EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
The DEATH of ROCK:
“the BOSS” Guilty or Not Guilty?
The RISE of EURO ROCK!
It was 1973 and Rock was dead.
To prove this point, Bruce Springsteen was “the Boss” – this was the best Rock the U.S. had to offer.
Bruce undeniably earned his iconic place in Rock; but 00individual wasn’t feelin’ it, he wasn’t under the spell.
00individual was also among “the working class”, so if it were something as easy as a East Coast/West Coast cultural misread, that would suffice, but it was more than that – BS was to Rock in the ’70s as Steven Spielberg was to film in the ’70s – death to the Spirit of the Art. Both used the common denominator of the masses to actually bring down the diversity and quality of Rock and Film – there have been University classes that dealt with the impact “blockbusters” had on the art of film; with interesting but obvious outcomes.
Were there better bands? Absolutely, so 00individual and many like-minded Rockers immersed themselves in the exciting world of creative, innovative European Rock.
Many of the new sealed and promotional albums that 00individual came by from his days as a Rack Jobber and Record Store Manager would be used as trade-ins for store credit at the Sunset Strip Tower Record Store for “unknown imports”; as Tower had the best selection. Most imported foreign albums were English or U.K. pressings, a decent amount were from Germany, and then France and Italy.
Import records had an allure; their loose cellophane plastic covers (no heat shrink-wrap that could cause vinyl warp), usually looser cardboard covers but with better quality printing, in most cases a vellum type of inner sleeve up to actual high-grade plastic sleeves, and virgin vinyl, not recycled vinyl.
Many artists had world-wide distribution, but in some cases imports were unavailable as domestic releases, which made them rare right from the start. And even if released domestically, there was always the possibility of different tracks, or different versions of the same tracks. Fun stuff!
00individual would gather as much info possible about the band, then based on the cover art and the country of origin, musicians and instruments used (when the info was available) he would then make a selection. Sometimes he would just hold it in his hand to discern a vibe. Quickly he realized that just about everything outside of the U.S. was Happening! He really couldn’t lose; Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Jam Bands, Space Rock, Instrumentalists, Synth Rock, and soundtrack-like music – great stuff, and right there ready to enjoy!
00individual was in Rock Heaven and was given a route to rise above the current mediocre American market dominated by the ’70’s Singer/Songwriter and Disco takeover that certainly contributed to the marginalized state of Rock, and the Boss’ rise. It would take the Punk and then Grunge movements to revitalize Rock once again.
The RISE of EURO ROCK
Through his record connection dealings and fiendish vinyl collecting habit (one of his drugs of choice) 00individual was able to amass an impressive import album collection that consisted of albums by; Can, Neu, Tangerine Dream (Phaedra, ahhhh, music that melts), Sensations Fix, Faust, Hawkwind, Man, Popul Vuh, Kraftwerk, Amon Duul II, Nektar, Fotheringay, Bo Hanson, Terje Rypdal, Cosmic Jokers, Eloy, Golden Earring, Tomita, Ash Ra Tempel, Focus, Prematia Fornieria Marconi, Gong, Aphrodite’s Child, and the master Vangelis O. Papathanassiou, plus rare imports by Pink Floyd and Hendrix, virgin vinyl pressings of specific favorite Rock albums, and numerous other import obscurities, discoveries and treasures – and soundtracks – ye Gawdz! Soundtracks!
Check 1970s PROGRESSIVE ROCK BANDS for year-by-year decade list.
Retrospective history proves the widespread inspiration acquired by Rock and Pop Icons of the ‘80s, ‘90s, ’00s, ’10s, and on, was, and is attributed to the ‘70’s Euro Rock Bands.
Not Guilty! Actually, 00individual must thank the Boss – his mere existence acted as the catalyst for discovery of wondrous and excellent bands and their musical creativity and sound.
00individual don’t walk backwards, but will give credit when due, and the Boss’ writing talents are classic, especially when covered by others, and in that vein he falls in with Dylan. “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night” both covered by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in the ’70s, and especially “Born To Run” in one huge Bad Ass cover by ’80s Rock powerhouse, “Frankie Goes To Hollywood” (Holly Johnson sings it like he means it, like his life depends on it, as does the band’s driven punch and energy performance) are prime examples of world-class Springsteen covers.
“I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul,
Someday girl I don’t know when, We’re gonna get to that place Where we really wanna go,
And we’ll walk in the sun, But till then, tramps like us, Baby we were born to run.”
Bruce Springsteen speaks Tribal Truth.
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