Thursday, November 08, 2007

Birthday Greetings Woody!

Super PowerPop birthday greetings go out today to ex-Move/ELO/Wizzard/Wizzo member/instrumentalist/guitarist Roy Wood, born this day in 1946 in Kitts Green, Birmingham.

Here's a video from Roy's terribly underrated 1973 solo LP Boulders for the beautiful Dear Elaine which reached number 15 on the UK charts in that same year.

Cheers Mate! I'll have a pint in your honor tonight!

3 comments:

steve simels said...

I absolutely love that song, and the whole album is utterly brilliant.

The song where the percussion is tears dropping into a bucket...
Or the love song sung by a computer to its programmer?

And Wood played every note of it to boot.
An absolute classic...

Excellent call, KC...

Kid Charlemagne said...

The reason Boulders came to mind Steve is that I just picked up the new remaster of this LP and it's just a blast to listen to.

Mister Pleasant said...

Yep, Boulders is a keeper. The two medleys are great, with Roy going for some rockin' 50's sounds. "Miss Clarke and the Computer" - as Mr. Simels pointed out - is heart-rending and contains one of the finest melodies Roy ever wrote.

I find his follow-up Mustard to be equally fab. When "You Sure Got it Now" switches from Andrews Sisters to Tina Turner, the insane sax riff that opens that section blows the dust out of my speakers.

Sure would like to have heard more from him since the mid 70s.