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Travers Blues

It is very easy to find out 10 articles on everything you can think about from probably the year 2000 and forward, but info from before can tough. I was very upset that there wasn’t more info on the song Travers Blues from Screaming Lord Sutch’s Alive and Well album. That is until I looked up the band he was playing with included Pat Travers. No explainer article needed, I guess. It’s a rocker regardless.

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M’ Lord!

In listening to more Screaming Lord Sutch and reading more about from his wikipedia, he recorded with a bunch of great musicians. Lord Sutch and His Heavy Friends with “from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page (who also produced the album) and John Bonham, guitarist Jeff Beck, session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, session guitarist Deniel Edwards and Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding.”

Despite the horrible reviews, one of the songs was used in the movie Logan Lucky (highly recommended):

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Bloody Rippa

You might have noticed in the last post that Nicky Hopkins got his start with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages. It definitely reminded me of another song that isn’t on Spotify. The original Jack the Ripper by Screaming Lord Sutch is there, but my introduction to it, alongside Astro, by the White Stripes is not on Spotify:

If you have the time, watch this terrifyingly wonderful clip of Screaming Lord Sutch doing his song live, scaring the shit of of kids:

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Considerably Too Much

Started following this Andy Zax (American music historian and a Grammy-nominated producer of music reissues) after this very funny tweet I saw:

So I looked through his other recent tweets and saw a response to someone stating that Their Satanic Majesties Request is the best Rolling Stones album:

I had never heard We Love You. This song is dope. The wikipedia article lists a quote from Melody Maker saying it was “too much,” but I disagree. John and Paul on the backup vocals. Brian Jones on Mellotron. Nicky Hopkins (just learned who he was, more on that later) on a great piano hook:

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You spelled tonight wrong too.

Me and Mike were having a conversation which lead to a discussion of Billy Squire, so while doing a deep dive of Emotions in Motion and Don’t Say No, I googled him to see what he looked like these days (not bad by the way, he has avoided the bloated-and-still-wearing-leather-and-earings look some 70’s and 80’s rockstars go for) and couldn’t avoid this headline: Billy Squire’s Career Killing Video.

The succinct gist from the wikipedia page:

Despite its major success, the song is sometimes associated with the end of Squier’s career as a singles artist due to the music video, which was described as one of the worst ever in the 2011 book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. Directed by Kenny Ortega, it shows Squier dancing around a bed with pastel-colored satin sheets. Squier’s concert ticket sales immediately suffered, and he later fired his managers. He has accused Ortega of deceiving him and altering his original concept, which Ortega denies. While Squier has remained steadfast that the video alone was responsible for the initial decline in his popularity, other commentators have been less certain.

It’s bad, but I was expecting worse.

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