Monday, July 5, 2010

Tomorrow Show (1977): Joan Jett & Paul Weller

Joan Jett (then of The Runaways), Paul Weller (The Jam), Kim Fowley, concert promoter Bill Graham, and rock critic Robert Hilburn sit down to talk rock n' roll, punk rock, and the "New Wave" with Tom Snyder on the Tomorrow Show back in 1977.

Quite the time capsule piece and amazing to see these two great musicians in their youth (Joan and Paul are both about 18 here). There are 3 additional segments from the show added to the playlist that center around Fowley, Graham, and Hilburn discussing the state of rock n' roll and the music industry. Enjoy the clips, gang.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone.

There are so many English bands that are, even to this day, totally overlooked by most US listeners.

What's so surprising about the lack of attention paid to Mott the Hoople here in the states (looking past the obvious quality of their many great records) is that behind their glam period looks and British working-class pedigrees, Mott were a group bleeding with American influence.

From Ian Hunter's love of Jerry Lee Lewis to Mick Ralph's "love of West Coast pop", these guys blew soul and boogie all over the grooves of their finest hits.

"Roll Away the Stone", from Mott's 1973 album, The Hoople, is a prime example of their ability to do just that. I hope you'll spin it again and again.