Thursday, July 03, 2008

Too Old to Rock n Roll?

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976) is a concept album by Jethro Tull. The idea for this album was to originally to be a rock musical. It would follow an aging and retired rock star named Ray as he wins money on a decadent quiz show, but finds that society has changed so much that with no one left like him anymore, he has no way of enjoying his money the way he did in the 1950s. He then decides to commit suicide but fails and lands himself in a hospital coma for an undetermined amount of time.

When he awakes he discovers society has changed again, and his style of dress and music are now popular again. He has become an overnight sensation with the young kids who now try to dress and act like him.

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has always said this album was not meant to be autobiographical of him as an aging songwriter, since he wasn't nearly old at the time. He says the point of the album was to illustrate how his style of music may go out of popularity with every other fashion and fad, but he is determined that if he sticks to it, everything comes back around and the style will rise again. This was the first Tull album I bought way back when and still a favorite of mine.

Quizz Kid
Crazed Institution
Buy It

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