Chuck Berry recenzira Joy Division, The Ramones, Sex Pistols…

    Kada se sredinom sedamdesetih u Velikoj Britaniji i SAD-u pojavio prvi punk val, zaprijetio je da će dotad buntovne rockere gurnuti u drugi plan. Znali to punkeri ili ne, ali i njihov žanr korijene vuče iz rocka, tako da se sve vraća na početak, do Chucka Berrya.

    Znao je to i Berry, pa je danas zanimljivo vratiti se u 1980., zaviriti u punk fanzine Jet Lag! i pročitati njegove recenzije tada aktualnih punk himni The Clasha, Sex Pistolsa, The Ramonesa, Joy Divisiona, Talking Headsa i drugih…

    Sex Pistols – “God Save the Queen”:
    ‘What’s this guy so angry about anyway? Guitar work and progression is like mine. Good backbeat. Can’t understand most of the vocals. If you’re going to be mad at least let the people know what you’re mad about.’

    The Clash – “Complete Control”:
    ‘Sounds like the first one. The rhythm and chording work well together. Did this guy have a sore throat when he sang the vocals?’

    The Ramones – “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”:
    ‘A good little jump number. These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.’

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    The Romantics – “What I Like About You”:
    ‘Finally something you can dance to. Sounds a lot like the sixties with some of my riffs thrown in for good measure. You say this is new? I’ve heard this stuff plenty of times. I can’t understand the big fuss.’

    Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”:
    ‘A funky little number, that’s for sure. I like the bass a lot. Good mixture and a real good flow. The singer sounds like he has a bad case of stage fright.’

    Wire – “I Am the Fly” i “Unknown Pleasures” Joy Division:

    ‘So this is the so-called new stuff. It’s nothing I ain’t heard before. It sounds like an old blues jam that BB and Muddy would carry on backstage at the old amphitheatre in Chicago. The instruments may be different but the experiment’s the same.’


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