Thursday, October 18, 2012
Chuck Berry Reviews Punk Singles (1980)
From the long-lasting punk zine Jet Lag! here's a 1980 interview with rock n' roll godfather, Chuck Berry, where he reviews singles from The Clash The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and a whole lot more!
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Page two (with the the reviews marked C.B.)
Thanks to the user named petsounds01 for the recommendation.
Let us know what you think of Chuck's take on his bastard sons in the COMMENTS section!
Posted by jeffen at 5:32 PM
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"You kids get off my lawn - yeah I'm looking at you Joy Division! Except for you Dave. You good at picking up tunes as they're being played? Good. Gig's tomorrow. It pays $50. And you get an extra ten if there's an encore. Say, do you know if those Ramone brothers have ever backed anyone up?"ReplyDelete
The attempt to put down JD and Wire is where he misses the point by the most, the rest of the reviews are surprisingly pithy.Delete
Interesting article. I don't hear the Pistols sounding much like The Clash but in my opinion the works of some of those blues guitarists were the peak of creativity and genius in the 20th century as far as music goes - but you need to see/hear the live performances to really get it.ReplyDelete
I agree, though I thought's SOME of Chuck's analysis was pretty spot-on.Delete
All these serious comments! Give me a break! Thi# is hilarious! AND true! When u youngsters are his age and saying "all this 'new' music is just a rehash of Joy Division (who you probably think invented music!) , whats the big deal?" then you'll get it. And since when is Chuck Berry a 'blues guitarist?'ReplyDelete
Chuck Berry was considered a blues guitarist before dj's started using the term rock 'n' roll! He patterned his style off of T-Bone Walker!Delete
Ring ring goes the bell...ReplyDelete
He put cameras in the toilets of the women's room in his bar that he owned.ReplyDelete
The interviewer DID ask , why does'nt he get a bit more self-referential. He managed to draw a comparison between himself (As opposed to himself and his peers.) in nearly every record mentioned. But ,he sounds like he actually lisetened to each record all the way through. He's the second Old Guard Rocker of note that I've seen discuss Punk favorably , if at all. The othe rwas Carl Perkins.ReplyDelete