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.
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):
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:
Can’t believe I’ve never heard of him before. This dude was on a lot of amazing music. This post is a pretty great narrowing down of 15 songs he stands out in.
That last linked post starts out with this: Hopkins was but a teenager when he began working as a professional musician in 1960, joining Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, a gig that would soon lead to his role in English blues harpist Cyril Davies’ R&B All-Stars. While many of the forthcoming British Invasion bands were still figuring out what they were doing, Davies and the All-Stars were performing and recording high-energy rhythm & blues like “Country Line Special” a 1963 single that featured the young Hopkins’ locomotive piano.
I was debating which song to post from that collection, but Country Line Special is pretty damn good:
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:
This is patent nonsense.— Andy Zax (@andyzax) June 19, 2020
(There is an arguable case to be made that "We Love You," which should have appeared on Satanic Majesties, is the best Rolling Stones single, but still.) https://t.co/zXyLisUs4W
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: