Sunday, September 14, 2014
And that riff would be the one belonging to Train Kept a Rollin'.
In its original fingerpoppin' incarnation the riffing was all piano and scat ba-doo-days undergirding its lyrical bouquet of postwar hipsterisms. This Train offers up what is probably the greatest double entendre chorus ever written: The train kept a rollin' all night long and I still wouldn't let her go.
The song owes some debt to Cow-Cow Boogie.
Composer Tiny Bradshaw shuffles it along in 1951:
Johnny Burnette recognizes the song's carnal potential and takes it into a minor key and gives a scorching, jungly treatment in 1956:
The Yardbirds bring the monumental guitar riff of all rock guitar riffs in 1965. Behind the proto-metal guitar figure, this version returns some of the residual swing and strips it of Burnette's jungly vibe. Keith Relf's double overlayed vocals are like a brain wrestling between good and evil:
The band rerecorded Train for the movie Blow Up. The producers couldn't get licensing clearance for the original so they changed the lyrics to Stroll On and electrocuted it with fuzz-toned duel leads blowing off the Stratocasters of Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Many have argued that this is the moment where metal began. Whatever: it's friggin' hot.
Lemmy sludges it up and takes it back to the garage:
Jimmy Page brings it to early Led Zeppelin, 1969:
For most people, the reason they know of the song at all is for Aerosmith. The band released it as a single in 1974. It failed to chart at the time:
Live on television from 1974 on what may be the world's smallest stage:
Imelda May and "good ol' rockabilly":
While I was composing this piece I ran across a post for the Hard Rock Cafe's blog that had the same idea.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
So this is the filth and the fury: I must say, it's pretty impressive. (That is, everyone but Sid.)
Worth a listen. You won't be disappointed.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Blonde Redhead's new album is available for streaming at NPR.
You can also download a free track at Soundcloud.
Hear Interpol's El Pintor and Tricky's Adrian Thaws.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The song for the most part is a basic ProTools-sausage electronica recipe – though, better than most. Aside from the club beats, it has a kind of Todd Rundgren-ish sound. It's usually not the sort of thing we feature here on Jellyroll.
Except that this video has a twerking robot: