Pistols original! It’s incredible. Listen to that Wall of Sound. As good as anything Phil Spector ever did.

You can hear this famous Wall of Sound all through their first album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Those songs were recorded in 1977. I’m not sure how they went about getting this sound. I guess it’s all down to producer Dave Goodman.  and yes, this single was produced in Spring 1978. Johnny Rotten announced that the band was breaking up in January 1978. For the next several months, the remaining three band members, Sid Vicious, Paul Cook, and Steve Jones, recorded a number of songs with Goodman.

These songs were released the next year as part of the Swindle album. Jones is on guitar and Cook is on drums and vocals (His vocals are great!) here. Jones also overlayed the bass rather than suffer the incompetence of Vicious’ bass playing. People don’t realize this but everyone in the band does not need to be present when a song is recorded. You can indeed record any or all of the instruments separately and the vocals also.

It’s probably true though that the more band members you have up there playing in the studio, the better it sounds. Songs straight out of the studio don’t sound real great. Ever hear a “live in the studio” song? They’re not that great. They have a very basic, garage band type simplicity, but some people like that minimalism. The difference between live in the studio and what you hear on vinyl is all down the skills of the producer and what it does with that song after the musicians have played it.

Goodman is one of the best rock producers ever. People have no idea how important production is. It’s literally make or break for many songs and albums. There’s so much more to a great song than just music, lyrics, playing, and singing. So, so much more. You have no idea.

What you see, you can get
Nothing’s free, nothing’s said
Don’t be fooled by the signs
Don’t read in between the lines
What you’re gonna say?
What you’re gonna do?
Now you’ve missed out once again
But I thought you knew

Oh, you silly thing
You’ve really gone and done it now
Oh, you silly thing
You really gone and done it now

Trouble here, trouble there
People stop just to stare
What’s the use of wasting time?
Just move on, leave ’em all behind
What you’re gonna say?
What you’re gonna do?
Now you’ve missed out once again
But I thought you knew

Oh, you silly thing
You’ve really gone and done it now
Oh, you silly thing
You’ve really gone and done it now

Can’t you ever depend
On someone you call a friend?
When you see the naked eyes
You don’t even ask ’em why
You don’t even ask ’em why

Oh, you silly thing
You’ve really gone and done it now
Oh, you silly thing
You’ve really gone and done it now

Buzzcocks, “Something’s Gone Wrong Again”

The great pop punk and punk rock band from the UK, off their famous album “Singles Going Steady,’ a 1979 album I owned and had on my turntable about full-time back in those days. Released as the B side of “Harmony in My Head” single in 1979. Much was made of lead singer Pete Shelley being “gay” by Gap Identity Politics (IP) idiots, but the truth was he had sex with other males in his youth as so many basically straight men and then later married a couple of times for some period of time and fathered a kid of two.

He later identified as bisexual, but most guys like that lean straight. One thing most people will never tell you about bisexuals, especially bisexual men, is that they tend to lean one way or the other, either pretty significantly towards being gay or straight. There aren’t a whole lot of guys who are straight up in the middle.

Oh, and about bisexual women – clearly a modern fad – take whatever SJW’s say about “born this way” and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Most bisexual women in the modern era were certainly not “born that way” unless you mean they were born sluts, in which case then it’s a possibility. Sure, the ones that seem more gay than anything else but identify as bisexual probably have a biological component but the rest of them are just nymphos and sluts. They’re mostly just doing it to turn on guys.

Further, he never seemed like a very faggoty guy either with his singing voice, his onstage presence, or the songs he wrote, so I was shocked when Gay Politics boneheads referred to him as gay. My reaction was, “Well, I guess anyone can be gay then…” but of course the truth was much different than whatever the PC morons said.

I know. I’ve been around these characters my whole life. I know them like the back of my hand. I’ll tell you one thing. Every single thing you hear about bisexual men from SJW’s, Gap IP losers and other woketards is a flat out straight up lie. But none of these clowns tell the truth about anything involving male homosexuality.

They’re chronic liars as is the case with all IP idiots. If you want to know the truth about anything, ask some IP fucktard a question about their group du jour. Whatever they give you for an answer, just twist it around and think the precise opposite of whatever they said, and that’s somewhere near the truth. In that sense, I suppose IPtards are sort of walking lie detectors.

The Undertones, “Teenage Kicks”

Never knew much about this band from Derry in Northern Ireland. This is their all-time great famous single released in 1978. They were a combination of garage rock, rock, glam rock, punk, and later, post-punk. I never even heard this song until a few years ago. Wondering what I’ve been missing all this time.

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”

Well there ya go. I told you they sounded like AC/DC. It’s like AC/DC, except it’s totally punked out and speeded out. Weird cover. Guitar almost sounds like early Queen, or maybe even Mountain! It’s also got that Humble Pie sound to it. “30 Days in the Hole” anyone?

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled)”. I like this raw sound. I’m wondering if this chick is on speed. How the Hell does she have so damned much energy?

Besides punk rock and the Damned, so much in evidence here, how about another influence? Heavy metal? Australian heavy metal? How about AC/DC? Anyone here AC/DC in this band. I can hear it in the guitar. Maybe it’s those Australian genes.

And then what do I hear again? The Stooges. Of course. But you know, the Stooges sort of started everything in a way. So many bands were influenced by them. The rhythm section in the back and even those crazy guitars, yep. Iggy and the Stooges. It’s like Iggy turned into a girl and put a bra and shorts on.

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Control”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Control.” Another one. Real nice. This is the one where the rhythm section sounds like G. G. Allin’s band. Like that lead too. Not sure what that sounds like either. Well, the Stooges, yeah. Raw Power, anyone? How bout “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” by the X-Ray Spex? And once again, G. G. Allin’s band!

You know what else that sounds like? The Damned!

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Gacked on Anger”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Gacked on Anger.”

Again. Well that’s some real punk rock all right. All the way back to 1976 and 1977. Funny all these bands try to reproduce the sound but they just can’t seem to do it, can they? Here I am talking about how all modern music sucks, and this damned band shows up to pour champagne all over my pity party! What’s with you guys? Can’t you let a guy suffer in peace? Why do you have to come along and make me all happy and shit? Geez.

Ok, the rhythm section. Iggy and the Stooges. Obviously. And I know everyone hates them, but does anyone else feel a bit of G. G. Allen’s rhythm section ripping along there? I always like that heavy pounding sound they had. Say what you want about G. G., but at least it was rock and roll, dammit.

Plus some of those other bands – the X-Ray Spex, the Runaways (believe it or not) and I hate to say it but yep, the damned Plasmatics, probably one of the most hated bands of the early 80’s. But maybe they were ok after all?

There ya go. The music video. I usually hate violent bitches, but I think I might like it if this psychobitch was yelling at me like this.

Once she hits me with that damned bottle, it’s all over though. I’d have to beat her ass for that. Of course I’d try to have sex with her after I beat her up. She’d probably do it, too. Women are really insane that way. If you haven’t out the connection women have with violence and sex, well, stick around a few more years. I’m an old-timer. I’d still completely freaked out by how twisted and insane women are when it comes to sex. They’re pretty nuts anyway, but when it comes to the bedroom, just throw out all the  rules. All rationality stops at the bedroom door and sorts of craziness and weirdness begins.

The main problem men have with women is we expect them to be logical like us. They’re not. Their emotionally driven creatures. Most of their behavior is emotionally driven. It’s not that they lack logic – but they have emotional logic, which is not the same thing as intellectual logic. And no matter how nutty a woman acts, if you sit down and think about it, there’s usually some crazy reason, an actual, logical reason, but a crazy one, mind you behind just about everything she does.

If you expect women to make sense according to the rules of men and their logic, you will be angry most of your life. And you will spend a lot of time being angry at women because a lot of their illogic is pretty infuriating.

But the next time a woman does something nutty, sit down and think whether it makes sense in some crazy way. Look for the crazy logic. Screw the sane logic. They don’t play that. There’s a reason in there, in the wilds of her emotional thickets. Once you start to understand her emotional language and logic, you can start piecing together a lot more of her behavior. She’ll even start to make sense. Crazy sense, sure, but sense nevertheless.

Of course I’d grab her and try to fuck her after I let her have a bit of fun with me. I’d have to. No bitch talks to me without getting sexually attacked. If she shoves me away, fine, but if you’re going to talk to a man like that, you better be prepared to get fucked or at least get sexually attacked a bit, dammit. If you don’t want to do it, fine, just shove him away. But when you talk to a man like that, I’ll be damned if you aren’t fucking asking for it.

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you ain’t prepared for the blowback, ladies, don’t even talk to any man like this, ever. If he’s any kind of a man at all, he’s going to jump ya.

But maybe you like that, huh girls? Why did you talk to a man like that in the first place? No woman talks to a man like that unless she wants to get fucked. Get real, dammit.

If you can’t handle that, then forget it. Play it safe. Just call the cops or something, ladies. Don’t push your luck!

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Shake Ya”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “Shake Ya.” I’m just going to post these guys today. They’re too much. Sound like the X-Ray Spex. Her voice is a replica of Poly Styrene. Other influences: Iggy and the Stooges, Cherie Currie and the Runaways (Currie on vocals), Joan Jett of the Runaways and solo (vocals), Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics (vocals, and, yep, believe it or not), and Courtney Love’s Hole (vocals again). Continuing in the great tradition of The Saints, the original great Australian punk rock band from the 1970’s. I’ll have to post some of them!

Amyl and the Sniffers, “I’m Not a Loser”

Amyl and the Sniffers, “I’m Not a Loser.” This is probably my favorite song by this band. It’s like Wendy O of the Plasmatics and Debbie Harry of Blondie somehow had a baby. Don’t ask me how that’s possible, but come on, man.

It’s 2021! Get with the program, bigots! It’s a new world now. Men have breasts, vaginas, huge clits, and even get get pregnant. Women have penises. There’s no such thing as men and women anymore, Nazis. There’s penis-havers and vagina-havers. Guys get knocked up all the time. Lesbians have dicks, big ones sometimes! You’d be surprised. You haters need to get out more. I bet most of you aren’t even pan, huh? Come on, it’s the 21st Century. Everyone’s pansexual, get with it, dammit!

Ok, now that is some very, very nice music. This is what I remember punk rock was like. Sure, it’s derivative, but so what? Like punk rock wasn’t all derivative of itself? Of course it was. But this is the real thing. It’s the most 70’s or 80’s song I’ve heard in a while, and it was recorded only two years ago. Those British accents? Nope. Australian accents! This is an Australian band! And this song is live in LA at a club called The Echo that I’ve never even heard of! Have to check out some more of this music. I do like this one song though.

Band name is perfect too. And of course, so is the song title! Hot lead singer reminds me a bit of Debbie Harry but that’s not quite it. More like the chick lead singer of the Avengers, the great San Francisco punk rock band from the 1970’s. And they sound very much like them indeed.

“Paint It Black,” The Rolling Stones

“Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones, off the Aftermath album, their fourth album, 1966. The lyrics are about grief, death, and sex. Hey, I like that combo. The Stones always were pretty dark and evil to the Beatles sunny day stuff. But that’s ok. The world’s pretty dark and evil anyway, might as well sing about it, no? This is actually raga rock, or rock music with an Indian influence. This song does sound Indian, doesn’t it? Wow, I never knew that, and here I am, listening to this song for 45 years and I finally figure this out. This was one of the first songs to use a sitar, the Indian instrument.

Jagger said he based the song on James Joyce’s Ulysses, from which the line, “I have to turn my head until my darkness grows” with its theme of desperation and desolation. Well, at least he reads the classics.

I see a red door
And I want it painted black
No colors anymore
I want them to turn black

I see the girls walk by
Dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head
Until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars
And they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love
Both never to come back

I’ve seen people turn their heads
And quickly look away
Like a newborn baby
It just happens everyday

I look inside myself
And see my heart is black
I see my red door
I must have it painted black

Maybe then, I’ll fade away
And not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up
When your whole world is black

No more will my green sea
Go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing
Happening to you

If I look hard enough
Into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me
Before the morning comes

I see a red door
And I want it painted black
No colors anymore
I want them to turn black

I see the girls walk by
Dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head
Until my darkness goes

I wanna see it painted
Painted black
Black as night
Black as coal

I wanna see the sun
Blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted
Painted black, yeah

ZZ Top, “La Grange”

“La Grange” by ZZ Top, off their great third album, Tres Hombres. Their first two albums, ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud, didn’t sell real well, but this one really hit the spot. They were these sort of hippie redneck freaks from Texas playing this weird country/blues/jam boogie Southern rock.

The lyrics to the song are about a famous brothel in La Grange, Texas called The Chicken Ranch. This brothel was also the theme of the play Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. After all these years, I had no idea the song was about that!

This music jams like Hell! They just don’t make music like this anymore.

Rumor spreadin’ a-’round in that Texas town
’bout that shack outside La Grange
and you know what I’m talkin’ about.
Just let me know if you wanna go
to that home out on the range.
They gotta lotta nice girls ah.

Have mercy.
A haw, haw, haw, haw, a haw.
A haw, haw, haw.

Well, I hear it’s fine if you got the time
and the ten to get yourself in.
A hmm, hmm.
And I hear it’s tight most ev’ry night,
but now I might be mistaken.
hmm, hmm, hmm.

Ah have mercy.

Jimi Hendrix, “Star Spangled Banner”

Jimi Hendrix, “Star Spangled Banner.”

This is the very famous version from Woodstock, 1969. Too bad I was too young for that at age 12, otherwise I should have gone for sure. It’s pure noise but I love it, so what! So sue me! I don’t believe this song was recorded before Woodstock but I might be mistaken.

The intro here is by Little Richard, yeah he was gay as Hell but so what, he was great anyway. The end is Jimi Hendrix on the Jimmy Carson Show. Anyone remember him? I do! Listen to how soft his voice is. And check out that hippie getup. Dig it, man, dig it! Love that peace sign at the end too.

I’m not sure if I met a lot of them, but from what I recall, most Black hippies were pretty cool. I think I met a Black hippie in 1978 when I drove my ice cream truck and of course sold pot and hash out of it on the side like the old Dragnet shows. One night after work, we were smoking hash in my car with this hippie dude with an “Eat the Rich” shirt and this Black hippie dude. The Black dude was playing a Parliament Funkadelic tape. That was funk, some sort of psychedelic post-hippie weirdness. You have to go look it up on Wikipedia. Those guys were too much. They were freaks!

Black hippies acted more like hippies than Black people. They didn’t act much different from the  White hippies. I’m not sure there were a lot of problems with them either. Maybe it was self-selection or maybe the  peace love dope hippie scene calmed them down, who knows? I’d much rather see Blacks wearing hippie getup, dropping acid, and flashing peace signs than acting like ghetto rappers and destroying cities and being pissed off for no reason over retard causes like BLM.

Elvis Presley, “Where No One Stands Alone”

Elvis Presley, “Where No One Stands Alone” from How Great Thou Art, his second gospel album, 1967. His first gospel album was His Hand in Mine, 1960. His third gospel album was He Touched Me, 1972. The original was written by the famous Baptist minister and gospel songwriter Mosie Lister in 1955. This is his 9th album and supposedly the best of his gospel albums. I started collecting some of these old gospel albums back in the 1980’s. I was shocked at how good they were. This is supposedly the best of his gospel albums, but the others are probably pretty good too.

If you’ve never heard any of Elvis’ gospel music, you don’t know what you’re missing. You don’t have to be Christian. You don’t have to be religious. Hell, you can even be a raving atheist. But you’ve got to admit, this is some real special music. If there’s a Heaven somewhere, you just know they’ve got to be playing songs like this. How could they not? That’s what songs like this are made for.

A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”

 

A Great Big World, “Say Something”, 2012. Won a Grammy award for Best Pop Song that year. I’ve never even heard of this band, a duo. On this version, they invited Christina Aguilera to sing with them. The male singer with the glasses sure has a killer falsetto voice!

I heard this the other day for the first time and I thought it was awesome! Not exactly my typical music, but so what! It’s great, beautiful, sad as Hell pop music. You know, the best kind? I never thought Christina Aguilera was any good. I thought she was some Madonna knockoff, except she’s not a slut like Madonna. Not that that’s a bad thing. There’s a place in this world for sluts, you know. This is the live version.

Same song, here with the lyrics for you to cry along to. And after that last year, the shittiest year of most of our lifetimes, most of y’all could surely use a good cry.

Ronnie Milsap/Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends

 

“Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” by Ronny Milsap. Supposedly a big hit in 1974, except I’ve never even heard of it! There’s also a Willie Nelson version.

The song itself was written by Kris Kristofferson, the great songwriter. I believe he wrote it for Ronnie Milsap. Here’s Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge performing it live. What’s odd about this performance is that they performed this just as their marriage was ending. Look in Rita’s eyes. Hell, look in Kris’ eyes.  They both look sad, but Rita looks sad as Hell. It took her a long time to get over Kris Kristofferson. That’s why she was single for so long after she broke up with him. Wasn’t she beautiful though?

See how Kris is dressed? See how his hair is cut? That’s how we wore our hair and dressed in the 1970’s. Faggy shirts, faggy pants, faggy long hair, the whole faggy nine yards. We even sort of acted like fags. Well, just a little bit. More like Mick Jagger/Iggy Pop pure androgynes if you catch my drift. Women really went for pure androgynes like that bigtime.

The idea back then was dress like a fag, sort of act like a fag (but not too much), play your cards right, add in some good looks and killer game, and you’ll get lots of pussy! So that’s what we did. We dressed like a bunch of faggots, acted a little tiny bit faggy, and, well, some of us…got lots of pussy! And almost none of us were the slightest bit gay either! Because you know, that was a bridge too far back then. As it should be.

I swear men will do anything women demand they do to get laid. If women made us stand on our head for two hours while counting backwards from 100 in order to get laid, a lot of us idiots would probably just do it. The feminists have got it all wrong. The women have us by the balls, not the other way around. They write the rules, we play the game. They can change the rules all the want, and we’ll follow like pathetic puppy dogs. When you’re a pussy addict, the pussy dealers (the women) can play you like a fiddle. And most of us fool men will do anything for a fix, just like any old addict.

C’est la vie!

“Did You No Wrong,” Sex Pistols

Very nice! “Did You No Wrong” by the Sex Pistols. This song was never included on their most famous album, Never Mind the Bollocks, here’s the Sex Pistols, one of the greatest rock albums ever made that did more than any other record to kick start the punk rock movement. This song was only released as a B-side to God Save the Queen, which was released in May 1977.

The famous record jacket from the Sex Pistols very early single, “God Save the Queen.” The Virgin version had “I Did You No Wrong” on the B side.

The album was not released until October. It somehow went to #1 on the charts even though it caused a wave of outrage because it pretty much insulted the queen and by extension, the UK itself. It was actually banned by the BBC! After it was banned, the group rented a boat on the Thames River that flows through London and played the song at a very loud volume as the boat floated down the river. I remember when this song came out.

I believe either my brother or I purchased it in Summer 1978. Keep in mind that no one was into punk rock back then. Instead everyone was a pothead hippie, and this new punk rock music was universally reviled by such folks. I was a pothead hippie too of course, but I took to the new punk rock like a fish to water.

It was very unpopular to be a punk back then. You basically had just about no friends. Well, none of your friends agreed with your new music choice, let’s put it that way. Punks were basically reviled and  rejected by everyone, which is actually sort of the whole  idea of the movement, so in a way it was perfect! It was hard to be a punk though. I wore the buttons, cut my hair in an insane punk rock haircut with short hair but a long “tail” going down my neck. People would laugh at me and ridicule me when I went out.

Even though we bought the single a year after it came out, my brother and I were some of the only people into this new music. But we knew we had hit gold. The Sex Pistols were just rock roll, straight from Little Richard and  Chuck Berry through the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground and the Stooges to glam and the New York  Dolls all the way to the  logical next extension, punk rock. It was all a long, unbroken string, the same music being reincarnated and improved with each new generation.

At this time, rock had gotten away from rock music proper and was off into progressive rock like Genesis, Yes, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer (well, at least they rocked). Pretty much stoner music with lots of synthesizers. It was very nice, but rock and roll it wasn’t. Punk rock was supposed to be a rebellion against all that stuff and a straight, back to the basics approach. The Pistols had more in common with Chuck Berry than they did with Genesis.

“Whiskey Women,” Mott the Hoople

“Whiskey Women” off Wildlife, Mott the Hoople, 1971.

Another nice song. Sort of a bluesy feel to it. Actually, this album did have a country rock-hippie feel to it. It got terrible reviews, but I still think it’s great. But then I like Mad Shadows, so hey, what do I know. Another song written by Ralphs and quite possibly sung by him too. I don’t like this as much as the two preceding songs, but it’s still pretty good.

“Keep a Knockin’ (But You Can’t Come in), Mott the Hoople

“Keep a Knockin’ (But You Can’t Come in)” from Wildlife, by Mott the Hoople, 1971. Great music! The original provenance of this song is obscure, with multiple authors listed. However, it was made famous by the great Black rock and roller Little Richard! And yes, he was very much a homosexual his whole life. But it doesn’t matter because he was one of the best. It’s since been covered by everyone and their uncle. This is a very extended bluesy “noise” or “acid rock” jam version from the very early 70’s. This song rocks the roof right off the house, man!

“Wrong Side of the River,” Mott the Hoople

“Wrong Side of the River” by Mott the Hoople off Wildlife, 1971.

Great song! Isn’t that song just absolutely gorgeous? Mick Ralphs wrote the song and that’s him on vocals too. He sure had a beautiful voice. Too bad he didn’t sing more often. Later on, he played in Bad Company after Mott broke up. This is the 3rd album of Mott the Hoople. They were a very minor band at this point, and pretty much no one had ever heard of them, however it still made it to #44 on the UK charts, so at least a few people were dialed in that early. This has subsequently become a cult album by folks enamored of their glam phase.

I don’t even know how to characterize a song like that. Reminds me of Neil Young, and he’s definitely country music-infected. Love those soaring vocals! They started out as a very bluesy or even rhythm and blues band before going glam and glitter the very next year.

Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”

Dig those 1960’s outfits!

Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”, released in 1967 on the US album There Are But Four Small Faces. That album was a redo of their first British release, The Small Faces. That’s Ronnie Lane on guitar. He died of multiple sclerosis in 1996. I never got into these guys much, but they sound pretty good. I’m not even sure what sort of music that is. Sounds almost glam but this was before glam even started. I didn’t think I was going to like this song, but I like it a lot!

Supposedly they started out as a rhythm and blues band. The very first proto-rock music in the early 1950’s was done by Blacks, and it was indeed rhythm and blues, which grew straight out of the blues, which was also started by Blacks. I used to have a bunch of those very early records. They were 78 rpm’s! Anyone remember those big fat 78’s from the old, old days? So Black people absolutely started rock and roll! But then they quit playing it! Why, oh why, oh why?

This music was actually called pop or better yet, Britpop. Never heard of that movement but it sounds pretty cool. It had a comeback in the UK in the 1990’s.

Looks like they were already into their psychedelic phase here. No wonder I like it so much. This music is also called psychedelic pop (cool!) and mod, after the mod movement which started up in the UK and got going pretty big around the punk rock era.

It’s also called freakbeat, which is something I never heard of!

Cool, I’ve got a bunch of whole new music genres from half a decade ago to check out.