Wednesday, May 04, 2011

talking about boogie

compare and contrast

same boogie-Berry chug, same pallid slightly-cissy vocals

the Quo do for, well, down-to-earthness what the Wind do for traversing the space-time continuum

one thing i dig about 70s hard rock is the proximity--the lack really of much significant distance between Groundhogs, Budgie, Free, Sweet, Mott the Hoople, Thin Lizzy Eddie & The Hot Rods, Tom Robinson Band et al

some are a little bit more bluesy, some are little bit more playerly, some go for a bit more structural convolution, others just do heads down no nonsense mindless boogie

at the time the differences would have been much more significant

it is all, in the grand scheme of things, looking back, much of a glorious muchness

the differences are mostly cosmetic, to do with lyrics or scene solidarities or some kink in presentation

this is the Carduccian view really

with punk as the decisive break, where the rhythm flattens into a unswinging bludgeon

(but then again: X Ray Spex, the Ruts - the music does swing, it's great hard rock, plus with both those bands, Poly RIP and Malcolm RIP, they'd been hippies before punk. iirc, Malcolm and other main Ruts dude were bumming around in a Welsh commune or something like during '76's Summer of Punk!)

the only thing I would add to the Carduccian view is that there is also less distance from black music at that point, which was small-band music too

especially so in America where the distance between James Gang "Funk #49" (1970) and the Meters's "Stay Away" (1972) is teensy

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