As seminal and influential a band as Hüsker Dü were, it is my humble opinion that Bob Mould didn’t need them, and arguably ended up better off without them. After the disillusion of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould decided to center himself.
Neil Young has had a long and eventful career. He’s achieved fantastic success, and also experienced significant lows, both professionally and personally. It seems that Neil Young is a man who also is at his best in times of turmoil, particularly during times of personal turmoil.
Over the decade’s Bob Dylan has seen and sung on just about every important topic of the last half-century. We find ourselves as a nation collapsing unto itself, and directly into a great divide. It’s a chasm of our own doing. Our blatant refusal to be kind and decent to one another is coming to a head now. What happens next is in our hands.
When the Strokes show up – we know it. When they hit – they hit hard. And when they do what they do– no one does it better. This is an album that for better or worse, will define a moment in time.
The rhythm section. Often overlooked, or all together forgotten, but none the less essential to the Jazz, Funk, Soul and Rock genres. Yes, it’s true, that without bass and drums, music would be nothing more than an endless void of overly flamboyant lead singers and noodling guitar players.
On December 5th of 1932, Richard Wayne Penniman, also known as Little Richard, screamed into this world, and didn’t stop screaming for the next 87 years.
I had a rough time growing up. I had no group. From a young age, I was attracted to the rebels, renegades, and antiheros. I loved the shake, rattle, and roll of Elvis Presley. I was fascinated with the idea of Outlaw Country perpetuated by Johnny Cash. Most importantly, I loved the way they seemed to piss people off.
I’m twenty years old. I’ve just read the opening lines of Nick Hornsby’s novel High Fidelity. I’m hooked. I knew then and there that this was something that would require repeat readings for the rest of my life.
“My roots are anchored solid. I ain’t machinery…I’m a man.” These are the words of one of my absolute favorite song writers, Chris Knight. You probably haven’t heard of him, but I aim to change that.
The legacy of Neil Peart does not just reside in his drum fills, or his solos, but it is the track by track, album by album message he left behind for us over the course of a 40-year body of work. For many of us, when we lost Neil, we lost more than just a cool Rock Star to be idolized. We lost more than just a fantastic singular talent on the drums. No, when we lost Neil….we lost an everyman.