Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental fille de hoo-hah Fah Lo Suee and I will be off to Television City in Los Angeles, where we'll be taping the pilot episode of our new talk show -- Let's Hunt Down and Kill Joe Leiberman!
Okay, I'm just kidding here, but a boy can dream, can't he?
In any case, for whatever reason, further posting by moi will be sporadic for a day or two.
In the meantime, then, here's a hopefully fun little project for us al
Best Use of Power Chords in a Post-Elvis Pop or Rock Record!!!
And my totally top of my head Top Seven is:
7. The Rubinoos -- I Want to Be Your Boyfriend
Is it possible to do wimpy power chords? If so, these guys rule, unquestionably.
6. Piper -- Can't Wait
That's the young Billy Squier singing, but don't hold that against it, him or me. In any case, those guitar parts on the verse are essentially a slowed down version of The Rubinoos above. What the hell -- I love 'em both.
5. The Yardbirds -- Stroll On
Mentioned this yesterday, but the progression of this from the three previous versions -- Tiny Bradshaw in '51, the Rock and Roll Trio in '56, and the Yardbirds first take in '66 -- is one of the most astounding avant-garde examples of what we call the Folk Process at work I can think of.
4. Myrakle Brah -- I'd Rather Be
A fabulous song, to be sure, but included in large measure because I like to have something recorded in this century and I couldn't find a more than usually mediocre Killers song that qualified.
3. Big Star -- September Gurls
Power chords on an electric twelve-string guitar. Is there a more beautiful sound occurring in all of nature?
2. The Who -- I Can See For Miles
I'm aware some people can make a convincing case for Robert Johnson and a few other Delta bluesmen as the originators of the power chord, but let's face it -- Pete Townshend more or less owns them (the chords, not the bluesmen), at least in the second half of the 20th century. This may be his masterpiece in that regard, although I'm rather partial to the solo on "The Kids Are Alright."
And the numero uno vroom!vroom!! song of them all, not that surprisingly, happens to be...
1. The Raspberries -- Tonight
Best. Who. Rip-off. Ever.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
[Shameless blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania -- theme: films featuring archetypal bad boy characters -- is now up over at Box Office. As always, if you could be moved to go over there and leave a comment, it would help get me in good with management. Thanks!]