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Thursday, February 09, 2006

British Invasion

Before they became the world's biggest pop stars, The Beatles were a rough and tumble group from the working class North of England who, like so many of today's musicians, found a following in Europe. You might call that version of the Beatles a garage band. You could easily say that John Lennon had punk attitude. On this date in 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The British Invasion began. On February 10th, probably thousands of kids in the USA picked up guitars for the first time and formed bands with other first time musicians. That's really punk - forming a band when you can't play. But the Beatles did play pretty damn well. Slogging it out for two or three sets a night makes you pretty expert. By the time they became pop stars, they were recording in Abbey Road, London's top of the line studio, with George Martin, no slouch himself. They re-invented and pioneered so much in the world of recording that even though I know it was just for sound-byte sake, but, uh, Johnny Rotten - you said "No Beatles and Stones in 77" BUT you were just a little bit wrong. After 1978, there were no more Sex Pistols either. Not until the reunion bug was made undeniably attractive to you. And now you're in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. So - you won after all, and you're one of "them" - "rock's royalty." How does that grab you Mr. Lydon? I'm pretty damn excited that punk rock has invaded the Rock Hall. The Ramones, The Clash, Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads and the Police who did have a complete punk aesthetic and came up the punk way even though Sting has become a total POP STAR with a mainstream audience.... they're all in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. We made our mark.

Sex Pistols

1 comment:

nick beef said...

no biggy, but the "no elvis beatles or the rolling stones" comment was a clash song. the points still there though.