Over-produced dumb rock has been en vogue for at least a decade at this point. Stoner metal's popularity is kind of an extension of that. But Early Man? Really? There's a bit of Sabbath in there - vocals and guitar. There's just no reason to toss this tripe on if you own a record released during the seventies. The title's pretty cool, though.
The entirety of this proggy effort might be a considerable let down. But the organ tone on here is enough to keep the song interesting for a bit. Plodding drums and a composition that doesn't go anywhere isn't a tremendous help, though.
Apart from this song being endlessly entertaining, its lyrics sound like the impetus for the Cramps' "Don't Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk." Even if it's not, the song found inclusion as a cover on Kid Congo's last long player on In the Red Records. Boss sounds - original and retold...
What folks frequently forget is that Canada’s initial population wasn’t too different that the States. Perhaps there were a few more Frenchy trappers up there than down here, but a similar exploratory lust served to open up that country up there. What the spirit didn’t translate to in Canada was a revelatory crop of musicians. But while there’s not a Canadian rivaling the changes Terry Riley or the Ramones levied on music, more than a few decent garage acts cropped up during the sixties.
What the band’s probably most noted for is the brief inclusion of guitarist Tony Iommi prior to founding Black Sabbath. Quitting this ensemble was, obviously, a good career move. Either way, Velvett Fogg, without the assistance of Iommi, heading into a recording studio during late 1968 and released its lone, self titled effort in January of the next year.
If these guys were American, and not from New Zealand, they'd have had a chance to make it proper big during the nineties and maybe again now. The resurgence in low rent rock stuff has to yield an above ground rock star. It won't be the 3ds, unfortunately, but it will probably be folks that sound similar to this and dress like its 1995.
Either way, the band didn’t sell too many copies, reportedly ranking its Music to Eat as the second worst seller in Columbia Records’ history. With the band generally characterized as a bunch of Zappa and Beefheart wanna-bes that kinda makes sense. But if anyone takes the time to sit down and listen to the band’s one disc, it’ll soon be realized that the Hampton Grease Band had a lot going for it – way beyond its influences.
But if that’s the Strokes’ only crime, we should let it go. Is This It? still ranks as an early millennium highlight. And anyone disagreeing with that should probably just go fiddle with their three hundred dollar copy of some live Steve Albini record – aka eat it.
Even with that restriction placed on his playing – it might actually open up the instrument’s possibilities, depending on who you’re talking to – Orcutt was able to forge a language detached from traditional tones and even rock music while remaining tied to music’s past by dint of Harry Pussy’s set up.
It’s not for lack of trying, though. And releases like Tea & Symphony’s 1969 effort An Asylum For the Musically Insane point to the Harvest folks taking on some projects not exactly fit for mass consumption – but Syd Barrett wasn’t either, and look at that guy’s legacy.
After getting an earful of his first two long players – authentic listens, not a passive airing of the disc – it becomes pretty difficult to dismiss the guy. Of course, Santana’s subsequent spiritual life and that one off disc pairing him with John McLaughlin aren’t special. But the guitarist still influenced an entire generation of Hispanic players.
There's really no way to guess when such a pairing as this is ever going to be on television again. But here Bowie and Cher run through what seems like every chart topper from the last thirty years or so. Kind of amazing - but just as weird.
At this point Olivier Messiaen might be better known as a teacher. But during the first half of the twentieth century, this composer worked up a tremendous number of intriguing and skewed works focused on dismantling a Western construction of harmony. Not for everyone, but highly recommended.