Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental tuna casserole Fah Lo Suee and I will be blah blah blah blah.
And the blah blah thing just means that I'm tired and I have no joke this week. Seriously, I'm pooped. (Although I'm actually pleased that I finally figured out how to use the new Blogger so that I don't have to manually insert paragraph breaks. Seriously, what a drag that was.)
Ih any event, that being the case, here's a fun and hopefully relevant little project with an amusing subtext that we can all get behind while I take a long and well deserved nap:
TOP TEN MOST IMPORTANT AMERICAN ROCK BANDS OF THE SIXTIES!!!
No arbitrary rules, except that no solo artists or folk duos need apply -- sorry Bob, sorry Paul, sorry Artie etc.
And no singing/vocal groups either. Which means that if you nominate any of the Motown acts other than Jr. Walker and the All-Stars I am going to taunt you mercilessly. We're talking bands here -- with people who, like, play guitars and drums and stuff. Okay? Okay.
And yes, we may have done this one a couple of years ago, but if Hollywood can remake Total Recall then for heaven's sake I'm entitled to recycle as well.
And my totally top of my head Top Ten, in no particular order except for Number One, is/are:
10: The Rascals
Blue-eyed soul. Nobody did it better and with more rock attitude.
9: The MC5
"The American Ruse" indeed, and it's really quite horrific that this song hasn't dated a whit. Although Jon Landau's production still (characteristically) sucks.
8: The Velvet Underground
Nelson Algren meets the Rolling Stones. If you think that anybody at the moment is doing something as innovative, gutsy and avant-garde, please e-mail me at Just Blow Me.Com. Thank you.
7: The Blues Project
"I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes" [remastered, from Blues Project Anthology]
Maybe you had to be there, but these guys were among the most exciting live acts I've ever seen. And they sounded EXACTLY like this in person.
6: Jefferson Airplane
"She Has Funny Cars" [Live at the Cafe Au Go Go 4/3/67 bootleg]
America's loudest band. I was actually at this show, so I know what I'm talking about.
5: Moby Grape
"Omaha" [unedited version without fadeout]
The greatest debut album in all of American rock. And the two that followed were pretty damned good, too.
4: Buffalo Springfield
"Baby Don't Scold Me" [currently unavailable stereo version from Buffalo Springfield -- vinyl rip]
Don't even get me started on the fact that the reunion tour is probably over and didn't make it to the East Coast. I may take a hostage.
3: Paul Revere and the Raiders
"Him or Me (What's It Gonna Be)" [stereo remix from The Essential Ride 1963-67]
Seriously, that's it.
2/1 (IT'S A TIE): The Beach Boys and The Byrds
"Please Let Me Wonder" [unreleased stereo mix from Beach Boys Today]
"Mr. Tambourine Man" [Jim Dickson stereo mix from Never Before]
The short version? Apart from everything else, both the Beach Boys and Byrds invented a sound. Hell, a genre. Very few people in music history can make that claim.
And before somebody goes "What -- Paul Revere and not The Band?", let me just say the The Band would have been my number 11, and that -- heretical as the judgement may be -- they have never really rocked hard enough for me. Sorry.
And also, before somebody brings up The Grateful Dead, let me just say that while it's hardly a secret that I am not now and have never been a fan, I would nonetheless submit that the albums on which their reputation mostly rests -- American Beauty and Workingman's Dead -- were both released in the 70s. And that their work prior to that was mostly along the lines of a fairly meh white blues band with a mildly irritating experimental bent.
Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?