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(Riverfront Times)   Old news IS so exciting. Chuck Berry's punk rock record reviews are terse and spot-on   (blogs.riverfronttimes.com) divider line 44
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2014-06-20 06:27:33 PM  
CB: "Punk rock? I shiat on that."
 
2014-06-20 06:31:45 PM  
These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.


Awesome.
 
2014-06-20 06:37:09 PM  
oh subby, what a great find!

+100
 
2014-06-20 06:52:39 PM  
These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.
 
2014-06-20 06:57:45 PM  

bingethinker: These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.


And capes. Don't forget the capes.
 
2014-06-20 07:05:29 PM  
ahhh, all of a sudden another fark hero
 
2014-06-20 07:09:03 PM  

bingethinker: These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.


And how would he know any of that if they just sat him down and played a single song for him? It's his first reaction. It's not like he digested their whole catalog.
 
2014-06-20 07:09:21 PM  

bingethinker: These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.


He might have been damning then with faint praise, but he didn't say they sucked, just that they were simple and inexperienced. The review of "Psycho Killer" was hilarious.
 
2014-06-20 07:09:38 PM  

bingethinker: These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.


The point is in bold.
 
2014-06-20 07:13:05 PM  

bingethinker: These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

Kinda misses the point. They knew more than three chords, but their music was a reaction to overly complicated 70s "progressive" rock. You know, 20 minutes of public masturbation with nine chords, four key changes and a couple of bars of 9/4 time tossed in for fun.


maybe I'm missing something, but barring the Sex Pistols and Clash statements, I I took these reviews as generally positive.
 
2014-06-20 07:14:22 PM  

lindalouwho: oh subby, what a great find!

+100


i3.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-20 07:38:49 PM  
They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"
 
2014-06-20 07:46:10 PM  
I find his reviews shallow and pedantic.
 
2014-06-20 08:10:03 PM  

syrynxx: I find his reviews shallow and pedantic.


This post is terribly derivative.
 
2014-06-20 08:26:18 PM  

BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"


What's his cousin Marvin have to say about them?
 
2014-06-20 08:27:14 PM  
Two things about Chuck:
Saw him live - right about the Londonberry Blues album.
He came out, did the album note for note and word for word (including that stupid ding-a-ling song)
Then he left - no encore.
If I wanted to hear the album, I would have stayed home and listened to that.

Also, now whenever I see or hear him, I can't help thinking of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3_izsNHl-8
 
2014-06-20 08:31:18 PM  

BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"


He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance
 
2014-06-20 08:42:30 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance


Johnny Winter?
 
2014-06-20 08:47:24 PM  

Loucifer: syrynxx: I find his reviews shallow and pedantic.

This post is terribly derivative.


This entire thread insists upon itself.
 
2014-06-20 08:56:33 PM  

lindalouwho: HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance

Johnny Winter?


That's a very good start.
 
2014-06-20 09:08:25 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance


Don't know how well he played guitar, but Louis Jordan doing the original -- when it was called "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" -- is more fun than Chuck Berry.
 
2014-06-20 09:16:16 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Loucifer: syrynxx: I find his reviews shallow and pedantic.

This post is terribly derivative.

This entire thread insists upon itself.


Each post is better than the next.
 
2014-06-20 09:45:59 PM  
Chuck Berry stole more black music than Jimmy Page.
 
2014-06-20 10:15:21 PM  
Chuck did like The Rotters'  "Stevie Nicks, Sit On My Face"  as he misheard they lyric as "Sh*t"
 
2014-06-20 10:28:08 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: /I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance


Your post basically says no one ever will, and it's such a subjective view that you can't be disproven, so what's the point?
 
2014-06-20 10:45:09 PM  

yakmans_dad: HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance

Don't know how well he played guitar, but Louis Jordan doing the original -- when it was called "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" -- is more fun than Chuck Berry.


You don't know how well he played the guitar?

He could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell!
 
2014-06-20 10:47:25 PM  

kroonermanblack: HST's Dead Carcass: /I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance

Your post basically says no one ever will, and it's such a subjective view that you can't be disproven, so what's the point?


Are you a hole?
 
2014-06-20 11:08:12 PM  
I expected more pee videos out of chuck

in spite of that chuck berry invented rock and roll. yes, yes he did. before there was chuck there was the sax and piano. after chuck there was the guitar

keith richards should just send all his royalties to the old perv who I hope lives forever.
 
2014-06-20 11:38:48 PM  

Calmamity: lindalouwho: oh subby, what a great find!

+100


*excitable girl*
 
2014-06-21 01:10:15 AM  

dereksmalls: Chuck did like The Rotters'  "Stevie Nicks, Sit On My Face"  as he misheard they lyric as "Sh*t"


Thanks a ton pal. That song sticks in my head like "it's a small world"
 
2014-06-21 02:41:54 AM  
The Talking Heads are punk?
 
2014-06-21 02:54:12 AM  

Nogale: The Talking Heads are punk?


While their music is certainly not traditional punk in the ilk of, say, The Ramones or Pistols, they played at CBGB's and were considered part of the New York "punk" scene.

/I saw Chuck Berry play a set at a festival in 2008, just before the Foo Fighters.
//He was awesome.
///csb
 
2014-06-21 03:10:58 AM  

Nogale: The Talking Heads are punk?


Art Punk
 
2014-06-21 04:01:58 AM  

LewDux: Nogale: The Talking Heads are punk?

Art Punk


Punk Nouveau
 
2014-06-21 06:33:46 AM  
Is it just me, or does he come off sounding like a real d-bag?

Does he really think music was invented when he started listening, and that ONLY the new things *after* that point are just rehashes?  Because they've been using the same chord progressions since *at least* the 1600s.  I can't imagine they didn't steal their stuff from the 1590s, but whatever.  It's all just minor progressions.  His answers all sound like he's knocking new (at the time) artists for using three chords and sounding similar to the stuff he did.  Well, duh.

But all of that is equally true of the stuff he did too.

Any decade, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s have been the same story.  Same crap, different day, with different particulars being popular at a given time.  Just like fashion.
 
2014-06-21 06:39:48 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance


I would bet money - large sums of money - that if you had 20 different guitarists play the same version of Johnny B. Goode, on the same equipment, and one of them was Chuck Berry and the 19 others ranged from professional musicians to high school kid who is 'really good' - and you were asked to identify the Chuck Berry one, you wouldn't be able to.  I really think so.  It's just not that hard to play guitar.  Tons and tons of people can play guitar really well and popular music is generally on the 'very easy' to play side of things.
 
2014-06-21 07:32:21 AM  

Nogale: The Talking Heads are punk?


Check out the movie "Stop Making Sense".
 
2014-06-21 10:24:49 AM  
Kinda odd to see The Romantics classified as a punk band. They did some great stuff, though. I like a lot of that jangly stuff from that era... Romantics, The dB's, Guadalcanal Diary, The Knack, The Long Ryders, etc etc...
 
2014-06-21 10:52:57 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance

I would bet money - large sums of money - that if you had 20 different guitarists play the same version of Johnny B. Goode, on the same equipment, and one of them was Chuck Berry and the 19 others ranged from professional musicians to high school kid who is 'really good' - and you were asked to identify the Chuck Berry one, you wouldn't be able to.  I really think so.  It's just not that hard to play guitar.  Tons and tons of people can play guitar really well and popular music is generally on the 'very easy' to play side of things.


The point you miss (that was the whoooooshing sound you heard going over your head) was that while anyone can imitate, only one can originate.

They would be imitating him.
 
2014-06-21 11:31:04 AM  
Chuck Berry is awesome. He was really unique in that he didn't do rockabilly at all, he didn't take a LOT from the blues - he was really adamant about not wanting to be another black guy playing the blues. And he obviously loved country music. Just like Elvis did his version of black, Chuck was doing his version of White. Very cool.
 
2014-06-21 11:39:58 AM  
It takes a lot to impress Chuck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss0XNOWvzlU&feature=kp

NSFW
 
2014-06-21 12:03:38 PM  

Benalto: Chuck Berry is awesome. He was really unique in that he didn't do rockabilly at all, he didn't take a LOT from the blues - he was really adamant about not wanting to be another black guy playing the blues. And he obviously loved country music. Just like Elvis did his version of black, Chuck was doing his version of White. Very cool.


*not sure if serious about rockabilly*
 
2014-06-21 12:23:12 PM  
Surprisingly more fair and less grumpy commentary from CB than I expected. "Sheena" actually has 4 chords, though.
 
2014-06-21 12:45:32 PM  

John the Magnificent: Fark_Guy_Rob: HST's Dead Carcass: BKITU: They forgot one:

"Outstanding blues riff, solid vocals, but then the whole thing gets kind of shaky."
Marty McFly, "Johnny B. Goode"

He heard about that cat from his cousin Marvin back in 1955 or so. It really opened up his mind to jumpin' and hollerin' instead of just straight blues.

/Chuck Berry is a guitar god and the first shredder
//I dare anyone to play Johnny B. Goode with the same speed, feeling and nuance

I would bet money - large sums of money - that if you had 20 different guitarists play the same version of Johnny B. Goode, on the same equipment, and one of them was Chuck Berry and the 19 others ranged from professional musicians to high school kid who is 'really good' - and you were asked to identify the Chuck Berry one, you wouldn't be able to.  I really think so.  It's just not that hard to play guitar.  Tons and tons of people can play guitar really well and popular music is generally on the 'very easy' to play side of things.

The point you miss (that was the whoooooshing sound you heard going over your head) was that while anyone can imitate, only one can originate.

They would be imitating him.


For sure, but in fairness, the guy he was responding to dared anyone to play it with the same speed, feeling, and nuance as Chuck. He wasn't talking about originality, just execution....
 
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