Around the music blogs today:
From somewhere in Canada, Homercat at Good Rockin’ Tonight is going south for a couple of tunes from the Marshall Tucker Band. Although they were squarely in the AOR mix during the late 70s, I’m not sure they belong on classic rock radio today. Is it possible that the definition of “classic” or, as my radio station puts it, “timeless,” can change? Listen and tell me what you think.
Anybody who remembers 70s TV can summon up the sound of Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker singing the All in the Family theme. But did you know they made a record of pop songs in 1973? The Record Robot has uncovered it. Whether that’s a service to musical history or a crime against humanity is up to you to decide.
(Speaking of 70s artifacts, VH1 has finally gotten around to I Love the 70s Volume II, three years after Volume One. Episodes covering 1970 and 1971 air tonight from 7 to 9PM Central, and other years will be featured every night this week.)
I’m over a week late getting to the following two posts, but you shouldn’t dawdle in getting to them yourself. At Take Em as They Come, Danny Alexander wrote about Bruce Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions album and tour as subversive of just about everything you’d expect Springsteen, and rock itself, to be. Meanwhile, He’s a Whore posted on the career of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with capsule review/summaries of each of their albums through the early 90s, and this amazing trivia nugget: Petty’s record company rejected Full Moon Fever at first, despite the inclusion of such now-classics as “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin’.” It took a regime change at the company to get it released.
Coming tomorrow: A brief and modest celebration of this blog’s second anniversary.