Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Free Him

Today in Music History:

In 1969 MC5's debut, 'Kick Out the Jams', is released. It peaks at #30. Also in 1973, Paul McCartney was fined $170 for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
There's no such thing as bad publicity. Homercat likes his traffic to increase any way he can get it, even when someone links Rockin' by using this phrase,"Here's a blog full of the worst music ever written". Maybe some folks feel that way and that's cool by me, but it's not quite the worst music ever written. For one to truly have a blog full of the worst music ever written, he would have to post stuff about Coldplay, Britney Spears, Eminem, Fitty Cent, Madonna, Mariah Carey and others of that ilk. So I will try harder to post really bad music. I hate to let my fans down. Now onto more of the worst music ever written.

Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey recently had a birthday and not wanting to steal wild mercury's thunder that day, I put this one off for a while. Mere months after the release of Who Are You in 1978, Keith Moon died and the future of The Who was uncertain. The remaining members felt that with Keith gone they would never be the same. So for a few years Pete, Roger and the Ox piddled around with their own projects. Roger was working on a film version Of John McVicar's autobiography. McVicar was an armed robber who was tagged 'Public Enemy No. 1' by Scotland Yard with a 'dead or alive' reward on his head. He was apprehended and given a 26 year jail sentence, escaping from prison on several occasions. He was released in 1978. He wrote McVicar by Himself while still in prison and scripted the 1980 biographical film McVicar, which starred Roger Daltrey in the title role.

The soundtrack for the film was also dubbed a Roger Daltrey solo effort. In reality the soundtrack for McVicar could be tagged "the best, post Keith Moon, Who album". Townshend, Entwistle and Kenney Jones all contributed to this album a year before the mediocre Face Dances was released as the first Who album without Keith. Even the movie posters touted, "Soundtrack by The Who". Daltrey is in excellent form on this album. More so than his lackluster vocals on Face Dances. Don't get me wrong, I love The Who and I think the Kenney Jones era was just fine, but they didn't have the fire in their belly anymore. That's a shame because McVicar is an awesome album that showed the world that the Who were back. Anyways the album should be a part of any serious record collection.

Free Me
by Roger Daltrey

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Bonus: Early Morning Cold Taxi by The Who

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