clampdaddy wrote:We still have Jim. Wanna see him get riled up?
Hey Jim, the Stones suck and Mick Jagger couldn't carry a tune in a bucket!
I did my best, buddy. Guess I should have gotten more personal about other musicians to have caused a bigger stir! Oh well....still learning every day!
BUt thinking about it....Jimi was a one-trick pony.....ZZ Top should be renamed "ZZ Please Fu**ing Stop".....U2 was just an acronym for "I'm bored, U2?"..... "The Who" started out as "The Who Cares"..."with our master of child porn on guitar"......."Led Zeppellin", I think their name said it all. "they fly like a ...."..."The Beatles", Paul McCartney is third on the world wide list......watch grass grow..watch paint dry....watch Paul McCartney". But I'll give one thing to the Beatles, they do cover up minor bodily noises in elevators!
I somewhat agree with your assessment of Jimi, not ZZ Top though. Jimi is not a favorite of mine. I'd much rather listen to SRV play voodoo chile' than Jimi's version but credit where credit is due, he was like an alien that landed and was doing what nobody else could. ZZ Top is bad ass. Jimi was a Billy Gibbons fan.....that says something. Zeplin was great but not for the songs they are famous for. Jimmy Page was not a great lead guitar player. When his fingers started moving fast he got sloppy, but he was a master music writer/composer. He was not the typical guitar guy that goes out and blasts you with a three chord progression and calls it done. He'd use ten or twelve and I swear, its almost like he made their music hard to play on purpose.
U2 can suck one. I have mixed feelings about the Beatles. Just when I'm to the point that I could care less about them, Helter Skelter plays on the radio.....damn I love that song!!!
I was just trying to piss people off, cd! Tell you the truth, I pretty much agree with everything you said. Jimmy Page was/is a superior music maker. Even Keith gives him his due, and he doesn't do that often. He also appreciates AC/DC, which I can see, um, sometimes. I am EXACTLY the same with the Beatles....I write them off as Barry Manilow clones, then watch "Get Back", or "Imagine" or "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and see a genius in there. I guess I just look at it as a music reviewer once wrote....."The Beatles want to hold your hand....the Stones want to burn your town down!"
I somehow related more to that perspective!
Plus....while the Beatles generated a lot of excitement in teenage girls cause it was the thing to do.....Mick Jagger is the best Rock n Roll frontman, or to stretch it perhaps even entertainer, ever born. He's seventy now. I saw him a few months ago. He still generates a power on stage like no one else. Controls an audience without working at it or pandering to them. And then you have the whole Keith Richards/Jagger thing. Fascinating symbiotic relationship. Like the perfect marriage, they subconsciously (?) provide strength when one is weak for one reason or another, whether musically or personal. But they still slag each other like men.
Funny. I am not really one to idolize stars, heroes, or icons. But I have always been fascinated with this silly little band of rock n roll musicians. I know they play to masculine teenage angst, but they throw in wisdom that seems to come from somewhere I relate to......"You can't always get what you want....but if you try....you just might find....you get what you need....." There is, to me anyway, some real profundity in there. And beautiful visualization in their wording....
" Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright
Hear him whip the women just around midnight "
Wow. Brings a vicious awareness of the reality of the potential beastiality of mankind down to a few words.