The most-asked question of the week is why Joe Perry always makes a puss when a picture of Aerosmith i$ taken. No matter, we're glad to )see "Dream On" climbing up the charts, and Aerosmith will prove, within the next six months, to be one of the more important bands of the 70's. ' ,,. ______ , __________ neighborhood and they're still alive, so what are you waiting for? ~ Amen. Moving on down the line, to bands whose spirit is clearly lodged in, and hence end up copying, the 60's are Badfinger, the Raspberries and Blue Ash. Badfinger (Apple Rec.), still not delivering their c9me-back album as promised for much too long, are best remembered for their incredible Beatle-takes a few years back. Singles like "Baby Blue,''. "Day After Day," "No Matter What,,,, while not getting too many originality points, served as a contrived reminder of the past, and injected a little excitement back into radio. Same goes for Raspberries . (Capitol) who are a little too clean and "- polished for my tastes. Yeesh, Eric Carmen could have come out' of any Buffalo high school. If the success of the previous two bands are hints to any companies, there's no reason·why Blue Ash (Mercury Rec.) shouldn't be right up there with them. Generating recall to the early Who, Beatles and Byrds, Blue Ash's first albu~ No More No Less is a fine link of the 60's to now; a blast from the past. Although I like them, the final ·jump from 'like' to 'WOW' is not there. I don't know, all · three bands are too "nice" and a bit too for.mulated in their approach to Teenage music: they take it too seriously. Take rock 'n' roll too seriously and it's not rock 'n' roll anymore , See?
Tee;nageMusicin the 70's: Part 2!! "Checkin' out the halls, makin' sure the coast is clear, Lookin' in the stalls, Nah, there /3.in't nobody here, Well, my buddy Fang and me and Paul, -GARY SPERRAZZA! To get caught would surely be the death of us all ·smokin' in the Boys Room , They put m:e to work in the school bookstore, 1 - Check-out counter and I got bored,
Hi there! .. , Nab, don't get excited, I'm still dead, but me and the boys figured this is a good enough way to attract your attention fo the fact that some friehds of mine the Marshall Tucker Band, will be with 1 Mike Bloomfield at the Century Theatre Nov. 15 at a· pm (sponsored by Buff State's SUB).
Ifthe guy on the right would've consulted an optometrist, hq,wouldn't have .to put arrows on his clothes to show us where it's at, as if we cared. As for the 9ther two, look at it this way, at least it keeps them off the streets. l them. 11 , Guess what's gonna happen? Brownsville Station are pure raunch 'n' roll. The music is hard, bloozy rock, each tune ,concise and to the point. They're punks, without much sense of where they are in the music 'scheme of things,' and put them on a stage and they don't leave without making you happy. And with the limitations of a 3-piece band being so restrictive, that's quite an accomplishment. · Their sole album recorded on ·the incredibly large Columbia complex, Aerosmith's problem is that they are literally ignored by most, because it's not too known that Aerosmith even exists. I'll let Dann DeWitt's review in CREEM Magazine speak for me, since it was that review that made me run out and get the aibum: ' "Not only do they have archetypal locker-room sneers and kid-next-door dimensionality; they ain't got moustaches . .. I like this band because they seem to be true to themselves; there's no imitation c6untry or superhip posturing or frosted hair, just a few pimples and a full LP of screaming, metallic, creative rock ,and roll. Their format is out of the • classic mold: two guitars, bass, drums, a vocalist ... but what they do out of this structure is a fucking pleasure . .. Make some trouble for yourself and. get this album. They've played in ,, my
The teacher was lookin' for me all a~ound, Two hours later, you know where I was found Smokin' in the Boys Room
Smokin' in the Boys Room Now teacher, don't you fill me up with your rule~, Cause everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school" ·-Brownsville Station Big J-,eaf Music (ASCAP)
With the ending of one stage is always left a few pieces from which a new stage emerges. So it is with the new Teenage music: a return to the art of the single. Structurally, the attention is focused on its' tightness and conciseness, infec tious melody, crisp harmonies, and a sharp · eye on production. _Being a combination ,of a resurgence in pop. consciousness and the punk-rock of the 60's, Teenage music breaks up into·four styles or approaches : 1) Concentrate on the rocking aspects 9f the 60's, and fuse it with the 70's (Slade, Sweet, Aerosmith, Brownsvill'e Station, etc .) 2) Just out-and-out copy it (Bad.finger, Raspberries, Blµe Ash, etc.) 3) Poke 1 fun at it (Wackers, Big Star, etc .) 4) Concentrate on the ~ofter/pop aspects of the 60's and fuse it with the 70's (Blue, Curt Boetcher, David Beaver) · Note: Some of those listed do nnot always perform in just the style they're accredited, b,ut at times combine it with the other styles. These are general listings.
Talk about androgeny in rock. Above are . the fabulous Sweet, of dubious parentage, with four well-dressed gentlemen.
On one end, we have two British groups: The Sweet and Slade. It's hardly possible to ever say enough about the SweeJ: in terms of their effectiveness.
They've rnastered .the single, their 4-part over-dubbed clapping and chants. The harmonies are delightful, the music is as recent · Warners release, Sladest, is snappy and heavy as they come. They suggested: it's an up to date "best-of" don't even need albums, The Sweet collection hopefully introducing Slade simply have no use for them. They chum ' the right way to the States. ,out a fine string of singles and then when To · say that the aforementioned there's enough, Bell Records puts them groups are popular in England is an all together and releases it as an album. understatement (The Sweet's current That's class. 'Because the Sweet have been "Ballroom Blitz"; went from No. 15 to' discussed at length pr~viously, we'll move No. 1 within two weeks qf release, Slade'$ on. "Sqweeze Me Pleeze Me" debuted in the •• Slade have finally made the big m:ove British Top 30 as No. 1). In America, the by switching labels from Polydor to heavier teenage bands don't have it so Warners. Manager Chas Chandler easy. (ex-Animals) may not see the mass idol Consider Brownsville Station: their following in England recur here, beca)lse / flair for predicting styles before they Slade's policy of demanding the audience happen always result in BS being left out Up and moving follows too closely on the when the style becomes.popular. BS did heels of the "boogie"-rock era now fading an , album of 50's , revival .music on in America. Other than that, Slade's Warners, later the 50's revival .came in, BS singles formula seems to fol\ow this: were unmentioned. BS did a boogie Noddy Holder's incredible voice album. boogie became the rage, BS were bellowing out sonfe distinctively teenage , ignor('ld. Now with their lqtest release, lyrics, strong rhythm with heavy off-beat Yeah (Big Tree), they've brought out tHe drumming, piercing guitar, and teenage p1;1nk style they've always had in
Remember when you were in high school and four guys would come up to you and the one on the left would say: ','My friend says you called me a prick. " If you said "Yeah,. I did'' they'd kill you. If you said "No, I didn't," they'd say "What, y,ou . callin' me a liar?" and you'd get killed anyway. Note Dave Hill on the right who looks like he's ready tobiteyour ear off. And I don't know why, I just don't know why, So you think my singing's out of time, well it makes me money, And I don't know why, I just don't know why anymore So come on feel the noize, Girls grab the boys And get wild, wild, wild." -Slade Yellow Dog Music (ASCAP) .
"So you think I've got an evil mind, well I'll tell you, honey
STRAIT, I NOVEMBER 1973
STRAIT, I NOVEMBER 1973
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