Tribute to “forgotten rock”

I’ve decided to try to bring back tribute and this one will be to the “forgotten rock”. Sure, we all know the big names, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, Rolling Stones, Chicago, and so on but there were many other bands that helped bring rock to it’s glory yet seem to not get a lot of airplay today like the Kinks, Slade, and several others.

First, I’ll start with Sweet’s “Fox on the Run“. Sweet (a.k.a. “The Sweet”) brought us several hits including this song, “Ballroom Blitz” (covered in the movie “Wayne’s World), “Teenage Rampage“, and “Love is Like Oxygen“. Sweet is a definite staple of the 70′s rock era that has gotten swept under the rug by much larger and more sucessful acts.

Another forgotten band is Slade. Slade had many hits though the 70s and into the 80′s from “How Does it Feel“, “Look Wot You Dun“, and “Mamma Weer All Crazee Now“. Despite their deliberate misspellings in many of their song titles, they never made it big in the USA but clearly made their mark on modern rock. Gene Simmons (of Kiss) and Tom Petersson (of Cheap Trick) both admitted to being fans of Slade – Gene even admitted that Kiss’ early styles were influenced by Slade. Quiet Riot covered the song’s “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Mamma Weer All Crazee Now” and Oasis also covered the song “Cum on Feel the Noize” as a B-side to “Don’t Look Back in Anger“.

The next band is one we’ve all heard but most can’t name. T-Rex is credited for being a significant influence in glam rock, punk, as well as assisting in the British invasion during the late 1960s. The band was on the track to making a successful comeback until the untimely death of their singer, Marc Dolan, in a dunk and driving accident in 1977. Their hit “Children of the Revolution” was covered by Bono (U2), Gavin Friday (Bush), Voilent Femes, and Maurice Seezer for the soundtrack to the 2001 musical “Moulin Rouge!” (in the movie performed by Christian, The Bohemians, and the Green Fairy).

A tribute to Supertramp

One of the lesser known, yet great, bands of the 70′s, 80′s and on is Supertramp. Another underrated band that people know but usually can’t place.

This band did get me in trouble at work once. I was listening to “Bloody Well Right” and a young lady asked me what band it was. So, I replied “Supertramp”. Of course, she complained to management that I called her a tramp. Sometimes you can’t just win. :(

First, Breakfast in America (and no, this isn’t the “new” version):

Next, my personal favorite from them, Goodbye Stranger:

Next, The Logical Song:

Lastly, Roger Hodgson (not with Supertramp) singing Take the Long Way Home:

Tribute to the Talking Heads

I’ve decided to do a tribute to a rather undrrated, yet quite influential, band, The Talking Heads. I don’t think we’ve had a band since that could match their theatrics.

First, a love perofrmance of one of their first hits, Phycho Killer (recently featured in an episode of Heroes).

Next a recording from a live performance of Live During Wartime. I’ve personally dubbed this one “The Talking Heads Aerobic Workout Video”. Within 30 seconds you’ll see why. :) They must have been great to see live – I wish I had the opprotunity to see them especially during this time in their career. I also have to admit, David Byrne can move.

Lastly, how could I not include a tribute to them without their biggest hit, Burning Down the House?

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Today in Rock (Mar 31) and I’m going to miss YCW tomorrow..

Work has me going far far away, our of the reaches of the P&YR show tomorrow morning so I’ll miss the debut of YCW but I’ll try to catch a webcast when I’m back to post the question, answer, and prizes.

And now, today in rock.

  • 1954 – Gee by Crows, claimed by many to be first genuine rock-and-roll hit, peaks at No. 6 on US R&B chart.
  • 1960 – Angus Young (AC/DC) was born.
  • 1967 – Robert Plant releases second pre-Led Zeppelin solo single, “Our Song”.
  • 1973 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon hits UK LP chart.
  • 1983 – “Beat It“, by Michael Jackson – which features a blistering Eddie Van Halen guitar solo – is premiered on MTV. Its high-energy fusion of rock and soul drives it to the top of the charts.
  • 1995 – Selena, the Latin superstar is shot and killed by her former personal assistant and former president of her fan club, who had earlier been dismissed for embezzlement.

A blast from the past..

They played this (well, the original) during one of the breaks today.  I just couldn’t resist.

Enjoy. :)

(Even the backup looks like Kate Pierson)
Edit: Kate, if you read this, don’t take offense, it’s the hair but could I have an autographed copy of an album, please? :)

An oldie but goodie

I just found this on YouTube, talk about bringing back memories. :)

A tribute to Rock

I’ve decided that every now and then I’ll post a tribute to one of the classic rock greatest performers. I’m sure some people will agree with me on some and others will disagree. I’ll post bands that have been an icon in the rock and roll community. I’ll start this off with the band Chicago.

First is a video of Robert Lamm on the piano, he has been with the band for 41 years and is incredible on the piano and an incredible songwriter (Saturday in the Park etc.). This video is long and is “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” but includes a 5 minute intro / piano solo by Robert.

Next is a great song, Dialogue – a duet with Terry Kath (rip) and Peter Cetera. IMO Peter was a great part of the band even though where he brought the band into the 80s, even though some of their biggest albums (Chicago 17 as an example), I have to call it pseudo-Chicago. They seemed to lose the great jazz-rock sound they had. Luckily, they still have it now.

I’ve seen Chicago live twice (a few years ago in West Palm where Hewey Lewis & the News opened for them) and both times were up there as some of the greatest concerts I’ve ever seen.

Feel free to post suggestions for future tributes on the forums.