11/28/11

Vinyl Dynamite #36: Climax Blues Band


I want bands to start looking ugly again. Not ugly as in "pretentiously weird ugly"; I mean ugly as in "they obviously have not showered in months, and their pockets are probably full of mystery pills and dried vomit".  Those kind've guys always made the best music (I'm talkin' to you AC/DC!).

So, I just wanted to give a quick fist bump to one of the scariest looking groups, The Climax Blues Band.  Like so many other gritty smelly looking bands of the seventies, they cleaned up in the early eighties, had a final hit or two... then were gone. Well, I wanted to bring them back for a moment.

Here's a couple incredible songs that epitomize the change from dirty-n-fugly '70s to squeaky clean '80s.

Sav'ry Gravy is some badass funky shit. This is cannabis fueled blues at its best.

I Love You is early eighties radio-friendly gold. Is there a better crafted pop song out there? McCartney surely wondered for a moment if he'd written it.

7 comments:

  1. Pete Haycock of Climax Blues Band is a very underrated guitarist. His "Guitar and Son" solo album on the No Speak label is a work of art.

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  2. Only album of theirs I had was "Rich Man".
    You want down and dirty? How 'bout some SAVOY BROWN!

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  3. Not to be confused with the band Climax, from the same era, who had the schlocky hit "Precious and Few".

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  4. Butt-cuts, poodle hair, and great big 'Johnny Fever' brown shades were what 'band dudes' did way back when before sleeves of tattoos, piercings and gel. All that, and BIG PORES!

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  5. Beautiful, Gilligan. Will you single-handedly start a resurgence for CBB?

    Thanks for the memories.

    R

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  6. Sav'ry Gravy is a work of Art!

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  7. Love these guys! Totally underrated in my opinion! Loved your comment about "they obviously have not showered in months, and their pockets are probably full of mystery pills and dried vomit"...so true!

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